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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.
Co-Founder & Chief Spiritual Officer, The Ken Blanchard Companies
With a passion to turn every leader into a servant leader, Ken Blanchard shares his insightful and powerful message with audiences around the world through speeches, consulting services, and bestselling books. Universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most influential and compassionate leadership experts in the world, Ken is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership. In fact, few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard.
When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. No matter how large the audience, he is able to communicate with each person as if the two of them were alone and talking one on one. Ken is a sophisticated storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand.
Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Cornell University, and he also teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.
Ken’s impact as an author is far reaching. His iconic 1982 classic, The One Minute Manager®, coauthored with Spencer Johnson, has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on bestseller lists today. In the past three decades he has authored or coauthored 60 books whose combined sales total more than 21 million copies. His groundbreaking works-including Raving Fans, The Secret, and Leading at a Higher Level, to name just a few—have been translated into more than 42 languages. In 2005 Ken was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.
Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the Council of Peers Award of Excellence. He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received the Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA, The Association of Learning Providers.
Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received his master’s degree from Colgate University and his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from Cornell University.
Nitin Rakesh, a distinguished leader in the IT services industry, joined Mphasis as its Chief Executive Officer and Director in January 2017.
In the first year of taking on the mantle as the CEO of Mphasis, Nitin introduced Mphasis’ C= X2C2 =1TM formula for success, (hyper-personalization; drive n=1 powered by Cloud & Cognitive); driving multi-dimensions of business value with an integrated consumer-centric Front2BackTM Digital Transformation, enabling Business Operations, Technology Transformation and Service Transformation, driven by IP assets.
Under Nitin’s leadership, Mphasis set a record of highest deal wins in the history of the company, thus re-defining benchmarks and growing above industry rate. Mphasis' stock price observed an increase of 4x, in four years and revenue from digital projects increased substantially. His laser focus on quadra dimensional growth – consistent, profitable, competitive and responsible, led to enhanced shareholder value. His motto to accelerate value creation for customers, shareholders and employees builds a growth-focused culture within the company.
Prior to joining Mphasis, Nitin Rakesh was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Syntel (a NASDAQ listed IT Services Company). Nitin has a proven track record of delivering profitable growth at industry leading operating margins. Before he was appointed as the CEO, he served as President, Americas for Syntel, where he headed Business Development and North American operations.
Nitin has deep domain expertise in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance verticals. He has strong customer-orientation, large deal experience, and a track record of delivering transformative digital solutions. Nitin has an entrepreneurial mindset and is focused on launching innovative new service offerings, including in automation.
Nitin served at Syntel in various capacities (most recently as the CEO) between 2012 to 2016 and also before that between 2002 to 2008.
Between 2008 to 2012, he served as the CEO and Managing Director of Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company. During his tenure, the company was named "Most Innovative ETF, Asia Pacific" at the 2011 ETF Awards in New York, and the "Most Innovative Mutual Fund, India" in 2010 at the Crisil - S&P Mutual Fund Awards. He is one of the first 250 CEOs globally across 26 countries who has committed to build an inclusive work environment, end disability inequality through business performance and create social and economic value of people living with disabilities across the world. In addition, he has worked with the TCG Group, a transnational private equity and investments firm as the Head of Banking & Financial Services Sales at TCG Software Services between 1999 to 2002
Earlier in his career, Nitin worked for Unit Trust of India, setting up offshore mutual funds and secondary Market Research Cell, Product Development and Risk Management divisions.
Recently, Nitin co-authored an award winning book, ’Transformation in Times of Crisis- Eight Principles for Creating Opportunities and Value in the Post- Pandemic World’, a business playbook for leaders and businesses to transform a crisis into an opportunity. The book has been recognized as ‘Best Business Book’ in the ‘Publication Award Category’ of American Business Awards and has won the International Business Book title at 2021 Business Book Awards. Recently, Nitin won the 2021 American Business Awards®- Management Awards - Bronze Stevie under the ‘Tech Innovator of the Year – Services’ category. In the past, he has been recognized with ‘2019 American Business Awards & International Business Awards – Gold Stevie’ under the ‘Tech Innovator of the Year – Services’ category. The 2018 International Business Awards and American Business Awards 2018 recognized Nitin as ‘Executive of the Year - Computer Services’, felicitating him with Gold Stevie under the Management award category. Nitin recently won the ‘2018 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business’ Award, recognizing him for the innovative growth strategy translating Mphasis into one of the fastest growing digital companies.
Nitin is also an active member of various institutions globally, such as US – India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) driving financial services council and business relations between US and India. He is the member of the NASSCOM executive council. He is also on the advisory board of the Knowledge@Wharton, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania’s driving digital transformation discussions at grass root level. He is a member of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) CEO Council and an industry expert and practitioner with the Forbes Technology Council (FTC). Nitin globally advises their readers on current, as well as future, technologies and trends.
Nitin is a founding member of Plaksha University, a new model of engineering education and research through collective philanthropy to transform higher education in India.
Nitin holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Computer Science) from Delhi Institute of Technology, Delhi University and has received his Master’s in Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and is also an alumni of Harvard Business School’s CEO Workshop.
Bollywood & Hollywood Actor & Author
Kabir is known for his philanthropic and social causes. He is the Honorary Band Ambassador of SightSavers India which give sight to the visually challenged, and of Care & Share Italia which educates and looks after street children from school to university in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
In Europe, Kabir’s iconic role in the Sandokan television series broke all viewership records. In India, Kabir has done close to seventy Bollywood films, famously starring with Rekha in Khoon Bhari Maang. Worldwide, Kabir is probably best known for his role as the villain in the James Bond film Octopussy, and for his star turn in The Bold and the Beautiful, one of the world’s most watched shows. His credits include starring with Michael Caine in Ashanti and Roddy McDowall in Thief of Baghdad, and playing the title role in the Italian film The Black Pirate (Il Corsaro Nero). On American television, he has appeared in Highlander, Murder She Wrote, Magnum, P.I., Dynasty, and many HBO mini-series. On stage, he starred in John Murrell’s Taj at the Luminato Festival in Canada, and M.M. Kaye’s The Far Pavilions in London’s West End.
Kabir lives with his wife Parveen Dusanj, a producer, in Juhu, Mumbai. He is writing his next book, continues to act and is a commentator on television. He voices ad films and documentaries and travels regularly to his three favourite cities - Rome, London, and Los Angeles. For Kabir, all the world’s a stage.
Executive VP & Chief People Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton
Betty serves as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) and a member of its Leadership Team. In this role, she oversees the people services functions and strategy for a global workforce of more than 27,000 people.
Since joining the firm in 2008, Betty has been instrumental to Booz Allen’s workforce transformation as the firm has deepened investments in innovation, advanced technology, and highly skilled talent and reshaped its portfolio toward mission-critical, high-margin solutions.
A pioneer in human capital strategy, Betty drives forward-leaning workforce initiatives with a particular focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), culture and change, holistic employee wellness, employee engagement, and technical skill building. She led a complete reimagining of the firm’s employee value proposition and executive talent management processes, as well as the reshaping of recruitment, retention, and development programs. Under her leadership, Booz Allen has received numerous awards and recognitions for its workplace, culture, employer brand, DEI, and more.
Her prior corporate experience includes VP, Human Resources at Fannie Mae (1993 – 2008) and several senior Human Resource positions at IBM.
Betty holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources and Personnel Management from American University in Washington, D.C. and is SHRM-SCP certified. She is member of the Board of Directors for SHRM, a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and a founding member of Chief DC. She was recognized in 2019 as a Top 10 HR Exec to Watch by Washington Executive and in 2015 with the Activist Woman of Excellence Award by the National Association of Female Executive.
Workforce Diversity Director, Google
Sally Hornick Anderson, SHRM-SCP, is the Workforce Diversity Director at Google, leading a team of Diversity Business Partners, Diversity Program Managers, and Retention and Progression Consultants. Prior to this role, she was the Director of the Americas Organizational Development Practice. Sally also was the Head of PeopleDev in the Global Business Organization, and worked with Sales teams as a HR Business Partner for 10 years at Google and DoubleClick.
Sally started her career with Human Resources at Hyatt Hotel's Corporate Office. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.
She is a member of the SHRM Board of Directors and is a three term past President of Chicago SHRM.
The Penn State Alumni Association recognized Sally as the 2005 Recent Alumnus of the Year, and as the 2016 Outstanding Alumni Council Member. The Illinois Diversity Council recognized Sally with the "Most Powerful & Influential Women Award" in April 2016. Crain's recognized Sally as a 2020 Notable Leaders in HR.
Sally has lived in the Chicago area for 20 years with her husband and their three children.
Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, (UKG), Ultimate Kronos Group
Aron Ain serves as chairman and CEO at UKG, one of the world’s largest and most innovative HCM companies built from the 2020 merger of Kronos Incorporated and Ultimate Software. Regarded as a pioneer in using employee engagement as a growth strategy, Ain joined Kronos in 1979 and played a role in nearly every functional department until becoming CEO in 2005. As a multi-year Glassdoor Top CEOs honoree and author of “WorkInspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work,” Ain fiercely contends that there is a direct link between employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and business success.
CEO, HRU Technical Resources & Top 10 Global HR Tech Infuencer
Tim Sackett, SHRM, SCP, SPHR is the President of HRU Technical Resources a leading IT and Engineering Staffing firm headquartered in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of combined Executive HR and Talent Acquisition experience, working for Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, retail, dining and technology. Tim is a highly sought after national speaker on leadership, talent acquisition and HR execution. He also is a prolific writer in the HR and Talent space, writing for Fistful of Talent and his blog The Tim Sackett Project.
Key Note Speaker, Trainer & Author
Jason Lauritsen is transforming management as a keynote speaker, trainer, and author. He liberates managers from outdated and inhumane practices so they can cultivate human potential at work and improve people’s lives.
Jason’s advice and teachings are informed by decades of experience as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, and employee engagement researcher. His insights have been described as a “secret weapon” by leaders who strive to create a more engaging and human work experience for their people.
He’s known for his authentic and vulnerable storytelling that challenges you to see things differently. It’s nearly impossible to come away from an interaction with Jason without having your perspective on management changed.
His passion for fixing management likely started with his very first (and very awkward) supervisory job on a corn detasseling crew when he was twelve years old. From there, his relentless curiosity about human behavior and a series of terrible job experiences over the following decades galvanized his commitment to find a better way.
His experience ranges from startup CEO to Fortune 1000 executive. He also spent several years leading the Best Places to Work program for an HR technology company, where he gained deep insight into some of the best workplaces in the world.
Jason is the author of two books, Unlocking High Performance: How to use performance management to engage and empower employees to reach their full potential and Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships.
Managing Partner, Platform Strategy Institute & Course Leader, CalTech Executive Education
Peter C. Evans is the Managing Partner at the Platform Strategy Institute and course leader at CalTech Executive Education. Dr. Evans has over 20 years of experience leading teams in identifying, assessing, and communicating high-priority marketplace trends and disruptions to shape effective business strategy, leadership development, innovation and investment. He has specialized in helping companies anticipate key market trends, develop strategic responses as craft seminal thought leadership that frames and articulates the need for change. Dr. Evans has held senior strategy, innovation and market intelligence roles at General Electric and was a partner at KPMG. He was also the Vice President at the Center for Global Enterprise, a think tank established by the former CEO of IBM, Sam Palmisano. He is the author of several influential works including the “Rise of the Platform Enterprise” and “Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines, which articulated GE’s shift to a digital industrial enterprise. He received his master's degree and PhD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the board of the National Association for Business Economics. He has co-chaired the MIT Platform Strategy Summit since 2017. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.
CIO-Business & Technology Transformation Leader, United States Postal Service
A catalyst for industry-defining innovation, Pritha oversees one of the world’s largest technology infrastructures. With breadth and depth of expertise across a range of verticals, from marketing to technology, she has been tapped to steward critical change in every role of her career. Today she serves as the Chief Information Officer of the United States Postal Service, where she is working to re-envision and transform the enterprise for greater performance and innovation at scale.
Pritha currently is focused on modernizing the USPS CIO organization to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive market environment, overseeing an operation that processes more than 90 petabytes of data a year. Recognized for her political savvy in a public organization that must perform like a private company, she builds win-win collaborations in a highly matrixed environment. As Vice President of Information Technology at USPS, she oversaw the organizational restructuring and evolution to Enterprise Architecture frameworks that embrace Cloud/Edge, Event Streaming, DevSecOps, Machine Learning, and AI models to drive its strategic goals for industry-leading customer experience, team collaboration, and performance. Pritha broke through silos and significantly boosted cross-organization collaboration through the introduction of future of work platforms, a multi-cloud environment, and modern collaboration tools, as well as stewarded a new focus on highly-skilled technologists from IT generalists.
Prior to that, as Vice President of Mail Entry and Payment Technology, she transformed the USPS business enterprise and mailing industry. Pritha oversaw widescale product and service innovations for end-to-end customer visibility and evolution to a modern mail supply chain, including electronic manifests, verification, and payment systems contributing to an annual of more than $40B revenue, $200M savings, more than $100M short paid revenue capture, and boosting customer satisfaction from a low 70% to 96%.
Pritha has been honored with numerous awards, including recognition for superior achievement and the Postmaster General Award., as well as being named a Top Boss in IT by Fedscoop in 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University. She is a Lean Six Sigma Executive Green Belt.
Chief Innovation Officer, Genpact
Gianni Giacomelli serves as Chief Innovation Officer at Genpact. In this role, he drives and sponsors Genpact’s strategic initiatives aimed at sustaining clients’ transformation as digitally enabled companies. These initiatives include design-driven digital transformation initiatives and methods that take into account the human and organizational side of technological change.
