The past year has witnessed one facet of humankind come to the fore like never before – that of resilience, and a never-say-die attitude; that of taking on challenges head-on and still being able to stand one’s ground and loudly proclaim, “Bring it on!”
SHRM India Tech22 celebrates this very spirit of thriving despite adversity and leveraging technology to make work work. VUCA no longer perturbs the majority as much, thanks to the faith instilled by technology – backed by the strength of the digital world, HR folks can confidently get ready to rough it out.
As the definitive platform for identifying path breaking innovations, evolving people practices and cutting-edge technologies that shape Work, the Worker and the Workplace, join #SHRMTECH22 to explore the solutions and big ideas that will define success in the new world of work. With the right HR tech tools, it truly is, GAME ON!
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 & Chairman, Infosys Technologies Limited
Nandan Nilekani is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Infosys Technologies Limited. He was Founding Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a Cabinet Minister rank, from 2009-2014. Most recently, Nandan has cofounded and is Chairman of EkStep, a not-for-profit effort to create a learner-centric, technology-based platform to improve basic literacy and numeracy for millions of children. In 2005, he received the Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics. In 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and named Businessman of the year by Forbes Asia. Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 & 2009. He also received the 22nd Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic & Business Innovation 2017. Nandan Nilekani is the co-author of The Art of Bitfulness: Keeping Calm in the Digital World with Tanuj Bhojwani. His previous books include Imagining India and Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations coauthored with Viral Shah.
Executive Coach, Leadership Thinker & Best Selling Author
Dr. Goldsmith is a member of the Thinkers 50, Hall of Fame. He is the only two-time Thinkers 50, #1 Leadership Thinker in the World.
He has been ranked as the World’s #1 Executive Coach, and Top Ten Business Thinker for eight years.
Marshall was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Lifetime Award for Leadership by the Harvard Institute of Coaching.
Dr. Goldsmith, a New York Times #1 bestselling author, has written or edited 47 books which have sold over 3 million copies, been translated into 32 languages, and become listed bestsellers in 12 countries. Amazon recently recognized the ‘100 Best Leadership & Success Books Ever Written’ - and included Marshall’s Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. H is the only living author with two books on the list. His other bestsellers include: MOJO, Succession: Are You Ready?, The Leader of the Future and How Women Rise (with lead author, Sally Helgesen). His newest book is The Earned Life: Lose Regret and Choose Fulfillment.
Marshall’s acknowledgements include: Global Gurus - Corps D ’Elite Award for Lifetime Contribution in both Leadership and Coaching, Harvard Business Review - World’s #1 Leadership Thinker, Institute for Management Studies - Lifetime Achievement Award for Teaching, American Management Association - 50 great thinkers who have influenced the field of management and BusinessWeek - 50 great leaders in America. He is featured in the documentary movie, “The Earned Life”.
Dr. Goldsmith served as a Professor of Management Practice at the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business. His Ph.D. is from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management - where he was the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. His MBA is from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business - where he was the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year. He is one of a select few executive coaches who has worked with over 200 major CEOs and their management teams. He served on the Advisory Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation for ten years. He has been a volunteer teacher for US Army Generals, Navy Admirals, Girl Scout executives, and leaders of the International and American Red Cross – where he was a National Volunteer of the Year.
Dr. Goldsmith has over 1.3 million followers on LinkedIn and over 3 million views on YouTube. Hundreds of his articles, interviews, columns, and videos are available (at no charge) online at www.MarshallGoldsmith.com. People from around the world have viewed, read, listened to, downloaded, or shared his resources tens of millions of times.
Chief National Coach, Indian Badminton team
Pullela Gopichand started to make a mark in the sport by the age of 13 and has made his family & country proud by winning:
Also, Gopichand has been awarded by International Olympic Committee as IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award Coach of the year 2019. He is the first Indian Coach to receive an honorable mention in the male category of the prestigious 2019 International Olympic Committee’s Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of role he played in the development of the game in the country.
The IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards is an initiative of the IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions a coach has made to develop and encourage athletes in line with the Olympic values in summer or winter Olympic sports.
Pullela Gopichand is also a popular professional motivational speaker who is always appreciated for his keynote content & stories which are not only inspiring and practical but also have applications in leadership, growth-mindset, change, teamwork, and overall inspiration.
Chief Digital Officer, BlackRock
Nilanjan Adhya is the Chief Digital Officer of BlackRock — the world’s largest investment management corporation. In his role, Neel actively collaborates with marketing, design, product and sales teams at BlackRock to reimagine all aspects of digital experiences, create new digital innovations, build great experiences and accelerate transformation across the digital ecosystem. He is passionate about blending design, data, and cross-functional teams to create experiences that people love. Neel has over 20 years of experience working at the intersection of technology, platforms, and people to help global organizations leverage new business models and drive growth.
Prior to BlackRock, Neel was the Chief Digital Officer of IBM’s Cognitive Applications Unit and Vice President of Digital Transformation where he was instrumental in building the digital platforms that power experiences for IBM’s cloud and AI products.
Neel is a keynote speaker at several digital and innovation-focused industry conferences. He frequently shares his thinking on building innovative products and driving transformation in his blog and on LinkedIn. Neel lives in Fairfield, CT with his wife and two kids.
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.
Fellow, iSPIRT Foundation
Tanuj Bhojwani is a storyteller who codes. He holds a chemical engineering degree from IIT Bombay. He also attended Ashoka University and studied liberal arts at the Young India Fellowship. His training in the sciences and humanities allows him to craft narratives about technology that are accessible without sacrificing technical depth. As a Fellow at iSPIRT Foundation, Tanuj works on policy issues related to digital identity, payments, data protection and drones. Prior to iSPIRT, Tanuj has been a VC and an entrepreneur. When not reading or writing, Tanuj spends his time obsessing over board games, digital productivity systems and magic. He lives and works in Bengaluru. Tanuj Bhojwani is the co-author of The Art of Bitfulness: Keeping Calm in the Digital World with Nandan Nilekani.
CEO & Co-Founder, Freeverse.io
Alun is CEO and co-founder of Freeverse.io - the home of "Living Assets" (NFT 2.0). Freeverse was founded in 2019 and offers a unique platform to create NFTs that offer real value. Alun has over 15 years' experience in the tech industry for entertainment, and has a strong passion for building teams with a strong collaborative culture, that are focused on creating products that solve genuine problems. He was previously CEO of Shar3d.io; CTO of Bodypal.com, and Director of Barcelona World Race - THE GAME. Alun has a Ph.D. in Medical Physics from University College London, and has extensive academic experience, having participated at senior level in several EU research projects
CEO, Logical Design Solutions
Mimi Brooks founded Logical Design Solutions (LDS), a consulting firm that envisions and designs enterprise digital solutions, in 1990. Since inception, she has led LDS to become a well-known brand among the technology-focused management consultancies, and a trusted partner to Fortune 500 business clients. Mimi is a former AT&T executive with a career-spanning focus on organizational design, technology-driven business transformation, and research on the changing behaviors of business users. An industry thought leader and author on topics such as the future of work, organizational transformation, and digital business strategy, she frequently presents to Fortune 500 leadership teams and at industry conference events.
Founder, Tech Whisperer Ltd
Jaspreet Bindra is the Managing Director and Founder of Tech Whisperer Limited UK, which does Advisory and Consulting work on Digital Transformation and Digital Technologies like AI, Blockchain, and the Future of Work. Jaspreet was the Group Chief Digital Officer at Mahindra Group, a $20bn conglomerate, a Regional Director at Microsoft India, and a part of the Tata Group through Tata Administrative Services. He is the author of the bestselling book ‘The Tech Whisperer: On Digital Transformation and the Technologies that Enable it’, published by Penguin Random House, as well as a long-standing fortnightly column on technology and business with Mint. Jaspreet was recognised as the inaugural ‘Digitalist of the Year’ by Mint and SAP in 2017, is a Global Moderator/Educator for Harvard Business, Educator for Duke, Expert at Singularity University, Visiting Faculty at Ashoka University and was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Indian School of Business. He is also pursuing his (second) Masters in AI, Ethics and Society at Cambridge University. He divides his time between Cambridge, UK and Gurgaon, India.
CEO, SHRM India, APAC & MENA
Achal Khanna is the CEO for SHRM India and Asia Pacific Head for Business Development. 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 2,90,000 members worldwide.
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.
SVP & Global Head - Blockchain & Metaverse, Tech Mahindra
Rajesh Dhuddu leads the Blockchain & Cybersecurity practice for USD 5.6 billion IT giant, Tech Mahindra.
He was instrumental in establishing Blockchain practice at Tech M that made Blockchain real and valuable for several global customers. Under his leadership, Tech M has been recognized as one of the Global Blockchain leaders by Several leading analysts, Industry bodies and Global Media like ISG, Everest, Avasant, IDC, World Economic Forum & Forbes.
Rajesh is responsible for making Blockchain relevant and valuable for common man in India by spearheading implementation of solutions to block spam calls and text in partnership with 3 leading Telcos and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Under his leadership many award winning Blockchain solutions have been internalized by Fortune 500 and Global Clients in BFSI, Healthcare, Telecom, Payments, Manufacturing, Travel & Transportation verticals.
Forbes Magazine has listed Rajesh Dhuddu as a Key Leader in Blockchain in 2021 Forbes Blockchain 50 companies. Lattice80 has listed Rajesh as one of the top 100 Blockchain Influencers in the world, in recognition of his contributions over the last 6+ years. Thinkers360 has recognized him in the Top 5 Global list of Blockchain influencers.
He is a member of Blockchain Steering Committee at IIM Ahmedabad, part of World Economic Forum Expert Network (comprising only select 5000 people in the world on emerging technologies) for both Cybersecurity and Blockchain and is founding chairman of Blockchain Special Interest Group at Nasscom. He is featured regularly by CNBC, NDTV and other Indian Television media as a Global Blockchain Expert and Influencer. Rajesh has authored two Blockchain books – ‘Blockchain in e-Governance’ and ‘Blockchain A to Z Explained’; these books were featured in Best sellers in Computer Science Books’ category on Amazon.
Rajesh is an alumnus of Columbia Business School & Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning with a Gold Medal in MBA Finance. Driven by his life motto “Help Ever, Hurt Never”, Rajesh has mentored several Entrepreneurs, Corporate Executives and MBA Students.
He is an avid cyclist, holds the title of Randonneur from Paris for cycling 208+ kms in under 10 hours.
Founder & CEO, Wequity
Geetha Kannan is an accomplished entrepreneurial leader and a pioneering voice in India for gender inclusivity in technology. She is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of global experience spanning across leadership roles at Infosys, ANZ and Anita B.org. Her journey of entrepreneurship began in 2019 when she founded Wequity as she wanted to change the dialogue of under-representation of women in tech. Her organization aims to change how workplaces function by using patent pending assessment tools that will drive diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging in the DNA of organizations.
Global Director - Caltech Executive Education, Co-Founder - MyLearningNFT
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.
Senior EVP & Member, Chairman’s Office, Reliance Industries Limited.
She leads the RIL Group HR Office, partnering closely with RIL Executive Committee. The portfolio supports the RIL Group’s vision for the future, for e.g. HR Digitization, RIL Leadership Development, Group D&I Charter, transition of the Energy & Materials Business.
Seema joined RIL in 2018 as Head - People Development Group, leading Talent and Leadership, Learning & Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Communications & Employer Branding for RIL Hydrocarbons and Allied Businesses.
In a career spanning over 28 years, she has supported Technology, Manufacturing and FMCG industries, with domestic and global coverage:
❯ Prior to Reliance, she was the CHRO India and SAARC for Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages.
❯ Before that, Seema was with Cisco for almost 9 years; her last role was the CHRO for India and SAARC, with membership of Cisco India Advisory Board and India Operations Board.
❯ Seema’s early career was with Intel, Hughes Software, Microland Group, and Crompton Greaves.
Seema has an MBA, specializing in HR from XLRI Jamshedpur and graduated in Commerce from Poona University.
She believes in having strong positive impact across the business and employees, via People and Culture
President & Global Chief People Officer, Cipla
Raju is currently leading and shaping the HR agenda for the Global workforce of an organisation that is driven by its purpose of ‘Caring for Life’. In steering Cipla’s dynamic and ambitious people agenda, Raju ensures that its most valued asset, its people, remain the core of its future-ready strategies.
She believes that as an HR leader the sine qua non of her existence in an organisation is to unleash the true potential of an individual, provide rich and diverse opportunities, set high standards for excellence, and witness the exhilaration when people accomplish things that they once believed were impossible.
She has had global experiences of more than quarter of a century across companies which made her realise that excellent quality is not an act of serendipity, but an outcome of conscious acts and choices - and ‘just one miss’ is never an option.
She feels privileged to have had many opportunities to shape careers of many leaders, build global connections that have enriched her professionally. Raju has partnered with various businesses to lay a rock-solid foundation for business success.
Group Head- HR, Infosys
Krishnamurthy (Krish) Shankar is an Executive Vice President and the Group Head of Human Resource Development at Infosys. In this role, he is responsible for envisioning the roadmap for HR, driving strategy, and implementing operational priorities aligned with the overall organizational mandate.
