Copy of Wate Havuk Team
Sharda Cherwoo, was born in Calcutta, India and is proud of her Kashmiri heritage and values. Her parents were born in Kashmir and she feels a deep connection to her Kashmiri ancestry. Growing up, it was very exciting for her to spend summer and puja holidays, almost every year, to visit her ancestral home in Srinagar, Kashmir. She cherished spending time with her grandmother, uncles and aunts, cousins and relatives in Kashmir. Right after getting married in Srinagar, Sharda moved to the New York area, in early 1977.After graduating from college in Connecticut as a Valedictorian, Sharda joined Ernst & Young LLP (EY), where she was the first woman partner in the EY Stamford, Connecticut office in 1991. Sharda also was the first woman of Indian origin to be admitted to partnership in any of the “Big 8” accounting firms in the U.S. Currently, Sharda received the Gold Medal in the CPA examination and serves as an Independent Board Member on three US public companies, which includes a Fortune 150 company and is an Advisory Board member on a Fortune 250 company.Sharda also serves on several prominent, mission-driven, not-for-profit boards in the US, like the International House, founded by the Rockefeller and the Dodge families, whose mission is to empower global leaders of tomorrow, foster cross-cultural understanding and build lifelong connections between the world’s next changemakers.Sharda is passionate about advocating for and mentoring talent from under-represented populations and women; advising seasoned executives; and promoting innovative, outcome-driven programs, focused on democratizing opportunities.Sharda and her husband Satish live in New York City and are lifetime members of the Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA).
Ms. Asha Wazir-Biswas, was born in Srinagar and spent her formative years in Karan Nagar and Habakadal there. A chemical engineer from NIT Durgapur, she is presently Chief General Manager (Corp Mgmt Services) and Mgmt Representative, at MECON, a PSU under GoI. She has experience in varied functions, ranging from IT, Marketing, HRD, Administration, to Corporate Communication and Branding, apart from being chairperson of various committees like Disaster Management, Risk Management, Women in Public Sector Cell, etc.
She is an Internal Quality Auditor of ISO 9001 Quality Assurance system and a certified Lead Auditor. She is certified by CICC & AOTS, Tokyo, Japan in ‘Case Tool based Object Oriented System Development’. She has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by Computer Society of India, Ranchi Chapter. She is also recipient of the Eminent Engineer Award by Institution of Engineers (India), Ranchi Chapter.
With about 37 years of experience in diversified functions, she is acknowledged for her leadership skills. She is passionate about mentoring and guiding youngsters to realize their potential and has been a role model in her varied fields, while empowering others to overcome challenges and surge ahead.
She and her husband Tapan live in Ranchi, India.
Anila Bhan was born and raised by a typical Kashmiri middle-class family in Srinagar. Both of her parents worked in education and instilled in her the value of education from an early age. Her grandparents also influenced her, especially her grandfather who is an inspiration for her and founded Vishwa Bharti, an institution for education of women from all sects of life in the valley. Anila became passionate in tutoring and helping others around her from an early age.
After getting her Masters Degree from J&K University, she obtained a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry and started teaching as an Assistant Professor in the Regional Engineering College, Srinagar. She got married in Srinagar and in 1985, moved to Univ. of Maryland as a Post- Doctoral Research fellow in Cancer Research. Her research work was published in several reputable International Science Journals. After her studies, Anila started her professional career in Life Science Research and Development, pursuing new therapies for human health. With extensive technical and global market knowledge in pharmaceutical and Biopharma research, Anila has held roles with increasing leadership responsibilities in her career.
Anila has a proven track record in business and development of new opportunities with key biopharma players in the market, as well as leading cross-functional teams in business. In the position of a Senior Global Product Manager at Cytiva (a Danaher OpCo), she is currently focused and responsible for improving efficiency and profitability of a major product line used in Biologics development and commercial manufacturing.
With Anila’s extended family living in different parts of India, she has strong ties to the Kashmiri community. Anila is caring, and passionate about mentoring women in biotech-trends and career opportunities in different modalities needed for the development in the field of biotechnology. Anila and her husband Purshotam Bhan live in the Boston metropolitan area and are lifetime members of Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA).