He also plays a leading innovation role in Genpact’s initiative with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to establish a Collective Intelligence Design Lab aimed at exploring and designing combined people-machine groups that are able to generate radical innovation. Mr. Giacomelli is widely published and quoted, and is a frequent speaker at trade conferences. He has authored several scientific papers in collaboration with MIT researchers and is an active blogger on digital and workplace topics. In addition to leading many of Genpact’s portfolio extensions leveraging technology and analytics, Gianni chaired and launched Genpact’s Research Institute and was one of the main architects of the revolutionary Lean Digital approach intended to harness the power of digital technology in business operations. He joined Genpact in 2010 to lead New Product Innovation and also served as Chief Marketing Officer for three years.
His career spans more than 24 years across innovation strategy, marketing, and transformation consulting with global and emerging leaders in professional services (such as Boston Consulting Group, Everest and Datamonitor) and software (SAP). He started his career in marketing analytics with the Danone Group.
He holds a post-graduate degree in organizational and social behavior from the London School of Economics and a business administration degree from the EME Strasbourg Business School and the University of Florence. He has completed advanced education programs on innovation at Harvard University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gianni has lived in seven countries across Europe, North America and Asia.
Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM
Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Chief Knowledge Officer leading operations for SHRM Certification, Research functions, SHRM's Paragon Labs, and SHRM Foundation. During his career, he has led numerous global business initiatives with the aim of unleashing human potential through evidence-based management. His works have been published in top peer-reviewed journals and he has published several books including The Price of Pettiness, a guide to enhancing workplace culture. His works have been recognized by groups such as the American Psychological Association for their contribution to real-world issues having received more than $10 million in research funding from well-known foundations. Dr. Alonso serves as a columnist analyzing major trends in the workforce for The Industrial Psychologist and HR Magazine. In addition, he has served on several professional society boards including the SIOP and the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington. Dr. Alonso is a Fellow of the Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Division 14 of the American Psychological Association. He received his doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology from Florida International University in 2003.
Founder & CEO, Ignite Global
Master storyteller, passionate educator and trend translator, Kim Seeling Smith helps organisations move from disruptable to indestructible in the post-pandemic world.
Kim is a leading Future of Work Expert. She has literally had a seat at the table with Richard Branson, was named a Top 101 Global Influencer on Employee Engagement, wrote THE how to guide on 1:1 employee check-ins, Mind Reading for Managers, and co-wrote a book with mega author Brian Tracy. You will frequently see Kim on The Today Show and in Forbes, the AFR and the SMH.
CEO, SHRM India, APAC & MENA
Achal Khanna is the CEO for SHRM India, APAC & MENA. SHRM India is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management with more than 3,00,000 HR and business executive members in 165 countries.
Achal is responsible for leading the India operations of SHRM, as well as Asia Pacific operations including Middle-East. She serves on the global SHRM Leadership Team and is responsible for building the brand, expanding its business and developing professional relationships with government agencies, and other HR and business associations in the region.
Achal has over 30 years of work experience. Prior to joining SHRM, she was Managing Director for Kelly India operations; Vice President for GE; and Country Manager for Polaroid India. She has also worked with Dupont, ITC and Cosmo Group in various capacities.
She is a recipient of the “Best Women Executive in India” award.
Achal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics; a Master’s Degree in English Literature and she is an MBA from Delhi.
Partner Management Alignment Partners, & Co-founder Koinvent Business Solution
Dr. Ardhendu Pathak is a corporate trainer, consultant, and executive mentor with a rich industrial and academic experience. He is a Partner at Zurich based consulting company, Management Alignment Partners, and has co-founded Koinvent Business Solution dedicated to corporate training. He lectures and consults on the topics related to innovation, technology planning, digital transformation, Industry 4.0 etc. He is a guest faculty at MIT, USA, and Skoltech,
Moscow, on technology roadmapping related topics. He mentors startups based in India and the US.
Ardhendu has spent 7 years with the European aerospace giant Airbus. There he held various global roles in the Digital Transformation Oﬃce, Corporate Technology Oﬃce and Airbus R&T. He established and ran a transnational group dedicated to identiﬁcation and testing of emerging technologies, global technology scouting, and IP Analytics. Before joining Airbus, Ardhendu spent more than a decade with General Electric (GE), holding senior technology and executive roles in GE’s various industrial businesses and in the Corporate Research arm. He also served on the board of GE India Industrial Pvt. Ltd. Prior to GE, he worked at the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai. Ardhendu has rich academic research experience in the ﬁeld of ocean energy exploitation, underwater sensing, and structural acoustics. He holds international patents and has authored several publications in journals and conferences.
Ardhendu has done his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island, USA, and Masters from IIT- Madras. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP).
CHRO, RIL - Hydrocarbons
Ashwani Prashara is the CHRO, RIL – Hydrocarbons. He has over 35 years of global experience across the entire gamut of HR with expertise in driving HR transformational initiatives, Change Management, HR Capability Building and Industrial Relations. He has previously served in various HR leadership positions across companies such as Honeywell, Whirlpool, BILT.
President, upGrad for Business
Minaxi is a customer centric business leader with almost two decades of experience across customer excellence and business growth. She is a strategic thinker and believes in aligning with customer's objectives to drive mutual wins.Minaxi is motivated by scaling businesses that positively impact customers and believes in empowering teams to deliver successful outcomes.
She has worked with market leaders like IBM, Cisco, SAP and LinkedIn and Uber successfully partnering with customer's on mutual priorities. Currently , she is the President- UpGrad for Business, leading the corporate market for upGrad .
Chief Research Officer, Managing Partner, Sapient Insights
Stacey Harris is the Chief Research Officer and Managing Partner of research and advisory firm Sapient Insights Group and the author of the book Introduction to HR Technology: Understanding How to Use Technology to Improve Performance and Processes. A respected global industry analyst and researcher focused on HR and Business outcomes, she oversees the esteemed Annual HR Systems Survey and White Paper, published for over 25 years. Host of the renowned HR Huddle podcast: Spilling the Tea on HR Tech, she’s a frequent speaker at events in the U.S. and abroad and included in Human Resource Executive® and the HR Technology Conference’s Top 100 HR Tech Influencers list.
Stacey holds MA and BA degrees from Kent State and Ashland University in Education and Communications and is a certified Human Resources Information Professional (HRIP) from IHRIM.
Managing Director India, Skillsoft
Kamal Dutta is the Managing Director of Skillsoft for the India and SAARC region. In this role he is responsible for accelerating growth and drive customer success while developing strategic relationship with key partners and building newer route to markets.
Prior to Skillsoft, Kamal was the Managing Director for Asia Growth Countries in HPE Software which included India, SEA, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea where he lead a team of 200 to high growth. Prior to that he was Vice president of IT management and Application Delivery for Asia Pacific and Japan in HPE Software for five years. Previously, he was the Managing Director and Country General Manager of HP Software in India for four years. He has worked for IBM and Wipro previously in capacity of software development, solution consultant and sales.
A 25 years IT industry veteran, Kamal also held a variety of positions, in areas of expertise including software development, data base administration, solutions architecture and R&D engineering in companies including IBM and Wipro in India.
Kamal holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with specialization in artificial intelligence. He has written books on IT landscape and many media articles on technology trends of DevOpsSec and Digital Transformation. He has considerable experience of working with Large Enterprises across APJ, US and India and has extensive knowledge across IT/ ITES, Software, Leadership, Partnership, Coaching and Leading Change Management.
CHRO, GE South Asia
Amaresh Singh is the Chief Human Resources Officer, GE South Asia as of June 2019. He is also responsible for the Human Resources function of GE Grid Solutions, South Asia, and GE Grid Solutions Technology.
Amaresh has held various leadership roles in Human Resources, developing and executing strategy in support of the overall business plan of the organization. His areas of expertise include high-performing talent management, change management, leadership talent acquisition, industrial relations, compensation, and merger and acquisitions.
Before joining GE, Amaresh was Chief Human Resources Officer at Alstom, India. He spent 14 years at Alstom where he held various positions in Human Resources. Earlier, he was Human Resources Manager at BPL from 1997 to 2001.
Amaresh holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Laws from the University of Allahabad. He also earned a Postgraduate degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Allahabad and completed a Management Program from INSEAD.
Amaresh is a Certified Life Coach and an Executive Coach. He is passionate about leadership coaching and is a certified trainer on Managing Dispersed Teams. He is also an Advisory Board Member at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun.
Amaresh resides in Noida with his wife, Rita, and three children - Amrita, Serena and Aryan.
VP, Head of Technology, Asia Pacific, American Express
Ruchika Panesar is Vice President, CTO & Global Consumer Services Group, Head of Technology, Asia Pacific at American Express. Ruchika is also Director on the American Express India Pvt Ltd and American Express Banking Corporation company Boards and member of the India Leadership Team.
Ruchika is a deep Technologist and an inspiring Global Digital leader. With over 2 decades of experience in Product and Platform architecture and Engineering, she leads her Global teams to grow in their contributions, engineering muscle and innovations.
As part of her global role, Ruchika leads an engineering team across several locations responsible for Enterprise Communications and Conversational Intelligence. She is responsible for building products and platforms for the company that engage and delight our customers across the communication touch points and digital experiences in their membership journey. She is also responsible for research, development and engineering in partnership with Amex Labs. These capabilities are critical to backing American Express’s strong customer first approach. Ruchika’s Asia Pacific team is responsible for partnering with the region propreitary businesses and the American Express China JV to build best in class technology solutions along the Payments landscape and regulatory value chain and to provide technical intelligence and innovation.
One of her milestone roles, was Chief of Staff to the company’s Global CIO, where she was an integral part of the Global Technology Leadership Team based out of New York. As part of the role, she contributed to a range of strategic initiatives, including the company’s Global Technology Strategy, operating model, and numerous other critical strategies. In her prior roles, Ruchika has led innovation in launching products and platforms across the customer lifecycle, as well as led disruptive tech COEs in the Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Automation space.
Being a purpose driven leader, she passionately leads several causes that matter. As the leader of the Amex India’s Flagship Inclusion & Diversity program, she champions the vision.
She has been instrumental in expanding the program beyond Gender and include critically important pillars like Generations, LGBTQ and Differently Abled & Mental Health, thereby bringing in a true and holistic culture of Inclusion & Diversity. She is passionate about STEM education and is an active voice for ‘Women In Technology’ networks both inside and outside of American Express.
Ruchika’s rich experience and passion for Engineering & People fuels her mantra to be inspiringly ambitious for herself and others in the organization as she relentlessly coaches, motivates and empowers her family she calls – Team Amex!
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Elektromobilitat
Dr Shalini Sarin’s experience ranges from, global Chief People Officer to leading Sustainable Social business. Value creation through a compelling purpose and intangibles like capability building is her belief & mantra.
She has worked across India, Europe and the US in regional and global roles. She is the co founder of a EV charging CPO- Elektromobilitat and sits on a few boards where she serves as an Independent Director.
She serves as an Independent Director with Linde India, Meritor Automotive Axles and Kirloskar Oil Engines and on the Supervisory board of Nagarro SE, GmbH. She serves on the advisory committee of Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) and Chairs Center for clean energy at Plaksha University, both not for profit organizations.
Shalini holds a Doctorate in Organization Behaviour & Masters in Sociology & Human Resource Management. She has an Advanced Human Resource from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Executive Coach from Motorola University-Chicago and a Psychometrician from British Psychology Society. She is certified from INSEAD on International Director’s program and Sustainable business Strategy from Harvard Business School. She has authored many articles and presented at various Indian and International Conferences.
Partner - Leader, Human Capital Consulting, Deloitte
Gaurav Lahiri is a Partner with Deloitte Consulting. He leads the Human Capital Service area based out of Delhi. He brings significant experience in consulting, focusing primarily on organization transformation, leadership development and M&A.
Gaurav works with clients to align their organizations with their strategic agenda – this includes reviewing strategies, designing organization structures, implementing talent management programs and formulating reward strategies to drive performance and motivation.
While Gaurav’s expertise is in Organization Effectiveness, he has also helped clients research and develop competency models for outstanding performance. He managed a seminal Indian CEO research study sponsored by Bharat Petroleum under the aegis of India’s Public Enterprises Selection Board and co-authored the book “The Indian CEO : a Portrait of Excellence” published in 2007.
Gaurav has authored several papers on Post Merger Integration, Change Management and has won several prizes and awards, including the McKinsey Best Management Paper of the year.
President - Global HR, Lupin
Yashwant Mahadik (Yash) a seasoned global HR professional with over 30 years of experience in top-notch multinational corporations. Has established a track record of success in all his roles and assignments. His experience is diverse and varies across industries/sectors (Technology, Consumer and Healthcare) and geographies (India, UK, Japan, USA, ASEAN and Europe).
His strengths and areas of expertise include; Strategy (Business, Workforce and HR functional), HR and Business Transformation, Leadership Development, Organization and Culture building, Capability Building, Workforce Design & Planning, Talent Management and Succession Planning, Merger/Acquisition Integration and Executive Coaching. He has led/is leading global transformation programs and initiatives in J&J, Philips, SunPharma and Lupin at enterprise level. He is proficient and enthusiastic about evolving social and digital technologies and has a strong presence on social media platforms such as Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, etc and has a blog of his own (www.yashmahadik.com). He is recognized amongst top 50 most powerful HR professionals coming from India and is a leading HR thought leader who has worked in association with leading academicians in USA for conceptualizing and executing global strategic initiatives in areas of Human Resource Management.
Has a very high social (development sector) orientation - believes in sharing his earnings and time with social developmental causes related to education for the underprivileged. Is an avid golfer and enjoys travelling and reading. He is a very keen photographer and is a creator of many professional level, highly creative images using digital photography equipment and technologies. He is incubating his new and personal venture "Yash Mahadik Photography" in dedication of a noble wildlife conservation cause.
Country Manager - India, UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)
As country manager - India for UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), Sumeet is responsible for the vision and execution of UKG’s long-term strategy and growth in the Indian workforce management market.
