When I started out my professional life, I did not think about the ceiling, the pay gap, or topics such as diversity and inclusion. I came into the workforce believing that the playing field was level. I became mindful of many of these topics as my career progressed. As many other women of color, I experienced being excluded, or felt the “imaginary ceiling”, and had my own struggles when I became a working mother. These experiences made me realize that my journey had hurdles, which as a young ambitious girl I had never imagined I would encounter. Over time I realised I needed to find the right networks and build a support system around myself to overcome these challenges, get stronger and keep on rising. And Power Women Of India was born!
I feel there are so many powerful women of color doing amazing work and their stories need to be told. We want to not only bring these women leaders into the C-Suites, Boardrooms and make them have multi-billion dollar exits but we also want to inspire the next 500 million Indian women.
I grew up thinking I was a super hero and then somewhere along the way, I lost this belief. I am happy I believe in myself again! My advice to women both young and experienced is to never ever stop believing in your self. Every girl, every woman should believe she is a super hero!
I have over 15 years of combined experience in Product Development, Innovation and Marketing including with Siemens AG in Germany, European Microsoft Innovation Centre and Philips Healthcare. With my software engineering background from RWTH, Aachen, I have spent half my career building and leading product development, primarily in the Health-tech space. I also bring strong experience in building brands and marketing strategies for Philips in the Middle East. I have worked across corporates and startups in Germany, Singapore and the UAE and taught marketing as guest faculty across multiple universities. I am also an learning entrepreneur and mentor startups at Dubai Founder's Institute and an Ambassador for Girls X Tech.
I have an MBA from INSEAD and have been on the executive board of Alumni Association in UAE, and was the President until 2018. In 2016 I was awarded GCCs 50 Women leaders and was featured in the book, BalanceForBetter supported by the UN. I am fluent in English, German, Hindi, Punjabi, and Bengali and speak basic Italian. I am married and have two children.