As part of Mosaic’s week of events in support of Global Entrepreneurship Week, we will be launching the Mosaic Associates Women Entrepreneur and Business Network on Wednesday 14 November 2012.
The event will feature speakers including Farida Gibbs (CEO, Gibbs S3), Pinky Lilani OBE (Asian Women of Achievement Awards), Shabir Randeree (Chairman, Mosaic Associates), Saba Shaukat (CEO, Vital Iconnect) and Dianne Cornes (Director, Network Expansion, Prince’s Youth Business International).
Shabir Randeree – Mosaic Board Member and Chairman, Mosaic Associates
Shabir Randeree is Chairman of DCD London & Mutual, with over 25 years of experience in Real Estate, Venture Capital, Finance and Community Banking. He is also Deputy Chairman of Albaraka Bank South Africa and former Chairman of European Islamic Investment Bank plc. In Asia, Shabir is currently a Non Exec Director of BankIslami, listed on the KSE. Shabir was also a founder Director of the first standalone Islamic Retail Bank in the UK, Islamic Bank of Britain plc where he stepped down in Feb 2008 after serving for five years on the Board.
On the not-for-profit side, Shabir has acted on the executive committee of BMRC, a UK research-based charity, he was a Founder and former Trustee of the British Edutrust Foundation which has developed numerous Academies in the UK and served as a member of the government’s National Ethnic Minority Business Task Force, chairing their Access to Finance sub-committee. Currently, Shabir sits on the UK Trade & Investment Department’s Asia Task Force committee, co-chaired by the Secretary of State for Business, Dr Vince Cable. Shabir also acts as a Mentor, both for young business entrepreneurs and recently for graduates at the London Business School (LBS).
He was recently appointed onto the LBS Judging Panel for MBA Presentations and is also a Committee member of the London Chapter of The Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), currently serving as their Forum Chair. Shabir was listed in the Asian Power 100 for the UK in 2007 and the UK Muslim Power List (99) for 2010. Shabir holds a BA(HONS) in Accounting and Finance from Kingston University Business School and an MBA. He also has several years of executive education at London Business School (LBS) and at Harvard University.
Pinky Lilani OBE – Mosaic Ambassador & Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Motivational speaker Pinky Lilani, OBE came to the UK from India. She is the creator of the Spice Magic experience offering a unique and novel approach to cooking, team awareness and interaction. She is also the founder and brainchild behind the Asian Women of Achievement Awards an annual event held in London to acknowledge the achievements of Asian women.
Pinky was included in the 2009 Muslim Women Power List, honouring 50 of the most influential and powerful Muslim women within the working community in Britain. She was also nominated as one of Britain’s 100 Most Entrepreneurial Women 2009 by Real Business in association wtih Bank of Scotland Corporate and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lloyds TSB Jewel Award in October 2008. Pinky has spoken at global conferences on subjects as diverse as racism and success. She also recently led a delegation of business women to Mumbai to encourage bilateral communications particularly between women.
Farida Gibbs – Founder and CEO, Gibbs S3
Farida Gibbs is the CEO of GibbsS3, a globally certified woman-owned business enterprise and Europe’s fastest growing Staffing & Resource Project Solutions company.
Founded in 2005 & headquartered in Surrey with offices in London & Cheshire, Gibbs S3 has become an international provider of IT Staffing, Business Change & Project Solutions with operations in the US & Europe. Gibbs S3 serves as a Tier 1 supplier to FTSE100 clients & is ranked 7th largest global diversity firm in the US. Farida began her career more than 15 years ago & has extensive experience in the Banking, Telecommunications, Energy & Retail industries.
Farida’s passion is to deliver & exceed expectations and provide first class experience for her customers. Her inspiring career & rise to the top has led her to direct the UK’s efforts and become one of the fastest growing staffing providers, with her US Partners, S3, posting $220 million in sales revenues for 2011, of which the UK arm saw an incredible 456% growth in 2010 & further 70% growth in 2011.
Learning to balance her duties as CEO, motherhood and role model to the next generation, Farida has been asked to support the Women of the Future Ambassadors Programme connecting 100 successful women with 100 students to support and mentor the next generation of talent.
Farida is also working closely with a Primary School in London implementing a Reward & Recognition Programme to inspire young children to become the next entrepreneurs’ of the future. Farida and her team sponsor the school with Reward Schemes at the end of each term for 6 – 11 year olds.
Her determination has led to huge successes including recently winning the RBS Asian Woman Entrepreneur Award 2012, Recruitment International’s Top 250 Report, Winners of Fast Growth Business Awards 2011, finalists for the Precious Awards 2011, named in the Business XL Top 50 Rising Stars and awarded Global Enterprising Woman of the Year Award 2012.
Farida sits on the Board for City Women’s Network (CWN), is an appointed Ambassador of WEConnect International and a member of MSDUK (ethnic minority supplier development UK).
Farida was born in the UK, 1 of 4 children, mother from Egypt and father from Pakistan. A passion for cooking arabic cuisine, travelling to the middle east, love for all cultures, married and dedicated to raising her daughter and spending quality time together.
Saba Shaukat – Mosaic Associate and CEO, Mobile Technology Services provider, Vital Iconnect
Saba has worked in mobile, technology and media specialising in new ventures and merger integration, marketing, business development and strategy at Senior management and board level for leading global companies such as Vodafone, Deloitte, BT and the BBC . She successfully launched new mobile services in Europe, USA, Middle East and emerging markets and is known in the industry for delivering strong commercial results.
In 2004 she won a millennium commission award for the internet and social entrepreneurship. She won a BT Innovation award for the use of technology to create solutions for the Retail and Finance sector leading to revenues of over £250million. In 2010 she ran in the local elections in the Borough of Richmond Upon Thames. Saba holds an MBA from London Business School.
Dianne Cornes – Director, Network Expansion, Prince’s Youth Business International
Dianne works at YBI to expand and enhance the support for under-served young people around the world seeking to start up in business and escape unemployment. YBI is a network of independent nonprofits supporting young entrepreneurs across 35 countries. Within YBI, Dianne co-leads on the expansion of the YBI network to new countries, increasing the global leverage and impact of YBI’s proven approach. Dianne moved across from the financial services industry to work in the Third Sector in 2009, prior to which she worked for 20 years in the City in senior corporate relationship and management roles.