WIN Leadership Interview Series: Q&A with Rajat Mittal Shah, Co-Founder, Nutriventia and Global Liaison for WIN in India

Rajat Mittal Shah is the Co-founder of Nutriventia and serves as the Global Liaison for Women in Nutraceuticals (WIN) in India. From co-inventing a pioneering university networking system to leading vital research at Nutriventia, Rajat’s contributions to the nutraceutical industry are substantial and driven by a personal mission to advance preventative healthcare. Holding an MSc in Computer Science and an MBA in Marketing and Strategy, she combines her tech expertise and strategic vision to create a meaningful impact. Recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by her alma mater in India, Rajat champions women’s empowerment in the nutraceutical industry, breaking societal barriers with her relentless determination and creativity.

What inspires you in your career?
My father’s battle with PSP, a progressive neurological condition, is the driving force behind my commitment to the nutraceutical industry. I believe in the potential of nutraceuticals to bridge gaps in the healthcare sector, providing preventative and therapeutic solutions where conventional medicine may fall short. This personal mission, combined with my zeal for science, innovation, and making a meaningful impact, continues to inspire me daily.

What have been the challenges in your career?
My journey has not been without obstacles. As a young woman from a modest middle-class family in India, I faced societal pressures and criticisms. Doubts were raised about my ambitions and decision to pursue higher education in the U.S. However, I was fortunate to have a strong support system – for every person pulling me down, I had two lifting me. These challenges only fueled my resilience and determination to succeed.

What is your hope for WIN in India?
As the Global Liaison for WIN in India, my vision is to foster a supportive and enriching environment for women at every stage of their careers. From helping women break the glass ceiling in senior positions, to facilitating smooth transitions back into the workforce after childbirth, we will use mentorship and empowerment as key tools. I hope to leverage the immense potential of our female workforce to drive India’s nutraceutical industry to new heights.

What advice do you have for young women in India starting in their careers to get ahead?
To all young women out there, I want to tell you this – dream big and don’t let anyone make you feel small or insignificant. You are never too young to achieve greatness. It’s essential not to get caught up in the pursuit of perfection; instead, focus on growth and learning from every experience. Above all, be fearless. Remember, every setback is a setup for a comeback.

Who has inspired you most in your career?
My career is a testament to the powerful influence of supportive figures in my life. My father always prioritized the dreams of his daughters and wife over societal norms; my mother, an internationally acclaimed artist who followed her passion against all odds; and my mother-in-law, a constant source of inspiration and support who seizes every opportunity to excel. They have all played instrumental roles in shaping me personally and professionally.

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