Indu Jain has an unfathomable energy to make the impossible possible! The Chairperson of Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd., Indu has been a driving force behind the Times Group, the biggest seller of India’s two major newspapers – The Times of India and The Economic Times. Having inherited a huge fortune
WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE
From Nita Dalal to Nita Ambani, her journey has intrigued many! At a dance performance, Nita Ambani was spotted by her father-in-law Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance Industries, who chose her as his eldest son’s – Mukesh’s – prospective wife, and the rest is history.
Blame it on her lineage that she has the inborn instinct to introduce innovations, and assimilate her own style to run a business. Nisaba Godrej, a Wharton, and Harvard Business School alumni, has taken some of the most unconventional paths to bring about change in the company she heads. Younger da
Reem Al Hashimi shatters the entire preconceived notion about women in the Arab world. She is smart, meticulous and glides through her responsibilities with much ease. She is an Emirati Minister of State; Chairperson, Dubai Cares (a children’s education charity established by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ras
ON A FIRM GROUND
If we go by an old saying “age equals wisdom”, this young woman has proved it wrong. Beating the odds of coming from a non-medical background, Zahabiya Khorakiwala stands tall as the MD of the Wockhardt hospitals across Mumbai.
At the time when family legacies were ideally passed on to the ma
You can learn a thing or two on becoming a roaring success from Lucy Peng! One of the founders of the Chinese e-Commerce business cluster, the Alibaba Group, Peng is ambitious and dogged, and her intelligence makes her one of the remarkable businesswomen of her generation. She knows the magic of thinki
WEALTH WITH RESPONSIBILITY
After having played an instrumental role in the real estate industry in California, Pollyanna Chu and husband Nicholas returned home to Hong Kong to form Kingston Securities. Not only is Chu responsible in laying the financial rules of investment in the company, but she is also an integral
IN HER FATHER’S SHOES
First media and then business, Roshni Nadar Malhotra has been a good player of both the worlds. Though, leaving a full-fledged media job was not easy for Roshni, yet she decided to take her father’s advice to take over the reins of her family business, the HCL Corporation. Being the only ch
THE GAME CHANGER
Inheriting a business is one thing, but taking it from strength to strength and transforming it into success can only be the work of a maverick. Shobhana Bhartia, the Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group, one of India’s leading newspapers and media houses has rightly pro
As the head of International Business Machines (IBM), a manufacturer and marketer of computer hardware, hosting and consulting services, Vanitha Narayanan is one of India’s leading ladies in technology. Narayanan is looking after sales, marketing, services and global delivery operations in India
THE ASTUTE BANKER
In her graduation days, Shikha Sharma had to settle for Economics since her choice of subject, Physics was not available at the Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi. Thank God it wasn’t, otherwise India would have been kept from witnessing the phenomenon Shikha is. This Managing Director and CEO of Axis
MY LOVELY LADY
Occasionally, a single incident can toss a woman into the headlines, establishing her as a leader of one of the most successful business empires. Savitri Devi is one such woman whose life changed after the death of her husband O P Jindal in 2005, and she was appointed the Chairperson of Jindal Industr
WIZARD OF YARNS
Ritu Kumar, the veteran Indian fashion designer, is one of the first to make traditional wears a trendy affair. She is famed for her fusion of vintage weaves with the contemporary designs. The first lady of fashion plays around with leather, silk and cotton effortlessly to create a masterpiece. She h
MAKER OF PRESTIGE
With a view to streamline all branding and communication-related initiatives, Uzma Irfan took over the role of Director, Corporate Communications at the Prestige Group in 2007. Since then, the Prestige Group has grown by leaps and bounds, and she is majorly credited for spiraling the public image o
FIRST LADY OF INDIAN IT
Mother, wife and MD, Neelam Dhawan plays all the roles with the same enthusiasm. The MD of Hewlett-Packard India is a woman of grit and determination, and it is sheer passion that has made her reach the pinnacle of success. As the MD of Hewlett-Packard India, she is responsible for revenues a
MISTRESS OF MACHINE
Mallika Srinivasan is one of the few who is working to make farming a less tedious task for the Indian farmers through her designs and innovations. She is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited. Tractor manufacturing is considered a tough business
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi of PepsiCo has a phenomenal career track record! She has smoothly steered PepsiCo over the years through various transformations, and has established herself as one of the reigning monarchs of the business world.