Sumeet joined UKG (earlier Kronos) in 2007 as a solution consulting and business development manager - and the third employee working in India - before bringing his business development expertise to his role as the head of marketing. There, he led the India marketing organisation to build a sustainable channel and alliance network in the region. In his most recent role he headed sales for the India region.
Prior to working with UKG Sumeet held marketing, sales, and business consulting roles at companies such as Aditya Birla Group, Oracle, and Tata Consultancy Services.
Sumeet earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, as well as a PGDIM (MBA-equivalent) in management from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering. Outside of work, he is passionate about playing squash with his two daughters and is an avid reader of non-fiction books, particularly those on artificial intelligence and how to change the world.
Chief People Officer, WNS Group
Swaminathan leads WNS’s Human Resources function, and is responsible for the entire gamut of people-oriented processes. Swami is an unconventional HR professional, who also has a sterling experience spanning Operations and Sales. Prior to joining WNS, Swami was with C A Technologies, where he served as Vice President – Human Resources and was the Country Head – HR for India. He has also served as Head of HR Operations at Syntel and thereafter, for a short while, was, its Global HR Head. Prior to Syntel, Swami had a long tenure of GE spanning multiple roles such as Master Black Belt- HR and Assistant Vice President and Head – Operations for HR, Customer Research and Operational Analytics, apart from other roles in mergers and acquisitions. He is a certified Change Acceleration Coach and a keen practitioner of Six Sigma. Swaminathan has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Madras.
Executive Vice President & Head - Corporate Human Resources (CHRO), Larsen & Toubro Limited
Executive Vice President & Head – Corporate Human Resources (CHRO), Larsen & Toubro Limited, an Indian Multi-national Conglomerate. A highly result-oriented, HR professional with 35 years of experience in successfully planning, designing, implementing, and managing various strategic HR Initiatives.
On academic front, he is an alumnus of Madras School of Social Work, XLRI – Jamshedpur and London Business School where he specialized in Leadership & Human Resource Management. Qualified in Law (LLB) and a doctorate in leadership from the University of Madras, he is also certified in OD from the NTL, USA.
Dr. C. Jayakumar has made an immense contribution in the Human Resources arena over the years. He presides on the Boards of esteemed professional bodies and in the Board of Studies of various prestigious educational institutions such as Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), All India Management Association (AIMA), School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL), The Dr. Pritam Singh Foundation, and SAP Success Factors CHRO Advisory Board.
He is also a Member of the National HR Committee of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Member of National Committee on Leadership & HR, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Chairperson of the CII – HR Sub-Committee of CII-Western Region, etc.
Dr. Jayakumar has been honored with HR Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022 by FICCI and by Economic Times & People Business in the year 2021. ET HR World recognized him among the top 50 HR Thought leaders of 2022 acknowledging his exceptional work done in HR leadership. He has also featured in the Top 100 Great People Managers’ List of 2023 by Great Manager Institute® and the National Human Resource Development Network (NHRDN).
He is a life member of NIPM, NHRDN & ISTD.
Executive VP & CHRO, Tata Communications Ltd.
Aadesh is an industry veteran and a global business leader with experience in P&L Management, Human Resources, Software Engineering, Operations, Product Management, Information Technology, Corporate Communication and Program Management. He has performed global roles spread over 5 continents.
He is considered as a thought leader in Human Resources, and was instrumental in designing and implementing various practices and systems, that became the benchmark of the IT industry in the 90s and enabled Hughes Software Systems (later Flextronics Software Systems, and now Aricent Technologies), a public company, to have an excellent brand as an employer and be amongst the Best Employers several times. He has significant experience in transformation, change and digital transformation.
Aadesh has been involved in more than a dozen M&A as well as played a key role in the integration of these companies spread across multiple countries. Since 2010, he is the Executive Vice President and the CHRO at Tata Communications, a leading global provider of a new world of communications, with employees in 40 countries and customers in 200 countries. In the last four years, Tata Communications has been rated as a 'Best Employer' and 'Great Place To Work' multiple times in several countries including Canada, Hong Kong, India, and Singapore. The company has also been rated as a Best Employer for Women.
As a Member of the Global Management Committee of Tata Communications, he is keenly involved in the development of the strategy of the company. He is also the Chief Ethics Officer of the company. He also has a business responsibility for Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited, and serves as its Chairman. He is also a Director on the Board of Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited. In addition, he is also the global head for Environment, Occupational Health and Safety as well as Corporate Social Responsibility and Administration.
He was an angel investor and Director on the Board of PeopleStrong HR Services and then served as the Chairman and CEO during 2008-09. Aadesh has been an investor as well as Advisor and Board Director in multiple start-up companies. Prior to this, Aadesh worked with Hughes Software Systems for 16 years where he had joined as a part of the start-up team. He was also a Director on the Board of this public listed company. He played several roles including Global Head of HR, CEO of its BPO Business, Head of the Software Engineering Centre (leading a team of 3000 engineers), Product Manager for Soft Switch, led IT as the CIO and Corporate Communication.
He was also the Chief Ethics Officer at Hughes Software Systems and a Member of the Global Compliance Committee, and played a key role in developing the culture, which became one of biggest strengths of the company. After completing a Master's degree in Management from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Aadesh joined Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) which helped create a strong platform in the Indian telecom sector, and helped seed the telecom revolution. He started as an executive assistant to Sam Pitroda and later performed roles in Human Resources and Partner Program.
Over the last 20 years, Aadesh has been an active volunteer in a variety of roles. These include industry associations like Confederation of Indian Industry, National Association of Software Companies, and National HRD Network and involved in various roles including Task Forces. He has also served on the Boards/Advisory Boards of several educational institutes including Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, Delhi School of Economics (MHROD) and Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management. He is a member of the Advisory Board of World Forum for Ethics in Business that's headquartered in Brussels.
Aadesh has a passion for community service and has been an active volunteer with The Art of Living since 2000. He has been involved in several community projects, served in several administrative capacities, and organized large events attended by more than 100,000 people. As a Trustee of Sri Sri Ayurveda from 2012 to 2017, he was keenly involved in the propagation of Aryuveda as wholistic life style system as well as for medical purposes. He is also an International Teacher of the Happiness Program of Art of Living that includes Yoga. He was the Co-chairperson of the Global Leadership Forum, an international conference held in Delhi in 2016 which had 3500 delegates and 100+ speakers including 35 Heads of State (present and former).
He has won several awards - In 1991-92, received the 'Great Contribution Award' from the Union Minister of Communications for contribution towards the success of the C-DOT Mission;
Was featured on the cover of Business Today magazine in 1999;
Received the Top5-CIO Award by the CIO Magazine in 2001 for being the best in Innovative use of Information Technology for Human Resource Development;
Was featured on the cover of CIO magazine in 2001;
Was awarded and recognized as the Best HR Head in India by National HRD Network in 2002;
Was chosen by HSS employees for various awards.
Aadesh lives in Delhi with his wife. His children live and work in the US.
CEO, Higher Ed business - Veranda Learning Solutions Ltd
Aditya Malik, is a successful tech-entrepreneur and CEO of Higher Ed business of Veranda Learning Solutions Ltd, one of the leading new age, technology driven interactive education companies.
Prior to Joining Veranda he was the founder of Ed tech company Talentedge and was also working as a Senior Partner at Lumis Partners (a private Equity fund). He has also worked as Senior Vice President & Head - Migrations and Quality and SVP & Head HR at Bank of America. His past experience includes stints as a AVP, GE Consumer Finance SBI cards and VP Operations at GECIS.
Aditya is a dynamic thought leader with over twenty eight years of professional experience and proven leadership and track record in the areas of new business set up, revenue expansion, sales, risk management and global cross boundary operations. He is a driven and motivated professional adept at multi-tasking as well as managing and leading even under stressful or uncertain conditions.
Aditya is a certified Master Black Belt and also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Pune University.
President-Group HR & Member-Group Management Board, RPG
Venky is an experienced HR leader with more than 33 years of corporate experience. He is one of India’s senior most and longest serving Group CHROs for diversified conglomerates.
For the last 20 years, he has held the Group HR Head position in global, India-origin companies. Venky also had an entrepreneurial stint for over 4 years, during which he founded Svanishta, a strategic HR advisory firm which focused on a novel ‘Director HR-on-hire’ proposition.
Currently Venky is the President – Group HR for RPG Enterprises, a USD 4 Billion diversified conglomerate. The Group has business and operations in all major geographies around the world.
Venky is an alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Venky is an active and much sought speaker in various forums. He writes and contributes regularly on LinkedIn. Venky’s articles are off the beaten track, and challenges existing notions in management and HR. He writes on diverse subjects like leadership, talent, corporate governance, family/founder businesses etc.
Vice President, Asia Pacific & Latin America (UKG), Ultimate Kronos Group
Neil J Solomon serves as the Vice President of of Asia Pacific and Latin America at UKG, one of the world’s most innovative human capital management and workforce management companies following the merger of Kronos Incorporated and Ultimate Software. Neil Solomon is responsible for the overall go-to-market strategies and management of these regions. Bolstered by decades of experience in the IT sector, working across regions, verticals, and a combination of customers, prospects, and partners, Solomon evangelises the importance of workforce management and human capital management in both the developed and developing markets and actively builds local UKG communities.
Vishpala leads HR for Philips in India and Area countries. She is responsible for HR across Market Commercial Operations, Philips Innovation Campus, Healthcare Innovation Centre, Global Business Services and Factories located in India. As part of the India Management Team, she spearheads the people and talent agenda to support business growth enabling Philips to get closer to its commitment of improving 3 billion lives a year by 2030. Prior to Philips, Vishpala was with Uber Technologies where she was the Regional HR Director for Asia-Pacific leading HR across 12 countries and all lines of businesses like Rides, EATS, Engineering, Community Operations & Customer Support. She joined Uber in 2017 and was part of the leadership team responsible in driving the transformative growth in the region as well as enabling the HR function as the company went public in 2019.
Prior to Uber, she was with American Express for 12 year and her last role was Vice President & Head HR, where she was leading Human Resources for American Express in India across P&L, Servicing and Capability LOB’s comprising a diverse workforce of 12000+ employees. She has held positions in Hewitt Associates and Cognizant Technology Solutions prior to American Express. Her experience includes driving change, leadership enablement, employee brand communication, organization-effectiveness, diversity & inclusion and leading innovative HR programs.
Vishpala served as a Board member of the national executive board of NHRDN (National HR Development Network) 2015-2019 and led their Young Minds Advisory Board aimed at enhancing capabilities of young HR professionals in the country.
An avid proponent to the cause of developing women leaders across walks of society, she lends her time in mentoring women professionals. She is passionate about leading innovative and sustainable HR practices with measurable impact and being a strong talent advocate. She has been honored with the “HR Influencer Award 2019” by Jombay, “LinkedIn Power Profile in HR 2018” “Women Super Achiever Award” World HRD Congress in 2016.
She is based in Gurgaon with her husband and two children and loves to travel and experience different cultures. A sportsperson, Vishpala has represented Andhra Pradesh/University as a national level shuttle badminton player.
CEO & Co-Founder, Tydy
Kiran Menon is the CEO and Co-Founder of Tydy, a global leader in virtual and automated employee onboarding & experience management.
Kiran Menon’s entrepreneurial journey began in college, when he started his first CSR consultancy in 2003. During his 17+ years of experience in consulting and sales, he has worked across multiple geographies including Europe, USA and Asia.
Kiran moved back to India in 2012 to start Tydy, a solution that reimagines the employee experience, from onboarding to offboarding. Under his leadership, Tydy has transformed the employee onboarding process for leading brands like Unilever, ABInBev, EXL and Airtel, to name a few.
Co-Founder & COO, FarEye
As the Co-Founder & COO, Gautam is responsible for handling the diverse business operations and partnerships at FarEye by leveraging his penchant for nurturing relationships. FarEye’s marquee clients admire him for his problem-solving abilities and for creating customer-centric solutions.
With strong business acumen, deep industry knowledge and focus on detail he actively designs and implements business strategies and policies to promote the company’s culture and vision.
Gautam was named the Social Innovator of the year by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011. He has wide expertise in public affairs and is a regular speaker & participant at industry forums.
Founder & CEO, Rainmaker
Antony founded Rainmaker in 2016 and is it’s Chief Executive Ofﬁcer. He oversees operations including learning, content creation and roll out, the sales & marketing function, building institutional relationships, conducting workshops and generally looking for ways to completely revolutionize the world of training and learning.
A serial entrepreneur and an alumnus of N.L.S.I.U., Bangalore, Antony started his career with ICICI Bank in 1998. The entrepreneurial bug bit him soon after and he moved in 2001 to set up Kochhar & Co’s Mumbai ofﬁce. After 5 years of rapid growth and establishing Kochhar & Co as a premier ﬁrm in Mumbai’s competitive law ﬁrm landscape, in 2006 he set his sights higher and took up the challenge of being part of the core founding team at Pangea3, the world’s largest and most successful LPO. Antony was instrumental in growing and scaling Pangea3 from 10+ lawyers and engineers to over 1000 professionals, delivering high quality services to Fortune 500 companies and top tier law ﬁrms, around the world.
At Pangea3, Antony was tasked with building out and overseeing operations as well as developing business in and opening up the European, APAC and Australian markets. The LPO business saw explosive growth and Pangea3 was ultimately sold to Thomson Reuters in November 2010.
Throughout his career, Antony has always been passionate about training and has conducted numerous workshops on topics ranging from prevention of sexual harassment, anticorruption practices, corporate governance, code of conduct etc. It is this passion for learning and training, that led him to set up Rainmaker.
When Antony is not thinking about turning the world of learning on it’s head, he likes to read and spend time with his wife, Rivya, his daughter Noyonika and his Lazy Lab, Jordy. Adventure sports and deep sea diving is his passion - Rishikesh (White water rafting), Kamshet (paragliding) and Dahab (deep sea diving) are his favorite spots.
