Two alumni of the Cambridge MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School are finalists of the “Women of the Future” 2019 awards in the UK. Amelia Cox and Chayanika Ranasinghe (both MBA 2018) are shortlisted in two categories of the Awards.
British born Amelia Cox is nominated in the “MBA Star” category that recognises a female MBA student of “exceptional vision, talent and promise,” with the judges “looking to identify individual stories of current or former MBA students with a compelling life-story and exciting visions for the future.”
Amelia is passionate about gender equality in the workplace and was actively involved in this year’s Wo+Men’s Leadership Conference that took place at Cambridge Judge in June. She also co-chaired the Women’s Leadership Student Initiative Group during her MBA studies. Currently Amelia is working as Senior Commercialisation Manager at Visa in London.
Amelia said she feels humbled to be shortlisted for the Award: “I’m honoured to be a finalist alongside so many inspiring women in the UK. I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an incredible network of women that are greatly impacting the world.”
Chayanika Ranasinghe, originally from Sri Lanka, is finalist in the “Commonwealth Award” category that recognises “the phenomenal achievements of Commonwealth citizens achieving developmental goals through the Commonwealth’s effective network of nations.” Those shortlisted in this ‘special’ category are women making a significant and important impact on their communities, sharing their stories and shining a spotlight on their contribution.
Before her MBA studies Chayanika was working as the lead consumer and retail sector analyst at CT CLSA Securities covering the Sri Lankan listed entities and analysis of regional and frontier market players. She is currently looking to pursue a career in strategy and management consultancy.
The two alumnae were nominated by Professor Sucheta Nadkarni, who sadly passed away in October after a short illness. During her time at Cambridge Judge Business School Professor Nadkarni championed gender diversity and equality as Director of the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre and as Gender Equality Champion at the University of Cambridge (2016-19).
There are 15 categories in the “Women of the Future Awards” this year including sectors such as Arts and Culture, Business, Media, Science and Sport. The awards, founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 2006 and supported by Aviva, aim to recognise young women and provide a platform for the pipeline of female talent in the UK.