Extraordinary times call for exceptional measures – a macro shift in perspective and ideology. Discernible change at the core of what we do can be the dealmaker for quantifiable progress. When combined with the limitless resources that humans are known for, the results are bound to be nothing short of sensational.
SHRM Tech Conference & Expo 2023 is all about preparing grounds to revel in collective knowledge and all it takes to be ready for the vagaries of existence, equipped with the best of WorkTech. Join #SHRMTECH23 to change the very DNA of our being – to identify path-breaking innovations, evolve people practices and explore cutting-edge technologies, and to cause a Quantum Shift in all that shapes the world of work.
Learn the latest in WorkTech and how to leverage it for meaningful outcomes
Engage with peers in group chats, one-on-one conversations and grow your network
Stay current with your SHRM CP® or SHRM SCP® certification
For over 75 years, SHRM has been elevating HR – in this time of flux, SHRM TECH23 will equip you to navigate the Future with knowledge and confidence
Learn about the latest and most relevant WorkTech solutions and its impact on people practices at #SHRMTECH23.
Here’s what you’ll take back:
Co-Founder, CoveyLink & FranklinCovey
Stephen M. R. Covey is cofounder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Speed of Trust Practice. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and collaboration, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver. The Speed of Trust has been translated into 22 languages and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
Stephen is also coauthor of the # 1 Amazon bestseller Smart Trust: The Defi ning Skill That Transforms Managers Into Leaders. Stephen asserts that trust has become the new currency of our world, and that having the ability to develop, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the number one competency of leadership needed today. He passionately delivers this message and is dedicated to enabling individuals and organizations to reap the dividends of high trust throughout the world. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his tangible, practical approach to trust.
Stephen is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his direction, became the largest leadership development company in the world. He personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, Stephen joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer and later became National Sales Manager and then President & CEO.
Under Stephen’s leadership, the company grew rapidly and profitably, achieving Inc. 500 status. As President & CEO, he nearly doubled revenues while increasing profits by 12 times. During that period, both customer and employee trust reached new highs and the company expanded throughout the world into over 40 countries. This greatly increased the value of the brand and company. Within three years of being named CEO, Stephen had increased shareholder value by 67 times in a merger with then FranklinQuest to form FranklinCovey.
Over the years, Stephen has gained considerable respect and influence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private sector and public sector organizations he’s consulted. Clients recognize his unique perspective on real-world organizational issues based on his practical experience as a former CEO.
Stephen serves on numerous boards, including the Government Leadership Advisory Council, and he has been recognized with the lifetime Achievement Award for “Top Thought Leaders in Trust” from the advocacy group, Trust Across America/Trust Around the World.
Stephen resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.
CEO, Linkage, Inc.
Jennifer McCollum is CEO of Linkage, Inc, a premier leadership development firm whose mission is to “Change the Face of Leadership.” For nearly 35 years, Linkage has worked with leaders and organizations globally to accelerate purposeful leaders, create inclusive cultures, and advance women leaders. Linkage has been consistently ranked a top 20 training company globally, providing assessments, training, coaching, consulting, and conferences.
Jennifer is an acclaimed speaker, consultant, coach, and author – with two decades of experience leading and building businesses in the leadership development space. Her expertise includes how to close the gap to gender equity; why the most effective leaders are inclusive leaders; and how to demystify inclusion for leaders and organizations. Her new book, titled In Her Own Voice: A Woman’s Rise to CEO, will release in October 2023.
Jennifer is also a contributing author to Leadership in a Time of Crisis and The Freedom of Constraints, and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Chief Talent Development Officer, CEO Refresher, and Real Leaders. She is a member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches community.
Prior to Linkage, Jennifer spent a decade growing businesses within Korn Ferry and Corporate Executive Board (CEB) - now Gartner. At CEB, she led product management within the leadership division, driving innovative solutions that helped organizations select, develop and place leaders at all levels. She also ran CEB’s Leadership Academies business, which developed more than 30,000 professionals in 2,100 companies throughout 50 countries.
Previously, Jennifer served as CEO of IntraVision - a leadership consultancy she founded and grew over the course of 8 years. She worked with public companies, start-ups, associations, and nonprofits. Her passion is creating vision, executing strategy, and managing cohesive teams toward aspirational goals, with a special focus on supporting women in leadership roles.
Jennifer has a master’s degree in communications from the University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland, and an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in psychology and communications. An avid skier and tennis player, Jennifer is the mother of 3 and lives in Washington, DC with her husband.
