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AZB, Luthra, NLS alum Aparna Mittal starts gender equality consultancy Samana

Aparna Mittal moves from law to policy consultingAparna Mittal moves from law to policy consulting

Aparna Mittal, who had left the partnership of AZB & Partners in September 2017, has started a consultancy focusing on gender, policy and law.

“After having spent more than 12 years as a Corporate/ M&A lawyer at India’s leading law firms, I quit law firm practice to explore opportunities that aim to bring about meaningful social change,” she said in a statement. “Samāna Centre is my endeavor to create empowerment for women and members of the third gender and help move closer towards the cherished Constitutional (and fundamental) Right to Equality.”

She would begin hiring staff shortly, she told us, having just launched the Centre’s website.

The centre would focus on three verticals in particular:

(a) Philanthropy & CSR : advising entities engaged in philanthropic / CSR activities on Gender Mainstreaming;

(b) Gender at the Workplace : advising entities on HR policies to promote inclusiveness and Gender Capacity Building; and

(c) Law and Policy : taking up strategic legal and policy interventions in this area.

Mittal had begun her career at Luthra & Luthra in 2005, after graduating from NLSIU Bangalore.

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Like +12 Object -3 Guest 09 May 18, 15:07  interesting
Awesome! All the best Aparna! Em sure you will go great guns with this venture :)
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Like +7 Object -1 Wellwisher 09 May 18, 15:10  interesting
Awesome! Way to go Aparna! All the very, very best :)
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Like +0 Object -5 Sawaal 09 May 18, 19:20
Why did she leave Luthra?
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Like +9 Object -0 Good sense 10 May 18, 02:25  interesting
All sensible ppl did. Go see the league tables for past 4 years.
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Like +9 Object -1 Name and Alias 09 May 18, 15:42  interesting
It's a great concept and a nice pivot given her experience.
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Like +2 Object -13 605 09 May 18, 19:07
Exactly which part of her core Corporate/ M&A experience are you referring to - in the context of Policy issues or CSR issues?
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Like +14 Object -2 Naysayers 10 May 18, 00:22  interesting  top rated
How does it matter. Someone is starting something new and willing to slog it out and bear the risk.
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Like +6 Object -1 Khichdi 11 May 18, 09:22  interesting
And what skin is it off your nose. Are u funding her? No point being negative, when she is trying to do something better, at her own initiative and risk
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Like +6 Object -0 Guest 09 May 18, 15:50  interesting
This is great!
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Like +9 Object -1 Guest 09 May 18, 17:25  interesting
All the best Aparna with this endeavor, sounds like a great idea, much needed in India. Knowing your work ethic, I'm sure you'll do wonderful things with this!
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Like +13 Object -5 Tring 09 May 18, 17:27  interesting  controversial
Good something better than those fake arrogant corporate lawyers.
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Like +12 Object -0 Khamkha 09 May 18, 18:29  interesting  top rated
Yes absolutely. Especially when everyone is talking gender rights... Right time to board that bus.
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Like +7 Object -6 Gander 09 May 18, 20:37  controversial
Why did she leave AZB?
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Like +6 Object -0 Shubh Aarambh 10 May 18, 09:19  interesting
How does it matter where she was, matters where she is heading. Hey Shubhaarambh ho shubhaaraambh, mangal beela aayee. Sapno ki dehri pe dil ki baji shahenai. All the best for this fantastic endeavour.
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Like +2 Object -6 fit 10 May 18, 10:14
most firms in india already have a good female ratio
she would be better off helping the truly needy areas in gender roles
rather than going after law firms full of corporate lawyers. it is a food agenda but if you look around you will see it is less pressing an agenda to pick for an entire career.
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Like +6 Object -0 Eye opener 10 May 18, 10:41  interesting
Why comment without reading ? The website clearly lays out she will be advising a wide range of entities and corporations.

Also what makes u thinks law firms don’t have problems
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