WOB Cultural Diversity Chair Wins Top Award

Mahjabeen Zaman, Chair of the Women on Boards (WOB) Cultural Diversity Committee, has been officially recognised as one of Australia’s 10 most influential Asian-Australians under the age of 40.

Mahjabeen won the award for the corporate category in the 2022 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians Awards, presented at a gala dinner in Sydney on Tuesday 4th October 2022.

Claire Braund and Nicole Donegan from Women on Boards, who attended the dinner with Mahjabeen, her husband Sam and colleagues from ANZ - where she is head of FZ Research - said they were incredible proud and delighted by her win.

“It was wonderful to sit in a room of Asian Australian leaders and publicly acknowledge their work and contribution to our country. To have Mahjabeen recongised for her leadership in corporate was fantastic. We are very proud to have her Chair the WOB Cultural Diversity Committee and to be guided by her quiet, dignified approach to all she does.”

Malini Raj, Claire Braund, Mahjabeen Zaman, Nicole Donegan Asian-Australian Awards 2022

Women on Boards (WOB) established a Cultural Diversity Committee (CDC) in 2020 with the aim of addressing barriers to leadership, board and committee roles for culturally diverse women.

 The overall award winner was Vietnamese-Australian community worker, legal-aid and solicitor, Tu Le, who was the preferred local candidate for Labor in the previously safe federal seat of Fowler in south-western Sydney, before the party disastrously parachuted former NSW premier Kristina Keneally into the seat.

She accepted her award while heavily pregnant and gave a stirring acceptance speech where she touched on the experience. For a full interview with Tu Le click here.  

Pictured above Malini Raj, Claire Braund, Mahjabeen Zaman, Nicole Donegan

About the awards

Now in its fourth year, the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians Awards seek to reshape the debate and confront Australia’s “bamboo ceiling” – the underrepresentation of Asian-Australians in leadership positions. The awards are an initiative of Asialink at the University of Melbourne, Australian National University and Johnson Partners. More information HERE

About Mahjabeen Zaman

MME_Mahjabeen-Zaman.jpegCORPORATE SECTOR WINNER Mahjabeen Zaman is the Head of FX Research at ANZ. She is an influencer and subject matter expert, regularly appearing on Bloomberg, Sky news, SBS, & ABC and a contributor to articles published in Australian Financial Review (AFR) and Sydney Morning Herald. As an avid financial market commentator she , was selected as one of twelve women in Australia for the prestigious Bloomberg New Voices Programme 2020. She is a non-executive director at the Future2 Foundation, a not-for-profit program supporting low-income individuals, achieve financial literacy. As a subject matter expert in ESG & Sustainability, Mahjabeen lectures at Macquarie University, sharing her passion for Sustainability and Finance with future leaders in finance.  Mahjabeen also Chairs Women on Boards Cultural Diversity Committee.

See the full list of the award winners HERE

Find out more about WOB's Cultural Diversity Committee HERE

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