The Asian Women of Achievement Awards, co-founded by Pinky Lilani OBE in 1999, were conceived to celebrate the often unsung Asian heroines of British life. Such women make a huge contribution in fields as diverse as business, entrepreneurship and social and humanitarian work. These awards, are their moment in the spotlight.
A life changing experience
Countless candidates have shared how the confidence, prestige and connections established through the AWA programme has lifted their aspirations to new levels. In 2011, for example, nominees and winners were invited to Buckingham Palace.
The awards have lead to the creation of numerous initiatives and projects designed to help women and improve opportunities for the next generation. Shortlisted candidates are invited to join our Women of the Future Network in partnership with J.P. Morgan. We host a number of networking events each year, which offer the opportunity for members to meet like-minded women and build business contacts.
Our chairman Pinky Lilani OBE
This is a significant year for the Asian Women of Achievement awards, the most established and prestigious programme for Asian business leaders, community workers and cultural figures in the UK. When I started this project, my hope was to spotlight talented but often unsung Asian women. Today, our vision is that these awards should be the pre-eminent platform for celebrating the contribution of diverse cultures and talents to UK society.
It is a privilege to be patron of these wonderful and important awards. They are a fantastic showcase of the phenomenally talented Asian women in the UK today and I encourage you to get involved in this year's campaign. Each year I am humbled by the wealth of talent showcased at the awards and the stories of achievement across British life.
HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan
I am delighted to be involved with these wonderful awards. The awards are a great way to celebrate the broad range of achievements of Asian women in Britain, and to encourage future successes. Winning and indeed being shortlisted for one of these accolades is a valuable credential.
Our headline sponsor RBS
Chris Sullivan, Chief Executive Corporate Banking Division, RBS
RBS is delighted to support the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, one of the most important programmes recognising Britain's fantastic diversity of talent. It is great news for Britain that Asian women now occupy some of the most influential positions in finance, business and public life.
In all corners of Britain, RBS is supporting the Asian community and women in business, enabling their businesses to succeed and shape a positive economic future for Britain.
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