Madi Sharma

Madi Sharma     

She is founder, Madi Group, a group of private companies and NGOs that started from a home kitchen and grew to two factories and ten companies. A member of The European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels representing the Employer’s Group and she was previously appointed to European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani’s Advisory Board for Industry & Enterprise. The strength of a nation lies in its women is the mantra for Madi’s NGO, the Women’s Economic & Social Think Tank (WESTT) which works on advocacy and policy development for parity, equity and for the empowerment of women and girls across the world. In May 2018, Madi was listed as one of the Apolitical’s 100 World Most Influential People in Gender Policy.

Madi is a recognised international speaker on entrepreneurship, trade policy, empowerment, leadership, valuing human capital, diversity, gender balance and corporate social responsibility. She is the author of a book, Madi No Excuses! and is a freelance journalist. From a survivor of domestic violence to a change maker who wants to turn 7 billion ideas into action (one idea for everybody on the planet, she says), Madi refers to herself as a ‘social capitalist’ as she invests profits from her work into advocacy and socio-economic empowerment. With Gandhi as her role model, Madi is committed to being the change she wishes to see, and she adds, with no excuses.

She believes that “You have to go through the pain, you have to fight the battles, you have to struggle and you have to understand what it is ‘not to have’ in order to appreciate what you are capable of in the future, and that you do have value. You will never take anything for granted once you have been through these hardships and you will have compassion for those people who have been less fortunate than yourself.” A dear Soul Sister who wins hearts and friends forever with her sincerity, integrity and courageous leadership.