Dr. Bijna Kotak Dasani

Dr. Bijna Kotak Dasani

Advisory Board Member – De Montfort University | Executive Director – Morgan Stanley


Bijna is featured in publications including following books: The Seamless Middle East e-book (2022), CIO NET’s Digital Transformation Cookbook (2022), Aspire To (2021), The Ultimate Professional Networker’s Guidebook Volume 1 (2019) and Women Kind: Unlocking the power of women supporting women (2018).

Bijna has been awarded Global Icon (2022) by World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (WASME) supported by the Ministry of MSME, Government of India.

Throughout the pandemic, Bijna served Morgan Stanley India where she was Co-Chair / Chair of over a dozen Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Global Committees and she has worked extensively delivering hundreds of talks and panels to address key topics such as Mental Health – the Pandemic within the Pandemic; socio-economic inequality; domestic abuse – on this she spearheaded the Investment Banks’ first ever Global Domestic Abuse awareness month campaign which closed with a heartfelt plenary from Morgan Stanleys Co-Chairman Jeff Brodsky.

She has been recognised by Yahoo Finance and Involve People as #28 of the Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives #EMPower list (2022) across all industries and sectors globally; awarded title of Pride of India by NRI World across 100+ countries (2022), Advocate of the Year for Diversity and Inclusion (2021) by Morgan Stanley and Digital Leader of the Year (2021) by Seamless Middle East and Terrapin under the patronage of HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayad Al Nahyan; In 2021, Bijna was named #40 of the Top 100 Women Executives (2021) and as one of the Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives (2021) across all industries and sectors globally.

Bijna is an appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (2020) by Her Majesty, The Queen for her services to Diversity and Inclusion in Financial Services.

Bijna was named Britain’s Rising Star, UK Women of Inspiration awards (2019), #29 in the World’s Top 100 Women Execs by Yahoo and HERoes (2019), one of Top 50 Women to Watch (2019) by Cranfield University, #EMRoleModels19 Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives (2019), Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist (2019-18), one of the #TechWomen100 (2019), as ‘Business Role Model of the Year’ by the Women in IT Awards & Amazon (2019), by the Lloyds Banking Group Top 100 BAME Role Models List (2019, 2018) as a ‘Global Champion’ (#60) of the Top 100 Executive #FTHERoes18 by the Financial Times (2018) and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from De Montfort University (2018) for her ‘outstanding services to Business’.

She was honoured at the House of Lords (UK), at the NRI Pride of India World Summit (2017) for ‘Making India Proud’. Bijna is credited as one of the Top 50 Visionary Young Leaders in Business, by Henley Business School (2017), one of 35 leading British Businesswomen under 35, by Management Today, Accenture and The Telegraph (2015) and has received recognition with 15 further honours including the National Diversity Awards (2012) and the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (2010). Bijna is also the International Women’s Day Young Achiever of the Year (2006).

Bijna is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), and an alumnus of Oriel College, University of Oxford and Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University.