This is an exciting and pivotal time in the HR profession. Now, more than ever, HR teams are required to assume a greater leadership role, contributing to the strategic direction of their organization.
Business leaders and the workforce will rely on HR to drive scalable strategies, empower inclusive workplace cultures and enrich organizational success. That’s why the SHRM India Annual Conference 2021 is more important than ever. Are you ready?
This December 2-3, 2021, is a crucial time to join your fellow HR colleagues to refresh and ready ourselves as we move into 2022. It’s a time to learn through premier HR education. A time to foster relationships and form new partnerships. A time to advance your career and distinguish yourself as an expert in the profession.
A fresh perspective through unique and engaging sessions & formats
• Key Notes
• Skill Studios
• How-to Guides
• All you need to know about Toolkits
• Tech Talks
• Your Voice: Hot Topics
• Leaders Speak
• Total Rewards & Wellbeing
• Technology and Innovation
• People & Talent
• Workplace Policy
• Leadership & Personal Growth
• Strategic HR
President & CEO, SHRM
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management.
With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day.
As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors a weekly column, “Ask HR,” in USA Today.
Mr. Taylor’s career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
He is a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and was appointed by President Donald Trump as Chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He serves on the boards of the University of Miami, Jobs for America’s Graduates and the American Red Cross and as an adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.
India's Sherpa to G20 & G7 Member of Parliament Government of India, New Delhi
Shri Suresh Prabhu is known as a man of action, having a penchant for undertaking reforms, scripting turnarounds and achieving superlative results by working in mission mode. An advocate for decisive growth-driven change, he is well respected for his impeccable integrity, passion and commitment towards society at large.
He is currently India’s Sherpa to G20 & G7. A Member of Parliament for Government of India. A former Minister of Railways, A former Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation.
Featured among the top three Indian leaders of the future by Asia Week magazine, Hong Kong in its cover story “Giant on the Move,” he has been guided by the dream and mission to balance the needs of human development while preserving the fragile environment. Constantly featured in the list of top five ministers in India from 2014-2017 in terms of both performance and accessibility in nation-wide surveys.
Shri Suresh Prabhu is Official emissary of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in the G7 & G20 forums. He has been one of the key persons in shaping the official agenda of the Government of India on key issues for G7 & G20 Summit; in a short span he has engaged with global leaders/thinkers and has led delegations across the globe.
As the Minister for Commerce and Industry, he has highlighted areas – such as trade promotion, investment promotion, boosting domestic manufacturing and institutionalizing evidence informed policy making – where a focused approach will be adopted. From Introducing an Agriculture Export Policy, setting up Investment War Room, implementation plan for Make in India 2.0 and setting up a Data Analytics Unit are some of the steps being taken to address each of the areas.
He has served as the Minister for Railways. Under his leadership, Railways transformed from a slow-moving behemoth into a fast, responsive organization. A complaint resolution mechanism through social media, innovative project financing by leveraging extra budgetary resources, quantum jump in infrastructure creation and integrating sustainability into the core strategy of Railways are just some of his successes.
He is well known for his easy accessibility to the public, which not only acts as a deterrent to bureaucratic delays and corruption in the functioning of his Ministry, but also encourages new ideas and viewpoints. He is also a believer in people’s participation in the working of the Ministries under him, especially through the involvement of different stakeholders.
Some lesser known facts about him is that he has been an entrepreneur, banker par excellence.
He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and was the youngest chairman of one of the largest cooperative banks. His life has also been devoted to worthy social causes. He has related to over 150 social & cultural organizations.
Chairman, RP Sanjiv Goenka Group
Dr. Sanjiv Goenka, is the Chairman of the RP Sanjiv Goenka Group which has an asset base of over Rs.47,000 crores. The Group has 45,000 employees and over five hundred thousand shareholders with annual revenues of more than Rs 27,000 crores.
The Group’s businesses spanning across eight sectors – Power & Natural Resources, Carbon Black, Retail & Consumer, Media, Entertainment, Sports, IT & Education, include flagship companies such as CESC Limited, Phillips Carbon Black Ltd, Firstsource Solutions Ltd., Spencer’s Retail and Saregama India Ltd.
In April 2001, Dr. Sanjiv Goenka took over as the youngest-ever President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), and the International Management Institute, Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata. Sanjiv Goenka is a former President of All India Management Association (AIMA) and was the youngest President of the Indian Chamber of Commerce.
Awards / Recognitions
Mr. Goenka is ranked No. 18 in India Today’s list of 50 Most powerful people in India in 2019. Son of late Dr. Rama Prasad Goenka, Dr Sanjiv Goenka was born in Kolkata in 1961. He graduated from St. Xavier’s College in 1981. Married to Preeti, they have a daughter Avarna and a son Shashwat.
