Name: ElsaMarie D’Silva
Home city/ country: Mumbai, India
Current Occupation: Founder & CEO
Time I wake up: 7 am
First thing I do in the morning: Say a prayer to guide me in my work and help me make the best decisions
My typical breakfast: Fruits and green tea
Here's what my morning commute is like: I work from home so luckily there is no commute.
I spend most of my day doing: Work on Safecity which includes answering emails and calls, writing grant proposals or applications, motivating my team, planning the next steps and preparing for my meetings. I also write articles, speak at events and host a chat show in Twitter's #BlueRoom.
After work I like to: Walk in the park, do yoga, read, chat with my nieces.
A fun night for me includes: Spending time with my close friends or watching a movie or a play.
Time I go to sleep: Midnight
Last thing I do at night: Say a prayer and think back through my day to see if I could have done something better.
My favorite thing to do for fun: Sugarcraft and baking cakes for my family and friends
My biggest fear right now: Is not being able to do all that I would like to do, due to lack of time. I have to remind myself that there is only so much I can do and that I am making a dent in the issue of sexual violence.
My biggest hope right now: Youth. They are our future and the ones I work with are wonderful, passionate, very committed. They give me hope that the world is going to be a better place because of them.
Someday I'd like to: Visit Antartica.
The biggest challenge I have overcome so far: My own fear of being an entrepreneur and reinventing myself. After spending close to 20 years in aviation, it was a huge risk switching industries and starting an organisation in a field I knew nothing of. I overcame the fear of being an entrepreneur and learned to trust myself.
The biggest challenge I hope to overcome: Helping women believe in themselves and finding their potential. So many women sell themselves short, limit their choices and give up too easily. I hope through my actions, I can be an inspiration and a role model.
Being a woman is wonderful because: It gives me the opportunity to express myself without appearing weak. I also believe that right now women have a lot of opportunities to explore their potential.
Being a woman is a challenge because: One has to work doubly hard to prove yourself but I look at it as a good thing because it makes you better at your work.
What's one thing people don't understand about your culture that you'd like to clarify to the international community? People don't realise India is a sub-continent where there is tons of diversity - language, food, religion, culture, landscape, etc. Many still believe we are a land of Maharajas and snake charmers or extremely poor. I advise people to visit India with an open mind, without any expectations.
What's your favorite meal or recipe that is a specialty of your culture? Chaat. It is street food and comfort food. I miss it when I am travelling abroad and can't resist it when I am at home.
If you could ask the Mogul community anything, what would it be? Believe in yourself as you have several opportunities available to you. Don't hesitate to ask for help as there are many out there who are willing to help or put you in touch with people who can help.
I am a Mogul because: I love supporting women and being part of a network that encourages women to find their potential.
ElsaMarie D’Silva is the Founder & Managing Director of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) which is a platform that crowdsources personal experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public spaces. Since Safecity started in Dec 2012, it has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India, Kenya, [...]