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Indian woman, founder of ‘Chaiwalis’, heads for Antartica

Feb 23, 2017

Known in the corporate world for her experience in corporate social responsibility and sustainability, Akanksha Sharma is all set for global expedition to Antartica.

Akanksha Sharma

New Delhi: In a society that has seen women as weaker in comparison to men, here's a shout-out to the ones who decided to live the way they wanted to, no matter how crazy or rebellious.

Here's raising a toast to one of those who defy societal norms and set their own making way for many others.

Akanksha Sharma is the founder of ‘Chaiwalis’- a community that she runs promoting women to come out of pseudo-protective environment and feel free and fear-less at public places. She actively writes and speaks on various social development issues and features at various forums.

Akanksha has now been selected to represent India on a global expedition to Antartica ‘Leadership on the Edge Programme’and to be among 80 leaders worldwide for the Antarctic Expedition (IAE 2017)!

After completing the expedition, she aims to build a one of its kind programme for educating children on Climate Change under the mentorship of none other than world renowned environmentalist Dr Robert Swan himself who is also the expedition head.

The expedition aims to inform, engage and inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility and create sustainable communities.

Akanksha is also a traveler who prefers to be called only by her first name as she carries her name without any title. A Zero Waste Traveller is living a path breaking life and is reaching Antartica.

According to Akanksha a traveller finds her own ways of finding herself. “A traveller needs no introduction” she says, “They prefer being anonymous. While travelling you don’t find a place but find something surprising about your own self and also leave some part of yourself at the place where you may never come back. That’s the thrill. And that’s life too,” she says.

Her gypsy spirit is fuelled by her pursuits to meet new people, visit new places, create new memories and live a life of more stories. She also practices Buddhism and Reiki.

She believes that anonymity carries no belongingness and no fear of loss. Her pursuits sometimes end in silence or in conflict zones. For her, every travel is like the start of a new affair with oneself, it’s an un-describable personal emotion.

Born and brought up in Jaipur, Rajasthan, Akanksha is a CSR expert and an Environmentalist apart from being a Zero Waste Traveller. In her professional capacity while working with corporate on CSR and Sustainability, she has driven sustainable social programs on Disaster Relief, Education, Poverty Alleviation through Skill Development and Farm-based income generation, Nutrition, Education, Health & Sanitation, etc.

Her name has figured among hundred most impactful social leaders globally by World CSR Congress; Social Professional of the year (2016) by India CSR. She is also a National Social Expert empanelled by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Akanskha is the elder of the two sisters, raised in an unorthodox family where her parents ensured that the two girls stand for themselves and not just surrender to the society.

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