Krish has over 30 years of experience and has led several global HR functions in organizations like Bharti Airtel, Hindustan Unilever and Unilever. Prior to joining Infosys, Krish was the Head of HR for South Asia at Philips. In his wide ranging experience in these organizations, he has led the transformation of HR into a strategic partner, facilitated organization-wide transformation and capability development, and was instrumental in building a strong talent pool through a series of leadership development initiatives.
Krish holds a postgraduate diploma in HR from XLRI, Jamshedpur, and has received an executive certificate in Strategy and Organization from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Krish is an avid reader, loves wildlife photography, and trekking. A football enthusiast, he occasionally runs half-marathons. He is passionate about teaching and exploring new ideas in HR and organization development. Krish is based in Bangalore.
Governance Council Member, FACE
Avtar Monga graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University, a master’s in commerce from Agra University and an MBA from BIMTECH.
He has had 38+ years of work experience which includes:
Avtar built a grounds-up Bank including technology stack by evaluating global solutions and benchmarking as well as leveraged the emerging tech eco system such as UPI and BillPay. He also developed the concept of Bank in a Box and built digitally enabled retail banks.
He got promoted to head the GDCE globally and transformed the delivery from a country specific model to a globally fully integrated model. He also founded the captive of Bank of America which scaled up to over 22,600 employees and 14000 Contractors across locations serving technology, operations across all lines of business as well as front-office needs across markets
Avtar worked with SBI cards to establish the company as the third largest card issuer with 1.2 Million live accounts. He is also the recipient of (Pinnacle) GE Capital’s highest Global Award in 2000 and 2002
Dr. Shalini Lal is an organizational thought leader who helps leaders understand and prepare themselves for “The Future of Work”. In this capacity she works as an advisor and speaker who addresses leadership teams of several of India’s leading organizations. She is also a frequent contributor HT Mint, Business World, and Forbes India.
She recently founded Unqbe-an education and advisory firm around the Future of Work. She also hosts a frequently watched show on LinkedIn called the Future of Work Show, where she discussed ideas about the future that are becoming central to our future.
He subject matter expertise includes building leaders of tomorrow, building social capital in a digital first world and building cultures that can rapidly innovate.
She is a PhD in Org. Science (UCLA), an MBA (IIM-A), and B.A Hons. Eco (St. Stephens College).
Shalini has over two decades of experience working in both Indian and global organisations in senior roles. She loves to combine her academic experience with real world ideas--bringing both conceptual depth and practical expertise. She has earlier worked in HR leadership roles such as CHRO (Escorts Agri), Director HR (Deustche Bank).
And is the author of 'The Secret Life of Organizations' (Hachette, 2019), a book specially meant for the young professional entering the workplace.
CHRO - Hindalco
Samik joined the Aditya Birla Group as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Hindalco Industries Limited in October, 2015. During the last six plus years, he has focused on building a talent pipeline, enhancing capability and evolving the culture to be more open, inclusive, collaborative and meritocratic in line with the evolving business plans and priorities.
Prior to this, Samik was Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for PepsiCo India Region. He started his 15 year tenure in PepsiCo as HR Director for their Snacks business in India during a crucial growth phase of the business in the early 2000’s. In 2005 he was transferred to Hong Kong as the HR & Organisation Capability Director for Asia Region and thereafter moved to Bangkok, Thailand as HR Director for PepsiCo’s South East Asia Business. He came back to India in mid-2011 as Chief People Officer of PepsiCo India and led significant organization design and transformation work for the business. His career as an HR Professional, encompasses 32 years of enriching experience in Strategic Business Partnership, Change Management, Employee Relations, Organisation Design, Diversity & Inclusion and Leadership Development. He has been a member of the Asia Pacific Talent Development and Organizational Effectiveness Council of the Conference Board.
A Post Graduate in Human Resources from XLRI Jamshedpur, Samik started his career with VIP Industries Limited as a Management Trainee. He joined Unilever India in 1993 as an HR Generalist and assumed positions of increasing responsibility during his 8 year stint with them. He is a sports enthusiast and is fond of hiking, travelling, swimming and playing cricket and badminton. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Melina, twins Sunoy and Mrithika and their dog Dannie.
CHRO, AirAsia India
Anjali Chatterjee, CHRO AirAsia India Is a Talent Management and Development professional with over three decades of experience across sectors encompassing hospitality, service, manufacturing and telecom at global as well as national capacities.
Her key focus is to facilitate the creation and deployment of effective talent strategies in line with business objectives. She strongly believes that organizations with robust talent management and development strategies along with the integration of analytics enable stronger business outcomes by having talent that is better than the competition. She is passionate about technology and believes that all businesses require the right combination of HCM technology combined with a culture that focuses on compassion and caring.
Global Talent & Enablement Services Leader, EY Global Delivery Services
Sree is the Global Talent Leader at EY’s Global Delivery Services (GDS) since March 2019. Additionally, he has taken over the role of GDS Enablement Services (ES) Leader from 1 July 2020.
At EY, the focus is to develop leaders who build a better working world. In his role as Global Talent Leader, Sree is leading and driving the complete re-imagination of Talent initiatives, enabling improved partnership with the business. He is also working towards an ambitious three-year vision for ES, of building a distinctive, world class global delivery enablement services organization with exceptional people to enable EY to win in the market.
Sree is also part of the EY Global Diversity and Inclusiveness Steering Committee, the Global Talent Leadership at EY and the GDS Executive Committee.
He has over 25 years of experience in both Human Resources and broader business transformation, extending from human resources management, people supply chain management and organizational development, to technology leadership and quality management.
He is well versed in mergers and acquisitions, talent integration, leadership development, HR shared services, HR analytics and change management.
Sree is qualified in TQM, TPS, PCMM and Agile Methodology & Change Management (Change Acceleration Process). He is also a certified Six Sigma Master Blackbelt and Agile Coach.
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.
Managing Director, SHRMLabs
Guillermo Corea has been involved in digital technology for over 25 years. He’s currently the Managing Director for SHRMLabs, SHRM’s workplace innovation laboratory and venture capital arm. He is charged with establishing SHRM as a research thought leader and product testbed for technologies impacting the future of work and the workplace. Previously, as Director, Digital Media and Business Development at SHRM, he led e-commerce operations and identified non-dues revenue opportunities through a variety of activities, including business and product development, and content and technology partnerships. Guillermo received his Bachelor’s in Economics from Lynchburg College and an MBA from Cornell University.
CHRO, Lead School
With over 25 years of industry experience under his belt, Rohit has been the leading the HR function for various organizations. In his last role he was the CHRO for Paytm since December 2019 where he led the strategic HR agenda for the company.
Prior to this role, Rohit was with Accenture where he was responsible for Accenture’s talent strategy and HR service delivery & operations across all businesses in India..
Rohit has previously also worked with Microsoft, where he served as head of Human Resources for Microsoft India. Prior to this, Rohit spent 11 years at GE in various HR leadership roles across multiple businesses like Energy, Capital, Engineering, Corporate and Aviation both in India and the United States. He has also worked with Eicher Tractors, Cadence Design Systems and Bausch & Lomb.
Rohit is a graduate of SRCC Delhi. He has subsequently also done his MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur. He is married to Swati, who is also an MBA from XLRI and is currently working with SHRM in India. They have 2 children, Dhruv (who is an undergraduate in CS from UCLA, working with Amazon in NY) and Kanhav (who is an undergraduate from Swarthmore in Mathematical Statistics & Economics) and is working with Charles River Associates in Washington DC.
APAC Recruitment & Business Leader, NLB Services
Varun Sachdeva is a Talent Acquisition leader and Human Capital expert with extensive global experience in building strong employer brands and attracting top talent. As the founder and leader of high-performing recruitment delivery teams across North America, Europe, APAC and India, Varun has led workforce management and RPO initiatives by annually hiring over 10K professionals and managing operations worth up to $50 million.
Adept at directing teams of up to 500 professionals across multiple geographies, he has also facilitated the establishment of Global Shared Service Centers for several companies and has featured as a figure of influence at HR conferences, university lectures and HR tech platforms.
His expertise and successful implementation of recruitment life cycle and technology tools like ATS, CRM & HRMS have earned him special recognition in the fields of HR, IT, EdTech, FinTech, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Telecom and Life Sciences.
Global CHRO, AGS Health
Ekta is the CHRO (global) for AGS Health. In her role she manages all gamut of HR, CSR, D&I, Branding & Communications.
HR Business Leader with more than two and half decades of progressive experience in Strategy, Organisational Design and restructuring, M&A, Employee Relations, Business Partnering, Benefits, Compensation, Talent Management, Talent Development and Recruiting.
Blend of strategic, tactical and business oriented skills coupled with the ability to develop processes that result in a bottom line impact.
Ability to lead the day-to-day operations of a premier organization in a multi-location and Global environment
Provide strategic, proactive guidance, advice and expertise in HR/ER risk management and policy development. Provide advice and coaching to all locations across US India in the areas of employment law. Develop and implement HR initiatives. Includes managing investigation process to reduce the risk of a fraud, workplace violence, work place harassment and more.
Has served as the chairperson of the POPSH committee at Capgemini, has been on the re addressal committee of ASH (against Sexual Harassment) both at RBS and Deloitte's (Prevention of Sexual Harassment Committee) Has been a member of the Diversity & Inclusion and is a leading facilitator for several programs
She is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and a Certified Coach.
She started her career in the year 1996 with CMC LTD and has worked in India and abroad in organizations like Capgemini, Deloitte, Royal Bank of Scotland and Corpus Inc.
She wears many hats and is a speaker, trainer, executive coach, writer and thought leader. She is on the board for a not for profit called END NOW Foundation. They are the only not for profit organization in the space of Promoting Internet Ethics and Digital Wellbeing. Maximizing Technology Benefits, while minimizing Risks & Negativity
She is involved in philanthropic activities in her free time. Cancer prevention and awareness amongst women. She is also attached to an orphanage in Hyd and is an active member.
Interests (or) Hobbies:
Loves to travel and she is involved in philanthropic activities in her free time. Cancer prevention and awareness are some of the causes close to her heart.
Started her career in the year 1996 with CMC LTD.
Worked in India & abroad in organizations like Corpus Inc., Deloitte and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Awards Honored With
Speaker/Panelist in 2017-2018
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
Senior Director & Head - HR, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Sailesh Menezes is currently the India HR Leader with an overall responsibility for the India Geography. Sailesh has played multiple roles in his career with HP/HPE including the HR leader for the Sales, Engineering (R&D), Services & Software organizations in the country, and has been responsible for the execution of people strategy, engagement & development, employee relations and talent management.
Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard in December 2011, Sailesh had worked in two other organizations for about 15 years both in India and the US, first at IBM (www.ibm.com) and more recently at Wipro Technologies (www.wipro.com) as a General Manager where he had a global responsibility leading Talent Management and Organization Capability Building in addition to driving HR Systems & Solutions, Processes and HR Policy formulation across the 140,000 strong organization.
He is a post graduate rank holder in business management from the Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship, India.
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.
Senior VP - Group HR & Director, Tata Management Training Center
Anand brings extensive and rich industry experience to his role at TMTC. Before joining TMTC, he was Senior Partner with Deloitte and leader of the firm’s HR Transformation practice. An alumnus of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, he is a seasoned strategist who has helped organizations across the globe in navigating business challenges by driving transformational change, building talent excellence, critical capabilities, and future leaders. He brings with him over three decades of experience, and has curated some of leading research studies in the field of HR. He joined Deloitte in India in April 2018 and served in this capacity for 3 years. During this time amongst other assignments, he anchored one of the largest Learning Transformations and Integrated Talent Management for one of India’s largest commercial organisations, a large Financial Services Company, A global multi business conglomerate.
Anand moved back to India in 2018 after having spent over 25 years working across 5 countries in 3 continents with 3 leading consulting firms. During that time, he has worked on a wide variety of areas focused on leadership development, establishing corporate universities and learning academies, organization design and structuring, HR Transformation and Technology and Organisation Vision, culture and values.
Immediately before Deloitte, Anand was the Global Chief Commercial Officer for Aon Hewitt setting up of a commercially focused team, which would enhance the firm’s focus on profitable growth and was instrumental in enabling agile, fast, and innovative growth for Aon Hewitt, playing an active role in client, solution and portfolio development across geographies and regions.
Anand is a Global expert in Human resource, Future of Work, Future of HR, Global Talent & HR market knowledge, APAC & MEA cultural and geographic market and market intelligence, a Marshall Goldsmith certified Coach and Mentor.
Anand started his career 32 years ago as part of the pioneer batch of Management Trainees with the Taj Group of Hotels. He then left India to work with a Western European Retail Chain and subsequently switched to management and HR consulting.
Head HR- APAC, Coforge
Global HR Leader with 20+ years of rich experience in areas of Business Partnership, Merger & integration, Talent management, Talent Engagement & Development and Talent Acquisition. Have successfully championed programs around Organization design, leadership development, competency building, sales enablement, talent reviews and succession planning. Extensively worked in establishing HR policies and practices for countries across with specific focus on APJ namely Australia, India, South Korea, Bangladesh, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia.
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.
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.
President & CHRO, DCM Shriram
Sandeep was born in New Delhi, India and completed his Bachelors in Commerce from Delhi University and Masters in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (T.I.S.S), Mumbai, India.