CEO, SHRM India, APAC & MENA
Achal Khanna is the CEO for SHRM India, APAC & MENA. SHRM India is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management with more than 3,00,000 HR and business executive members in 165 countries.
Achal is responsible for leading the India operations of SHRM, as well as Asia Pacific operations including Middle-East. She serves on the global SHRM Leadership Team and is responsible for building the brand, expanding its business and developing professional relationships with government agencies, and other HR and business associations in the region.
Achal has over 30 years of work experience. Prior to joining SHRM, she was Managing Director for Kelly India operations; Vice President for GE; and Country Manager for Polaroid India. She has also worked with Dupont, ITC and Cosmo Group in various capacities.
She is a recipient of the “Best Women Executive in India” award.
Achal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics; a Master’s Degree in English Literature and she is an MBA from Delhi.
Operating Partner, Advent International Private Equity
D. Shivakumar, or Shiv as he is popularly known, is a Bangalore born leader and a management thinker.
He is currently the Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy at Aditya Birla Group. Previously, Shiv was the Chairperson & Chief Executive Officer at PepsiCo Holdings Private Limited, India. Prior to that he was CEO for emerging markets at Nokia.
Shiv started his career as a management trainee in the Consumer Products Division at Hindustan Ciba Geigy before shifting to Hindustan Unilever Limited where he spent 19 years in sales, marketing and general management positions. He moved to Philips, India as Chief Executive Officer of the consumer electronics division in 2003.
Shiv joined Nokia in 2006 as the Managing Director, India. Under his management, Nokia built its entire services portfolio, including Nokia Life Tools. He was also instrumental in pushing low-cost mobile devices across rural India; making Nokia a dominant brand in India. He is credited for driving Nokia’s brand from No. 71 to No. 1 in the country. He was instrumental in making Nokia one of the top most trusted brands. Shiv moved as Sr. Vice President, Emerging Markets (India, Middle East, Africa) in 2011. This market accounts for 40% of Nokia’s global business and comprises of around 90 countries. His contribution during this time have become case studies at Harvard University, ISB and other Ivy League Institutes.
In 2013, Shivakumar was appointed as the Chairperson & CEO of PepsiCo Holdings Private Limited, India where he managed brand portfolios across beverages, snacks and nutrition. He has been the driving force in bringing PepsiCo’s nutrition portfolio to the forefront with new launches under the Quaker and Tropicana brands. He is known for being the key driver for portfolio transformation and deepen consumer engagement with flagship brands. Apart from overseeing India operations, he also managed PepsiCo’s franchise business across Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
As of January 2018, Shivakumar has joined Aditya Birla Group as the Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy. Aditya Birla Group is one of the largest Indian conglomerates with businesses spread across telecommunications, cement, chemicals, mining, textiles, financial services, retail and e-commerce, among others, in 36 countries.
Indian Actress, Costume Designer & Politician
Gautami Tadimalla is an Indian film actor and costume designer who dropped out of college to enter the film industry by sheer coincidence. She acted in about 130 films with numerous leading actors such as Rajinikanth and Shahrukh Khan. She later made a conscious choice to opt out of her film career to become a proud mother of a daughter.
Gautami Tadimalla diagnosed with cancer in her 30s, chose to fight against all odds with mental resilience and determination. This led her on a journey of self-discovery and inspired her to start the Life Again Foundation to share her experiences of how to rebuild and start all over with hope even in the most difficult situations.
She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her social activism by Asia Metropolitan University, Malaysia.
Tibetologist & Founder, Braille Without Borders & Kanthari
Sabriye Tenberken became blind at the age of 12. Instead of drowning in self-pity, Sabriye created a path of opportunity. She discovered the beauty of Blindness, developed the Tibetan Braille Script, and together with her boyfriend Paul Kronenberg started the first school for the blind in Tibet in 1998.
In 2005, the couple also founded 'kanthari' in Kerala, South India, an impact leadership institute for social change makers. kanthari fosters individuals from all over the world, who have overcome adversity and because of that carry a plan to create social change.
Sabriye is passionate about catalyzing visionaries from the margins to realize sustainable social change.
Since 2009, 258 social change makers from 53 countries were trained at kanthari. This has already resulted in more than 160 social initiatives and organisations that are making a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people within their communities, every day.
Next to being a public speaker, Sabriye is the author of “My path leads to Tibet”, a book that has been translated into 16 languages. Sabriye and Paul also had the honour to take part in the award-winning documentaries ‘BLINDSIGHT’ and ‘KANTHARI – change from within”.
