Kamel Hothi, Advisory Board member for City Sikhs, has received an OBE from Prince Charlesfor services to Diversity in Banking. The investiture ceremony took place in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 8th February 2018.
City Sikhs is one of the leading Sikh organisations in Britain with over 6,000 members, and it gives a voice to progressive Sikhs in the UK. It is currently involved in several important projects, including the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which finally gave the vote to women over the age of 30.
Following the ceremony, Kamel said: “It was a wonderful day. Receiving the honour in this pivotal year for British women made it all the more memorable as well as truly humbling. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to play my part in improving diversity across the world of finance. It’s wonderful to see how things have improved over the last 4 decades from my struggles to become the first Asian bank manager to now. However, there is still much to be done and I hope the next generation of Asian women grab new opportunities with both hands and show what they are capable of.”
Jasvir Singh OBE, Chair of City Sikhs, said: “I’m so proud to see a trailblazing woman such as Kamel get recognised in this manner. She shattered glass ceilings at a young age and paved the way for women and for people of colour to progress within careers in the world of banking and finance. It wasn’t an easy feat for her, and it’s important for us to take stock of the hard work of people whose efforts have allowed Sikhs to progress within Britain, including within the corporate world. She is a fantastic role model for all of us”
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