In a world transformed, we are facing unprecedented disruption. The future is filled with Volatility however, one thing stands out clearly – Tomorrow belongs to those who leverage Human Potential Exponentiated by Technology.
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Executive Vice President & CHRO, Boeing
Michael D'Ambrose is the executive vice president of Human Resources for The Boeing Company. In this role, he is responsible for the company's leadership and learning, talent planning, employee and labor relations, total rewards and diversity and inclusion initiatives. He is also a member of the company's executive council.
Michael has been a leader in human resources for over three decades, focused on leveraging innovative human strategies to influence business strategy, empower leaders, embrace change and deliver business results. He is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion and brings deep expertise in talent management, succession, compensation, M&A, labor/union negotiations, and creating high performing teams that drive extraordinary results.
Prior to joining Boeing, Michael spent almost 14 years as the senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), where he oversaw global human resources, helping to lead a corporate culture of innovation, inclusion and integrity. Previously, he served in a series of executive-level business and HR positions, including chief human resources officer at Citigroup, First Data and Toys 'R' Us Inc., along with senior HR roles at Travelers Mortgage Services and Ingersoll-Rand Corporation. He also served as the CEO of Shadow Broadcasting Services and as chief operating officer for Westwood One, Inc.
In addition, Michael has extensive corporate board experience, serving on the board of directors for Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) as chair of the Resource Development Committee. He is chairman of the board of directors for The Cornell Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS), and serves on several other high-profile boards, including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Center for Executive Succession at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, and the CEO advisory board for the USC Marshall Center for Effective Organizations.
>D'Ambrose holds a bachelor's degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
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.
SHRM-SCP, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Global Industry Analyst and Dean, Josh Bersin Academy
Josh Bersin is an analyst, author, educator, and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and the challenges and trends impacting business workforces around the world. He studies the world of work, HR and leadership practices, and the broad talent technology market. He is often cited as one of the leading HR and workplace industry analysts in the world.
He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. Over the next ten years, he expanded the company’s coverage to encompass HR, talent management, talent acquisition, and leadership and became a recognized expert in the talent market. He sold the company to Deloitte in 2012, when it became known as Bersin™ by Deloitte. He currently sits on the board of UC Berkeley Executive Education.
Marshall Goldsmith is the only two-time winner of the Thinkers 50 Award for #1 Leadership Thinker in the World. He has been ranked as the #1 Executive Coach in the World and a Top Ten Business Thinker for the past eight years. Dr. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 36 books, including three New York Times bestsellers, that have sold over 2.5 million copies and been listed bestseller in 12 countries. His books, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers have been recognized by Amazon.com as two of the Top 100 Leadership & Success Books Ever Written.
India's Sherpa to G20 & G7 Member of Parliament Government of India, New Delhi
Shri Suresh Prabhu is known as a man of action, having a penchant for undertaking reforms, scripting turnarounds and achieving superlative results by working in mission mode. An advocate for decisive growth-driven change, he is well respected for his impeccable integrity, passion and commitment towards society at large.
He is currently India’s Sherpa to G20 & G7. A Member of Parliament for Government of India. A former Minister of Railways, A former Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation.
Featured among the top three Indian leaders of the future by Asia Week magazine, Hong Kong in its cover story “Giant on the Move,” he has been guided by the dream and mission to balance the needs of human development while preserving the fragile environment. Constantly featured in the list of top five ministers in India from 2014-2017 in terms of both performance and accessibility in nation-wide surveys.
Shri Suresh Prabhu is Official emissary of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in the G7 & G20 forums. He has been one of the key persons in shaping the official agenda of the Government of India on key issues for G7 & G20 Summit; in a short span he has engaged with global leaders/thinkers and has led delegations across the globe.
As the Minister for Commerce and Industry, he has highlighted areas – such as trade promotion, investment promotion, boosting domestic manufacturing and institutionalizing evidence informed policy making – where a focused approach will be adopted. From Introducing an Agriculture Export Policy, setting up Investment War Room, implementation plan for Make in India 2.0 and setting up a Data Analytics Unit are some of the steps being taken to address each of the areas.
He has served as the Minister for Railways. Under his leadership, Railways transformed from a slow-moving behemoth into a fast, responsive organization. A complaint resolution mechanism through social media, innovative project financing by leveraging extra budgetary resources, quantum jump in infrastructure creation and integrating sustainability into the core strategy of Railways are just some of his successes.
