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The 6th Inspiring Women Award honours sterling women in 21 categories

  • Published at 05:27 pm October 9th, 2021
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The Inspiring Women Award is the flagship accolade of WIL, recognizing outstanding women leaders in various frontiers

The highly acclaimed and prestigious Women in Leadership (WIL) has honoured the most inspiring female professionals of the country at the 6th edition of the 'Inspiring Women Award'. 

The grand award ceremony took place recently at the Lakeshore Hotel in the capital's Gulshan area, according to a press release. 

A total of 24 winners and 18 honourable mentions were awarded this year on the esteemed accolade’s 6th iteration.  

The 6th Inspiring Women Award recognized - the leaders of tomorrow, inspiring female professionals, and changemakers of Bangladesh. In doing so, the accolade seeks to inspire women of Bangladesh to take charge and unlock their potential.

Speaking on the occasion, the President of WIL, Nazia Andaleeb Preema said: “Inspiring Women Award helps women in the fight of leadership- both inside and outside the professional world. It is not easy to be a woman, but it is easy to be an inspiring one.”

During the welcoming speech, Shariful Islam, founder and managing director of Bangladesh Brand Forum mentioned: ”As men no matter how much, we try to understand a woman’s journey it is really difficult to comprehend, especially in Bangladesh as one of the most underutilized resources in Bangladesh is indeed women’s participation”.

This year, the esteemed accolade received an overwhelming number of nominations from across the country. A total of 350+ entries were received from 125+ organizations under 21 categories. Three jury panels, consisting of experts and renowned professionals selected the winners and awarded them in two levels – Honorable Mentions and Winners. 

While explaining the rigorous jury process of Inspiring Women Awards, one of the prominent jurors from the jury panel, M Zulfiquar Hussain, CEO and lead consultant at Grow n Excel, said: “As jurors, we scrutinized each and every application through the comprehensive review system. It’s disappointing that in the entry levels we still see women are still underrepresented in almost all job sectors although we all have a talent to build a sustainable Bangladesh.”

For the last 5 years, WIL has been encouraging professional women to pursue leadership in their careers. 

The Inspiring Women Award was first given in the year 2014 and since then the underlying message of the Inspiring Women’s Award is to officially recognize women’s efforts in the growth of the country; to empower women professionals and create role models in society (at both individual and the organizational levels).

The 6th Inspiring Women Award is an initiative of Women in Leadership (WIL) in partnership with Joya Sanitary Napkin. 

The Strategic partners were Bangladesh Creative Forum (BCF) and Colours FM 101.6, Technology partner – Aamra, PR partner – Backpage PR and Web solution partner – Exsentra, Concept by Preema Arte Foundation. The event was organized by Bangladesh Brand Forum.

Category

Name

Leaders of Tomorrow

Winner

Syed Sadia Hossain
 Student, Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP)

Leaders of Tomorrow

1st Runner-Up

Sayma Akhter Jafrin
 Student, Asian University for Women

Leaders of Tomorrow

2nd Runner-Up

Ta-Seen Reaz Niloy
 Student, American International University - Bangladesh

Leaders of Tomorrow

Honourable Mention

Bidita Zaman
 Student, Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP)

Leaders of Tomorrow

Honourable Mention

Tasfia Afrin Faria
 Student, Jahangirnagar University

Leaders of Tomorrow

Honourable Mention

Tabassum Sadia Shahjahan
 Student, North South University

Leaders of Tomorrow

Honourable Mention

Nuzabah Azim
 Student, Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka

Leaders of Tomorrow

Honourable Mention

Rafah  Nanjeba Torsa
 Student, University of Chittagong

Leaders of Tomorrow

Honourable Mention

Pritha Das
 Student, Jahangirnagar University (IBA)

Most Progressive Organization

Winner

IPDC Finance Limited

Aspiring Woman Leader

Winner

Sabira Mehrin Saba
 Product Manager, Praava Health

Aspiring Woman Leader

Winner

Rokaiya Ahmed Purna
 Fashion Designer, Marks & Spencer, RAP (Own Label)

