In an age of intolerance, division and anti-globalisation, charity campaigner Kalpna Woolf argues that we have to unlock the primeval connections which have always bound us together by sharing our stories, communicating with one another and being unflinching in the face of an apparent populist wave pushing us apart.
Kalpna forged a stellar TV career with the BBC ending up as Head of Production for BBC Factual, managing a £70m business and 550 hours of programming, all recognised when she was awarded the Asian Woman's Achievement Award. Judges said: “Kalpna’s hard work and dedication are clear for anyone to see, but what is most impressive is her commitment in using her own experience to help others within and outside her own organisation. Beyond her remarkable achievements during her career at the BBC, she is an impressive leader and mentor.
Kalpna has been Chair of trustees for a charity helping bring clean water to India; a board member of the Local Enterprise Partnership, championing skills for young people; a visiting Professor for the University of the West of England; and she has brought her passionate knowledge for world food cultures together in her first book –Spice Yourself Slim.
In 2015, Kalpna founded 91 Ways to Build A Global City - a unique, groundbreaking initiative to bring the 91 language communities of Bristol together using food and their stories of culture and history to connect people and build a more united city. In recognition of her success with this project, this year she won the Guild of Food Writers Inspiration Award. She is now looking to expand the project across the UK.Kalpna is a campaigner for women's rights, equality and fairness.