Founder/CEO at Forum For Women In Leadership – WILL Forum, India and Co-Founder of Rise and Lead Women

Poonam Barua is an accomplished business leader, economist, Independent Board Director, CEO of WILL Forum India, and Founding Chairman of the Forum for Women in Leadership, based in New Delhi. She is also the author of the renowned book, Leadership by Proxy: The Story of Women in Corporate India, published by Bloomsbury, December 2015.

Presently, WILL Forum India has over 6000 women (and men) participating from across 250 leading companies and multinationals, and 800 WILL Mentees. She has authored 15 Research Reports including the best-selling “50 Best Practices for Women in the Workplace” and “Balanced Boards for Good Governance.”

She has been awarded the Ford Fellowship for Women in Security Studies, at School of International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (Wash DC); Visiting Fellowship at Henry L. Stimson Center; Fellow at Salzburg Global Seminar, (Austria), and the Advanced Management Program at Wharton School.

Ms. Barua is also Chairing the “WILL Women on Corporate Boards: Series” that is mentoring a robust pipeline of women executives — and certifying more than 500 “board capable and board informed” women executives for corporate board positions, since 2015

She has also been leading the Annual “WILL Forum India-USA Conference” on women in leadership in New York –hosted by KPMG, BlackRock, Thomson Reuters, and Merck, and is a Founding Member of “Rise and Lead Women Summit” at the Hague. She is also a Guest Speaker at several Roundtables on women in leadership at Paris, Netherlands, Slovenia, Austria, and Switzerland.

Ms. Barua has been recently awarded “The Inspirational Achievers: 2015″, Global & Emerging Leaders” in New York, Roshni Media — and is a Member of the Governing Council of the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, an educational initiative of the Vedica Foundation, serves as Independent Director on company boards in India and on Advisory Boards of Government of India regulatory bodies.


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