Congratulations to Rituparna Chakraborty (pictured) from TeamLease Services Ltd in India, winner of the 2016 Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award at a gala dinner in Melbourne last night.
Rituparna Chakraborty is a co-founder of TeamLease Services Ltd. Established in 2002, TeamLease is one of India’s leading providers of human resource services, with a vision of ‘Putting India to Work’ by enabling young workers to have a formal job, providing them with secure wages, social security and healthcare.
As Executive Vice-President, Rituparna is responsible for managing the temporary staffing division, as well as India’s first Public Private Partnership (PPP) apprenticeship program, National Employability Through Apprenticeship Program (NETAP). With an MBA in sales and marketing, she has been instrumental in growing the business through innovative sales and marketing, as well as the implementation of sophisticated web and mobile-based technology workflow, enabling scale and significant productivity gains for customers and staff. Rituparna says her proudest achievement has been to sustain a minimum of 25 per cent year-on-year growth in the business for the past five years.
Today, the company employs more than 1,000 full time staff across its eight regional offices, and currently has 115,000 temporary staff and 15,000 apprentices on its books. To date, TeamLease has provided employment to approximately 1.6 million people.
Ms Chakraborty has said: “My priority is to lead a highly motivated and empowered team who is equally committed to our vision of ‘Putting India to Work’ and making a difference to the lives of our youth.”
Now in their 22nd year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards are Australia’s longest running and most esteemed women’s awards program. For the first time, in 2016, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards extended into Asia to further recognise and reward the courage, leadership and creativity of brilliant business women in the region. In 2016 the inaugural award recognised outstanding business leaders from Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.
The other finalists for the 2016 Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award were:
Anu Sheela Themudu, co-founder of iGene in Malaysia, a pioneering venture in the field of Digital Autopsy, which is a rapidly emerging method of post-mortem examination. The visualisation-based software enables a non-destructive, non-invasive method of autopsy, eliminating the need to dissect bodies in more than 70 per cent of cases.
Beth Lui, CEO of APEC Schools, a group of private schools in the Philippines which is making a difference in the local education system by providing affordable, quality education to children living in dense urban communities where public schools may be overcrowded.
Gabrielle Costigan, CEO of Linfox Asia. An Australia ex-pat based in Thailand, Gabby has significantly changed the culture of the company to an inclusive, team-based environment, and evolved the business model to accommodate the unique challenges of the region.
Kimberley Cole from Thomson Reuters in Hong Kong. Another Australian ex-pat, Kimberley Cole leads the Asian sales team of over 150 specialists focused on delivering solutions across the financial markets.
Marion Fromm, founder of the Cambodian Harvest Dried Fruit Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of processed fruit products including dried mango, papaya, pineapple and ginger, and jams, marmalades and chutneys. The factory provides work, education and a future for people in Cambodia with disabilities, who suffer discrimination in the local community for being “damaged”.
Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo is a serial tech entrepreneur from Indonesia. Her current company, Bubu.com, was one of the first internet based companies in Indonesia and has evolved into a full-service digital creative agency.