Sucharita S Eashwar
Founder, Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurship
Sucharita has promoted and mentored women entrepreneurs since 2011. She is the Founder of Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurship CWE), a comprehensive platform enabling women to start up and scale up their enterprises. In three years, the CWE ecosystem has 2,875 entrepreneurs across 55 cities in India. She is India Ambassador for 50inTech, a program to create 50 successful women led global tech enterprises.
Prior to this, she headed WEConnect International in India – a US based organization that connects women owned businesses to market opportunities with transnational corporations.
Till 2011, as Senior Director at NASSCOM, Sucharita set up and led the Diversity and Inclusion initiative to attract and mentor women leaders in the ICT industry, also and the Mentor Program for SMEs.
She has worked on national task forces for policies on digital access, women’s economic empowerment, women’s health. In 2017, she chaired the W20 Working Group of G20, on Financial Inclusion of Women through entrepreneurship.
Sucharita started her career with communication agency Ogilvy & Mather, creating successful brands and corporate identity for major FMCG and industrial clients. As Founder of two not-for-profit organizations (Madhyam and VOICES) focused on policy advocacy for equitable access to media and telecom, her work led to licensing FM community radio in India and South Asia; and the Telecom Development Fund to accelerate universal access to telecom services.
Sucharita is mother to two daughters and grandmother to three grandsons. She loves travel, theatre and exchanging stories!