Under her headship, PepsiCo has added several brands to its
INSPIRING AND ASPIRING
As the Head and Director of Online Operations, Facebook India, Kirthiga Reddy has built a reputation as a driving force behind Facebook India’s market operations segment. Being the first employee of Facebook in India in 2010, not only did she make a fresh start of the Facebook operations in
FULL OF COURAGE
One of the most powerful women in the biotechnology segment, Kiran Mazumdar chose biotechnology as a career option, something unheard of at that time in India, without the necessary infrastructure. Her first employee was a person who was a garage mechanic earlier; her model of business was untested;
THE WATER ORACLE
Despite being trained in fashion styling, make-up and photography, Jayanti Chauhan, the only child of Bisleri owner Ramesh Chauhan, decided to follow her father’s footsteps. When she took over as the director of the brand, she faced a humungous task of proving herself to the world as the rightful
When the gracious and elegant Peng Liyuan tied a knot with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in 1987, she almost immediately became a focal point for being the stylish first lady of China. She is a superstar folk singer, and is often joked about as being more famous than her husband.
She is often being
THE MAKEOVER QUEEN
Flamboyant and a fashionista, Nisha Jagtiani is busy changing the fashion scene in Dubai. She is the Business Head of Landmark Group’s fashion and lifestyle brand, ICONIC. Landmark Group is a multinational conglomerate based in Dubai that focuses on the MENA region. It also has a large presence
THE IRON WOMAN
Politics in Bangladesh is not easy with intermittent military coups and rules since Bangladesh’s independence in 1971. Being a woman in such a scenario doesn’t make things easier. Sheikh Hasina Wazed took up the position of Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the third term in 2014, and has more than
THE HERMIT POLITICIAN
Politics and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have a thing going on and it’s magical! Each time she enters the limelight, an average Indian can’t help but wonder: will she [join politics] or won’t she? And the way she has handled the Congress party campaigns in the past, there is no doubt that she s
THE BRICK AND MORTAR GENIUS
Fondly called as “the woman who built Beijing”, Zhang Xin’s two decades in the real estate business has brought her huge respect and fortune. The CEO and Co-founder of SOHO China, the largest commercial real estate developer in Beijing has long been hailed as one of the highly regar
THE GAMING LORDESS
The deftness with which Pansy Ho handles responsibilities and various projects is admirable. She is the co-chair of MGM China and Managing Director of property-and-transport outfit Shun Tak. Ho has successfully got herself included in the list of Hong Kong’s richest women when the casino outfit
THE ARDENT DREAMER
Solina Chau knows how to dream big and manifest it. She has left a success trail for every woman to follow. This Cofounder of Horizon Ventures aspired for stars even as a child. Born in 1961, Chau attended Diocesan Girls’ school where she had an impressive record as a student. Later, she went to
Last autumn, in September 2014, she stunned the world with her unexpected retirement at the age of 32 from the world of Tennis. The two-time grand slam winner was the first-ever Chinese player to be ranked amongst the top 30 players in the world. Bringing laurels to the country, Li has become a h
A LEADING LIGHT
A leading light of the venture business, Jenny Lee and her company GGV Capital are going from strength to strength. A self-professed investor, Jenny figures out the best technology-based companies, and joins hands with them to create a new user base in the market.
Jenny Lee is the Managing Partner
KEEPER OF GLORY
The world’s favorite onscreen 31-year-old dazzling diva is not just any other actress, but is the most admired amongst the young generation. Priyanka Chopra has proved her acting skills time and again, be it the mentally and physically strong boxer in MC Mary Kom’s biopic or the lustrous style di
AN EARLY LEARNER
The Chairwoman of Country Garden Holdings Co. Ltd., Yang Huiyan, is said to be one of the richest women in China. She became one of the youngest billionaires after inheriting wealth from her father, Yeung Kwok Keung, the founder of real estate developer Country Garden Holdings, who transferred his h
MARRIED TO HER NATION
Few women in South Korea have made strides as big as those made by Park Geun-hye. Having become the first female President in 2013, Park Geun-Hye followed up the achievement in promising a new era of the government.
