As a Philanthropist and an ardent believer in the power of quality education to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty, Smita, leverages her multi-cultural background to champion the cause of the most vulnerable in India, girls, children and women.

Over two decades of active philanthropy in India, along with her travels across India to meet and engage with local communities, identify, evaluate and personally monitor projects, and connect with beneficiaries have given Smita an in-depth understanding of the challenges, areas of potential impact.

Smita, believes that learning never stops and has degrees in Economics, Political Science and Law from Mumbai, Fashion Design from Parsons, New York, and a management degree MBA, from IMD, Lausanne.

Her own background and belief in the power of quality education, has led her to build her new social innovation project, the H100 Initiative. The initiative seeks to empower 100 talented girls from India’s lowest socio-economic class, with tertiary education, providing them a scholarship through college, backed by support from mentors and peers.


Gillian, BSc., CFA, has degrees in Physics and Business Administration and is a CFA charter holder. She built up the corporate actions department of Citibank, Zurich, and was Jt. Head Value- & Strategy Funds (Vice President) Bank Julius Baer, Zurich.
Since then she started her own company and is currently a partner and CEO of LABHA Investment Advisors SA.

Gillian was born in India and has been supporting the education of girls for many years. She is now looking forward to making a greater impact by working with the motivated and dedicated ladies of HEMLATA to be an enabler for change in the lives of talented Indian girls.


Sandra-Stella Triebl, MA, has degrees in Media Science, Biology and Political Science from the University of Zürich and has worked in media as a radio and TV host since 1988. In 2004, Stella turned entrepreneur and is currently owner, founder and CEO of Swiss Ladies Drive GmbH since 2007.
Stella comes from a diverse family background with grandparents coming from France, Italy, Sweden, Germany – and Switzerland. She is aware that it is a precious privilege being born in Switzerland. This serial entrepreneur is supporting HEMLATA in its vision to make a difference to the lives of talented girls in India.


Giada is a Coach and Project Manager and is passionate about working with people with different approaches and cultures. Education, according to her is not just a matter of technical skills, it’s a way to open minds, to get in touch with different realities, to learn to set goals and keep yourself accountable through hard times.

This is why, Giada, decided to join HEMLATA, to support the vision of HEMLATA 100, to accompany our girls in their journey through their college, by providing them a safe network of Mentors and Peers that they can rely on while taking the steps to achieve their goals.


Monika was born in the UK with both parents coming from North India. Growing up in a multi-cultural society and a heavy emphasis on quality education from her parents, Monika studied a BSc Computer Science & Business and MA Fashion Marketing & Management and went on to pursue her dream job as a Fashion Buyer.

Today Monika coaches’ other women with their style and personal branding. She has visited India many times and has seen first-hand the challenges facing women. This is why, Monika wants to help raise awareness and contribute to creating opportunities for these young women who can go on to change generations.


Monique Truempy has been with the HEMLATA Foundation almost from the beginning. She has now retired from the KLM Airlines Sales Team and lives in Zürich. Travelling and experiencing different cultures has always been a big part of her life and her many journeys have led her to several visits in India.

Monique understands the challenges in this fascinating country and the importance of helping to make a difference in a young women’s life. This is why she continues to play an active part as a HEMLATA Team member.


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