25 September 2023 19:54

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The event saw eminent personalities like Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of Industries & Commerce & IT, Dept of Telangana Government; Surendra Rosha - Co-CEO, HSBC Asia Pacific; Hitendra Dave - CEO, HSBC India; Subhrakant Panda - President, FICCI; Deepti Sagar - Chief People and Experience Officer, Deloitte South Asia; and Rahul Singh - COO- Corporate Functions, HCLTech amongst many others gracing the event, along with felicitating women champions and the launch of THE official FFF playbook

CNBC-TV18, India's No. 1 English business news channel hosted the city chapter “Future. Female. Forward - The Women’s Collective”, a mega initiative aimed at bridging the gender gap and encouraging actionable dialogues to make gender parity an attainable reality. The event was held at T-Hub Phase 2, Hyderabad, Telangana on 31st May 2023 and witnessed the most renowned names from business, entrepreneurship, policy, and politics in attendance.

Telangana has taken several steps to create an enabling environment for the growth of startups including setting up the first Government led startup incubator, T-Hub and an accelerator that specifically nurtures women led enterprise, We-Hub.

The evening kickstarted with a welcome address by Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18. Sharing insights on women's participation in the STEM industry, Shereen shared, “According to the World Economic Forum, the global statistics reveal that women constitute only 20% of engineering graduates, with a significant underrepresentation in leadership positions. In the technology sector, women make up approximately 24% of leadership roles. In India, as reported by the National Science Foundation, while 52% of women ARE enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses for their graduation, only 29% eventually join the STEM workforce. Furthermore, a mere 3% of women hold CEO positions within the STEM industry. As we progress towards a world where technology becomes increasingly dominant, it is imperative to ensure that women are not left behind and that the gender gap does not expand.”

The Future. Female. Forward Playbook, a guide to the industry's best practices along with case studies highlighting the importance of gender parity in the workforce and its impact on the global economy was unveiled in the presence of Hitendra Dave - CEO, HSBC India; Subhrakant Panda - President, FICCI; Deepti Sagar - Chief People and Experience Officer, Deloitte South Asia; and Rahul Singh - COO- Corporate Functions, HCLTech along with Shereen Bhan.

The first discussion of the city chapter featured Rajesh Nambiar - CMD, Cognizant India; Naveen Gullapalli - Global Head, Corporate Centers and CONEXTS (GBS), Novartis; Subhrakant Panda - President, FICCI; Anu Acharya - CEO, Mapmygenome; Rahul Singh - COO Corporate Functions, HCLTech; Deepti Ravula - CEO, WeHub and Deepti Sagar - Chief People & Experience Officer, Deloitte South Asia as panellists. Moderated by Shereen Bhan, the panellists share their views on the topic ‘Women transforming technology and life sciences.’ Discussing the evolving role of women professionals, pursuing careers in STEM, Technology, and Pharma, the majors pursued to reduce the gender gap in these sectors. Deepti Sagar, Chief People & Experience Officer, Deloitte South Asia commented, "Various research shows, women's representation on boards is about 38 percent while 62 percent of boards still comprises men. Some organizations are proactively trying to bridge this gap. We at Deloitte visit engineering colleges of Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities and hire women workforce as a conscious effort to develop gender parity. Additionally, we also adjust our workplace ecosystem to match their pace of work rather than dictating them to adjust according to our pace to encourage the women workforce."

While Subhrakant Panda, President, FICCI, said “There needs to be a special focus on areas where women's participation is low. The laws which held back women from working in the manufacturing sector have been modified. We need to focus on making the playbook of female role models thicker with more examples of success stories and companies that actively strive for gender equality. This will inspire others to seek for comparable levels of gender parity.”

"We are among the first companies to implement equitable parental leaves. As a company, we believe in giving equal rights to all employees, and with equal parental leaves, we aim to eradicate the social bias that mothers get parental leaves while fathers are kept away and not involved in raising the child,” said Naveen Gullapalli of Novartis. While Rahul Singh, COO - Corporate Functions, HCLTech, shared "We at HCLTech ensure that women stay longer and take up more and more leadership roles. We firmly believe that women are capable of serving as excellent role models. HCLTech has various programs that enable women to grow in their career path with initiatives like steppingstones, essays, etc. As a leading tech organization, we encourage women to take on more high-level positions that contribute to the company's overall growth."