She was as young as nine when her father Park Chung-hee became the President
Heading one of the world’s biggest banks is no joke! And Sri Mulyani Indrawati has proven to be one of the most pragmatic and industrious leaders of her time. She is the MD of World Bank and looks after its affairs in all regions that pertain to human development, sustainable development, poverty re
WOMAN OF STEEL
Raja Easa Al Gurg has smoothly led the expansion of Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group’s trade and commerce and has added 24 companies and 370 international brand partnerships. Besides, Al Gurg has tremendously contributed in the economic, political and medical development of the region. She is a die-hard fem
What greater testament for success would one need than to be the President of Intel India? However, Intel happened to Kumud Srinivasan by chance, as her husband was shifting base to Albuquerque and there was no other employment option for Kumud. She decided to join the company for the initial years, bu
Being the first Chairwoman of the World’s biggest watch company, Swatch, speaks volumes about Nayla Hayek. This lavishing beauty took over Swatch after the death of her father in 2010. Instrumental in attracting and retaining the best watch designs in the industry, she plays an important part in t
A PEOPLE PERSON
Most of us know her as the wife of Lee Hsien Loong, the third and the current Prime Minister of Singapore, though she is much beyond that; a caring mother, a doting wife and as they call her – 'the strength of the family'.
Internationally known to be the Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings
Fate turned Chen Jinxia, a wife and a former accountant at several trust and investment companies, into an owner of an investment firm, Hunan Yongjin Group, after her husband Wei Dong’s suicide in 2008. He was one of China’s most flourishing financial entrepreneurs. Jinxia used to help her
Aisha de Sequeira is the Managing Director and Head of investment banking for Morgan Stanley in India. With a working experience of 20 years, Aisha has achieved great heights!
Described as the 'master of investment banking', Aisha’s tenure with Morgan started with a summer internship. Thereon
Growing up in a conservative culture, MC Mary Kom has struggled her way out of orthodoxy and into the world of boxing. She first stepped into the boxing wing to earn bread and butter for the family, but it soon turned into a passion. Being a quick learner, she took a mere two weeks to learn the basi
LADY OF NUMBERS
Chua Sock Koong is a typical case of luck favours the prepared! A trained accountant, Sock Koong started her career with the Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) as a treasurer and worked her way up to become the CFO and then the Group Chief Executive Officer, thus being one of a few women
HUMBLE AND POWERFUL
As the founder of HTC and VIA Technologies, Cher Wang has an extensive knowledge in the field of Technology. Created in 1997 and based in Taiwan, HTC is a Taiwanese multinational manufacturer of smartphones and tablets. Cher Wang is considered to be the most powerful woman in technology and wirel
Aruna Jayanthi, the CEO of Capgemini India believes that there are no glass ceilings for people working in the IT sector of our country; it’s a mere myth. The IT department is growing so fast that there is no room for such inhibitions today. She believes in the fundamental principle of men and w
THE GIFTED MIND
When the H5N1 virus made a dramatic appearance in Hong Kong in 1997 in humans, Dr. Margaret Chan was at the helm of the affair. Such a leap by a viral strain was never seen before. The bird flu outbreak took several lives and seemed difficult to contain. But the manner in which Dr. Chan handled the w
STAR OF TASTY PUFFS
Best known for her fragrance and tobacco-flavouring business, Huabao International Holdings, Chu Lam Yiu is continually lauded as one of the cost-creative young minds in the industry. Having founded her company in 1996 with an aim to educate more and more people towards tobacco flavouring, Chu La
THE DYNAMIC PERFORMER
When Geetanjali Kirloskar got married to the grandson of S L Kirloskar, the founder of Kirloskar Group, she knew that she had walked into a free world where she would get the liberty to fulfill her desire to be a business woman. Thereon, she went to weave a tale of success and has several title
As stated by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, she is “a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.” At the age of 15, she was shot in the head; however, being born with a strong will power she survived the attack.
A BEACON OF DEMOCRACY
Having been born to a revolutionary father Aung San, who laid the foundation of the modern Burmese army, Aung San Suu Kyi had patriotism running through her veins. She spent majority of her childhood with her mother Khin Kyi, who was appointed a Burmese ambassador to India and Nepal in 1960. Su
THE LION HEARTED
We live in a perfect world and still crib about it almost every day, whereas there is another world which is dark, depressing and divulges the bitter truth of our modern-day society. We keep hearing a lot of stories on acid attacks, we empathize with them for some time and then forget, but how many of
LADY OF THE RULES
When you have a parent who is a famous jurist and most of your dinner table conversations revolve around the on-going legal cases, it is quite natural to pick up the finer nuances of the art and go on to become a prolific lawyer.
