Outstanding Achievement Award
Puja Changoiwala, India
Independent Journalist and Author
MA Journalism (International) – Broadcast, 2010
Puja Changoiwala is a Mumbai-based independent journalist, and author of the widely-acclaimed true crime book in India, 'The Front Page Murders: Inside the Serial Killings that Shocked India', Puja’s debut work as an author. As a freelance journalist, Puja contributes to some of the most esteemed news publications in India, Europe, China, and North America. She writes about the intersections of gender, human rights, crime, development and social justice in India. Her writings have featured across the likes of The Guardian, BBC, Washington Post, The Hindu and VICE, among many other renowned outlets.
Puja has also worked as a senior crime correspondent with Hindustan Times, India's second largest English daily, and won eight in-house awards for her outstanding journalism. She was recently shortlisted for International Young Author Awards, UAE, and is also a recipient of Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award, 2018, among other honours.
Rebecca Kearney, UK
Associate Director, Development Planning, Arcadis
MSc Real Estate Development, 2015
At Arcadis, the leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, Rebecca is leading a large multi-disciplinary team of circa 100 professionals, with the aim to improve quality of life and make a valuable contribution to solving the housing crisis. Rebecca has successfully led the development of Otterpool Park, a masterplan for a new garden town with up to 12,000 homes on a greenfield site in East Kent.
Rebecca is one of Arcadis's spokespeople on housing matters, and she has created deep and wide personal networks, both within Arcadis and the wider industry. Rebecca endeavours to be a role model not only for other women in the industry but for all. She has devoted time to mentoring and coaching colleagues to achieve professional qualifications, and she is recognised as a future leader. Rebecca has also spoken at a University of Westminster careers event in 2016 to encourage others to participate in the industry.
Anil Singh Rana, Mauritius
Construction Project Manager, International Construction Speaker, Founder and Director of Constructing Professional Development (CPD) Ltd
MSc Construction Project Management, 2012
Anil Singh Rana is the Founder and Director of Constructing Professional Development (CPD) Ltd in Mauritius, a dedicated construction training company to cater for all disciplines in the construction industry. Anil is an award-winning building surveyor, award-winning mentor, international construction speaker and global ambassador of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Anil is the first Mauritian to become the youngest Fellow of the RICS in Africa in 2014, and was the first Mauritian and the first Chartered Surveyor in Africa to win the prestigious accolade of the RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards 2016 in the Mentor category. Fervently, when it comes to the built environment and RICS, Anil’s aim is to get the wider public and young people to have an appreciation of the expertise and transferable skills that a Chartered Surveyor can offer both locally and internationally. Anil’s perennial efforts, relentless drive, persistence and passion have undoubtedly elevated the profession in Africa and around the globe.