Congratulations to Aicha– 2013 GDST Alumna of theYear Award winner!
We are thrilled to announce that Putney Old GirlAicha McKenzie (1995 leaver) has been chosen as this year’s GDST Alumna of theYear in recognition of her many professional achievements and for being aninspiring role model to younger women.
Aicha collected her award at last night’s GDST Annual Reception, held at theKing’s Fund in London, where the Putney High School Junior Choir, and runnersup of the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year, also performed. As partof her award, Aicha was presented with a cheque for£500 which she has decidedto split equally between her two nominated charities DanceAid and Cash& Rocket.
The competition for this year’s award was intense, with Aicha beating six otherextraordinary women to take home the accolade. Thank you to everyone who votedfor Aicha, our 2013 GDST Alumna of the Year!
Aicha enjoyed extraordinary successin her last year at Putney High School winning three medals at the 1994Commonwealth Games in Canada and becoming the first ever black British RhythmicGymnastics Champion. In 2005, Aicha founded AMCK Management, an internationaltalent agency specialising in creative directors, choreographers and dancers.Voted Best New Agency in 2006 and Best Agency in 2007, Aicha has worked withsome of the biggest names in the entertainment industry including music artistsRihanna and Beyoncé; brands Nike and L’Oreal, and at the Brit and MTV Awardshows. In 2008, Aicha set up the male-only model agency AMCK Models and hermodels have gone on to shoot Prada campaigns and Vogue covers!
Every year since 2008, Aicha has been listed asone of Britain’s 50 Most Powerful Black Women. Perhaps one of the biggesthighlights of her career so far was choreographing the Sports Presentation atthe London 2012 Olympic Games, creating and directing routines across all thesports entertainment including the Beach Volleyball, Gymnastics and even TaeKwondo, which were watched by millions of people across the world.
Aicha is not only a pioneer in her field but also a fantastic role model. Shehas shown that, with hard work, determination and dedication, you can achieveoutstanding professional success pursuing the things you love in life– animportant message to young people today as they choose their future careers.