Livelihoods India

Breaking the Glass Ceiling:
Investing in Women Led Enterprises

About Livelihoods Asia

Established initially as the Livelihoods India Initiative, ACCESS Development Services set up this platform in order to understand and assess the key issues and challenges that the poor face in sustaining their livelihoods and microenterprises and also to craft a vision and strategy for moving them from subsistence to sustainable levels.

Livelihoods India was initiated in 2010 as a national platform to bring together diverse stakeholders on a single platform to discuss critical issues that impede and afflict the livelihoods of the …

Speakers at the Conference

Dr. Purvi Mehta Bhatt

Deputy Director and Head of Agriculture for South Asia

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala



Dr. Ashok Gulati

Chair Professor for Agriculture

Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

Arindom Datta

Asia Head, Sustainability Banking


Pravesh Sharma

Founder and MD


Prasanna Rao

Managing Director

Arya Collateral Warehousing Services (P) Ltd.

Dr. C Shambu Prasad


Institute for Rural Management Anand

Ram Narayan Ghatak

Head Operations

ACCESS Development Services

Sanjay Sinha

Managing Director


Girija Srinivasan


Development Finance and Rural Livelihoods

Ganesh Neelam

Executive Director

Collectives for Integrated Livelihoods Initiatives

Pramathesh Ambasta


Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation

Ajit Kanitkar

Sector Expert

Aparajita Sarangi

Joint Secretary (MGNREGA)

Ministry of Rural Development, GOI

Prof. Syed M Hashemi


Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, The World Bank, Bangladesh

Sanjay Awasthi

India Country Director


Ashish Chaturvedi


Climate Change, GIZ India

Dr. Sabine Preuss


Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management, GIZ India

Rajeev Ahal


Natural Resources Management, GIZ India

Rahil Rangwala


Family Economic Stability, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Dr. Arvind Mayaram

Former Finance Secretary, GOI

RCM Reddy


IL&FS Education and Technology Services Ltd

N Srinivasan


Development Finance and Rural Livelihoods

Anil Kumar SG

Director and CEO


JiJi Mammen

Manager Director & CEO


Brahmanand Hegde


Vistaar Finance

Manoj Rawat


Agribusiness and Rural Banking, Ratnakar Bank Ltd.

Cherian Thomas

CEO and National Director

World Vision India

Smita Premchander



Vijayalakshmi Das


Friends of Women’s World Banking

Chetna Gala Sinha


Mann Deshi Mahila Sahkari Bank

Anjali Schiavina

Founder & MD

Mandala Apparels

Prof Madhukar Shukla

XLRI – Xavier School of Management

Arbind Singh

Executive Director


Dr Pankaj Das

Jharkhand Women Self- Supporting Poultry Cooperative Federation Ltd.

Umadevi Swaminathan

RUDI Multi Trading Company Limited

37. G.V. Krishnagopal


ACCESS Livelihood Consultancy

Alok Singh Rana

Regional Lead, South Asia

Ethical Trade Initiative India

Shalini Sinha

Delhi Focal City Coordinator

Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising (WEIGO)

Dr. Ellina Samantroy


V. V. Giri National Labour Institute

Sankar Datta

Sector Expert

Ronald van het Hof

Joint Managing Director

Women on Wings, India

Priya Naik

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Samhita Social Ventures

Priyanka Kohli

Project Adviser, GIZ

Vivek Prakash

Associate Vice President, CSR, Jubilant Life Sciences

Manisha Singh

Head, Impact Funding, CSR, Mphasis

Rajendra Tripathi

CSR Lead, Oracle India Pvt. Ltd.

Rachana Iyer

Lead - Corporate Social Responsibility, Capital First & Founder, Crayon Impact

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Investing in Women Led Enterprises

As a new initiative, ACCESS will organize several one day conferences on specific themes throughout the year. The idea is to bring together a pool of thought leaders working around the theme and delve on it in some detail. The first thematic conference under the banner of Livelihoods India proposed by ACCESS will focus on women empowerment through enterprises styled as “Breaking the Glass Ceiling- Investing in Women Led Enterprises. Engaging half a billion women with gainful employment opportunities particularly poor women has a transformative potential for a greater inclusive India.

ACCESS and Women on Wings have come together to partner in bringing stakeholders to exchange ideas, insights and experiences on promoting sustainable women led community enterprises. While the conference will celebrate the accomplishment of women entrepreneurs, it will also aim to highlight critical gaps that need to be met to create an enabling environment within which more women are able to break the glass ceiling. Both ACCESS and Women on Wings bring over 10 years of experience, committed to developing poor and rural communities and seeing women as agents of change. The conference will be held in Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi on Thursday April 19, 2018.

Corporate Commitment to Communities Share Fair

Corporate Commitment to Communities Share Fair is a marketplace for exchange of experiences, information, and networking amongst corporates, social enterprises, not-for-profits and other delegates.

The Share Fair offers the sector significant benefits including:
  • Providing two-way information sharing opportunity through one-to-one discussions between Corporates, Social Enterprises and NGOs
  • Opportunity for NGOs to pitch for CSR partnerships
  • Opportunity for corporates enhance their NGO outreach
  • Products/ Services promotion for corporates, NGOs and other delegates

Business booths will also be available at the Share Fair for bilateral discussions among stakeholders

Sponsors and Partners

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