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Rekha Bhatt

Executive Editor & Head-Strategies (USA)

Born and raised in Lucknow, India as Rekha Bhatt nee Pal is third of total a six siblings. Despite early economic challenges, nothing could stop her from achieving what she put her mind to. Having to study with no electricity, she appeared in UP Board Merit list and went on to complete her Masters in Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering at GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, which at the time was run by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India at only 10 universities with total 100 accepted students. It is at GB Pant University where she met her husband Suresh Bhatt a Veterinary Medicine student. The couple moved to New Jersey, USA in 2000 where Rekha had accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurosciences at University of Medicine and Dentistry after finishing her Ph.D. in Biochemistry.

During her research career, Rekha authored several papers and book chapters in epilepsy research. In year 2008, when she couldn’t continue her research due to severe allergies to animals, she decided to go back to school to start a new career. She decided to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for her MBA and considers it most difficult decision of her life. She had to leave her 5 year old daughter in care of her husband in NJ while she attended college in Pittsburgh. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, Rekha has worked as finance professional in different capacity from sales to manufacturing.

Her life has immensely been influenced by her father who despite all odds, worked hard every day to achieve his dream for all his daughters to have a postgraduate degree. Like her father, Rekha places a huge emphasis on education in her life and despite having double master’s and Ph.D. degree thinks, she laughs that she won’t be surprised if she is back to college again sometime in life.

She considers two main guiding principles in her life to achieve success- One, she firmly believes if you follow the norm, you are not making changes or contributing to a dialogue to move from status quo. Second is that keeping a positive attitude is key to achieve success that includes taking the best even from people you have ideological differences with. What is her dream? She imagines a world for her daughter and all other women in the future where “Me Too" movement will be taught in history.