Diversity in Leadership: Women in leadership

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This blog is part of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce’s (ABCC) Diversity in Leadership campaign.

The Diversity in Leadership campaign works with some of the regions’ biggest employers in order to boost the numbers of women and those from black and minority ethnic (BAME), lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and disability groups being represented on boards of directors and in leadership roles.

Click here to find out more about the campaign.

The proverb “treat others as you would like to be treated yourself” is something I feel embodies my personal and professional life.

In my work as an engineer in the water treatment and specialist services industry, I believe that I have made a significant impact in an industry that is typically perceived as a male dominated environment. 

I have overcome many cultural barriers in helping communities to understand, appreciate and recognise that women too can play a credible role in the community.

I have been honoured to be nominated and won a number of accolades, including being a finalist for Women in the City and the British Muslim awards (Noor Anayat award), awarded the Women in Excellence at the House of Commons and nominated for the National Diversity Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mentoring and being a champion of diversity is incredibly important to me. Focusing on building aspirations, stronger communities and empowering individuals to build a sense of unity and responsibility is something that I endeavour to do wherever I can, and I urge other people to do also.

With a deep sense of conviction and a belief to act against the violation of women’s rights in Kashmir and promote piece, I founded the British Kashmiri Women Council (BKWC).

Through the BKWC, I have been able to travel the length and breadth of the UK, and overseas, lobby diplomats, dignitaries, leaders, humanitarian workers, peace activists and people of the world to promote the cause of Kashmir.

My efforts were rewarded, as I was honoured to be awarded a global peace award at House of Commons.

Today, I am now a Global Peace Ambassador and UK Director for engagements and nominations and an ambassador for Fairness Inclusion and Respect for the Supply Chain School of Sustainabilty.

Recently, I was also appointed as the vice chair to All Pakistani Women Association (APWA), where I am supporting and empowering women through seminars and workshops in raising awareness for mental health and wellbeing. 

Despite my job taking me all over the world, I believe that positive changes in our most deprived communities are vital. I am a mentor and great advocate for Mosaic, and through this I feel that a big difference is being made in mentoring children, parents and teachers in schools.

My vision for the community is to educate, engage and empower young people to take active roles in the decision making process and to integrate them fully into society.

Rana Shama Nazir is a consultant, engineer and customer success manager in the water treatment and specialist services industry, working with major blue chip organisations.

She has worked internationally for a number of global firms, including Rolls Royce, Sellafield in the UK, Europe and Middle East. She was the winner of NOAW’s Aspiring Woman in Construction award, as the only Asian person in her field and crowned the Future Face of Industry by the Future Faces Chamber of Commerce. She was also voted by City AM's in their Top 100 Powerful Women list.