Most Influential South Asian Women Executives in the Entertainment Industry

Korn/Ferry International, a premier global provider of talent management, recently put together a list of the Most Influential South Asian Women Executives in the Media and Entertainment Industry. These women have all excelled in various ways and in several roles within the entertainment business.

“This past year has seen a substantial growth in Indian companies in Hollywood. Indian entertainment is no longer a niche industry, but a burgeoning global business that has expanded into the mainstream,” said Bill Simon, senior client partner and managing director of Korn/Ferry International’s Global Media & Entertainment Sector. “These remarkable women have each contributed much to bridge east and west and their continuing efforts will benefit all in the entertainment and media for years to come.”

To honor these women, a reception and dinner will be held on their behalf at the 8th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) that is back at ArcLight Hollywood on April 20-25.

The Honorees Include:

Farah K. Ahmed

Assistant General Counsel

Personal Care Products Council

Deepa Mehta


Hamilton-Mehta Productions, LLC

Vishakha N. Desai


Asia Society

Zarina Mehta

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer

UTV Networks

Indu Jain


Times Group of India

Sujata Murthy

Senior Vice President, Public and Artist Relations

Universal Music Enterprises

Shibani Joshi

Analyst and Reporter

Fox Business Network

Mira Nair


Mirabai Films

Superna Kalle

Senior Vice President

Sony Pictures Television

Indra Nooyi

Chief Executive Officer

PepsiCo, Inc.

Ekta Kapoor

Creative Director

Balaji Telefilms

Aparna Pande

General Manager, U.S. Consumer Magazines

Disney Publishing Worldwide

Roma Khanna


Global Networks and Digital Initiatives

NBC Universal International

Saijal Patel

Analyst and Commentator

Asia Squawk Box and Market Watch


Naina Lal Kidwai

Group General Manager and Country Head

HSBC India

Priti Shahani

Senior Vice President

The Indian Film Company

Anju Jain Kumar

Director, Counsel – India Legal Affairs

The Walt Disney Company (India)

Latha Sundaram

Executive Vice President and Global Account Director

Starcom Worldwide

Jhumpa Lahiri

Author and Member of

President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities

Deborah Tellis

Senior Vice President, International Distribution

Summit Entertainment

Vandana Malik


Studio 18

Selina Tobaccowala

Vice President, Product and Engineering

Survey Monkey