Zia Mody, the daughter of the former Attorney General, Soli Sorabjee
OWNER OF SJM HOLDINGS
Angela Leong On-Kei learnt how to survive at an early age of 13 when her father expired. She is very emotional about the days she used to be a dance member of a Chinese dance troupe, where by choice she would practice and dance even if she would be hurt or some skin would come off her feet.
DONNING SEVERAL HATS
Vinita Bali is currently serving as Director at Titan Industries, Piramal Glass and CRISIL, and as Non-Executive Director at Syngenta. She is the former Managing Director of Britannia Industries Limited and a prominent businesswoman who did not plan her career in the corporate world, yet is one
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Her strength with numbers and analysis helped late SS Nadkarni (then IDBI Chairman) personally select her as the only woman in a team of five people who established National Stock Exchange (NSE) in 1992. After 23 years of undivided attention and hard work, she took over at the corner room of the ex
Fan Bingbing’s amiable beauty and classy persona have maintained her reputation as a leading Chinese actress for more than a decade. Currently working as a producer, Fan Bingbing has built her career with the likes of the mega-hit TV series, My Fair Princess.
Her smash hit movie Cell Phone, which
WOMAN ON A MISSION
Mira Nair made headlines in the film industry with the release of her movie Monsoon Wedding. It was a low-budget movie shot in India, inspired by Indian middle-class weddings. This movie not only fetched her $30 million, but also made Mira Nair a household name.
Monsoon Wedding won the Golden L
JEWEL OF ARABIA
She was born in a country where women’s rights are still in an appalling state, and women are not permitted to drive or leave the country without their husband’s consent. But Lubna Olayan has braved all odds to become one of the most influential business women of the Middle East.
She heads one o
THE POSTER GIRL OF TENNIS
Young confident, beautiful and famous – Sania Mirza is a star in every sense! She is one of those few tennis idols who can give the top Bollywood actresses a run for their money. The lady is a perfect embodiment of brain and beauty. She is the first Indian to become No. 1 in women’s doubl
THE TELECOM QUEEN
As the Chairperson of the telecom giant Huawei since 1999, Sun Yafang has got her name registered in the list of the most powerful women executives. But she relatively had a humble beginning when she joined Xin Fei TV Manufactory as a technician in 1982. She meticulously went on scripting success s
MOUTHPIECE OF WOMEN’S ISSUES
The First Lady of Afghanistan and a women’s rights activist, Rula Ghani continues to be the mouthpiece of women’s rights across Afghanistan. Being the wife of Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan, she utilizes the opportunity and works for women’s causes, and has become the count
As the first woman President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Naina Lal Kidwai has one of the key roles to play in the Private Banking Segment. She is the first woman president of FICCI. Naina has built a reputation as one of the finest investment bankers of the
You ask any young, talented and career-focused Emirati woman about her idol, and there will be a common answer shouting – Sheikha Lubna Khalid. An inspiration to millions of women across the globe, this royal princess of Sharjah is a perfect example of a goal-oriented lady.
Her dedication towards work
THE REAL ESTATE MAGNATE
Chen Lihua is one woman who can narrate her success story with élan. A descendent of Manchu royalty, Lihua was born in 1941 at the Summer Palace. It was a violent year of Japanese invasion and by that time Manchu-dominated Qing Dynasty had already fallen; consequently her family became poor. P
BANKING ON EXCELLENCE
Making her presence felt in the banking sector, which had traditionally been a male bastion, was not a cake walk for Chanda Kochhar. Kochhar’s voracious appetite for success and her grit to reach the top could be seen in the manner she expanded the ICICI Bank. She was one of the few who exhibit
BEAUTY WITH BRAIN
Remember the lady that made George Clooney to believe in the institution of marriage... again! Yes, Amal Ramzi Alamuddin it is. The world witnessed panache when the famous Hollywood actor George Clooney and thriving Lebanese–British attorney Amal Alamuddin got married in 2014. And the magic began!
BOLD & BEAUTIFUL
It has been a busy year for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as she is back on celluloid after a five-year sabbatical. Last seen in Guzaarish opposite Hrithik Roshan, this Indian beauty has once again a number of Bollywood blockbusters in her kitty.
One of the leading Bollywood divas for more than a deca
THE COMPASSIONATE CEO
A very few women have reached the top rung of the banking sector in India, and Arundhati Bhattacharya is one such example. She is the Chairperson and MD of India’s largest commercial bank and juggles her responsibilities with panache. The fact that she has been appointed the first woman chairpe