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Inaugural Top50 Professional and Career Women's Awards (UK) Gala Celebrates Trailblazing Women

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The inaugural Top50 Professional and Career Women's Awards (UK) took centre stage on March 16, 2024, at the prestigious House of Lords. Against the backdrop of this iconic venue, the evening brimmed with anticipation, promising an atmosphere of unparalleled recognition and jubilation as it honoured exceptional achievements across diverse sectors. Spearheaded by Women in Management (UK), the gala unfolded in the presence of H.R.H Prince Michael of Kent and other distinguished guests, including Lord Raj Loomba, a Member of the House of Lords, and King’s Counsel Aftab Jafferjee. This landmark event marked the premiere of the Top50 Professional and Career Women's Awards in the UK, shining a spotlight on fifteen trailblazing women whose ground-breaking contributions have significantly influenced industries and sectors throughout the United Kingdom.

Award Winners

Career Leadership in Banking & Finance: Aliza Ayaz

Aliza Ayaz's remarkable dedication to sustainability and climate action earned her the spotlight as she received the Career Leadership in Banking & Finance Award. As the Executive Director of the Climate Action Society, Aliza's advocacy for human centric ESG investing and her efforts to engage younger investors have garnered global recognition. Her impactful initiatives, including youth-led climate projects and UN Goodwill Ambassadorship, showcase her commitment to creating a meaningful impact in the fight against climate change.

Career Leadership in Law: Dr. Charlotte Proudman

Dr. Charlotte Proudman's tireless work as a barrister, academic, and advocate for survivors of abuse and discrimination in the family courts earned her the Career Leadership in Law Award. Through her ground-breaking legal representation and efforts to challenge systemic injustices, Charlotte has become a beacon of hope for marginalized communities. Her non-profit, Right to Equality, stands as a testament to her commitment to fostering legal reforms and empowering women and girls.

Career Leadership in Hospitality Industry: Romy Hardeep Gill, MBE

Renowned chef and author Romy Hardeep Gill's culinary prowess and philanthropic endeavours were recognized with the Career Leadership in Hospitality Industry Award. With her innovative approach to Indian cuisine and her dedication to charitable causes, Romy has made a significant impact both in the culinary world and beyond. Her upcoming projects, including a new book release, promise to further elevate her influence in the industry. Romy was honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list in 2016.

Business & Social Women Start-Up: Katy Wickremesinghe

Katy Wickremesinghe's entrepreneurial spirit and cultural leadership were celebrated with the Business & Social Women Start-Up Award. As the founder of KTW London Limited, Katy has bridged the gap between art, culture, and creative leadership, leaving an indelible mark on London's cultural landscape. Her commitment to fostering cultural initiatives and supporting mental health through art exemplifies her dedication to social impact and innovation.

Career Leadership in Education: Dr. Amina Aitsi-Selmi

Dr. Amina Aitsi-Selmi's exemplary contributions to leadership and personal development earned her the Career Leadership in Education Award. With her extensive experience in coaching professionals and her dedication to empowering individuals, Amina has become a respected figure in the field of personal development. Her award-winning book and academic achievements underscore her commitment to fostering growth and resilience in others.

Career Leadership in Technology: Dr. Pauldy Otermans

Dr. Pauldy Otermans' pioneering work in AI and education earned her the Career Leadership in Technology Award. As the founder of Otermans Institute, Pauldy has revolutionized education by leveraging AI to provide learning support to underserved communities worldwide. Her innovative initiatives, including the development of an AI-powered virtual teacher, highlight her commitment to leveraging technology for social good.

Corporate - Male Champion of the Year Award: Robert Baker

Robert Baker's unwavering dedication to gender equity and diversity in the corporate world was honoured with the Corporate - Male Champion of the Year Award. Through his extensive experience in HR consulting and his mentorship of women in leadership, Robert has emerged as a leading advocate for gender equality. His numerous accolades and global leadership roles underscore his commitment to driving positive change in the workplace.