VP - HR, Urban Company
HR generalist with 9+ years of diverse experience across roles (Business Partnering, Learning, Recruitment, Operations) industries (Transport, Logistics, Corporate) and business types (large global organization, technology startup)
Gaurav Chaubey is the co-founder of Mesh, a modern performance management platform backed by Sequoia and Y Combinator.
Gaurav has been a lifelong student of people management and HR technology. He is a former People & Culture consulting leader with experience of over 300 people performance, pay, engagement, and analytics client assignments, across 30+ countries. In addition, he helped organize over 500 people and culture transformation workshops with leadership and management teams in those roles.
He has deep expertise in designing and implementing strategy-aligned organization structures, performance management frameworks, and pay for performance programs such as variable pay, short-term incentives, sales incentives, etc.
Gaurav is an expert in long-term incentive design, including employee stock options, stock appreciation rights, and phantom stock plans. He has successfully designed and implemented over 100 such plans across both listed and unlisted organizations.
In his previous roles, he led the setup, growth, and development of the analytics vertical of Grant Thornton's Global Research Centre. He also delivered HR analytics and insights to leadership teams, focusing on employee experience, engagement measurement, and action planning.
As the Chief of Staff of Grant Thornton India, he worked with the India leadership to redesign the firm's organizational structure and gained hands-on experience in designing performance metrics, MIS architecture for business performance analytics, and improving the quality of conversations in leadership review meetings.
Before working with Grant Thornton, Gaurav worked with the Compensation & Benefits consulting practice of Mercer Consulting.
Head - Data & Analytics, Digital Enterprise Transformation Unit, HiTech, TCS
Head for Data & Analytics at HiTech BU TCS, Shobhna Bansal is primarily assisting High Technology customers by providing cloud based data and analytics solutions, strategizing roadmap for their cloud data platform and analytics led digital transformation.
CHRO, L&T Technology Services
M Lakshmanan is Chief Human Resources Officer of L&T Technology Services. He heads the Global Human Resources Function for L&T Technology Services.
Lakshmanan has over 25 years of work experience. Lakshmanan started his career in the Central Government / Public Sector Service and moved to IT Industry 2 decades ago. Lakshmanan worked for companies viz. Hexaware, Mphasis and Cap Gemini until 2012. During his career in IT industry, he held Global responsibilities in Human Resources function at Mphasis and Cap Gemini (formerly Patni Computers Limited). Lakshmanan joined Larsen & Toubro in January 2013.
Lakshmanan is HR Leader and a Global Talent Management professional with extensive experience in Compensation and Benefits, Talent Assessments, Talent Acquisition, M&As, Immigration, Global Mobility, Enterprise Process improvements and Operations.
Lakshmanan is an active member of NHRDN and was the President of NHRDN, Mumbai Chapter (2017-19) and was the General Secretary of NHRDN, Mumbai Chapter (2015-17). Lakshmanan was also the President and Secretary of HR Infotech Association in the years 2008-10. Lakshmanan is a regular speaker in various forum and also guest lectures at leading Management Institutes in Mumbai.
Lakshmanan is a Post Graduate specialized in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations and is a Certified OD practioner from National Training Laboratory, USA.
Lakshmanan is passionate about the Skill India mission and supports an NGO working the field of Education for under priviledged children in India.
Lakshmanan is married and his spouse is a HR Professional too. His son is MBA from IIM, Raipur and employed with ICICI Bank.
Founder & MD, ZingHR
A leader in the HR Tech industry, Prasad Rajappan is the Founder and Managing Director of ZingHR – an employee-centric Hire to Rehire Cloud HCM Platform that empowers your people to drive measurable business outcomes. With over 30 years of rich industry experience spanning ERP, operations, business process re-engineering, information systems and human resources, he is steering ZingHR to become a market leader in HR technology.
Before founding ZingHR in 2014, Prasad held senior management positions at Mahindra & Mahindra, Ernst & Young and Reliance in Business Process Re-engineering (BPR), Change Management LEAN and SAP projects. He was a part of the SAP Project Directorate at Reliance, which managed more than 30 SAP implementations across various industry verticals such as Petrochemicals, Energy and others.
At ZingHR, Prasad is driving HR innovation using Lean practices and a proprietary ‘Purpose vs. Means Framework’ to deliver tangible business outcomes, including EBITDA margins. This patented methodology is referred to as ‘OutcomationTM.’ Enabling forward-looking human resources practices, ZingHR is pioneering HR transformation to meet People, Profit and Planet goals with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) led OKRs and KPIs.
Over the years, Prasad has infused his enthusiasm for innovation and transformative change into ZingHR’s identity & culture and made sure his team views challenges as opportunities. Under his guidance, ZingHR has successfully caters to over 2 million active users and established its presence across India, Singapore, the Middle East and Africa.
Senior VP & Master Facilitator, Great Manager Institute
Dr. Vishwanath Joshi leads Human Resources at Hexaware as Chief People Officer. Prior to taking up this role, Dr. Joshi was leading the Practice of Journey Programme at Great Place to Work® India, a Culture Recognition and Transformation organization based in Mumbai, India.
VJ (as he is fondly called), is a Post Graduate in Human Resource Management from Pune University and has a Phd in Management and OD from Academy HRD (www.academyofhrd.org). His Phd thesis explored how IT professionals in India experience their career and used a unique approach of Phenomenology to uncover this theme.
During the course of his career spanning more than 20 years, VJ has worked with top global IT consulting organizations and some of biggest and most recognized names in business, in generalist and specialist roles.
His professional career has been a unique combination of corporate roles, consulting, academics and research. In his last role at Great Place to Work Institute, he was involved in designing and delivering organizational culture building and employee engagement interventions for medium to large organizations, across different sectors.
True to his academic pursuits, VJ has published and presented several papers in areas of Innovation, Customer Centricity, Strategic Leadership, Career Management and Creating High Performance Organizations in national and international journals.
On the personal front, VJ enjoys travelling and cooking, apart from spending time with his 15-year old daughter. His wife Aruna is an experienced accountant and a Fellow of Life Insurance Corporation of India.
VP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Sun Life Asia Service Centres
I am a People’s Leader with over two decades of cross-industry experience in Human Resources. In my sustaining career, I have curated and nurtured collaborative partnerships across multiple businesses and stakeholders.
I am a big believer in the role technology is playing and will play in creating an eco-system for delivering unique digital employee experience/s in the future.
Functionally, over the years, I have led and managed diverse aspects of Human Resources, which includes Leadership Talent Acquisition, HR Policy Guidance, Mergers and Acquisition, Compensation & Benefits, Succession Planning, Talent development and management and more.
Country Head - HR, DBS India.
Mr. Kishore Poduri, is currently the Country Head of the HR function at DBS India. He has over 23 years of experience within the financial services, ITES, manufacturing industries and the government sectors.
Under his leadership, DBS Bank has been recognized Aon Best Employers – India 2018, LinkedIn Top Companies – where India wants to work now, 2018 and has been Certified as Great place to work – 2018.
Prior to DBS Bank, Kishore Poduri served as Head - HR & Administrative Services at eClerx, one of the few listed KPOs in India, where he lead the Human Resources, Administration, Knowledge Management and Quality teams. He was also the Regional head for Human Resources, at HDFC bank, where he looked after the HR responsibilities across South and Eastern regions for the bank. Kishore had also brief stints at TATA Motors, where he was the HR Business partner for the Auto manufacturing unit at Pune, and served as Commissioned officer in the Aviation branch of the Indian Navy.
He has a Masters in Business Administration degree, with a specialization in human resources from the Symbiosis Centre for Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Pune (India) and a Bachelors of Science degree, with a specialization in computer science from Nagarjuna University (India).
President & Global CHRO, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
Jayaram Philkana is the President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer at Glenmark Pharmaceuticals and is based in Mumbai. He serves as a board member and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Ichnos Sciences Incorporated which is a Biotech company with HQ and operations in the US and Switzerland.
Prior to this, he has worked in UPL Limited (formerly known as United Phosphorous Limited) as Global CHRO from 2014-18 and in Cargill Inc., during 1996-2015as HR Director based in India, Indonesia, Singapore, and USA. He started his career in HR in 1991 with SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare.
Jayaram is a Commerce graduate from Andhra University and did his PG Diploma (Hons) in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI, Jamshedpur in 1991.
Managing Director, DDI
As managing director for India, Amogh is responsible for the creation and implementation of the region's business strategy. Amogh is accountable for managing all aspects of the DDI operations in India (including Consulting, Sales, Marketing and Operations)
An expert on a broad range of leadership and talent management practices, Amogh provides business-relevant counsel to a diverse range of both multinational and Indian organisations, identifying needs and proposing solutions primarily in the areas of leadership strategy, development, succession management, and talent acquisition.
In the last few years Amogh has extensively engaged with clients from diverse industries including automotive, BFSI, FMCG, IT/ITES, healthcare (including hospitals), manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, and telecommunications.
Conducting research to support the effectiveness of DDI interventions and writing DDI publications is his passion. Amogh is frequently quoted in trade and business magazine on talent development.
His unwavering passion ensures that DDI remains the chief innovator in our field.
Before joining DDI, Amogh has worked with organizations like Kelly Services, Wipro Spectramind.
Regional Director, Asia Pacific HR, Lennox International
Hema Mani has over 26 years of experience in Strategic Human Resources Capacity , with wide ranging Multinational experiences from Kelly Consultants, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Jain Group of Institutions, i2 Technologies and Honeywell.
She is a Leadership Coach certified under Korn Ferry Leadership Architect & Marshall Goldsmith and certified OD Facilitator from International OD Federation
She is currently Regional Director, Asia Pacific HR at Lennox International, part of her responsibility in Lennox India & Asia sourcing leadership team. Her responsibilities include HR, Site Operational Management, Driving Community Engagement, External Communications for the company in this region
Under her leadership, Lennox India has won several honors for HR such as the 13 best workplaces in Tamil Nadu by Times of India, 100 Best places to work for women in India 2016 by Avatar, Best places to work in Chennai by Economic Times, Dream companies to work in 2016 by Times Ascent. Best Community engagement Award by Economic Times. Lennox India has been certified as Top Great Places to work twice in row, More recently Lennox was Certified as the Top 15 Great Places to work under her leadership
She is the current the Chairwoman for CII-Indian Women Network in TamilNadu and part of her role she is focused on develop Leadership talent among women, Mentoring initiatives, Gender Parity diagnostics & facilitation in corporations and POSH activities
She has represented on topics of Human sciences in forums of IHRD,NHRD, ISTD, CII and SHRM. She has published a couple of papers on Execution Excellence in HR which is compiled into a journal released by Indian Institute of Science and another one on Innovative learning strategies was recognized by Nasscom. She is recognized as one of the 30 Women Super Achievers by World HRD Congress
Blessed with 2 children, when she finds the time, she loves to cook & read and is also a Yoga Practitioner and Meditator with Isha Foundation
Business Head, Leaderbuild
A Certified Leadership Coach & Management Consultant with more than 27 years of work experience, of which 9 years have been in Sales, Marketing and L&D teams of blue chip MNCs like Modi Xerox; Hutchison Max Telecom; Wipro GE Medical Systems & Infosys Technologies.
Saurav is a IAC Masteries Practitioner, certified by International Association of Coaching (IAC) and a NEWS Certified Leadership Coach. He is a qualified professional on psychometric tools like MBTI, FIRO-B, DISC; and a certified practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
He has coached more than 2000 leaders to move on to higher roles of leadership in MNCs and has trained more than 15,000 participants in various skills and competencies. Some of his clients that he has worked with are Oracle, HP, Wipro, Infosys, Microsoft, Siemens, Accenture, EY, Novartis, Dr.
Reddy's, Reliance, Videocon, Food World, Music World, ICI paints, TT Logistics, TOI Group, Dhamra Port, ORTON (UAE) and many others.
Saurav has also mentored more than 1000 B-School & Engineering students across India for overall personality development, better employability and corporate citizenship. He has been the Vice President - India Virtual Chapter (International Association of Coaching).
Head Product Marketing, Gratifi
Having received a degree in Economics and Psychology from Pomona College in Los Angeles, Misha believes employee appreciation should be ingrained in the DNA of every organization. With a global experience with firms like Cisco and Amadeus Hospitality, Misha is a young, passionate leader, hoping to change the face of HR in India with Gratifi- a robust SaaS platform focused on structuring total rewards within any organization. While she heads the sales and marketing of the product, her approach to platform implementation caters to the millennial population that constitutes more than 70% of India’s workforce today.
Parashar is a recognized HR leader with experience across start-up, growth, maturity, and redundancy management stages of an organization. He offers leadership in culture and organization transformation through systems, processes and people interventions across organizations. He has worked in manufacturing (automobile, pharmaceutical), services (outsourcing, IT, BPO) and consulting across a range of industries, engaging with all levels to champion change and improve business metrics. Most recently, Parashar served as president – HR (Global CHRO) at Emcure Pharmaceuticals. He has also held executive leadership roles at Potentia Growth Services, Genpact Ltd and WNS Global Services. Parashar earned his postgraduate degree in Management (Gold Medal) from Xavier Institute of Social Service in Ranchi, India.
CPO, Mindtree Ltd (A Larsen & Toubro group Company)
A consummate HR leader and mentor with an experience of 30+ years in Human Resources function globally across multiple countries and across Manufacturing, Consulting, IT & BPO industries. Paneesh has been driving strategic HR initiatives to realize bottom line results and enhance employee engagement in pursuit of organizational objectives.
A creative thinker, problem solver and decision maker, effectively balancing the employee needs with the mission of the organization.
