Vandana Saxena Poria was born and brought up in the UK and is of Indian heritage. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then spent 10 years living and working in a multitude of countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Initially she was with Ernst & Young and then went on to set up the international division of Europe’s largest listed professional education company, BPP Professional Education, where she was CEO for 7 years.
Vandana chose to move to India and in 2006 she set up a ‘content research and creation’ company, Get Through Guides (GTG) that develops and publishes materials for international professional qualifications in the BFSI sector. GTG also delivers interactive quality training courses to corporates across the Indian sub-continent. The quality of GTG’s work has been acknowledged – GTG was asked by the Insurance Institute of India to rewrite the Licentiate textbooks in 2010 and also has worked with the IRDA on producing the revised life-insurance textbook. GTG is accredited for training by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, The Institute of Chartered Accountants Sri Lanka, ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA. GTG is one of only three globally approved publishers for ACCA. 75% of GTG employees are women.
Vandana also works closely with the British Government to foster international trade for the UK and has given numerous presentations for/to UKTI. She has held several positions with the British Chambers of Commerce in several countries. Currently Vandana chairs the British Business Group in Pune, which was set up with the support from British High Commission. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced on 14th June 2008, Vandana was honoured with an OBE for services to Trade and Investment.
Vandana is an acclaimed speaker and is often invited to speak at events about developing skills through broad interactive education. She is passionate about the fact that with the right methods, India can turn a nation of entrepreneurs into a nation of Infosys’s and Tata’s.
She is the founder of the ‘GROW’ initiative, a network founded in September 2013 that encourages women to re-join the work force after maternity and to become leaders. She is working on her first science- fiction fantasy novel series called ‘The Ojas Chronicles’ exploring different worlds and balance across the universe. Through the novel, she also explores the issue of female foeticide on Earth and its’ repercussions across the universe. She is very passionate about inspiring women to be their best and her main aim is to see women occupy top positions in all sectors across the world. She believes that you become a leader when you have the ability to create leaders in the people that surround you.