Chetna Patel, Private Secretary to Director General Consular and Economic is among the final shortlist for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.
The awards recognise the valuable contribution and achievement of Asian women in various aspects of society including business, charity, sport, arts and culture, and public service. Chetna’s nomination is a reflection of her dedication and achievements in the public service in a short space of time.
She has researched the causes behind gun and knife crime, worked on public finance at HM Treasury, led efforts on electoral participation at the Cabinet Office and championed change, reform, and green growth as part of her current role at the FCO. She also stepped in to help coordinate the UK’s and international efforts to provide relief to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
Speaking about her nomination, Chetna commented:
I feel very privileged to have been shortlisted for this award. I am fortunate to be amongst so many accomplished women in my category, and it has been inspirational reading their stories. These awards recognise the contribution that women from diverse backgrounds make to British society, and are a great platform to celebrate their successes.
My nomination is testament to the fact that different experiences and skills are highly valued in the Civil Service. I hope other young people are inspired to consider the Civil Service as career option. I have been privileged enough to work at the Sustainable Development Commission (Defra NDPB), HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office, and am now very proud to say that I am part of the Diplomatic Service. I look forward to representing the UK overseas.
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