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women Entrepreneurship

women Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneur Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman & ManagingDirector of Bioon Ltd., who becameIndia's richest woman in 2004 (anestimated Rs.2,100 crore )~US$480 million), was educated at the Bishop Cotton Girls School and Mount Carmel College inBangalore. She founded BioconIndia with a capital of Rs.10,000 inher garage in 1978 - the initialoperation was to extract anenzyme from papaya. Heapplication for loans were turned down by banks then - onthree counts - biotechnology was then a new word, thecompany lacked assets, and (most importantly) womenentrepreneurs were still a rarity. Today, her company is thebiggest biopharmaceutical firm in the country. In 2006, Shawcaused a few Page 3 ruffles after a much hyped photographshowed her in an embraceand lip-lock with senior BJP leader Vasundhara Raje Scinidia
.Ekta Kapoor, creative head of BalajjiTelefilms, is the daughter of actor Jeetendraand sister of actor Tushar Kapoor. She hasbeen synonymous with the rage of soapoperas on Indian TV, after her most famousventure 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi',which started airing on STAR Plus in 2000.Ekta dominates Indian television, producingmore than eight television soaps. At the 6thIndian Telly Awards 2006, she bagged theHall of Fame award for her contributions.Most of her creations begin with the letter'K'due to her superstition that it brings hegood luck.
Sunita Narain, anenvironmentalist and politicalactivist as well as a majo proponent of the Green concepof sustainable development, wasawarded the Padma Shri by theGovernment of India in 2005.Narain, who has been with theIndia-based Centre for Scienceand Environment since 1982, iscurrently the director of theCentre and the director of theSociety for EnvironmentalCommunications, and publisher of the fortnightly magazine, 'Downto Earth'.Neelam Dhawan, MicrosofIndia managing director,leads Microsoft's sales anmarketing operations in thecountry. A Stephenian(graduated in 1980), she passed out of Delhi's Faculty of Management Studies in1982. Back then, while shewas keen to join FMCG majorslike Hindustan Lever an Asian Paints, both companiesrejected Dhawan as they did not want to appoint womenfor marketing.
Naina Lal Kidwai was the first Indian womanto graduate from the Harvard BusinessSchool. Fortune magazine listed Kidwaiamong the World's Top 50 Corporate Womenfrom 2000 to 2003. According to theEconomic Times, she is the first woman tohead the operations of a foreign bank inIndia (HSBC). Kidwai was awarded thePadma Shri this year.Sulajja Firodia Motwani, Joint Managing Director of Kinetic Engineering Ltd., is in-charge of the company'soverall business developmental activities. She is also theDirector of Kinetic Motor Company Limited and KineticMarketing Services Limited. A fitness freak and avid sports enthusiast, she even played badminton at the national level. The magazine 'India Today' hashonoured her with the title of business 'Face of the Millennium'. She was ranked among the top25 business entrepreneurs of the country,and wasalso presented with the Society Young Achiever's Award for Business in 2002. The same year, shewas chosen as the 'Global Leader of Tomorrow' by the World Economic Forum.Dr. Jatinder Kaur Arora, an outstanding scientist from Punjab, was conferred a national award for her work on women's development throughscience and technology. Dr. Arora, perhaps thefirst scientist to get such an award, is a doctoratein microbiology and has a brilliant academic record. An unlikely and fairly new contender on this list, she is serving as a joint director in the Punjab

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