The evening moved ahead with an enriching conversation with Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of Industries & Commerce & IT, Deptartment of Telangana Government; and Surendra Rosha - Co-CEO, HSBC Asia Pacific, led by Shereen Bhan. Mr. Ranjan said, “In Telangana, every woman residing in rural areas has been actively engaged and organized into robust self-help groups. The state of Telangana holds the distinction of having the highest number of residential schools for girls per capita in India. Furthermore, Telangana took a proactive step by dispatching a team of women officers to various parts of the world to learn and adopt the best practices for maintaining safety and security.” Mr. Rosha said, “According to research, inclusion not only boosts productivity but also provides multiple benefits to organizations. HSBC has established a $1 billion fund dedicated to female entrepreneurs. Our goal is to guarantee that financing decisions are all-inclusive.”

We also honoured visionaries and pioneers who played significant roles in bridging the gender gap including Rama Devi Lanka, Director – Emerging Tech, Telangana Govt; Srivalli Krishnan, Gates Foundation India; Ajita Yogesh Reddy, Hamstech of Creative Education; Jyostna Angara, Governing Body Member, FICCI FLO; The team behind India’s first women only Industrial Park and Gulab Singh Shergill, Constable - Punjab Police, who is using his own money and time to train young girls in Patiala’s Dharoki village to realise their dream of playing cricket for India.

Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, delivered a special address on G20 Empower, which focuses on women empowerment. From ruby-encrusted gold jewellery to handwoven cotton and silks, inspirational talk from the trailblazers on their thoughts behind dressing up the characters of 'Ponniyin Selvan' with Eka Lakhani - Costume Designer; and Pratiksha Prashant, CEO, Kishandas & Co., added to the evening's tone. The discussion on the ‘Future of Sustainable Innovation: Women Pioneering Change’ had change makers who lead by example like Mansi Gandhi, Co-Founder, DoctorC; Priyanka Ravala, Head of International Programs, Strategy & Partnerships, T-Hub; Kalpana Ramesh, Founder, The Rainwater Project; Lithika Bhanu, CEO, Terra Greens Organics; Deepti Alapati, Founder, Pulp Cosmetics; and Shilpa Reddy , MD, Saptagir Camphor Pvt. Ltd.

The evening concluded with an enlightening speech on mainstreaming single women's identities by Sreemoyee Kundu - Columnist on Gender & Bestselling Author.

CNBC-TV18’s Future. Female. Forward – The Women’s Collective is proudly presented by HSBC India. It is co-presented by HCLTech, while Deloitte India supports the initiative as Knowledge Partner, with Industry Partner, FICCI and Associate Partner, Reliance Industries.

Visit us at https://www.cnbctv18.com/future-female-forward/ for more information about CNBC-TV18 Future. Female. Forward – The Women’s Collective.

The upcoming summit aims to draw attention toward the transformation of cooperative societies in the state through a collective approach

Zee 24 Taas, one of the leading Marathi news channels of Maharashtra, is all set to host its first season of Sahkar Parishad on Saturday 3rd June 2023 in Pune. The सहकार परिषद will include the collaborative participation of influential leaders, policymakers, and experts from various fields discussing and exchanging ideas on the ‘Harnessing the Power of Co-operation’.

Maharashtra is one of the leading states in the country that initiated the cooperative movement. It has been one of the most effective instruments in the social and economic development of the state particularly in the rural areas. This cooperative movement was majorly confined to the field of agricultural credit during the initial stages. However, it is now existent among other sectors such as the agro-processing industry, agro-marketing, sugar cooperatives, fisheries Cooperative societies, Cooperative dairy societies, housing societies, etc. This has also led to urban cooperative banks, sugar mills, and other units across Maharashtra facing issues that hamper their functioning, thus bringing to light the need for improving their credibility.

