Dr. Saundarya Rajesh
Social Entrepreneur, Founder & President
Dr. Saundarya Rajesh, a PhD in Women’s Workforce Participation with several original, multi-disciplinary research papers to her credit, is a first-generation entrepreneur who is credited with having started India’s first ever career service for women, AVTAR I-WIN, in 2005. She is best known for her work in the area of flexible working, second careers for women, and increasing women’s workforce participation in India. She has won a slew of awards including the Tie Stree Shakti Women Entrepreneur Award, FICCI FLO Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Standard Chartered SCOPE Woman Exemplar Award, The Yuvashakthi woman entrepreneur award. And for relentlessly championing the cause of career re-entry opportunities for women who have taken breaks after marriage, childbirth or relocation, and for her indefatigable focus on women’s workforce participation, Dr. Saundarya Rajesh was selected for the #100 Women Achiever’s initiative by Government of India (Ministry of Women and Child Development) and met the Hon. President of India and the Minister for W&CD at Delhi in January 2016. She was also selected as the Top 25 Women Transforming India, by NiTI Aayog.
She is a powerful and inspiring speaker. Invited by national and international organizations to deliver talks and keynote sessions on Women & Leadership, Intentionality of Careers and The Economics of Balanced Leadership, Dr. Rajesh has consistently wowed her audiences with her unique perspectives and fresh insights. She is also a TED speaker on the topics of Diversity & Inclusion. Accenture felicitated her with the Changemaker award on the International Women’s Day last year on 8th March.
Please see this link for a peep into Dr. Rajesh’s vision: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPBYJOHI4To
Speaker, Writer, Presenter
Ruth Ostrow is a Walkley Award nominated writer, keynote speaker, video-maker and social commentator in the area of human relations, psychology and wellbeing, most recently producing an acclaimed on-line documentary series Total Success. The series showed that for many business and political leaders success is about far more than financial riches or power rather care of the soul.
She is best known for her columns and features in The Australian newspaper which have been read by millions over the years, and has a host of books to her credit in the areas of sex & relationships, life matters, the secrets of business success, health and spirituality: in short, spreadsheets and bed-sheets.
Ostrow trained as a leading finance journalist with the Australian Financial Review, before moving to New York, becoming famed for her writings on sexuality, gender issues and equality, later returning to her controversial radio program on Triple M and TV program on Channel 7.
She has lived an eclectic life from war zones to peaceful pastures living and working abroad as a foreign correspondent as deputy editor of the Israel Economist Magazine; and later moving to Byron Bay becoming a yoga teacher, nutritional consultant and keynote speaker on matters of Wellness. She traveled the world speaking at conferences as diverse as healthy ageing and neuroscience. Currently living in Sydney she recently got her Masters degree in multimedia, documentary-making and on-line journalism; and is also studying Art & Design at UNSW to fulfil a wish to become an artist.
She has lectured at the Happiness Conference on depression and has been a keynote speaker at two prestigious International Women’s Conference’s in India including the latest in 2018, and the International Conference on Healthy-Ageing and Longevity and the International Complementary Psychiatry Conference. She is an advocate for The Black Dog Institute. Her other great passion is animal welfare and she is a supporter and promoter of Voiceless, Wires and the OurEarth organization.
Dr. Abhishek Mishra
Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith
Dr. Abhishek Mishra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith (A Public University), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, Abhishek Mishra has earned his PhD degree from the University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India. Dr. Mishra is deeply involved in research activities in the field of employment relations, industrial relations, unrecognized labour of women in informal sectors and human resource management in proprietary/ entrepreneurial in nature, industries operating as the local agglomerate, and industries which are dispersed in nature, and other small & medium enterprises. Recently, he has started working on aspects related to the representation of female workers in the SME sector in India. He has engaged guest classes at the Centre for Women’s Studies and Development (CWSD), Faculty of Social Sciences and Office Management, Faculty of Arts in the Banaras Hindu University
With several publications in national/international of repute including ILERA (International Labour and Employment Relations Association, ILO, Geneva), Dr.Mishra is a Lifetime member of significant professional bodies including British Universities Industrial Relations Association, World Economics Association, Indo Australian Study for the Study of Australia, Indian Industrial Relations Association, Centre for Economic Growth & Research, Labour Law Research Network, etc. He had visited countries like China, United Kingdom, South Korea (World Congress Fellowship, ILO) to present papers/act as discussant at various academic events. Dr. Mishra has also collaborated with several Working Groups to study the aspects of work and employment from a global perspective. He has served as a reviewer and member to the Scientific Committees of several international conferences.