MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN 2023: An evening of glitz, glam, power with Chitrangda Singh

Dubai witnessed a dazzling evening of glitz, glamour and power-women as Filmfare Midde East hosted the 2nd Edition of the Flormar Presents Most Influential Women 2023 on December 12th 2023. A prestigious tribute to the phenomenal women driving change across UAE, the event had some of the salutes empowering Women Achievers in their respective fields and recognizes their outstanding contributions. Attended by some of the most celebrated names of the UAE, the evening also had a dose of Star Power as Chitrangda Singh unveiled the December Cover of the Filmfare Middle East Power Issue with Mr Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman of Danube Group, amidst much fanfare.

The event kickstarted with an insightful panel discussion on ‘Women In Business’ moderated by Dr Sana Sajan, Director, American Aesthetics Medical Centre. Joining her on the illustrious panel were Biz-Ladies Kamiya Jani, Lesha Mansukhani, Logina Salah and Sara Hamdan.

While addressing the esteemed gathering, Mr Rizwan spoke about the inspiring women in his life as well as supporting women as he revealed that women made up for 55 per cent of the workforce in Danube Group.

Chitrangda Singh, looking stunning in a red gown, spoke about what power meant for her and encouraged education for the women.

The evening also saw women achievers being felicitated for their contributions to the society and their achievements honoured in various categories.

Check out the list of Awardees:

  • Outstanding Contribution to Education : Dr. Abhilasha Singh (Vice President for Academic Affairs – American University, Dubai)
  • Outstanding Contribution to Humanitarian Causes : Saima Khan (Co-Founder – Step Up Dubai – Social Club)
  • Pioneer in AI : Yasmin AlEnazi (Co-founder of Women in AI – UAE)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sports : Noura Aljasmi (UAE NOC Board Member – President –UAE, Badminton Federation – Vice President of Badminton Asia)
  • Excellence in Media : Sara Hamdan (Managing Editor – Protocol labs)
  • Makeup Maestro : Manal Muffin (Makeup & Beauty Influencer)
  • Pioneer in Beauty Pageant : Shweta Roy (Founder- SR Queens Media Pvt Ltd)
  • Best Startup for Women Empowerment : Avneet Kohli & Deeksha Ahuja (Founder – Encubay and Co-Founder Avneet)
  • Excellence in CSR Activities : Shabanam Kassam (Founder- Alish Apparel & Director – Danube Welfare Center)
  • Music Icon : Monica Woodman (Conductor – Firdaus Orchestra, Expo City)
  • Excellence in Culinary Art : Salam Daqqaq (Chef Owner – Bait Maryam)
  • Excellence in Film & Entertainment : Zenofar Fathima (CEO – Zen Film Productions)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art & Culture : Zaahirah Zabeen Muthy (Founder – Zee Arts & Art Connects Women)
  • Excellence in Hospitality : Sharihan Al Mashary (First Emirati Female General Manager)
  • Woman of Style and Substance : Chitrangda Singh (Bollywood Star)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Gourmet Literature : Rashmi Uday Singh (Author, TV Host, Founder Hospitality Hope)
  • Excellence in Storyteller : Diko Kissimon (Head of Projects – Nas Daily)
  • Trendsetter in Beauty and Makeup : Zeenat Jaffer (CEO – Z Haus, Celebrity Makeup Artist)
  • Groundbreaking Achievement in Aviation : Dr. Suaad Al Shamsi (First female aircraft engineer – technical advisor)
  • Youth Icon : Asmi Ahmad (Founder of DIAETA by ASMI)
  • Excellence in Finance : Hasnae Taleb (Co-founder of innovative trading algorithms)
  • Excellence in F&B : Amal Almarri & Deem Albassam (Founder – The Independent Food Company)
  • Digital Entrepreneur of the Year : Kamiya Jani (Founder – Curly Tales Middle East & India)
  • Philanthropist of the Year : Deana Uppal (Founder – Kindness Diaries Trust, entrepreneur, filmmaker, and philanthropist)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Real Estate : Dhanu Abhyankar (Director – Sales & Leasing – DMCC)
  • Empowering Beauty : Logina Salah (Vitiligo Advocate, Egyptian Influencer and Model)


Also present at the event were Mrs. Sameera Sajan, Ms. Parveen Sarang, Ms. Harjyot Oberoi, Ms. Nidhi Bhardwaj, Mr. Arif Bhaldar, Mr. Kris Ankem, Ms. Zai Lulla, Ms Renu Balmiki, Ms. Arefa Sura, Ms. Simran Chaudhary, Ms Nikita Naseri, Shaikh Abdulla Rashed Ahmed Almualla, Ms. Anna Gedman, Mr. Mark Alex, Mr. Muhammad Usman, Mr. Abdul Karim, Ms. Munira Rahman, Mr. Tej Lalvani, Mr. Anil Kukreja, Mr. Ameet Kukreja, Ms. Shemaliah Goulbourna, and Dr. Tara Lalvani amongst others.

Sponsors & Partners

Presenting Partner – Flormar
Newspaper Partner – Khaleej Times
Digital Partner – Curly Tales Middle East
Radio Partner – 89.1 Radio 4
Trophy Partner – Crystal Corporation
Forrey & Galland
Al Haramain
Prime Nuts
Coffee Rare
Beauty Solutions
Earth’s Finest
Dose & Glow
Diaeta by Asmi
Make it glow

Emcee: Isha Sharma
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