Patrons, Ambassadors and Management Committee

EMWWAA Patrons:

  • Julie Morgan AM
  • Jane Hutt AM, Finance Minister

EMWWAA Ambassadors:

  • Chris Anderson
  • Mrs Zakia Ahmed MBE
  • Mrs Sawari Ahmed
  • Ann Cox
  • Prof Sue Denham
  • Prof Dianne Edwards
  • Mrs Julie Rogers
  • Mrs Sue Essex
  • Liz Fahy
  • Baroness Anita Gale
  • Prof Sheila Hunt
  • Mrs Alison Jackson
  • Lady Lloyd Jones
  • Prof Teresa Rees
  • Prof Julian Sampson
  • Prof Terry Threadgold
  • Prof Chris Weedon
  • Dr Joan Williams
  • Mrs Kirsty Williams AM
  • Kate Bennett
  • Norma Jarboe

EMWWAA Management Committee:

  • Prof Meena Upadhyaya OBE
  • Mrs Vimla Patel MBE
    Vimla Patel of Llandaff in Cardiff has been hugely involved in Voluntary work forthe past 40 years, providing a broad range of support to vulnerable people. She has been instrumental in helping Ugandan Asians integrate into wider community, helping them with translations, medical appointments, job interviews, schools and housing. Vimla also helps her husband with the family business.Vimla has been a Committee Member of Sanatan Dharma Mandal & Hindu Community Centre for the last 30 years giving voluntary, unpaid services to the community. Vimla is currently in a highly responsible position as the General Secretary for Hindu Community Centre. She is active in day to day running of the community centre, organising a broad variety of trips and events. She takes active part in running an Elderly Day Centre.Vimla is also a Chair of Hindu Council of Wales., Board Member of BAWSO Women’s Aid, Mentor Ring and Minority Ethnic Communities Health Fair. She also sits on ITV Diversity Panel.In the past Vimla had been on the Committee of Older Persons’ Forum, CMEE, , Cardiff Communities First, Cardiff Community Health Council, BME Women’s Forum and Asian Women’s Network.Vimla has made and continues to make significant contributions to the integrations of minority groups and the host community in South Wales.Vimla has worked part time as a Finance Officer at BAWSO and Mewn Cymru. She previously worked for the DTI, Customs & Excise, Glamorgan Record Office, and she also helps run the family business.Vimla was honoured by the First Minister Mr Carwyn Jones with “Welsh Achievement Award” for promoting Equality and Tolerance amongst Ethnic Minority Communities in April 2010. Vimla was also honoured MBE by Her Majesty the Queen, for the services to Asian and Hindu Communities of Cardiff.
  • Mrs Sivanes Sivapalan
  • Mrs Selina Moy
    Selina is passionate about human rights and equality issues. She currently sits on the Board of BAWSO women’s aid organisation supporting BME women and chairs Sub Sahara Advisory Panel a membership organisation for diaspora communities in Wales. Selina is a founding member of Refugee Voice Wales and the Zimbabwe Development Support Association supporting migrants in Wales.
    Selina moved to Wales 17 years ago with her husband and four children. She currently works in social housing policy and has wide experience of working in the public and voluntary sectors in Wales.
    She holds a Masters degree in Journalism Studies and an MSC in Equality and Diversity.
  • Mrs Kaori Onoda
    Kaori is Public Service Interpreter & Translator for the Japanese language working for health, legal and local government services in Wales and beyond. She also teaches Japanese language to students and adults. Between 1999 and 2011 she worked for the Welsh Government as Principal Researcher in policy making and policy evaluation.
    Born in Japan, Kaori has a background in sociology and public health. Before moving to the UK in 1995, she was teaching health sociology at medical schools in Tokyo.
  • Nisha Rawindaran
    Born Nisha Rawindaran Nair, grew up in Malaysia and did Electronic Engineering in Cardiff University, Wales. Worked in Semi-Conductor technology for 8 years as a Lead Engineer and went on to Oracle CRM consultancy within an Investment Bank in, London. Moved back ‘home’ to Wales in 2009. Ventured into consultancy UK and world-wide, continued post-graduate education in Wales. Completed an Accounting degree and Masters at Cardiff Met Uni. Current Role Director for Aytel Systems Limited/PN Cloud Solutions.
  • Chetna Sinha
    Chetna is a qualified Solicitor with considerable expertise within the areas of Conveyancing and Immigration law.and is a partner at Chetna & Co Solicitors She has experience of over 15 years in the legal field, formerly in India at the Delhi High Court and District Courts and more recently in the UK . She has worked mostly in Property, Immigration, Family and Banking law. Besides her legal career, Chetna maintains an active interest and involvement in community and cultural affairs. She is currently board member of BAWSO, a voluntary organisation, providing specialist holistic services to Black and Minority Ethnic women and children, having been a Board Member since 2006. She is also associated with the Royal Commonwealth Society of Wales, of which she is a founding member and Trustee. She is also a Trustee at Bhaktidham Wales and has been active in the events of the Indian community in Cardiff.
  • Sivanes Sivpalan
    Sivanes was born and brought up in Sri Lanka and has been a manager at Sivpalan & company for 15 years, it is a leading independent accountancy firm in Cardiff, Wales providing accountancy and professional advisory services to individuals and businesses for over 22 years.They have a proactive meticulous team, and are always able to find a solution to the most complex of accounting and taxation issues. Sivanes has immense experience in accountancy and is widely connected with different communities.
  • Samsunear Ali
    Samsunear is a passionate leader with first class communication skills and a long track record of successful management. She has experience of high level government negotiations with extensive knowledge of all current economic, social and regulatory issues. An inspiring and motivational manager with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability and passion to develop the vision of any company she manages. She is able to push performance improvement whilst at the same time delivering growth.
    She has been working in the field of Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women for 20 years. She has played an active role in the growth of the organisation from £30,000 to £3,000,000.
    Outside work, Samsunear still finds time to get involved in community work. Her current and past appointments include:-
    Race Council Cymru – Umbrella body for Race Equality- Vice Chair
    Cardiff Muslim Primary – Independent Education -Treasurer
    Cardiff Bangladeshi Reference Group – Community Group – Vice Chair
    Women in Action – Community Group – Treasurer
    MEWN Cymru – BME Empowerment organisation – Chair
    She continues to challenge herself to try new things. Her achievements include
    Running the Cardiff Half Marathon
    Climbing Mount Snowdon
    Coordinating Fundraisers
    standing for Council Election
    Winner of the Ethnic Minority Welsh Women’s Achievement Award – Leadership and Management