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5 Women In The Indian Real Estate Sector Who Made It Big

Herein are multitalented personalities from the real estate domain making a big name.

Photo Credit : Ritesh Sharma


This International Women’s Day we have outstanding lady performers from the realty business, who are changing the dynamics around gender equality. Herein are multitalented personalities from the real estate domain making a big name.

Anushka Singh, Board Member, DLF
Anushka Singh is a Board Member at DLF Limited, the market’s indisputably most respected and admired real estate company. She is the granddaughter of Shri KP Singh, the Chairman of DLF Limited. With Anushka Singh at the Board, the realtor has delivered gigantic and marvellous examples of architecture throughout India. Anushka Singh is sharp and effective in her professional approach, who has completed her Bachelor’s Degree from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. Her specializations in the study include real estate and management, giving her an executive edge.

Aishwarya Bansal, Co-founder, Smartworld Developers

In a market that has had more roughs than smooth moorings, one company launched itself as the Future of Real Estate in India. Smartworld has been on a song from Day 1. A razor-sharp vision, mission to succeed and values that bring in the much need trust and confidence has seen brand in the fast lane. A Harvard graduate, Mrs. Bansal co-founded Smart World Developers, aligned with her pioneering vision to deliver unparalleled excellence in the sector. Through her comprehensive experience working across global markets, Smartworld has come to be an incandescent beacon of innovation and consumer-centric solutions. Smartworld has launched its first two projects in Gurugram- Smartworld Orchard at the prime location of Golf Course Road (Extn) and Smartworld Gems at Sector 89, targeting the aspiring millennial with ergonomically designed low-rise floors and condominiums for the millennials – to ‘live, work and play’ the 'smart' way. Developing leading-edge offerings and promoting avant-garde ideas, she has ensured that the Indian consumer can attain a luxurious and holistic lifestyle at par with global standards.

Manju Yagnik, Vice Chairperson, Nahar Group

Manju has spent almost three decades in the realty business and currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the realty major Nahar Group. She is a seasoned professional in multifarious domains like land acquisition, planning, architectural, structural and landscape coordination. A Kurukshetra University graduate, she has won many accolades including the Femina Woman Super Achiever Award-2018 and the Most Admired Business Leader award-2016. Manju is well-travelled and has matured business across countries like the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK and UAE. With her efforts, the company’s current clientele has over 30% NRIs.

Dr Ananta Singh Raghuvanshi, Founder, President Elect, NAREDCO, MAHI

Dr Ananta   is the Founder President Elect, Naredco Mahi , under the aegis of Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs. She is working across the country on gender parity and inclusion of women in Real Estate as contributors towards economic growth .

She has dedicated 31 years to the Realty Sector. She spear headed  the challenging assignments  of Executive Director -DLF, Chief Executive - Emaar MGF,  Country Head (India & Nepal) as Senior Director - Damac and Senior Executive Director at Experion Developers .

A  TEDx speaker on leadership and also a Seeding STEM UK Asia summit, Cambridge speaker .

A Science graduate from Miranda House Delhi , MA, BEd, MBA, PGDCA and a  Doctorate in Real Estate Marketing  . Digital Marketing & Social Media Analytics from MIT Sloan Executive Education.

A trained musician, dancer and author . Sangeet Prabhakar in Hindustani Classical Vocal and Diploma in  Guitar. Crowned Savvy Mrs India Gold RU -2019 . She is a Pageant  Queen crowned with six glamorous titles.

Featured amongst the “ Most powerful women in Business & Economy 2018 “ by Business Today. Her journey and views are covered by Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Mail today, Outlook, Savvy, Atelier, Khaleej times, Hindi Hindustan ,Tribune , Society , NDTV, HT Leadership Studio, MBTV, CNBC etc.

Harvard business school‘s projects on ‘ How star women succeed’ & ‘ Managing your own human capital’. Top 100 World marketing leader , World Marketing Congress 2014 , Top 100 CXO in Realty by ET 2013 are  honours worth mentioning too.

Ananta is passionate about the safety and education of children . She coaches women entrepreneurs and mentors rural executives.

Yukti Nagpal, Director, Gulshan Homz

Who can make and manage homes better than a woman? That’s the ideology, driving Yukti in her real estate journey. She serves as the Director at Gulshan Homz and heads domains like brand and product management along with communications. After specializing in marketing, Yukti began working in the United States, when her father, the founder of Gulshan Homz called her to carry forward his legacy. This was the time when her entrepreneurial side kicked to place her at the top. Her empathy gives her an edge in the realty business, wherein she exhibits exemplary leadership to cultivate a healthy work culture.