SCFMC Director wins prestigious 2020 Asian Women of Achievement Award

The Directors of the Small Countries Financial Management Centre, an Isle of Man Registered Charity, say they are pleased and proud that fellow director Serena Kern-Libera has won the prestigious Business category of the 2020 Asian Women of Achievement Awards. 

SCFMC Chairman Steve Pickford told B365: “We are very pleased that Serena has received this impressive and well-deserved recognition. Serena, who joined the Board in February of this year has already made a valuable contribution to the work of the SCFMC and we feel very fortunate to have the benefit of her experience and enthusiasm.” 

Serena added: “I was so pleased just to have been nominated and thrilled and honoured when I was shortlisted along with so many high achieving and inspiring women in my category!So, it came as a wonderful surprise when it was announced that I had won the Business category.” 

Serena continued: “I am passionate about a wide range of interests and am particularly delighted to have the opportunity make a positive contribution to the important capacity building work of the SCFMC.” 

Serena grew up in Tamil Nadu, India. She studied law at the London School of Economics, following which she worked as a Corporate M&A lawyer for several years at the magic circle firm Slaughter and May. 

She was previously Lead Trade Policy Adviser in the Bank of England’s International Directorate and is now Deputy Head of Global Trade Strategy at the Bank of England. 

Serena is passionate about education and diversity of thought. She is a School Governor at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington. 

Serena is also co-founder of Discover2Dream, an initiative aimed at connecting students with young BAME female role models in a variety of sectors and industries. 

When not at work, you will find Serena (stage name Segiri) in the recording studio. She has built a successful career in the music industry, with her music a regular feature on the BBC Radio and Music Week Charts. 

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards was founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 1999, to celebrate multicultural Britain and the contribution of diverse cultures and talents to UK society. It puts on a platform, the phenomenal Asian women across the UK and across industries, who are making a valuable and important contribution to British life. The awards play a key role in redefining the contribution of Asian women; and informing a new, positive, pro- diversity debate. 

The SCFMC is a charity registered in the Isle of Man and a company limited by guarantee. It was established by the Isle of Man Treasury in June 2009. It receives the majority of its funding from the Isle of Man Government’s International Aid budget.