Shaper: Pinky Lilani

Show aired on 25th June 2016


Pinky Lilani CBE DL is a food guru, author, motivational speaker and internationally acclaimed champion for women. She is the force behind the annual Women of the Future Awards, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, The Ambassadors programme, The Inspirational Women’s Network, The Women of the Future Summit and the Global Empowerment Award. She is an associate fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford and Patron of DIL, The Westminster Society and Frank Water. She is an Ambassador for the Tiffany Circle of the Red Cross and on the Board of Trustees of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Pinky is also a member of the board of Global Diversity Practice and on the Court of Brunel University.  Pinky makes regular media appearances and is a keynote speaker at international conferences and at educational institutions including the Judge Business School, Cambridge and the Said Business School, Oxford. Winner of several awards, she was listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour.

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“My husband had done no due diligence whatsoever because he thought he’d got a good Indian wife who could cook.”

“…there was a misconception about Indian food and people used to say onion bhaji… but there is nothing called onion bhaji.”

“…it brings out the best in people because you are in a very good mood when someone is giving you good food.”

“I get up every morning really excited that I am going to do different things.”

“All these women I come across are so inspirational. The men too – men are very much part of our equation.”

“My mantra is: ‘you have not lived a perfect day unless you have done something for someone who can never repay you.'”

“I think when you have someone who believes in you, then you can actually fly much higher than if you don’t.”

“In business, your networks are hugely important. So you have an astrophysicist meeting a football coach, meeting an entrepreneur…”

“Someone asked me ‘how long does it take to make a curry?’ and I heard ‘how long have you been in the country?’ so I said 27 years. So they weren’t going to come to my house for dinner…”