"Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, and vision with action can change the world."

ElsaMarie D’Silva is currently the Founder & CEO of Red Dot Foundation, (Safecity) which is a platform that documents sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces. She is responsible for the day to day running of the organisation, its campaigns with various partner organisations, management of volunteer teams across the country and forging new partnerships. Under her guidance and leadership, Safecity has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India, Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria and Nepal.

She represented Safecity at the Fast FWD accelerator programme that was an initiative of the City of Philadelphia, USA as part of the Bloomberg’s Mayors Challenge in February 2014. She is a 2017 Stanford Draper Hills Summer School Fellow, 2017 Chevening Gurukul Fellow, 2016 Rotary Peace Fellow, 2015 Aspen New Voices Fellow, 2014 Vital Voices Lead Fellow and an alumna of the Swedish Institute (2012) and the US Department of State's Fortune Program (2016) and a participant of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016. 


Awards and recognition:

  • The Light of Freedom Award at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards in the presence of Hillary Clinton on 8 March 2017
  • One of  “50 Most Impactful Social Innovators (Global Listing)” by The World CSR Day in Feb 2017
  • We Are The City - Rising Star of India Award - Oct 2017
  • Most Powerful Women in Business - Impact Women by Business Today from the India Today Group - Oct 2017
  • Google #SMBHeroes Award in the Digital Impact category June 2017
  • Woman of Substance by Rotary District West India in January 2017
  • SheThePeople have listed her Top 30 Champions of Feminism on Social Media in India
  • 2017 Global Peace Index Ambassador by Rotary and Institute for Economics and Peace
  • Gold Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year - Government or Non-Profit -10 or Less Employees 2016
  • Government of India, Niti Aayog's Women Transforming India award 2016
  • Leader of the Month on World Pulse in Aug 2016
  • Mentor with the School Leaders Network
  • Responsible Leader with the BMW Foundation
  • Advisor to Women's Safety XPrize
  • Advisor to PCDNetwork's Career Advisory Board
  • Winner of the StealthEnomics $25,000 Entrepreneurship Award 2016
  • The Pride of India - Community Hero award by WCRC 2016
  • BBC Hindi's Top 100 Women in 2015
  • Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Dusan Stojanovic (European Angel Investor 2013) July 2015 
  • The Digital Women Award in Social Impact by SheThePeople.tv in November 2015


She is part of the Policy Strategy Group on World We Want 2030 People’s Voices and Action Platform for advancing Agenda2030 - SDGs - comprised of UN entities, CSOs, private foundations, bi-lateral, academia, media and youth led-organizations. She is also a member of the United Nations Inter Agency Network on Youth Development.


She has penned several articles that have appeared in CNN, Huffington Post and the WIP and her work has been featured by the BBC, Guardian, Swedish TV and many more. She has spoken about her work at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2015, TEDx MidAtlantic September 2015 and City Lab London October 2015. Her wiki page can be accessed here.


She is an Open Space Technology Facilitator, a trained counsellor in both the Robert Carkhuff method of counselling and the Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) method. She has so far conducted workshops on sexual harassment awareness for over 5000 people ranging from 6 - 60 years of age in Mumbai, Delhi, Rajasthan and the US.


Prior to Safecity, she was in the aviation industry for 20 years where she worked with Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines. Her last portfolio was Vice President Network Planning & Charters where she oversaw the planning and implementation of 500 daily flights. She also represented Kingfisher Airlines at the Ministry of Civil Aviation with regards to bilaterals and other planning related matters. She was also the Presiding Officer of the Internal Complaints Committee at Kingfisher Airlines.


She decided to make a career switch in 2013 as she wanted to focus on empowering women and youth using technology.


You can contact her at elsamarie@elsamariedsilva.com for Speaking Opportunities and workshops on Sexual Harassment at the Workplace and Holistic Life Mapping. She also does personalised life coaching and counselling.


Testimonials - 

Sellah King'oro who attended her training session on using Twitter for Social Good.















- NELSON MANDELA


​ElsaMarie D'Silva

Social Entrepreneur