Zaha Hadid named finalist in Business Woman Awards

Mark Wilding

Veuve Clicquot finalists 2013

Iraqi-British architect noted for her contribution to London 2012

Zaha Hadid has been named one of three finalists for the 2013 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award.

Hadid is up against Drax chief executive Dorothy Thompson and Nails Inc founder Thea Green for the prize, which recognises female entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The judging panel selected Hadid for her “compelling approach to architecture” and noted her contribution to the London 2012 Olympics through the design of the Aquatics Centre.

Ruth Rogers, chief executive of the River Cafe and a judge for this year’s award, described Hadid as “one of the most prominent architects of our time”.

Green was nominated for her success in capitalising on the growing trend for high street nail bars whilst Thompson was recognised for her work leading Drax’s energy efficiency programme. 

Elsa Corbineau, director of champagnes at Moet Hennessy UK, said: “Our shortlist exemplifies what women can achieve in business: strong entrepreneurship and leadership, combined with a desire and ability to deliver real change in society.”

The winner will be announced at Claridge’s in London on April 22.

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