Economic Analyst, Advisor & Author - The Next New
PRANJAL SHARMA is an economic analyst, advisor and author based in New Delhi who focuses on technology, globalisation and emerging markets. He is an advisor to boards, industry associations and international institutions. His third book is The Next New: Navigating The Fifth Industrial Revolution is about how sustainability, social impact and technology breakthroughs are collectively disrupting global business models. It will be published by HarperCollins in June 2023. He read economics at University of Delhi and specialised in business media at University of Westminster, London. A former head of Bloomberg TV in India, he is a speaker at various fora in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Director & Founder, Tech Whisperer Limited UK
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.
Pro Chancellor, University of Cyberjaya
As the Pro Chancellor of the University of Cyberjaya, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, University Malaya Specialist Centre, Malaysia’s premier Quaternary Hospital and Director of University Malaya, Malaysia’s oldest University, he has made significant contributions to the world of work, education, and healthcare,
An alumnus of the Harvard Business School, he completed his PhD Education from Federation University, Australia where he was recognised as a distinguished alumnus in 2022. The National University of Malaysia conferred an Honorary Doctorate for his work.
In addition to his academic work, Dr Palan has had four decades of global experience in both human resources and entrepreneurship. The author of 20 books, he is an avid researcher with a focus on employee well-being and the future of work. He is a Certified Speaking Professional, National Association of Speakers, USA.
Dr Palan’s entrepreneurial success includes taking both his HR start up and education company public. He has also been recognised for his contributions to society, having been appointed by the King of Malaysia to serve as an independent member of the Emergency Committee during the pandemic crisis. He was also conferred Malaysia’s highest civilian award, the prestigious honorary title “Tan Sri” in 2016.
Managing Director, Workplace Innovation Lab & Venture Capital, SHRM
Guillermo Corea has been involved in digital technology for over 20 years and is currently the Managing Director for SHRMLabs, SHRM's Workplace Innovation Laboratory and venture capital arm. Previously, as Director, Digital Media and Business Development at SHRM, he lead e-commerce operations and identified non-dues revenue opportunities through a variety of activities, including business and product development, and content and technology partnerships. Prior to joining SHRM, he spent three years as Director, Project Management for Scripps Networks' community platform, a social engagement feature serving a broad audience of Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel consumers. Prior to Scripps, Guillermo headed web marketing for telecom networking company Ciena Corp. Earlier roles included three years as Director of Digital Media at McMurry/TMG, where he worked with various associations, and five years as Electronic Marketing Manager at Spirent Communications. He started his career at the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).
Guillermo received his Bachelor's in Economics from Lynchburg College and his Master's in Business Administration from Cornell University.
Nitin is a Partner who leads Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice in India & South Asia. He leads a team of 700+ professionals who work with clients on a wide range of HR topics including operating model improvements, workforce planning, performance & rewards, talent assessment & development, HR functional transformations, people analytics, change management and large scale HR technology implementations
In a consulting career spanning over 20 years, he has advised clients in over 25 countries in North & South America, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific regions. His client work cuts across sectors such as Retail, Consumer Products, Telecom, BFSI, Media, Industrial Products and Government
Prior to joining Deloitte, Nitin was the Managing Director India for Hay Group (now a part of Korn Ferry)
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 of Ecosystem, Velocity Network Foundation
Etan Bernstein is the Head of Ecosystem for the Velocity Network Foundation®, a non-profit membership organization. Velocity hosts the leading global workforce tech vendors and solution providers, deploying Velocity Network™. Together, the mission of the Foundation is to build the Internet-of-Careers®, a blockchain-based data utility layer underlying the global labor market.
Etan has 20+ years of experience in workforce tech as the founder and leader of multiple successful companies. In addition to his current role, leading the development and growth of Velocity's ecosystem, he is a regular speaker on innovations in workforce tech, technology and the Future of Work. He's a passionate advocate for the power of verifiable credentials to empower individuals, businesses, and educational institutions.
Global Chief People Officer, Head- Marketing, People Supply Chain (RMG) & Corporate Services, Tech Mahindra Ltd.
Harshvendra Soin is a Gold Medalist in Personnel Management and Industrial
Relations from University Business School, Chandigarh. He has also completed his Bachelor of Law from Punjab University and has nearly three decades of experience in Indian and Multinational Companies.
