Rising Star India Winners 2016


We are extremely proud to announce our winners for WeAreTheCity’s top 50 Rising Star Awards in India for 2016. 

On behalf of WeAreTheCity and Barclays, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who nominated their Rising Stars for this year’s awards.

We would like to personally thank our winners’ judges: Kunda Jadhav; Shilpi Singh; Saumya Vardhan; Meenakshi Advani; Darshana Ogale; Kavita Devghan; Surekha Shenoy; and Nisha Sinh, and our Champion Judges, Apurva Purohit; Sarika Bhattacharya; and Archana Shiroor, who all gave up their valuable time to assemble our shortlist and to help WeAreTheCity to recognise the fantastic achievements of all of our amazing nominees.

Below you will also find our five Champions, all of which have been championing gender equality inside and outside of their organisations. We are also proud to announce the winner of our public vote and WeAreTheCity India’s first Man of the Year.

Once again, we would like to congratulate all our winners and extend a sincere thanks to Barclays, our judges and to everyone who supported Rising Stars during 2016.
Please find the full list in alphabetical order below
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Rising Star Champions


Bharti Singh Chauhan | PraveenLata Sansthan

Bharti was born in a middle class family at Jaipur. An incident with her younger brother becoming handicapped pushed the family into a financial crisis,...
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Deepika Chawla | American Express

Deepika Chawla, a certified Chartered Accountant & Six Sigma Green Belt, having a rich experience of 22 years in Retail & Investment Banking, Finance, Business...
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Hema Balakrishnan | Color D Earth

Hema Balakrishnan is a social entrepreneur and founder of Color D Earth, an Eco Socio Enterprise. Born out of a passion to create one of...
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Rashmi Anand | Woman of the Elements

Once a victim of domestic violence, I now work with issues that devastated the lives of my children and me. Having voluntarily counseled thousands of...
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Vermeen Kapoor | Barclays

Vermeen Kapoor is a change management leader with over 15 years of experience in Banking & Financial Services Industry. As a Director with Barclays, she...
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WATC Man of the Year Award | Ashish Bhardwaj

I am a Management Graduate, and I have over 20 years of work experience in India’s leading corporates. I am based in New Delhi. I...
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Top 50 Rising Star Winners

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