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QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS Indian Women Achievers 2009

Vandana Saxena Poria


Vandana Saxena Poria qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant with HW Fisher. After qualifying, she spent 10 years living and working in a multitude of countries in Central and Eastern Europe, initially for Ernst & Young. She went on to become the CEO of BPP International, the international division of the Europe's largest listed professional training company with a turnover in excess of £160 million.

In this capacity, she was responsible for all training outside the UK. She was also responsible for drafting the first versions of the IFRS and ISA materials for BPP. Vandana was also a very successful tutor and consistently achieved top student ratings. Accountancy education is Vandana’s passion.

Vandana also works closely with the British Government to foster international trade for the UK and has given numerous presentations for/to UKTI. She has held several positions with British Chambers of Commerce in several countries including Chairperson.

Nina Rajarani


Srishti is delighted to announce that its Artistic Director Nina Rajarani has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2009 Birthday Honours, in recognition of her services to South Asian Dance. The award, which recognises many years’ work developing and raising the profile of South Asian dance, is a fantastic honour for Nina. We are all very excited about this award, and extremely proud of Nina’s achievement. The Queen's Birthday Honours are awarded each year in June, and pay tribute to outstanding achievement and service across the community. The list was announced on June 13 2009, and the awards will be presented by the Queen at an official ceremony later this year. Nina Rajarani was a student at Whitmore School in Harrow. She got higher education in Indian Dancing from a famous school in Chinnai, India.

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