As founders, we are driven by a common purpose and passion for the empowerment of women in the tourism industry. We bring diversity in our tourism experiences, expertise, and cultural orientations to realize our vision to connect, inspire, and develop women in our industry. Through the collective power of the women tribe, we strive to steer sustainability, innovation, and meaningful changes in the tourism industry.
Social Entrepreneur – Hearted Designer – Educator
Lecturer, educator, and founder and CEO of Open Eyes India
Anna’ life changed when discovered the Social Business’ concept in a book. In 2011, she left her job of 6 years as Product Manager in Spain and moved to India to create her dream of a social business in tourism.
Her background is in Marketing and Business, Leadership, and Responsible Tourism Management at Leeds Becket and ICRT in the UK. Since 2011, has held international conferences promoting responsible tourism in concepts such as counselling and empowering women through tourism, cooperative tourism, inclusive tourism and social entrepreneurship, in India and Europe.
In 2019, her company has been rewarded by two of the most recognized world awards for responsible tourism for their “Women in Tourism” initiative: TO DO Awards at ITB Berlin and Best Experiential Operator at IRTA (Indian Responsible Tourism Awards) organized by Outlook India and WTM London. Same year, she won the award at the Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT) in London as best student in Responsible Tourism in the UK.
Spirited - Hopeful - Experience
Nisha is a spirited campaigner for women’s empowerment and gender equity. She strongly believes that women can be innovative game changers and they have immense capability to change the face of tourism for the better. Nisha shares inspiring optimism and hope that with the access to opportunities, outcomes and rights, women will attain power of their own lives, communities and society. She envisions endless possibilities in destinations, communities and businesses when women are assisted to increase power and control over natural resources, economic empowerment, educational empowerment and political empowerment.
With more than 20 years of experience in the tourism, hospitality and events industry, Nisha is a thought leader and a highly passionate tourism professional. As an international tourism consultant, she has provided marketing and management consul to tourism stakeholders to develop and implement strategic plans. Nisha is also involved in human capacity planning and development of tourism workforce to enhance the quality of skills and service provision at tourism destinations. As an academic, Nisha lecturers on a wide range of tourism, hospitality and events management subjects. Further, she is a curriculum developer for academic and professional skills-based programs. Her research areas include women in tourism, sustainable tourism, tourism education and halal tourism. Nisha is an invited keynote speaker, and panelist at various conferences and seminars internationally.
We need to step up as women, build the tribe and lead.
Strategist – Hustler – Esthetic
Zinal is the Founder of the Company- The Flapper Life. Her stint as a Banker for 13 years paved way for her as an entrepreneur. As a Banker, she was content with her consistent growth and success, however, she wanted to do more than just her 9-5 and hitting the bull’s eyes with her sales targets.
She started The Flapper Life with a vision of broadening horizons for women who wanted to travel. A lover of traveling herself, she knew travel helps to let go, live and revive from one’s routine and monotonous life. Having sound leadership skills, entrepreneurship comes naturally to her. A people person, she connects well with people of all walks of life. These trait adds to her diversity, knowledge and growth as a person. Her modesty comes from a disciplined and intellectual lifestyle. Her curiosity for innovation and trends, makes her an individual who is always up for a challenge and opportunity which she turns into vision and goal.
Zinal has a terrific feel for travel sans profit or hardcore advertising. She believes in investing her time to impact and grow. It is her value system including her ethos and her passion, that today, she has achieved this feat single headedly. For Zinal, what matter is – What she gives back! She is passionate and strict about sustainable travel, mental health travel and me time travel which also reflects in her work and travel.
Strong – Humorous – Explorer
Founder & CEO,Wovoyage
Rashmi built the foundation of Wovoyage, a women centric travel startup. Rashmi’s vision is to build an accessible & safe platform for women wanderlust across the world. With her entrepreneur prowess along with business acumen, she carved the niche for wovoyage in the travel and tour industry. This TEDx speaker has won many accolades lately for the leadership role across the industry including Women on mission award at Women on a mission summit 2019, an initiative by YourStory, Indian Women Excellence Leadership Award 2019-WIEF award. From planning to strategizing the core business, Rashmi has in cooperated tech-enabled ecosystem at wovoyage to have tech driven journey onboard.
Prior to wovoyage, she had her stint with ITC Category Champion & worked with NGOs. With the sports & communication background, she aims to promote, women in Tourism incredible India, women empowerment & women employability.