Top 5 Powerful Indian Women
Women are breaking all the barriers in every sector with their talents, wits, abilities, and knowledge. Honoring them has never been enough. With Forbes releasing their list of Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2017, we take pride in ourselves that Indian women are no far behind in proving themselves. These women are leaving their mark in their respected fields with their works earning them to be a part of this list. We at Wagon Cab wants to take a moment to congratulate them and discuss their journeys.
1. Chanda Kochhar, CEO, ICICI Bank
Chanda Kochhar is leading the list prevailing at the 32nd rank was born in Jodhpur and raised in Jaipur. She started her journey in 1984 as a management trainee at ICICI Bank and slowly she has been climbing the ladder to become the CEO of ICICI Bank.
She’s a leading businesswoman in India’s financial sector for which she has been lauded nationally and internationally. She was awarded the highest civilian award Padma Bhushan in 2011. She is the first Indian women to receive the Woodrow Wilson Award for Global Corporate Citizenship in 2016. She has been consistently featured in the Forbes list of Most Powerful Women since 2005.
She was featured in Business Today’s Most Powerful Women – Hall of Fame and Bloomberg Markets’ 50 Most Influential People in Global Finance list in 2011. She was selected in Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and ranked first on the Fortune List of 100 Most Powerful Women in the Asia Pacific in 2015. In 2017, Chanda Kochhar was featured in Business World magazine’s ‘BW’s Most Influential Women’ list.
2. Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Executive Director and the CEO of HCL Enterprise
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, the only child of HCL’s founder Shiv Nadar, the Executive Director and the CEO of HCL Enterprise is ranked at 57. She grew up in Delhi, where she studied at Vasant Valley School and graduated from Northwestern University. She also graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management.
Within a year of her joining, she gained the post of Executive Director and CEO of HCL Enterprise. She also serves as a trustee of Shiv Nadar Foundation for a not-for-profit Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering in Chennai. She won the Vogue India’s ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ and also the NDTV’s Young Philanthropist Award in 2014.
3. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited
Ranked at 71, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bengaluru and the chairperson of IIM-Bangalore. Born on 23 March 1953, she was the only woman to study Malting and Brewing course in Australia’s Federation University in 1974. She got an opportunity to start a joint venture with Ireland’s Biocon Biochemicals Limited where she was given the responsibility of establishing the Indian branch.
She was much inspired by the need for affordable drugs in the third world countries, that she developed cost-effective techniques and lower cost alternatives for affordable healthcare. She also supported the development of Arogya Raksha Yojana with Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya to establish clinics for offering healthcare, medicines and basic tests for people.
She was so moved by the death of her best friend, illness of her husband and that her mother was diagnosed with cancer, she established 1400-bed cancer care center, the Mazumdar Shaw Medical Foundation, at the Narayana Health City campus in Bangalore.
4. Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group
Shobhana Bhartia is the Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group, one of India’s leading newspaper and media houses, which she inherited from her father, industrialist KK Birla bagging the 91st rank in the list.
She grew up in Kolkata and graduated from Calcutta University. She became the first woman chief executive of a national paper in 1986 when she joined Hindustan Times. She is one of the forces to transform the Hindustan Times ‘into a bright, young paper’ where she looks after the editorial and financial aspects.
She received the Global Leader of Tomorrow award from the World Economic Forum in 1996, Outstanding Business Woman of the Year in 2001 by Ph.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and National Press India Award in 1992. She was one of the first Padma Shri award nominees in 2005 for journalism.
5. Priyanka Chopra
Ranked at 97, Priyanka Chopra, the famous Indian singer, actor film producer and Philanthropist debuted the list. She rose to fame after winning the Miss World 2000 pageant and currently, she is one of the most loved and India’s highest paid actors.
The Government of India conferred upon her the prestigious Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in 2016. Time Magazine featured her on the 100 most influential people in the world list. She has won numerous awards for her acting skills which include one National Film Award and 5 Filmfare awards.
With three singles out, her singing career is also going great. She became the first Indian to act as the protagonist in an American Network Drama by playing Alex Parrish in the ABC thriller drama Quantico. Working with UNICEF for the last 10 years, she was appointed as the national and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016.
Wagon cab just wants to appreciate and honor the work these women have been doing and we wish that more women stand up and makes everybody proud. Let this be a token of inspiration for young minds to do great and bring laurels.