We are delighted to invite you to the Focus on Women in Leadership Seminar and Professional Networking event at the Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, London W1J 5JD on the 12th of October from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

The aim of this seminar is to review challenges faced by women in leadership positions and highlight key strategies in overcoming these challenges. This event will also provide an opportunity for professionals to be connected to potential mentors to guide them towards their own career progression, as well as, to provide an opportunity to network with a diverse range of professional women from different industry sectors.

Our inspirational panellists include:

Pinky Lilani (CBE DL- Food Guru, Motivational Speaker and Champion for Women): Pinky Lilani CBE DL is a food guru, author, motivational speaker and internationally acclaimed champion for women. She is the force behind the annual Women of the Future Awards, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, The Ambassadors programme, The Inspirational Women’s Network, The Women of the Future Summit and the Global Empowerment Award. She is Patron of DIL, The Westminster Society and Frank Water. Pinky is an Ambassador for the Tiffany circle of the Red Cross and on the Board of Trustees of the Royal Commonwealth Society. She is a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London and an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford.

Farzana Baduel (Founder and CEO – Curzon PR): Farzana is Founder and CEO of Curzon PR, an award-winning strategy and global communications firm. Farzana set up Curzon in 2009 after previously serving as Vice-Chair of Business Relations for the British Conservative Party. Farzana has nurtured Curzon PR, driving it forward as an international leading communications agency, representing a wide variety of clients across three key portfolios – Government, Corporate and Arts & Culture. Government clients have included the government’s of Canada, Russia, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and Bahrain.  Corporate clients have included Apollo, DLF and 12 Hay Hill whilst Arts & Culture clients have included the Ukrainian Biennale, Hyper Japan and Art Bahrain Across Borders.

Saba Shaukat (Managing Director and Founder – Sentient Design Lab): Saba Shaukat is Managing Director and Founder of Sentient Design Lab, a creative digital design and innovation agency helping companies to design new digital products and services. Her specialist areas are in Fintech, working with FTSE 250 companies, challenger banks, launching new digital currencies and sharing economy solutions. In 2017, Saba was named by Innovate Finance on the Women in Fintech Power list. Prior to this, Saba has spent the past two decades in the mobile telecoms and technology industries working at Board level with BT, Vodafone, BBC and Deloitte Consulting in Global Marketing, Brand Extension and joint ventures and partnering across the EMEA and emerging economies Saba has extensive experience in leading global teams to create new commercial ventures and take to market new data and digital products and services. Saba obtained an MBA from London Business School. She is advisor and associate at Ashridge Executive Management and Silicon Valley based Hult International Business School, working with Boards and Government on innovation and disruptive technology. She is a commentator on technology for the BBC. Saba was on the regional Board of one the Prince’s Trust charities. She mentors young people on entrepreneurship and business skills. In 2012, she mentored her team to victory in the Princes Trust, nationwide Enterprise Challenge competition. She is also Executive Director and Trustee of the Association of MBAs, a global membership organisation incorporating the top 250 Business Schools and over 30,000 MBAs across the world.

Farrah Hamid (Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer– Prettly.com): Farrah is Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of Prettly.com, a curated online marketplace delivering beauty treatments to the homes and offices of busy women in London. Prettlywas founded three years ago, and the company has since grown to become one of the leading on-demand mobile beauty players in the city. It has been featured in top beauty press including Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Marie Claire and more, and named by Time Out, The Independent, The Telegraph etc as one of the “best mobile beauty services in London”. Overall, Farrah has more than 10 years of experience in the business world and previously focused on marketing and communications for a diverse range of companies, from start-ups to large lifestyle and corporate brands. Farrah holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College in the United States and an MBA from London Business School in the UK.  


Saira Awan Malik (BPF Trustee and Entrepreneur): Saira Awan-Malik is a corporate lawyer. From 2009-15, she was an associate in the London office of international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP focusing on corporate and financial transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and capital market issuances. In June 2015, Saira left Cleary Gottlieb to join her family business, TCS (Pakistan) Limited, which is a dominant player in the courier and logistics industry in Pakistan. She is working to develop the international and e-commerce side of the business. Saira received an undergraduate degree in History from Yale University in May 1999. She read Law at Cambridge University (2001-3) and subsequently completed the Bar Vocational Course at Inns of Court School of Law in London. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in October 2007. Saira has served on the board of the British Pakistan Foundation since 2012. In April 2013, she launched the BPF Women’s Network. She is also a founder member of the British Pakistani Lawyers’ Association.

Limited places available!