An exclusive program to master board governance
Lessons from top board leadership

One year blended program beginning with a 3-day in-person session

Dates: 22, 23, 24 November 2024 | Mode: Blended
Venue: Delhi-NCR

This program is aimed at women leaders in India.

You could be a:

  • A corporate director seeking to elevate skill-sets in a changing world.
  • A senior executive in a company or a professional services firm looking to fulfill board roles - whether currently serving, retiring, or retired.
  • An entrepreneur or a director or member of family-owned businesses.
  • A manager acting as director in multinational companies or unlisted subsidiaries.

Did You Know

As of March 31, 2023, there are nearly 7,500 companies (out of which 5,200 are listed) that need women directors on their boards. In addition, in 2024 and thereafter every year, a significant number of women directors would be finishing their term, which would present new opportunities for next-generation women leaders (Source: CMIE)

The Indian context

Even after a decade since the passage of the Companies Act 2013, which mandated at least one-woman director on company boards, in Nifty-500 companies an average of one in five board members is a woman (223 Nifty-500 companies have only one- woman director).

The Companies Act, 2013 mandated the following category of companies to appoint at least one-woman director:

  • Every listed company
  • Every other public company with either:

    - Paid-up share capital of INR 1 billion (approx. US$12 million) or more; or
    - Turnover of INR 3 billion (approx. US$36.02 million) or more

The reform has the potential to create a sea of opportunities, both at individual and societal level. It opens a career path for qualified women who can take up board positions. The reform, when implemented in its true spirit, has the potential to making Indian society more inclusive and breaking gender barriers when it comes to decision making in the top echelons of one of the world’s most dynamic economies

Program Objectives

The program aims to provide women leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to successfully transition from executive positions to corporate board roles.

The program also offers women leaders on the Board a chance to enhance their skills and optimize their performance as directors.

This program will enable participants to

  • understand roles and responsibilities of corporate directors and board committees
  • match their skills and talents to the board’s specific needs
  • carry out board tasks and engage in collaborative decision-making
  • add value to an organization as overseers of its leadership and strategic direction
  • balance shareholder demands with those of other stakeholders in driving long-term performance
  • navigate the challenges and put laws and perspectives into practice
  • manage personal reputation as a board director and mitigate your own risks

Did You Know

As of March 31, 2023, there are nearly 7,500 companies (out of which 5,200 are listed) that need women directors on their boards. In addition, in 2024 and thereafter every year, a significant number of women directors would be finishing their term, which would present new opportunities for next-generation women leaders (Source: CMIE)

Our value propositions

Practitioner powerhouse:

The curriculum is developed and delivered by senior, renowned practitioners who are experts and serve on multiple boards.

Anchored in a research university:

Offered by India's premier multidisciplinary research university, the program meticulously combines theory and practice.

Intensive, in-person, 3-day program

with close interaction with inspiring women leaders sharing their experiences and demystifying boardroom dynamics.

The Women Excel of Boards (WEB) Bridge Program: This service will be available to all participants for up to 1 year after completing the program.

Board leadership and faculty

Roshni Nadar MalhotraChairperson, HCL Tech

Roshni is the Chairperson of HCL Tech, a leading global technology organization with a market capitalization of $34 billion, and the Chairperson of its CSR Board Committee. Roshni is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which since its inception has invested $1.2 billion in nation building institutions and driving transformational leadership. She is also the Chairperson and driving force behind VidyaGyan, a leadership academy for the economically underprivileged, meritorious, rural students of Uttar Pradesh, and has been working towards nurturing future leaders from rural India who can be catalysts of change for their communities, villages and the nation at large.

She is the Trustee of The Habitats Trust, which aims to work towards protecting India's natural habitats and its indigenous species with the core mission of creating and conserving sustainable ecosystems through strategic partnerships and collaborations with all stakeholders, at every level. Roshni is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the MIT School of Engineering, USA and also a member of the Kellogg School of Management Executive Board for Asia. She serves on the board of directors of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and is an independent director on the board of HDFC Asset Management Company.

Kaushik DuttaIndependent Chairman, Zomato Ltd.

Currently the Chair of Zomato, one of the most gender-diverse board in India, Kaushik is an experienced professional with expertise in corporate governance, business strategy, finance, and audit. He serves as independent director in companies such as PolicyBazaar (PB Fintech), BharatPe, HCL Infosystems, Newgen Software Technologies, InfoEdge Ventures, while heading the audit committee in many of these companies.

