Inaugural Edition of
Asian Women in Leadership Summit India
was successfully held on November 2018 in Mumbai
Post Show Report

in Board Diversity and Women in Leadership Positions

The key to closing the gender gap is by putting more women in charge
Leadership experience is unique to different women, yet they continue to face challenges due to stereotypes, unconscious biases, social & cultural context in their upbringing, lack of sufficient role models and the pressure of family responsibilities.

Organisations that aim to improve gender balance and invest in focused and customised support, help women advance to leadership roles but when they fail to acknowledge this and provide differential support, it makes workplace an uneven playing field for women.

The summit aims to provide an interactive platform to exchange views and reflect upon the challenges faced by Asian Women in achieving leadership roles and learn from their experiences to create a culture that promotes gender diversity in a sustainable way and leads to the greater success of women in the executive leadership and board level roles.

Key Themes

Male Advocates

Organisations still miss the mark on gender equity efforts by focusing gender initiatives solely on changing women — from the way they network to the way the lead. Engaging men will drive and accelerate the change on what is not a woman’s issue but
rather an economic and social issue.

Women leaders in Technology

Achieving gender diversity in the tech executive ranks requires more than just adding women to the team. Growing the numbers of women leaders in tech also involves special mentorship, navigating hidden bias, and cultivating new skills around negotiation and

Recruiting the Returnees

Studies have shown that challenges faced while returning to work is one of the main reasons why female leadership development programs fail. Having a higher percentage of women in executive positions makes it easier for organizations to further attract relevant female talent.


  • Corporate Leaders
  • Business Owners
  • Board Directors
  • Successful Entrepreneurs
  • Bureaucrats
  • Developmental Sector Executives
  • HR Professionals
  • Govt. Representatives
  • Senior Managers
  • Non-executive Directors
  • NGO professionals
  • Finance Executives
  • Marketing Executive
  • Media Executive

Distinguished Speakers

Vinita Bali

Former MD
Britannia Industries

Dr. Sandhya Chintala

Executive Director, IT-ITeS Sector Skill Council

Richard Rekhy

Board Member -KPMG Dubai and Former Chief Executive Officer- KPMG India
KPMG Dubai

Marco Valsecchi

Country Manager & MD
The Adecco Group India

Balachandar N

Group Director, Human Resources
Coffee Day Group

Sheenam Ohrie

Vice President IT,

Vidya Lakshmi

Managing Director, Head HR
Goldman Sachs

Charu Thapar

Regional Director, Head of Strategy & Platform, Property & Asset Management Asia Pacific

Sunita Rebecca Cherian

SVP, Corporate Human Resources & Global Head – Inclusion & Diversity

Bhavna Kumar

Senior Technology Leader & Inclusion and Community Lead

Gagandeep Singh Bedi

Managing Director
AstraZeneca Pharma India Limited

Aruna Padmanabhan

EVP- Human Resources

Kanwal Kaul

Director, Human Resources Talent Acquisition and Co-Chair D&I Counsel, India
Royal Bank of Scotland

Sunil David

Regional Director (IOT) - India

Nandini Sarkar

Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leader, India

Priyanca Choudhary

South Asia Head for Talent Acquisition

Sarika Naik

Chief Marketing Officer & Chairperson, Diversity - India

Amar Babu

VP, IDG Row Services Operation

Raghava Rao

VP- Finance and CFO
Amazon, India

Smrithi Ravichandran

Business Head - Fintech & Payments Group

Dr. Grace Samson

Head HR
Informatica India

Murali Sivaraman

Philips Lighting (Signify Innovations)

Suparna Kapoor

Deputy General Manager, HAL Management Academy
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

Souvik Mazumdar

Head of Total Rewards
Nestlé South Asia at Nestlé

Manish Sabharwal

TeamLease Services Limited

Sankalp Saxena

SVP & Managing Director, Operations

Rohini Haldea

Head of Consumer Marketing
Lenovo India

Rachna Patel

Consultant – Marketing Communications, Diversity & Inclusion
RP Services

Neha Bagaria

Founder & CEO

Megha Chawla

Bain & Company

Susmita Malik

Vice President - HR, India

Nidhi Gupta

Senior Product Manager

Prashant Jangwal

Co-worker Experience Manager
IKEA India

Media Partner

Gift Partner

Nestle Good Food Good Life2

Industry Partner


Networking Partner

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Diversity Partner