Natasha Jha Bhaskar has been awarded the 2022 UN Women Australia MBA scholarship which funds the study of the University of Sydney Business School’s part-time MBA.
As the General Manager of Newland Global Group (NGG), a leading corporate advisory firm specialising in the Australia-India trade investment space, Natasha’s work is focussed on trade opportunities, investment flows, market trends and direct dealings with Indian businesses and government.
Natasha is driven by the ambition to build connections, insights and capabilities, that deepen bilateral economic ties and execute the Australian Government’s vision of the India Economic Strategy to 2035 and Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement.
Early life lessons and inspiration for Natasha came from her mother who was married at 16, went on to complete her education post-marriage and is today an educator in India.
“While growing up I was surrounded by female role models who helped me wire my thought process – into learning, dreaming, and believing in myself, to make myself aware that my choice of education or career would not be decided by my gender, but simply by my level of ambition, skillset, and conviction,” said Natasha.
Natasha holds an undergraduate degree in History from LSR, Delhi University, a Master of Public Policy from UBD, Brunei Darussalam and PG (Dip) in Mass Communication from MCRC, JMI University in New Delhi. Before moving to Sydney, Natasha worked as a Senior Analyst for the Parliament of India working across policy analysis, advocacy, and communication. Natasha’s current role at Newland Global Group focusses on specific project areas within the Australia-India trade space including mining, health and manufacturing.
Having recently transitioned into business consulting, Natasha sees the part-time MBA as an opportunity to refine her business analytical and problem-solving skills, which are essential as the world continues to navigate through the pandemic.
“The current COVID-19 crisis has further exposed the need for organisations to encourage a diverse mix of views and knowledge to thrive,” said Natasha.
“I hope to utilise my MBA to create more ‘Diversity Champions’ that bring new perspectives and influence culture and behaviours that create equal opportunities and overcome barriers to gender equality.” – Natasha Jha Bhaskar
“The scholarship brings a deep sense of responsibility and will be instrumental in shaping my leadership path and choices going forward, to be a change agent creating scalable impact and assisting others in finding their voice and agency.”
The UN Women Australia MBA scholarship aims to promote gender equality at the most senior levels of the nation’s public, corporate and not-for-profit sectors and is worth more than $60,000.