The Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of MindTribes, an Australian award winning company will be chief guest at this year’s Women In Business Awards. She is Div Pillay, also the co-founder of Culturally Diverse Women, an organisation working toward the advancement of culturally and diverse women in Australia since 2017. WIB President, Dr Nur Bano Ali said they were looking forward to hearing a message of encouragement and inspiration to all women in Fiji from a person of her calibre. MindTribes, launched in 2013 provides the next generation of culturally inclusion services, and works with multinationals by ensuring that differences do not become a barrier to inclusion and high performance. Their clients include American Express, Lion, Amaysim, Aurizon, HSBC and GLS, among others. Pillay helped lead MindTribes to a growth stage with investment into new technologies and a contract staffing model. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Monash University in Australia, BA (Hons) in Organisational Psychology (University of the South Africa) and a BA in Social Science (University of Natal). She also holds certificates in Executive and Leadership Coach and Training and Assessment. From 2017 till present, Pillay has been heavily involved with Plan International Ambassador, which has been supporting the ‘Because I Am A Girl’ campaign and advocating for access to education and human rights of girls in developing countries. From 2014 to 2017, she was the chairperson of Women in Business and Australia India Business Council where she was involved in growing membership numbers and organising high profiled events using a limited budget. She also worked as Senior Organisation Development Leader and Outsourced Operations for many years. Meanwhile, Women in Business Awards applications closed on April 4 and about 150 applications were received. There are four categories: Businesswoman of the year, Executive of the Year, Manager of the Year and Aspiring Entrepreneur of the Year. “The calibre of this year’s applications are so high and because of that I wouldn’t want to be a judge.” Dr Ali said. “We have sorted out the applications and now they are in the judges hands for their assessment. We won’t know the winners names until the night of the awards and we love that level of excitement.” Dr Ali thanked all women who expressed interest in the awards – those who put their hands up for other women and those who put their hands up themselves to be counted. This year’s awards is themed “Time’s Up!” - a call to stomp out sexism from all facets of life in an effort to catapult women into leadership positions and especially to excel in the world of commerce.
WIB Awards 2018 guest speaker, Div Pillay, the CEO and co-founder of MindTribes.