He is the co-founder and Director of Thought Arbitrage Research Institute, a research think-tank. He has in the past been nominated on several Government Committees related to corporate governance, corporate fraud mitigation, amongst others. He has authored or co-authored 6 books on corporate governance, business history and company law in India. Previously, Kaushik served as a Senior Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Ritu Gangrade AroraCEO & CIO Asia-Pacific- Allianz Investment Management Singapore Pte Ltd., India Advisor to Allianz SE Board

Ritu Gangrade Arora is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Allianz Investment Management (AIM), Asia Pacific. With an AUM of approximately USD 48 billion, she currently manages Allianz investments in 12 countries across 21 operating Entities (OEs) in India, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Sri Lanka among others. This makes her one of the largest AUM managers in Asia. As the "Advisor to Allianz SE board," Ritu represents Allianz in India. In addition, as a member of the esteemed global Investment Management Board (IMB) of Allianz, she contributes to setting the direction for Allianz's balance sheet investments worldwide.

Ritu collaborates closely with several Multilateral Development Institutions in the region. She represents Allianz on the advisory board of the "G7's Investor Leadership Network" and "Industry Advisory Panel (IAP)" of ASEAN Working Committee on Capital Market Development (WC-CMD) and is responsible for advancing the group's agenda on ESG and gender diversity in investing.

Ritu's contributions to the world of business and leadership have been well acknowledged and she has received many awards and accolades, being part of the "Forbes India W-Power List - 2022", "Fortune Most Powerful Women in Business - 2023", "Top 100 Women Achievers of India, India Today - 2023", "Alumni Achiever Award, SPJMR - 2023" among others.

Ritu is a board member of Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Ltd, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Ltd, HCL Infosystems Ltd, Allianz Investment Management Singapore and Allianz Insurance Asset Management Co- China.

Renuka RamnathFounder, MD & CEO, Multiples Asset Management Ltd.

Renuka is a Private Equity fund manager. She is also chairperson of the board at Tata Communications, and former chairperson of the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association 2020-22.

She was the MD & CEO of ICICI Venture for more than a decade. She has been featured in the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business (Business Today, India), India’s Most Powerful CEOs (Economic Times), the Top 25 Non-Bank Women in Finance (US Banker's Global List), Asia's Women in the Mix: The Year's Top 50 for Achievement in Business (Forbes) and the Top 25 women in Asian asset management (Asian Investor).

Atul DhawanPartner, Deloitte India

Atul is a Partner with Deloitte, with over 40 years of experience. He was the Chairperson of Deloitte South Asia till March 2023 and also represented India on Deloitte's Asia Pacific and Global Boards.

Over the years, he has held several leadership roles that included:

  • Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
  • National Leader for Client Programmes and Brand Communications
  • Regional Managing Partner for the North Region

Atul is also on the Board of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) in Delhi. He advises the U.S. India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) for various India-focused campaigns. Atul is also on the Board of Plan India, an organisation focused on social causes for women and girls. Until recently, Atul was the Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in India. He was a member of the CII National Council and the Advisory Board of the Confederation of the British Industry in India.

Program Convenor

Dr. Ananya MukherjeeVice-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University Delhi NCR

Dr. Ananya Mukherjee is the Vice-Chancellor of Shiv Nadar University Delhi NCR. In 2022 she returned to India, after spending more than two decades in Canada and the USA.

A professor of Economics, Ananya has also held many leadership roles in two of the largest universities in Canada — the University of British Columbia and York University. She was Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University, Toronto, the largest liberal arts faculty in Canada.

Ananya was named one of the 15 Most Influential Women in Education by Business World in 2022; amongst Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2021; and one of the five Brilliant Women in Academia by Canadian Immigrant magazine in their tribute to ‘Immigrant Women of Inspiration' in 2016. Ananya obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, USA, and her BA and MA degrees in Economics from Jadavpur University, India.


This 3-day intensive program is designed to inform, inspire, and help you navigate the intricacies of the board room and excel as a director. After the three-day immersive program, we stay with you on your journey through the WEB Bridge platform.

March 1, 2024
8:30 TO 17:15 PM

  • Understanding the corporation, its stakeholders, and themes of governance
  • Nuances of role, responsibilities, and risks of directors
  • Translating laws into practice for directors
  • Insights from the journey of a women leader

March 2, 2024
8:30 TO 17:15 PM

  • How do boards work?
  • Audit committee and oversight
  • Other board committees and their oversight
  • Navigating board dynamics

March 3, 2024
8:30 TO 17:15 PM

  • Understanding fundamentals of finance in a board environment
  • Emerging board priorities and other business topics
  • Solving real life situations
  • Concluding session … Journey as the Destination
  • Reflections and interactions

Women Excel of Boards (WEB) Bridge Platform

The WEB Bridge is a platform that will guide you on any professional dilemma or questions that you may face while discharging duties as a director. The platform will have updated content on regulations impacting directors' responsibilities and duties. All your questions will be dealt always maintaining highest levels of confidentiality.

Information will be updated very shortly.

What is the WEB BRIDGE program?

WEB BRIDGE benefits


For queries / further information, please contact

Program Office
Ms. Anuradha Manjul
[email protected]
Ph: 0120 2662002 | extn. 6606

Presented by

Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR
India's premier multidisciplinary research university, an Institution of Eminence