Riddhi Doshi Patel

Riddhi Doshi Patel | Rhyns Academy / The Mocktail Gazebo

Wife, mother, home maker, entrepreneur, life coach, educator, counsellor and mocktail mistress; these are some of the synonyms for me and I am equally proud of each of these mantels.

I am lucky to have been born into a family that respected individuals and encouraged their children irrespective of their gender. My luck doubled when I married into a family that also believed in individuality, freedom of expression and independence.

A chance overhearing of a conversation between a group of teenagers at the adjoining table at a cafe changed the course of my professional life early on. The total disregard for values and disrespect for their parents shocked me. That is when, with the help of a friend I decided to open an institution that taught youngsters to value and respect their seniors irrespective of their place in their lives. Together, my friend and I launched Rhyns Academy Pvt. ltd., where we teach children good values through the medium of art and dance. Besides coaching the children, we also conduct shows with dance, stories, puppetry sessions on etiquette and communication.

Being a National Award winning trainer, I also conduct Soft Skills training for Personal & Self Development and have undertaken Student’s Guidance and Counselling programmes and Empowerment Workshops for Women and Children.

A passionate entrepreneur and always looking out for the best interest of my loved ones, I also started Mocktail Gazebo, an organic and chemical free range of soft drinks. At Mocktail Gazebo, we create chemical free, aunatural fruit drinks and mocktails that carry the goodness of fresh fruits with the warmth of a mother’s love.

To conclude, I’d like to add that we are who we make ourselves to be. Believing in oneself and working towards that goal with determination will help you succeed no matter what the task at hand.


Reetu Uday Kugaji | ITM – Institute of Hotel Management

With 20 years of experience in the world of culinary, I believe that food is like oxygen to me. Food for me is God.

I am privileged to be a Chef and a mentor. If I had to say what my biggest achievements were, then I would say shaping the careers and motivating thousands of students, especially the budding chefs of tomorrow, mentoring them and I am indeed blessed to see my students excel in their careers and holding immense respect, gratitude and love for me.

I believe that the food that I cook and prepare should not only touch the hearts but also the souls of the people relishing it.

I am presently working as a Program Head, Culinary Arts, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh at the ITM Institute of Hotel Management at Nerul, Navi Mumbai. I am also working as a Hospitality and Food Consultant, Speciality Chef and Food Author at www.plattershare.com, Speciality Chef with www.Percept Knorigin.com, www.cinecurry.com and Oxygen Infotainment, and as a Food Author with www.pioneerchef.com, theurbanspice.com www.pinksworth.com, www.tanyamunshi.com

I own my personal website: http://www.chefreetuudaykugaji.com/. I am also a member of Western India Culinary Association (WICA)

I am into writing recipes both Desi (Indian) and Videshi (International) and articles for various online and offline publications.

In the past, I have also contributed as an Associate Professor at D. Y. Patil University, School of Hospitality and Tourism Studies, Navi Mumbai. At the D.Y.Patil University and Stadium, I had planned menus and prepared the most delectable and exotic cuisines for the Former Hon. President Of India Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Tai Patil, ‘The God of Cricket’ Mr. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, ‘The Great Wall of Indian Cricket’ Mr. Rahul Dravid and various other dignitaries and eminent personalities. Intricately prepared cuisine designed to capture a delicious and exciting range of flavours, textures and aromas. I have handled special food preparations for IPL matches, T 20-20, International Cricket Matches at the D.Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai. I have cooked the most delectable cuisines for small to very large numbers.


Rashi Anand | Lakshyam

I hail from a small town in Jharkhand and completed my schooling in Ranchi, spending a long time studying in Delhi for my higher education. I am emotional and very easily moved and working for others is my sole motive in life. I am happily married and I live and love to the fullest. I never imagined I would be walking my mother’s steps, but here I am! Having grown up watching my mother, who is a social server and activist herself, I was always sensitive towards others’ sufferings and sorrows. I have been working at Lakshyam for four years formally, and since college life informally. I am where I am and what I am, because I see multiple problems in one single problem. I wish to make the world a habitable place for every living being and will do everything in my will to make it what I envisioned. I wish that no man or child or women ever slept hungry, or had lesser opportunities in life. And that’s exactly what I target in my endeavors.


Radhika Pradeep | Barclays

I am a graduate in science with dual masters in MCA & MBA, a Bharatnatyam danseuse and a mother. I have over 18 years of experience in technology projects to deliver technology transformations. Currently I workd as Vice President in Barclays, leading a team of 55, and managing process automations for operations and commericals. I have been successful in leading teams across continents and cultures and have experience in leading cutting edge automation. i have been recognised by the bank as a star employee on a number of occasions.

I also lead the testing community of practise within Barclays for the Architecture and Tools chapter and have organised three vents. I have led pitches in the idea forum for Barclaycard QEA and have so far delivered five ideas in 2016.

i also perform classical dance (Bharatanatyam) as part of the dance troupe, Natya Dharpan, which works to sustain classical dance forms, pursuing Masters in Bharatnatyam. I am married with two children, Pratyush who is in class 6 and a daughter, Aadya in kindergarten.