He started his career in 1992 and over the last almost 24 years has worked across Indian and Multinational companies like SIEL, Dupont, GE, Ranbaxy and HSBC. His work has taken him across industries and geographies, having lived in Japan, Korea, Middle East and Singapore. He has held leadership positions in General Electric, where he worked for 13 years, MENA Regional HR Leader for HSBC at Dubai and with Ranbaxy as the Global Head of Human Resources. Till recently, Sandeep was the HR Head for Emerging Markets, for Xylem Incorporation, based in Singapore. He is currently associated with DCM Shriram as Chief Human Resource Officer.
Sandeep has led HR change agenda through many of his roles, setting up people strategy for growth and building organization and people DNA for business success. During his international stints, he was involved in HR strategy, business reorganization, including Mergers and Acquisitions, Talent and Growth.
Founder, People Talent International
Runa has two decades plus HR and OD experience in the Fintech, IT/ITES, Professional Services, manufacturing and retail sectors in India, US and UK. She is the founder and director of People Talent International and had partnered with multiple Entrepreneurs as Business. Prior to her Business role she worked as Country Director HR of Clifford Chance, Center Head HR of Convergys, Head HR in Dalmia Group, Aptara, Escorts Finance Ltd.
Runa had been awarded as Top 50 HR Influencer by ETHR in 2021 and 101 Women Social Media Influencer in the year 2015 and 2016. She had been awarded as Top 100 Innovation HR leader by World HRD Congress in 2017 & 2018 and Top 30 HR influencer in 2018 by SHRM India. She had been awarded Top 50 HR Influencer in 2019 by SHRM APAC and MENA and SHRM Official Influencer 2020.
Runa is a renowned Keynote Speaker in both Corporate and and Academia and had conducted Behavioral Training for multiple industries. Her Organization Development, transformation project and Learning intervention includes facilitation of leadership development program, Masterclass on Design Thinking, Virtual and blended learning facilitation, Team Intervention, Business Communication, Virtual Etiquette skill development, On-ground and Virtual Team Building program, Diversity & Inclusion learning sessions.
She is associated with various start-ups and academia as business consultant/advisor for product development, team development and Market outreach support. She had been associated with various colleges as an advisory board member in India and a freelance Lecturer on HR Analytics, Design Thinking, SHRM, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving in India and overseas.
The evolution of corporate social responsibility in India inspired her to lead a NGO SDEAR on Education & Skilling, associated with Pure India Trust on Girl Child Education. She is founder of a NGO WOS (women of substance) India, which supports Women Empowerment and recognizes “Changemakers”. As Jury member of Ashoka Foundation, selected social entrepreneurs for the nationwide Youth-venture program.
Runa is a Fellow and PHD program from Academy of HRD, Ahmedabad, Trained in Gemba Kaizen, Prince2, NLP, Thomas profiling and various corporate training module. Associated with diverse training and coaching groups, SHRM, WIAL India, WASME, Life member of AIMA, NHRDN and ISTD. She is in core committee of NHRDN and Delhi NCR Chapter and leads the Social Media and Communication initiative for HR community.
Her Mantra: Winners Move on and keep Achieving in Life
With over 33 years of experience in India and abroad Dr. Sanjay Muthal has a rich background in Consulting, Strategic HR, Recruitment, L&D and Organisation Development.
Dr. Muthal is an Investor and Consultant with Refyne - Asia’s largest financial wellness suite provider. He is also founder and CEO of Kontempore Leadership & Business Solutions which is in the space of Search, Leadership Consulting, HR Technology & Analytics.
Dr. Muthal has held several leadership positions across the HR function. In his last role he was President - HR, Piramal Group. He has also worked with RPG Group, Hinduja Group, MNCs like Parke Davis and Hoechst and had stints in the Middle East and the UK. He also provides strategic advice to many Boards on leadership development and organisation restructuring.
A globally recognized HR influencer, some of his recognitions include “India’s Greatest HR Professional” by World HRD Congress, “HR Achiever” at India Brand Summit, “Outstanding contributions in the field of HR” presented at Asia Pacific HR Congress.
He serves as an Independent Director on the Board of LIC AMC and Mutual Fund. He is also on the Board of NHRDN, the largest HR professional body in India.
CHRO, Orient Electric
Aditya is the Chief Human Resources officer at Orient Electric (CK Birla Group), and is responsible for building the culture and the human capital of an organization that is undergoing significant transformation. He is passionate about leading the people agenda that ensures that we get the right people, in the right roles, with the right capabilities to drive differentiated performance and make a significant impact in our Industry.
He has over two decades of experience that spans across multiple facets of HR including Performance, Reward and Benefits, Business Relationship Management, HR Transformation & Change Management, Employee Engagement, HR Technology & Service Delivery Strategy, Shared Services and Global Payroll Models. He is a results-driven leader, who has worked in Singapore, India and London, managing global teams in a highly matrixed global environment. In all of his roles, he has created space to drive change through a multi discipline approach that leverages all aspects of Human Capital Management, Technology and Culture to drive productivity and performance.
Prior to Orient he has worked across sectors in marquee organisations like Clix Capital, Airtel, Standard Chartered Bank and Hewitt Associates (Aon).
Sr. VP 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)
CHRO, Volvo Group
Amit Sharma is Head of People & Culture at Volvo Group in India.
His experience spans across diverse set of industries such as Indian Oil, Johnson & Johnson, Philips and TE Connectivity.
Amit focuses on Strategic HR, Organization Development & Culture and Inclusion & Diversity. He is a proponent of bringing technology to HR, while retaining the human connections.
Amit has received various internal and external recognitions for his work in HR and has been speaking on HR topics in various forums. He is Member of the Academic Council of various institutions, Visiting Faculty at B-Schools and has also been associated with National HRD Network and CII.
VP - HR, BYJU'S
NCR Corporation USA, Global HR Director: managed teams across APAC, Europe, USA, Brazil, Middle East, UK and Serbia. Business of $800 million with 3000 employees.
NCR Corporation, Country HR Leadership: 3500 employees and multi city business operations and manufacturing. Implemented Best HR practices and HR Transformation Model implementation.
IBM: Managed the HR for India Telecom Business and HR Head for Hyderabad Center with 12000 employees. HR Partnership in IBM Strategic Outsourcing business in India. IBM CHRO recognition as Global HR Talent IBM HR Think Future Centennial at Armonk, New York.
HCL Technology: Business HR Leader for CXOs at corporate and leading Talent management and engagement vertical globally for the company
NTPC: joined as Management Trainee Worked with Hewitt, TV Rao, AT Kearney on Strategic HR Programs and won Best Employer Award, 2003.
Speaker and HR Thought leader. Invited speaker in News journals, management and business magazines, Engineering and Management Campuses. National and International HR forums and Seminars. Career Coach to HR professionals.
President & Group CHRO, Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited
Sukhjit Singh Pasricha joined the Kotak Mahindra Bank in 2019 as Group Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO). His responsibilities include overseeing all HR functions to secure long term growth for the company by leading training, talent acquisition and career development activities across Kotak Mahindra Group companies.
In a career spanning 25 years, Sukhjit has been in leadership position across sectors and in complex businesses that operate in both the B2B and B2C spaces. He has been instrumental in building business-aligned HR strategies, driving HR transformational projects and strengthening organisational capabilities through formulation & implementation of HR processes and ensuring proactive HR interventions.
Prior to joining Kotak, Sukhjit was Chief of HR & Admin at Bajaj Finance, CHRO at IndiGo Airlines, and was in leadership roles at companies such as Bharti Airtel, PepsiCo and Spice Communications.
Sukhjit has done his BA Hons in Sociology from Chandigarh and holds an MBA degree in Human Resources.
As part of his fitness regimen, Sukhjit likes to run and play various sports. Supporting social causes is close to his heart and he takes time out do volunteer work regularly.
Chief Operating Officer, HirePro
With over two decades of experience in the recruitment industry, Pasupathi’s expertise lies with recruitment consulting, recruitment setup and implementation, change management, compliance, automation, metrics and training. A true visionary, he is driven by process and discipline. He is all for transformation of talent acquisition supply chain management into a mature science. He is credited with creating a strong edge for the service platform in the market.
Prior to HirePro, Pasupathi worked with SAP Labs India for seven years. He holds an Integrated M.Sc. in Mathematics and a degree in Computer Applications from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
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 Learning Officer, Akrivia HCM
Ranjan Kumar is the Chief Learning Officer of AKRIVIA HCM - A Multinational Human Capital Management Software Company, is an Amazon Bestselling Author, Transformational Life Coach, Professional Speaker and a Corporate Trainer.
As an expert in Training and Development for over 10 years, he brings his insights into adoption of technology to create an engaging and learning experience for employees.
He also is a World Expert on Authentic Influence helping Experts create deep impact through their work. As an Executive Coach he specializes in the training and development of individuals and organization on Authentic Self Leadership.
Certified as a National Trainer from JCI India, he is also certified from American TESOL and London College of Business Sciences with an Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching from Achology - Scotland and Evercoach (Mindvalley) – Malaysia.
He has been awarded as The Iconic Trainer of the year in 2021 by Junior Chamber International – India and also was awarded as the Top Outstanding National Trainer for the National Train-the-Trainer Seminar- South Batch 2015.
In his long career in training and development, he has served a slew of organizations and trained clients of Insurance Industry, Diamond Manufacturers,
Board of Directors of Colleges, Marketing Groups, Members of Chamber of Commerce, Members of Quality Circle Forum of India, Faculty of Engineering Colleges, and has personally touched lives of over 50 Thousand individuals through his services.
He also draws upon his academic experience from working as Head of Training in over half-a-dozen Engineering Colleges across Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and has travelled across the country speaking and training.
His four books which include ‘Hit your restart button, You 2.0 – A Crash Course In Personal Reinvention, Crack The Creation Code, and Be More Of Who You Are form a complete package of personal transformation kit – the inside-out way.
Founder, Abhijit Bhaduri & Associates
He is a Talent Management practitioner with global experience across various sectors. He is the ex-Chief Learning Officer for Wipro, a role he worked at for seven years. As an alumnus of Microsoft, PepsiCo, Colgate and Tata Steel he has been exposed to globally acknowledged best practices in leadership and culture building. Forbes describes him as “one of the most interesting Globalists“. LinkedIn voted him as a must know writer. More than half a million followers on LinkedIn and Twitter follow his short form articles and sketches. SHRM describes him as an “Influencer”.
VP HR, Renault Nissan India
Experienced HR Executive and trusted advisor to leadership teams providing strategic leadership to drive growth. 20 years of HR experience gained across multiple sectors- Automotive, power and energy transmission- includes: change management, Organisation Transformation and development, Leadership Development, Labour Relations and Diversity and inclusion. Recognized as focused and forward looking leader with clear thinking and humble behaviour.
People & Organization Development, Uber
Madhavi is part of the People & Organization Development team at Uber, and currently leads products around senior manager and leadership development globally. She was previously the head of People Development in India and South Asia. Prior to Uber, she worked in several areas of HR consulting at KPMG, focusing on behavioural change, talent management, culture transformation, organisation design and leadership development across geographies and sectors. She started her career with Towers Watson, and as part of the Talent & Rewards team where she worked on organisational change, corporate communication and behavioural economics related projects. Madhavi is a Psychology major from Lady Shri Ram College, and specialised in Organisational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Sr. Director, 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.
Director - Skills Solutions, Global Talent Management, FIS
Anil Santhapuri is a values-based and results-oriented Talent & OD professional, with 19 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'. 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 3-time Brandon Hall Gold winner (2020 and 2021).He is a two-time “Learning in Practice award” winner both in 2017 and 2018 from Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Magazine, USA. In March 2012, Anil was also recognized as one of the "Top 10 Training & OD Professional Globally" by Training Magazine. In October 2017, Western Union was recognized as “#1 Organization for Learning” by ATD BEST. In 2018, Anil was also listed as an Emerging HR Leader in India, by Jombay in their HR40Under40 list. In 2021, he was recognized by World HRD Congress as one of the “Most Fabulous Training and Development Leaders in India”.
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 the topics of Learning and Development and Organization Design.
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.
Founder & CEO, HONO
A disruptive innovator & entrepreneur at heart, Mukul occupies the seat of CEO, where he spearheads the organization’s strategy and growth. He founded the organization with the passion for enabling employees, increasing their productivity and bringing happiness to the workplace – with technology that makes their lives simpler in today’s complex and highly dynamic workplace.
True to this vision, HONO today has emerged as a leading #HRTech Company playing a critical role in defining the employee experience, globally!
HONO has a portfolio of 300+ Clients, across 14 Countries servicing over a million employees.
He brings to the table his well-rounded and visionary leadership, backed by 2 decades of senior leadership experience across HR, Accounting, SCM, CRM and IT industries.
Mukul aims at helping the customers accelerate their business, particularly driving business through people supported by technology & innovation.
Armed with his dedication to provide the best client service, he is on a mission to engage and empower employees and Leaders leading to successful organization transformations!
Vice President, HR, Tata Communications
Ina is an accomplished HR practitioner and part of the HR leadership team at Tata Communications managing an integrated portfolio. As Vice President, Human Resources, she heads human resources for the Digital & Technology business units, leads the Learning, Leadership & Organisation Development and Future of Work efforts globally. She has spent 9 years with Tata Communications and over the years, has developed trust-based relationships with the entire Top Team, including the Sales Leadership, who are at the front of the engine driving the company’s growth ambition, and led many people transformation measures with their partnership to drive organization effectiveness.