The upcoming Zee 24 Taas Sahkar Parishad will comprise a series of panel discussions on the Co-Operative Dairy, Co-operative Farming Agriculture & Animal Husbandry, Sugar Industry, Banking, and Rural Credit and Co-operative Housing Societies. This event will be graced by Chief Guest and keynote speaker - Shri Sharad Pawar, Member of Rajya Sabha & Former CM, of Maharashtra, and will also be attended by influential dignitaries like Raju Shetty (MP, Government of India) Pravin Darekar, Satish Marathe (Executive Director, RBI), Shekhar Gaikwad (IAS) (Former Sugar Commissioner, Maharashtra), Vidyadhar Anaskar, an expert in the field of cooperative banking and experts in the cooperative sector.

Highlighting the key objective of the upcoming summit, Dr. Nilesh Khare, Editor, Zee 24 Taas, highlighted, “Co-operative Movement has been one of the greatest contributions given by the state of Maharashtra to the nation. However, improvisation in policies is the need of the hour for harnessing the Power of Cooperation across different sectors and boosting the socioeconomic growth of our nation. The Sahkar Parishad is conceptualized with the sole purpose of enabling in-depth discussions on the same, thus making it a prominent future-ready platform.”

Abhay Ojha, CEO, ZMCL, further highlighted, “Zee 24 TAAS is the voice of Maharashtra. Hence, it becomes important to provide a platform to experts, policymakers, and the brightest minds across the cooperative sectors to debate, exchange ideas and have a dialogue on broader governance, priorities challenges, and initiatives that can promote collaborative development in co-operative associations. We hope to make the upcoming summit a successful one.”

The show is powered by Dudhkandi & Associate Sponsors are Calton Paints, Pune Peoples Co-op Bank, GP Parsik Co-Op Bank Ltd, Washishthi Dairy, and Rajasthani Multistate Co-Op. Credit Society Ltd.

Zee Media Corporation Ltd, one of India's leading media companies, has a strong presence in the news and regional genres, with 16 news channels in seven different languages, reaching more than 528+ million viewers through its linear and digital properties

INMA members elected 10 new executives to its governing board of directors during the non-profit organisation’s annual business meeting on Wednesday.

Executives elected to new board terms are:

Marcelo Benez, chief commercial officer, Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil
David Dinsmore, chief operating officer, News UK, United Kingdom
Carsten Erdmann, editor-in-chief/digital products, Funke Media, Germany
Frederic Kachar, chief executive officer, Infoglobo, Brazil
Frank Mahlberg, managing director, BILD and B.Z., Axel Springer, Germany
Mapula Nkosi, managing editor, City Press/Media 24, South Africa
Gerold Riedmann, chief executive officer, Russmedia, Austria
Pam Siddall, co-president, Advance Local, United States

New INMA Board terms begin June 1.

INMA Past President Damian Eales, global head of transformation for News Corp, also made note of two additional board appointments made since the last business meeting in June 2022:

Pablo Deluca, director of institutional affairs, Infobae, Argentina, as president of the Latin America Division.

Petteri Putkiranta, president/news and feature, Sanoma Media, Finland, as president of the Europe Division.

Stepping down from the board are:

Saarah Survé, director of Sekunjalo Media, INMA’s fourth-ever chair of the Young Professionals Committee.

Mariano Nejamkis, general manager of Grupo El Comercio stepped down as Latin America Division president late last year.

The INMA Board of Directors is the fiduciary body overseeing the association’s activities worldwide.



Wide-ranging group of typographic practitioners age 35 and under are recognized for their outstanding talent.

The Type Directors Club, the world’s leading typography organization, today announced the 35 talented winners from 14 countries in the Ascenders 2023 competition, celebrating typographers, lettering artists, and type designers age 35 and under.

Ascenders is the world’s premier portfolio-based competition dedicated to type in all its versatile forms, and the inspiring designers — individuals or duos — who are elevating the medium.

