Zainul Scoops Man­ager of the Year Award

Fiji Sun - - Business - CHRIS­TINE NIKOLA SUVA

Zainul Khan, Pro­gramme Man­ager of Fiji Roads Author­ity, Nadi and Suva Road Up­grad­ing, scooped the Man­ager of Year award at the women in busi­ness awards night on Fri­day.

She said hav­ing what is tra­di­tion­ally re­garded as a men’s job does not de­fine you as a per­son, it is just a job. Ms Khan thanked her mother, her col­leagues and women in busi­ness for recog­nis­ing and cel­e­brat­ing women’s achieve­ments. “I’m grate­ful to my par­ents for the ed­u­ca­tion that I have re­ceived and the support, it is an hon­our to be awarded as Man­ager of the Year,” she said. Women in Busi­ness is chal­leng­ing the com­mer­cial world to con­sid­ered women in lead­er­ship po­si­tion and de­ci­sion mak­ing at board level. Th­ese were the com­ments made by Pres­i­dent of Women in Busi­ness Nur Bano Ali at the event held at Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel.

She said an alarm­ing sta­tis­tics in Fiji is that board mem­bers of com­pa­nies listed on South Pa­cific Stock Ex­change con­sisted of only three women out of 18 mem­bers. “It is re­ally shame­ful, women in busi­ness is not enough. We need more ed­u­ca­tional ven­tures to grow women in the coun­try,” she said. West­pac Gen­eral Man­ager Brett Hooker said: “As a ma­jor spon­sor of the awards, West­pec aims to pro­vide tools for women for sus­tain­able and eco­nomic suc­cess.” He said West­pac in part­ner­ship with the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment launched a Pa­cific web­site. “Our aim is to pro­vide women with re­sources, in­spire women to grow their busi­ness, and be­come lead­ers and bid­ding en­trepreneurs,” he said.

Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI

(From Left): West­pac Gen­eral Man­ager Brett Hooker, Zainul Khan, Man­ager of the Year award Re­cip­i­ent (mid­dle) and Pres­i­dent of Women in Busi­ness Nur Bano Ali at the Women in Busi­ness awards on Fri­day.

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