CEO, Get Through Guides and Training and UKIBC Board Director

Vandana Saxena Poria OBE

Vandana Saxena Poria OBE is the award-winning founder of Get Through Guides – which develops content and training programmes for students, colleges and corporates in Africa, Asia and Europe, with the view to bridge the gap between students and corporates to make them professionally skilled for jobs and business.

Born and brought up in the UK Vandana is of Indian heritage. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then spent ten years living and working in a multitude of countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Initially she was with Ernst & Young before setting up the international division of Europe’s largest listed professional education company, BPP Professional Education, where she was CEO for seven years. Vandana then chose to move to India and in 2006 she set up Get Through Guides (GTG).

Vandana chairs the British Business Group in Pune which was set up with the support from British High Commission She also works closely with the British Government to foster international trade for the UK and has given numerous presentations. She has held several positions with the British Chambers of Commerce in several countries. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced on 14th June 2008, Vandana was honoured with an OBE (Equivalent to Padmashree) for services to trade and Investment in India – one of the youngest Asian females to be given the honour.

Vandana is a Non–Executive Director on the Indian Board of UK India Business Council and assists on formulating UK Strategy in India. She is also the contact member for the ICAEW in Western India and has attended two Common Purpose programmes: Dishaa and CSCLeaders.

Vandana fundamentally believes that with the right methods, India can turn a nation of entrepreneurs into a nation of Infosys’s and Tata’s. She is passionate about connecting like-minded people together, then working with them to catalyse growth and lives through her behavioural equation (Time * Quality of Interaction is proportional to Transformation Caused). This is a concept she spoke on in her TEDx talk in March 2014. She is equally passionate that women have a fundamentally different way of doing business which needs to be heard – something that could be extremely crucial in the development of India.

She has brought these thoughts, along with a tinge of Vedanta, together and explored them through her series of Science Fiction novels, The Ojas Chronicles. In her spare time, she plays the saxophone (badly), is a brown belt at Taekwondo and a keen Capoeira player. She also has two amazing children, Jai and Zara.