Women of Cement

International Women’s Day is celebrated by CMA each year bringing to the fore the various roles being played by women in the Cement Industry in India, in keeping with this intent, CMA launched its initiative Women of Cement in 2022. CMA applauds and would like to highlight the women in the Cement fraternity. Women of Cement celebrates the resilience, strength and commitment of women in the Cement Industry and we call them, the Women of Cement.

International Women’s Day 2023

‘Technology is one of the key drivers of female economic empowerment.’

-Weili Dai, a successful female entrepreneur and only female co-founder of a major semiconductor company.

Aligning with the International Women’s Day theme announced by the United Nations, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”. CMA and its Member Companies celebrate the women who are working towards the advancement of transformative technology and digitization.

Traditionally a male-dominated Industry, now more and more women are leading the digital revolution from the front across functions in the Cement Industry in India.

Breaking barriers through innovation and implementation using technology innovatively for inclusivity, efficiency and enhancing productivity.

Meet the Women of Cement

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.

My interest to operate and control the process of cement manufacturing took shape when I joined India Cements. Having secured a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of South Florida, training in instrumentation and knowledge on quality parameters has given me confidence in plant operations from CCR with deep understanding on process measurements and calculations. The American Association of University Women, awarded Excellence in Service Award for outstanding contribution to the American Association of University Women in Engineering during my Post graduation in 2017. The Paper “An Intelligent Hand Gesture Recognition System using Fuzzy logic “which I presented at the IET 4 th International Conference on Sustainable energy and Intelligent Systems was published in IET Digital library during my undergraduate Studies. With technology, taking the lead and AI and IOT becoming the deciding factors of manufacturing process, my passion to learn, drives me to continuously update and gain insight in process control and automation.

Pooja Chauhan is currently working with JK Cement Limited as Head Talent Management, Digitization and New Initiatives. She is a vibrant young and dynamic HR professional having18+ years of rich exposure in Policy formulations, Job Evaluations, Talent Assessments and Driving organizational vision mission through the HR fabric of the institution. A leadership coach with special interest in innovative HR practices in the area of Employee Engagement and Talent Development. She is an enthusiastic dancer and a lifelong student. Prior to joining JK cement she has led the Corporate HR of SRF limited and has also served as the Business HR head for their Engineering Plastics Business. She was on the Talent Management Board of Gartner. She currently leads the talent management and digitization initiatives with respect to HR at JK Cement. She has keen interest in T Group Methodologies and Human labs. She is well known for interpersonal skills and strong domain knowledge. Driving various Improvement and transformation driven change initiatives are some of the competencies that comes naturally to her.

When I have started my career in JSW cements, Nandyal we have Dispensary facility at our plant. As a doctor I have provided treatment facilities to the workers, employees with the help of our medical team. Later in 2012 our management has started the Mobile Health Van facility to the surrounding villages with the motto of ‘promotion of good health facilities to the local communities’. Through this facility I got the opportunity to conduct Mobile health camps in the surrounding villages and to provide doctor consultation, treatment facilities with free of cost to the needy people. This facility has created a very good impact in the villages for our organization. Our company had a good working culture and our management has created lots of opportunities to the women employees to grow in their career. I also received such opportunity from our company and they encouraged me to do my AFIH program from BHEL, Trichy. After completion of this course, I got the opportunity to work as an Occupational Health Physician at our newly constructed Occupational Health Center. ’Prevention is better than cure’ – with this motto our OHC is working at our plant. I am very grateful for our organization to create an impact by providing health facilities to all the needy people.

Kavitha Dutt, Joint Managing Director, The KCP Limited, is a Business Management Graduate with specialization in International Business from Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Penn, USA. She also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from New York University (NYU), New York. KCP is involved in the manufacture of Cement, Heavy Industrial Machinery for Sugar plants, steel and sophisticated high-tech equipment for Defence, Space & Nuclear Projects and Power Generation. KCP also has a Joint Venture with Fives Cail of France, Fives Cail KCP Ltd., for design, procurement, project management, delivery and servicing of process plants for production of sugar including erection and commissioning. KCP also operates two sugar plants with a total crushing capacity of 11000 Tons of Sugarcane per day in Vietnam for manufacture of Refined Sugar. KCP has ventured into Hospitality Sector by setting up a four star hotel, Mercure Hyderabad KCP, as a division of The KCP Limited and operated by the internationally known Accor Hotels Group. The Hotel is located at Banjara Hills in the heart of Hyderabad. As Joint Managing Director of The KCP Limited, Kavitha, among other responsibilities, also holds full charge of Human Resource functions of the Group. She was instrumental in putting in place various novel systems and schemes that have helped not only the Group, but also its employees reap the benefits. A hands-on manager, she believes in personally being involved in all the major activities of the Group which encourages enthusiastic participation from other employees. 2 Her personal profile includes her active participation in various social and cultural activities. She was the National President of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) the ladies wing of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi for the term 2009-10. President of the prestigious Madras Management Association (MMA), was also the Chairperson of the MMA Women Managers’ Forum during 2006-07. She was the Chairperson of FICCI Tamil Nadu State Council during 2019 & 2020. She is a member of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), Madras Chapter. Current Positions Held: • Vice President of World Telugu Federation (WTF). • Member of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), Tamil Nadu Chapter. • Director of FLO Industrial Park, Hyderabad Positions Held: • Chairperson – FICCI Tamil Nadu State Council • President of the Madras Management Association (MMA) • National President of FICCI-FLO, the ladies wing of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi • Vice Chairperson of SCWEC, India. SCWEC is a Sub Sector Council of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. • FICCI – National Executive Committee Member