Harsh currently heads the Human Resources and Marketing function as Global Chief People Officer, Head- Marketing, People Supply Chain (RMG) & Corporate Services at Tech Mahindra Ltd
Before his current role, he was in a business role as CEO and Country Head at Tech Mahindra (Canada), prior to which he led Global Leadership Acquisition and Development & was also the Head - Business HR for APAC & IMEA (Telecom & Enterprise) for Tech Mahindra.
Prior to Tech Mahindra, Harsh was the Chief People Officer at Fortis Healthcare Limited. He was working with Aditya Birla Retail Limited as Chief People Officer before Fortis, and was responsible for the rapid scale up of the Organization.
Prior to Aditya Birla Retail Limited, Harsh has worked with Bharti Enterprises where he held many senior positions at the Corporate Office where he was designated as Senior Vice President – People Excellence before moving as the Head – HR for Bharti Retail Ltd. He has also worked with the Oberoi Group and Punwire Limited.
Some of the awards/recognitions he has received are :
Harsh is passionate about sports, biking, loves to travel and describes himself as a creative and a high energy person. Harsh is married to Mansi and they have two lovely children, Inayat and Harman Veer.
CHRO, Jindal Stainless
Sushil Baveja is the CHRO of Jindal Stainless Ltd. Jindal Stainless is the largest stainless steel company in India and ranks amongst the top 10 stainless steel conglomerates in the world.
Sushil has in the past worked across the entire spectrum of HR & IR in professionally-run Indian family business enterprises (Samtel, Dalmia and DCM Shriram) and reputed multinationals (Cadbury, Gillette, Alcatel) for over 38 years leading HR for Factory, Sales and Corporate in India and South East Asia.
Sushil is an alumnus of Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad. He has also done the Advanced Human Resource Executive Program (AHREP) from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.
He has been associated with various professional and industry bodies including CII, Assocham, DMA, SHRM and NHRDN.
Talent Development Expert
Professor Jonathan Smilansky is an international expert on management development and employee engagement and a consultant to leading organizations in Israel including IAI, Bank Leumi, Maccabi, Amdocs, etc.
He is the Academic Director of the Career Management Center at the Tel Aviv University Business School and a leading lecturer in the field of Human Resource Management.
Previously, he was the Global Human Resources EVP at Universal (New York) and at the Meridien hotel chain (London), VP Internal Services at Visa International EMEA (London) and a Partner at Hay Management Consultants (London).
He published numerous professional papers including one of today's leading books in the field of management development: "Developing Executive Talent" (Wiley).
Executive VP & Head - CHRO, Larsen & Toubro
Vice- President & Head – Corporate Human Resources, Larsen & Toubro Limited, an Indian Multi-national Conglomerate with varied interest in basic and heavy engineering, construction, realty, manufacturing of capital goods, information technology, and financial services.
A highly result oriented, HR professional with 32 years of experience in Engineering & Construction Industry with proven experience in successfully planning, designing, implementing and managing various Strategic HR Initiatives. He has varied experience including International exposure in Middle East & Africa Region. Has expertise in the area of Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Change Management and OD processes. Has implemented various new age digital solution in HR for delivering business results.
President - HR & Business Operations, Medi Assist
Manmohan S Kalsy serves as President - HR & Business Operations at Medi Assist. His key role is to align business outcomes with people practices at the Company which employs more than 5,000 employees and is India’s largest health tech and benefits administration company.
Recently , he has served Inbrew Beverages and Go First airlines as the head of human resources functions. He was CHRO at United Breweries Limited from 2013 to 2020 which was a joint venture with Heineken Prior to UB, Manmohan worked as Executive Director - HR at Xerox where he was also appointed on the board of the Company as a whole- time director.
Across his stints at Gillette, PepsiCo,Airtel, Vodafone, Xerox and UBL, Manmohan has led senior executive hiring at CEO & CXO levels and has been involved with multiple projects of start-ups, acquisitions and mergers.
Manmohan is an MBA from IPM, Meerut and has been certified by INSEAD, DDI, Hogan, Hay and Gallup.Manmohan is associated with Chandigarh University on its corporate advisory board and contributes to the HR fraternity by sharing his thoughts for the function at various HR forums. He has also been a part of CII & various government committees to advise on policy matters pertaining to HR ,IR and safety issues. Manmohan has served the NHRD chapters and is a past Rotarian.
Senior EVP & Member, Chairman’s Office, Reliance Industries Limited.
