Attreyee Roy Chowdhury
Attreyee Roy Chowdhury is currently Senior Vice President HBL Mumbai Hub & HBL ART at Henningson Black Level (HBL), a Luxury & Excellence company. President/CEO/Owner Hendrick Henningson’s story began over a decade earlier with his passion for assisting his clients in the luxury market. Today, HBL continues to grow different concepts and services within its expansive areas of expertise.
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Attreyee Roy Chowdhury obtained a BA in French from the University of Bombay (India) – 1991-1994) and a BA Cantab (Tripos) degree as an affiliated student in Modern & Medieval Languages (French Literature & Language) from Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge (1995-1997). She pursued a Master’s degree (MSC) in Gender Studies at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE; 1999-2000) and received an Honorary Master’s degree (MA Cantab) from the University of Cambridge in 2001. In addition, she was also appointed as a Visiting Scholar by the College Council and the Governing Body of Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge in 2021 in order to undertake independent research on ‘The Representation of Women in the Singaporean Press: Reading Women’s Magazines.’
As far as her professional trajectory is concerned, Attreyee was employed as Senior Vice President (Communications) at Osianama Learning Experience in Mumbai till 2020.
Previously, she worked as the Marketing Director at the luxury magazine Hands on Time. Prior to that, she was employed as Vice President (Marketing) at the Litolier Group in Mumbai which is an Indian luxury brand specialising in ornate lighting and Italian marble.
Among her other professional assignments, she was employed as Joint Director at the World Trade Centre (WTC), Mumbai and was also the Managing Editor of the bi-monthly journal of WTC Mumbai known as World Trade Research and Information Report (WTRIR).
From 2002 till 2007, she worked as the Publications In-charge at Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), Embassy of France in New Delhi (India). Created in 1990, the CSH is part of the network of research centres of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As the Publications In-Charge, she was responsible for the editing and publication of approximately 60 academic and educational books and research papers and journals in the field of humanities and social sciences.
Her professional experience also comprises of an Internship on ‘Women and Culture of Peace’ (Department of Social and Human Sciences) at UNESCO Paris (2000-2001) and two previous stints in Singapore, first as a Public Relations Executive (1998-1999) at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), and again, as a Programme Executive (Focus: Gender Issues Concerning Older Women) at the Tsao Foundation (2001).
Furthermore, she was hired as Cultural Affairs Assistant at British Council, British Deputy High Commission in Mumbai.
Given the above, she has also worked as a Freelance Journalist and has also contributed articles to various newspapers, magazines and websites in India, such as Indian Express, The Independent, Sunday Observer, Blitz, Society, Life Positive, Upbeat and Boloji.com.
In this interview she shares her valuable perspective and elaborates on the opportunities in her life, her diverse career as well as on her focus on women’s empowerment and gender issues.
“I didn’t really plan my career per se. However, I was determined to be a fully-fledged career woman and had decided at a young age that I will always work. As John Lennon famously remarked: ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’. In hindsight, I would like to reiterate that I received various professional opportunities at different stages of my life and I simply accepted these challenges and explored my potential to the fullest.”
She reiterates: “Likewise, my love affair with Paris and all things French has gone through many stages. When I was nine years old, my father (a retired banker) was transferred to his bank’s office in Paris and hence the entire family relocated. For me, our three-year stint in Paris was an absolute game changer which completely transformed my life. Indeed I fell in love with France and developed a lifelong love for French culture and literature. This magnificent obsession was manifested when I decided to pursue my first BA degree in French Literature at the University of Bombay. Thereafter, I continued my studies with a second BA degree in Modern & Medieval Languages (French Literature and Language) as an affiliated student at Lucy Cavendish College in the University of Cambridge.”
“I chose Lucy since I was very inspired by the ethos and mission of the College as well its pivotal role in terms of encouraging and promoting the education of mature women, by providing them with support in a myriad of ways to facilitate the completion of their degree and thereby leading to their empowerment. In addition, I was appointed as a Chevening Scholar by Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. The receipt of full funding enabled me to devote myself to my studies wholeheartedly and I found the entire environment in the College and the University in general extremely empathetic and nurturing. I also had the wonderful opportunity to meet, engage and interact with extremely dynamic, kind, generous and inclusive fellow students, and faculty members from different parts of the UK and globally. As a result, my definition of success is as follows: To be able to assist and help others move forward in life, facilitate their growth and progression, thereby enabling them to have a meaningful life in which their contribution will be much appreciated and valued.”
Furthermore, my stint at Cambridge initiated and thereafter cemented my deep and profound interest in issues related to women’s empowerment and gender studies. This catalytic experience galvanised and encouraged me to pursue a MSc degree in Gender Studies at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) after my professional stint in Singapore