Indian women are slowly and steadily breaking the glass ceiling to emerge as successful business leaders. We have seen several examples in the past, and yet again, they have proved their mettle in a new list released by Forbes magazine.
HCL’s Roshni Nadar, Byju’s Divya Gokulnath, Metropolis Healthcare’s Ameera Shah, and VOL’s Viniti Saraf are part of 2020 Forbes Asia’s Power Businesswomen List that seeks to recognise 25 women business leaders who have showcased exemplary work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The list recognises 25 women who are leading different companies and institutions across industries such as biotechnology, education, logistics and law. Apart from them, Canva’s co-founder Melanie Perkins, Bloomage Biotech’s Zhao Yan, and the fifth President of Singapore Management University, Lily Kong, are a part of the list.
Roshni Nadar is the first woman chairperson of an IT service company in India, and succeeded her father in this role. She started out as a news producer in the UK, but quit at the age of 27 to join her father. She also chairs HCL’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, and launched The Habitats Trust, a foundation dedicated to preserving India’s natural resources and wildlife, in 2018.
The Managing Director of Mumbai-based Metropolis Healthcare, Ameera is credited with growing a single clinic in south Mumbai into over 125 clinical laboratories across 210 cities in India. The company is also the first in India to receive approvals from the government for Coronavirus testing. Among many awards, Ameera was honoured with the Exemplary Women Leadership Award at the World Women Leadership Congress & Awards in 2014.
Co-founder of the world’s most valued ed-tech platform, Bengaluru-based BYJU’s, Divya was earlier a teacher. Between March and April, the platform added a staggering 13.5 million consumers. Today, Byju’s has 70 million users, and over 4.5 million paid subscribers. Divya believes that equality and diversity is easier to achieve if they're integrated at the inception of a company, and today BYJU’s has over 50 percent of women in leadership roles.
Vinati Saraf Mutreja
It was in 2006 that Vinati joined her father’s company, Vinati Organic (VOL), as a fresh graduate. According to Forbes, under her leadership as Executive Director, the company has recorded a 500-fold increase in market cap and a 16-fold increase in sales. The company has increased its profits from Rs 66 crore to Rs 1000 crore in 2020. Today, she is the CEO of the company.
(Edited by Athira Nair)