She leads the Reliance-Jio Group HR Office, partnering closely with the Executive Committee, and a range of Business and HR Leaders.
The portfolio supports the RIL Group’s Vision and examples of focus areas include HR Digitization, transition of Business Operating Models, Leadership Development, Group D&I Charter, and other projects
Seema joined Reliance in July 2018 as Head - People Development Group, leading Talent and Leadership, Learning & Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Communications & Employer Branding for the Hydrocarbons and Allied Businesses.
In a career spanning close to 30 years, she has supported Technology, Manufacturing and FMCG/ Retail
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 experiences were with Intel, Hughes Software, Microland Group, and Crompton Greaves.
Seema has an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and graduated in Commerce from Poona University.
She believes in having strong positive impact across the business and employees, via its People and Culture
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.
CHRO & VP, Maruti Suzuki India Limited
A highly result-oriented HR professional with over 30 years of experience in successfully planning, designing, implementing & managing various strategic HR initiatives. He is a seasoned industry professional with insightful experience in areas of Industrial and Employee Relations, Organizational Design, Change Management, HR Strategy Planning & Implementation and People Development.
Currently, he is the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) & Vice President (HR) of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL); [April 2022 – Present] the market leader in the automobile manufacturing in India. In his current role he is driving the formulation & implementation of the Annual HR Business Plan, HR Strategy Implementation, Gender Diversity, Inclusion and Capability building for MSIL. Joined MSIL in 2012 just a month before the Maruti Industrial unrest. He has been involved directly and has been accountable for the Plan of stimulating Industrial Relations at Maruti’ s Manesar Car Plant post 2012.Post that he served as General Manager HR [2012-2022].
Prior to Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., he worked for leading MNC’s like Electrolux, Good Year, Ingersoll Rand-India, & CAPARO. His last assignment prior to joining MSIL was Head HR function of the Industrial Technology Business of Ingersoll Rand [2011-2012].
He is a postgraduate in Personnel Management, Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service Ranchi (1990-1992) and started his career as a Management Trainee after being Campus placed at Tata Steel, Jamshedpur in the year 1992. He is a graduate in Political Science from Xavier College, Ranchi.
He has been an established thought leader and widely acclaimed speaker in various national & international forums. Member of Skill Development Committee of North India for Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). He is also an active member of NHRDN and SIAM.
Recognized as one of the 20 most impactful HR Leaders at CHRO Vision & Innovation Summit & Awards. Under his leadership MSIL was recognized for Employee Excellence in 2022 Economic Times Awards. Awarded the Best Leader in Industrial Relations in India in the year 2017, 2018 and 2019. He received Best in Advance Employee Engagement at World HRD Congress in 2019 at Kuala Lumpur.
SVP & Global Business Head – Emerging Technology, 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.
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.
Founder Consultant, Nuest
Amol is the founder consultant of Nuest. He has more than 16 years of professional experience. He has diverse experience of working as HR leader in various roles and has been an entrepreneur and business leader. He has worked with multinationals, family owned businesses and start-ups across sectors like Manufacturing, Retail, IT, ITES and Hospitals. He has keen interest in Organization Development (OD) and HR Technology.
Amol has worked to co-create organization development interventions in companies to help improve productivity and profitability of the business. He has worked on organization development interventions like Leadership development, technology implementations and even organization re-design.
Amol’s interest and experience with HR technology goes back to 2004 when he first championed and implemented digitization of various HR processes. Since then he has designed and implemented HR systems and has helped companies select and implement the right technology tools for their businesses especially in HR.
Amol loves to work at the intersection of organization development and HR technology to leverage his logical and creative sides by designing solutions and ensuring they deliver the expected results.
CEO & MD, Xelpmoc Design & Tech
A winner of the ‘Red Hat Innovator of the Year’ award among several others, Sandipan brings over two decades of experience across various technology roles. A statistics graduate from the ISI (Indian Statistical Institute), he earned his MBA from IIM Calcutta.
At his time at the ISI, the institute was one of the few where the work on NLP (Natural Language Processing) was evolving. This got Sandipan interested and sowed the seeds for his future work. He realized that whatever he did, eventually the basic algorithm was all about enabling people to search and to present data in a way that they can comprehend.
Sandipan has had an instrumental role in Web technology at Tata Interactive and led the team which built the first version of Tata.com- the umbrella site for the whole Tata brand back in 1997. One of his early career achievements was when he turned around a project that was almost doomed. The project, named Innovations, by Unilever, aimed at building a system to get the organization’s R&D work in sync across the world to avoid duplication of efforts.
