Signalling the strength and success of India’s Generation Next, the young and dynamic H&K India MD, Ms. Radhika Markan, has bagged the Award for ‘Outstanding Woman Achiever in Leadership Role’ at the 17th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES), organised by WISE on behalf of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES).
Amongst a galaxy of women experts from the across the world, the award was presented by Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Dr. Tessy Thomas, the first Woman Scientist to head a missile project in India, was also facilitated at the prestigious event. This made it an even prouder moment for young Radhika to be able to share the honour and platform with a stalwart as Dr. Thomas.
Delegations from USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, the African continent, Korea, Japan, Nepal and Bhutan attended the event, bringing with them stories of excellence by women in Engineering, Science and Technology.
Radhika is a non-engineer by profession who manages H&K Rolling Mill Engineers Pvt. Ltd. – the world’s largest supplier of Quenching and Self-tempering (QST) systems. Although Radhika joined H&K India with zero engineering knowledge, and that too at a time when the steel industry slump had begun, she took on every challenge with courage. From learning the basics at the workshop, to grasping the macro industry and policy issues, Radhika has travelled a long way.
Radhika’s story was particularly inspiring not only for the strong Government of India delegation present at the function, but also for numerous young women engineers and scientists. During the lunch and tea breaks, Radhika was regularly requested by Indian and international delegations for photographs and to share her personal story in greater detail.