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WeAreTheCity India’s Rising Star Shortlist 2016 Announcement

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We are extremely proud to announce our shortlist for WeAreTheCity India’s Top 50 Rising Star Awards 2016.

The 100-strong shortlist showcases remarkable women across India from a wide variety of industries including banking, consulting, insurance, technology, hospitality, arts and culture, health and wellbeing, retail, entrepreneurs, charity and NGOs, public sector, executive assistants, media and journalism, law; sport, sales and marketing, HR & recruitment, education and academia.

The full shortlist includes individuals from leading firms such as American Express, Aon, Barclays, Bloomberg, BlackRock, EY, alongside founders of NGO’s, Charity workers and not forgetting small business owners.

The awards also celebrate Rising Star Champions, recognising the efforts of male and female leaders who are actively supporting the female talent pipeline. This award is open to both men and women who currently hold senior positions within their organisations and who have demonstrated their support for the gender agenda either internally or externally.


“The response to this year’s awards in India has been absolutely amazing given this is the first year WeAreTheCity has run the awards in India. I am in total awe of the calibre of nominations and the outstanding achievements from all of our nominees. All of the team at WeAreTheCity are very much looking forward to shining a spotlight on these women as we continue in to the final rounds of judging”

Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director of WeAreTheCity


The 100 shortlisted women will now face a further round of judging accompanied by public votes of support.  The overall top 50 winners will be announced on 24 October 2016. The awards, sponsored by Barclays, will then be celebrated on 9 November 2016 at an awards ceremony in Mumbai for winners, guests and sponsors.

To view the 2016 shortlist, please visit here >>>

In June 2016, WeAreTheCity India, with the support of Barclays announced that it was launching the Rising Star Awards in India to recognise the achievements of the female talent pipeline across the country.


“Barclays are delighted to support the inaugural WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards in India.  The breadth and depth of talented women which these awards showcase is inspirational, they are role models for their colleagues and more broadly across industry and in their communities.”

Mark McLane, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Barclays


WeAreTheCity India believes it has a responsibility to ensure that female talent, regardless of age and background, receives the necessary support, encouragement and skills to transition into key decision-making roles within their organisations.

By highlighting the accolades of inspirational female talent, WeAreTheCity India hopes to encourage organisations and business leaders to invest in and recognise women as leaders of tomorrow and individual contributors within their respective industries.

We would like to personally thank our shortlist and Champion judges: Ashu Tkahur, Kuku Singh, Rita Gangwani, Amit Desai, Kavita Ashok, Anuranijta Kumar, Apurva Purohit, Sarika Bhattacharya and Archana Shiroor.  They all gave their valuable time to assemble our shortlist and to help WeAreTheCity India  to recognise the fantastic achievements of all of our amazing nominees.


“It was a pleasure judging the Rising Stars awards. While diversity is still a concern in Corporate India at the middle and senior levels, change is happening slowly but surely. Going by the high quality of entries we received and judged, I am convinced that these talented women are going to be at the forefront of the change we have been striving for so many years! For me each of the women whether they won or not is a star!”

Apurva Purohit, one of the Rising Star judges & President of Jagran Prakashan


Supporters of our nominees are now able to show our shortlisted nominees their support by casting their votes. The vote count does not determine the winners. Please note there is no public voting for our Champions category.  Votes can be cast via the shortlist pages.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish our shortlisted nominees the very best of luck in the final round of judging.

For more details about the awards, please visit here.

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