Turning an entrepreneur at an age of 24 with E Dot Solutions, Sandipan went on to build MoneyControl.com, a much-respected financial portal that still is synonymous with ‘money matters for the stock savvy Indian household.’ Sandipan eventually merged E Dot into Geodesic to move fully into Just Dial, a local search engine project he rightly envisioned would revolutionize business for the Indian SMEs and common Indian buyer.
As the CTO at Just Dial, Sandipan built and scaled the technology stack, taking it from a mere number to the technology powerhouse it has become. When he joined Just Dial, the company was clocking about 30,000 calls per day, a number that had rocketed to 4.8 million user queries a day by December 2015 when he exited.
Justdial had a lot of systems under the hood. They wrote an algorithm to make sure that the user receives the mail (with the list of places he inquired about) within 10 seconds of his call with an IRO. For this, they had to integrate 70-80 things, look at the observed moments, and for whichever had a failure path, bypass that and go to a success path. Sandipan told his colleagues, "If someone looks at Justdial and says, ‘Wow! What good tech!’ you've screwed up. But instead, if they say, ‘What's the tech in this? This is how it should be. What do you guys do sitting all day?’ then, you've done your job." In a mass market product, the key aspect of technology is that it shouldn't be visible, perceivable, and over logical.
Over the years, he helped technology development of several startups as well as new initiatives at large enterprises such as Hyundai, Nextenders, Wipro, Tata Teleservices, Tata Motors, CRISIL MarketWire, Business Standard, IDBI Capital Markets, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank, and Edelweiss.
For bigger business groups, the key strength that Sandipan brings in is Solution Orchestration and adding a Marketable Layer over a suite of startups selected by him for addressing key business needs. He acts a bridge between problems and solutions and amalgamates the best features across solution providers.
Sandipan’s faith in the power of solutions weaved to cater to India’s beautifully diverse demography is unwavering.
Brimming with creative energy and passion to mentor and fund Indian startups with an ideology matching his, Sandipan founded Xelp three years back. A strong belief in ‘solutions of empathy’ outshining ‘solutions of sympathy,’ he is currently ensuring that hallmark solutions that benefit the next 500 million Indians achieve the success, recognition and respect they deserve. He is strongly committed to see such Indian startups share their prosperity with the common Indian household.
Apart from startups mentioned as part of Xelp’s profile, some additional startups that have been a part of this journey include Dunzo, Folk and NoDD among others. NoDD has successfully networked 1000+ startups and 500+ mentors and investors. Through NoDD, Sandipan has access to this whole ecosystem, spread across the length and breadth of India. He actively participates in events, like Hackathons, that help startups connect with each other, and acts as a matchmaker with corporates to find perfect fits.
Additionally, Sandipan is connected with several accelerators and incubators as a mentor and advisorAdditionally, Sandipan is connected with several accelerators and incubators as a mentor and advisor, and a TEDx speaker. Some of these include:
One of the projects Xelpmoc is working on is 4tigo, which is a capital management system for truck drivers, owners, and the ecosystem. The company has raised funding from Nandan Nilekani and Accel Partners. Kolkata-based Mihup was started with a motive to create voice-based input/output systems for the mobile users who can't confidently read or write.
Xelp also worked on a government project called Maatir Kotha in Bengal, where through an app using satellite and on the ground data, important farming-related information has been made available to the farmers. Information relating to crop problems, natural calamities, government schemes, farmers’ registration with the Department of Agriculture and contact details of block Agriculture Department offices are available in the app. This technology has already increased farmer income by two-fold and drastically reduced farmer suicides.
CEO & Co-Founder, Vantage Circle
Partha is the CEO and Co-founder of Vantage Circle and has over two decades of expertise in product and executive management. Partha has a proven track record of scaling great businesses and was instrumental in the conception and launch of 99acres.com. When he worked for Aricent, Hughes Software Systems, and Bharat Electronics, he gained remarkable expertise in various industrial verticals. He has gained deep insights into the employee engagement space through his experience with several companies and HR departments. His strategic skills in a learning and entrepreneurial environment, where complexity can require a dive into the content and creativity, problem-solving skills and intelligence are maximally utilized. He is a strong believer in being able to have an impact together with a team. Partha’s leadership has seen Vantage Circle emerge as a recognized HRTech company in Asia and one of the fastest-growing recognition brands in North America and Australia.
