ARUNDHATI BHATTACHARYA
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ARUNDHATI BHATTACHARYA

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 chairperson of a bank that was established two centuries ago makes her accomplishment all the more noticeable. Having joined the SBI at the age of 22 as a Probationary Officer, Bhattacharya has carved out a niche for herself. The lady has always worked hard to identify the underlying pr

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AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN
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AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN

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 decade performing roles such as an ashy aspiring dancer in Taal or a resilient Queen in Jodha Akbar, this exquisite beauty has raised versatility to another level. From being a nifty actress to a customary daughter-in-law, she is a perfect blend of talent with tradition. She had smashe

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AMAL CLOONEY
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AMAL CLOONEY

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! She currently serves as a Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, England. Born to an American University professor Ramzi Alamuddin and Baria a veteran journalist, she moved to London to sneak out safe from the Lebanese Civil War. A bright student that she was, she earned herself

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CHANDA KOCHHAR
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CHANDA KOCHHAR

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 exhibited a consistent growth record and overcame every limitation with much confidence and zest. She has played a significant role in shaping the retail banking sector in India and has been credited for her brilliant management of the ICICI Group. The MD and CEO began her banking caree

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CHEN LIHUA
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CHEN LIHUA

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. Poverty forced her to quit high school and start a furniture repair business. She moved to Hong Kong in the early 1980s where the furniture business fetched her enough money to buy 12 villas. It seemed hardships had proven to be her best teacher. In no time, the real estate became

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H.E. SHEIKHA LUBNA KHALID
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H.E. SHEIKHA LUBNA KHALID

ROLE MODEL 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 came into picture in the initial years of her employment as a computer programmer when she worked for 10 complete hours each day. This was a mere stepping stone in her career, she achieved her first milestone when her talent was noticed by the Ruler of Dubai, and he appointed her as

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NAINA LAL KIDWAI
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NAINA LAL KIDWAI

BUSINESS POWERHOUSE 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 country. Since she took the position as a General Manager at HSBC India, the bank has shown a high growth prospect. Despite being born in a family of high achievers, Naina Lal Kidwai had to struggle with the gender bias at several stages. Nevertheless, the woman boss is both humble

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RULA GHANI
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RULA GHANI

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 country’s first presidential spouse in decades to be seen and heard in public. Her views on violence against women, rule of law and power of religion have many a time landed her into serious trouble. Often attacked by her husband’s political enemies of being a non-Muslim, she cont

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SUN YAFANG
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SUN YAFANG

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 stories one after another. Later, she moved on to Huawei in 1989 and became the Chairwoman of the Corporation in 1999. Huawei is one of the fast-growing tech companies, has made people take notice by outfitting phone and data networks worldwide, and in a very less time has establish

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SANIA MIRZA
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SANIA MIRZA

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 doubles category in the sports of tennis, has won several tournaments before her retirement from singles in 2013, and is one of the highest-paid sportspersons in India. At a tender age of six, Mirza already exhibited an excellent grip on the tennis racket, and when she was a month shy

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