Theme of the year - Women Integration, Skills and Entrepreneurship

Ms. Vanita Bhandari  - Vice President

Ms. Vanita Bhandari is a graduate in Economics, Commerce and Sociology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. She did her schooling at the Convent of Jesus & Mary, Colaba, Mumbai, and was President, Interact Club (a branch of Rotary Club for teenagers) in the 10th standard. Vanita is the daughter of the late Shamsunder and Perveez Aggarwal, founders of DBS Office Business Centers (formerly Diners Business Services). She was married to the late Sidharth Bhandari, a businessman. Her father-in-law was the late Romesh Bhandari, Indian Foreign Secretary and Governor, U.P. She has two sons: Kaviraj (29) and Aditya (26).

At 18, when she was still in college, Vanita began working part-time in the family business, learning every facet of the business from the ground up. At that time, Diners Club was the only credit card in the country. She also worked for DBS World Travel and DBS Business Centers. After graduating, she worked full-time at DBS, using the hands-on experience she had gained to help set up a network of serviced offices across the country. She has been a director of the company for more than 30 years with a special focus on Marketing, Strategy Development and CSR activities. Her corporate management and leadership skills have helped position DBS as a pioneer and market leader in serviced commercial real estate across India.

She has been actively involved with the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IMC) Ladies Wing since 2000. She has been Chairperson of various committees of the Ladies Wing, including the Women’s Advancement, International Connections and the Young Entrepreneurs committees. She has been Chairperson of the Women’s Day celebration committee. In 2017-2018, she was Chairperson of the Ladies Wing Exhibition committee.

Ms. Bhandari has organised several events for the Ladies Wing of IMC and other organisations, including International Women’s Day celebrations and Entrepreneurship for Young Women. A supporter of women’s empowerment, Vanita has been involved with the activities of Women’s India Trust (WIT). She co-chaired WIT’s fund-raiser event in 2018.

She has a keen interest in health and fitness. She came runners-up in the Women’s National Squash Championship in 1983.

Professionalism and a hands-on approach mark Ms. Vanita Bhandari’s work style. She approaches every project with commitment, enthusiasm, and the desire to embrace any challenge.