She has over 18 years of intra-disciplinary experience in human resources and has worked across sectors such as Technology, Banking and Consulting. Prior to Tata Communications, Ina has worked with BCG, HSBC and Essar Group, holding various leadership positions in HR, including global roles, with specialised experience in areas of People Strategy & Culture, Talent Management, Learning, Leadership & Organisation Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Driving large-scale transformations/change and Strategic Resourcing.
Her strengths lie in being a humanistic leader who partners with business leaders to build & execute their people strategy to solve complex people problems. She follows a disciplined yet flexible problem-solving approach that balances business goals with employee needs. She remains fascinated by the evolution of the people function in its contributions to creating value for the top and bottom-line growth for the company. In 2022, she brought home 3 Brandon Hall Awards (Academy awards equivalent for HR function) for creating change programs that impacted business outcomes.
Ina completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai and also holds a degree in Economics, English Literature & Functional English from Chandigarh University.
Rajesh Padmanabhan, is an accomplished corporate executive, board advisor, master coach & a start-up Entrepreneur. He brings more than 30 years of global diversified business, operating & consulting experience across industries in IT Services, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Mining & Metals, Banking & Infrastructure. He has successful track record of driving digital transformation, building boards, Excos and top teams along with driving effectiveness, running large human resources function globally with experience in corporate banking as business head & driving strategy.
Rajesh is an influential Senior Business Transformation leader and a matrix global professional who has done seven roles in seven varied industries, to his credit. Started his career handling systems on mainframes he went on to become a corporate banker, run P&L’s, execute Corporate Strategy, do new institutional business of SME ( Small & Medium Enterprises), SAP Functional, Business Consulting & Global HR. He built convergence between Business & People keeping Technology at the forefront. He has been in global roles for over 3 decades and managed diverse cross-cultured teams across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, SE Asia & APAC.
He is passionate about digital acceleration, leadership development, people & culture change & skills building holistically for business value & excellence creation in his various roles with ICICI Group, Essel Propack as Director Corporate & Global CHRO, The Oberoi Group as EVP, Group HR & OCLD ( Oberoi Centre for Learning & Development), EVP & Global CHRO at I-Gate , Group CVP, Business Consulting & CHRO Capgemini, Group CHRO for Vedanta Resources Plc and Welspun Group as Director & Group CHRO.
He has created customer – centric global business models across geographies with world class capabilities, building organisational excellence & running complex yet efficient structures to create enterprise value.
He is Chairman of the Board for HONO, a AI enabled employee experience platform.
Rajesh is a Double Masters in Human Resource & Finance from the University of Mumbai. He won an UN Award for building world class diversity & inclusive practices at Capgemini. His hobbies include Cricket, Fitness, Motorcycles, Travelling & Research.
Decluttering Coach Mountaineer Author Keynote Speaker Entrepreneur
Saahil Mehta is the quintessential global entrepreneur turned advocate of the power of decluttering your life.
With this philosophy he was able to scale the summits of the following mountains on his very first attempts!
• Kilimanjaro (5,895m) – tallest mountain in Africa
• Elbrus (5,642m) – tallest mountain in Europe
• Kala Patthar (5,643m) – little higher than the base camp of Everest
• Chopicalqui (6,354m) – a technical ascent with multiple steep walls in Peru
Today, Saahil continues running his business ventures on one hand and has also embarked upon this new life as an author (of the newly launched book BREAK-FREE) and a coach; he’s deeply focused on guiding thoughtful leaders to navigate their health, wealth and relationships as they scale their summit with the help of his proven set of tools + rituals to experience the ultimate peace and freedom to redefines their personal success.
After helping leaders break free from these dimensions of personal clutter, Saahil realized that while this helps build a powerful launchpad, it may not be enough for an ambitious leader to grow as a global leader.
Founder & CEO, X0PA AI
Entrepreneur for 21 years∙ A geek at heart and an entrepreneur by choice! Electronics Engineering professional started her career in Sales and Marketing with ICIM (ICL) in India and then became an entrepreneur in 1997 with launch of Nastrac Group, a global executive search firm. One exit, a management buyout, two acquisitions and one M&A are some rich experiences of her entrepreneurship journey. Founded X0PA AI in 2017 to disrupt our own traditional search business and pivot to a SAAS based AI, ML platform in 2017 to form X0PA AI.
Group CHRO, Housing.com, PropTiger.com & Makaan.com
Rohit comes with close to two decades of experience in building and growing organizations across e-commerce, manufacturing, supply chain, warehousing, technology, banking and insurance sector. He has worked with both large corporations and start-ups and is adept at handling diverse set of people/businesses at local and global level, even in a matrix environment and has consistently demonstrated success in driving the company vision & mission. He thrives on the challenge of entering new territories and make a mark through his grit and potential. He has breadth and depth of experience in the field of HR, be it setting up teams & processes from scratch, or changing conventional mindset and approach towards human resources, or devising strategies for transformation of people processes that enable businesses to move to the next level. Along with this, his very outlook towards the role of HR in organizations makes him a very responsible and able HR leader.
He is currently the Group Head HR and L&D for REA India Pte. Ltd. (Housing, PropTiger & Makaan), erstwhile Elara Technologies Pte Ltd., the only Online to Offline ecommerce company in real estate domain. He joined the organization at a stage when the organization was expanding (hire approx. 700 people in 6 months), and was looking to build a work culture that is best in the space and take on the journey of building it a great work place. His sound experience in building and evolving people practices that enable businesses helped the organization create a solid base for the expansion that was upcoming and helped the brand position itself in the coveted Top 100 best places to work, recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute. His consistent efforts towards building a great workplace have led to REA India rank at 95th place in 2017, 34th place in 2019 and 13th place in 2021 in India’s Best Companies to Work for lists and also 48th place in Asia’s Best Workplaces in 2021. With his thorough strategic approach and execution excellence, he has successfully integrated several small and large organizations that the parent organization acquired in M&As over the last 2 years. He also led the organization to Runner up position in HR Excellence Awards 2017 and 2020 for the Best Emerging HR Strategy which was awarded by Business World Magazine in association with Grant Thornton; and in 2021 as the runners up in Excellence in Employee Experience and Excellence in Employee Engagement. REA India has also been adjudged as winner in ‘Excellence in Digitization of HR’ category at the People Excellence Awards 2021 curated by prestigious National HRD Network (NHRDN) for HR digital transformation using digital and data led processes. Additionally in 2021, REA India was adjudged as winners in ‘Best Employee Engagement Program’ and ‘Best Employee Reward & Recognition Strategy’ categories at the Human Excellence Awards 2021. The awards curated by @Zen Desk and @Kamikaz B2B looked at recognizing organizations that walked the extra mile during a daunting last year and ensured that their people are engaged and motivated.
He aspires to build passionate and efficient workforce that enable businesses to grow exponentially. He thrives on the challenge of entering new territories and make a mark through his grit and potential. He has completed his education in premier institutes like Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram, Shri Ram College of Commerce and Institute Of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.
Head - Learning & Organizational Development, JBM Group
Mr. Verma is a seasoned professional with more than 2 decades of rich and varied experience. His expertise lies in thoughtful management of the intersection of strategy, talent and organization culture with extensive experience across geographies in organizational effectiveness, talent management, employee engagement and leadership development with organisations like Adani Group, Jaquar Group, Sahara Group, Concentrix, Saffron Global and is currently heading the Learning & Organizational Development function at JBM Group.
He has an insatiable curiosity to learn, which gives him a chance to incorporate better wisdom to his work philosophy and thus learn to live more successfully. He gets attracted to ideas and projects that are unique in their outlook, advanced in focus, unusually liberal and altruistic. Ingenuity appeals to him. An HR professional with entrepreneurial & transformation mindset, strategic & outcome Orientation, clear vision & mission focus and a proven track record of realizing bottom line results and driving Business and Organizational Growth for creating ‘Organization of Choice’. He is an innovative thinker & expert practitioner in developing & delivering strategies to build business, execution & people leadership for organizational growth & sustainability.
He has been an active member of ISTD, NHRDN, SHRM and IAHV. An MBA from IMI, Belgium and has certifications in Leading Change, Management and Innovation from Harvard and Emeritus. Apart from being an HR professional, he is a Theatre Enthusiast, Fitness Freak, Avid Reader and a Social worker. He also started and successfully ran two HR consulting & education businesses in India, has many research papers and articles published in various international journals and won many awards and fellowships during his academics. He delivers regular top-rated seminars, keynotes and workshops at various B-Schools, Conclaves, Summits and Symposiums.
Co-founder & CEO, Advantage Club
Sourabh Deorah is the Co-founder & CEO of Advantage Club, a global platform for employee engagement and financial wellness, with benefits like perks, rewards, and early wage access on a unified platform. In his current capacity, he is responsible for the strategic direction, product development, and overall business success.
A Master’s degree holder in Computer Science from UCLA with an engineering background, Sourabh majored in machine learning & data mining. He started his professional journey with Amazon & Microsoft in the US. At Amazon, he created 1st version of platform search for Amazon devices. Before setting off with his first entrepreneurial venture, Advantage Club, in 2016 with his partner Smiti Bhatt, also a UCLA alumna. Under his leadership, Advantage Club has a presence in almost 60+ countries and has partnered with 370+ corporate companies across the globe.
Advantage Club is redefining the employee engagement world with Sourabh’s unique experience in generating 1.0 scalable product ideas and running large teams. It has evolved into a trusted platform via which businesses can engage with their clients/employees more meaningfully, and marketers can quickly reach out to the customer group of their choice. His strong belief in innovation and implementation has garnered Advantage Club a strong reputation in the industry.
Sourabh now aims to revolutionise the employees' engagement segment by going beyond the traditional provident fund.
When not in his boardroom avataar, Sourabh defines himself as a keen traveler, adventure seeker and start-up enthusiast.
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.
Co-Founder & COO, Advantage Club
Smiti has done her master's in Computer Science from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), post which she has worked with Microsoft in the US. She has substantial experience in B2B relationship building and account management. Her company Advantage Club disrupts the employee benefits industry by creating a global platform for recognition and employee engagement, using data mining and analytics.
CHRO, Hindustan Times Media Group
Paras is a seasoned HR Leader, backed by 19 years’ experience in organizations ranging from global to local, start-up to mature, manufacturing to retail and listed to not-for-profit organizations. Currently he is CHRO at Hindustan Times Media Group. Post Graduate from Symbiosis International University, Paras is passionate about telling stories and sharing his experiences in variety of conferences, webinars, B-School events and social media.
Before joining HT Media, Paras was Head, Group HR at Motherson Group and responsible for managing the HR function for the Group’s 1,35,000 employees across 41 countries. Prior to which, he worked for 17 years at Aditya Birla Group in various HR leadership roles across sectors, companies & countries which includes stints at Hindalco, Corporate HR, Minacs Philippines, BITS Pilani, Madura Garments, Pantaloons, Birla Carbon US and Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail.
Chief People Officer , TVS Credit Services Limited
Jayashubha, a post graduate in Human Resources from Madras University, has to her credit over two decades of experience in the manufacturing and service industries. She has worked with companies such as Titan Industries Limited, Ford India, and Prasad Corporation. During her stint with Titan Industries, she handled several challenging assignments, including managing unions, negotiating wage settlements, and employee relations on the shop floor.
Her stint at Ford Motor Company included setting up the recruitment process as well as the Diversity Committee for workers. At Prasad Corporation, a pioneer in the post-production business of film-making in India, Ms. Jayashubha is credited with establishing and setting up the HR processes at a pan-India level, an industry-first that has gained her great acclaim.
She currently heads Human Resources at TVS Credit. Under her leadership, the employee count of TVS Credit has risen from 300 to 20000 spread over 3200 locations across the country. She is in charge of setting up well-defined employee performance management systems, rewards and recognition platforms, HR metrics using HR analytics and various employee engagement programs.
VP & CHRO, Iris Software Inc
Sharad Verma is currently VP & CHRO for Iris Software Inc. A graduate of XLRI, Jamshedpur, Sharad has more than 25 years of experience in HR in leadership roles with prestigious organizations like Polaris, SunGard, Monster and BNY Mellon. He has led the people function for many organisations through change and transformation supported by data, analytics and technology.
Manager APAC - Enterprise Customer Success, Udemy
Gail Matthey is the Customer Success Manager at Udemy for Business in Asian Pacific. She has 20+ years’ experience in the Learning and Development industry with her most recent role working with QLD Health where she spent three years working in Organisational Development. Prior to this she worked Skillsoft across the Asia Pacific region enabling customers to develop their capability development strategies, frameworks and initiatives as well as providing strategic leadership, specialist advice and support to key stakeholders. As a sought-after leader in the Learning and Development space, her breadth of experience enables her to analyse and identify information to determine the future demands of the organisation and then implement workforce planning, employee engagement, capability development and performance management that is oriented to addressing these needs.
CHRO, JK Organization
Graduate in Mechanical Engineering. Post Graduate in Management from IIT Delhi. In the field of HR for the past 30 years. 27 years in India and 3 years outside India.
Working as President, Group HR at JK Organisation. Prior to this, worked with Wockhardt as President, Global HR. Previous assignments with Piramal Enterprises, Essar Group, Owens Corning (India) Ltd, JCB (India) Ltd etc.
