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Introduction: The Indian context

Breaking Boundaries

Regina Wentzel Wolfe and Patricia H. Werhane

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Jeroo Billimoria is the founder of nine social ventures, including MelJol, Childline India, Child Helpline International, Aflatoun International and Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI). She is considered one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. She has been an Ashoka Fellow since 1998 and is a Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum. In 2006 she received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. She serves on the boards of MelJol, Child Helpline International, Aflatoun International and CYFI. In January 2017 Ms. Billimoria stepped down as Managing Director of CYFI to take some time off for personal growth and development.

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Astrid Lobo Gajiwala heads the Tata Memorial Hospital Tissue Bank, India’s first tissue bank, which she established in 1988. She was India’s Project Coordinator for Tissue Banking in an International Atomic Energy Agency sponsored regional tissue bank project, as well as the first woman President of the Asia Pacific Association of Tissue Banking. Dr. Gajiwala is a founding member of Satyashodhak a Mumbai-based feminist collective that since its inception in 1984 has contributed significantly to the empowerment of women in the Indian Roman Catholic Church. Recipient of two awards for journalism, she contributed to Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table, an anthology distributed to the Roman Catholic bishops at the 2015 Synod on the Family, and to The Strength of Her Witness, edited by Elizabeth Johnson. She was invited by Voices of Faith as a panelist at a celebration of International Women’s Day in the Vatican. Currently, she is on the advisory bodies of a number of international religious reform groups as well as the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA) and the Jesuit Faculties’ Forum for South Asia (JFFSA). Dr. Gajiwala has a Ph.D. in medicine and postgraduate diplomas in tissue banking, bioethics and theology.

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Corinne Kumar has dedicated her life to working for human rights and advocating alternate models of development. She founded the World Courts of Women in 1992 and continues as the coordinator. For more than 20 years she served as Secretary General of El Taller, an international NGO committed to working with civil society organizations to address issues of poverty, underdevelopment and women’s rights. Ms. Kumar was a founding member of the Centre for Informal Development Studies, of the Asian Women’s Human Rights Council and of Vimochana, an NGO in Bangalore, India concerned with domestic violence, dowry-related deaths and workplace sexual harassment. Editor of Asking We Walk: The South as a New Political Imaginary a four-volume set of essays, she has also published numerous journal articles. She is considered by many who know her to be a poet.

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Dr. Sharma Sujata is the founder and Director of the Tapan Rehabilitation Society. Located in Karnal, India, it is a non-profit organization serving special needs children through a range of services and programs. Prior to that she had a short tenure as senior consultant in the psychiatry department of Metro Group Hospitals in New Delhi and was a project officer with UNICEF. Dr. Sujata holds a doctoral degree in psychology and a postgraduate degree in guidance and counseling.

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Ms. Anan has been an outside independent director of Megmilk Snow Brand Co., Ltd. since her appointment in June 2015. She also serves a director of the Association to Create a Society with Consumer Citizenship. From 2012 to 2015 she served as Secretary General of the Consumer Affairs Agency established by the government in 2009. Prior to that Ms. Anan, who has had an active career in consumer rights, was Secretary General of Shodanren, the National Liaison Committee of Consumer Organizations; she succeeded Ms. Nobuko Hiwasa (see Chapter 6) in this position.

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Ms. Nobuko Hiwasa was Independent Director at Megmilk Snow Brand Co., Ltd. between 2011, when the merger between Snow Brand Milk Products Co., Ltd. and Nippon Milk Community was finalized, and 2015 when she retired. Prior to the merger, she served as Independent Director in Snow Brand Milk Products Co., Ltd., a position she took up in 2002. Previously she had worked with the Tokyo Consumers' Co-operative Union and Japanese Consumers’ Co-operative Union. She also held the position of Secretary General of Shodanren, the National Liaison Committee of Consumer Organizations.

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Ms. Kurose began her career at a department store. Passed over for promotions she resigned. Today she is the General Manager for corporate social responsibility (CSR) planning at Teijin Ltd., a publicly traded Japanese firm with businesses in advanced fibers and composites, electric materials and performance polymer products as well as health care products and IT services. She is a respected advocate for women’s rights in the workplace in Japan.

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Ms. Ryoko Nagata is Senior Vice President and Chief CSR Officer at Japan Tobacco Inc., commonly known as JT. She has held numerous positions prior to that including Senior Vice President and Head of Soft Drink Business Division and Vice President Product Group, Food Business Division. Ms. Nagata is the highest-ranking woman at Japan Tobacco. She has been with the company for her entire career. She was educated at Waseda University in Tokyo and at the University of Florida.