Rekha Mody - President
Rekha Mody, social worker and activist is committed to Women Empowerment, working
actively in SAARC & ASEAN Countries. A networking expert, she believes that collective
thought and action can move mountains. A firm believer in the fact that the role
and contribution of women will get even stronger in the future, she provides them
with knowledge, information and skills to overcome all challenges.
Apart from her social work, she is a connoisseur of art, a writer and social entrepreneur
with the experience of starting a FM Radio station in 1994 in Kolkata.
She is the founder of Divya Chaya Trust established in 1984, Habiart Foundation
1987, Stree Shakti - The Parallel Force 1998. She feels that women all over the
world are interconnected on various underlying gender issues. With this thought
she started the Global Women Forum in Singapore in 2010 aiming to network with women
from SAARC & ASEAN nations. Collectively all her efforts are aimed at Self Reliance,
Equity, Equality and dignity for women.
She has edited ‘A Quest for Roots’, a book of more than 300 posthumous biographies
of women from India significant in South-Asian history. It is an attempt to rediscover
and recount women’s histories that are inspirational and relevant even today.
Rekha Mody has also served on the Board of United Way, New Delhi from 2008 and Women
Founders Collective USA, 2006. She is also Trustee of Women International Trust.
Currently she holds the position of Vice President, Mahabodhi Society of India and
is actively highlighting the role and contribution of Women in Buddhism with a photographic
exhibition in national and international forums.
Monica Lakhmana - Vice President
Heads Operations across twenty-four Gateway Hotels, an upscale brand under the Taj Group of Hotels. Has held various Senior Management positions with The Indian Hotels Company Ltd for the past 21 years. Has been a journalist and a designer prior to joining the Taj Group of Hotels. Has traveled extensively all over the world, USA, Europe, Africa, South Africa, UK, Middle East, Russia, South East Asia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Maldives and has an exposure to diverse cultures and life styles. Is interested in developing Women to the next level and mentoring them to be independent thinkers. Interested in Religion and debates, has been invited as a speaker on Corporate Social Responsibilities, Trends in the Hotel industry and the development of Women in work place.
- Interests -Writing, Theatre, Travel, Reading, Product Development, Art (Oil Painting), Swimming, Conceptualizing /creating, Digital Art, Web Surfing-learning/reading, Photography.
- In 1991 was selected by the Rotary International for a Group Study Programme held in Pennsylvania, USA.
Dr. Aarti Saxena - Secretary
Non Collegiate Women's
Education Board & National Service Scheme, University of Delhi
Offg. Director & Program Coordinator
Recognition: Awarded “Honour for Excellence” by Russian centre of Science
and Culture, International Federation of Indian Russian youth club, Gantavya Sansthan
and Women on Top, for application of best practices in plant sciences for the rural
areas in Rajasthan and Haryana. Associated with People For Plants and Environment
Anuradha Dalmiya - Treasurer and Convenor of Science Samman
1. Schooling at Modern High School for girls, Kolkata
2. Bsc. Hons. in Home Science from JD Birla Institute of Home Science
3. Post Grad Diploma in Dietetics from All India Inst of Hygiene & Public Health
and Advanced Diploma In Systems Management from NIIT.
4. Married with 2 children
5. Interests in Music, Gardening, travelling, current events, science and womens'
empowerment. Been a Streeshakti menber since 1985, seen it grow and evolve into
a contemporary organization while maintaining its stature and Standpoint. Am a easy
going, sociable and sometimes absent minded person, open to new ideas and looking
to enhance my knowledge and horizons constantly.
I feel all women have it in them to BE the change they want to see for their family,
society and our country.
Dr. Sarmistha Chakrabarti - Joint Secretary
Dr. Sarmistha Chakrabarti, Assistant Professor in the University of Calcutta, teaches
Chemistry in the Food & Nutrition section of the Department of Home Science. A winner
of the National Science Talent Search contest, she did her Bachelors & Masters degrees
from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Ph.D. from the Indian Institute
of Chemical Biology, Kolkata and has had postdoctoral & research experience of about
10 years in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and Purdue University
& University of California at Los Angeles in the USA. Her interest in Women & Science
came from her tenure as Research Officer in the Women’s Studies Research Centre
of Calcutta University. She has papers published in renowned international journals
of Chemistry as well as those presented in conferences, the most recent one being
in Beijing, China at the Third World Organisation of Women in Science (of which
she is a full member) Fourth General Assembly.
Sarmistha Chakrabarti’s association with Streeshakti has been for the past 10 years.