Globally well travelled, worked with more than a dozen nationalities across cultures, in Indian, American and European companies, across industry sectors.
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SPJIMR Delhi Centre Industry Advisory Council Meeting
CHRO, Quick Heal Technologies Ltd
Reetu is Chief Human Resource officer at Quick Heal Technologies Limited. She has held HR Leadership roles previously with Sterlite (Vedanta Group), Amdocs and HDFC Bank.
Prior to HDFC Bank she has worked with Godrej and Tata AIG Life insurance. In her over two decades of experience in HR she had led various transformations.
She was also invited by UNICON conference by Harvard Business School held in Mumbai in 2016 to share her insights on “Contextual realities of emerging markets on building future leadership preparedness”
She has pioneered the concept of “G-Localized Leadership” and her work on “Engaging Indian Millennial” was published by Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and widely acknowledged.
Reetu is speaker at various prestigious institutes in India like IIT, Delhi College of Engineering AMITY university where she shares insights in building careers in technology
She has been recently recognized with HR leadership award by Observe Now. She regularly features as HR voice in ET HR World, People Matters and other columns.
CHRO, National Engineering Industries
Sandeep is a seasoned HR Transformation leader and a change catalyst with over two and a half decades of rich experience having multiple digital & culture transformations to his credit.
He is passionate about digital acceleration, leadership development, culture change, building business value & excellence creation and has successfully led change management roles in his stints at Honda Motorcycles & Scooters, DLF Laing O’Rourke India Limited, RPSG Group (including Spencer’s Retail) and Bharti- Walmart among many others. Currently, he is leading the HR Function at National Engineering Industries (NBC Bearings).
An ISB alumnus, Sandeep has led HR change agenda through many of his roles, setting up people strategy for growth and building organization and people DNA for business success.
An avid proponent to the cause of technology enabling Leaders to drive organization transformation, Sandeep is a dynamic leader with a well rounded experience across varied industries like Chemical, Perto-Chemical, Ceramic, Construction/Real Estate, Retail, E-com, FMCG and Automobile wherein he has brought new age HR practices, led digital transformation and coached executive team on change management for driving business growth.
Solution Strategist, Qualtrics
Lauren is a highly experienced organisational psychologist with 13+ years of experience in working with C-suite and senior management across industries to enable their human capital strategies. She has previously worked at SHL (including during its ownership by CEB and Gartner) as well as Deloitte Human Capital Consulting, prior to this she worked in internal specialist and leadership HR roles. Lauren has an intentional focus on emerging economies; she started her career in Africa, has been living in Asia for the last 4+ years and is currently based in Singapore - having delivered on site to clients in sixteen countries and remotely to many more. Lauren has deep expertise in the intersection between human capital and technology; with speciality in employee experience, talent management, organisational design and change management during digital transformation. Lauren holds two Masters degrees cum laude, her first was in Organisational Psychology and her second was in Innovation Studies through a leading business school.
Senior VP HR, Genpact
Urvashi Singh is a senior HR leader in Genpact and holds multiple portfolios including Global Business HR Partnership for Managed Services and Functions, Total Rewards and setting up some critical functions for Genpact.
Urvashi has spent ~17+ years with Genpact and has deep expertise across Business HR and Corporate HR (Total Rewards & Executive Hiring). Urvashi has also been based out of China managing Executive Staffing for Genpact’s operations there.
Prior to Genpact, Urvashi was with ITC Limited and held a variety of HR roles.
Urvashi has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from St. Stephen’s College and a Diploma in Germanic and Roman Languages from Delhi University.
She has been a Director in Genpact India Private Limited since 1st October, 2016.
Senior Associate Director - HR, KPMG
Sahil is a Certified MBTI and NLP Practitioner, a regular columnist and visiting faculty at leading business schools across the country. Being a certified design thinker, he loves flirting with ideas as he designs prototypes to re-define human experiences at KPMG in India. He runs a show called #JustLikeThat on his YouTube Channel and has his own radio show on Spotify.
Chief Operating Officer, HONO
Randeep Singh is an influential leader, transformation coach, leadership builder, and a champion of operational excellence. Having served the HR industry for over 2 decades, he has a penchant for revolutionizing People practices by driving the convergence between people , technology & business outcomes.
A thorough professional, he has worked in various roles, i.e., Consulting, HR Strategy, Head Human Resources, Offshore Strategy & Operations, Business Operations, and Operations Head. In his pursuit to drive meaning full transformations, he founded WyoW in 2016– A bespoke HR consulting company to help organizations accelerate business performances.
Currently, Randeep is chairing the position of COO at HONO – an HR tech & automation company that enables organizations unleash their true potential by ensuring a happy and productive workforce.
A change agent and process advocate, Randeep has led program design, HR tech implementations; designing and implementation of HR processes and policies, talent acquisition and talent mobility for senior leadership, management of end-to-end HR operations, and successful redistribution of manpower to help turn the mere “need to have” function into a competitive advantage to help organizations save money, and be agile. He has ensured the creation of a strong foundation for managing IR scenarios to influence strategic business results.
A technology transformation champion, Randeep has carved the roadmap to technology transformation at leading organisations. He has partnered with the CAG of India, and architected the formation of a Center of Excellence in HR tech for Essar Group. Randeep has helped organizational giants like Prudential, Gokuldas images, Bharti, Maruti Udyog, and Sasken scale up the core HR operations.
As a global professional, Randeep has d managed an entire gamut of HR interventions across complex business environments in India, Australia, N. Americas, Africa, and the SEA region. With a versatile career graph, he has facilitated leadership, by working closely with leadership models to administer radical changes in performance management and succession planning to ensure employees of today are the leaders of tomorrow.
For his excellent contributions, he has been recognized as the “Super Achiever of the year-2011”, “HR technology icon” and has been featured in PwC’s leading magazines, Hourglass and many more .
Founder - Winzard Solutions Private Limited & Badi Soch Innovations Private Limited
Author of "The Transformational Lens" - A performance Management book.
Founder of Winzard.io - talent development company and also Quillatwill.com
20+ years managing large teams and leadership positions with companies like Citi,Barclays, Standard Chartered and ACT.
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).
Founder & CEO, ZingHR
Prasad Rajappan is the Founder & CEO of ZingHR - a global enterprise cloud applications provider for Human Capital Management (HCM). ZingHR has successfully empowered over 7,00,000 users across 550+ companies worldwide with 24+ HRMS modules.
ZingHR's disruptive innovations for the modern workplace include - Machine Learning for Recruitment, Robotic Interviews, Digital Onboarding, Artificial Intelligence enabled Chatbot, Face Recognition for real-time employee authentication, Zero Touch Payroll for real-time payroll processing with ZERO efforts, gamified and personalized learning with Zing Learn, Power BI embedded for HR Analytics, Geo-fencing and tagging for the mobile workforce.
In 2002, Prasad founded FileMyReturns.com, for e-filing Income Tax returns, for the Department of Income Tax, GoI. He also founded Cnergyis - an enterprise HR Technologies, Outsourcing and Services Company, in 2000.
Prasad has over 25 years of experience in ERP, Operations, Business Process Reengineering, Information Systems and Human Resources. He has held a number of senior management positions at reputed companies like Reliance Industries, Ernst & Young, and Mahindra & Mahindra. He was a part of the SAP Project Directorate at Reliance, which managed more than 30 SAP implementations across various industry verticals like Petrochemical, Energy, Retail, Life Sciences etc.
His stint with the automobile giant Mahindra and Mahindra Limited as Senior Manager - Business Process Reengineering, gave him exposure to different functions like Production Planning, Operations, Information Systems, Human Resources and Business Process Reengineering.
He is a Production Engineer and has earned an MBA degree from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, (NMIMS) in (HR, Operations).
Group CHRO, Nava Bharat Ventures
“Alumni of IIM Ahmadabad, Qualified Independent Director, Strategic HR Leader with three decades of rich experience in leading and driving Human Resource strategies in Multinational, Global & Indian diversified business organizations (Aviation, Cargo, Retail & MRO , Manufacturing , IT & ITES) in areas of organization design, capability, and development, integration of HR strategies and organization values. Grown the businesses in organic and inorganic way in multi locational and multi-cultural diversified businesses and global, complex environment with close engagement with Board members.
Founder of ”PALABATLA Foundation - Right Education for Needy Students”
Director- HR, UKG India
Nitin Wadhwa is a global human resources leader with progressive experience across regions and across the full spectrum of human resources management. Committed to building a people-centric culture, he has led projects in major multi-site matrix organizations in a variety of sectors, including insurance, media, consulting, and information technology. He has successfully transformed several businesses from a capability and culture perspective.
Nitin is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, where he studied General Management. He completed his Master’s in Human Resources from Sardar Patel University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University.
Currently, he lives in Mumbai with his family and indulges in reading to unwind. He is passionate about running marathons and has participated in many over the years.
At UKG India, Nitin heads the HR function with an emphasis on creating a culture that speaks for itself. He is a part of the Senior Leadership Team and plays a critical role in UKG's growth & culture in the region.
Founder & CEO, Hyreo
Arun Satyan is the founder & CEO of Hyreo, a candidate relationship platform. Arun is a strong believer in technology bridging gaps, creating new opportunities and enabling customers to make informed decisions. Founded Hyreo with the objective of enabling a seamless recruiting experience for all stakeholders by leveraging intelligent technology, data and human behaviour science.
Co-founder & Executive Director, enParadigm
His endeavour to make the complex simple and his belief in the power of learning to make people and business better, has been the significant driving force in the Enparadigm journey. A journey of bringing together business thought, learning methodology, and user experience into our technology driven learning platforms.
When not working with clients to shape their learning outcomes, he can be found spending time with his family, or adding to his dog-eared collection of management literature.
He is an engineering graduate in Computer science, he is an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
CHRO - Jubilant Bhartia Group
Rohini is a seasoned, credible HR Leader with a track record of delivering Business Transformation via deep Partnership skills. She has more than twenty-five plus years of experience in Global footprint organizations across sectors like CPG, Services and Industrial.
Rohini is currently the Group CHRO with Jubilant Bhartia Group and shapes the HR Agenda for the four Life Sciences Group of Businesses alongside support Foodworks, Enpro, Consumer and Motorworks on case basis. The Jubilant Bhartia Group today is approximately 45,000 employees across the globe.
Rohini’s last role was Diageo’s International Supply Chain Transformation based out of Edinburgh UK spanning Singapore to Europe to Mexico. She helped inject speed and agility by eliminating touchpoints across the organization and leap frogging the Digital centered ‘Factory of The Future’ initiative. Her most consuming experience was the reverse merger of USL India into Diageo India. Rohini led the cross functional Business teams to significantly impact the Organization Footprint, Talent / Succession Depth, dial up Diversity-Inclusion whilst keeping Business team’s engagements high around Diageo Culture north pole.
She has also worked as HR Head for Reckitt Benckiser and PepsiCo Foods India. She led the Business Growth - Cultural Transformation at PepsiCo Foods & a clutter breaking 360* Digital Campus Campaign for Reckitt Benckiser. She also served in various GE Businesses – Genpact (BPO Start Up), Crotonville Leadership Development (Leadership Development) and GE Advanced Materials (Unleashing Business Growth via Change Acceleration) and GE Capital (Business boom and downturn cycles).
Rohini has been awarded the Bill Conaty GE Asia HR Excellence Award and the John Lynch GE Global HR Excellence Award. In PepsiCo she also won the Harvey Russell Global Inclusion Award and her function has been voted as the Best Function (by popular vote) consistently over four years.
Rohini graduated from TISS Mumbai with a Masters’ in Human Resource Management and went on to join Unilever Limited as her campus job. At Unilever her assignments included Brooke Bond-Lipton Field Force Merger and a Plant Start Up.
She is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, MBTI & Hogan Certified. Known for her energy, humor and positive outlook Rohini enjoys traveling, reading and gardening in her spare time.
Head of Professional Services, ProHance
As a Head of Professional Services Arvind is helping the clients gain maximum impact from ProHance deployment through change management, operations excellence and data analytics consulting services. Arvind has 30+ years of diverse experience focused on creating and implementing Best Practices in market leaders like ZS Associates, Genpact, Hewitt Associates, Accenture, and Timken
Vice President, Business Excellence, Sunstone
Sorabh has been associated with the Higher Education sector for the last 14 years. It all started with his association with a couple of B-Schools in Bangalore. And before he realised
it, he was getting involved in activities and events meant for helping students and young professionals become 'future proof'.
It was evident that he is passionate about coaching students and young professionals. His teaching and mentoring interest takes him to Northwestern University, USA, Shiv Nadar University, Masters Union Business School and Ahmedabad University-UC San Diego (Exec MBA Program).
Sorabh believes his role at Sunstone allows him to pursue his passion of enabling students and young professionals to become future ready.
Global HR Services Delivery Lead, Accenture
Parag Pande is the Managing Director responsible for Accenture’s Human Resources Service Delivery across the globe.
Prior to his current role, Parag has been CHRO for Accenture India/ Sri Lanka/ Bangladesh and has worked in various leadership roles across Accenture’s Global HR and Operations . He established Accenture in India as ‘Best Company for Working Women’ and ‘Best Company to work for’ ,Ranked #1 for past 5 years by Working Women International and AVATAR. He has also led Accenture India’s BPO operations in Delhi NCR and has served as the India & APAC Lead for Accenture's Customer Contact Business Services (ACCBS). During this period, he was instrumental in driving innovation, building differentiated capabilities, transforming operations and growing businesses.
