EMBA – Executive Management Degree – IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland
BA in Economics, Political Science and Law (India)
Diploma in Fashion Design – Parsons School of Fashion – NYC

Languages spoken: English, German, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi.

As a young girl, growing up in India, Smita was influenced by her mother, HEMLATA, an ardent believer in the power of quality education, on whom the organisation is named.
Over two decades of active philanthropy in India have given Smita an in-depth understanding on how quality education along with sustainable support can impact the lives of the most vulnerable in India, especially young girls. She is committed to creating opportunities for this vulnerable group, to break their cycles of inter-generational poverty, to enjoy a life of dignity and purpose and to act as changemakers in their communities.

Smita’s professional education and her experience as a serial entrepreneur reflects in her structured, collaborative and impact-oriented approach to philanthropy. Her travels across India to meet and engage with local communities and to identify, evaluate and connect one on one with beneficiaries, has led her to create the HEMLATA 100 or H100, a social innovation project.


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Education: MA – Masters in Media Science, Biology and Political Science, Zürich University.

Languages spoken: German, English, French

Sandra has worked in media as a radio and TV host since 1988, moving to the PR department at Zurich Financial Service’s headquarter. In 2004, Stella turned entrepreneur and is currently owner, founder and CEO of Swiss Ladies Drive GmbH since 2007.

Sandra-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.


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Education: Eidg. Dipl. Marketing Specialist, Int., IAA Diploma as a Communication Manager, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Consumer Communication from HWZ Zürich and KMU-Management of HSG University of St. Gallen.

Languages spoken: German, English, French, Italian and Spanish

Melanie has worked in the field of marketing and communication since ever. In 2017, Melanie founded her own marketing company MEL Marketing & Kommunikation GmbH in Zürich, consulting companies in strategic, conceptional topics and marketing disciplines. With her love for exploring, Melanie has travelled to more than 50 countries all over the world. Melanie feels travel helps to understand diverse cultural aspects, be patient and gain trust in the unknown, while showing us how privileged we are. Melanie believes in the vision and initiative of HEMLATA 100, to create a big change in the future life of young girls, in India.


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Education: MBA from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Lisbon, Portugal
Languages spoken: Portuguese, French, German and English

Helia is an accomplished C-Level executive bringing more than 27 years of experience with leading corporations in the ICT industry, in Switzerland and Europe, successfully spearheading operations in multicultural and cross-functional large organisations and startups.
She is a passioned leader who has built an excellent track-record in Strategy, Digital Transformation, Customer Service, Sales & Retail and Change Management. She believes HEMLATA has the power of connecting two different realities – India and Switzerland – and mobilize women’s education landscape, creating sustainable impact in both countries.


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Education: Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice, Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality, Passugg

Languages spoken: Italian, German and English.

With Swiss-Lebanese roots, Letizia’s interest in different cultures, led to her education in Hospitality and work in the hospitality and event industry in Switzerland. In her role as Manager in charge of placements in the catering industry, Letizia sees the challenges faced by young women in the service industry. She truly believes in what HEMLATA stands for and is passionate about helping young women in India to find the same opportunities as their counterparts in the western world.


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Languages spoken: German, English, French, Italian

Monique has been with HEMLATA Switzerland, since the beginning. With a history in the airline business, and now retired from the KLM Airlines Sales Team, Monique lives in Zürich. Travelling and experiencing different cultures is a big part of her life and her 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.
Monique looks after our administration and takes care of our database, while also acting as our official translator from German to English.


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Education: Coach / Consultant IBP- IBP Institue Winterthur
Doctor of Law – Magna cum Laude – University of Konstanz, Germany
Psychoneuroimmunology, Nürnberg-Germany,
Negotiating according to Harvard Concept, Boston USA, Hypnosystemic consulting for teams and organizations, Heidelberg- Germany

Languages: German, English

Sinja is the owner and Managing Director of Levista GmbH, a coaching practice in Zurich, and development and provider of the product “Fox Dynamics” for teams. In the coaching program at the University of St. Gallen, Sinja conducts lectures in the field of self-leadership, resilience and health, conflict resolution and target-oriented communication. She believes in HEMLATA’s vision of Life Skills and coaching as being important tools and is delighted to work with HEMLATA to build these non-cognitive skills into the H100Intiative.