Four Malaysian women did their nation proud when they emerged winners of Britain’s Women of the Future Awards (South-East Asia) 2021.
According to their respective categories, the winners are Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) astrophysicist Assoc Prof Dr Nur Adlyka Ainul Anuar (Science, Technology & Digital), Asia Green Group executive director Mei Tan (Property, Infrastructure & Construction), Tickled Media general manager Sarah Voon (Business), and Rev Media Group lead producer Nandini Balakrishnan (Arts & Culture).
Reports in The Star said while studying at Durham University in Britain about four years ago, Dr Nur Adlyka was part of the international NASA team that discovered a hidden, supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy.
The lecturer at UKM’s Department of Applied Physics is also a member of the Young Scientists Network under the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.
Voon, meanwhile is attached to parenting website theAsianparent.
“Two years ago, I was in the labour room, and when Jedi was born, my life as I knew it transformed completely. I went back to work a couple of months later, having become a new mother to my newborn and also as a leader for theAsianparent.
“I’m glad I took the leap to take on that role, even though I was terrified to bits. Things happen for a reason, though the timing may not seem right to you. Take the leap of faith if you think it’s what you’re meant to do,” she shared on Instagram.
The Women of the Future Awards (South-East Asia) was founded by Calcutta-born Britain-based author, motivational speaker and women’s advocate Pinky Lilani in 2017 and aims to showcase emerging leaders who are not afraid to question stereotypes, break boundaries and drive positive change with courage, hard work and determination.
Sixty women across 10 countries were shortlisted for the South-East Asia Awards across 11 different fields.
Nominations opened in January and in July, shortlisted candidates were invited to a virtual interview with their category judges. The winners were announced via a virtual awards celebration on Oct 6.