Ascenders 2023 winners are:

Maram Al Refaei, Archief, Cairo
Ximena Amaya, Los Angeles
Xing Chen and Li Xiang, Stone Design Lab, Beijing
Carlos Oliveras Colom, DonCarrrios, Fort Worth
Carlos Mignot Cordeiro, Plau, Niteroi (Brazil)
Cecilia del Castillo Daza, Barcelona
Julia Martinez Diana, Antipixel Type Studio, Buenos Aires
Fernanda Didini, The New York Times, New York
Elias Hanzer, Berlin
Jun Ki Hong, Base Design, New York
Hanna Karraby, Philadelphia
Heejae Kim, New York
Min Kim, US
Irina Koryagina, New York
Jérémy Landes, Studio Triple, Berlin
Beatriz Lozano, Brooklyn
Ruggero Magrì, Catania (Italy)
Fernando Marar, Nubank, São Paulo
MARTE (Martina Galarza), Brooklyn
Sabrina Nacmias and Maxime Gau, Faire Type, Brooklyn
Zin Nagao, Fukuoka (Japan)
Alex Nassour, Wieden+Kennedy, New York
Nubia Navarro, Nubikini Studio, Bogotá
Sean O’Connor, Mucca Design, Brooklyn
Seryozha Rasskazov, Typetension!, Lausanne (Switzerland)
Daan Rietbergen, Utrecht
Vojtěch Říha, Superior Type, Prague
Sanchit Sawaria, Brooklyn
Julie Soudanne, Jli Type Design, Paris
Yuan Wang, Auf Dich, Shanghai
Lin Xi, Linxi Design, Shenzhen
Simin Xu, Ningbo (China)
He Yuxuan, whynotdesign, Shenzhen
Rozi Zhu, New York
Zipeng Zhu, Dazzle Studio, Brooklyn

Entrants submitted curated portfolios of their top six projects alongside a short introduction to their practice, and were judged by an international jury of global leaders in the field, including a number of past Ascenders winners.

This group of 35 joins prominent past Ascenders winners include Au Chon Hin (Macao, 2022), Andrej & Andrej (Bratislava, 2022) Kevin Cantrell (Mantua, US, 2018), Fernanda Cozzi (Buenos Aires, 2019), Roxane Gataud (Brussels, 2022), Wael Morcos (New York, 2018), Gemma O’Brien (Sydney, 2022), Tré Seals (Washington, DC, 2018), and others.

First launched in 2018, the Ascenders competition was the idea of former TDC Advisory Board member Paul Carlos, principal at Pure+Applied, adjunct faculty, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, who remains active in the organization.

“While Ascenders was originally envisioned to celebrate those breaking into the field, it has very quickly become about recognizing those already leading, carrying our industry to new heights and aspirations,” said Ksenya Samarskaya, TDC managing director. “If you want to know what’s at the bleeding edge today, and what tomorrow is bound to look like, memorize these names.”

TDC, part of The One Club for Creativity, will host a public reception for the Ascenders 2023 winners on June 15, 2023, in the club’s gallery space in New York. Details and tickets are available here.

This year’s Ascenders branding is designed by Anıl Aykan at Barnbrook Design in London, a recent member of the TDC Advisory Board. The design depicts the “ascending” creatives by embracing the idea of growth and invasion, with the journey demonstrated by visual metaphors of steps toward further growth and expansion, and included accompanying audio from Fragile Self.


To launch RJ Nalwa in a quintessential Bajaate Raho manner, Red FM announces its latest campaign ‘Land in Thailand’

India’s leading private radio and entertainment network, Red FM is thrilled to announce the launch of its latest Radio Jockey, RJ Nalwa who will co-host the evening show ‘DL935’ with RJ Rohan. True to the kadak launda streak, Red FM has also announced the campaign ‘Land in Thailand.’

RJ Nalwa is the definition of a complete character, he is the one you can never have a dull moment with. He is a Delhi boy with swag on his right sleeve and humour on his left. From becoming a Majnu Merathiya to a typical Dhaba owner, he can don many hats. This is why, Red FM is delighted to introduce the campaign, ‘Land in Thailand’ that will take selected winners on an exclusive trip to Thailand.

The campaign aims to give listeners a memorable travel experience by highlighting the essence of the DL935 show. It will begin with Delhi sending video entries explaining ‘Why I am the most deserving one to win a ticket to Thailand.’ Furthermore, selected listeners will go through steps to qualify to win a trip to Thailand.

Tune into DL 935 from 5-9 pm Monday - Saturday only on 93.5 Red FM.

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