He pioneered initiatives and led large HR interventions with an objective of creating an organization climate providing workforce strategy and management translating into a wide range of people programs, career development, total rewards, inspire and lead large teams deliver business needs and stimulate environment.
In Mindtree, Paneesh oversees the entire gamut of human resources function and employee life cycle management. Heading a large team of 150+ HR professionals, globally, he drives significant initiatives for creating an organization climate that fosters innovation, creates high energy culture and makes the company an employer of choice.
President & CHRO Steel & Corporate, JSW
Dilip Pattanayak currently working as President & CHRO - Steel & Corporate for JSW. He is responsible for the entire gamut of HR and related activities for Steel Vertical in addition to corporate functions of HR. Before joining JSW, he was with Reliance Industries where he was Senior Executive Vice President & Head HR (Manufacturing). During his over 24 years of experience, he has worked with companies like Vedanta, L&T, Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited, and Siemens.
Dilip's professional career encompasses experience in the areas like Organization Design & Building organization, HR Policies including Systems & Procedures for Start-Ups, Manpower Planning & Resourcing (including expats), Performance Management & Compensation Management, Leadership Development Intiatives, Change Management consequent to merger/acquisition.
He is Gold Medalist in HR from Utkal University.
Head - HR, India, NatWest Group
A corporate professional for over 25 years, Maneesh has held a variety of roles in his career spanning across continents and functions. A Chartered Accountant by education, Maneesh has a diverse set of experience across Finance, Risk, Audit, Operations and Human Resources.
Currently working as the Head of HR, India at Natwest Group, he is responsible for providing thought leadership and counsel for all people-related matters. As Managing Director HR, Maneesh plays a key role in leading the transformation, culture and capability uplift for the organisation. Maneesh has worked internationally and has held several global and regional roles in HR across operations, reward, business partnering, and talent management.
Prior to joining Natwest Group, Maneesh worked with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) for 10 years. His last role with SCB was to Head HR Operations and Reward for Africa covering 15 countries across East, West, and South Africa.
Maneesh loves watching live sports, travelling, and playing Badminton.
Ankur is the CEO of ProHance – a FutureIP Labs portfolio company. An enterprise SaaS operations management platform, ProHance unlocks the value of human capital and digital investments for enterprises. ProHance is leveraged by 170,000+ users in 120+ enterprises across 21 countries.
Before this Ankur has over 19 years of professional experience in companies such as General Electric, Genpact and American Express.
Regional Head - IT Partner Management, Siemens
About three decades of international sales and leadership experience in information technology and digital transformation, working in Asian countries, collaborating with global multi-cultural teams in leadership roles on service provider and end user enterprises. I deliver value-based outcomes, drive change and adoption of solutions & services globally in a multi-cultural environment across varied industries like Manufacturing, Airports, Healthcare, Banking and IT Services; to achieve high customer satisfaction and customer/user experience.
I use my experiences and continually learn to develop myself & help people I collaborate with succeed through coaching, mentoring and guidance.
I’m an ally for diversity, equity and inclusion; influencing change in mindset and action towards an equitable world around me.
Executive Vice President HR, HDFC Bank Ltd
A career spanning 29 years in HR and Business. Started off in frontline sales and then traversed into rewarding career journey in Human Resources spanning several sectors and industries
Currently Heading Centre for Excellence in Talent Management Org Effectiveness , Inclusion & Diversity , HR Tech & Analytics at HDFC Bank Ltd.
Over the last 2 and half decades she has held HR Leadership roles as CHRO with Raymond Ltd ( a Textile & Apparel conglomerate ) and Raheja Universal ( a premium player in the Realty Sector) . Also as Head of Talent & OD with RPG Enterprises and AIG India.
Geethaa brings deep expertise in Strategic HR , Managing Complex Changes and Building future ready organisation through effective Talent Strategies.
She has a Post Graduate Certificate in HRM from XLRI and is a Certified OD Professional from National Training Laboratories, USA
A curious and ardent learner she believes the future of HR is being crafted as we speak. An advocate of the unlimited potential of human beings, she passionately champions Inclusion as central to responsible business.
Director - HR, Emerson Innovation Center
Currently leading the Human Resource function at Emerson India Corporate office and the Innovation Center. Working with Emerson group of companies since September 2005 in Mumbai & Pune in various set-ups of business, corporate office and global R&D center environment.
Brief prior experience at The Times of India, Pune & setting-up HR policies in an IT services firm.
In the last 16 years, managing Generalist HR functions like talent acquisition & development, performance management, compensation & benefits, compliances, CSR & business ethics. Passionate conducting behavioral & leadership development programs, engagement and data analytics and its benefits in Human Resource Management.
Director HR, Perfetti Van Melle India
Ritu joined Perfetti Van Melle in 2016 and leads HR for the country’s leading confectionery player. As a member of India management team and the Transformation Office she is driving organization-wide people agenda & Culture change to ensure success of PVM India’s business transformation agenda.
With expertise across various People practices and industries, she is well known for building high-performing teams, enabling business performance, establishing innovative HR solutions, developing strong Employer Brands and driving transformation both in business as well as organization culture.
Prior to joining PVM , she was the Head of HR for Becton Dickinson India (BD). She partnered to effectively strengthen succession pipeline at Senior level and enabled two very successful go to market transitions yielding extraordinary business results.
She was associated for a decade with Whirlpool India as a senior HR Leader and was very successfully in driving business agenda through people strategy and was instrumental in creating some very differentiated people practices and cultural transformation for the organization.
Ritu takes huge pride in working for four different sectors and driving multiple business transformations through people.
Ritu holds a Masters’ degree in Sociology and is a Management Graduate. She loves travelling and exploring cultural nuances of various places.
Head HR, Zeta
Margaret D'souza is the Head HR at Zeta. She partners with the leadership team to design effective solutions to enhance organisational effectiveness and ensure that it is aligned with the organization's goals and objectives. Margaret has been instrumental in building and sustaining a positive and progressive work culture across all businesses.
With over 16 years of experience, she is well versed in designing and implementing processes, mapping and introducing best practises in various HR disciplines. She is result oriented with excellent relationship management skills. She has experience in building high performance and goal focused work teams built on a foundation of shared collaboration, open communication and strong sense of accountability.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies and Master of Business Administration from Narsee Monjee
Specialties: Strategic HR Development and Implementation, Organisational Development, HRIS software implementation, Talent Management, Total Reward and Payroll, HR Operations, Performance Management and Employee Engagement.
Senior Director, Knowledge & Advisory Services, SHRM India, APAC & MENA
At SHRM India, Nishith leads a growing advisory practice focussed on enabling clients realize business goals though better alignment of people practices. He is focused on achieving business growth through effective execution of client consulting mandates for the whole practice in domains such as Vision & Values cascade, Organization Structuring, Performance Management System & other HR process design. In his stint in a corporate role, Nishith has worked with the Bharti group- as a part of the Organization Design and Talent Management team. Here – he worked on projects such as shared service design and implementation, manpower planning, and organization structure design and evaluation. Prior to working with SHRM, Nishith was with the HR consulting teams of PwC, ECS, and Aon Hewitt. Nishith holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development (MHROD), presently MBA-HRD, from Dept. of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi and is a certified practitioner of BIOSS tools and methodologies for organization design and leadership capability assessment.
Managing Director, International SOS India
Neeraj Balani is Managing Director for International SOS, India since 2018. He is also responsible for Aspire Lifestyles, India. Neeraj has over 20 years of experience in Business Management and Sales Management and has worked in India and USA.
Prior to working with International SOS, Neeraj was the Vice President for Sales, Solution Design and Implementation in Mahindra Logistics Limited (MAHLOG) where he was instrumental in driving the organization transformation across the above functions which delivered a consistent yearly revenue growth of over 35% since 2015. Neeraj also was the Vice President & Global Sales Officer (GSO) (India & Middle East) with Capgemini, where he was instrumental in setting up the sales function of the Local Business Unit in India. Neeraj has worked with HCL Technologies during 2006 – 2008, where he headed IT sales for HCLT’s India business. He was responsible for driving ERP business across Government and Corporate customers. He played a leadership role in combining HCLT’s offering in the India market, across Application and Infrastructure.
Education & Personal Interest:
Neeraj is Chemical Engineer from University of Mumbai and has done his MBA in Finance & Operations, from University of Georgia, USA. He is based out of Mumbai and enjoys travelling and reading. He is passionate about sports and is also an amateur antique collector, with interest in collecting Hindi Film posters from the 1940 – 60 period and One Rupee silver coins of India from the 18th century.
Head - HR, India & JLL Business Services, Global
Tanvi is responsible for leading the People Strategy for JLL India (~ 12,000 employees) and JLL Business Services, Global (~2500 employees). Tanvi with a strong team of more than 100 HR professionals partners with the India Leadership Council of JLL and JLL Business Services Global Leadership to deliver Firm’s growth and sustain its leadership position in the industry through progressive talent management practices.
JLL is the market leader in terms of market share, revenues, profitability, and team size for all the business lines in India. JLL India was rated one of the Best Places to Work in India by the Great Place to Work® and the Economic Times in 2017, 2018 & 2019. JLL is a Fortune 200 Firm that creates value for its people and its clients. Globally, JLL operates in 1,000 locations across 80 countries
Global Head - People Management & Career Academy, HSBC
Sushma brings 23 years of experience across Learning and Talent portfolios across multi-geo and multi-cultural teams, and with clients/stakeholders across US, UK, APAC. Sushma had delivered large scale strategic talent mandates spanning from selection, development, and succession. Having worked with global organizations like JP Morgan, Aon Hewitt, KPMG , SHL, she brings to the team external thought leadership and best practices on business value and impact.
Director HR India Lead - Inclusion, Wellbeing & Culture, NatWest Group
Ms Tania Chatterjee is a Human Resource professional with over 20 years of experience and carries a strong passion for helping organisations and communities thrive and flourish.
In her current role as the India Lead for D&I, Wellbeing and Culture with NatWest Group, she is responsible for the comprehensive strategy and implementation of employee propositions in these areas. Her astute business sense and emotional intelligence have enabled her to work effectively with senior stakeholders and teams in India, the US and the UK, largely for leading Corporates in the Financial Services and FMCG business sectors - Bank of America, Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages and NatWest Group.
Through her career in the Corporate, Education and Social sectors, she has demonstrated effectiveness in driving organisational change through leadership roles in HR Business Partnering, Leadership Development, Organization Design, Learning & Development, Team Effectiveness and Talent Management.
The Times Ascent - World HRD Congress Awards for the ‘Top 100 Training & Development Leaders in India’ and the ‘Top 100 Training & Development Minds’ were presented to her in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Prior to the commencement of her corporate career, she worked with an international NGO - ' Initiatives of Change (IofC)’, which is a UN-affiliated body committed to the cultural transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour. According to her, this experience largely shaped her professional ethics and career choices.
National Head Employee Relations & Compliances, Hindustan Coca- Cola Beverages Private Limited
Narendra Kumar is working with Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Limited as National Head Employee Relations & Compliances for the last two years. And prior to his current role, has varied 10 years with The Coca-Cola Company as National Head Supply Chain HR, Business process Lead for SAP implementation project and as Zonal Head HR. Naren is seasoned HR professional with over 2 decades of experience in HR & IR with varied industries such as Ports, chemicals and Glass. Naren 5 year stint in Army as a short service officer. He is an active member of CII National Committee on IR, which influences Govt on Policies and employment laws frame work. An avid Golfer who seldom misses the T offs on Saturdays. He earned Masters in Business Administration in Human Resource Management from School of Management, Pondicherry University.
CEO Saas, People Strong
Sandeep is the CEO and Board Member at PeopleStrong. An experienced business leader with deep functional expertise in Human Capital and Business Management, Sandeep is responsible for the growth and reach of PeopleStrong’s Work and HR Technology in markets globally. In addition to this, he works with the board and other executives to establish and execute the company’s vision, goals, and strategies.
With a career spanning over two decades, Sandeep spent 17 years at Aon (formerly, Hewitt Associates) and was the CEO for their India & South Asia region. As a part of the Global Executive Committee, he chaired the Emerging Markets Council (China, South East Asia, Middle East & Africa) at Aon.
Sandeep has worked in an advisory capacity with several Private Equity backed businesses to build and execute on a value creation plan focused on Talent and Organisation transformation. He has also advised them in special situations like M&A (due diligence, post-merger integration), pre-IPO, emerging-market expansion, and work closely with the CEO/ Owner to drive the business to scale and profitability.
Sandeep is an advisor on Human Capital issues to the Government of India & Sri Lanka and is serving on the Advisory Board of Centre of Corporate Governance & Citizenship at IIM Bangalore. He is also serving as an independent Director on the Board of Directors at Burger King India Limited.
He enjoys speaking at events and seminars where he can inspire and empower people at a group level. In addition to speaking at NASSCOM, Conference Board, People Matters, CII & various Educational Institutes, he passionately promotes the cause of Armed Forces veteran reintegration and hiring into the private sector. He is actively working towards incubating a social enterprise called NXT Command that will assist veterans in transitioning to meaningful corporate careers.
When he is not on the corporate treadmill, Sandeep is a fitness enthusiast, a marathoner, and a keen student of Sport.
SVP HR- Leadership Development & Talent Management, GSCs & Tech, HSBC
Abraham Zachariah has over 2 decades of leadership development experience in large multinational organisations. He has worked in Sales and Marketing for the first part of his career majorly handling Light Commercial Vehicles , pre-dominantly in rural India. From managing large scale back office operations to moving into L&TD, Abraham has had a rich diverse global corporate experience. Over the last decade and half, he has pioneered many changes in Leadership Development , Diversity and Inclusion, Cultural integration and Change management. He has been a very highly sort after speaker for conferences.
Director, HR, Nestle South Asia Region
Mr. Anurag Patnaik is the Director, Human Resources Nestlé South Asia Region.
