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Have you registered for WeAreTheCity India’s flagship event, ‘Invest in Me’ on 26 October? Meet the speakers!

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Invest In Me ‘Invest in Me’, WeAreTheCity India’s celebratory event will be hosted in the luxurious JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu, Mumbai on 26 October from 3.30pm – 9.00pm. Our event will bring together professionals and experts from a range of industries to provide insight, inspiration and motivation to invest in yourself to drive your career forward. We have a fabulous line up of inspirational speakers, a number of whom have been supporting WeAreTheCity India and our aim to empower professional Indian women since our launch back in March 2014.

Meet some of our speakers!
Key Note Speaker: Anuranjita Kumar

Anuranjita KumarAnuranjita Kumar, Managing Director and Chief Human Resources Officer at Citi South Asia, is the author of a recently launched, inspirational new book, ‘Can I have it all?’ Anuranjita will be discussing her book – a memoir which touches upon her struggles in the proverbial corporate jungle, juxtaposed with a heartwarming account of a mother, daughter and wife balancing a healthy home and work life. Through her personal narration, Anuranjita will talk about the significance of investing in yourself to achieve success.

Anuranjita began her career with Procter & Gamble in 1994 and joined Citi in 1995. She has held a variety of roles including Senior HR Generalist for Corporate and Investment Banking, Staffing and Development manager in NY and Senior HR advisor for Private Bank in Singapore. In 2007, Anuranjita was the first South Asian and woman leader to be appointed Head of HR, Global Banking EMEA. During this challenging period, she successfully partnered with the global banking team to turnaround the business bottom-up which resulted in EMEA Corporate and Investment Banking function being recognized as the most improved Corporate and Investment Banking franchise in Europe by Financial News. These achievements and more led to Anuranjita being recognized as an ‘Upcoming South Asia Leadership Talent’ by Asia Networks.

After an exciting stint in Europe, she returned to India in 2012 as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Citi South Asia. Anuranjita is the first woman management committee member at Citi India. She is also on the board of Citi Services India Limited and Citicorp Finance India Limited, Chairperson of the HR Committee at Amcham India, Advisory board member of SHRM India, Member of the South Asia Executive Council Conference Board, Member of CII National Core Committee on Human Resources, Member of the National Human Resources Forum India and the Citi business champion for American India Foundation. She has also been recognised as amongst the ‘Most Powerful HR Professionals of India’, by the World HRD Congress in 2012 and amongst the ‘Most Powerful Woman Leaders’ by Fortune in 2013.

Some of our panelists!
Katie Day: Founder, Realising Dynamic Potential International and author of The High-Heeled Leader

Katie DayKatie started her training and motivational speaking career in 1989. She worked for The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development running programmes for women from all 51 countries, and headed up the Task Force on gender diversity. She worked for Business in the Community supporting FTSE companies on their gender diversity agenda. In 2004 she started a company for professional women. Her clients include: Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Atkins Global, Citibank, and many others. A sought-after speaker, Katie is a guest lecturer at Warwick Business School, and writes for the Huffington Post and Executive Women in Dubai. She has been interviewed many times on radio globally, and appeared on television in Canada and Dubai speaking on women in the boardroom. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Charity Women of Africa and a Director of The Foundation for International Collaboration. Her book, The High-heeled Leader, is available on Amazon.

Suchi Ray: Director, Business Manager, Barclays

Suchi RaySuchi has over 18 years experience working with various financial institutions in different locations including India, Japan, the US and Singapore. Suchi is an Economics graduate from Lady Shriram college (Delhi University) and did an MBA in Human Resources from Xavier Institute of Management (Bhubaneshwar, India). She started her career as an HR professional with Polaris Software Lab and moved on to working with Citi where she stayed for eight years before moving to Lehman Brothers in 2007. She then moved to Barclays in 2008 in Singapore. Suchi recently moved back to India with her husband and 4.5 year old daughter. In her own words, Suchi comes from a humble middle class family which is extremely close knit. She derives guidance and strength from her brothers and sister. At weekends she likes to spend every minute with her daughter and ferries her around from one class to another. She has recently picked up running as a hobby and completed a 10km at Pinkathon last year. She is also learning to play the piano with her daughter – something she enjoys immensely.

Puja Kohli: People & Change Catalyst, Founder of Unfold Consulting

Puja KohliPuja is the founder of ‘Unfold’ an organisation that offers services and programs through talent based solutions impacting culture, engaging potential and leveraging diversity in the workplace. Unfold works with change at multiple levels both systemic and process driven and with a focus on building the right values and positively shifting behaviours. Puja is also the co-founder of ZIPBIZZ (www.zipbizz.com), a cloud based HRMS poised to release. In various ways, Puja has provided thought leadership for understanding generations at work, (in India) through papers and published industry research. She collaborates with key forums on and offline to shape agendas for building capability. She is also associated with the ‘ThinkBig’ platform of WEConnect International in advisory role to support their efforts to promote women entrepreneurship and women businesses in India. Puja is a regular speaker, has moderated several CXO panels at Industry summits and HR forums and publishes articles on emerging topics in people & change management. In the past, she has had leadership roles in talent management and organizational development with organisations including CGI and Accenture.

Event details
  • Date: Monday, 26 October 2015
  • Time: 3.30pm – 9.00pm
  • Location: JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu, Mumbai, India
Event details
  • 3.30pm – 4.00pm: Arrival and Registration
  • 4.00pm – 4.10pm: Welcome, Caroline Graham, Editor-In-Chief, WeAreTheCity India
  • 4.10pm – 4.45pm: Key note speaker, Anuranjita Kumar, Author of ‘Can I have it All?’
  • 4.45pm – 5.00pm: ‘My Story’, Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity
  • 5.00pm – 5.30pm: Break
  • 5.30pm – 5.50pm: Financial Investing Risks & Rewards, Tejal Gandhi, Founder of Money Matters
  • 5.50pm – 6.45pm: Panel Debate (see panellists above)
  • 6.45pm – 7.00pm: Wrap up and close, Jo Gaglani, WeAreTheCity India Chair
  • 7.00pm – 9.00pm: Networking over cocktails and canapés and Me Time Zone
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