Sitting confidently in bold red with amiable smile, Namita Thapar is every bit of a Shark not just in the popular TV show, but also in real life. Her disposition and her honest yet gentle remarks, intelligent questions and eye for detail have earned her incredible respect as a businesswoman of today. Apart from being one of the key faces of Shark Tank India, Namita Thapar is also an investor in the show- a very sharp business move, considering the success of the franchise in the international market, and India’s roaring growth as an entrepreneurial ground. But there is more to her striking personality than the show.
Namita’s success is not sudden or coincidental. She has shown immense potential right from an early age. A bright commerce student, Namita completed her schooling in Pune and went on to pursue B.Com from Savitribai Phule Pune University. Her love for numbers intensified and got her to complete Charter Accountancy from ICAI at a very young age. She cleared the exam on the very first attempt. After this incredible leap in her career, she decided to take it further and applied for an MBA from Duke University in North Carolina.
Namita’s superior academic success was just the initiation of her superlative career. She spent six years with Guidant Corporation, USA, a part of Boston Scientific and Abbott Labs, which specializes in the designing and manufacturing of artificial cardiac pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, stents, and other cardiovascular medical products. Thereafter, Namita joined her father at Emcure as CFO. It was a 500-crore company then. Namita’s competency and passion grew the brand’s worth to 6000 crores.
While she loved her position as the Chief Financial Officer, Namita had a desire to take charge of the P&L. She had a thing for marketing and loved building brands from the ground up. She was fascinated to see how an idea can change the world for the better. Today she is the Executive Director of Emcure and deals in budding brands and ideas at her own start-up studio called Incredible Ventures.
Namita Thapar also contributes immensely to government initiatives like NITI Aayog’s ‘Women’s Entrepreneurship Platform’ and the ‘Digital Health Task Force’ and ‘Champions of Change’.
Namita is an avid investor. She identifies ideas and individuals with potential and involves herself in building brands from scratch. Her brand Incredible Ventures teaches entrepreneurship to 11 to 18-year-olds and contributes towards encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs. She is an influential speaker at the Harvard Business School, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM A), the ET Women's Conference and FICCI.
Needless to say, Namita’s work has been recognized and rewarded globally. Some of her achievements are:
· The '40 under Forty' award from the Economic Times.
· Hurun Next Gen Leader Award from Barclays.
· The Economic Times' Women Ahead List for 2017.
· Super Achiever Award at the World Women Leadership Congress.
Namita believes that women have innate entrepreneurial skills like time management, multitasking, curiosity and the pursuit of perfection. However, they mostly fail at guilt management.
“We need to get rid of the guilt, get comfortable with failure and find time to listen to our inner voice,” Namita asserts.
We believe that the right decisions taken at the right time can take you really far. Namita’s story, her academic journey, career choices can be an inspiration to many students planning their lives after high school. Move on with a single-minded focus and an unwavering determination to achieve what you want.