On Monday 23rd January, we launched the Women of the Year Alumnae Club in London and our distinguished guest speaker was Seema Aziz, one of our 2016 Women of the Year Award recipients.

Seema is a highly successful business woman and philanthropist.   In the late 1980s, she was appalled by the lack of schooling available to vast numbers of children in Pakistan, so in 1988 set up CARE Foundation with the aim of giving children in the country the chance of a brighter future through education.  To date she has educated 240,000 children and her aim it to reach one million!

Ronke Phillips, senior correspondent at ITV London News, chatted with Seema about her early life and how she managed to set up and run a successful company whilst being a wife and mother. She spoke of the obstacles that she has had to overcome in setting up the schools and her secret – ‘quiet, calm, persistence’ seems to have been her solution!

Seema won over every person in the room, her inspiration was so tangible and after the formal ‘conversation’ with Ronke, she was surrounded by guests who wanted to find out more about this extraordinary woman.

The event was hosted by RSM at their offices in Farringdon Street and we all look forward to the next one in March!  If you wish to join the Alumnae Club, the only criteria is you need to have attended the Lunch as a Women of the Year.

Alumnae Contact: Mary Krauss


Phone: 020 8959 6909 or 07889 569106

Alumnae Address: c/o Diane Coyne, Brewers’ Hall, Aldermanbury Square, London EC2V 7HR