Indian female entrepreneurship makes its global mark

2018-05-18T13:02:21+00:00March 16th, 2018|2017/2018, Global Edition- March 2018, Spotlight, Year|

Two Indian women entrepreneurs have bagged $30,000 each as the finalists of the 2018 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards with their innovative environmentally-friendly business concepts. One has created an environmentally-friendly sweetener and the other markets 100 per cent biodegradable sanitary napkins, and what they both have in common is that they have been short-listed for one of the world’s coveted global female entrepreneurship awards. Swati Pandey of Arboreal Agro Innovations, which oversees the production of an innovative, high-yielding variety of Stevia sweetener, and Kristin Kagetsu of Saathi Inc, [...]

India makes firm strides on women in the workplace

2019-04-24T14:45:10+00:00March 16th, 2018|2017/2018, Global Edition- March 2018, Spotlight, Year|

Against the backdrop of International Women’s Day on March 8, an Indian industry expert weighs up the role of women in the workplace in order to achieve women’s economic empowerment. According to UN Women, when more women work, economies grow. The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) finds that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. Even after decades of progress towards making women equal partners with men in the economy and society, the gap [...]

Indian innovation is key to solving the globe’s vision-related disabilities

2020-03-04T07:04:04+00:00March 16th, 2018|2017/2018, Global Edition- March 2018, Spotlight, Year|

Poor vision, as the world’s largest unaddressed disability, requires investment to prevent its crippling impact on economic growth. Prime Minister Modi created waves at this year’s World Economic Forum, when he announced that India’s economy, already the fifth-largest in the world, would double to $5 trillion by 2025. Though met with some scepticism, Modi’s optimism is not without grounds; with infrastructure spending on the rise and global consumer brands from Unilever to Samsung benefiting from the country’s growing middle class. [...]