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BW Most Influential Woman Of India: Roopa Kudva, Managing Director, Omidyar Network

Believing in the idea of creating inclusivity, Roopa Kudva finds technology ubiquitous which has become the source of social transformation in the country.

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Roopa Kudva was also the first women to head Crisil, India’s leading analytical and research company. She considered Crisil as a pioneer in bringing transparency in the Indian markets. However, after excelling 21 years at Crisil, she dabbled upon Omidyar Network India through which she brought the firm’s focus on Indian entrepreneurial space. Roopa Kudva is a Graduate in Mathematics from Gauhati University along with a PGDM from IIM-Ahmedabad.  Roopa believes that India has an enormous potential for women entrepreneurship and the sector should bring in more opportunities for women. However, despite the tremendous effort women are making in the field, through her experience in the industry, she opines that women in the industry still hesitate in taking up top roles. Currently, being the Managing Director at Omidyar Network, she also holds the position of an Independent Director at few places including Nestle India, Infosys, and Tata AIA Life Insurance. Roopa is also a Member of the Governing Council at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A).

Roopa transformed Crisil from a ratings agency into a global analytical company wherein she led the growth of the company by increasing its revenue three times and expanding its market across 150 countries. At Omdiyar Network, Roopa holding a position of Partner and MD, she handles the investment strategy of the company including operations and portfolio development as well. Roopa writes opinions for various organizations.

 Roopa was not a career-oriented woman in her initial years and always focused on excellence. She gives the credit of the shaping of her career to Crisil’s culture which empowered and noticed her efforts. Moreover, even after getting promoted at Crisil, she ensured that the relationship with her peers had the same momentum. She thinks that the corporate structures are evolving these days in terms of supporting women and women joining after starting a family. Throughout her career, the most important asset she had was her self-belief that helped her move up the ladder of her career. She also considers success as a journey rather than being a destination.


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