Concern Worldwide US has recognized Dr Anita Sands, Head of Change Leadership at UBS Wealth Management Americas, with the 2012 Women of Concern Award for her outstanding achievements as a business leader and advocate for women.

At the 10th Annual Women of Concern Awards Luncheon, in New York City, this week Sands accepted the award from the international humanitarian organization.

Speaking about Sands Siobhán Walsh, Executive Director of Concern Worldwide US, said “Dr. Sands embodies what it means to be a Women of Concern Honoree—what she has accomplished professionally and academically are second to none and a source of inspiration for women everywhere.”

She continued “She has also been a strong champion for the advancement of women domestically and internationally so that more women will be able to reach their full potential.”

Sands traveled with Concern to Haiti where she witnessed the organization’s efforts to rebuild the country after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

“Whether in the most remote, rural communities or on the most densely populated city streets, Concern is truly reaching the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in society,” Sands said.

On accepting the award from Concern said she applauds “Concern’s team in Haiti and celebrate the strong Haitian women—and the millions of other women and children touched by Concern’s work—who are true examples of extraordinary accomplishment.”

In her role as Head of Change Leadership at UBS Wealth Management Americas, Sands is responsible for executing the company’s transformation strategy through the innovative technologies and industry-leading platforms.

Sands joined UBS in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer. Before coming to UBS, she was the youngest-ever Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada and was the Managing Director and Head of Transformational Management at Citigroup. She holds a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and a First-Class Honors degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Queen’s University of Belfast, as well as a Master’s degree with highest distinction in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

As an advocate for women, Sands is a member of the International Women’s Forum, a mentor for The W.O.M.E.N. in America, the executive sponsor for UBS’ Women’s Employee Network, and a previous board member of Women in Capital Markets.

Sands will join past Women of Concern Honorees such as Hoda Kotb, Today Show co-host and Dateline NBC correspondent; Amy Ellis Nutt, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author; Pat Mitchell, CEO of PBS; Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairperson of The American Ireland Fund; and Ann Curry, Today Show co-anchor and NBC correspondent.

Siobhan Walsh, Executive Director of Concern Worldwide U.S.; Patricia Harty, Editor of Irish America magazine; and Jenna Wolfe, Sunday Today Show co-host and Women of Concern MCConcern