Aspiring Woman Leader

Honourable Mention

Kashfia Tabassum Ahmed
 Manager, Robi Axiata Limited

Aspiring Woman Leader

Honourable Mention

Tanzia Munir
 Territory Manager, Unilever Bangladesh Limited

Aspiring Woman Leader

Honourable Mention

Naurin Jahan
 Executive, Brand Marketing, The Daily Star

Progressing Woman Leader

Winner

Asma Akhter
  Manager, Procurement Operations Unilever Bangladesh Limited

Progressing Woman Leader

Honourable Mention

Sabrina Mridha
 Sr. Manager Marketing & Communications, Amari Dhaka

Progressing Woman Leader

Honourable Mention

Zinat Tabassum Hassan
 Product Developer - Team Leader, Team Sourcing Company Ltd.

Inspiring Woman Leader

Winner

Mubina Asaf
 Head of Legal & External Affairs, British American Tobacco Bangladesh

Inspiring Woman Leader

Honourable Mention

Anamika Bhakta
 Executive Vice President, Robi Axiata Limited

Inspiring Woman Leader

Honourable Mention

Sayeda Tahya Hossain
 Director, Human Resource, Perfetti Van Melle Bangladesh Pvt. Ltd.

Inspiring Woman Leader

Honourable Mention

Samrine Bokhari
 Director, Commercial, Grameenphone Ltd.

Colours FM Power Woman of the Year

Winner

Mirona Khatun
 Head Coach Champions League - Male, Dhaka City Football Club

Inspiring Female Startup

Winner

Lamea Tanjin Tanha
 Co-Founder, TransEnd

Inspiring Female Startup

Honourable Mention

Breity Sabrin
 CEO & Co-Founder, Just Storys Limited

Inspiring Female Startup

Honourable Mention

Farhana Rashid
 Founder and CEO, Bhumijo Limited

Inspiring Female Startup

Honourable Mention

Sanjida Farhana
 Founder, Poshapets Limited

Inspiring Women Award on Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Winner

Raka Noshin Nower
 Director & Filmmaker, Applebox Films ltd.

Inspiring Woman in Media

Winner

Alisha Pradhan
 Founding CEO, HerNet Television Ltd.

Inspiring Female Initiative

Winner

Zareen Mahmud Hosein
 Founder and Executive Director, HerStory Foundation

Inspiring Woman Entrepreneur

Winner

Sylvana Q. Sinha
 Founder, Chairman & CEO, Praava Health

Inspiring Woman Entrepreneur

Honourable Mention

Tanzila Elma
 Founder, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, House of Ahmed LTD.

Inspiring Female in Development Sector

Winner

Dr Rudaba Khondker
 Country Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Inspiring Female in Science

Winner

Dr Tasrina Rabia Choudhury
 Principal Scientific Officer, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission

Inspiring Female in Journalism

Winner

Mithila Farzana
 Current Affairs Editor, Ekattor Media Limited

Inspiring Dynamic Leader

Winner

Shwapna Bhowmick
 Country Manager, Marks and Spencer

Inspiring Woman in Academia

Winner

Celia Shahnaz
 Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), BUET, IEEE

Leadership in Arts

Winner

Kanak Chanpa Chakma
 Visual Artist

Inspiring Woman in Sports

Winner

Jahanara Alam
 Bangladeshi Cricketer, Bangladesh National Women's Cricket Team

Inspiring Female in Fashion

Winner

Faiza Ahmed
 Owner & Creative Head, Manas

Inspiring Female Leader

Winner

Tina Jabeen
Managing Director & CEO, Startup Bangladesh Limited,
 ICT Division, Bangladesh

Inspiring Woman in Tech

Winner

Achia Nila
 Founder, Managing Director, Women In Digital

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