Very few people in this world use the benefits available to them to make a difference. Such is the story of Roshni Nadar, the CEO of HCL Technologies and the most influential woman entrepreneur of India. Her name comes on the list of most famous women entrepreneurs of India. Nadar is one of the strongest symbols of women power we have today. Her zeal and vigour towards her work are incredible. Here, in this blog, we cover everything about this wonder-woman and her achievements.
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Roshni Nadar was born to Shiv Nadar, the founder of HCL, and is his only child. Roshni did her schooling in Delhi and then pursued her graduation in Communication from Northwestern University. She did her MBA from Kellogg School of Management. In her personal life, she is a trained classical musician and interested in yoga and travelling. She is married to Shikhar Malhotra, Vice-Chairman of HCL Technologies, and a mother of two.
A Budding Entrepreneur
Before joining HCL in 2009, she worked with Sky News UK and CNN America. Within a year of joining HCL, she was made the executive director of HCL Technologies. Roshni Nadar then established the Habitat Trust in 2018 that works towards protecting India’s natural habitats and indigenous species.
Prior to becoming the CEO and Executive Director of HCL Technologies in 2020, she was also a trustee of Shiv Nadar Foundation that runs a not-for-profit engineering school in Chennai. She is also the chairperson of VidyaGyan Leadership Academy, a leadership academy for the economically backward. Roshni Nadar is an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a great orator.
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She has worked as a Vice-chairperson for HCL for 2 years before promotion. Under her leadership, the company backed a $1.8 Billion purchase from IBM, the biggest in the history of the company. Her own vision for the company as a CEO is for it to work as a startup despite its size. She believes that “You always have to keep agile, and quite hungry and entrepreneurial”.
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Achievements and Awards
Roshni Nadar has received many awards and notable recognitions even before she joined HCL and has proved to be a great asset to every organization she is a part of. Some of her notable recognitions include:
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- She is the first woman head to lead a publicly listed IT company in India.
- Young Philanthropist of the Year- 2014 by NDTV
- The World’s Most Innovative People Award by the World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship – 2015
- Vogue India Philanthropist of the Year – 2017
- Featured in ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ list by Forbes in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
- Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Award by Babson College in 2017
- An alumna of the Forum of Young Global Leaders (2014-19)
- Awarded Dean’s Distinguished Service Award at Kellogg School of Business
I am privileged to have the kind of platform I do and the kind of support I do. A lot of women in this country don’t have that.
Roshni Nadar is a born entrepreneur and set many milestones for women in IT. She may have been born with a privilege but she knows how to use it well for the betterment of society and oneself. Roshni Nadar has the spirit to take HCL to new heights and she is doing exactly that.
This was all about Roshni Nadar, who is an inspiration to all of us. With her hard work and perseverance, she has set an example for many generations to come. We hope you enjoyed this blog and felt motivated. Stay connected to Leverage Edu for more such entertaining reads.