Leader behind award-winning initiatives and game-changing solutions!
Success is a subjective concept that means different things to different people. Some see it as a destination, a fixed point they have to get to through sheer determination and hard work. Others view it as a journey, a continuous process of growth, learning, and self-discovery. Whatever our perspective, it’s undeniable that success requires focus, resilience, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.
Madhusmita Nayak is a firm believer in this philosophy. For her, success is not just about achieving a set of predefined goals but about constantly challenging herself, pushing her limits, and taking calculated risks. As a young corporate professional and visionary, she embodies the spirit of creativity, innovation, and determination that defines our generation.
Today, as a Strategy and Corporate Performance Manager, she has successfully completed complex strategic projects such as creating a corporate strategy from scratch for both government and private entities, leading business process re-engineering efforts, and spearheading business excellence initiatives that have earned numerous local and international awards. Additionally, she volunteers as a senior assessor and team leader for well-respected awards in the UAE, including DQA, SKEA, MRM, UAE Innovation Award-DQG, ASQ Innovation, and Taqdeer Award.
As we delve into Madhusmita’s journey to success, exploring the highs and lows, the triumphs and setbacks, and the lessons she’s learned along the way. From her humble beginnings to her meteoric rise as a trailblazing leader in her field, we uncover the secrets of her success and the mindset that drives her to greatness.
Join us as we discover the power of determination, the importance of resilience, and the true meaning of success with Madhusmita – a true inspiration for us all!
Please brief us about yourself and tell us your source of inspiration for venturing into this niche.
I am Madhusmita Nayak, presently holding the position of Strategy and Corporate Performance manager in a renowned Integrated Facility Management firm. My professional journey commenced in UAE back in 2008 as a Business Development executive in a financial institution. I was able to climb up the corporate ladder within six years, starting from an executive position to Manager -Enterprise Performance in the same organization. Subsequently, I shifted my focus from the finance sector to the Regulatory Governmental sector, where I served as a Senior Strategy Professional before entering the Facility Management industry.
My forte in career advancement lies in my ability to work across various sectors and assimilate the best practices from each. I draw inspiration from the community of professionals that I am a part of, particularly the women professionals, as well as from my superiors, colleagues, and family, who have consistently provided me with encouragement, empowerment, and support throughout my career development. The drive to explore new avenues and take calculated risks fuels my enthusiasm and purpose, keeping me motivated every day.
Kindly elaborate upon your journey as the guiding light of your organization and how you have positioned it as a reliable name in the corporate world.
For the last 15 years, I have been employed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), working in various sectors, including private, government, and semigovernment organizations in Dubai. Throughout my career, I have gained valuable experience in the areas of strategy, business excellence, and business development.
What are your thoughts on the need for representation of women in the corporate world, and how important is it for the growth of women today?
The current scenario is vastly distinct from what it was a few years ago. It’s an undeniable fact that women’s progress is inevitable regardless of the industry or profession they are part of. Women’s innate empathy and logical reasoning skills make them an indispensable part of business and boardroom decision-making processes. In the contemporary corporate world, it’s crucial to have women represented at every level of management, from entry-level positions to the boardroom.
Having a broad experience in the business field, what is your opinion on the integration of technological advancements in business, especially when it comes to catering to the dynamic needs of the corporate sector?
In order to remain competitive in the business world, technology and innovation must be a core component of every individual, department, and organization. It is not solely the responsibility of the technology and transformation department to focus on these areas, but rather, it should be viewed as an enabler for all employees to facilitate success in the industry. Ultimately, the ability to embrace and leverage technology and innovation is the key differentiating factor for sustained success in business.
What advice would you give to aspiring women leaders who are looking to make a difference in their industries?
“Success is achieved through a mindset that embraces competition and takes risks.”
Please give us a few testimonials from your clients and awards or recognition that accurately highlight your achievements in the corporate niche.
- Working in UAE for the past 15 years with experience in Private, Government, and Semi-Government of Dubai in the field of Strategy, Business Excellence, and Business Development.
- Global Youth Icon in
- Awarded in Being She leader in the Corporate Business Excellence category in 2022.
- Awarded Inspiring Woman Business Leader Award 2021 during the Women Leadership Summit 2021 on 12th June 2021 in Dubai under the patronage of the private office of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Faisal Al Qassimi. Ms. Salwa Abdul Aziz Zein was the chief guest. The Women Leadership Summit Awards 2021 were launched to appreciate commendable work done by women leaders in various fields.
- Received Distinguished Leadership Award at International Education Summit and Awards 2020 on December 20, 2020, for distinguished contribution in the field of Education.
- the field of Education. Ÿ Nominated as Director General, UAE for Global Council for the promotion of International Trade.
- Ambassador for the Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club for alleviating poverty and supporting SMEs in Commonwealth Countries.
- Voted as LinkedIn’s most powerful profile of the year 2020
- Represent the Government of Dubai and AbuDhabi in conducting Business Excellence and Innovation, Labor Rights assessments for more than 50 companies from diversified sectors and industry-wide, including government, semi-government, and private firms in UAE and internationally.
- International Speaker in various forums promoting Business Setup, Quality, Business Excellence, Women empowerment, Next Generation Development, and Children’s Holistic Development.
- An avid writer, a gifted speaker, storyteller, and contributes regularly to social media.
- Living in UAE, Madhusmita is surrounded by people of different cultures, races, and traditions, which inspired her to deliver her experiences through writing. She is an inspiring person that supports women across the world and continues to strive to empower their unique roles in each step of the way. She mentors Blind children in India and university students in Africa.
- Associated with developing sustainable partners across UAE like Dubai Chamber, Engage Dubai, Emirates Environmental Group, Dubai Quality Group, Dubai Economic Department, etc.
- Volunteers in more than 10 NGOs and community development organizations.