Neeru Poddar - West Bengal Convenor
Winner of Priyadarshini Award for Promotion of Crafts , Neeru Poddar is a grass
root worker . She is a Trustee with Divya Chaya Trust and Habiart Foundation. She
has been a founder member of Stree Shakti - The Parallel Force. Neeru ji has trained
many women in West Bengal to earn their living through Kantha embroidery. She has
been very active with the Reproductive Child Health programme introduced in village
Podra near Kolkata in 2009. Counselling the under privileged is her forte.
Deepa Chatrath - Convenor of 100 Women Forum, Singapore
Deepa is passionate about women empowerment, social enterprises and public policy.
In her pursuit of inclusive growth and solutions to some pressing social and economic
challenges in this part of the world, she believes gender empowerment, equal economic
opportunity and education are all critical. To this end she is Co-founder of “100
Women Forum” a Singapore based Not-for-Profit company that focuses on gender empowerment
and eaquality across Asia Pacific region. Deepa is also member of “Stree Shakti
The Parallel Force”.
Deepa has 18 years of experience in building brands in consumer lifestyle products
industry in emerging and mature markets in Asia Pacific Region. Deepa has the ability
to work across cultures and establish brands and create business. She has worked
in the areas of marketing, launching and managing brands, product management, pricing
and brand management. She excels in start-up opportunities to build new businesses
in Asia Pacific region. She has moved to General management role and is at present
Regional Managing Director of a leading consumer lifestyle brand.
Deepa holds a BA English Honors & an MBA with specialization in Marketing from India
and an EMBA from Insead, France. Deepa has worked and lived in the Asia-Pacific
region for the past fifteen years. She is now based in Singapore, where she lives
with her husband and son.
Asha Nayyar Basu - Convener, NCR
Asha Nayar-Basu, is a corporate lawyer & is the Managing Partner of S Jalan & Company,
Solicitors & Advocates. She specializes in substantial & sophisticated development
projects & joint venture/co-investment transactions & has extensive experience of
commercial & corporate law, including outsourcing, joint ventures, strategic alliances,
manufacturing/supply arrangements, distribution, agency, franchising, e-commerce,
marketing and media law. She appears regularly before the Supreme Court, Delhi High
Court, BIFR, AAIFR, Consumer Forums, DGFT & other Tribunals. She advises large industrial
houses, media houses, developers, retail firms, NGOs, Governmental Agencies, Banks,
FIs, software companies & start ups ventures on their legal issues.
Asha is also an Advisor (Communications, Legacy & Sponsorship) to the Organising
Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi.
She is also a noted Odissi dancer & a disciple of Padma Vibhushan Dr. Sonal Mansingh.
• Ms. Sarmistha Chakrobarty - Joint Secretary
• Ms. Kalpana Sharma - Governance Convenor
• Ms. Kamal Chugh - Haryana Convenor
• Ms. Loveleena Mody - Uttranchal Convenor
Chitra Mudgal - Ex-President & Patron
"I have always written freely on the subjects I feel strongly about. My aim is to
depict reality as it is, not to paint one for the convenience of a reader's conscience."
- Chitra Mudgal
Rare is this amalgamation of gentle sensitivity, utter humility and such superior
intellect. Probably her solace with her wonderful self is the reason behind the
glowing radiance on the face of this 60-year old, which can put a thousand electric
bulbs to shame. Meet the multi-faceted Chitra Mudgal, a renowned and respected figure
in modern literature in Hindi, who is also a dedicated trade unionist, social activist,
virtual mother to slum dwelling women and, at the same time, a doting housewife
and mother. Probably it will be better to say that her wide spectrum of social work
and her unflinching belief in "humanism" defines the world-class writer in
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Dr. Purobi Roy - Ex-President & Patron
Dr Purabi Roy is a retired Professor of Jadavpur University, visiting Professor
of Moscow State University and St.Petersburg University, Russian Federation. Born
in July 1941, she did her Ph.D from the Institute of Oriental Studies. Russian Academy
of Science, Moscow.
She participated in various International Seminars and Conferences. As a research
Professor of the Asiatic Society, she published volumes on Russo-Indian Relations
XIX Cent, Indo-Russian Relations XX Cent. Part-I and Part-II. Netaji Subhas Chandra
Bose Commemoration Vol. of Scottish Church College. She is the author of many articles
on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
She is a specialist of Russian Language and Politics. Presently she is doing research
on New Findings on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose - From Russian British German and
She presented papers at the Institute of Oriental Studies Moscow-1999, Oriental
Faculty, St.Petersburg-2002,Hamburg University, German 2003, Humbolt University,
Germany-2004 and Lund University, Sweden-2004.
She was a deponent and Member of JUSTICE MUKHERJEE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY on ALLEGED
DISAPPEARANCE OF NETAJI SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE, 1999-2005.
She is a women activist and believes in empowerment of Society depends upon Gender