Ms Monica Malhotra Kandhari

Mrs. Monica Malhotra Kandhari, a second-generation entrepreneur, is the Managing Director of MBD Group. She started working at the young age of 16 and today she is recognized as one of the important pillars of Indian Publishing Industry for her efforts on promoting education across the country.

She learned her ropes at the shop floor and has authored award-winning books like ‘Children’s Picture Dictionary’ and ‘Begin with A’, a unique English alphabet book amongst others. Ms Malhotra has inherited her father’s business acumen in the publishing industry and is taking MBD publishing to greater heights of success and achievements. Under her aegis MBD group has ventured globally with the launch of its first publishing office in South Africa (Cape Town). MBD is the only Indian origin publisher to be included in the National Catalogue of South Africa. She has also worked towards creating synergies with leading international brands like Microsoft & Intel etc.

She has been instrumental in promoting education literacy across the country, under her leadership MBD has year on year-donated books and notebooks to the underprivileged students, and conducted more than 1000000 sessions for teachers of both Government and private schools pan India as well as Srilanka and South Africa. She has been instrumental in promoting girl education and has interacted with parents both at block level and district level (Punjab, HR, HP, RJ, Odisha) and encouraged them to send their kids (girl child) to schools as well as to skill training centres. Under the able leadership of Ms Monica Malhotra, MBD Group has published many award-winning books.

Ms Malhotra has led MBD’s foray into e-learning, m-learning, Teacher Training, Design & Construction, Paper Manufacturing, Skill Development and today the group works on skilling people in various states of the country and helps them acquire jobs and earn their livelihood. MBD Group aims to train around 1 million people by the year 2020 thus aspiring to contribute to the mission of Skill India.

Ms Malhotra is also closely involved with the hospitality and real estate ventures of MBD Group. The versatility of her innovations is further reflected in interiors and construction design of MBD Neopolis Ludhiana, MBD Neopolis Jalandhar (a mixed use development entailing a mall, multiplex and a 5 star deluxe hotel) and The Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida and The Radisson Blu Hotel MBD Ludhiana (the hospitality ventures of MBD Group). Ms Malhotra is presently working on the design and construction of an upcoming project of the Group, MBD Steigenberger, in Bangalore (the project entails luxury hotel and luxury residences).

Ms Monica Malhotra Kandhari was felicitated with Industry Leadership Award 2016 from Elets @ 7th World Education Summit.

Mrs. Monica Malhotra was conferred the Outstanding Business Woman Award for the year 2015—by PHD Chamber.

For her exceptional work she has been honoured with the Global Punjabi Society award in the field of publishing in 2013 and the Naari Shakti Sammaan by the Adhaar Foundation in 2011.

She was also honoured with LBF visionary award in 2009 for her contributions in the field of hospitality.

Ms Malhotra was conferred the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award in March 2007,

The IMM Top Women Entrepreneur Award by the Institute of Marketing Management, the Shiromani Award by the Noida Mahila Udyami Sansthan and The LMA Trident award for Young Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 by Ludhiana Management Association.

A degree holder in B.Com (H) from Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi, her interests expand beyond the business arena. Inspired by her mother to learn Kathak, Ms. Malhotra has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Kathak (Classical Dance) from Kathak Kendra, New Delhi.

Mr N Ram