S.C. Sharada is a Company Secretary and law graduate with 25 years of professional corporate experience. Prior to setting up her own firm (Lex Valorem India) in 2006, she was the Company Secretary and Legal Counsel of Buhler India Pvt. Ltd., a swiss MNC in Bangalore, handling Legal, Company Secretarial, Indirect Taxes and Banking matters. Currently she is offering company secretarial and legal consulting services to start-ups, joint ventures, wholly owned subsidiaries and not-for-profit companies in their various growth phases, across industry sectors. She believes in enabling and empowering her young team and takes pride in having groomed several Company Secretaries as ethical professionals.
Sharada was on the advisory Board of a technology company in the agri-business space for about 5 years and is currently on the advisory board of an e-commerce company. She is associated with incubators such as NSRCEL @ IIM, Bangalore and Social Alpha, a Tata Trust entity advising them as well as their incubatees on regulatory compliances and governance matters.
Sharada is an alumni of IIM, Bangalore, having completed the Fast Track General Management Programme in 2004. In 2011, she was the first woman President of the IIMB Orators Club, a renowned Toastmasters club in Bangalore. She is certified as an Advanced Communicator and Advanced Leader by the Toastmasters International, USA. In 2013, she successfully completed the ‘Women on Corporate Boards’ mentoring programme of FICCI.
Sharada was the first woman Chairman of the Bangalore chapter of Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) in 2014. She has been a Member of the Auditing Standards Board (ASB) of the ICSI during 2019 and has been nominated to the Secretarial Standards Board (SSB) of ICSI for the year 2020. She is also a Member of the PCS Committee of the SIRC of ICSI for the year 2020. In the past, she has served as Member of the State Taxes Committee of Bangalore Chamber of Industries & Commerce (BCIC), Corporate Affairs Committee of FKCCI and Jury Member for Manthan, a Business Plan Contest of FKCCI. She has addressed students, professionals and entrepreneurs on Companies Act, corporate governance and startup issues at ICSI, NSRCEL, Deshpande Foundation, Hubli, Social Alpha & TiECON, Mysuru. She loves writing and has been publishing a e-newsletter called ‘Samhita’ for the last 10 years which is a potpourri of regulatory updates, compliance reminders and her take on different aspects of life as it pans out. It is well received both by professionals as well as the public at large.
Having successfully battled cancer, Sharada has many life-lessons to offer and is grateful to the ‘People Power’ that she enjoys.