Visa’s Valerie Dias in a daze at Asian Woman Award triumph

Gabriella Griffith

VISA Europe’s chief risk officer Valerie Dias was taken by surprise in winning the Finance Award at the Asian Women of Achievement awards at Park Lane’s Hilton last night, saying she was surprised to even be nominated. “I was a reluctant participant when my team put me forward – I didn’t think I was worthy,” she told The Capitalist. With a gong on her desk, we’re sure she’ll change her tune.

Also picking up trophies were Yee Yee Low, senior concept engineer at Shell, in the Professional category and Karina Govindji, managing consultant at Gallup, in the Business category. Liz Hurley was there too. We can’t really explain why.

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