SAARC Woman Entrepreneur Awards 2018

The SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC) organized the SAARC Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 which had been the first ever award ceremony recognizing the hard work and innovative leadership of exceptional female entrepreneurs in the SAARC region. Along with the award ceremony, the Knowledge Forum and SAARC Musical Couture & Culinary Extravaganza had been momentous. The events were held from March 1-3, 2019 at Shangri-La, Colombo, Sri Lanka.  

The aim of the event was to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit of women and encourage and recognize women who possess vision, innovation, entrepreneurial drive, leadership, individuality and tenacity thereby portraying female icons for other women in the region to aspire.

Ms. Rifa Musthapha, Chairperson of SCWEC, welcomed the distinguished guests and dignitaries from the SAARC member states.

Ms. Zarghona Walizada of Afghanistan, Ms. Priti Chakraborty of Bangladesh, Ms. Chogyel Lhamo of Bhutan, Ms. Suiza Ibrahim of Maldives, Ms. Shyam Badan Shresta of Nepal and Ms. Hina Mansab Khan of Pakistan were recognized as the most exceptional female entrepreneurs in the year 2018 from the respective countries in the SAARC region.

Ms. Lakmini Wijesundara, Founder and CEO of Iron One Technologies and BoardPac Sri Lanka, was crowned the overall winner of the SAARC Woman Entrepreneur Award 2018.

The awards were presented at the SAARC Musical Couture - a gala fund-raising event. Each SAARC country was allotted a segment in the Musical Couture to showcase their best in Fashion Design and Music.

Honb’le Mrs. Chandrani Bandara, Minister of Women and Child Affairs and Dry Zone Development was invited as the chief guest.

The audience comprised the corporate fraternity and entrepreneurs, representatives of Diplomatic missions, diaspora of the SAARC countries, members of women’s organizations and institutions and the crème de la crème of Colombo’s fashionable and influential society.

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