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Exceptional Women And Men Awarded At The Women Economic Forum Awards 2018

Exceptional women and men leaders were awarded at the ceremony held in New Delhi

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Women Economic Forum, a global platform that empowers conversations and connections among women committed to foster constructive change, organised WEF Awards 2018 to celebrate achievers from all walks of life. The awards were given to Women and Leaders of the Decade, Exceptional Women and Leaders of Excellence.

Here are some of the women and men achievers who were awarded at the WEF awards 2018- 

Women and Leaders of the Decade Awards-

Neerja Birla (Received the Women of the Decade Award in Community Mental Healthcare) -
Neerja is the Founder and Chairperson of Mpower, a movement that aims to affect a positive change in the attitudes towards mental health. Through Mpower, She Birla hopes to spread awareness about mental health, alleviate stigma, and provide quality care to individuals from all walks of life and from all sections of the community.
“We have all gone through our share of challenges and battles in life. I have gone through mine as well of not being allowed to do certain things in life. But you have to choose your battles and challenges in life and fight them. And I believe anyone can do the same. Life and circumstances are definitely not perfect. Perfection itself is a flawed concept. That is something I have learned along my journey in life. We are all dealt a pack of cards you just have to make the best with what you have been dealt with and that is what I am doing. I am humbly proud of that I am trying my best.”

Ritu Beri (Received the Women of the Decade award in Fashion & Lifestyle)

Ritu Beri brought her label alive in 1990 when India was still awakening to the couture era. Swift as silk she forayed into France, a protégé of embroidery maestro Francois Lesage. The first Indian fashion ambassador to show on the catwalks of Paris, she then traveled the globe showing her creations to critical acclaim. Her presentations gave the French fashion connoisseurs a glimpse into mystical India. The Parisians were abuzz with exclamations and praises of the rich display of luxurious silks, brocades and the prevalent use of Mogul motifs. She received an Honorary Doctorate from Rai University, India. She is the Founder and President of The Luxury League.
“I am proud to have shared the stage with exceptional women”
In a very short statement, she did convey why she is in fact truly exceptional.

Bina Modi (Received the Women of the Decade Award in Business Leadership)
Bina’s passion for antique textiles and embroidery led her to create her own brand “BINA”. She started off with converting her husband’s warehouse into a boutique. She took the craft of clothing to the realm of fine art, seeking inspiration from her art collection. She has put traditional artistry such as Chikankari and Parsi Gara into modern women’s wear. Today her label “BINA” has made a mark globally.After establishing her clothing line, her passion did not let her rest and she forayed in other successful brands such as Ego chain of specialty restaurants, Dessange luxury salon and Beacon Travels, all which are names to be reckoned with in their respective industries.

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Christina Ruggiero (Received the Women of the Decade in Innovation & Leadership)
She is the CEO, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages. Christina started her career as a cryptologist (code breaker) for the U. S. Navy and is currently, the only woman CEO of a top FMCG company in India.
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Kulmeet Bawa (Received the Leader of the Decade Award in Corporate Leadership)
Mr. Bawa is the Managing Director, India & South Asia, Adobe. He has been instrumental in accelerating Adobe’s momentum in the Indian market since the year 2012. and has expanded the organization’s footprint across its various portfolio of solutions, specifically in Adobe’s leading Experience Cloud business. He has been instrumental in driving exponential growth within the Enterprise, SMB and Consumer businesses for Adobe with a relentless focus on driving excellence in customer experience.

“I used to go to the Gurudwara and pray for a daughter. Today, I see that that the gender divide is getting flatter and women are rising to the top. The environment today is more conducive than ever”

Exceptional Women and Leaders Awards

Amit Tiwari (Received the Exceptional Leader of Excellence Award)
Amit is the Vice President – Marketing for Havells India Ltd. entrusted with the responsibility to establish a strong brand identity and presence in the market via strategic end-to-end marketing solutions. He will be driving the entire advertising and communication initiatives, digital marketing, retail identity, activation programs, influencer programs, and engagement through the optimal use of ATL, BTL, media planning and buying, at the company.

"It doesn't matter if you're the best or you're next, never leave the track you are meant to follow, work hard and reap what you sow."  

Priyanka Singh Rawat (Received the Exceptional Women of Excellence Awards)
Priyanka Singh Rawat is a politician from Bhartiya Janata Party and Founder of Laadli Foundation. She contested Indian general elections from Barabanki Seat of Uttar Pradesh. Priyanka Rawat is the fourth youngest Member of Parliament in 16th Lok Sabha.

Full list of Winners (Women and Leaders of the Decade)

Ritu Beri

Fashion Designer, President, The Luxury League

Bina Modi

Founder, ‘Ego’ chain of restaurants, ‘Dessange’ Luxury salons and Beacon Travels, Board Director, Godfrey Phillips

Neerja Birla

Founder & Chairperson of Mpower

Tanya Chaitanya

Editor & Chief Community Officer, Femina

Nina Lekhi

MD & Chief Design Curator, Baggit 

Dinaz Madhukar

Sr Vice President, DLF Luxury Retail

Kulmeet Bawa

Managing Director, India & South Asia, Adobe

Chandan Mitra 

Editor and Managing Director of The Pioneer

Christina Ruggiero

Christina Ruggiero – CEO, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages

Started her career as a cryptologist (code breaker) for the U. S. Navy and is currently, the only woman CEO of a top FMCG company in India.

Exceptional Women and Leaders of Excellence

Amit Tiwari

VP Marketing , Havells India Ltd.

Moitreyee Goswami

Founder & Director , Zucate Mind Solutions Private Limited

Neena Dasgupta

Co-Founder, ZIRCA Digital Solutions Pvt Ltd

Neha Arora

Founder, Planet Abled

Nida Sheriff

Activist, Filmmaker & Writer

Piya Bose

Founder, Girls on the Go Club

Priyanka Khimani

Partner , Anand and Anand & Khimani

Rashi Narang

Founder & Creative Director, Heads Up For Tails

Reshma Budhia

Managing Partner, TOSS the COIN

Sanjay Dutta

Owner, Looks Salon Chain

Smita Sharma


Suhela Khan

UN Women for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Srilanka

Sunanda Verma

Cofounder, The Daftar

Tamanna Sharma

Director , Earthling First

Priyanka Singh Rawat 

Founder, Laadli Foundation

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