Over the past 30 years Parag has spent a considerable part of his career in roles spanning Human Resources, Learning, Projects, Banking, Treasury, Financial Services and Business Operations. In addition, he has worked across strategy, planning, business development, mobilization, finance and service delivery. This included setting-up green field projects, Nominee- Director on board, turning around troubled businesses and companies, developing and executing strategy and managing over USD 1billion dollar investments.
Parag has been a recipient of Accenture Inventor’s Award and has his name on Accenture Patents for Connected Classrooms. He has also been a Rotarian, assisting orphanages and renovating schools in Mumbai’s slums. He has been recognized by The Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow. He has also been recognized as Best Male Champion for Diversity at the Leonie awards in Singapore by The House of Rose Professional and is a member of FICCI’s Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion.
Co-Founder & Product Head, Darwinbox
Chaitanya Peddi, A true subject matter expert of both HR and Technology, heads product & engineering at Darwinbox. His years of experience as an HR consultant has empowered him to understand the specific needs of the HR Tech market and build a world-class product that can not only optimally automate and simplify HR processes for enterprises enables HR to be a game-changing strategic function. But also
An XLRI alumnus, prior to Drawinbox, Chaitanya worked as an HR consultant with Ernst & Young and consulted global firms on organization design and performance management. Having worked in product development at Verizon and combined with his consulting experience, Chaitanya commands a rare vantage point in the HR Tech space.
Founder & Managing Director, Saarathee
A passionate leader who believes in driving change and transforming lives. Richa comes with an experience of 2 decades across corporate and social sector. Her experience spans advertising, brand communication, product marketing , channel sales, distribution & fund raising. Richa has worked closely with customer experience and engagement teams; and has created a forte in building teams that have the prowess to craft authentic and contextual conversation to build customer engagement.
Richa was introduced to the concept of sustainability and corporate responsibility while she was working in the social sector (CRY). Thus came about Saarathee – a Customer Contact Centre that would employ and leverage PwD. With this she decided to create an impact story while delivering services which could manifest business strategy into positive outcomes for organizations across sectors. She chose to hire PwD to drive her business and change the canvas of the story for corporate India. And as an onward journey she wants more and more corporates to become Inclusive, therefore she is working towards creating India’s first dedicated EduHire Platform which aims at bridging the employment gap between skilled PwD as well as Corporates.
DGM Product Management, HONO
Gold Medalist- IIT Roorkee
Sharat Sawhney is a technology fervent, has a flair for entrepreneurship and an absolutely Brilliant mind which yearns for creating innovative, disruptive technology.
A gold Medalist from IIT Roorkee, Sharat is a Product veteran with his core competencies in AI and intelligent interfaces and has already successfully founded 3 start ups in his career.
At HONO, Sharat holds the seat of DGM Product Management, the key man who identifies the customer need and the larger business and functional objectives that feature will fulfill, articulates what success looks like for a product, and rallies a team to turn that vision into a reality, of course augmenting the solution with Next Gen AI.
An OPJEMS Scholar , Sharat has to his credit, building the World's 1st Completely Automated Content Digitalization Tool and much more.
His Specialties include Product Management, Consumer Behaviour, Strategic Planning, Analytical Perception, Product Development & System Architecture. He has a flair for creating disruptive integrated solutions and has perfected the art of putting technology to work to solve today’s complex problems.
Head - HR, Reliance Jio
Ankur has over 26 years of experience, with over 24 years in Consulting. Ankur leads HR Strategy for Jio, and focuses on the organisation design, workforce planning and culture.
In his previous roles, Ankur has led consulting practices for Organisation Transformation and Workforce Transformation. He has served global organisations in the areas of organisation strategies, talent strategies, leadership development, learning and performance, digital HR and technology adoption.
Ankur has undertaken transformation projects in the Telecom, Hi-Tech and Consumer Product industries, while serving global organisations in the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, China and France.
VP - People Function, Mindtree
Shalini heads the People Function of Mindtree for India and Apac. A functional expert in multiple areas of Talent Management, she carries with her more than two decades of experience in working closely with business teams in conceptualizing and operationalizing business specific people strategy. She has led HR teams across industry groups, horizontals, and geographies, while working closely with cross functional teams in designing and executing people solutions. A mother of twin girls she is hugely passionate about women in technology and building frameworks and ecosystems that allow individuals to build careers.
Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Admissions & Financial Aid, Indian School of Business
Dibyendu Bose is the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Admissions & Financial Aid at the Indian School of Business. His marketing portfolio includes the flagship MBA and EMBA equivalent programmes (PGP suite) as well as Advanced Management programmes (AMP suite) at ISB. In his role as the head of the Office of Alumni Engagement, he is responsible for integrating the 12500+ global alumni community through different School initiatives and making them an integral part of the School's onward journey. Under his leadership, the Alumni Engagement practice at ISB is today recognized at par with global peers and has won the coveted CASE Platinum Asia Pacific Awards 2021.
Dibyendu is an MIT Sloan Fellow and ISB alumnus. Before joining the leadership team of ISB, he held C-suite positions in the corporate sector. He has worked in India, United Kingdom & USA and had an entrepreneurial stint while in the Boston ecosystem. He also serves on the global advisory council for the GMAC Leadership Conference. In his leisure time, Dibyendu loves to travel and is also a sports enthusiast.
Head Commercial - Private Market, Sanofi Healthcare
A seasoned executive with more than 30 years of industry expertise in areas spanning from people management to coaching, new business development, and portfolio management. has extensive experience in providing measurable wellness solutions to businesses.
Director L&D, CGI
Prime Areas of Expertise: Talent Management, Organizational Development, Equity and Inclusion Strategy (Gender, Cultural, Generational, and Emotional) and programs, Succession Planning, Leadership Development, Emotional Intelligence, Culture and Change Management Initiatives, Competency and Capability frameworks, Performance Management Strategy, Team Building Interventions.
I currently lead learning for APAC as the Director for Learning and Development at CGI. In my earlier work stints, I was the Country head for Training for India, at Hinduja Global Solutions. Prior to that I was the Senior Director, Talent Management and Development, Sutherland Global Services, heading the Talent Management initiatives for Healthcare Vertical globally and the project leader for the Inclusivity and Diversity initiatives at Sutherland India. I have previously worked in leading IT firms like Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC India), Franklin Templeton India, Convergys Information Management (India), Tech Mahindra, Health Management Research Institute and Infor Global Solutions leading OD, L&D and Talent Management Functions.
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Additional Interests: Training in Indian Classical Music (Carnatic Vocal)
Total Experience: 20+ years
EVP & Chief of HR & Management Services, SBI Life Insurance
Ms. Seema Trikannad is the EVP & Chief of HR & Management Services at SBI Life Insurance. With over 3 decades of rich work experience, she handled various positions at The State Bank of India such as Credit Analyst, Vice President- Credit Administration, DGM-Human Resources etc. At SBI Life, her profile includes designing & evaluating career paths, overseeing all HR and management services functions, crafting strategies that aid in meeting business goals. This apart, she has been instrumental in promoting strong training & development programs, inclusion at workplace, developing HR policies across functions, ensuring seamless hiring & onboarding procedures.
She is an alumni of Karnataka University where she post-graduated in English Literature and is also a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers.
She is passionate about music and in her free time, enjoys listening to light classical music, loves travelling and exploring new places.
Director - Future Readiness Global Talent Management, Mindtickle
Sindhuja is a HR leader with career spanning Learning & Talent development, Diversity & Inclusion, Executive Coaching and Business HR roles for over 17yrs. She has worked in organizations such as SAP Labs, Infosys, Accenture, Wipro and Freshworks. In her current role at Mindtickle, she is setting up the Global Talent Management function.
As a psychologist, counselor and coach, her heart is in facilitating meaningful dialogues, sparking new perspectives, enabling lasting behavioral change and building leadership competencies. She is a passionate champion for DEI and has been working towards creating gender balanced organizations, driving LGBTQIA inclusion and building an empathetic organization culture that nurtures mental health & wellness.
Outside of her corporate life she is a photojournalist who documents contemporary human rights issues in India, advocating to organizations and individuals for change.
Founder & CEO, Unstop
Ankit Aggarwal, Founder & CEO of Unstop, is not your typical engineering plus MBA guy. From opting out of his MBA summer placements at IMT Ghaziabad to getting a 100% tuition scholarship from Harvard Business School for a coveted leadership program, he has done things differently. He has worked at Deloitte, Sapient, and spent 3 years with Teach For India (NGO) to understand the educational inequity from the roots of India.
Through Unstop, he enables companies to discover, engage, assess, and hire the right talent #BeyondBoundaries while connecting the unstoppable talent, students & early professionals with the world of opportunities to let them #GoBeyondResumes.
Unstop is the category creator and serves over 40 Lakh students across domains from 20,000 colleges and companies.
Recruitment Evangelist, Indeed India
An experienced content creator, with over eleven years of experience across verticals, Rohan Sylvester has a demonstrated history of working in the content industry. Combining his passion for content, data-driven insights, and recruitment technologies, he is able to provide companies with actionable strategies to enhance their recruitment.
As the recruitment evangelist for Indeed in India, Rohan leverages Indeed’s extensive platform data and research to support HR and TA professionals across India with insights that could help them attract and hire the right talent.
Rohan is a Marine Engineer and an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology.
Senior Vice President, & Head HR, R1 RCM India
Swati is Senior Vice President, and Head Human Resources for R1 RCM India.
With an overall experience of over 20 years, 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).
Swati has been consistently delivering change and transformations with multi-industry exposure across the country. She is known for fast, agile, and proven leadership in business Strategy, Human Resource Management, Advisory and Leadership Development.
Swati is a passionate business leader with a unique experience of establishing complete HR and Performance Management systems along with successfully developing and implementing HR Strategy for organizations to create culture of performance, emotional involvement & successful teams.
She has completed her master’s from MDI Gurgaon and an Executive Development Program from Kellogg School of Management
Director, Human Capital, UnitedHealth Group
Mayank has an overall work experience of around 22 years in the areas of Operations, Training & Human Capital. He is currently the Human Capital Leader for Technology lines of businesses in Optum. He has critical experiences of managing teams in Operations, leading large regional teams, HR Business partner roles for Businesses with presence in multiple geographies & industries like Hardware Technology, Infrastructure Services, BPO, Health care & Site Leadership role.
Mayank started his career in Operations managing teams in Technical Support in Dell, Bangalore. He then transitioned to leading the Training function for Dell in Hyderabad. He then moved to HR & performed Business partner roles for multiple businesses in Dell, Hyderabad, Noida & Coimbatore enabling senior leaders in designing & implementing their talent strategy. He then moved to Dell, Coimbatore as HR Site Leader managing Talent Acquisition, Talent Development & other HR CoEs prior to joining Optum.
In Optum, he started as HCP for various businesses in Operations for India geography in 2014 . Later, he took additional responsibility for managing Human Capital teams in Philippine’s geography before moving to his current role.
Outside of work, Mayank is a long-distance runner & has completed more than 35 half marathons in the last 10 years. He is married to Megha who is a teacher & has a son, Hunar who is 11 years old.
Partner, HR Leader for Global In-House Centre, India, Marsh McLennan
Jaspreet is an HR practitioner with expertise in providing Human Capital Management solutions. He has over 22 years of experience in developing and deploying HR solutions aligned with business strategy, and partnering for growth and transformation.
In his current role at Marsh MacLennan, as a Partner & HR Leader he is responsible for providing strategic HR oversight & business partnering to global service delivery teams across the different verticals of Mercer, Marsh, Guy Carpenter & Oliver Wyman.
Prior to Marsh MacLennan, Jaspreet has spent 11.5 years at NatWest( RBS) in multiple roles within HR, last role being Managing Director-Human Resources leading Colleague Experience & Delivery.
Before transitioning to BFSI industries, Jaspreet has led multiple roles to support business strategy for Marketing, Sales, and Services organizations supporting clients across Americas, Asia-Pac, Europe and India.
Jaspreet is a certified and practicing ICF & AoEC Executive Coach & also a Six Sigma Black belt.
Head - HR, L&T Technology Services Limited
Ravi, with 25 years of experience, has aced various HR functions in diversified geographies and industries. His portfolio at LTTS includes developing & executing human resource strategy for India, for support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, Identification (evaluation) & resolution of human relations and work performance problems, and compensation design. He provides strategic leadership by articulating HR needs and plans to the LTTS Leadership Team. With master’s in social work, specializing in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Ravi enriched his experience at Capgemini, PwC SDC & iGate Global Solutions before he assumed the Head – HR, India at L&T Technology Services.
Director - HR, 3DS India Lab & DSGS
Pradeep has been learning and working as an HR Professional over the past 2 decades.
Pradeep has experience with leading many key initiatives related to Mergers & Acquisition, Organisation Restructuring and Job Evaluation, among others. His learning journey has been filled with rich experience from Consulting, IT & Software as well as Engineering companies such as Cognizant Technologies, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Siemens that has helped him acquire knowledge and shape his thoughts on Human Resources function.
Pradeep currently works in the capacity of heading HR function at Dassault Systemes for its R&D and Services facilities in India.