Marshall Goldsmith is the only two-time winner of the Thinkers 50 Award for #1 Leadership Thinker in the World. He has been ranked as the #1 Executive Coach in the World and a Top Ten Business Thinker for the past eight years. Dr. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 36 books, including three New York Times bestsellers, that have sold over 2.5 million copies and been listed bestseller in 12 countries. His books, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers have been recognized by Amazon.com as two of the Top 100 Leadership & Success Books Ever Written.
He is one of the industry leaders who pioneered a new global business model and transformed a division of General Electric (GE Capital International Services) into Genpact, a global professional services firm delivering digital transformation solutions for clients. Genpact has more than 90,000 employees and annual revenues of $3.52 billion USD as of December 31, 2019. Tiger was appointed as Genpact’s Chief Executive Officer in 2011 after serving as Chief Operating Officer.
In his current role, Tiger counsels and collaborates with C-suite executives of large global corporations, helping them drive change in their companies to improve their competitiveness. He frequently writes and speaks on such topics as digital disruption, global talent issues, continuous skill development, and the importance of building a strong corporate culture.
Tiger is especially passionate about diversity, and serves on the Board of Catalyst, a global non-profit organization working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs to help build workplaces that work for women. He also was one of the founding supporters of the U.S. chapter of the 30% Club, which is committed to gender balance on boards of directors and in senior management. He is an active member of the Fortune CEO Initiative, a forum for corporate leaders committed to addressing major social problems as part of their core business strategies.
Tiger began his career with the Unilever Group in India before moving to Citibank’s Consumer Financial Services businesses in sales, operations, and credit. He then joined GE Capital in 1994 as head of Risk in India and went on to become CEO for GE Capital’s Global Consumer Finance and Auto Financial Services business in India. Among his various roles at GE, he served as the Global Operating Leader for the GE Capital Commercial Lending businesses in the United States.
Tiger has a degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, where he majored in finance and marketing.
Tiger is based in New York.
Special Advisor to PM, Lesotho & Guinea-Bissau & Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils, Kargil & Leh, GoI
From the Indian Foreign Service class of 1973, Deepak Vohra was India’s senior-most Ambassador and has been described as one of the finest minds in the world
He has studied at the most prestigious Universities in India and overseas including St Columba’s School, St Stephen’s College, National Defence College and Sorbonne University, Paris
His academic record is outstanding: first in School, first in College, first among the men in the Indian Foreign Service, first in the training programme at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, first at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
He taught at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University from 1972-73
Among India’s most loved television figures he was short-listed by a woman’s magazine as one of the “most sensational personalities” in India. He has acted in commercial films
He has served in France, Vietnam, Tunisia, United States, Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin, Chad, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Spain and as Ambassador of India to Armenia, Georgia, Sudan, South Sudan, Poland and Lithuania
He was Officer on Special Duty to the Technology Adviser to the Prime Minister of India
Ambassador Vohra spent four years with Sulabh International, the world’s largest NGO dealing with sanitation and is the author of best-selling books
He has specialized in national renaissance issues emerging nations. In October 2005, Armenia awarded him a gold medal and named a school after him. Sudan gave him its highest civilian honour and in 2006, he was made Prince of an African tribe
He has vast international experience, having represented India at several conferences
Not many know that when Indian oil workers were kidnapped in Sudan in 2007, Ambassador Vohra offered himself in exchange for the hostages. In 2014, he went to a remote Ebola-affected area of Guinea to help the villagers and fell seriously ill with the dreaded ailment
National and international leaders who have interacted with him have uniformly commented on his transparent sincerity and integrity. Surprised at his candour, some advise him to hide from the storm: he replies calmly: “I am the storm”
He is an advisor and mentor to universities and companies in India and lectures regularly to national and international audiences (over 5 million have heard him so far) on Global Megatrends and Trust. His insights are much appreciated. He also speaks about Kashmir: The Journey Resumes
He has been an advisor to the Government of South Sudan from July 2011
In April 2013, Ambassador Deepak Vohra was appointed Special Advisor (Minister) to the Prime Minister, Republic of Guinea-Bissau
In April 2014, he was named Special Advisor by the Prime Minister, Kingdom of Lesotho
In 2015 and 2016, he was appointed Special Advisor to the Autonomous Hill Development Councils in the remote Ladakh region of India
Ambassador Vohra speaks French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bahasa Melayu, Hausa, Motu and Armenian fluently
Customer Experience & Service Culture Expert & New York Times Bestselling Author
Ron Kaufman is the world’s leading educator and motivator for uplifting customer service and building service cultures.
Rated one of the “Top 25 Who’s Hot” speakers by Speaker magazine, Ron presents powerful insights and global best practices gained from working with clients on every continent for thirty years. His energetic online and onstage speeches and workshops have inspired millions.
