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Role Players 2017

Shahnaz Husain

Chief Executive Officer
Shahnaz Husain Group of Companies

Shahnaz Husain, pioneer and leader of the Ayurvedic beauty care movement, has marketed India's 5000 year old ancient civilization in a jar worldwide. One of India's leading woman entrepreneurs, she heads the largest organization of its kind in the world with a global network of franchise salons, spas, retail outlets and beauty training academies. Apart from strong branding, the Shahnaz franchise offers an established business model with proven success rate of more than three decades. The Shahnaz Husain Signature Salons have become internationally known for path-breaking treatments and innovations. The formulations, comprising of highly specialized products for general care and specific skin and hair problems, contain herb, flower and fruit extracts, essential oils, precious metals and gems.

Shahnaz Husain has received several prestigious international awards, including the "Outstanding Ayurvedic Innovation Award" in the British Parliament, the World's Greatest Woman Entrepreneur Award from Success, the U.S. based Business Magazine and the Padma Shri Award for exceptional service towards the country and distinguished achievement in her chosen field.

Shahnaz has lectured at leading international universities, like Harvard Business School, MIT, Oxford University and the London School of Economics on Brand India, Ayurveda and woman empowerment. She also represented India at U.S. President Barack Obama's Summit of Entrepreneurs in Washington DC. Harvard Business School recently conducted a video interview of Shahnaz Husain, as part of its "Creating Emerging Markets" project. It will be part of the Harvard entrepreneurship curriculum

Shahnaz Husain is the pioneer of professional beauty training and is also committed to social causes through her Skill Development Projects and free beauty courses for the speech and hearing impaired and the visually challenged. She has written a beauty book which has been put into Braille. Indeed, after four decades of a phenomenal career, Shahnaz Husain is a legend in her own lifetime.