Pradeep likes to read books, watch F1 races, travelling and driving
CEO & Co-Founder, Believe In Yourself
Harlina is an multi disciplinary professional with 28 years of experience & expertise across gamut of business, sales & marketing, HR, technology, leadership, consulting, learning & organisation development domains. Operates at intersection of talent, technology and transformation. Had industry experience in manufacturing, retail & consumer goods, IT/ITES, oil & gas & banking. Has worked in Xerox, GE, IDFC Bank and Reliance Industries. Worked as core team of RIL Chairman’s office.
• Currently an entrepreneur having set up Believe In Yourself in 2018, a firm with specialisation in building organisation culture,
leadership capabilities, change management, talent capacity, diversity & inclusion. An consortium of 181 coaches.
• Harlina is a board member with Skillsoft (Worlds’ largest edtech elearning company. ex-faculty with KPMG, UN emissary in
India on Diversity & Inclusion & HR advisor with SHRM.
• Ranks as India’s Top 10 HR Influencer for last 8 years, is a TEDx speaker & faculty with B schools.
• She is Adobe future of work summit member, writes for Harvard Business Review & is a speaker at several global forums.
• Columnist for Economic Times publications and newspaper.
Head of Sales, Indeed India
Sashi Kumar is the India Head for Indeed.com - The World's #1 Job Search Engine. A seasoned Leader with over 18 years of experience, Sashi has handled diverse portfolios including New Product Evangelization, Enterprise Sales Management and International Sales. He specialises in the Internet Industry, Recruitment Solutions and HR Automation. Sashi's in-depth knowledge and vast experience in the Indian Recruitment Industry has made him a go-to person when it comes to understanding how companies can tailor their recruitment strategy and ensure success in the very competitive Indian Talent Search Market.
AVP - Content, Xoxoday
Mary is the AVP for Marketing at Xoxoday. She focuses on product messaging and positioning for Empuls, the employee engagement platform from Xoxoday. In a career that spans more than 20 years as a content marketer, she worked with brands like Google and GE Money. She discovered her passion for content and customer success at Google, where she spent almost 9 years working on multiple initiatives to improve adoption and customer success for Google Ads users.
Beyond work, Mary loves to coach young adults on communication and loves to explore new places, their history, architecture, landscape and local food.
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 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.
Consulting Partner-Inclusion Advisory, Saarathee
Sandeep Bidani is India’s 1st Specially Abled Senior HR Leader and Inclusion Champion who created the pathbreaking PwD inclusion Programs ASPIRE & BELIEVE. He was the Ex-CHRO and Regional HR leader with American Express, KPMG & IBM India/SA for over 25 yrs & a Management Consultant with KPMG India and Middle East. He has been a Consulting Partner in People & Culture Change & an Executive Coach for multiple corporates as well as for INSEAD Programs in India. He’s also a Mentor for the for AI Startups under the Telangana State AI Mission, T-AIM. In his career, he led markets like India, Middle East, Philippines and the UK in various roles managing over 38000 people across, building deep culture diversity & Inclusion understanding. Sandeep is a leading Keynote speaker on #OperationalisingInclusion #Disruption, #Leadingbyexecution and #Futureofwork for Project Management Institute, SHRM, HR Society Nepal & MDRT Global Conference at Dubai in 2020.
Vice President, Strategy & Growth (India), Yellow.ai
Abhimanyu Mukherjee is Vice President, Strategy & Growth (India) at Yellow.ai - a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader in Conversational AI for enterprises. Yellow AI's focus is on enabling innovative & delightful automation experiences for HR, ITSM, and CX use cases by leveraging the best of AI + Human intelligence.
Prior to Yellow.ai, he has over 15 years of experience in growth leadership positions across Professional Services, Technology Consulting, and SaaS startups. His extensive background of building teams and managing PnLs on a global scale provides great insights on how to drive high-performance, high-reward cultures, and the critical role of employee enablement in delivering positive outcomes. He is passionate about employee advocacy, the impact of emerging technology on a dynamic workforce, and AI-based innovation for L&D functions.
Abhimanyu is a BBA in Finance from the Lynn School of Business, Stetson Univ, Merit Scholar of the prestigious Roland George Investments Portfolio, and a graduate of the Senior Management Programme (SMP) - IIM, Ahmedabad.
Head-TA (India & APAC), Publicis Sapient
Atul has more than 20 years of extensive Talent Acquisition experience and thrives on meeting challenging organizational hiring goals. He manages a group of creative recruiters who solely strive towards successfully meeting organization’s hiring goals. As a hiring leader, Atul always promotes effective partnership with the Business, to ensure quality of hires is maintained as per business expectation despite hiring in large volumes. He believes understanding business and collaboration with the business is essential to success in hiring.
CEO & Co-Founder, Refyne
Born and raised in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, Chitresh Sharma graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Christ College, Bengaluru, in 2009. At the age of 19, Chitresh founded his first enterprise, an IT outsourcing and marketing company in Bengaluru.
The business witnessed rapid growth and put Chitresh on the map as a budding entrepreneur. However, after introspecting and being encouraged by his family to build a venture with wide-ranging social impact, in 2012, Chitresh decided to study overseas to explore new possibilities.
While pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Marketing at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Chitresh found himself surrounded by new-age business ideas and concepts. The combination inspired him to research his dissertation subject, which ultimately led to his next project.
In 2013, Chitresh co-founded Glasgow-based Swipii, a digital cashback reward platform for shoppers. During the subsequent seven years, he learned the importance of staying focused on core goals and, more critically, work culture. He concluded that pursuing a sustainable growth trajectory centered around people strategy was the key to building a successful business.
In early 2020, Chitresh returned to India to revisit the idea proposed ten years ago – creating a business that would leave a positive social impact. Chitresh’s initial research revealed a stark lack of awareness about personal finance in India. The findings inspired him to combine this observation with his learnings about the benefits of Salary On-Demand during his time in the UK, which led to the establishment of Refyne.
Chitresh noticed India’s fintech landscape broadly has two options – UPI and lending, a duopoly with rampant exploitative service prices.
India historically lacked a standard credit score system. Chitresh began investigating how this affects the unbanked and underbanked population, which are not the primary focus of premium banks and lenders. His research uncovered that the absence of formal education on personal finance, among other factors, has led to the masses often falling prey to predatory loan sharks and payday lenders, exposing themselves to a quick but costly solution.
Chitresh, via Refyne, aims to empower companies and their employees and transform them into active promoters of financial resilience and independence. Chitresh envisioned building a company where team members have an aligned vision for popularising financial wellness and fostering a culture of collective growth.
When he’s not working, Chitresh enjoys spending time with his family and reading to sharpen his skills.
HR Head, Global Generics, Dr. Reddy’s Labs
Swatee has driven several organizational change initiates with focus on skill building, leadership development, creating a learning culture and enabling the digital transformation agenda. She has over two decades of rich experience encompassing teaching, research, training, consulting and leading people development practices. She has driven several strategic interventions for business advantage and has extensively worked in areas of talent modelling, learning, leadership, change and work practice innovations.
Swatee is an accomplished HR thought leader with a Ph.D. in the area of Talent Management and Organizational Development
Managing Director, SHL
Sushant is the Managing Director for India and the Philippines at SHL. He has more than twenty-five years' experience in the Indian IT industry, having worked in hardware, software, networking, and has managed services business for companies like Microsoft, Xerox, NCR and Avaya in leadership roles. Sushant is an Electronics and Communication engineer from Osmania University and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar. An avid speaker at industry forums, in his free time, Sushant enjoys reading and traveling along with occasional weekend biking trips.
Director - HR, Fiserv
Vineeta Kukreti has been a strategic and innovative HR leader with over 20 years of multi-industry experience in HR leadership and consulting. Vineeta comes with experience in managing large workforce and overseeing end-to-end Corporate HR functions in organizations with globally dispersed, highly matrixed, and diverse cultures. Her expertise lies in translating business vision by designing and implementing innovative HR strategies and OD interventions to suit the needs of the organization in different growth phases.
Vineeta has built-to-scale and led proactive HR policies and programs for complex, service-based partnership and public organization undergoing acquisition, getting ready to sell, start-up, rapid growth and transitional business cycles in Fintech, IT/ ITES and business consulting domains in US, UK, Europe and APAC regions.
In her role at Fiserv, Vineeta leads the team of human resources Business Partners across businesses. Before her stint a Fiserv, she worked at the Boston Consulting Group, leading their regional HR - APAC for Global Services business unit.
Senior Business Manager, Razorpay
Rohit leads business for RazorpayX Payroll. He started his career with a background in Human Resources. After having worked at D.E. Shaw and Flipkart, he dedicated himself to building HR SaaS products such as Recruiterbox (acquired by Turn River Capital) and Opfin (acquired by Razorpay).
Chief Growth Officer - India & MEA, PeopleStrong
A Strategy Consultant-turned-Digital Entrepreneur-turned-Growth leader, Mrigank is a core member of HCM business, leading growth & expansion in India & Middle East.
An MBA from INSEAD, Mrigank is a builder at heart. A serial entrepreneur, he has channelled his energies towards building companies - the latest being acquired and part of the PeopleStrong product suite.
With extensive experience from starting a new venture as well as executing for growth in larger businesses, Mrigank’s background in Startups, Sales & Operations, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy drives him in building processes and teams to support agile growth.
GM Talent Supply Chain & HR Technology - Center of Excellence, HCL
Vikas Singh Baghel is General Manager- HR, Leading HR Technology and Talent Supply Chain- Centre of Excellence at HCL Technologies Ltd. He has 17 years varied experience in Talent Acquisition operations, governance and HR technology. Vikas is responsible for global technology implementation in Talent Supply Chain, HR processes and automation enablement for HCL. His current role involves managing employee life cycle and talent supply chain HR applications and technology implementation, this includes both off the shelf products & in house product design and implementation. Vikas has distinction of designing an award winning Enterprise Social Network for HCL i.e HCL MEME, anchored various Global Implementation of HR tech products which are recognized at various industry Awards/Forums. His last TA project i.e. #Techruit had won prestigious Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence award in USA and Business World best TA technology award in India. Vikas has been Inducted into "HCL O INFINITY HALL OF FAME"- an elite club of super achievers with outstanding performance for consecutive six years or more. He is a Certified Recruitment Analyst from Carlton Management Institute USA, STAR certified Leader and Certified Mentor by International Mentor Association.
Executive Director, HR India & Asia Pacific & Global HRBP for Global Safety Services, Parexel International
Mona Puri is a Human Resource leader with over 28 years of progressive experience in the Health Care & Life Sciences industry across India, Japan, Asia Pacific & Oceania managing regional teams in highly matrixed global organizations. Currently , at Parexel as Executive Director Human Resources, she is the Regional HR Leader, leading HR for India & Asia Pacific as well as supports a SBU (Global Safety Services) as the Global HRBP.
In all of her roles, she has adopted the approach that leverages people, culture, technology and networks to drive engagement & performance. A strong espouser of business ethics and integrity and believer in equal opportunity for all. Has been breaking the gender norms from start of her career and ensuring women in leadership roles are a natural evolution of a company’s culture and environment .
She started her career in Sales Management & Operations …and in her previous assignments she has been associated with InVentiv Health as Head HR for Asia Pacific, with United Health Group, as the Human Capital Partner for India/APAC and Eli Lilly India, in various progressive roles spanning Operations, Learning & Development and Human Resource.
GM HR, Ashiana Housing
Surbhi Dewan, postgraduate in HR and alumnus of New York University is a certified PI & Topgrading practioner with 19+ years’ work experience across industries like Real Estate, Logistics, Public Relations, IT, Logistics and ITEs. She is a drafting committee member for the 1992 code of practice on safety and health in construction representing India at ILO, Geneva. Other accolades include Business World 40 under 40, PeopleFirst HR Excellence Award. In her current role, she’s a member of the Leadership Team heading HR at Ashiana Housing Ltd.
Mr Debashish Ghosh is a senior Human Resources professional with over 18 years of experience in managing end-to-end functions in HR. Over these years, he has led both global organizations and Indian conglomerates across multiple industries and locations. His core expertise lies in organization culture transformation, greenfield projects, and talent management.
He is currently working as the Vice President and Country HR Head of Berkadia, a Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Services Co. Prior to joining Berkadia, he was associated with GE and Genpact managing multiple leadership roles in HR.
Mr Ghosh is an Executive Alumnus of IIM Calcutta and a Marshall Goldsmith Certified Executive and Teams Coach. He is also a certified practitioner of several behavior and personality assessment tools.
Mr Ghosh has been awarded with two of the most prestigious HR credentials in the world - Senior Certified Professional® from Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP®), and Global Talent Management Leader (GTML™) from Talent Management Institute.
His recent achievements include:
• Recognized by Siliconindia magazine as one of the “Top 10 most promising HR Leaders 2020”.
• Featured in Forbes India magazine (Oct '21 issue) as "India’s 50 Best HR Leaders 2021"
Mr Ghosh is an active member of 2 premier HR associations – Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Human Resources Federation of India (HRFI). He also sits in the Industry Advisory Board of several Universities and B-schools. In these roles, he provides thought-leadership towards HR practices, industry-academia collaboration, and business strategy.
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.
