Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2017 Shortlist Announced

Winners of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2016. Image copyright of Lopa Patel.

Winners of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2016. Image copyright of Lopa Patel.

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards today (28th March 2017) announced the full shortlist for their 2017 Awards, celebrating some of the most extraordinary Asian women in Britain. The Awards, now in their 18th year, cut across a broad range of sectors in British life – from business and media to sport, culture and public service. With candidates from all over the UK and with heritage from all over the world including Pakistan, India, Tibet, Sri Lanka, China, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Palestine, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Nepal and Vietnam. The shortlist includes a triple World Para-Badminton Champion; a leader in the beauty industry; the most senior female Asian in the world’s largest natural resources company and the first Indian origin woman to complete a solo, transcontinental car journey.

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2017 Shortlist

Arts & Culture

Reem Kelani, Musician
Abda Khan, Author
Bella Kotak, Photographer, Bella Kotak Photography
Jaspreet Sangha, (Behind the Netra), Spoken Word Artist and Teacher, St Marylebone School
Ragasudha Vinjamuri, Artistic Director & Founder, Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence


Diane Chang, Business Lead to Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook VP EMEA, Facebook
Raj Dohil, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Poojya Manjunath, Senior Digital Innovation Manager, Lloyds Banking Group
Heena Patel, Management Consulting Senior Manager, Accenture
Nazreen Visram, Head of Citizenship, Corporate Banking, Barclays
Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, M&G Investments


Raishma Islam, CEO, Raishma Ready to Wear
Percy Patti, Company Director, AKR – Percy’s Travel
Farrah Qureshi, CEO, Global Diversity Practice
Shavata Singh, Founder and CEO, Shavata Brow Studio
Sunaina Sinha, Managing Partner, Cebile Capital
Adria Wu, Founder and Chef, Maple & Co


Dawinder Bansal, Creative Producer, Southbank Centre
Vaishali Bhardwaj, Sports Journalist, The Evening Standard
Shay Grewal, Presenter, BBC
Madhumita Murgia, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times
Kumutha Ramanathan, Reporter, Producer, Bloomberg
Leila Siddiqi, Head of Diversity, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising


Amynah Goawalla, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Anisa Hussein, Associate Director – Project Management, JLL
Dr Momotaj Islam, Clinical Psychologist, NHS, University of Surrey
Vidisha Joshi, Managing Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen LLP
Pam Kaur, Group Managing Director and Group Head of Internal Audit, HSBC
Vandita Pant, Group Treasurer & Head of Europe, BHP Billiton
Kadambari Prasad, Senior Economist, Compass Lexecon

Science & Technology

Saher Ahmed, Athena SWAN Project Manager, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Sadaf Farooqi, Professor of Metabolism and Medicine, University of Cambridge
Rupa Ganguli, Founder, Spinna Circle
Tanya Laird, CEO, Digital Jam
Angie Ma, Co-founder and COO, ASI Data Science
Sheeza Shah, Founder and CEO, UpEffect

Public Service

HHJ Anuja Dhir QC, Circuit Judge Central Criminal Court, Courts and Tribunal Judiciary
Cllr Preet Gill, Cabinet Member, Public Health and Protection, Sandwell Council
Priya Guha, Ecosystems Managing Director, RocketSpace
Mimi Harker OBE, Chairman of Council, Chiltern District Council
Dr Harjinder Kaur, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager and Gender Advisor, PwC
Anjula Singh, Media Executive

Social & Humanitarian

Sofia Buncy, Prisoner Rehabilitation and Community Development Coordinator, Muslim Hands UK
Bharulata Kamble, Producer and Director, Devharsh Productions
Dr Rouba Mhaissen, Founder & Director, Sawa for Development and Aid
Swati Pande, Assistant Team Manager, Child Trafficking Advice Centre, NSPCC
Asma Shah, Founding CEO, You Make It


Rachel Choong, Asian Sports Foundation Ambassador, Asian Sports Foundation
Dal Dhaliwal, Personal Trainer, Body Perfect Personal Training Studio
Fara Gorsi, Managing Director, Think Sports Management
Anoushé Husain, Para-Climber

Young Achiever

Anoushka Babbar, Head of Regulatory Policy and Government Relations, London Stock Exchange Group
Srijana Gautam, Consolidation Accountant, M&G Investments
Sejal Ghandi, Associate, Reed Smith
Baiqu Gonkar, Founder & CEO, Art Represent
Kim Pham, Head of Platform, Frontline Ventures
Fatima Zaman, CVE Advocate, The Kofi Annan Foundation

About the Asian Women of Achievement Awards

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards, founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 1999, celebrate multi cultural Britain and the contribution of diverse cultures and talents to UK society. We put on a platform, the phenomenal Asian women across the UK and across industries, who are making a valuable and important contribution to British life. The awards play a key role in redefining the contribution of Asian women; and informing a new, positive, pro-diversity debate.

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