Dr. Saundarya Rajesh
Founder PresidentCompany: AVTAR Group
Role: Diversity Award Winner—Winds of Change, Individual
Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Founder President, AVTAR Group, is one of India’s most respected thought leaders on Diversity & Inclusion. An award-winning social entrepreneur, she is best known as the pioneer of Second Career opportunities for women in Corporate India. She has been recognised as a “#100Women Achiever” by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, India as also listed in the United Nation’s “Women Transforming India” by the NITI Aayog. A huge advocate of the potential of women in the workplace, Saundarya is the advisor of choice for an impressive list of organizations and leaders on the benefits of Inclusion and Diversity. One of the earliest voices in India to speak about the need for gender balance in the workplace, her diversity immersion sessions have benefited varied audiences, ranging from industry bodies to the police force, from entrepreneurs to college goers, from organizations like Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, Mahindra Group and Tata Group to small and medium businesses. Inspirational in her approach to tackling systemic issues faced by women, Saundarya has irrevocably changed the game for the Indian Woman Professional, by introducing the concept of “Career Intentionality” and “Career Re-entry” to Corporate India. Widely quoted on women’s careers, entrepreneurship and inclusive leadership, Saundarya is a highly sought-after speaker at conferences, national and international and a firm believer in integrating work and life. In her pursuit to develop and inspire people to grow to their full potential, she also made her writing debut through the book – The 99 Day Diversity Challenge – in 2018.