Anshu Kak has a passion for mentoring and guiding the next generation to reach heights and their full potential. Born and brought-up in Srinagar, Anshu lived in Kashmir through the exodus in 1990. She has had a front seat view of the plight of Kashmiri Pandits like herself and her family, who had to migrate and leave their childhood homes and cherished memories behind in Kashmir.Anshu serves as a Distinguished Engineer at Google in the US, and leads global teams architecting digital transformation solutions helping transform and grow businesses using state of the art technologies for US Fortune 100 clients of Google. Anshu is a technologist and recognized in the software industry broadly, for innovative solutions in area of Cloud, Quantum, Data and AI technologies. Anshu is sought after by clients to take them on digital transformation in the financial services industry.Prior to Google, Anshu served as Vice President & CTO for Financial Services at IBM, where she worked for almost 12 years in various leadership roles. Her focus on customer centricity and leadership enabled a step-change improvement in operational efficiency and THINK 10X for IBM’s businesses, which drove significant revenue growth. In a prior leadership role at IBM, Anshu was responsible for the strategy, revenue and direction for the technical sales team as the Vice President for Data and AI division, which is a multi-billion-dollar business for IBM. In another prior role, as the CTO for IBM Middle East and Africa, Anshu was involved in the sales growth and expansion in the area.Anshu has achieved the title of Distinguished Engineer (first woman of Indian origin in the US), is a member of the Academy of Technology and Women in Technology.She has received numerous awards from the industry andwas recognized as a Top 50 Asian Americans in Business byAsian American Business Development. She has received theWomen In Color Technology "All Star Award" twice from anational publication.Anshu and her husband Yoginder live in New Jersey.
Rasika Raina was born in Srinagar, Kashmir and spent her early formative years there, schooling in Presentation Convent and surrounded by her immediate and extended family. She left Kashmir in 1984 and completed her education in various other cities in India. She moved to the US in 2000. Rasika has embraced the syncretic Kashmiri culture by living its traditions, culture and language.After completing her Masters at Columbia University, in New York City, Rasika joined the United Nations Development Programme, where she travelled around the globe and learned about program delivery and helped make it transparent and efficient. Those are the learnings that she wants to leverage in the service of the Kashmiri community at large, especially the parts of it that remain dispossessed. She brings both passion and critical thinking in delivering these outcomes. She believes that HemAth’s “Wate Havuk’ mentoring program is the perfect program to channel her learnings and experience and help women with potential, grow and find their own space professionally and personally.Rasika has been working in the payments domain for the last 13 years and is currently a SVP at Mastercard and working as a senior executive in the digital areaRasika and her husband Vipin live in New York.
Seema Kaul, was born and brought up in Kashmir. Seema received her engineering degree from Regional Engineering College, Srinagar, so practically spent most of her young life in Kashmir, Even though she did not experience the exodus, as she had just left the valley to start her first job, but knows how her parents and two sisters had to leave the valley overnight, packing whatever they could take. The education for the two sisters was in flux, as one sister was in the middle of medical school and the other one was just admitted to Srinagar Medical College.Seema is proud of her Kashmiri heritage, is passionate about keeping the Kashmiri culture and traditions alive and would love to see the next generation of women from the community reach new heights with so many opportunities out there . She is looking forward to being a mentor in HemAth’s Wathe’ Havuk mentorship program to utilize her extensive experience and enable Kashmiri women achieve a better and brighter future by providing direction, building their confidence and channeling their strengths towards the right path.Seema is currently leading Quality and Customer Escalations with ServiceNow, a leading cloud-based SaaS company, in California, USA, in the R&D group,. She is responsible for managing product quality for emerging products and also involved with working with escalated customers, managing their issues and guiding them to achieve their digital transformation journey.Prior to working with ServiceNow, Seema worked as a Architect/Lead with BMC Software/Remedy Corporation, where she worked for over 20 years since 1997 in various engineering positions. She was seen as a expert in Business Service Management domain and involved with the launch of various products over the course of her career. She was instrumental in the architecture, design and implementation of multiple products over time to automate workflows and improve efficiency for customers.Seema and her husband Rajeev live in Fremont, California.