Dr. Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, senior lecturer in business and management at the Brunel University Business School, has won the title of Professions Woman of the Future at this year's Woman of the Future Awards. Dr. Janjuha-Jivraj was selected from a high profile short list as the leading professional woman of 2006 in front of an audience of 600 people at the London Hilton in Park Lane on the 9th November. Cherie Booth, QC, and Ruth Kelly, Minister for Women, attended the prestigious event, sponsored by Shell and hosted by Real Business magazine.
Nominated on account of her work in the area of entrepreneurship, enterprise and family firms, Dr Janjuha-Jivraj's research has been published in academic journals in the field of entrepreneurship and more recently her book on family business succession.
“I'm fortunate to witness young women across the UK prospering in their chosen careers,“ says Cherie Booth, Patron of the Awards. “Young women need the inspiration that role models can bring. And these Awards, celebrating the amazing achievements of young women under the age of 35, are a fabulous platform to highlight our new generation of rising stars.“
The Professions Woman of the Future category included candidates across various industries including law, medicine, architecture, surveying and education. Brunel's Janjuha-Jivraj was selected from a number of prominent nominees including Lynda Abel, Ernst & Young LLP, Jacqueline Lincoln, Shell, Fiona Mckerrell, Dundas & Wilson CS LLP and Leila Hotiet, Booz Allen Hamilton. Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Jane Asher, Gloria Hunniford, Sian Lloyd and Teresa May presented awards.
“I'm delighted to give my support to this new generation of female role models,“ says Ruth Kelly. “Today's winners demonstrate the extraordinary depth and breadth of young female talent in this country. They are truly inspirational and I hope that many other girls and young women will follow in their footsteps.“
Dr. Janjuha-Jivraj became a lecturer at Brunel's prestigious Business School at 28 years old, progressed to senior lecturer. She also recently co-founded the International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise (ICE). In 2004, she secured £140,000 with colleagues in the Business School from the Higher Education Council Funding for England (HEFCE) to develop programmes in the field of entrepreneurship and social enterprise. Dr. Janjuha-Jivraj also worked on a collaborative programme developed with Hillingdon council, a number of new start-up businesses and a range of undergraduate students. The aim of the project was to expose University students to local SMEs, which resulted in several new businesses being developed by students who were able to identify opportunities by utilising their skills.
Woman of the Future Awards was supported by a number of sponsors including KPMG, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup. Other awards included Business Woman of the Future, Arts, Media and Culture Woman of the Future, Entrepreneurial Woman of the Future, Technology Woman of the Future, Science Woman of the Future, Mentor of the Future and The Woman of the Future Corporate Award.
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