The Challenge Seeker
Zaveri believes in commitments and nurturing young women leaders
Even at 57, she is a boundary-pushing, out-of-the-box innovator who has never failed to surprise people. Harshbeena Zaveri had majored in urban studies and anthropology at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, which focusses on developing women leaders; she was a teacher in a Mumbai school and finally joined her father’s business in 1986 as a management trainee.
“When I joined, I aimed to become as knowledgeable as a shareholder and promoter before I returned to the US to study law or public policy,” recalls Zaveri. But for the next few years, she worked hands-on and across departments that honed her foresight and increased her adaptability. She was always ready to pick up knowledge nuggets and led by a discussion with her 14-year-old son, set up a research and development ( R&D) centre in mid-2000. Now NRB has a 20,000 sq. ft R&D centre in Rabale, Navi Mumbai, and a process innovation centre in Waluj in Aurangabad dis-