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Premila Thanks Three Men Who Helped Shape Her Career

Premila Kumar, the chief executive of Consumer Council of Fiji, has always been seen as a strong consumer advocate. But in terms of her motivation and drive and where this
09 Mar 2015 10:21
Premila Thanks Three Men Who Helped Shape Her Career

Premila Kumar, the chief executive of Consumer Council of Fiji, has always been seen as a strong consumer advocate. But in terms of her motivation and drive and where this comes from, has seldom been discussed or talked about.

Ms Kumar, who was named the Executive Business Woman of the Year at the Women in Business Awards on Saturday night, used the opportunity to thank these driving forces in her.

We have heard the saying behind every successful man is a woman, but for Ms Kumar, her success has been a result of three male figures in her life.

“I would like to thank three men who have been a part of my life and if I am here today, it is because of their assistance, recognition and hard work that pushed me to where I am,” he said.

The first person on her list was her father.

“He was the one who had to put up a fight with my grandfather so that my father could send me to secondary school,” she said.

The second person,  she thanked was her father-in-law.

“He was not just my father-in-law but was my friend. He could see the way I was juggling with my career, kids as well as the household chores,” she said.

“He was wonderful and he helped me with the work that I couldn’t do otherwise.

“And finally my soulmate and husband Jai who has been very supportive and all the while has been pushing me to do things which I always hesitated to do.

“Even when it came to my studies when I had to leave my two kids in Fiji to go to Netherlands to do my Masters Degree.”

Ms Kumar has had a distinguished career as trade and investment facilitator, environmentalist, teacher educator and a secondary school teacher.

 

 



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