He is well known for his easy accessibility to the public, which not only acts as a deterrent to bureaucratic delays and corruption in the functioning of his Ministry, but also encourages new ideas and viewpoints. He is also a believer in people’s participation in the working of the Ministries under him, especially through the involvement of different stakeholders.
Some lesser known facts about him is that he has been an entrepreneur, banker par excellence.
He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and was the youngest chairman of one of the largest cooperative banks. His life has also been devoted to worthy social causes. He has related to over 150 social & cultural organizations.
Co-founder & CEO, Leapgen
Jason Averbook is a leading analyst, thought leader and consultant in the area of human resources, the future of work and the impact technology has on that future. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Leapgen, a global consultancy helping organizations shape their future workplace by adopting forward-looking workforce practices and fast-innovating technologies personalized for their business. Prior to founding Leapgen, Jason served as the CEO of The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC). In 2005, he co-founded Knowledge Infusion LLC and served as its CEO until 2012, when the company was sold to Appirio. Earlier in his career, he served as the Chief Business Innovation Officer at Appirio Inc., where he led the HCM business. He has also held senior leadership roles at PeopleSoft and Ceridian Corporation. Jason has more than 20 years of experience in the HR and technology industries, and has collaborated with industry-leading companies in transforming their HR organizations into strategic partners.
CEO, NITI Aayog
Mr Amitabh Kant is presently posted as CEO, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India). He was till recently Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
Amitabh Kant is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 Batch). He is the author of "Branding India - An Incredible Story" and has been a key driver of "Make in India", Startup India, "Incredible India" and "God's Own Country" campaigns which positioned and branded India and Kerala State as leading tourism destinations. These campaigns have won several international awards and embraced a host of activities - infrastructure development, product enhancement, private-public partnership and positioning and branding.
Amitabh Kant has worked as Chairman & CEO, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corporation, CMD - ITDC, Joint Secretary - Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Secretary - Tourism, Government of Kerala, Managing Director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, District Collector, Kozikhode and Managing Director, Matsyafed.
Amitabh Kant did his schooling from Modern School, Delhi, Graduation in Economics (Hons) from St. Stephens, Delhi University and M.A from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is a Chevening Scholar.
President, The Talent Strategy Group
Marc helps the world's biggest brands and most successful companies elevate the quality and impact of their talent. He leads transformational projects globally in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to consumer products to technology. As the founder and President of the Talent Strategy Group, he leads the firm’s global consulting, education, executive search and publishing businesses.
Marc co-authored the Harvard Business Review Publishing best-selling book One Page Talent Management, often called the “talent management bible.” Companies worldwide apply its discipline of science-based simplicity, accountability and transparency. His upcoming book 8 Steps to High Performance will be published by Harvard Business Review in July 2018.
Marc co-founded the Talent Management Institute at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan - Flagler Business School. It has become the world’s most popular executive education program on talent management with more than 3,000 graduates.
Marc publishes Talent Quarterly magazine which he founded in 2013 to help executives make smarter decisions about how to manage talent.
Prior to forming The Talent Strategy Group, Marc served as VP, Talent Management for Avon Products and led Global Leadership Consulting Practice for Aon Hewitt. He was also SVP, Leadership Development for Bank of America and a Congressional Staff Assistant.
Marc is a sought after speaker on talent management and leadership topics by both corporations and conferences. He is widely quoted on talent issues in the business media and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Influencers in HR.
Marc founded and leads the New Talent Management Network, a non-profit HR networking and research organization that is now the world's largest talent management organization with more than 3,000 members.
Marc earned a M.B.A. from the Yale University School of Management and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.
Customer Experience & Service Culture Expert & New York Times Bestselling Author
Ron Kaufman is the world’s leading educator and motivator for uplifting customer service and building service cultures.
Rated one of the “Top 25 Who’s Hot” speakers by Speaker magazine, Ron presents powerful insights and global best practices gained from working with clients on every continent for thirty years. His energetic online and onstage speeches and workshops have inspired millions.
Ron is author of the New York Times bestseller, “Uplifting Service! The Proven Path to Delighting Your Customers, Colleagues and Everyone Else You Meet” and 14 other books on service, business and inspiration.
Ron’s experience and commitment to results have been distilled into proven models and methods for continuous service improvement. His unique approaches to learning and leadership have been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, GlobalGurus has rated Ron the #1 customer service guru in the world.
