March 8 2024  |  Associations

APTRA celebrates International Women’s Day, highlights female speakers for India conference

By Hibah Noor

On International Women’s Day, the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association has announced a strong line-up of women speakers, panelists, management and performers for the upcoming APTRA India Conference in Aerocity, New Delhi, March 20-21.

India’s Director General of Tourism Manisha Saxena will lead with a keynote speech, with other women speakers including:

  • Divya Aggarwal, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Co India
  • Surabhi Batra, Area Manager, India, L’Oréal
  • Clarisse Daniels, Regional Director, APAC India & Americas
  • Rajshree Dugar, Chief Strategy Officer, Asia Pacific, Heinemann
  • Neha Jabbar, Head of Customer Marketing, Gulf & India Business Unit, Pernod Ricard
  • Kaveri Khullar, SVP Marketing Asia Pacific, Mastercard
  • Shalini Kumar, editor, Spiritz Magazine
  • Leila Stansfield, Managing Director, Bacardi Global Travel Retail & Global Belonging Lead, Bacardi
  • Sandra Tassilly, Commercial Director, APAC, MENA & India
  • Nicola Wells, Head of Category Development, Nestle International Travel Retail

The event is being managed by Anne Kavanagh, Executive Director APTRA, assisted by Sharolyn Paul, APTRA’s Admin Officer. The chief moderator for the conference is Kapila Ireland, editor of DFNI, the conference media partner. During the Gala Dinner on the evening of March 20 – in partnership with Bacardi – renowned performing artist Manjari Chaturvedi will present a Kathak dance set, especially choreographed for the conference.

Sunil Tuli President of APTRA & Group Chief Executive, King Power Group (Hong Kong), commented, “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are increasingly important strategic imperatives for businesses in Travel Retail to ensure a balanced perspective in leadership teams and for our industry to be representative of the consumers we serve. I am personally very proud that our conference program reflects this balance, not just in terms of the gender ratio amongst speakers, but also in ensuring diversity across a wide range of nationalities, creating space on the industry stage for new voices that represent the changing dynamics of travel retail.”

APTRA will also co-host a networking session for WiTR+ from 6pm on March 20, at the Pullman Hotel, with cocktails provided by Bacardi.

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