Mallika, a thought leader, strategist, and a well-known philanthropist with an abiding interest in ensuring development of agriculture, education, and healthcare in India, is recognized for entrepreneurship, commitment to excellence and contribution to Indian agriculture machinery business and academia.
She is presently the Chairman and Managing Director of Tractors and Farms Equipment Ltd (TAFE) and serves on the Boards of AGCO Corporation – USA and TATA Steel Limited. She is additionally the Chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), Department of Personnel & Training under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension, Government of India. She is also on the Global Board of U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), a core member of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance (BRICS WBA).
Mallika is a member of India-US CEO Forum, member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business (ISB) – Hyderabad, member of the Governing Board of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Madras, and a member of the Governing Body of Stella Maris College – Chennai.
Her awards include the prestigious Global Corporate Leadership Award 2021 by the U.S.- India Business Council (USIBC), the Business Woman of The Year Award at the ETPrime Women Leadership Awards 2020, the Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Award at The Economic Times Family Business Awards 2018, the Devi Award 2016 by The Sunday Standard for ‘Putting Farmers First’, the Business Thought Leader of the Year 2012 at the NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards, the esteemed ABLF – Woman of Power Award 2011 by the Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF), and was voted the Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young in 2011.
Mallika’s recognitions include being featured in the Fortune India list of Most Powerful Women in Business 2018 and 2019, was featured among “BBC 100 Women 2016”, the Femina magazine rated her among India’s Most Powerful Women in 2014, the India Today Woman magazine featured her in the Power List 2013 – At the Top List.
Her accolades include the Honorary Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) in September 2017, in recognition of her contribution to global agriculture, machinery business and academia, and the Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Hindustan University of Technology & Science, in October 2012.
In March 2015, she was conferred the prestigious Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace by the Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, India. In 2014, the Fortune India magazine ranked her sixth among the Most Powerful Women in Business. In the same year, the Business Today magazine featured her in the Hall of Fame of the Most Powerful Women in Indian Business, after featuring her in the list of the Most Powerful Women for 25 consecutive years. She was also named the Woman Leader of the Year by Forbes India and recognized by Forbes Asia in 2011, as one of the Top 50 Asian Power Businesswomen.
The Government of India also conferred her with the prestigious Padma Shri award for her contribution to Trade and Industry in January 2014.
She had an exemplary career over the last 35 years in establishing Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE) a key player in the agriculture value chain through its mass manufacture of tractors and farm machinery.
She brings invaluable lessons from her work in India and her deep understanding of the sector.