He is the founder of Uplifting Service, a global education and consulting company that enables leaders and organizations to build Uplifting Service cultures. In 2020, Global Gurus ranked Uplifting Service the #1 Customer Service Development Program in the world.
Ron moved to Asia in 1990 to help Singapore Airlines and the government of Singapore create and launch a national service quality training organization.
He is a graduate of Brown University, USA with studies in France, London and Berkeley, California. He is a founding member of Asia Professional Speakers Singapore and is in the Ultimate Frisbee Hall of Fame (really).
Ron resides in Singapore with his wife Jen. Together they serve communities and clients throughout the world.
Co-Founder, ISPIRT Foundations
Sharad Sharma has over two decades of experience in the Internet, Enterprise Software and Infrastructure markets and is a prominent voice in India's entrepreneurial ecosystem. He has co-founded iSPIRT Foundation, a think tank focused on building the software product ecosystem in India. He is a member of SEBI's Financial and Regulatory Technology Committee, RBI's MSME Lending Committee and a special invitee to the National Digital Payments Committee. He has also chaired the Product Forum at NASSCOM. Prior to this, he headed Yahoo! India R&D where he led product engineering for all emerging markets and some global products. He has also held senior R&D role at VERITAS, Symantec, Lucent Technologies and AT&T. He was given the R&D Visionary Award by Zinnov in 2008.
Sharad co-founded Teltier, a wireless infrastructure startup now part of CISCO and is an active technology angel investor through LetsVenture. Sharad was the Chairperson of the IEEE Student Chapter while at the Delhi College of Engineering, and started its Minicomputer Club in 1984.
Founder & Chairman, Sampark Foundation & Former CEO, HCL Technologies
Vineet Nayar is Founder Chairman of Sampark Foundation and former CEO of HCL Technologies. He is also author of the highly acclaimed management book "Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down" (Harvard Business Press, June 2010) which has sold more than 100,000 copies to date. Vineet is also an acknowledged management visionary and a radical thinker who architected HCLT’s transformation from $0.7 billion in 2005 to a $4.7 billion Global Technology Services Company with over 85,000 employees across 32 countries in 2013. This radical transformation led Fortune to recognize HCL as "the world's most modern management" while BusinessWeek named HCLT as "one of the world's most influential companies"; which led HCL's innovative management practices to be taught as a case study at both the Harvard Business School and London Business School.
Vineet was also chosen by Fortune Magazine for its first ever, global "Executive Dream Team" 2012 which has been described as an "all-star leadership" that “could coalesce and dominate in any industry". This is in addition to his inclusion in the elite "Thinkers 50 List" in 2011-12, which is a definitive listing of the world’s top 50 business thinkers.
Vineet currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the McKinsey Leadership Institute and Fortune 1000 companies. He also mentors 18 technology lead stratups and is on the Advisory Board of the Millions Learning Project led by the ex-Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard. He is also the Founding member of Brookings India and has been a Juror of Harvard Business Review’s prestigious McKinsey Prize. Previously, he has served as Governor of ICT, member of the Global Advisory Board of Women Leader's and Gender Parity Program as well as a Community Partner of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum. Vineet has been a "Mentor" (Co-Chair) of WEF's 2011 AMNC Conference.
President, Microsoft Asia
As President of Microsoft Asia, Ahmed Mazhari oversees a vibrant and diverse region comprising 20 countries, 22,000 employees, and 100,000 partners.
He focuses on acceleration of the Asia Pacific region’s digital transformation enabled by Microsoft, as the leading productivity and platform company, through its product, service and support offerings. He also continues to build and reinforce Microsoft’s reputation as a trusted partner for individuals, organizations and governments.
Mazhari believes in deepening collaborations with Microsoft’s customers and partners in Asia to accelerate digital adoption and empower innovative advancements in the region. This is fueled by his deep understanding of business process transformation and his passion for embracing change and implementing creative solutions in a fast-paced world. He is a big believer in the power of long-term partnerships with both employees and customers to achieve stronger and longer-lasting growth.
He joined Microsoft Asia in February 2020, following 23 successful years at GE and Genpact (a spin off from GE in 2005) where he last served as Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer leading the company’s growth globally across all industry verticals, products, service lines and geographies. Prior to this, he held senior leadership roles at Xerox.