Through his current role, Anurag led the Human Resources function during the turbulent Covid 19 crisis. With people centric approach, introduced new policies and provided all best possible support for the employees & their family’s well-being. He is keenly driving some of the best-in-class benefit reviews for the organization, working to broaden the scope of diversity and bringing in renewed focus on employee engagement.
Prior to the current role Anurag was Head of Total Reward (COC) for Asia Oceania and Africa, and after completing a successful assignment in Malaysia, returned to Nestlé India. He was responsible for delivering important structural changes in the organization, improving Field Force Effectiveness and growing manager capabilities. In 2014, he became Head of Total Rewards Manager for the Market and drove major advances in the region’s pay and performance practices, overhauled sales incentives and medical plans, and deployed new communication strategies. In 2016, Anurag moved as the H2R Deployment Lead for Zone AOA, and enabled the transformation in CWAR, EAR, Japan, the Philippines and SAR, as well as in Italy.
Anurag has successfully led the Total Rewards COC for the AOA region. He has been instrumental in setting up the new structure and building a strong Rewards team. His collaboration with the markets to establish new ways of working, was key to unlocking the value of the COC and to enhance the Service Delivery. He has successfully led various initiatives in the markets to further improve the Total Rewards service delivery to our businesses. In addition to AOA region, Anurag also led the successful transition of Reward Service delivery for the markets of ESAR and CWAR, from the Dubai hub.
Anurag joined Nestlé as a Management Trainee in 2005 from XLRI, and since then, increasingly took on senior HR positions in Recruitment, Total Rewards & Senior HR Business Partner for Nestlé Nutrition, Nestle Health Science and Finance &Control.
Founder & CEO, Stridez Pty Ltd
Subi Nanthivarman is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience in senior corporate roles. She has had wide experience in managing multi-disciplinary functions across different business units. She is passionate about empowering people to take control of their destinies. To fulfil this aim, she writes extensively to nudge folks to think for themselves and to Know Themselves. She brings insights into engaging people's hearts and minds to increase their ownership for their jobs.
Vice President, Leadership & People Sciences, Wipro
Dr Vishal Shah has a mix of academic and corporate backgrounds. A passion for people and people development is the common thread that runs through his career. He has worked in multiple industries like IT, BPO and Retail. He has also had the opportunity to work in different roles in Sales, HR and Consulting. Vishal is an alumnus of IIMB’s PGDM and FPM programs. He has published papers in international journals and presented in international conferences.
Storyteller & Founder, Blewminds
Sandeep Kochhar is an MBA from IIM Bangalore, an Electronics & Telecommunication Engineer with more than 18 years of Corporate Consulting experience. He is an insightful innovative powerful inspirational Speaker & Storyteller. He loves using storytelling as an instrument to change & transform. He has 30+ years of experience in poetry, storytelling & creative writing. His authentic, very real ‘Wabi Sabi’ StoryTelling Leadership series have helped people make that big switch in their lives & radically improve their way of thinking. He has 200 million+ views on the stories he shares on LinkedIn. And, he has over 6,00,000 followers who trust him. He is the Founder CEO of www.blewminds.com, an eclectic Leadership Consulting practice that operates across geographies in the space of unconventional Learning in different areas of People Consulting, Coaching & Leadership. He is Certified Leadership Coach & has been a coach to Forbes 30 under 30 Ecommerce entrepreneur, Top Leaderships, CXOs of various industries/organizations as well as LGBTQ++ Community members.
He has worked in various roles relating to Program/Project Management, Business/Process Transformation, Organization Restructuring & Change Management in companies like Aurea Software, HT Media, British Council, Honeywell, IBM, & HCL Technologies. In his last Consulting assignment as a Global Consultant with Aurea Software (Investment arm of Trilogy, USA), he was responsible for transforming 6 acquired companies (Revenue of $50 Million) by implementing Project/Program management best practices.
In his role with HT Media, he setup the Project/Program Management program to up skill Project/Program managers following the PMP® methodology. He is a Master Trainer who has trained several Project Management trainers to run trainings on the PMP® methodology. At HT Media, he was also responsible for the successful implementation of a business project of $3.3 Million following the PMP®methodology.
At British Council, he was responsible for completing the Global Restructuring & Change Program for 11 offices across India & Sri Lanka following the MSP™ (Managing Successful Programs) methodology. At Honeywell, he was responsible for setting up & managing the Project Management office (PMO) following the PMP ® methodology for over 500 people. He piloted & implemented Enterprise Project Management tools across the organization. He presented a Research Paper titled “Selecting an Enterprise Project Management (EPM) tool for a project-based organization” selected by PMI for presentation to PMI Bangalore Chapter.
He has also authored academic papers on applying Supply Chain Management principles to recruitment processes & Demand supply forecasting of human resources. He has successfully run several projects & programs ranging from small projects to large multi- million-dollar projects in his professional career following the PMP® methodology at IBM, Honeywell & HCL Technologies.
His other areas of expertise include Vendor Management, Customer Engagement & Quality Management. He has travelled & worked across 6 countries, 24 Indian states.
He is a Project Management Professional (PMP ®) from Project Management Institute (PMI), USA, MSP™ (Managing Successful Programs), Registered Practitioner (MSP™ Trade Mark of the UK Office of Government Commerce) from APMG-International UK, Certified Project Manager from Honeywell, Six Sigma Green Belt, Qualified MBTI Step II Practitioner from Asianic Psychologists Press (APP), NLP Practitioner, ITIL V2/V3 Foundation, ITIL Intermediate CSI/Service Design, has an ISO 27001 Implementation Training & Certification, Internal Auditor for ISO 9001:2000 & been through the BLHP, ALHP, PDP Phase A/B frameworks from Indian Society of Applied Behavioral Sciences.
Sandeep’s journey as a StoryTeller has been a powerful one of surmounting odds, facing failures, staring at his fears straight in the eye & immense learning through practice. He is a TEDx Speaker & World’s Best Story Teller Awardee (World HRD Congress). He has been awarded with the title of LinkedIn Top Voice India 2019, for his highly influential & transformational stories on LinkedIn. He has also been honored with the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship & Karmaveer Chakra Award, for his innovative & transformational contribution to the society. He is a Certified Intelligent Leadership Coach, he works with adults & youth alike to aid them become their best versions. He believes that change begins with him & he aspires to be the change he wants to see in the world.
In his own words, ‘I have finally discovered my life purpose after meandering around for years: it is to Touch & Transform 5 billion humans by 2030’. His dream come true is BlewMinds Consulting, which is a firm of passionate people who believe they can transform the world. He continues to scale this business & is currently in the midst of building his next innovative Learning platform to cater to individuals struggling to transform their lives.
He has carved his own path on Social Media, learnt through his failures & hence, loves helping people to find their mojo by sharing his experiences with them. You will often find him Coaching individuals on building their Personal Brand & Social media presence. His other areas of passion include Coaching, Entrepreneurship & Digital Marketing. In his leisure, he loves connecting with people, adding value to their lives & his, practices yoga, writes poetry & coaches students to pursue higher education programs.
Executive President & Head HR, Entertainment Network India Ltd. (Mirchi)
Vivek Kulkarni joined Entertainment Network India Limited (ENIL) in 2014. In his current role as the Senior Vice President and Head Human Resources at Mirchi (ENIL), he has helped scale up the company from a 35 network station to a 70 network station across 60 locations. Vivek has also defined and executed new HR practices in the areas of Managerial & Sales compensation and significantly improved the employee experience through the use of technology in the areas of Learning & Employee Administration. He is also a core member of the cultural & business transformation journey that Mirchi has embarked upon, as it attempts to become a significant player in the area of Digital Content & Entertainment.
Vivek comes with more than 20 years of work experience in FMCG, BFSI & Media, and has had significant exposure to Employee Relations, Employee Engagement, Business Partnering, Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Sales Compensation & Transformation Projects in businesses at different stages of evolution & competitive intensity.
Having commenced his career as an Assistant HR Manager at ITC, Vivek went on to become Vice President- HR at Kotak Life Insurance. In 2012 he joined Pepsico India and was elevated to become their Vice President – Human Resources.
He has completed his Masters in HR from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 2000.
Senior Vice President HR & Global Head - Strategic Resourcing, Mphasis
With over 23 years of experience, Satish Rajarathnam is a seasoned Human Resources professional who has held various HR leadership positions across multiple industries. Satish has continually been at the helm of strategic resourcing, organization change management, HR Business consulting & Agile transformation, as well as leadership and talent management.
Satish is associated with several industry groups and associations such as SHRM, Agile Leadership, LEGO serious Play, PCMM, Six Sigma, ISABs India and NFNLP, among others from which he has received certifications marking him a qualified practitioner. He heads the global talent strategy team for Mphasis and currently responsible for OD, Build-Buy-Borrow talent strategy. In his previous role with Cognizant, Satish was responsible for Global Banking & Financial Services people strategy, aligning HR interventions to business priorities, and functioned as a strategic business advisor to the executive management.
Satish’s leadership experience spans across organisations such as Cognizant, HCL Technologies, and Siemens. He has also been the recipient of awards such as Indian Achievers Award 2021, the Top 100 HR Tech Minds Award, and the HR Excellence Award, from the Government of Rajasthan and Higher & Technical Education, Maharashtra. Outside his experience with HR, Satish has built a reputation as a TEDx speaker. As an entertainer and an illusionist, he has worked on over 1200 performances in association with various corporate houses and international workgroups. As part of giving back to the society he is associated with Udavum Karangal an Orphanage at Chennai and as a Corporate Advisory Board member with Chandigarh University.
Satish is a research Scholar from Swiss School of Management, Geneva and a postgraduate in General Management from the Indian School of Business (ISB) and National University of Singapore (NUS)
Associate Professor OB & HR, Indian Institute Of Management Shillong
Some body who is interested in family, friends, work places - symbiotic relationships for a happy world.
Specialties: Organizational Change, Human Resource Development & Memetics
Lead Solution Engineer, Salesforce
Mithlesh Razdan is working as a Lead Solution Engineer at Salesforce. He comes with 10+ Years of experience in CRM Consulting and has worked with customers across industries. He has experience in solutioning large digital transformation projects using Salesforce technology & ecosystem aimed at bringing customer-centricity into the processes, improvements in customer engagements and increased employee productivity.
Chief Operating Officer - SaaS, PeopleStrong
An expert in the field of HR Tech and Digital Transformation, Prakash has led the Digital HR transformation for various leading enterprises of Asia. With a rich experience of over 16 years, he drives a team of HR and HR Tech professionals across countries to deliver a superlative customer experience and meet PeopleStrong’s commitment of writing the #NewCodeofWork with our customers.
Prior to joining PeopleStrong, Prakash has worked with Mphasis, where he managed staffing for their BPO division. Prakash frequently speaks at various national and international forums on wider HR and HR Tech subjects including AI in HR, Recruitment, HR analytics and HR technology. He also writes on these topics and his articles are covered in leading HR and Business media.
Prakash holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. He is an avid cricketer and footballer and lives in Gurgaon with his wife and daughter.
CHRO, USV Pharma
Biplob is an engineer and alumni of XLRI. With a total of 27 years of HR and cross functional experience at present he is the CHRO in USV Pharma who is a market leader in Diabetes and Cardiac apart from the FMCG business of Sebamed range of products. Prior to this he has worked in few other industry and sectors primarily Pepsico,GSK & Domino's Pizza.
A certified coach and alumni of INSEAD he is also a sports and Music buff.
President, Product Management & User Experience, (UKG), Ultimate Kronos Group
Bill Bartow serves as the Vice President of Product Management at UKG, one of the world’s most innovative human capital management and workforce management companies following the merger of Kronos Incorporated and Ultimate Software.
From the time Bill joined legacy Kronos, over a decade ago, he has been playing an integral role in shaping the product strategy by working closely with the customers to analyzing the prevailing market trends and translating that into product capabilities, features, new products, and more. Previous to this, Bill has spent most of his career in product management and in engineering, building great products – both at the application and infrastructure level.
Global Cyber Security practice Co-leader & Heads-IT Advisory, KPMG
Akhilesh heads the Digital Consulting for KPMG in India and is also the Global Leader of Cyber Security Consulting practice of the firm.
Akhilesh is passionate about developments in the area of digital technologies and how these can help businesses drive smart processes and effective outcomes.
He has advised over 200 clients on matters relating to digital and data strategy, selection of business technology systems and helped them realize the business benefits of digital technologies. He has led engagements involving large scale digital transformation programs. He also overseas KPMG India’s Lighthouse practice, which helps clients achieve business outcomes through use of data, analytics, cloud and artificial intelligence.
has been associated with a number of national and international industry forums. Akhilesh frequently contributes articles in the business and technology publications. He has received Consulting Magazine’s Global Consultant of the Year award for 2019.
He loves to play with gadgets and is currently a student of machine learning technologies.
Global Talent Management Solutions Leader, SHL
Brandon Pleaner is a highly experienced psychologist in the management of professional teams, human capital analytics, human capital strategy development, competency design, psychometrics across the employee lifecycle, assessment and development centers for both selection and development, employee wellness, organisational development, recruitment and selection, leadership development, talent management, and career guidance.
He began his career as an academic at the University of KwaZulu-Natal before moving into a management role in a private academic institution. He joined a consultancy where he gained experience in new business development, psychometrics, training and development, client management, and job profiling. He also has experience in talent management and leadership development. In his 17 years of work experience he has also worked as a pre-sales consultant, team manager, and project manager.
Head - Careers, Competencies & Assessment, Reliance Industries Ltd
Kalpana Bansal is a senior experienced strategic leader, with experience in general management, strategy, higher education, and technology. She is currently associated in the Chairman’s office of Reliance Industries Ltd, and Heads Careers, Competencies and Assessment alongside her other role as Domain Head of HR Platform. She is handling design and functional detailing of two platforms – an end to end best in class HR platform and a Contract Workforce Exchange Platform.
