AWA shortlist announced

Shortlisted women for the AWA 2016
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The shortlist includes women from a variety of sectors and also from all over UK, reports Asian Lite News

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards, in association with NatWest, has announced the full shortlist for their 2016 Awards, celebrating some of the most extraordinary Asian women in Britain. The Awards, now in their 17th year, cut across a broad range of sectors in British life – from business and media to sport, culture and public service.

From a world-class ballerina to one of Britain’s well-loved TV stars, this year’s shortlist has been drawn from an incredibly exciting and diverse set of nominations. And for the first time in its 17-year history, the shortlist includes two sisters – Hoda and Aslam El Soudani, whose production company Spoken Iris Films promotes inter-faith understanding and peace.

Shortlisted women for the AWA 2016
Shortlisted women for the AWA 2016

Entrepreneurs competing for the title include ShaoLan Hsueh, creator of Chineasy – an online sensation that is making Chinese far easier to learn by breaking the characters down into memorable pictures. She is up against Reshma Sohoni whose company Seedcamp has in the past eight years secured over £250m to invest in 210 fellow entrepreneurs, creating more than 2,500 jobs, and Nancy Johnson, the social entrepreneur who founded the eco-friendly menswear brand Tengri, using natural, un-dyed, hand-combed yak noble yarn from Mongolian nomadic herders.

In the media category is Tina Ghazimorad, a TV producer and film-maker for Iranian TV channel Manoto. Her films have been shown at festivals worldwide, including Cannes and she is a powerful advocate of strong female voices in Islamic countries. Alongside Tina is Sima Kotecha, a reporter for the BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme whose meteoric career has also included reporting on President Obama’s election in 2008, from the front line in Helmand and the earthquake in Haiti.

This year’s sportswomen include Manisha Tailor, one of the highest-qualified female football coaches in the UK and Saba Nasim, who has through ‘Chance to Shine’ brought cricket to the streets of East London. Humanitarian stars include Sara Khan – one of the UK’s leading Muslim female voices on countering Islamist extremism and championing women’s rights, including through the anti-ISIS campaign #MakingAStand.

The Awards will be held in London on Tuesday 12 May 2016.

Pinky Lilani OBE DL, Founder, Asian Women of Achievement Awards said, “We were thrilled this year to receive such a broad range of applications, covering not only a broad range of sectors but also coming from all over the UK. We are proud to provide a platform to celebrate the talent and positive impact of British-Asian women in the community.”

Les Matheson, Chief Executive, Personal & Business Banking, RBS and NatWest said, “NatWest is proud to be a part of Asian Women of Achievement for the 5th consecutive year. As always, the shortlist this year showcases the incredible contribution that Asian women are making in the UK today. My congratulations to all those that have been shortlisted, they are fantastic role models already achieving tremendous success in their fields.”