"Let's level the playing field."
Founder, Power Women
From a corporate career in product development, innovation and marketing in health and tech to an entrepreneur, mentor and women’s champion, our Founder, Simran Kaur is an Ambassador at Girls X Tech, Advisor at Loyal VC and Mentor at Founders Institute. Simran was GCC’s 50 Women Leaders (2016) and was featured in the book, BalanceForBetter supported by the UN. She has an MSc. in Software Engineering from RWTH, Germany and has spent half her career building and leading product development, primarily in the Health-tech space. Simran has an MBA from INSEAD and is the former President of the INSEAD Alumni Association, UAE. She has worked across corporates and startups in Germany, Singapore and the UAE and taught as guest faculty at prestigious universities. She is a polyglot, is married and has two children.
"When I started out my professional life, I did not think about the ceiling, the pay gap, or topics such as diversity and inclusion. I came into the workforce believing that the playing field was level. I became mindful of many of these topics as my career progressed. As many other women, I too experienced being excluded, and realized that my journey had hurdles, which as a young ambitious girl I had never imagined. Over time I realised we needed to build the right networks and a support system to overcome these challenges, get stronger and keep on rising. And Power Women was born! There are so many powerful women are doing amazing work and their stories need to be told. We want to not only bring these women leaders into the C-Suites, Boardrooms and make them have multi-billion dollar exits but we also want to inspire the next generation of women."
As we grow, we have been talking to experts who can guide and support us during our journey. We are building an Ambassador program with which experts can help us bring to life the vision of Power Women.
Avivah is the CEO of 20-first, a global consulting firm working with companies interested in capturing the competitive advantage of gender, nationality, and generational balance. Her ground-breaking thought leadership is accessible through several seminal books and regular contributions to Harvard Business Review and Forbes. She’s done several TEDxtalks, has been recognised by ELLE Magazine as one of the Top 40 Women Leading Change and was recently celebrated by PWN Global with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Gender Balanced Leadership. Her book, Why Women Mean Business, was awarded the MANPOWER Best Book of the Year Prize.
DR. VINIKA RAO
Executive Director, INSEAD Gender Initiative & Emerging Markets
Dr Vinika Rao is the Executive Director of the INSEAD Gender Initiative & Emerging Markets Institute, and Director of the Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia. She started her career with an MNC bank and went on to become the Managing Director of an Indonesian conglomerate, before a serendipitous transition to education. Her research is in gender diversity in corporate leadership, specifically, the impact of male support on the self-regulating focus of female managers; as well as millennials & multigenerational influences in the workplace.
Our Partners and Supporters
We are grateful to all our partners and supporters so far, who have helped us grow and flourish.