Senior VP - Talent Acquisition India, Hinduja Global Solutions
James Job is the Senior Vice President - Talent Acquisition for HGS India. James has been with HGS for more than five years now wherein he’s responsible for the recruitment and team building. An experienced professional with track record of more than three decades, James has worked extensively in sales, operations, manufacturing and services industries, and now in HR.
James is a distinct leader spearheading large projects/operations across multiple geographies. He is recipient of coveted awards and titles scaling the career ladder in senior and responsible positions.
Prior to HGS, James had stints with Aditya Birla Minacs and CEAT Ltd. for over a decade.
A talent enthusiast and a professional with 12 years of overall experience with 10.5 years of HR experience. Achieved business results through partnership with multiple global and local stakeholders. Posses strong HR Skills across the HR spectrum, including Talent Acquisition, Mergers and Acquisitions, Organization Capability Building, Diversity and Inclusion, Rewards Management, Performance Management.
Have been part of Vodafone’s BOLTRed, which is a women’s leadership program for accelerating careers of high potential women employees. At TISS, have been the recipient of the M.K. Tata Award for Best student, NTPC Gold Medal for best student and S Kalsi Shield for securing first rank in M.A. in HRM and LR. Winner of India's 40under40 HR professionl by Jombay in 2020. Am associated with Matushree Manibai Shivji Kelvani Trust which work towards empowerment and education of girl children with a vision of building a brighter tomorrow.
Director - HR, Kemin Industries
Dev comes with almost 3 decades of professional experience primarily in Human Resources within domestic environment and with global exposure. Brought up in a middle-class family with strong ethical values as foundation, had his education in engineering and is groomed for human relations.
Dev works for thriving business by enabling greatness in people.
Dev has demonstrated a stellar performance broadly in Human Resources, Industrial Relations and Organizational Development. He is a thought leader for people development and business performance. His many interventions have gone thru ideating and then scaled up across geographies and business organizations. Dev holds multidisciplinary interests beyond HR for sustainable business, its purpose and people.
His recent leadership interventions include implementing Great Place to Work, Structured Employee Engagement, Leading at Speed of Trust, Situational Leadership, founding Kemin Toastmasters Club, Servant Leadership in Practice and Executive Coaching at Board Level. He is a certified CSR Professional, Certified Trainer for Situational Leadership, DDI Facilitator, Sustainability Partner, Certified SHRM-SCP and drives steering change, people development and transformation of organizational culture measured on Trust and Performance.
Dev is based at Chennai and works at Business Leadership Level for Kemin Industries (www.kemin.com), a family owned global organisation of repute in the space of Animal Nutrition and Health, heading its People Function for South Asia.
Dev pursues interests in integrated fitness of body & mind, listening Hindustani Classical Vocal and select short readings. He selectively serves student community thru Academic Corporate Advisory Boards and professionals by sharing stage on variety of topics within HR sphere.
HR Leader - Change Enabler
Leena is the Vice President- Group Human Resources at the Tata Group since September 2018. In this role, she is responsible for group Performance, Rewards, Diversity and Digital Transformation along with leading HR function for Tata Sons that sets policy and governance for all companies at the Tata Group.
Leena has over two decades of experience having previously worked with Sun Pharmaceuticals, GE, Accenture, Aon Hewitt and Glaxo SmithKline Consumer Healthcare in various HR leadership roles.
Leena was leading HR function for global R&D and Quality organisations in addition to Talent Management at Sun Pharma prior to joining Tata Group. Prior to this stint Leena was working as Director- Compensation & Benefits responsible for C&B and HR Operations for GE in South Asia and ASEAN regions and C&B Branding and Communication work for GE globally. In addition she was leading the GE Women’s Network for GE South Asia and led several key initiatives developing diverse talent, during this tenure GE South Asia won GE Women’s Network Best Region awards twice in a span of three years based on the impact created. She joined GE in 2005 as the HR leader for Energy & Aviation engineering organizations based out of Bangalore.
She started her career with Glaxo SmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSK) from and worked on assignments in HR and Sales. She joined Hewitt Associates and consulted in the area of C&B and Job Evaluation for clients spanning varied industries like Consumer, IT and ITES industries. After working for two and a half years with Hewitt, she joined Accenture to lead their Compensation & Benefits function for ITES business.
Leena has an MBA degree in Human Resources from Symbiosis Institute of Management, Pune and Bachelors degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.
A progressive thinker Leena is always keen to solve tough challenges and create an impact.
Vice President - People Operations, Razorpay
Anuradha Bharat is the Vice President of the People Operations function at Razorpay. A dynamic and creative HR, Anuradha comes with a wide-ranging experience at high-profile organizations across varied industries.
With a strong experience in the design and implementation of innovative HR, leadership and talent initiatives with a solutions-oriented approach, she is known for her charismatic relationship-building skills and a consultative style of working. She was among the first fifteen members of Razorpay, along with being it's first female employee.
Anuradha has worked with large organisations like VMWare and Symphony before she started to build the Razorpay team from scratch. She is an expert in building and leading great people-oriented teams and programs, change management, executive coaching, talent acquisition, workforce planning and employee relations, performance management, diversity, and organization design & development, to name a few.
Anuradha has a proven track record in creating organizational transformation by aligning people strategies with business objectives. With over 15 years of experience, Anuradha is an
MSc in Psychology and Organisational Behaviour from the Mysore University.
Associate Partner, HR Managed Services Lead, KPMG
Professional and Industry experience
Chief Strategy Officer & Head HR, Advantage Club
Raj brings over two decades of global, cross-cultural HR expertise in geographies like the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, and Europe, working across diverse industries such as IT/ITES, Engineering, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, and Pharmaceuticals to name a few.
At present, he is working as Chief Strategy Officer and Head of HR for Advantage Club, which is a global HR Technology (SaaS) platform catering to employee engagement, financial wellness, benefits, perks, rewards, and early wage access on a single platform to enrich the Employee Experience journey at the moment that matters.
In his previous role, Raj was responsible for heading the Global Digital Talent strategy for Concentrix across 40 countries. He also lead the line HR function for 70,000 employees across 13 cities in India and ASEAN countries. Raj was instrumental in expanding the company's footprint in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the UAE.
Raj is a certified M&A Specialist from Aon Hewitt. His formal qualifications PGDM from Symbiosis and further education in Digital Transformation from Columbia Business School, Managerial & Leadership Effectiveness from IIMA and Design Thinking & Innovation from Emeritus, Singapore.
Co-Founder & Managing Director, The Talent Enterprise
Radhika Punshi is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at The Talent Enterprise. As an organisational psychologist and HR expert, she advises clients on strategic human capital issues and challenges, including building the competitiveness of local talent, with a key focus on youth and female inclusion. With an Ivy League education and two Masters Degrees in Organisational Behavior and Psychology, Radhika is the first person from the MENASA region to be awarded a degree in Positive Psychology. She served on founding Board of Directors of the prestigious International Positive Psychology Association and is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Radhika is a sought-after expert in the areas of talent assessment, leadership, employee engagement, happiness & well-being. Over the past decade, Radhika has worked with over 150+ organisations, leading projects in Government, Retail, Aviation, Healthcare, Energy, Hospitality, Banking & Financial Services, Real Estate sectors as well as diversified Conglomerates.
At The Talent Enterprise, Radhika leads client solutioning, including the design and delivery of client projects. Along with our experienced team of in-house psychologists, Radhika also steers the on-going research and development of all our psychometric tools and assessment solutions, grounded in positive psychology, such as the Thriving Index. She has also co-developed a series of positive education led programs to help develop critical skills for life for youth, such as our flagship program StrengthsCompass.
Prior to joining The Talent Enterprise, Radhika was part of the founding team for the MENA region at Aon Hewitt as an Associate Partner and Head of Innovation. She also worked with Campus Philly in the USA, a prominent not-for-profit organisation focused on the development of Philadelphia as a regional talent hub. Previously, Radhika helped set up HR Centres of Excellence for Sapient, a leading global technology consulting firm.
Radhika is a published author and her books include ‘Unlocking the Paradox of Plenty’ highlighting the labour market opportunities in the region and the award-winning book on females in the Arab world titled ‘Game-Changers’.
Radhika is a self-confessed workaholic and we don’t believe there is ever a time when she is not working! In her alter life, she would possibly be running an interior design firm or be a travel journalist. Her biggest stress buster is her 2 year old daughter, Ayana, who is preparing to intern with us in the summer
VP - People Team & Head HR, GlobalLogic
Rajesh Rai is Vice President – People Team and Head of Human Resources, India at GlobalLogic. He is responsible for spearheading the company’s HR transformation, Learning & Development, Change Management, D&I and Sustainability initiatives for India. He is a highly formidable HR leader and plays an instrumental role in building new frontiers to bolster the company’s vision in establishing a ‘humans and people first’ culture, drive employee experience, nurture diversity and inclusion, and transform the employees’ and company’s growth journey.
With over two decades of experience in the HR industry, Rajesh has been deeply involved in working with global business & HR teams across multiple cross-cultural border teams effectively. He has led human resources, from strategy to implementation, for numerous leading global organizations such as Eicher Motors, Expedia, United Colors of Benetton, Adobe Systems, Ernst & Young, and Arthur Andersen. Prior to joining GlobalLogic, he 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 enjoys doing Yoga, meditation, painting, sketching, music, soccer and is an avid reader.
Head LD & OD, Xceedance
Parul Varghese is a result oriented people function professional with ~20 years of experience. She has re-modelled and supported plentiful global Talent & Change Management initiatives. She loves to design innovative interventions to attract, develop, motivate, and retain employees. She’s a Delhi University graduate, with a Diploma from XLRI under her wings. Her passion lies with numbers, culture building, fixing what’s broken and nurturing talent. She thrives on the fact that she has always had a 100% retention in her teams. In her current role, she takes care of Global L&OD and Diversity at Xceedance.
Global Head - Product & Growth, Leena.ai
Chirayu Akotiya leads Product & Growth at Leena AI, an innovative technology solution that's transforming the employee experience. Driven by his curiosity for all things related to organisational behavior and his passion for technology, he has been instrumental in building the bridge between business and talent strategies, to help organizations like Coca-Cola, Nestle, L&T, and many others overcome their digital transformation gaps.
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.
Head - AR/VR/MR/Metaverse, Novac Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd
Shanavaz, an L&D professional turned solutions architect, who can code, build apps, and sell Learning and Immersive Technologies. Have more than 13 Years of experience in the L&D domain and 4 years of experience in Immersive Technologies - Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality / Mixed Reality / Metaverse. He has expertise in implementing Learning Technologies, Instructional Design, Architecting Solutions, and Project Management. He is an avid learner and keep looking out for upcoming technologies to enhance processes and create new business verticals.
He started his career as a training facilitator and scaled up to head the Immersive Technology vertical at Novac Technology Solutions. Shanavaz holds a B.Tech degree and certifications in various domains such as Data Science, Machine Learning, Instructional Design and Training Facilitation. Currently he manages a wonderful team that solves Business Challenges using Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality, and Metaverse.
Group COE Head - Talent Acquisition & Management, GMR Group
Harpreet is the Group COE Head responsible for Talent Acquisition & Management for the GMR Group of companies. Her focus areas include hiring for Top Management roles for across the group and building internal succession pipelines. During her tenure in GMR, she has hired more than 45 CXOs across the Group. In her current role, in addition she is responsible for Employee Engagement, Culture building through Values & Beliefs and is Chairperson of IC, PASH for the GMR Group.
Harpreet is an Honours Graduate in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) 1989 & Masters in Commerce from University of Delhi 1991. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (MBA) from Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad, 1995 batch with dual majors in Human Resource Development (HRD) and Finance.
Harpreet has been heading HR during the last 16 years for companies across industry. She has worked and contributed to the growth of companies namely SMS Siemag, a German MNC, ABC Consultants, WWIL, a Zee Network Company, Fortis HealthWorld Ltd., The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), The Princeton Review - Manya and Engineers India Limited (EIL).
Harpreet has more than 26 years of rich and diverse experience in areas of Human Resource Management broadly – Organisation Transformation and Management of Change, Organisation Re-structuring, M&A’s, HR Digitalization, Talent Acquisition & Management, Compensation & Benefits, Performance Management, HR Policies and Guidelines, Organization Development, Learning & Development, Statutory Compliance, Reward & Recognition, Succession & Career Planning, HR Budgets & Audit and Data.
She has been invited as speaker to top academic institutes, committee member in top industry bodies and expert evaluator in industry level competitions including BML Munjal L&D Awards.
Chief People and Strategy Officer, Waaree Group
Affianced to my passion, I am working at the confluence of human behaviour and technology to prepare the organization for future of work and future of workforce. An avid People & Strategy Catalyst with versatile experience of 20+ years in leading and managing Digitalization, HR Transformation, People & Strategy initiatives with focus on business value. With diverse experience across BFSI, IT, FMCD + Manufacturing, Telecom, Consulting, Hydrocarbons & Renewable Energy, I have donned various hats of being a Strategist, OD Architect, Digitization Expert, Employee Experience Designer, Employee Engagement lead, Talent Architect etc.
Currently associated with Waaree Group as a Chief People and Strategy Officer, my role encompasses providing strategic direction across People, Culture, OD, Digitalization and Strategy Integration for multiple group entities. Start-Up Incubation, driving group-wide strategic initiatives from ideation to execution, driving integration among various functions/businesses for backward integration, and implementing a robust governance ecosystem are key tenets of my role.
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.
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