Subha Rajan


Subha Rajan

Senior Advisor at CII


Subha Rajan is a social activist passionate about women’s issues, the girl child, wild life ,environment issues and social injustice. Subha was born in Trivandrum Kerala and took her bachelors and masters degree form Kerala University.Later she studied in the American University at Egypt. She taught at the Port Said College in Cairo, St. Gregory’s college in Lagos Nigeria and at the Rivers State University in Port Harcourt and the University of Monrovia Liberia. She has spend most of her life living with and supporting the down trodden and under privileged all over the world. She worked with the lepers in the only leper town in the world in Liberia and also with the physically and mentally challenged in Africa’s remote villages. Subha and her family became victims of the civil war in Liberia in West Africa and returned to India penniless and helpless. She joined CII Confederation of Indian Industry at the lowest level at New Delhi. She worked in the Trade fair department and has organised the IETF, The Auto Expo, and several other exhibitions including the mining /railway /SME exhibition etc. She was part of the Global leadership programme. She was sent to South Korea for a management course. she started the young business committee in CII and won the CII award for Initiative and Enterprise. She was the first CEO of the OIFC (overseas Indian Facilitation Centre) jointly organised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs for the Indian Diaspora She has been a part of the World economic forum and the India economic summit She has travelled to over 80 countries including several remote villages both in India and abroad. she has met and personally interacted with several heads of states including President Clinton, Benazir Bhutto , Prince Charles ,Yasser Arafat, Putin , Dalai Lama, Mr. Hamid Kharzai, Mr Nelson Mandela, Mr Kofi Anan Narendra Modi etc. In India she works with slum children and has specially worked for the girl child. She has helped burned girls to get plastic surgery. She now counsels foreign inmates in Delhi Jails especially in TIHAR JAIL. She also works for the promotion of the INDIA ABROAD Image thro the made in INDIA Shows. She also has a special corner for the old, homeless and helpless having been homeless and helpless herself. She has won many awards both in India and abroad and has been member of several International delegations with the President and Prime Minister of India. She has delivered motivational lectures in various schools and colleges and is on the board of many educational institutions. She has travelled as part of CCF to the remotest villages in India. Her awards include the

  • Dadabhai Naroji Millennium Award for the Life Time Achievement
  • The Human Rights Award<.li>
  • The Bharat Nirman Award
  • The Pride of India award,
  • The Karamveer Puraskar
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  • The Indian Council for the Human Relations award
  • The Kerala Kendram Award for promoting Kerala
  • The NRI Malayalee Woman of the year award
She was also awarded the ICCC Presidents medal for promoting Indo Canada Trade & Development in Toronto, CANADA. She was member of Censor Board, of India, Christan Childrens Fund, KINFRA (Kerala government) Travancore Titanium, The Baas Education Trust, The Earth Foundation and is on the Board of the Heidelberg Club in Germany etc. She is also associated with organizations for animals and environment. She is on The Advisory board of Shanthi Sahyog for slum kids and works with MAA Shyama for lepers with Maitreey Seva mission. Her life is good example of a woman’s struggle to re-establish herself after losing almost everything she rose out of the ashes and calamity to make a name for herself and return to society at the same time