Corporate Organization Promoting Equity, Inclusivity, and Diversity of the Year: Lynn Stanier, MBE

Lynn Stanier's visionary leadership in championing child rights through Their Future Today earned her the Corporate Organization Promoting Equity, Inclusivity, and Diversity of the Year Award. Since its inception, Lynn's dedication to amplifying the voices of marginalized children has transformed Their Future Today into a beacon of hope, positively impacting thousands of lives annually. Her commitment to grassroots efforts and advocacy serves as a testament to her unwavering resolve to create a more equitable and inclusive world.

Professional Leadership in Media: Anshu Bahanda

Anshu Bahanda's multifaceted journey spanning academia, finance, art, and holistic wellness culminated in her receiving the Career Leadership in Media Award. As the Founder of Wellness Curated, Anshu's commitment to promoting holistic wellness and empowering individuals through her podcast series and weekly newspaper column, 'Wellness Curated,' has garnered widespread acclaim. Her dedication to wellness advocacy and philanthropy exemplifies her role as a leader in promoting positive change.

Career Leadership in Real Estate Award: Oluwatosin Hanna Afolabi

Oluwatosin Hanna Afolabi's pioneering work in property development and community-driven urban planning earned her the Career Leadership in Real Estate Award. As the CEO and Founder of Mood and Space and Black Women in Real Estate (BWRE), Hanna's initiatives have not only transformed urban landscapes but also empowered black women in the built environment sector. Her dedication to integrating social value into development projects and fostering talent underscores her commitment to driving positive change in the real estate industry.

Business & Social - Women in Leadership & Boards: Radhika Srinivasan

Radhika Srinivasan's entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to sustainability were recognized with the Business & Social - Women in Leadership & Boards Award. As the Founder and CEO of EcoTextura Ltd, Radhika's innovative approach to sustainable and inclusive-design PPE has made a significant impact in the medical industry. Her dedication to fostering sustainability and supporting impactful projects within her community exemplifies her role as a leader in business and social entrepreneurship.

Business & Social - Women in Business: Lushani Kodituwakku

Lushani Kodituwakku's exceptional leadership in strategy and value creation earned her the Business & Social - Women in Business Award. As the Founder and Managing Director of Luminii Consulting, Lushani's expertise in guiding investments and strategic redefinitions has supported numerous businesses in their growth and investment strategies. Her commitment to driving positive change in the business world underscores her role as a leader in entrepreneurship.

Business & Social - Social Activism: Jasvinder Sanghera, CBE

Jasvinder Sanghera's tireless advocacy for victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriages earned her the Business & Social - Social Activism Award. As the founder of Karma Nirvana, Jasvinder's efforts to support victims and raise awareness have had a profound impact, leading to significant policy changes and recognition at the highest levels. Her dedication to empowering survivors and driving social change serves as an inspiration to all.

Corporate - Best Community Initiatives Focusing on Women-Led Project of the Year: Woolwich Service Users Project: Community and Humanity

The Woolwich Service Users Project's decade-long commitment to supporting the homeless and poorly housed through diverse activities and vital support earned them the Corporate - Best Community Initiatives Focusing on Women-Led Project of the Year Award. As a registered charity, WSUP's dedication to inclusivity and community support has empowered women to overcome personal challenges and pursue new opportunities, making a lasting impact on the lives of those they serve.

Judges' Award: Priscilla Mary Elworthy

The Judges' Award, distinguished by unique criteria set forth by the panel, was bestowed upon Priscilla Mary Elworthy for her exemplary work as the Founder of The Business Plan for Peace, Peace Direct, and Oxford Research Group. Priscilla's tireless efforts in peacebuilding and conflict resolution have earned her international recognition and three Nobel Peace Prize nominations. Her initiatives, including "Business Plan for Peace" and "The Mighty Heart," continue to inspire and drive positive change on a global scale.

As each winner took the stage to receive their well-deserved accolades, they embodied the spirit of excellence and dedication, serving as beacons of hope for a brighter and more inclusive future. 


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