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Role Players 2018

Sandra (Sandi) Saksena

Empowerment Officer
Echelon Advisors and Management Consultants

'Each of us has experienced a sense of possibility - moments where we imagine things as they could be, and yet we hold back. Concerned with circumstance, what others might think, or lack of interest; we don't act on our vision. Express yourself fully, make a difference, be a leader.'

A long-time resident of the Gulf, Sandi has lived in Kuwait, Bahrain and now in Dubai for the last 45 years. A late entrant into the work force, with no previous work experience she could not prepare a CV.

Sandi devotes her time and energies to her job in personal financial planning. She is the first and only female sales manager (among 36 male sales managers) and leads an all female team of financial counsellors at Nexus Insurance Brokers. She heads the division 'Family Matters' at Echelon Advisors and Management Consultants her family firm. Her focus Financial Empowerment of Women

Sandi believes that building trust, and loyalty, sharing and giving, dealing with integrity and honesty are essential ingredients to success in both the personal and professional arena. Openness to new ideas, being non- judgemental and humble are the keys to growing your life.

Sandi is a regular contributor to the media on topics related to personal finance, is a regular guest speaker on radio and TV and is frequently quoted in the business pages of the of local and international publications.

She is a sought after speaker/moderator at conferences/conventions that focus on empowerment of women and leadership recent events, (South America-Africa- Middle East- Asia Women Summit

Professional Certifications
Chartered Insurance Institute CII UK by examination
Level 3 (Financial planning, Insurances and Financial Services General Insurance)
Associate of the Institute of Administrative Management UK

Burj CEO award Member of the Year
Women Super Achiever award - 4th World Women Leadership Congress
CEO Clubs Network ( Platinum Award in Corporate Leadership
UNASCO & WILTME for supporting Women's Initiatives & Women Empowerment in an Outstanding and Professional manner over the years

2016 Personality of the year World of Women Film Fare Middle East in recognition for valuable contribution to woken in the UAE and beyond

Other positions in the community
Founder –Lakh-ME a Trust in India focused on the Financial Independence of Women
Permanent Trustee and Partner Manzil Center for individuals with special needs
Board member Business Women's Division CEO Clubs
CSR Advisory Board Member –UAE Actionaid
Member task force WEPS
President- Women in film and Television UAE
Life member Athena International

Community Service
Health camps in association with Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists of India ( Pan India Financial Literacy for women and Tribals in Central India in association with the NGO Mahashakti

Adventure and Spiritual seeker
Arctic Circle, Peru Macchu Picchu Bolivia Lake Titicaca, Bhutan, Shaolin temple China, Ulluru Australia, Shambhala Mongolia, Mount Kailash Tibet.
Sky Diving, Rappelling, White Water Rafting, Bungee jumping, Horse riding, Mushing with the huskies