Chief Executive Officer
Subhashini Chandran is Chief Executive Officer of the Woodbriar Group, the largest privately owned tea plantation business in India, with 30,000 employees and dependents. The Group also has diversified interests in insurance services and real estate. Chandran is also is Founder of Briar Bungalows, an eco-tourism venture that supports preservation of biodiversity within tea farms in the Western Ghats and creates new avenues for sustainable livelihoods for the indigenous and local populations. Chandran's expertise is in restructuring unviable medium and large agribusinesses, turning them to profit and establishing local markets for large volumes of production. She has implemented a number of pioneering women empowerment programmes for employees, including microfinance and skills enhancement schemes. Chandran has a BSc (Honours) in Economics and International Relations from the London School of Economics and an LLB (Honours) from City University in the United Kingdom. She is a Member of the Bar Council of India and Entrepreneurs Organization. In 2010, Yale University awarded her the Yale World Fellowship for Emerging Leaders.