RBS celebrates Asian women business stars

LONDON’S most successful Asian female high fliers were out in force yesterday evening at Park Lane’s Hilton hotel for the 2013 Asian Women of Achievement Awards, held in association with RBS.

Fergie and Cherie Blair both turned out for a glass of champagne to toast the winners of the awards, which have been handed out to the most successful Asian ladies in business since 1999.

Among the 13 winners were three City women, including the big award of the night – the Chairman’s award – which went to Ernst & Young’s director of global immigration Sue Kukadia. Also taking home trophies were Accenture consultant Sanju Pal who was named young Asian woman of achievement, and managing director of international strategy at JP Morgan Grace Wang – who won the business gong.

Those who didn’t make it to the bash to see Blair in the flesh could catch her on CNBC instead. On the subject of female achievement, the barrister recalled first meeting husband Tony outside the interview room for a scholarship at Lincoln’s Inn that they were both applying for. “He’s Blair and I’m Booth. We were sitting in alphabetic order so that’s the first time I sat next to him – and I won” she joked. Although if Tony had got the scholarship, perhaps we’d have been spared the indignity of Blair’s babes.