18 May 2012
Aston University student Anisa Haghdadi has been awarded the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) 2012 ‘Aspiring Talent’ Award.
This brand new award for 2012 recognises exceptional individuals aged between 16 and 23 who are currently in full-time Higher or Further Education and who are looking to embark upon a professional services career within Birmingham. BYPY is Birmingham Future’s flagship event which is now in its 12th year of celebrating outstanding talent in the city.
Anisa is currently in her final year of study of a Business and Management degree at Aston Business School. Anisa set up her first social enterprise - a dance class at her local YMCA Centre - at the age of 15 and she has since gone on to run successful dance showcases in Birmingham by securing funding and also raising money for Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Anisa sits on the board of the Young People's Enterprise Partnership set up by the Coventry and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce to gain insight into the barriers for young entrepreneurs. She has a real passion and interest for helping the youths of Birmingham to achieve their goals and to show that enterprise and self-employment is a viable option for people of any age. Here on campus at Aston University Anisa has also helped to inspire our students by becoming a student mentor and putting on socially responsible themed events.
Speaking on winning the award, Anisa Haghdadi said: “I am thrilled to have won the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year ‘Aspiring Talent’ Award. It shows that my determination to represent young female entrepreneurs from the region and dispel the stereotype of young people as anti-social or lazy, has worked. I try to be a positive role model and aim to raise the aspirations of young people. I have proved that enterprise is a viable option for people of any age.”
Professor Helen Higson, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Aston University, said: “Anisa is exceptional in terms of her entrepreneurial outlook and achievements. She has a real passion for working with the Birmingham youth community and inspiring them. Anisa is a natural entrepreneur; when her placement organisation struggled financially she offered to take a pay cut and sought out a way to create her own income, showing a real talent to make business work in the 21st Century. She is a credit to Aston University and is truly a worthy winner of this Aspiring Talent Award.”
The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Thursday 17 April 2012.
For further information, please contact Angie Robinson, Employer Engagement Manager at Aston University on 0121 204 4945 or firstname.lastname@example.org.