Governing Council

A simple and powerful idea has brought together the most inspiring women leaders from around the globe. We are delighted and honoured to introduce the illustrious members of our Governing Council, whose support has been integral to the establishment of the Vedica Scholars Programme.

Madeleine Albright, Former US Secretary of State

“Women’s empowerment is gaining ground because so many brave women have been unwilling to accept anything less.” ~ Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright was the first woman Secretary of State. An educationist and writer, Albright currently serves as a professor of International Relations at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service….Read more


Vinita Bali, Former Managing Director, Britannia Industries

“The debate is not about gender, it’s about competence. India Inc. is still very much an old boys network, and if we are saying there are competent women – who are getting more qualified – then we have to create more opportunities for them. In that context if you are saying competent women have to be encouraged more, then, yes, sure, they do.” ~ Vinita Bali

Vinita Bali has been awarded the ‘Business Woman of the Year’ in 2009 by the Economic Times. Forbes named her one of Asia’s 50 Powerful Business Women….Read more


Joanna Barsh, Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company

“Many women had overcome serious obstacles and painful setbacks, but they didn’t spiral down when things went wrong. They swung into action and kept moving ahead. They were doers and fixers.”~ Joanna Barsh

Joanna BarshA Baker scholar at Harvard Business School, Joanna Barsh is director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company and author of ‘Centred Leadership’ and ‘How Remarkable Women Lead’….Read more


Anuradha Das Mathur, Founding Dean, The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women

“To live a life of distinction and dignity, women must take some responsibility for their own lives and livelihood. Work must cease to be a ‘nice to have’… and evolve into a ‘must have’…” ~ Anuradha Das Mathur

anuradha FoundingAnuradha Das Mathur is Founding Dean – The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women –and a Founder and Director of 9.9 Media, one of India’s fastest growing niche media companies. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Ms Mathur ran Businessworld….Read more


Meenakshi Gopinath, Educationist and Former Principal, Lady Shri Ram College

“The young women today have a strong sense of self and self abnegation is not their chosen path. They expect immediate recognition. At the same time, they are also more demanding of themselves. They work hard and they work smart.” ~ Meenakshi Gopinath,

Meenakshi Gopinath 230A Fulbright Scholar, Padma Shri Awardee and an educationist, Meenakshi Gopinath retired as the Principal of Lady Shri Ram College in 2014….Read more



Gowri Ishwaran, CEO, The Global Education and Leadership Foundation & Founder Principal, Sanskriti School

“It is only by investing in the young can we secure the future.” ~ Gowri Ishwaran

An innovative educationist, Padma Shri Gowri Ishwaran is the Founder Principal of the Sanskriti School – an institution that has become one of the leading schools in India. Currently the CEO of tGELF (The Global Education and Leadership Foundation), Ms Ishwaran’s expertise lies….Read more


Dana BrownFounding Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise), Leicester Castle Business School (LCBS), DeMontfort University

Professor Dana Brown is the Founding Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Enterprise of Leicester Castle Business School (LCBS) at DeMontfort University. Under her leadership, Vedica has partnered with LCBS through which the Scholars get an opportunity to join the Global MBA at Leicester Castle Business School after completing 18 months of

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Poonam BaruaFounder Chairman at Forum for Women in Leadership

Poonam Barua is an accomplished business leader, Economist, Independent Board Director, CEO of WILL Forum India, and Founder Chairman of the “Forum for Women in Leadership”​ — based in New Delhi. She is the Author of the pioneering Book “Leadership by Proxy: The Story of Women in Corporate India”, published by Bloomsbury, December 2015…..Read more


Poonam MuttrejaExecutive Director, Population Foundation of India

Poonam Muttreja is the Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India (PFI) – a New Delhi-based NGO established in 1970 to promote population stabilisation in India and global thinking on population and human development. She has also been a member of the Family Planning 2020 Reference Group….Read more


Punita Lal, Co-Founder at 8ty8 Solutions, Strategy & Marketing Consulting

Punita lal gc pagePunita Lal is a high-calibre professional manager with over 25 years of experience in strategy, marketing and leadership, spanning multiple geographies and cultures….Read more



Reena Mithal, Founder, Sankhya Partners

reena mithal gcReena V. Mithal has spent over two decades working in global financial markets and investment research. Formerly, she was part of US-based emerging markets research teams at Putnam Investments, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers,….Read more


Nivedita Narain, Programme Director at PRADAN

Nivedita Narain is Programme Director at PRADAN, a voluntary organisation that promotes Self-Help Groups (SHGs) of rural woman…Read more



Sarpanch Chhavi Rajawat, Indian Political Leader

“Don’t run away from your roots because that is your foundation and the nation’s foundation too. If you want to make a difference, you have got to start at the bottom. There is so much one can do” ~ Sarpanch Chhavi Rajawat

chhavi rajawat gcA graduate from the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Chhavi Rajawat is the youngest Indian woman with an MBA to become sarpanch….Read more


Ireena Vittal, Independent Director and Former Partner, McKinsey & Company

“If you are clear about what you want, being a woman is a sustainable competitive advantage in life” – Ireena Vittal

Ireena VittalArmed with an MBA from IIM-Kolkata, Ireena Vittal, a former partner at McKinsey, is presently on the board of Tata Global Beverages….Read more



Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO, 20-first

“The 20th century is over. The reality of the world has changed. The last century was driven by manufacturing and the 21st century is wrapped up in customer services and technology, and gender balance has a huge role to play in this transformation.” ~ Avivah Wittenberg-Cox

Avivah Wittenberg-CoxAvivah Wittenberg-Cox is the CEO of Consultancy 20-first, one of the world’s leading gender consultancy firms….Read more



Savita Mahajan, Former Deputy Dean, ISB and Independent Director, IFCI Ltd

Savita Mahajan is the former Deputy Dean of the Indian School of Business. She was associated….Read more



Ester Martinez, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, People Matters

Ester is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief at People Matters – India’s leading knowledge and media platform in the Human Resource space….Read more

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