to mark the international Women’s Day on March 8, 2021, CMA produced a video that celebrates the role that women play in the Cement Industry.
Glimpses of Women’s Day celebration at CMA offices
Ms Tiwari is the President (CSR & Sustainability) at Ambuja Cements Limited and Director and CEO of Ambuja Cement Foundation. With 37 years of experience in the development sector, Ms Tiwari is a social development professional having worked in this area across diverse academic, NGO and CSR roles. A post graduate from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), she completed the Executive Education course in CSR from the Harvard Business School in 2008 and the Management Programme in Sustainability from Stockholm, Sweden in 2010. Ms Tiwari joined Ambuja in 2000 and ever since has been at the helm of nurturing Ambuja Cement Foundation that has expanded from a fledging team to nearly 1000 development professionals it now boasts of today, with a pan India presence active in 44 districts across 11 states. Ambuja’s CSR efforts has been recognised widely and the recent years has seen a slew of national and international awards for CSR, water management, and skill training bestowed by different chambers of commerce and other organisations of repute.
She has close to three decades of experience in driving disciplined performance management, business partnering and leading multicultural teams from
across the world.
Prior to joining as the first woman CFO of ACC, Rajani was Region Finance Head – Asia for LafargeHolcim, managing finance operations for India, South East Asia & Pacific. She has held leadership roles across sectors such as Energy
Management, Consulting and Pharmaceuticals to Building Materials with extensive experience in M&A, internal audit and controls and global tax leading multicultural teams. She has led teams spanning the Country, regional and
global levels, including India, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. Rajani has held leadership roles in finance at Schneider Electric and Dr. Reddy’s. During her tenure at Schneider Electric, she was the only woman CFO in
the energy industry. She has also worked in KPMG handling both manufacturing and banking clients. She completed her accounting training with PWC in India. Rajani is a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and a Certified Public
Accountant from USA. Apart from leading from the front at the workplace, Rajani also leads by example at home. She has two kids with whom she spends most of her free time. “At home, first and foremost, I am a mother,” she says.
Her children’s sense of wonder and fearlessness, she believes, is a great mind set to paving the way for a world where more and more women assume leadership roles. “We determine our own strengths and weaknesses. My advice to all
women would be to believe in yourself and consistently build on your strengths. Success will then follow. The best way to predict your future is to create it yourself!” says the CFO.