Empowering girls breaks the cycle of intergenerational poverty and helps build sustainable economies.
What needs to be done by business and government to ensure that girls are placed at the forefront of the regional development agenda?
Vinita Bali was appointed Managing Director of Britannia Industries on May 31, 2006. Bali joined as Chief Executive Officer of the Company in January 2005. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Economics from LSR at the University of Delhi and her MBA at the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies at Bombay University. She pursued postgraduate studies in Business and Economics at Michigan State University on a scholarship from The Rotary Foundation, and was selected to work as a Graduate Intern at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
She started her career with Voltas Ltd.-a Tata Group company focusing on consumer products, where she launched Rasna soft-drink concentrate. In 1980, Bali joined Cadbury India, where she had a successful career in roles of increasing responsibility, not just in India, but also in the UK, Nigeria and South Africa. Bali also served on the Boards of Cadbury Nigeria and Cadbury South Africa.
The Coca-Cola Company chose her as its worldwide Marketing Director in 1994 where she was responsible for the worldwide strategy for Coke, and was one of the key players in doubling its historical growth rate. In 1997 she took over as Vice President of Marketing for Latin America, and in 1999 relocated to Chile as President of the Andean Division with sales in excess of USD 1 Billion. In 2001, she was made a corporate officer of The Coca-Cola Company and appointed Vice President of Corporate Strategy reporting to the Chairman.
After an eventful nine-year association with Coke, Bali joined her mentor at Coke, Sergio Zyman at the Zyman Group in July 2003 as a Managing Principal and Head of the Business Strategy practice in the company's Atlanta office. As a member of the company's Board of Managers, Bali shared responsibility for developing and managing Zyman Group's consulting business.
Barkha Dutt is an Indian TV journalist and columnist. She is currently Group Editor, English News at New Delhi Television.
Dutt gained prominence for her reportage of the Kargil War. She has won many national and international awards, including the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honor. She writes a popular column for The Hindustan Times, called Third Eye. However, she has also come in for criticism that her reporting is sensationalist and melodramatic.
Maria S. Eitel
Maria S. Eitel is president of The Nike Foundation and vice president of Nike, Inc. She works with key players in economic and social development to increase opportunities for the world’s most disadvantaged girls. Previously, she served as Nike's first vice president for corporate responsibility.
Before joining Nike, Eitel was European corporate affairs group manager for Microsoft Corporation. Earlier, she was director of public affairs for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and was senior manager of communications and community relations at MCI Communications Corp. From 1989 to 1992, Eitel served in the White House as deputy director of media relations, and later as special assistant to the President for media affairs. She has also been a reporter and producer in commercial and public broadcasting. Eitel holds a BA from McGill University and an MS from Georgetown University.
Darryl Green is the Executive Vice President for Manpower Inc. and President of the company's Asia Pacific and Middle East operations. Previously in charge solely of Asia Pacific, Green took on additional responsibility for overseeing the Middle East from January 2009. This represents a natural progression for him, as the majority of the workforce in the Middle East is sourced from the Asian region.
Prior to joining Manpower in May 2007 to lead Asia and Pacific, Green served as CEO of Tata Teleservices, India's fastest growing telecommunications operator, where revenues tripled and market share doubled during his tenure, which began in 2005. Previously, Green was CEO of Vodafone Japan, a publicly listed mobile services provider, where earnings more than doubled and revenues grew to U.S. $15 billion during his three years at the helm. From 1989 to 1998, Green held various management positions within AT&T, including three years as President and CEO of its Japanese operations.
Green holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Japanese/Asian studies from Brigham Young University. He is an American national who speaks fluent Japanese. He has served as the Vice Chairman of the Japan Telecommunications Association and as a member of the Mizuho Financial Group's advisory board.
Lord Michael John Hastings CBE
Michael Hastings, Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick, CBE is the International Director of Corporate Citizenship at KPMG. He was previously the head of Corporate Social Responsibility at the BBC and is Chairman of Crime Concern.
He was previously a Downing Street Policy Unit advisor on race and urban policy, then a BBC and ITV journalist and presenter. He spent 12 years at the BBC where he became the BBC's first head of Corporate Social Responsibility. He is a board member of Comic Relief, BBC Children in Need, the BBC World Service Trust, the Fame Academy Bursary Fund and member of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee and the BBC Environment Steering Group.
He was formerly a Commissioner with the Commission for Racial Equality and was awarded a CBE in 2003. He was nominated as a life peer in 2005 where he sits as a crossbencher.
Chanda Kochhar is currently the Managing Director (MD) of ICICI Bank and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). ICICI Bank is India's largest private bank and overall second largest bank in the country. She also heads the Corporate Centre of ICICI Bank.
Kocchar has also consistently figured in Fortune's list of "Most Powerful Women in Business" since 2005. In 2009, she debuted at number 20 in the Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women list".
Rajshree Pathy, is an eminent entrepreneur from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. She heads the Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals and currently the President of Indian Sugar Mills Association. She also promotes performing arts movement in Coimbatore.
Rajshree Pathy inherited her father's business, following his death in 1992. She has been looking after the business since then. In 1996, Rajshree Pathy received the Global Leaders of Tomorrow recognition from the World Economic Forum, Davos (Switzerland). She has been elected President of the South Indian women Association (SIWA), for the second time for the period 2007-2009.
She was awarded the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship in 2000.