Mazhari holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, India. He is married with one child. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking with his family, is passionate about fitness, is an avid reader and loves watching cricket.
Secretary, Information Technology (IT), Govt. Of Telangana
Mr. Jayesh Ranjanis a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the 1992 batch and working in the state of Telangana. He holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Delhi University, a degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Masters in Public Management from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He has also done short courses in the University of Birmingham (on Environmental Policy Analysis), JICA training Institute, Tokyo (on lake remediation), London School of Economics (on Globalization and Leadership), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (in Public Policy), and Swedish Institute, Stockholm (on Sustainability and CSR). He is the All-India topper of his IAS batch of 1992. He was awarded World Bank’s Social Capital Visiting Scholarship in 2002 and the British Government’s Gurukul Chevening Scholarship in 2005. He has done international consultancy assignments for the World Bank, UN-ESCAP, Sedatu project of Mexico, and for international NGOs working for Youth Issues like YES, Inc of the USA and NMC from Italy. He is a part of the National Pool of Trainers in Leadership constituted by the Government of India, and is involved in training and mentoring newly recruited Civil Servants. Among his other distinctions, he was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star by His Majesty The King of Sweden in 2019 for promoting Swedish business interests in India including the opening of IKEA’s first Indian store in Hyderabad.
Jayesh Ranjan is the Principal Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) Departments of the Telangana government. His assignment involves developing policy frameworks, attracting new investments, identifying opportunities for utilizing IT in various government processes, and promoting the digital empowerment of the citizens. His last few assignments have been in the Industrial Promotion sector as Commissioner and MD of the Industries Department, Secretary in the Tourism Promotion Department, and Vice-Chairman of the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA), all for 2-3 years each, and various rural assignments in different parts of the state for over 12 years, working in diverse sectors like Tribal Development, Natural Resources Management, Poverty Alleviation and other related Social Development Sectors.
Jayesh Ranjan supports many social, cultural and charitable causes, and is on the Boards/Advisory committees of United Way (Hyderabad), Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) Foundation, Young Lives India, Save the Children, Sparsh Hospice, APMAS, ML Jaisimha Sports Foundation, Hyderabad 10 K Foundation, Vijaya Foundation Trust, Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation, LSN Foundation, Tejas Foundation, Magic Bus Hyderabad, World Wildlife Fund (Hyderabad chapter), Hyderabad Literary Festival. Spic-Macay. Heal a Child Foundation, Moving Images, Society to Aid the Hearing Impaired (SAHI), and Institute of Public Enterprises (IPE).
Partner, Deloitte Consulting LLP US Leader, Future of Work
Jeff Schwartz is a senior Human Capital Consulting partner with global and emerging markets experience in talent strategies, leadership, learning and talent development, organization design, strategic change, and human resources (HR) strategies for corporations and government agencies. He works with global and executive teams on large scale change and transformation programs with a focus on guiding senior leaders and teams on projects with unique questions of scale, business impact, and urgency.
He is on the global Human Capital Consulting executive and the global leader, Marketing, Eminence and Brand and a senior advisor to the Human Capital practice in India. Over the past several years he was worked with some of the leading groups and MNCs in India including Reliance Industries, Aditya Birla Group, and Citibank India. A former commercial and investment banker he has consulted extensively for financial institutions around the world including private sector, public sector, and international development banks. From 2011 through June 2015, Jeff led the Human Capital practice for US India (the firm's global delivery centers). Jeff has led organization and HR transformation projects for global multinational clients around the world including working with the largest companies in India over the past four years.
Jeff works across industries with a focus in global financial services. He began his career as an investment banker with Chemical Bank in New York (now part of JP Morgan Chase). His experience as a consulting partner includes work in the US and around the world and he has lived in India, Belgium, Russia, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Nepal and visited and worked in more than 70 countries. He was a founding co-leader of Deloitte's global talent management services practice which has been recognized by industry analysts as one of the world's leading practices. Jeff is also a co-founder of the firm’s CHRO (Chief Human Resource Officer) services practice. Jeff was the global and US leader of the Organization, Change and Talent practices from 2002 to 2010 and the US Human Capital Chief Markets and Marketing Officer from 2009-2011. He has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University in History and Government (BA 1980) and graduate degrees from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (MPA 1987) and the Yale School of Management (MBA 1987).
