The inspirational journeys of 2013 Asian Women Awards finalists

The Asian Woman of Achievement in Business

Grace Wang held various senior finance and leadership roles at JP Morgan Chase since 2004, including EMEA CFO and Head of International Strategy and Business Development of the Treasury and Securities Services division.

A Harvard MBA graduate, Grace developed a global sales platform for the investment bank’s investor services business, while mentoring on the side. She has founded and is actively leading an effort to empower the women MDs at her firm and is a strong senior sponsor for JP Morgan’s women’s network.

Grace has now been named Chief Financial Officer of Green Dot Corporation.

The Asian Woman of Achievement in Arts & Culture – Joint winners

Lolita Chakrabati is an award-winning English actress and writer, who represents a unique and insightful voice on the theatre scene in London. Her most recent triumph, Red Velvet, has earned her critical acclaim including winning the 2012 Evening Standard award for Most Promising Playwright.

She has been working on developing a three part TV series with a production company based on a script that has been in her drawers for many years. Lolita has also been guest starring in Sky 1’s fire fighting drama ‘The Smoke’.

Her award-winning play is at the Tricycle Theatre until March 15.

Joint-winner Shalini Bhalla’s first dance class was at the age of three. When she was twelve, Shalini enrolled into a Bharata Natyam class run by a teacher who had studied dance in Bombay. But it was only after coming to the UK in her early twenties that Vhalla became involved with teaching Indian dance in schools. 

Just Jhoom! is the premier Bollywood dance fitness instructor training scheme in the UK. Shalini set up the company in 2010 after recognising that there was a gap in the market and has since trained more than 200 instructors, who run classes across the UK, for all ages.

In October 2013, she was appointed Project 500 Ambassador, which would address the imbalance in the number of male to female coaches, driving the growth of female participation in sport.

Nominations are now open for the Asian Women of Achievement awards, held in association with The Royal Bank of Scotland. Make a difference this year and share your wonderful stories of Asian women who are shaping a new Britain. Put forward your nomination here and change a candidates life. 

  • Choose out of 11 categories;
  • Nomination deadline: 17 March, 2014;
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