She is a Doctoral student at XLRI (Strategy) and has completed her Executive Masters in Consulting & Coaching for Change from Said Business School, University of Oxford, and HEC Paris. She has over 20 years’ experience in leading organizations and has expertise in the areas of Organisation Development, Assessment Centers and Competency design, Variable Pay structuring, Compensation design, organization structuring, She has significant expertise in technology (analytics and AI/ML).
He is a passionate entrepreneur who co-founded Xoxoday, a fintech disruptor who has recently secured $30 million funding to expand its reach to the global reward, incentives and loyalty industry.
He is an extremely clear thinker who loves dabbling with multiple problem statements at once. He is one of the rare founders who understand the value of people in the growth equation. He is a first principle thinker who believes growth comes from elements - people, products & processes, but in the same order. He has helped Xoxoday acquire the right talent, including 40+ ex-founders who built and ran innovative startups, contributing to the company's overall growth and success.
Co-founder & Managing Director, Talent Recruit Software Pvt. Ltd.
TalentRecruit’s Co- founder & Managing Director, Alok is a born problem solver and his customer centric approach towards business has led the company from strength to strength. He has been instrumental in the entire design & development of the AI Driven TalentRecruit platform and his passion to deliver innovations in Recruitment Tech has been a catalyst for empowering recruiters across industries.
Prior to co-founding TalentRecruit, he has also co-founded Matrix Energy - A smart metering company. He has a penchant for building startups, a keen eye for detail and has been the driving force that has scaled TalentRecruit to over 20 geographies across the globe. Alok blends his legal and finance background with his passion for building technology driven innovations to deliver high impact solutions. Under his leadership, TalentRecruit has become the leading provider of Advanced Recruitment Automation Software Technology in the Indian Market and has won awards including “Most Tech Savvy Organization” at the SIDBI – ET India MSE Awards’19 & HR Technology "Start-Up of the Year" at the NHRD National Conference’19.
Alok has over 21+ years of experience in Automotive and Software Industry. In his previous avatar, he has worked with Munjal Auto, a Hero Group Company as Company Secretary and Legal Head. Under his tenure, Munjal Auto was nominated by ICSI among the best corporate governed company for two consecutive years.
He is an Associate Member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and a Gold Medalist, LL.B & LL.M.
Vice President, Europe, India, & Australia, DDI
Bruce is passionate about helping organizations transform and grow through unleashing the potential of their people. Throughout his career working with multinational companies around the world, he has considered it a privilege to have helped thousands of leaders develop their self-insight and leadership capabilities.
Bruce joined DDI in 2000 and currently serves as Vice President for DDI’s operations in Europe, India, and Australia; DDI’s Global Centre of Excellence in Pittsburgh; and DDI licensee operations around the world. His team is on a quest for building stronger organizations through creating better leaders for a better future. Based mainly in London, Bruce’s role requires him to be very mobile, and he loves working with his teams and clients across such a diverse landscape of regions and cultures.
Bruce’s passion for football (soccer) has helped him develop a better appreciation and understanding of the world as every club tells a story about a city or region’s history and culture.
Regional Vice President, Skillsoft
Divyesh is an entrepreneurial business leader with rich experience in helping organizations drive their digital HR agenda. Over the last 2 decades, Divyesh has helped hundreds of organizations leverage technology-led solutions for delivering key business results.
In his current role as Regional Vice President for Skillsoft India, Divyesh advises businesses on how to extend their digital agenda, go beyond technology implementations to drive strategic imperatives and create best-in-class employee experience (EX) aligned with current and future needs of organizations.
Prior to joining Skillsoft, Divyesh has worked in global technology and cloud-based solutions companies like SAP, Polaris Software Labs and others.
Chief HR Officer & Head CSR, Hero FinCorp
Preemita Singh is the Group HR Head for ICRA Group. ICRA Limited (formerly Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency of India Limited) was set up in 1991 by leading financial/investment institutions, commercial banks and financial services companies as an independent and professional investment Information and Credit Rating Agency. Today, ICRA and its subsidiaries together form the ICRA Group of Companies (Group ICRA).
In her role as the Group HR Head, Preemita leads the HR Strategy and enables People Agenda for the ICRA Group.
Preemita displays a great balance of people and business management and has a successful track record of confidently leading the business to meet the end objectives. Passionate about delivering results, she has also delivered business assignments outside HR.
She specializes in designing and executing strategies that propel transformation at workplace, developing leadership and building capabilities through the organization, enhancing communication and engagement and impacting culture that drives business results.
Preemita is a very detailed, disciplined and hands-on leader, who drives direction at many levels and in many dimensions in the HR field. She believes in Stewardship “It is always about acting responsibly; taking full ownership of what is entrusted upon and returning it back with greater value”. She is an accomplished HR professional with rich and diverse experience of leading HR in Technology, Consulting, BFSI and Manufacturing sectors. She has steadily made a mark in the growth and development strategy of some of India’s major Corporate.
Account Director - Strategic Accounts, Skillsoft
Lexter Martin is an Indian Airforce Vet, who has been in the IT Education Industry for over 15 years. His experience includes being part of the Sales Teams of Oracle University & IBM Software Group prior to Skillsoft. In his 10-year stint with Skillsoft he has been on both the Sales & Customer Success teams. This gives him the unique edge to bring to the table a combination of Industry best practices, product, and platform knowledge.
He is ability to connect and network with the leading experts in the L&D world means his knowledge is constantly challenged and updated. A firm believer in life-long learning, he is currently researching on how organizations can identify, nurture, and develop “Expertise within an Enterprise” to remain competitive in the war for talent
Senior VP HR, Apollo Hospitals
An admired HR strategist in Indian Healthcare Industry, Kiran is a Technophile, Change Enabler and a People Leader. An Alumni of Fore School of Management, New Delhi, he has spent nearly two decades exclusively in Indian healthcare sector and worked with corporate healthcare institutions like Fortis Healthcare Limited, Medanta – The Medicity & Sakra World Hospital, Bangalore. In his impeccable journey, he has left his footprint in setting HR systems, processes and strategies which are unmatched and uncharted among the Indian and International brands that he was associated with. With a strong clinician connect, he has focused on elevating people talent, experience and well-being.
He is a dedicated HR professional and Learning Development specialist, who takes great pride in the development of employees, future healthcare leaders and enabling them through technology.
Kiran is the Senior Vice President & Head – Human Resources for Hospitals Division of Apollo Hospitals, where he has embarked on the journey of transforming Human Resources function and achieving the organizational dream of being digital friendly with every employee relinquishing the moments and pride of experiencing “My HR @ My Fingertips”.
Director, South & Advisory Services, SHRM India & APAC
A passionate and multi-tasking business professional with over a decade of experience, Dedeepya handles the portfolios including Advisory, Research and Academic Partnerships catering to the regions of India, as well as APAC regions. She further also heads the South Region for SHRM India and is responsible for business development and consulting in the area of Human Capital Management. Prior to this, she has worked with Oracle India as HR Consultant. Her areas of interest include Knowledge Management, Diversity and Inclusion, Competency Assessment and Development, Organization Development, Research and HR Analytics. She has been involved in the project design, content generation and implementation of consultancy projects in the above areas. She is experienced in using Quantitative and Qualitative research methods for diagnostic purposes including identifying relevant variables, designing questionnaires and using various statistical methods for analysis. She co-authored papers/ book chapters in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion and further has contributed extensively to various articles / interviews in leading newspapers. Dedeepya is a Mechanical Engineer from Jawaharlal Technological University (Kakinada, A.P) followed by a MBA from Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bangalore, India). She is a certified SHRM Senior Certified Professional ( SHRM SCP), Level -1 Hogan Assessor and is certified in Job Evaluation by KornFerry - Hay. Along with her work, Dedeepya is passionate about painting, dancing and sports.
Director - Head of Compensation & Benefits, BNY Mellon & Pershing India
An avid HR Professional with International HR practice across North America, Europe and Asian countries across Banking, Financial Services, Mobile Technology, and High Tech Industries.
Held progressive roles in HR focusing on International HR practices and legislation, Global Compensation & Benefits, Mergers & Acquisitions, HR Technology and Employee Mobility / International Assignments.
During the past decade, traveled across 11 countries spanning Americas, Europe and Asian countries and held several international assignment profiles.
Specialties: - International HR & Legislation
- Compensation & Benefits,
- Employee Mobility & Immigrations
- HR Technology
- Employee Relations
Director - Skills Solutions, Global Talent Management, FIS
Anil Santhapuri is a values-based and results-oriented Talent & OD professional, with 20 years of professional experience in the areas of talent management, learning & leadership development and consulting. In his current role as Director of Skill Solutions, Global Talent Management at FIS, he is leading reinventing and re-imagining the global talent value stream through the application of skills-based architecture to all things 'talent’ by pivoting jobs towards skills (workforce planning, learning and development, recruitment, Rewards & succession planning). His career span includes organizations like Western Union, HCL Technologies, CGI Information Systems, Mahindra Satyam and iGate Global Solutions, where he has designed and delivered award-winning talent initiatives.
Anil is a 4-time Brandon Hall Gold winner (2020 and 2021).He is a 3-time “Learning in Practice award” winner both in 2017, 2018 and 2021 from Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Magazine, USA. One of his career best moment is when in October 2017, Western Union was recognized as “#1 Organization for Learning Globally” by ATD BEST. Some of his individual industry recognitions are:
He is a digital transformation enthusiast and is currently a Technical Advisory Board member for Global Skill Development Council (GSDC) - an independent, third-party, vendor neutral, international credentialing and certification organization for latest technologies like: Blockchain, Six Sigma, DevOps, Cloud, ITSM, ISO, Agile and L&D professionals. Anil is also contributing to Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD) as an adjunct teaching faculty for L&OD topics.
Anil is a passionate believer in empowering people through learning and is a ACC certified coach from International Coach Federation (ICF). His other passions and interests include writing poetry, practice of Vipassana meditation and inculcating values-based leadership in all walks of life.
Director, Knowledge & Advisory & Business Head, PSE, SHRM India
Ashissh has over 20 years of experience in HR Consulting firms and has been providing strategic HR inputs to more than 300 clients across industries and geographies including India, Middle East, Americas and Southeast Asia.
Ashissh is a certified DDI Master Facilitator, Gallup Strengths Coach, Hogan Certified and an expert on Talent Management and HR Technology. Prior to joining SHRM, Ashissh has worked extensively with world class Consulting organizations like Gallup, Mercer, DDI and Aon.
He is a trusted adviser to C suite leaders on improving business results by helping build leadership capability, people digital systems, craft talent management strategy, training and designing development journeys and measuring employee engagement.
Ashissh is known for his executive presence, public speaking skills and passion of facilitating leadership and behavioral training workshops. His other significant work includes evaluate and build organizational structures by linking to business needs and the application of competencies across the organization. He is also a certified Competency Based Interviewer. Ashissh is pursuing his executive MBA from IIM Lucknow.
Head HR, Cybage Software Pvt ltd.
Tina is an accomplished HR Professional with over 20 years of HRD expertise. The industries she has contributed till date are Manufacturing, IT services, BPO
Tina is currently Heading HR at Cybage Software Pvt ltd. wherein her focus areas are aligning HR strategies to Business Strategies. Designing /Streamlining HR processes. Developing and implement HR integration program.
Tina has worked with Infosys Limited for over a decade in 2 stints across OD ,Business HR and Talent Acquisition roles. She has received accolades for DC levels initiatives .
Prior to Infosys Limited, Tina has added value to the HR function using her people management skills at, Mphasis, Infosys BPO etc. She was awarded for designing the competency framework at Mphasis
She is an alumnus of SIMS (Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies) having completed her master’s in human resources. Certified by SHL for assessments, Behavioural Interviewing skills by DDI.
ON CSR front she is part of Robin Hood army and spends her weekends teaching and elevating the kids from the low neighbourhood
She loves reading, teaching in her free time. Accolades – Young Thought Leader by People Matters, #100HR Leaders by World HRD Congress
Product Manager, Leaderbuild
Arsh Talwar is the Product Manager at Leaderbuild working on various digital platforms. Building, strategizing & designing to create a richer experience for the users to leave a lasting expression, he brings in a fresh, new perspective to making technology more simple & user centric.
SHRM Advisor & Co-Founder, Salto Dee Fe
Rajan works in the area of Business Enablement and Leapfrogging Organisations to the next orbit of growth. His ﬁrm focuses on 4 practice areas - Talent Management, Organisation Transformation, Executive Search and Leadership Skilling. He and his team has cre-ated the revolutionary One Minute Feedback mobile application tool, Karma Notes.
Rajan has a rich and varied 28 years experience in Human Re-sources . He does cuNng edge Talent Management work with Marc Eﬀron for Fortune 100 companies across the globe, closer home he is involved with Harvard Business Press, Stanford Seed and SHRM advising, consulting, teaching and coaching their clients.
For the past 9 years Rajan has been consulting, advising, training, coaching and launching organisations in their next growth orbit. He has worked with over 100 clients in varied sectors including Fortune 100 Global, Indian private and public sector companies. His clients seek his advice to solve complex Talent/ Performance Management issues, build robust Talent strategies and Transform Organisations.
Since 1992, Rajan has garnered his expertise through hard-won experience across multiple sectors – in manufacturing industry he worked with Eicher and Ballarpur Industries, in FMCG with Coca Cola, and in consul;ng with Eicher Consultancy Services (ECS), before geNng into ﬁnancial services with Max New York Life Insurance (MNYL). He spent over a decade in the ﬁnancial services industry.
In his corporate career, Rajan has been instrumental in seNng up HR functions, formulating the philoso-phy, strategy and policies of the function. He has speciﬁc expertise in the areas of Performance Man-agement, Compensation, Feedback & Talent Management. He has been instrumental in Transforming Organisations over the last 15 years. He regularly tweets and publishes on LinkedIn.
