Yasmin Waljee OBE Awarded 2018 Asian Women of Achievement Award for Business

LONDON, 10 May 2018 – Hogan Lovells International Pro Bono Director Yasmin Waljee was presented with the 2018 Asian Women of Achievement Award for Business at the London Hilton Park Lane on the 9th May.

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards, founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 1999, celebrates multicultural Britain and the contribution of diverse cultures and talents to UK society. The awards recognise the phenomenal Asian women across UK industries who are making a valuable and important impact on British life. The awards play a key role in redefining the contribution of Asian women; and informing a new, positive, pro-diversity debate.

Yasmin's aspiration has always been to find meaningful ways to enable talented lawyers across the profession to devote their expertise to supporting the Rule of Law. The ambition to strive for "the world we want" has been a consistent message throughout her work. A sustainable future involves ensuring there is continued business and corporate support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and in particular, the Rule of Law.

Yasmin sits on the Advisory Panel to the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and is Vice-Chair of the Mosaic initiative, part of the Prince's Trust. Yasmin's dedication has been recognised throughout her career, having been awarded; one of the 50 most influential women in the law 2007 and Woman Solicitor of the Year 2000, The Times.

In 2010, Yasmin was awarded an OBE in the HM Queen's New Year Honours list.

Collecting her award, Yasmin said:

"I wouldn’t be here without the hundreds of lawyers across Hogan Lovells who willingly contribute to the firm's pro bono practice; nor would it be possible without the firm implementing our values into its everyday operations. We have an institutionalised commitment and a team of wonderful women who support our practice."

She left the audience with a quote from Mark Twain "The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why."

Ruth Grant, partner and Chair of Hogan Lovells Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee, said:

"Yasmin is a force of nature. In a business where people are time poor and focussed on serving their fee paying clients, Yasmin has created a strong culture where lawyers now willingly give their time to support pro bono clients and our wider Citizenship projects. Yasmin has been responsible for identifying and building pro bono and citizenship relationships in Hogan Lovells, ensuring that not only those who can do court or tribunal work are engaged but our transactional lawyers as well and, for Citizenship, all our people."

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