I Am Gurgaon
Latika Thukral, a former SVP with Citibank, left her banking career to establish iamgurgaon as one of the Co-Founders in 2008. She moved to Gurgaon in 1996 and witnessed the transformation from a small sleeping town to the advent of haphazard growth. The iamgurgaon team acknowledged this phenomenon and decided to embark on this citizen movement of making a difference to the city through collaboration. As part of the shared vision and persistent implementation to make Gurgaon a better place to live in, the iamgurgaon team along with various stakeholders were able to create a 380 acres city forest (Aravali Bio Diversity Park) carved out of a mining and stone crushing site. in 2018, a 5.2 km green urban mobility corridor called Eco Restoration of a Bundh was also completed. The team continues to work towards their goal of Million Trees Gurgaon (one of the flagship campaigns) by planting local native species in the city. As a result of her work with iamgurgaon, Latika was conferred with the inaugural Nari Shakti Award by President of India in 2015. She has also been awarded appreciation award by Government of Haryana in 2010, the L’Oréal Femina Women of Substance in 2014 and Most Powerful Women in Social Sector by Business Today in 2018. Prior to this, Latika worked with Citibank as a Senior Vice President, her tenure with them lasted for 18 years, where she served in leadership positions with various lines of business – Consumer banking, Credit Cards, Loans, Credit, Collections and Marketing. She started her professional career as a management trainee from ITC hotels with a short stint with them for 2 years. Latika is a graduate in Commerce from Hindu College, Delhi University and has completed the Marketing Management programme from ITC (affiliated to IHC, Paris). She now lives in Gurgaon with her husband and two sons.