Rajan has been trained by Harvard Business Publishing in Case study methodology, DDI in Performance Management & Coaching, by SHL in OPQ Assessments. He is an international speaker, expert in the areas of Human Resources & Performance Feedback.
Rajan is Masters in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He is certiﬁed in Organisation Design from IIMB and in Behaviour Economics 101 from Rotman School, Toronto.
Head of Employee Engagement & OD, BSH Household Appliances (Bosch)
Harsha Vatnani is a Global HR professional with 12 years of corporate experience in US, Canada, Europe and Asia geographies. In the current role she is heading organization development, employee engagement and communication at BSH Household Appliances Pvt Ltd. Prior to this she has held several roles as Regional HR, OD Lead and Business Partner HR in Infosys.
She has diversified experience in partnering with business for overall strategic growth of the organization in terms of Cost effective human capital management, Employee Relations, Workforce planning and Recruitment, Change Management and Transformation, Conceptualizing and implementing Reward programs, and Talent Development.
Managing Director - HR, Natwest
Sanjev is an HR profession with 20+ years of experience and has led HR teams in varies life-cycles of the organisations includingstart ups, turn around and high risk environment across industries like telecom, healthcare, hospitality and banking - each one with unique challenges and needs. He supports various start-ups as an adviser, angle investor and on board. He is a strong believer in application of technology, leading digital transformation through wider adoption, and retaining human touch at key touch points.
He is a certified Job Evaluator, Trainer in areas of Process and Quality Education, Lead ISO auditor. Certified Talent Assessor by Hogan and PCC level Coach. He is passionate about mental well-being in today’s context and human psychology. Inclusion, human rights and economic parity are key areas that he believes in.
Currently, he is Managing Director – HR withNatwestGroup leading Rewards & Employment for India.
Vice President - People Team & Head of Human Resources, GlobalLogic India
Rajesh Rai is Vice President – People Team and Head of Human Resources for GlobalLogic in India. Rajesh is responsible for spearheading the company’s HR transformation, Learning & Development, Change Management and D&I & Sustainability initiatives for India.
With over two decades of experience in the HR industry, Rajesh has extensive experience of working with global business & HR teams across multiple cross-cultural border teams effectively. Rajesh will help GlobalLogic build new frontiers that will bolster the company’s vision in building a ‘humans and people first’ culture, drive employee experience, nurture diversity and inclusion, and transform the employees’ and company’s growth journey.
Rajesh has worked with various leading global organizations such as Eicher Motors, Expedia, United Colors of Benetton, Adobe Systems, Ernst & Young, and Arthur Andersen. Rajesh joined GlobalLogic this year and was previously associated with Accenture as Head of HR for their Consulting business in India, along with India Corporate Functions. He enabled HR interventions & strategies for a huge workforce, that focused on crafting industry leading HR practices, commissioning large-scale transformational change and redefining employee experience through Human Capital strategies, Culture, Performance Achievement, Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion.
Rajesh holds a Bachelors and Masters in Chemistry from Delhi University and an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur. He is a GALLUP Strengths Coach and loves coaching teams and individuals for leveraging & applying their strengths. Rajesh loves to travel & experience local cultures. He also loves Yoga, meditation, painting, sketching, music, soccer and is an avid reader.
Head - Customer Strategy, South Asia, Workplace from Facebook
Niharika is the Head of Customer Strategy, South Asia for Workplace from Facebook and is passionate about building products that make Enterprises more efficient and agile. She comes with an exhaustive experience of working in the technology space and has built her expertise in B2B SaaS and Product Strategy. She has worked for Tech giants like Microsoft where she helped in digitization of SMBs in India and at Uber where she was driving disruption of enterprise mobility. She is a strong proponent of women representation in tech and works as a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation where she helps women-led early-stage startups in formulating their product and business strategies. She is an ISB, Hyderabad graduate and stays in Gurgaon.
Director - Customer Experience, ZingHR
Rajat Luthra is the Head of Customer Experience at ZingHR, With over 15 years of dynamic experience, he has worked with some of the best global companies like GE, Video recruit and people matters.
Learning & Development Head, Societe Generale
Developed Leaders, changed mindsets and ensured leadership pipeline for critical roles for organisations for over 20 years.
My main areas of strength lie in building people strategy, create and running employee engagement program, culture building, motivating, retaining team members, and recruitment. I have done extensive work in the area of Organisation development, performance management, mapping of competencies and career management for employees. The experience gained has made me confident to experiment and take up challenges to change the systems radically. Currently heading the Talent management function and leading the Strategic workforce planning for large back office unit of a bank.
I bring in good balance of HR practices into the operations scenario and help easy implementation of key strategic practices. The focus on top & bottom line profitability by ensuring optimal utilization of resources has come with running an entrepreneurial venture.
Proven strengths in out of the box thinking and creativity, and exceptional leadership qualities have help the business increase their bottom line. High degree of initiative and maturity, excellent verbal and written communication skills, change agent and ability to lead teams to achieve extraordinary results, has made me win many recognition and awards.
My company just won a silver award in Brandon Hall for our learning offerings in Best Advance In Custom Content and Best Advance in Competencies And Skill Development.
VP & Dean Anand U, Anand Group
Sampada Inamdar is an ICF Certified Executive Coach. Along with this, she is also a Certified OD Practitioner & Psychometrician. Overall, she has over 25 years of experience, and is currently working as the VP & Chief Learning Officer at Anand Group India. With a certification in Design Thinking, and a thorough experience in facilitative programs across organizations, cultures and levels, she currently leads the Corporate University into talent development interventions for driving organizational effectiveness. Sampada develops and drives leadership development strategy at all levels of the hierarchy to enable growth strategy and culture.
Being an Executive Coach for fast-track talent, she leads people and brings about transformative changes. Sampada also leads and managed various assessment practices related to leadership development, talent and succession planning. Along with this, she grooms talent pipelines across all hierarchies, for all 19 JVs, and transition and senior roles. She aims to establish and revamp competency development frameworks and interventions linking to career and succession planning, and aligns long duration skill development interventions for work focre across junior, mid and senir management and shopfloor employees.
She steers many facilitative long duration programs across the organization locations and levels via via techno-structural interventions for HR processes, policies, Performance Management, Balanced Scorecard and Compensation systems. She has designed and institutionalized creative approaches to long duration leadership interventions for grooming business leaders and technocrats via Indian and International Interventions.
Sampada specializes in Organization Effectiveness, Leadership Development, Facilitating Change, Organization Restructuring, Employee Engagement, Career & Succession Mapping, Research and Analytics and Psychometrics. She is a Balanced Scorecard Professional and has trained in Position Evaluations by Mercers India as well as Business Process Re-engineering.
Senior Associate Director Knowledge & Advisory - SHRM India & Mena
Nida is a passionate and entrepreneurial HR Professional with over a decade of experience across diverse areas of the human capital lifecycle. Prior to her current stint with SHRM India, she was working independently and associated with several firms like Great Place to Work Research and Consultancy, School of Inspired Leadership and Institution Builders. She has also been previously employed as a Project Leader with Right Management India. Nida has worked on projects involving both high level strategy and ground level execution. Combination of subject matter expertise with operational understanding and effective stakeholder management has always ensured business impact of HR interventions. Her domain expertise lies in the areas of Competency Management, Talent Assessment, Leader Development, Employee Engagement and Performance Management. In her work in the space of Leader Development, she has worked on content design, development and delivery of more than 200 learning programs across Automotive Manufacturing, FMCG, Construction, IT, BFSI, Telecom, Energy, Government and Pharmaceutical sectors for a host of behavioural and HR functional topics. She holds a degree in Science from Lucknow University and is an MBA from SIBM (Gold Medalist). She is certified to administer and interpret the MBTI psychometric instrument and is also well versed with other psychometric tools like Caliper, Birkman and Learning Style Inventory
Head, Customer Growth, Workplace from Facebook India
Anshika is a digital transformation and technology evangelist and is the Head of Enterprise Growth in Indiafor Workplace from Facebook. She has helped many large organizations re-think Workplace transformation across India. She brings unique perspective from her experience consulting with large global enterprises, empowering you to unleash the untapped potential of your employees. Prior to Facebook Workplace, Anshika has worked in organizations like Cisco, Intel, McAfee helping them scale their businesses in India – her career expands over several industries including Cyber Security, Cloud Networking and Digital Workplace. She currently holds an MBA from IIM Lucknow and resides in Mumbai.
Head HR, R1 RCM
Swati heads the Human Resources function for R1, and is also a part of the R1 India Board. With more than 20 years of experience she has proven success in identifying innovative, global and regional solutions to drive organizational effectiveness, talent strategies, compensation programs, performance management and HR operational excellence activities across sectors (Healthcare, Banking, Analytics, Telecom and IT). She has been associated with R1 for over 4 years now and leads the entire gamut of HR services for the India location.
Associate Director - Knowledge & Advisory, SHRM India
She is part of the Knowledge Advisory team at SHRM India focused on helping clients achieve their business objectives through effective consultation and project management support. Over the last decade, she has worked extensively in the area of Learning and Organizational Development in organizations such as Adobe, Evalueserve and Wipro. A passionate facilitator, she has facilitated more than 300 virtual learning sessions and over 5000 hours of class-room learning on a variety of topics. She is a certified SDI (Strengths Deployment Inventory), Saville Wave and Hogan practitioner. A Vipassana meditator and a trekking enthusiast on the side, draws tremendous inspiration from the mountains.
HR Head, Prione & Cloudtail
Shilpa is an HR leader with over 20 years of Human Resources experience across consulting, insurance, retail and e-commerce industries. Her experience is a mix of leading Country HR portfolios as well as global and regional assignments; she has led the HR function for organizations with varied business contexts including significant expansion & growth; restructuring and transformation on account of pivoting of business model/ focus as well as preparing for listing on stock exchange.
Shilpa graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University and has an MBA in Human Resources from the International Management Institute, New Delhi. She started her career in HR consulting with Ernst & Young/ Arthur Andersen and thereafter worked with Aviva Life Insurance and ICICI Prudential Life Insurance.
She worked with MetLife as the Country Head of Human Resources for the India business and then as the Talent Management lead for Asia. Thereafter, Shilpa served as the Chief HR and Corporate Responsibility Officer for Bharti AXA General Insurance.
Shilpa then joined Arvind Fashions Limited as the Chief Human Resources Officer where she was responsible leading the HR & Facilities functions for 9 business units across 6 legal entities across multiple categories – apparel, footwear, custom tailoring, innerwear and beauty.
She currently leads HR, Public Relations and Facilities for Prione Group which includes Prione Business Services Pvt. Ltd. and its wholly owned subsidiary Cloudtail India Pvt. Ltd.
Senior Manager - Learning & Development, Altisource
Tulika comes with a rich experience of over 18 years with Learning & Development and Quality. She heads the Learning & Development team of Altisource globally. A Six Sigma black belt, Tulika believes in and drives transformational HR through definite strategies and qualitative analysis on performance. She believes in people before performance – You invest in people, performance will follow!
Lead Solution Engineer, Salesforce
I am part of the Solution Engineering team at Salesforce with a focus on Retail Industry and Digital Natives.
I have been with Salesforce for over 6 years. I truly enjoy working as a trusted technology & solution advisor to customers driving digital & customer experience transformation.
Associate Director Advisory - India & Sri Lanka, SHRM
Saurabh is an Entrepreneur & HR/Strategy Advisor with over 15 years of learning and experience across the People & Org consulting space. Saurabh brings in deep expertise within the Talent Management solutions landscape having worked on projects across sectors like Oil & Gas, Metal and Mining, BFSI, PSUs, IT/ITeS, Auto, FMCG, Ecommerce, EdTech & Startup.
During his entrepreneurial stint, he founded Realytics, a predictive analytics startup for employee engagement & progression inspired on Mihaly’s Flow Dynamics. He has also been advising startups within consulting and edtech space on talent & HR practices, Product market fit & Growth strategy.
Prior to joining SHRM, Saurabh has worked with organizations like Thomas Assessment, MaFoi Management, Pearson, GPTW, KPMG and EY across roles spanning across Business development and Project management , before starting his own gig as an independent Advisory partner.
Specialties: Cognitive and Behavioural Assessment Consulting, Assessment/Development Centre, Employee Engagement, Culture Study, Talent Analytics, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching, Startup Consulting, Growth Strategies.
Sr. Knowledge Advisor, SHRM India
Nitya is an Organization development consultant with experience in Leadership Development, Behavioural Assessments for Succession planning, Performance Management and designing learning journeys for managerial development.
Over the last decade she has successfully leveraged her experience in Business and Consulting to drive meaningful and measurable change management initiatives for her clients across industries like BFSI, ITES, Fintech, Pharma & Manufacturing.
She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in executive HR from XLRI and is a certified HOGAN practitioner. She has extensively used Predictive Psychometric tools like CHALLY, Personality assessment DISC, Pearson personality tool Sosie, Critical thinking Assessments Watson Glaser etc. for designing talent management solutions for clients.
Prior to Organizational Development, her corporate journey began in Business with the Citigroup and later in Wealth Advisory for Private and Corporate clients at Deutsche bank.
"Founded by Balaji Viswannathan in 2016, Invento Research Inc. is a US-based company that has deployed smart robots across different countries in the world. Some of our robots are in offices improving customer engagements, a few of them in hospitals, safeguarding doctors and healthcare staff by helping them in performing patient screening, pre-diagnosis, remote communication with patients, disinfecting areas, corporations and some of them in the retail sector to enhance user experience and provide in-house support along with visitor management facilities.
The most recent initiative by the company is in senior care. We are bringing autonomous mobile robots into long term care and assisted living facilities to track the seniors and alert them about possible falls ahead of time."
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