“What Glass Ceiling?: Indian Women in the Workplace”


The Woman Speaks
Part I

“What Glass Ceiling?: Indian Women in the Workplace”


DATE Thursday, January 10, 2019
TIME 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (Registration: 04:00 PM )
LOCATION WWF Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi- 110003
SPEAKERS Reshma Anand, CEO, Hindustan Unilever Foundation
Pratibha Jain, Partner, Nishith Desai Associates
Suparna SinghCEO, NDTV Group
CHAIR Amitav VirmaniFounder CEO, The Education Alliance 

Ananta Centre launches a series of Dialogues on Women and Gender Issues on a platform developed by women, for women and dedicated to women.

The forum provides a safe space for open discussions which bring forth the true conflict within, focusing on both the inconsistencies in how women are viewed and her own battle to define her identity outside of society’s norms. Her challenges, her experiences and her own affirmations of worth, power, and vulnerability in a period of underrepresentation and prejudice and her struggle to transcend the image thrust upon her to struggle for wholeness and find her voice.

The panel has an eclectic mix of speakers who will share the lived experience and open a dialogue on the changing role of women in influencing the course of social change in society and moving from the dream, outward.

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Reshma Anand

Reshma Anand
CEO, Hindustan Unilever FoundationReshma is a business school graduate with over 20 years of leadership experience in mission driven non-profits and social ventures. She started out with a conventional corporate career at Unilever in India in roles including market intelligence, product innovation and brand management. As work took her to rural outposts across India, Reshma decided to shift gears to work on development challenges through market-based solutions. She is the founder of two social ventures including a specialist advisory firm on sustainable social responsibility and an accelerator for agri and artisanal micro entrepreneurs.
She has worked extensively with non-profit organizations and donors on strategy design, impact assessment and leadership development. Reshma has anchored efforts to drive informed philanthropy in India through thought leadership, collective funding platforms and collaborations with government. She is an Economics graduate from the University of Delhi, an MBA from IIM-Bangalore, a Fellow of second wave class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a TED India Fellow. In her current role, Reshma heads Hindustan Unilever Foundation; a corporate foundation focused on water conservation and community governance. She has a bag packed at all times to take a road trip!
 Pratibha Jain Pratibha Jain, Partner, Nishith Desai Associates

Ms. Pratibha Jain is the Founding Partner and also the Head of the Delhi office of Nishith Desai Associates. She heads the Funds and Regulatory practice at NDA. Ms. Jain brings with her a breadth of international and Indian experience having worked in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Ms. Jain’s educational qualifications include B.A (Economics) Hons. and LL.B. degree from Delhi University, a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from the University of Oxford, and a LL.M. degree from the Harvard Law School.
Her areas of focus include FDI investments, banking and finance and corporate and regulatory advisory.
Her client list includes marquee corporate and private equity clients including, Softbank, Amazon, Flipkart, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Boerse, Tiger Global, Soros, Norwest Venture Partners, General Atlantic, SAIF Partners, Everstone Capital, Bombay Stock Exchange and Ministry of Finance. She sits on various important committees including FICCI Capital Markets Committee and FICCI Sub-committee on Internet and Social Media.  She has worked on some of the most challenging projects in financial services and regulatory sector, including representing investors in the biggest infrastructure investment by a consortium of Private Equity investors, representing Softbank in its investment of USD 1.4 billion in PayTM, Ministry of Finance for structuring of India’s first sovereign wealth fund with proposed corpus of over six billion, representing investors for facilitating listing of stock exchanges in India, representing investors in investigations by the Enforcement Directorate, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Reserve Bank of India (RBI). She enjoys working and writing on public policy issues and is regularly quoted in news on various public policy issues. She is a Fellow of the Shaken Not Stirred Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
 Suparna Singh Suparna SinghCEO, NDTV Group

Suparna has been with NDTV for 25 years and has the highest-level experience in all aspects of NDTV functions: editorial in both broadcast TV and internet, revenue and cost management. She has helped NDTV create and run a major new property in NDTV Convergence, which is internationally recognised. It is and has always been a profitable venture (almost unheard of among similar internet news properties). She likes coffee and Golden Retrievers. She is a Fellow of the 4Sight Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
 Amitav Virmani 1
Amitav Virmani
Founder CEO, The Education Alliance Amitav is Founder CEO, The Education Alliance. TEA is a registered non profit organisation based in India and works primarily as a facilitator of Public Private Partnerships in Education across the country. Prior to this Amitav was Country Director, Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), India, a UK based philanthropic co-operative founded in 2002. He was responsible for setting up  and managing the India operations for ARK and was with the organisation since it’s inception in India in 2008 until April 2014. Amitav and his team were responsible for launching several programmes in India – School Leaders for India – a leadership capacity building programme, ASPIRE- an English Literacy programme ENABLE – a vouchers school access programme and SQA- SchoolQuality Assesment in Madhya Pradesh, an initiative funded by DIFD.
Amitav began his post MBA career in the USA working for Bristol Myers Squibb & Co. based in Princeton. He managed a part of their Oncology portfolio and was also responsible for setting up their office in Mumbai, India in 2003. He started as part of a small team of 2 expat employees from the US who worked closely with McKinsey & Co. to establish the India entity and left for Delhi in 2005 when the company had over 100 employees. Amitav has been part of his family-run food processing business since 1994. In 2004, he diversified the portfolio to include real estate development in the state of Punjab. Amitav was educated at the Doon School, Dehra Dun and went on to study Economics at the St. Stephens College, Delhi University. He got his MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the year 2000. He is actively involved in the capacity of Trustee/Director with various philanthropic organisations involving education, spirituality and  children. He sits on the board of Central Square Foundation, AVPN India, Childrens Book Trust, CAPED, Kama Holdings and several other companies. Amitav is a member of the CII-Northern Region Education Task Force and also a member of the International Board of Advisors for Kenan Flagler Business School, UNC, Chapel Hill. In 2010, he was selected as an Aspen Fellow and joined the 3rd generation class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship. In 2015, he was elected as an Ashoka Fellow and in 2017 he was selected as an N/Core Fellow for their inaugural class.
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