Founder & CEO, Atlas
Rick Hammell is the founder and CEO of Atlas, formerly known as Elements Global Services. Rick founded the company in 2015, from his dining room table after noticing gaps in the existing marketplace for solutions that enabled companies to expand into new markets simply, quickly and compliantly. Through his commitment to simplifying expansion, Rick pioneered the Direct Employer of Record business model aimed at supporting companies with global aspirations.
Under Rick’s leadership, Atlas has grown from a local startup to a global tech firm with the capability to support clients in more than 160 countries. Atlas has since developed proprietary cloud-based software platforms further supported by a worldwide network of experts helping clients to navigate the complexities of international HR, payroll and local compliance.
Rick is the author of “Getting Sh*t Done!: The Millennial CEO.” He was named an Ernst & Young (EY) 2021 Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year winner, distinguished for his entrepreneurial spirit and impact on the communities he serves. He serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. Rick has been a member and active participant in the Society for Human Resource Management for the past 15 years.
Prior to launching Atlas, Rick served in senior HR leadership roles at HCBR Group and P.A.R.T.S Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in HR from American Intercontinental University and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.
Senior Director, Talent & Learning Solutions, LinkedIn
Sales Professional and Leader with motivational management style and reputation for building and retaining highly motivated sales teams.
Ruchee manages a team of people managers & top consultative sales professionals who are passionate about connecting talent with opportunity at a massive scale. Ruchee is now working at LinkedIn where she gets to work, learn and collaborate with the best & the most diverse talent.
LinkedIn is transforming the way companies find talent, market and sell. Their Solutions help thousands of companies in the world to find great candidates and improve efficiency. Therefore, these companies create new economic opportunities producing a virtuous cycle that is changing the world into a better place.
Having also taken the responsibility to lead the India Chapter of LinkedIn's ERG (Employee Resource Group) "Women at LinkedIn" , Ruchee gets the privilege to work with a high energy team that is committed towards creating an Inclusive community that empowers women to advance their careers while being their authentic selves.
Ruchee’s Specialties Include: Building High Performance Sales Teams, Talent Acquisition, Sales force Management, Sales Team Training & Team Building, Sales & Business Development, Key Account Management & Retention.
Co-Founder & COO, Advantage Club
Smiti Bhatt Deorah is the Co-Founder and COO of Advantage Club, a global employee experience platform, empowering employers to engage meaningfully with their employees and driving employee satisfaction.
With a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of California Los Angeles, Smiti was working with Microsoft in the US before coming back to India to start Advantage Club, a global HR Tech platform present in 100+ countries, with features like rewards, recognition, community building, and FlexBen for employees.
Smiti's unparalleled vision, leadership, and expertise earned her numerous accolades, including "ET Inspiring Women Leaders 2023", "Times Ascent Entrepreneur of the year 2023", "BW Businessworld Woman Leader of the Year 2022", and was also featured in YourStory's Women Entrepreneurs in HR Tech who are Transforming the HR Industry.
Smiti's has spoken at numerous conferences and has been featured in leading media outlets, including Josh Talks, Forbes India, Economic Times, People Matters, CNBCTV18, Telegraph, India Today, BW Business World and many more.
CHRO & Chief Strategy Officer, Advantage Club
Raj is an official Forbes HR Council member and a well-known as well as a recognised HR professional in the Industry. In his two decades of global, cross-cultural HR experience, he has worked in various industries, including IT/ITES, Oil & gas, Pharmaceuticals, Engineering and Manufacturing. He has lived and practised HR in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Russia, and Europe.
He is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Strategy Officer at Advantage Club (AC). It’s a Global HR Technology (SaaS) platform serving 3.5 million employees in employee engagement, well-being, financial health, benefits, perks, rewards and recognition on a single platform. Headquartered in Delaware, Advantage Club has a strong presence in approximately 100+ countries worldwide, serving more than 1000+ Corporates and offering exclusive deals on more than 10,000+ brands.
In his previous role, Raj led Concentrix's global digital talent strategy across 40 nations. Additionally, he spearheaded the line HR department for 70,000 employees across 13 locations in India and the ASEAN region. Raj played a crucial role in the company's expansion into Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates. He also started the automation and modernization of Concentrix's HR operation.
Leading newspapers, business journals, TV stations, and international conferences feature his opinions and perspectives. He has also received many prestigious industry honours for his various contributions.
