Champions of Change: Lean In Together

5:30–6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


Statistics in India tell us that currently women in India account for 42% of new graduates but only 24% of entry – level professionals. Of these, only 19% make to Senior Level Management Roles. Women hold only 7.7% of board seats and just 2.7% of board chairs. Clearly, the need of the hour is to have leaders who can lead by example. This panel discussion will feature thought leaders and experts from interdisciplinary fields who will share their journeys, ideas and actions that helped/are helping elevate women’s representation in leadership.

This event is held in collaboration with Chicago Booth Alumni Club of India, Lean In India, and UChicago Center in Delhi. 

Panelists include: 

Anna Roy, Advisor, NITI Aayog
An Economist by training, Anna Roy is a post-graduate from Delhi School of Economics and an Economics (Hon) from SRCC. She has worked as a Lecturer in Delhi University and Research Associate in TERI before joining the Indian Economic Services (IES), Government of India. Within the Government, she has worked in various senior capacities in Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Civil Aviation. She is currently working as an Advisor and Head of Department (Industry, Data Management & Analysis) in NITI Aayog. She heads the Women Entrepreneurship Platform launched by NITI Aayog on March 8, 2018. Anna Roy also leads the Artificial Intelligence (AI), Block chain initiative of NITI Aayog. She has experience in wide range of subjects in Infrastructure, PPPs and Banking sector, etc.

Apurva Purohit, President, Jagran Prakashan Limited

Apurva Purohit is the President of the Jagran Group, one of India’s largest multi-media conglomerates with a turnover of USD 350 million and market capitalization of USD 800 million. With over three decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry, she currently manages a diverse portfolio which includes print, radio, digital and outdoor. In her previous role as CEO of Radio City, she is credited with making Radio City one of the largest and most profitable networks in the FM industry. The company reached a market cap of Rs. 2000cr. under her leadership and was also ranked amongst the Top 20 places to work as a part of the Great Place to Work Survey, 2015. She was also the driving force behind the listing of Radio City on the stock exchanges in 2017, one of the very few successful IPOs in recent times. Apurva Purohit was one of the Top 30 Most Powerful Women in Business as per the India Today Group in 2016. In addition to her prolific career in the media space, she is also an Independent Director on the boards of Mindtree Ltd. and Meru Travel Solutions Ltd. She is also on the board of Midday Infomedia limited and Music Broadcast Limited and an advisor to Private Equity Fund Amicus Capital and a Not-for-Profit diversity foundation, BD Foundation.

Douglas Gregory Webster, Chief Operating Officer – Delhi International Airport Private Limited, GMR Group

Douglas Webster joined the GMR Group as Chief Operating Officer. Before joining the Group, he was appointed as Deputy Director at Hollywood Airport, Florida. He is an accomplished aviation professional with nearly 33 years of rich experience spread between the Airlines sector and the Airport sector. Mr. Webster has also worked with the Northwest Airlines, Detroit from 1990 to 2002. His broad based background encompasses Airport Operations and Airlines Expertise, Strategic Planning, Terminal Transition Planning, Staffing, Transformation, Customer Service Automation and Stakeholder Management. He is also an AMPAP International Airport Professional.

Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director, Nestlé India Limited

Suresh Narayanan has over 35 years of rich and exhaustive experience in the FMCG Industry and has held Senior Management and Top Leadership roles in leading global companies. He is on the Board of Directors of Nestlé India Limited from 1st August, 2015. Prior to joining Nestlé India in 2015, he was the Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Philippines prior to joining Nestlé India in 2015. He is also the Chairman of Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Narayanan was Managing Director of Nestlé Singapore Pte. Ltd., from 2008 to 2010. During his time, the overall business in Singapore witnessed sustained growth amidst the economic downturn. He joined Nestlé in 1999 as Executive Vice President for Sales in India, where he spearheaded major structural and strategic changes in Sales and Customer Management and set up the chilled dairy business. Mr. Narayanan has participated in the Nestlé Leadership Program of the London Business School and has delivered talks at NASSCOM forums, various Corporates, NUS School of Business-Singapore, American University–Cairo, Columbia University and Business Schools in India among others. Mr. Suresh has been honored at the Forbes India Leadership Awards 2017 as the Best CEO in the Multinational category.


Ruchira Chaudhary, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

An alumnus of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Ruchira straddles the corporate and academic worlds – she is a leading executive coach, adjunct faculty at several tier business schools and an independent management consultant. Ruchira’s expertise builds from twenty years of experience in organizational effectiveness, leadership development and executive coaching in emerging marketplaces in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.  She holds a strong track record in making large-scale change agendas succeed - both from an advisory as well as in-house standpoint. Ruchira has special expertise in leadership assessment and executive coaching and has partnered with leaders across industry sectors and geographies. She has coached mid to C-level business leaders across the Middle East, North Africa, China, India and Singapore in industries ranging from oil & gas, financial services, government, automotive parts, health care, insurance, law, manufacturing, medical devices and technology. Some recent coaching interventions include work for Hella in China, BNP Paribas and Hewlett Packard, APAC. She is the executive coach for Chicago Booth’s ADP program for senior level executives and adjunct faculty at SMU and NUS. Ruchira frequently gets featured in and writes for leading business journals and magazines.


The event is by invitation only.