Rhea is the founder and CEO of Ecoware, India’s first and largest sustainable packaging company. Due to her pioneering work in transforming the environmental impact of India’s packaging industry, Rhea has been appointed A World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’, and recently been commended with The Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honour for women in India.
Rhea was previously a member of Pfizer’s Oncology team in the UK, where she worked for several years in a commercial role with much success. After moving back to India, Rhea founded Ecoware with the objective of improving India’s plastic menace; Ecoware disrupted the food packing industry by introducing a fully compostable alternative to plastic and styrofoam.
In establishing Ecoware, Rhea had to overcome the stigma associated with being a female business owner and a non-native speaker. Despite these hurdles, Rhea convinced generational traders across India to modernise their packaging and confront the environmental impact of their work. One of Rhea’s greatest successes was convincing the Indian Railways – the largest food service operator in India – to switch to Ecoware packaging, revolutionising their effect upon the planet whilst growing profit margins substantially in the process.
Rhea has been featured in various publications, including Forbes, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, India Today and CNBC. Rhea is a recognised leader in a number of fields, not limited to the circular economy, sustainability and climate change. As a mother to two young children, Rhea cares deeply about the harmful impact that pollution can have on the most vulnerable and this motivates her in continuing to work with industry to do better for the planet.
Accolades & commendations.
Young Global Leader
Appointed a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum in 2018 and currently holding the regional chair for India.
Nari Shakti Puraskar
Received the highest civilian honor for women by the President of India in Feb 2019 for her efforts to eradicate single-use plastic.
Asia 21 Young Leader
Selected as a Young Leader of the Asia Society in 2019, an honor given to dynamic individuals under 40 who influence global affairs.
Rhea was awarded the ‘Alumni Award for Sustainability ‘ from the University of Bristol in 2021.
In 2019, Unreasonable Group + Barclays recognised Rhea as an Unreasonable Fellow and Mentor.
Rhea received the Impact Hero award from ‘The Earth Company’ in 2020.
Founder & CEO
Rhea founded Ecoware in 2010 when there was less awareness of the harmful effects of plastic. Since then, Rhea has challenged other industry leaders to curb the proliferation of plastic production and usage, addressing the harmful effects that this has had on human and animal health.
A global thought leader on climate change and inclusive growth, Rhea has spoken at many forums across the globe, as well as having acted as a mentor, assessor, and role model at leading universities.
Rhea is a highly respected industry leader with a track record of delivering impressive results whilst also safeguarding the planet. Rhea can support businesses to grow in sustainable ways, inspiring people to think differently and make better decisions.