A platform for individuals and institutions that can influence the ecosystem of ‘women empowerment’ in India. It aims to bring together professionals and established stalwarts to collectively challenge existing status quos that act as deterrents for women in their personal and professional spaces.

This group, through the financial, knowledge and visibility support to highly impactful programs, will support the creation of a gender-just society. It will not only facilitate funding to much needed efforts but will also encourage other donors to join the collective endeavour.

Through their identity, networks and resources, the group will enable millions of nameless, faceless women marginalised by caste, culture, geography, economic status and other differentiators to participate actively in social, political, cultural spheres of the society.

Anju Gupta
ADG, Women Power Line (1090)

Anju Gupta, a police officer from 1990 batch IPS, UP Cadre currently heads the Women Powerline, the State Government’s helpline for women in Uttar Pradesh. An awardee of the President Medal for Distinguished Services and a Gallantry Medal, she has worked in specialised units in eight districts of UP, served eight years in the Central Government and has stints with the United Nations in Bangkok, Kosovo and New Delhi.

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Anita George
Executive Vice-President, CDPQ India

Anita M. George is Executive Vice-President, Strategic Partnership – Growth Markets. Her mandate is to implement a key pillar of CDPQ’s strategy, which aims to increase its international exposure in targeted growth markets by sourcing the best investment opportunities and developing the organization’s network of sustainable and high-quality local partnerships. She is responsible for growth markets partnerships, and sits on CDPQ’s Executive and Investment-Risk Committees.

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Arathi Shetty
Non-Executive Director, Allcargo Logistics

Arathi Shetty has been integrally involved in the Allcargo’s growth since 1988; which is today India's First & Largest Integrated Logistics Solutions Provider in the private sector. She also spearheads the sustainability initiatives of Allcargo under the Avashya Foundation that works to empower communities in areas such as education, health, environment, women empowerment and sports. The Foundation has also crystallised a dedicated initiative Allcargo Greens which encourages the practice of more environmentally friendly office processes.

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Archana and Amit Chandra
A.T.E. Chandra Foundation

Archana and Amit Chandra are among the most prolific philanthropists in India today. They have been instrumental in channelling a sizeable portion of their personal wealth to philanthropy through the A.T.E. Chandra Foundation that focuses on gender equality and addressing violence against women. Archana is the CEO of Jai Vakeel Foundation & Research Centre. Amit, is the Managing Director of Bain Capital Mumbai.

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Bala Despande
MD, MegaDelta Capital Advisors

A name to reckon with in investment advisory, Bala has close to three decades of experience in managing million dollar portfolios and nurturing enterprises in companies like NEA and ICICI and. Bala’s identity as one of India’s eminent business leaders, and her entrepreneurial acumen will significantly contribute to the Influencers’ journey.

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Nandita Das
Actor, Director, Activist

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages, and has been a strong advocate of social justice and human rights, in her reel and real life. She made her directorial debut with Firaaq, in 2008 and in 2018 brought alive the life and works of Saadat Hasan Manto in Manto; both movies won national and global critical acclaim. She is also a celebrity advocate for UNICEF.

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Niranjan Rajadhyaksha
Research Director, IDFC Institute

Niranjan is the Research Director and Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute, a public policy think tank. He provides direction to the Institute’s research programmes. Previously, as the Executive Editor of Mint, a financial daily, he managed the opinion section, wrote the daily editorials and the award-winning Café Economics column. He also helped launch the data journalism initiative at the newspaper.

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Samir Patil
Founder & CEO, Scroll Inc.

Samir Patil is the publisher of Scroll, a digital news publication that now has more than 10 million unique visitors a month, more than any other web-only news site in India. Scroll’s goal is to add critical perspectives to these stories through rigorous reporting, objective analyses, and expert commentary. Before Scroll, Samir founded ACK Media (2007), which grew to become India’s largest children’s media company. Prior to ACK, Samir was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, New York.

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Shalni Arora
Founder & CEO, Savannah Wisdom

Shalni Arora sold her biotechnology firm and founded Savannah Wisdom in 2011, an independent foundation which partners with charities and not for profit organisations with game changing initiatives in areas such as legal rights, child protection, corruption and peace and security. She also manages the B&M Community Fund, part of the Corporate and Social Responsibility division at B&M Retail Plc.

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Shreevar Kheruka
MD, Borosil Glassworks Ltd.

Shreevar Kheruka is the Managing Director of Borosil Glassworks Ltd. which is one of India's leading consumer brands. A staunch believer in innovation and in the power of a group of leaders to bring about collective change, beyond individual efforts, Shreevar, through the Borosil Foundation, supports the development of Olympic sport in India, self-sufficiency for farmers in Maharashtra's Parli district as well as various educational initiatives.

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The Bhatkals
Co-creators Satyamev Jayate

Conceivers of a show that exposed the country to the inconvenient truths that co-exist with the narrative of India’s development, and then led by example, exhorting one to act beyond the activism and advocacy; Svati and Satyajit through Satyamev Jayate and now the Paani Foundation continue to demonstrate the power of collectivised individual intent in social transformation.

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The Kacholias
Lucky Securities

Ashish and Sushmita Kacholia are an unconventional power couple who are known to be discreet and understated about their engagement in philanthropy. They both have over 25 years of experience in managing proprietary equities investment books exceeding INR 2000 cr. (AUM) as well as private equity and M&A on one side and Hospitality and Real Estate related projects.

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Vidya Shah
Founder & CEO, EdelGive Foundation

Vidya Shah, former CFO of the Edelweiss Group has over the last ten years built the EdelGive Foundation to catalyse synergies between the for-profit and the non-profit world for social development. The force behind EdelGive’s brand of collaborative philanthropy, she is committed to nurture the philanthropic ecosystem by facilitating linkages between the users and providers of philanthropic capital, resources and knowledge between both sectors. She is also on the boards of various organisations like Rothschild, AVPN, Common Purpose, etc.

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Vrinda Rajgarhia
Director, Prasad Agents

A self-made entrepreneur, Vrinda is an active follower of the financial markets and a philanthropist who believes in contributing her skills and goodwill to meet the needs of underserved communities. Vrinda is a volunteer of the Rotary Club of Bombay and as a passionate Rotarian she has successively demonstrated commitment towards the execution and sustainability of the social initiatives being pioneered by the Club.

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Zia Mody
Founder & Senior Partner, AZB & Partners

One of India’s foremost corporate lawyers, Zia Mody has established a successful corporate law practice, known to be predominantly a male bastion. Zia features as No. 1 on Fortune India’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2018, has been recognised as a Top 13 female Acritas Star globally by Acritas Star 2018. She has been name as one of the 300 IFLR1000 Women Leaders in 2018. Zia has also featured in Global Investigation Review’s Women in Investigations 2018.

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