Last night’s ceremony, hosted by Real Business in association with Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets at the London Hilton on Park Lane, was compered by BBC presenter Riz Lateef.
High-profile guests included Home Secretary Theresa May, The Rt Hon Tessa Jowell, wife of deputy prime minister, Miriam Clegg (so yes, all three political parties were represented!), serial entrepreneur James Caan, ITV newsreader Mary Nightingale, and executive producer of Bollywood smash West is West Shaana Diya.
“Each of this year’s winners are a credit to the British Asian community and are an inspiration to the next generation of women,” said Pinky Lilani OBE, entrepreneur and founder of the award. “In 1999, when we started the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, a handful of Asian women enjoyed prominent positions in British life. Today, with Lord Davies’ report ringing in our ears, there is an unprecedented opportunity for Asian women to push for, and achieve, opportunities they may never have previously considered.”
Young Achiever of the Year
Shireen Irani, executive director, iProbono
Shireen Irani is a UK qualified lawyer and founder of iProbono, a non-profit website connecting civil society organisations to lawyers and students who want to contribute to the public good. Prior to joining the legal profession, Shireen worked in the social sector in the UK, US and India.
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