THE HUMILITY TO CARE
HEMLATA’s engagement is focussed on individual caring towards our H100 scholars. By providing Equity to create opportunities for Equality, we believe we can “level the playing field”.
THE VISION TO COMMIT
The core of the H100 Initiative is based on our Mentorship, Life-Skills and Peer learning program. Each of our Scholars is individually connected to a Mentor living outside of India, allowing for diversity. Professional coaches use Life Skills tools, to create the conversation between Mentors and Scholars, building a community of change makers and empowered women. Peer learning webinars add to the multi-disciplinary learning.
THE SPIRIT TO CONNECT
HEMLATA provides a framework for socially-conscious individuals and organisations who are interested in joining our community. We also have a program in place for corporate volunteering, based on mentorship, internships and infrastructure support.
KATHARINA VIANA BACHMANN
H100 Ambassador Switzerland
A graduate of the Textile, Fashion & Technology College in Zurich, Katharina Viana-Bachmann worked for ten years as a textile buyer for the retailers Charles Vögele and Carrefour – as group leader for the latter. She spent three years with her family in Singapore, followed by three years in Tokyo.
Back in Switzerland, Katharina established the Swiss branch of the non-profit organization Room to Read, which operates in Asia and Africa, and was responsible for the business development for 6 years, after which she moved to the Swiss non-profit organization Vivamos Mejor, where she worked as Head of Fundraising and Communication.
Since 2018 Katharina is the Co-Executive Director of Asia Society Switzerland. She is a Member of the Board of Zürichsee Medien AG and the President of the Zürcher Spendenparlament.
Katharina is proud to be a Partner Ambassador and to support a H100 Scholar through her college journey.
MRS MEERA ISAACS
H100 Ambassador India
Mrs. Meera Isaacs, M.A.; B.Ed; has been associated with The Cathedral & John Connon School for the past 41 years out of which 22 years have been spent as Head of the School and the first female Principal of this 158 year old institution.
During her tenure as Principal, she introduced the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, started the Pre-primary Section of the Cathedral School and created the Advanced Placement Programme.
“In very simple terms my credo as an educationist is to put the child as the focus of all educational activities so that she/he may grow into an assured and confident person who is able to evolve strategies and skills to deal with the ever-changing environment. If they are able to do this, it naturally follows that the joy of life will be theirs.”
For her work in the field of education, Ms. Isaacs has been a recipient of several awards over the years. Here we list just a few:
Recipient of the prestigious Asia One Black Swan Women Empowerment Award
Recipient of the Women Achievers Award
Received the Women of Excellence Award
Received the Eminent Educationalist Award
Recipient of the National Award for Teachers under the Ministry of Higher Education, Government of India
As an Honorary Advisor to HEMLATA, Ms. Isaacs’s immense knowledge with students, schools and educational bodies supports HEMLATA in its journey to identify the right student, as a Scholar of the H100 family.
H100 Ambassador Switzerland
Working with senior executives in rapidly changing markets in Asia and Europe for more than 20 years, Natalia Olynec brings a global perspective to sustainability, reputation management, and stakeholder engagement. As Head of Sustainability at IMD Business School, she develops and implements the strategic direction for sustainability at IMD, engaging with academic, business, and NGO partners.
Before joining IMD, Natalia was Global Head of Sustainability at Damco, a unit of Maersk Group, and Adjunct Professor of Sustainability at SP Jain School of Global Management. She has collaborated in global teams for, energy efficiency, CSR, and human rights and been on the steering committee of the United Nations World Food Program’s Logistics Emergency Team.
Her consulting work on the crossroads of philanthropy and investment developed bottom-of-the-pyramid business models to contribute to both social and financial bottom lines. As a former journalist for Bloomberg News, she leverages her strong communication skills to influence change through consulting, publishing, education, and curriculum design.