Dr Zaki Rezwana Anwar
One of the most prominent and inspirational British Bangladeshi women, Dr Zaki Rezwana Anwar is a personality known for multi-faceted attributes such as medical and philanthropic contribution, alongside her illustrious media trajectory.
After her MBBS, her London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Diploma and her Maternal and Child Health MSc at UCL, she was a selected Commonwealth Scholar for her PhD. Commended by Princess Margaret, her GlaxoSmithKline project with pregnant women featured on BBC 2. She improved maternal mortality rates with the Brazilian Government as ‘Action for Safe Motherhood’ co-founder and campaigned against FGM with Gambian NGOs. Guest Speaker at UNESCO, WHO and Asian Nutrition Congress, her work was published in BMJ, Lancet and European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Being crowned ‘Best Orator’ in National Debates and her National Institute of Mass Communications graduation makes her the only British Bangladeshi with such expertise. Henceforth emerged the epitome on Dhaka Radio, BBC World Service, Bangla TV, Channel S, All India Radio and Voice of America. Internationally the longest-serving female Bangladeshi newscaster, she became Eastwood Awards’ ‘Best Female Newscaster.’
GSC’s Women’s Secretary taught hard-to-reach women first aid. Her ‘Widow Project’ showed 500 widows avenues to financial independence. IQRA International recognised her philanthropy with the disabled. From embryonic stages, she trailblazed for Dual Citizenship Act amendments with the Law Minister, protecting rights; receiving a Civic Award for her services.