The Chal­lenge Seeker

Zaveri be­lieves in com­mit­ments and nur­tur­ing young women lead­ers

Business Today - - CON­TENTS - BY P. B. JAYAKU­MAR

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-

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