Advancing Gender Equality: BRICS CCI WE and Nippon Paint India partner Global Women Leadership Programme

Mr. Sameep Shastri, Vice Chairman, BRICS CCI and Sharad Malhotra, Director, Nippon Paint India
Mr. Sameep Shastri, Vice Chairman, BRICS CCI and Sharad Malhotra, Director, Nippon Paint India

New Delhi, March 12, 2024: BRICS CCI WE, the women’s vertical of The BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BRICS CCI) has announced its association with Nippon Paint India, leading paint and coating company in Asia Pacific and a fast-growing company in India, for the BRICS CCI WE Global Women Leadership Programme during 2024-25. The Programme is a transformative initiative endeavouring to empower and nurture women leaders from BRICS nations, fostering their growth in diverse sectors and promoting gender equality in leadership roles.

Participants in the programme have the opportunity to elevate their leadership skills, foster global connections, and gain insights from seasoned professionals and global leaders. The programme runs in hybrid mode with weekly sessions. Nippon Paint India, a key partner for the year 2024-25, will play a pivotal role in supporting this mission. Sharad Malhotra, Director at Nippon Paint India, has graciously accepted to be the Esteemed Programme Mentor, demonstrating Nippon’s commitment to women’s empowerment.

In addition to financial support, Nippon Paint India will also incubate promising startups from the leadership programme annually, contributing to the growth of women-led businesses.

Mr. Sameep Shastri, Vice Chairman, BRICS CCI, emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts, saying, “The Global Women Leadership Programme reflects our collective commitment to creating a conducive environment for women to excel in leadership roles. We believe that diverse perspectives lead to innovative solutions and drive sustainable growth.”

Ms. Ruby Sinha, President, BRICS CCI WE, expressed her enthusiasm for the programme, saying, “The BRICS CCI WE Global Women Leadership Programme is a testament to our commitment to advancing gender diversity in leadership. We are grateful for the support of Nippon Paint India in our mission to empower women leaders globally. We look forward to a fruitful partnership that will enable more women to elevate their leadership skills and make a meaningful impact in their respective fields.

Sharad Malhotra, Director, Nippon Paint India, shared his perspective, stating, “Nippon Paint is proud to partner with BRICS CCI WE in championing the cause of women leadership. By providing a platform for skill development and fostering a supportive community, we aim to contribute to a more inclusive and diverse business landscape.”

Interested participants of the BRICS CCI WE Global Women Leadership Programme can apply through the BRICS CCI website link-


The BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BRICS CCI) is a parent organization that promotes commerce and industry in the BRICS and other friendly nations. The Chamber, founded in 2012 with the efforts of eminent professionals and entrepreneurs, is a not-for profit and non-governmental organization. BRICS CCI is a registered body under Societies Registration ‘Act 1860, Government of India and empanelled with NITI Aayog (highest policy making body of Govt of India) and recognized by United Nations. The Chamber organises trade fairs, exhibitions, seminars, symposiums, lectures, and business campaigns from time to time to intensify the institutional links and business relations between BRICS countries and other friendly nations.

The Women Empowerment Vertical of BRICS CCI, BRICS CCI WE has been created with prime focus on women empowerment initiatives and policies across geographies. The objective of the women’s wing is to create an enabling support system for women entrepreneurs and professionals across geographies.

About NIPSEA Group (Subsidiary of Nippon Paint Holdings Co.)

NIPSEA Group is a global leader, providing innovative solutions in the paint and coatings industry. Headquartered in Singapore, with 135 NIPSEA companies spread throughout 22 geographical locations, the group is Asia Pacific’s No. 1 paint and coatings manufacturer in both production and sales revenue. After more than 60 years of growth, NIPSEA Group has over 27,000 employees with 103 manufacturing facilities and operations, efficiently serving all aspects of the business, from production to customer satisfaction.

With a focus on maximizing value to our customers, we push boundaries to deliver high quality solutions that work better for all our partners, tradesmen, and homeowners. The NIPSEA Group’s arsenal of solutions for the industry covers Architectural, Industrial, Automotive and Marine Coatings, as well as a range of products beyond the world of paint and coatings. We have an unyielding drive to focus on customers, providing innovation that works best for all our stakeholders.

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