Founder & President - Avrio Institute
Acclaimed global futurist and trendcaster, Dr. Shawn DuBravac is author of the New York Times Best Seller Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate, which explores how the world's mass adoption of digital technologies portends the beginning of a new era for humanity in the realms of business, healthcare, finance, transportation and culture.
DuBravac delivers pragmatic and provocative insights on the trends, technologies and paradigms transforming business and society along with actionable strategies organizations in every industry can apply.
DuBravac shares his many insights and ideas at ShawnDuBravac.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @shawndubravac.
Chief Executive Officer - Makers Hive Innovations
Mr. Siva Pranav Kumar Vempati, is a creative, talented and innovative graduate with consolidated expertise in project management, business management, customer engagement and business development. Pranav decided to direct his prodigal acumen in technology towards founding a company that uses technology to make the lives of people better. He is a part of directors' team at Makers Hive Innovations Pvt Ltd. He has joined the board of directors of the company with effect from 22 nd March 2018. Before founding Makers Hive Innovations Private Limited , Pranav worked with Ignite , the research arm of Tata Consultancy Services, where he headed several research projects involving autonomous drones, prosthetics, ﬂow cam, robotics and VR.
VP HR, The World Bank Group
Annette Dixon is the World Bank Group’s Vice President for Human Resources, responsible for providing strategic leadership to the institution on talent development and overseeing all HR policies, programs, services to support the Bank Group’s global workforce.
Prior to this appointment, Annette was the World Bank’s Vice President, Human Development, overseeing the Global Practices for education; health, nutrition, and population; gender; and social protection and jobs, and the Gender Group. She led the Bank’s work on Human Capital and oversaw the COVID-19 emergency response, under which the Bank delivered $20 billion in human development investments.
She was previously the Bank’s Vice President for the South Asia Region. In managing the World Bank’s engagement in South Asia to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity, Annette led relations with eight countries, including India—the institution’s biggest client. She also oversaw lending operations and trust-funded projects worth more than $10 billion a year.
Before joining the region, Annette was Director, Strategic Planning in the Budget, Performance Review and Strategic Planning Vice Presidency and Country Director to Central Asia, then South East Asia. She joined the Bank in 1999 and worked as Sector Director to Human Development in the ECA region.
Annette is a long-standing champion on gender issues. In South Asia, she set a target to deliver 100 percent gender-informed projects and interventions, going beyond the global corporate requirements. Under her leadership, the regional priority for South Asia was to support countries to improve Women’s Labor Force Participation.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Annette Dixon worked for the Government of New Zealand as Chief Executive of the Ministry of Youth Affairs. She also served as General Manager, Sector Policy; Deputy Director-General in the Ministry of Health; Director of Health Policy, Department of the Prime Minister; and Manager Policy Division, Ministry of Women’s Affairs.
Born in New Zealand, Annette holds a Master of Public Policy. She was also awarded the Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University in 1994-1995.
CEO, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, Member of the Board, Wipro Enterprises Limited & Member, Group Executive Council, Wipro Group
Pratik Kumar is a member of Wipro’s senior leadership team, closely associated with Wipro’s growth over the years. He has played a significant role in shaping Wipro into a strong global player over his more than two and a half decades association with the company.
Pratik spent his initial years in the IT business before taking over the mantle of HR leadership of the Corporation in 2002. Under Pratik’s leadership, Wipro was recognized as the first company in the world to be assessed at PCMM Level 5, the highest maturity level on the SEI framework of Carnegie Mellon University.
Pratik assumed leadership of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering ( WIN )as its CEO in July of 2010. In the last few years, WIN has taken rapid stride in establishing its footprints in emerging as well as other growth markets. WIN, under his leadership has also focused its efforts in scaling up its nascent business in Automation, Aerospace & Defense and Water which would be strong platforms for WIN’s future growth.
Pratik is member of the Board of Wipro Enterprises Limited as well as member of the Group Executive Council of Wipro Group. He is an active member of the various industry bodies.
Pratik is a Post Graduate in Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Leena Nair is the first female, first Asian, youngest ever CHRO of Unilever and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE), which is responsible for delivering Unilever’s business & financial performance. Leena bears overall responsibility for the 160,000-strong human capital of Unilever, which operates across multiple regulatory and labour environments spread over 190 countries. She ensures the company has the right people, in the right roles, with the right capabilities and mindset to deliver high business performance. This is a key enabler for Unilever to meet its ambitious business goals with positive environmental and social impact. Throughout her career, Leena has gained a strong reputation for her leadership ability to ignite outstanding business growth. Through always-on learning and constant experimentation, together with an outside-in view of her customer, Leena ensures that her people and business stay ahead of the curve. Leena is also a Non-Executive Director of BT, BEIS (The Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy for the UK) and a member of the board for the Leverhulme Trust. Her purpose is to “ignite the human spark for a better business and better world”.
Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India
A Bachelor of Technology graduate in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1975
Major initiatives as PSA, which made significant impact to the STI landscape of the country
PM-STIAC | Empowered Technology Group
Padma Shri in 2013
Chief Research Officer, Managing Partner, Sapient Insights
Stacey Harris is Chief Research Officer, and a Managing Partner for Sapient Insights Group a Research and Consulting firm focused on helping clients use data and insights to achieve organizational outcomes. She also oversees Sierra-Cedar’s industry research work, including the esteemed Annual HR Systems Survey and White Paper, now in its 23rd year, and sits on the IHIRM Board of Directors, overseeing strategy and education in her role as Vice Chair. Stacey is listed in HR Executive Magazines Top 100 HR Tech Influencers list and is a frequent speaker at HR events both in the U.S. and abroad and co-hosts the HR Tech Weekly Radio Show at HR Examiner.com.
President, India & South Asia, Rolls-Royce
Kishore Jayaraman is President for Rolls-Royce India and South Asia. Since taking over the role eight years ago, Kishore has been instrumental in driving strategic focus and significant expansion across the Rolls-Royce Defence, Civil Aerospace and Power Systems businesses.
Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Kishore held diverse leadership roles across markets at GE for 23 years, and his last assignment was as President and CEO of GE Energy, South Asia.
With an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, Kishore serves on several boards and is at the helm of industry committees and associations, whilst being a champion for leadership development and strategic ecosystem evolution for the present and future.
Kishore is based in New Delhi, India.
Managing Partner, The Preparation Company
Hari consults with Chief Executive Officers, Chief Transformation Officers, Chief Digital Officers and Chief HR Officers in shaping a strategy for a new disruptive world. He is based in Los Angeles.
Hari defines agility as being ‘At The Speed Of The Customer’. He believes that strategy in a new world is driven by multi industry influences making every company a platform, technology and data company.
He is a Caltech CTME Faculty and teaches strategy & transformation. He has over 25 years of industry and consulting experience across 55+ Countries.
He brings this thinking to creating imaginative, creative and futuristic people strategies for companies that blur the lines between industries, customer and employees, humans and technology. He is known for his work in areas of Agile HR and Reimagining Work through a one-of-its-kind diagnostic he developed.
Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, GOI
Ramanan is the Mission Director of the Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) Government of India
R Ramanan is the Senior Vice President of Tata Consultancy Services, prior to this he was the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of CMC Ltd., a subsidiary of the globally acclaimed Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
Ramanan’s illustrious career in the IT industry spans more than three decades when he joined TCS in 1981 after graduating from IIT Bombay in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Ramanan has also been invited as the guest of honor at convocation of various prestigious institutions like:
Managing Director & CEO, Strides Pharma Science Ltd.
Dr. R. Ananthanarayanan (Ananth) is Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Strides Pharma Science Limited. He has over three decades of top pedigree global pharmaceutical experience across technical and commercial functions. Before joining Strides, Ananth was President & Global Chief Operating Officer at Cipla Limited, where he oversaw the company’s generics business in regulated markets, branded generics in emerging markets, API business and complex drug-device combinations. Prior to that, he was President & CEO of Global APIs, Biologics, & Medis Generics B2B division at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd in the U.S., managing multi-billion P&L responsibility. He has also held leadership roles at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Piramal Healthcare (formerly Nicholas Piramal), Galpharm International, U.K. (acquired by Perrigo Group), and Zydus Cadila. Ananth is a Graduate in Pharmaceutical Sciences and earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Mumbai, India. He has also been a member of the Board of Advisors at the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey. Widely seen as a people-oriented business leader, Ananth has been a champion of the role of combining the strengths of technology and people power in driving business outcomes.
How you transform your business as technology, consumer, habits industry dynamics change? Find out from those leading the charge. How you transform
How you transform your business as technology, consumer, habits industry dynamics change? Find out from those leading the charge. How you transform
How you transform your business as technology, consumer, habits industry dynamics change? Find out from those leading the charge. How you transform
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