meenaProfessor Meena Upadhyaya OBE PhD FRCPath is the founder of Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association (EMWWAA).

Professor Upadhyaya has worked within Cardiff University’s Institute of Cancer Genetics and specialises in researching ways to improve the lives of people with life-threatening inherited health conditions. Her work has led to major improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of inherited disorders, including muscular dystrophy and neurofibromatosis Type1 – a genetic condition that causes tumours to grow along the nerves. She played an instrumental role in discovering the gene known to be linked to neurofibromatosis type1, and later to understand why some benign tumours associated with the condition become malignant.

Professor Upadhyaya is also the founder of and Ethnic Minority Welsh Women in Healthcare (EMWWH). She is a Trustee for Women’s Equality Network for Wales, Race Equality First, Gift of Grace, Race Council Cymru and a governor for Hindu Cultural Association. She is also a mentor for the Women in Public Life scheme.

In January 2016 she was awarded an OBE (Officer of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to medical genetics and the Welsh Asian community.