Meet 6 Influential Indian Women Who Are Making Headlines

Over the time the participation of women in the business world has increased. They have overpowered all challenges and negative thinking and proved themselves beyond the expectations in all spheres of entrepreneurship. Meet the most influential Indian women who have been fighting strongly against gender typecasting.


Indra Nooyi

Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo


Nooyi was born in Madras, India, in 1955, and was a bit of a rule breaker in her conservative, middle-class world as she grew up. In an era in India where it was considered unseemly for young women to exert themselves, she joined an all-girls’ cricket team.

After doing an MBA from Yale, she was soon urging PepsiCo to reshape its brand identity and assets, and became influential in a number of important decisions. She was also a lead negotiator on the high-level deals that followed.

Nooyi’s success in the business world also landed her on Time magazine’s list of “Contenders” for its Global Business Influentials rankings in 2003. She is also the third wealthiest women CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies.


Aisha De Sequira

Co-Country Head and Head of Investment Banking – India at Morgan Stanley



Aisha Completed her Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electronics and Telecommunications) from the University of Goa, India. She also finished Master of Science in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management.

Aisha de Sequeira is basically responsible for looking after the complete range of investment banking services including capital raising and advisory for Indian clientele. She began working for Morgan Stanley in 1995.

She has successfully executed financial advisory assignments across a wide range of industries. In the past years, she has focused on advising global consumer companies, including Unilever, May Department Stores and PepsiCo.


Neelam Dhawan

Vice President and General Manager, HP Enterprise (HPE) Group and Country Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard India

Neelam has demonstrated leadership right from the beginning of her career that spans 3 decades. For instance, in 1986, she helped HCL launch the first affordable PC called the BusyBee. In the 1990s, distribution channels weren’t the order of the day, Neelam (with IBM then) set up India’s first channel network for Tier-II towns to sell IBM machines.

Later in 1999, she joined HP.  In 2005, she joined Microsoft India as its Managing Director. In 2008 when she returned to HP to lead its India business. Given the decline in PC shipments across the world,HPE is focussing on high-growth segments. HP launched the Omen series of gaming laptops and desktops in India which will be available starting March 15.


Kumud Srinivasan

Vice President and Director of Non-Volatile Memory Fab Manufacturing and Automation Systems at Intel Corporation

Graduating from Calcutta University, Kumud went on to pursue a doctoral programme at the School of Information Studies in University of California, Berkeley.

She is responsible for general management of Intel’s operations in India, which includes location’s overall strategy, business-enabling operations, organizational development, engineering and innovation for market development, as well as managing relationships with government, industry and academia.

Srinivasan joined Intel in 1987 and has held several business and information systems positions within Intel’s manufacturing and IT organizations.



Priyanka Chopra

Hollywood and Bollywood Actress, Musician, Producer, Philanthropist, Former Miss World


Born in Jodhpur and raised in Jaipur, she completed her schooling from St. Angela Sophia School, Jaipur and moved to Mumbai, to complete her bachelors from Jai Hind College.

She accepted offers to join the Indian film industry, which came as a result of her pageant wins, making her Bollywood debut in The Hero. Starring roles in the highly successful productionsestablished her as a leading actress of Indian cinema.


In 2015, she also began starring as Alex Parrish on the ABC thriller series Quantico. By starring in Quantico, she became the first South Asian woman to headline an American network series. As a recording artist, she has released three singles. She is also the founder of the production company Purple Pebble Pictures.

She has worked with UNICEF for the last ten years. In 2017, she has been honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award – India’s highest award in cinema.