Priyanka Singh Gurung

Priyanka Singh Gurung

Apart from the life’s up’s and down’s, I have a strong personality and an abiding connection to the Royal House of Gurung’s in Himachal Pradesh Solan Subathu. During my early teens, my father Mr Aditya Gurung advised me to, ‘Keep walking strong with all the dignity and courage even when the going gets tough’. I was born on the 17th August 1982 in New Delhi, and at an early stage in life I realised the importance and the reason of my existence to life. After many roadblocks and difficulties i managed to complete my Honour’s degree in Political Science from Annamalai University (Delhi) and also proudly hold a Diploma in Mass Communication & Business Mangement from IIBMS (Mumbai). I have over 13 years experience with a number of Fortune 500 companies including Wipro Ltd, JP Morgan Chase India, Deep Purple, Convergys, AT&T Wireless, CapitalOne, Orange, Microsoft, Dell, FirstFitness India Pvt Ltd, and Mickey Mehta Health Beyond Fitness Pvt Ltd. I have developed a supreme level of understanding and comfort with major business sectors.

My Mentors have enlightened me through various walks of life and I specially thank the legendary Mickey Mehta, also known as Global Leading Holistic Health Guru, to explore my being with his organisation.

As a well as being a well-rounded professional and entrepreneur to Adi’s Foods, Mumbai, I also have experience within all aspects of marketing, branding and sales methodology to both vertical and consumer customers. I also bring an extensive knowledge of pricing, consumer buying patterns, budgeting, advertising, statistics and analysis, direct marketing, telemarketing, planning skills, database marketing, competitive strategies, event promotions and association, channel marketing, merchandising, product marketing, product management, team management, presentation, and strong training skills for high growth stages.

Pooja Somaiya

Pooja Somaiya | DialogueMakers

Pooja Somaiya is a dentist by education but a serial entrepreneur by passion and determination. Along with a rich education in entrepreneurial studies (IIM-B), Human Capital Management (Singapore), I bring along more than eight years experience, including a stint of a failed healthcare recruit portal (HcareHR), work as a core management team member in two healthcare technology startups and now as a co-founder of a for profit socialja enterprise to empower differently abled section of society.

I have proudly won accolades for the startups I have worked for and worked in. Having persistence to achieve the unachievable has been my goal and proud to multitask as a co-founder of for-profit social venture, co-author of a marketing book project and an advisory committee member for women entrepreneurs networking forum.


Pompy Das | Barclays

I am an experienced professional with 12 years of work experience, having worked across a variety of roles within Banking Operations for HSBC and Barclays. I have moved around laterally between departments quite a bit, out of my own interest and that has helped me become a “Generalist” in the Operations space. Most importantly it has helped me to not fear change by developing an inherent ability to adapt to any kind of an environment. I believe in genuinely delivering the best possible outcomes for clients and colleagues and as part of that endeavour to be aware of the latest in the industry through networking/attending industry forums. This has allowed me and my team to customise solutions, in order to deliver a great experience. I am passionate about developing talent and mentor several people both within and outside the organization. I enjoy leading diversity initiatives and am part of the Women’s Initiative Network within Barclays.

Nikita Holkar

Nikita Holkar | Ernst & Young

Hailing from an Army background, I have studied across different geographies, cultures and ethnicities which has helped me to develop an appreciation for diversity. With my love for organizational psychology coupled with my goal to drive people effectiveness agenda at organizations, I am a Human Resource Consultant working with EY.

I am young, ambitious and driven by my priorities to succeed. I am constantly trying to push the boundaries and encourage others around me to do the same. I endeavour hard to exceed the expectations of my clients helping them solve their business problems and thereby build a personal brand for myself wherever I go. Each project, interaction and task entrusted upon me is a great chance for me to prove my mettle, yield concrete value to my client and bring accolade to my organization. I endeavour towards designing solutions for the betterment of the organizations that I touch, my society and the larger eco-system that I am part of through my work.

With discipline, hard work, street-smartness and a healthy balance between my personal and professional life, I strive to make my journey to the top and also inspire others to do the same.


Neha Tyagi | Barclays

I completed my MBA degree in 2007 and have been working in the Investment Banking back and middle office since then. I have over nine years experience in the sector including four years in Project and Change Management. I am currently employed with Barclays and also work as a citizenship (CSR) champion/ambassador. I love working for CSR and help people achieve their ambition in right way.

When I am not working or on any charity drive, you will find me reading books or travelling places.

Mugdha Dixit

Mugdha Dixit | Barclays

Reflecting back to my years, I vividly recall not only the excitement of the introduction to my first programming language, but also the sheer exhilaration of merely interacting with computer for the first time in my life. These feelings definitely manifested deep interest of computers within me and steered me towards pursuing a graduate degree in Computer Science, the place where I realized my ultimate career goals.

Over the last five or so years, I have gained valuable experience in the verticals – Finance, Insurance & Hospitality in different geographies; successfully demonstrating skills in a variety of different roles and responsibilities. I am currently working as Tax Analyst with Barclays and am the ‘Go-To’ person, for FATCA ER & CRS Programme to perform range of tasks, requirement analysis, development, testing & supporting business stakeholders. I covet the prospect of a leader in the field of strategy and analytics, since the strategic transformation in the finance is organizational imperative. I have been awarded for Inspire Value Award in Barclays for my contribution.

Beyond the workplace, I am an active participant in community events and am a strong advocate of giving back to society. I actively organize and contribute towards Youth Employment, Education & Gender Equality.