Ron is author of the New York Times bestseller, “Uplifting Service! The Proven Path to Delighting Your Customers, Colleagues and Everyone Else You Meet” and 14 other books on service, business and inspiration.
Ron’s experience and commitment to results have been distilled into proven models and methods for continuous service improvement. His unique approaches to learning and leadership have been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, GlobalGurus has rated Ron the #1 customer service guru in the world.
He is the founder of Uplifting Service, a global education and consulting company that enables leaders and organizations to build Uplifting Service cultures. In 2020, Global Gurus ranked Uplifting Service the #1 Customer Service Development Program in the world.
Ron moved to Asia in 1990 to help Singapore Airlines and the government of Singapore create and launch a national service quality training organization.
He is a graduate of Brown University, USA with studies in France, London and Berkeley, California. He is a founding member of Asia Professional Speakers Singapore and is in the Ultimate Frisbee Hall of Fame (really).
Ron resides in Singapore with his wife Jen. Together they serve communities and clients throughout the world.
VP HR, The World Bank Group
Annette Dixon is the World Bank Group’s Vice President for Human Resources, responsible for providing strategic leadership to the institution on talent development and overseeing all HR policies, programs, services to support the Bank Group’s global workforce.
Prior to this appointment, Annette was the World Bank’s Vice President, Human Development, overseeing the Global Practices for education; health, nutrition, and population; gender; and social protection and jobs, and the Gender Group. She led the Bank’s work on Human Capital and oversaw the COVID-19 emergency response, under which the Bank delivered $20 billion in human development investments.
She was previously the Bank’s Vice President for the South Asia Region. In managing the World Bank’s engagement in South Asia to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity, Annette led relations with eight countries, including India—the institution’s biggest client. She also oversaw lending operations and trust-funded projects worth more than $10 billion a year.
Before joining the region, Annette was Director, Strategic Planning in the Budget, Performance Review and Strategic Planning Vice Presidency and Country Director to Central Asia, then South East Asia. She joined the Bank in 1999 and worked as Sector Director to Human Development in the ECA region.
Annette is a long-standing champion on gender issues. In South Asia, she set a target to deliver 100 percent gender-informed projects and interventions, going beyond the global corporate requirements. Under her leadership, the regional priority for South Asia was to support countries to improve Women’s Labor Force Participation.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Annette Dixon worked for the Government of New Zealand as Chief Executive of the Ministry of Youth Affairs. She also served as General Manager, Sector Policy; Deputy Director-General in the Ministry of Health; Director of Health Policy, Department of the Prime Minister; and Manager Policy Division, Ministry of Women’s Affairs.
Born in New Zealand, Annette holds a Master of Public Policy. She was also awarded the Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University in 1994-1995.
Leena Nair is the first female, first Asian, youngest ever CHRO of Unilever and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE), which is responsible for delivering Unilever’s business & financial performance. Leena bears overall responsibility for the 160,000-strong human capital of Unilever, which operates across multiple regulatory and labour environments spread over 190 countries. She ensures the company has the right people, in the right roles, with the right capabilities and mindset to deliver high business performance. This is a key enabler for Unilever to meet its ambitious business goals with positive environmental and social impact. Throughout her career, Leena has gained a strong reputation for her leadership ability to ignite outstanding business growth. Through always-on learning and constant experimentation, together with an outside-in view of her customer, Leena ensures that her people and business stay ahead of the curve. Leena is also a Non-Executive Director of BT, BEIS (The Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy for the UK) and a member of the board for the Leverhulme Trust. Her purpose is to “ignite the human spark for a better business and better world”.
President, Microsoft Asia
As President of Microsoft Asia, Ahmed Mazhari oversees a vibrant and diverse region comprising 20 countries, 22,000 employees, and 100,000 partners.
He focuses on acceleration of the Asia Pacific region’s digital transformation enabled by Microsoft, as the leading productivity and platform company, through its product, service and support offerings. He also continues to build and reinforce Microsoft’s reputation as a trusted partner for individuals, organizations and governments.
Mazhari believes in deepening collaborations with Microsoft’s customers and partners in Asia to accelerate digital adoption and empower innovative advancements in the region. This is fueled by his deep understanding of business process transformation and his passion for embracing change and implementing creative solutions in a fast-paced world. He is a big believer in the power of long-term partnerships with both employees and customers to achieve stronger and longer-lasting growth.
He joined Microsoft Asia in February 2020, following 23 successful years at GE and Genpact (a spin off from GE in 2005) where he last served as Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer leading the company’s growth globally across all industry verticals, products, service lines and geographies. Prior to this, he held senior leadership roles at Xerox.
Mazhari holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, India. He is married with one child. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking with his family, is passionate about fitness, is an avid reader and loves watching cricket.