His formal qualifications include PGDM from Symbiosis and further study in Digital Transformation from Columbia Business School, Managerial & Leadership Effectiveness from IIMA, and Design Thinking & Innovation from Emeritus, Singapore. He is also a certified M&A Specialist from Aon Hewitt.
Chief Research Officer, Managing Partner, Sapient Insights
Stacey Harris is the Chief Research Officer and Managing Partner of research and advisory firm Sapient Insights Group and the author of the book Introduction to HR Technology: Understanding How to Use Technology to Improve Performance and Processes. A respected global industry analyst and researcher focused on HR and Business outcomes, she oversees the esteemed Annual HR Systems Survey and White Paper, published for over 25 years. Host of the renowned HR Huddle podcast: Spilling the Tea on HR Tech, she’s a frequent speaker at events in the U.S. and abroad and included in Human Resource Executive® and the HR Technology Conference’s Top 100 HR Tech Influencers list.
Stacey holds MA and BA degrees from Kent State and Ashland University in Education and Communications and is a certified Human Resources Information Professional (HRIP) from IHRIM.
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.
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 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
Global CSR & Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Leader, Genpact
At Genpact, Lavanya leads programs focused on building better communities and creating an inclusive, equitable, and diverse culture where everyone can celebrate their authentic selves. As the corporate social responsibility leader, she unites the energy and talent of Genpact employees to drive societal change and environmental sustainability. In her role as the diversity, equity, and inclusion leader, she steers initiatives that create an inclusive organization with a 50% representation of women across all levels. She has more than 18 years of experience across the talent management domain - Hiring, HR, and Learning and development.
Head - HR, India, Fidelity International
Upasna has 22 years of rich HR experience across leading organizations like Fidelity, Sapient, and Evalueserve, where she has held a variety of leadership positions. She is currently the Head of HR in India for Fidelity International.
She has worked deeply on strengthening the linkage between business and HR strategy in ever-evolving multidimensional work ecosystems. At present, she has been focusing extensively on creating human-centric people strategies that align with - the future of work, generational shifts within society and workplaces, and evolving imperatives for leadership development. She is passionate about the topic of D&I and has worked widely on building cultures that not only value DEI but actively nurture it.
She is a certified coach from International Coach Federation.
She strongly believes in the value of continuous learning and working with diverse teams to evolve perspectives in the fast-changing volatile world.
Senior Vice President, HCL Technologies
Current Role: Responsible for Global Talent Acquisition , defining talent strategy and building Next Generation Talent development @ scale for Digital Business at HCL
Vinutha comes with a rich global experience of over 25 years in information technology covering global delivery management, operations management and technology solution development. She has excelled at delivery management by creating value to the customers through innovative solutions and consistent delivery quality. She has the experience in defining, setting up and managing the end-end business and delivery operations.
Some of her key achievements include scaling delivery structure , operation management, talent acquisition and building new technology capabilities and practices for growing global business in a short span. Flair for numbers comes naturally and have well-rounded experience in financial operations. She has participated as a speaker on multiple platforms like the Indian Business Women Conference, People matters Conference, ANZ unconference, ETHRWorld conference, educational institutions etc and was also part of the organizing committee of ASSOCHAM women conference along with panel discussion.
She is driven by new challenges posed and building teams which are empowered to deliver, exceeding client and business expectation!
Head Talent Acquisition, Infosys BPM limited
Overall, Raj has 25 years of experience, out of which 19 years have been hard core operations and Delivery. Raj shifted to Talent Acquisition in Jan 22. He’s currently working on end-to-end automation, thereby giving Talent Acquisition team time back to actually spend time on talent acquisition.
CRO & Employee Engagement Evangelist, Vantage Circle
Pallav is a highly accomplished business leader with over 17 years of experience in various industries, including HCM, SaaS/PaaS/IaaS, HR outsourcing, and rewards and recognition. He has a proven track record in business and leadership and possesses a deep understanding of consulting, benefit strategy, HR technology, rewards and recognition programs, and growth strategy.
Pallav's ability to simplify complex products and services and communicate them effectively to entrepreneurs and business/People leaders is widely recognized. His extensive experience in HR technology, coupled with his expertise in rewards and recognition, makes him a valuable asset to any organization. He understands how technology can drive HR strategy in rewards and recognition and streamline HR processes, which is an added advantage.
As the CRO and Employee Engagement Evangelist at Vantage Circle, Pallav is responsible for driving growth, overseeing success of rewards & recognition programs, new logo acquisition, and channel management. His strategic leadership skills, combined with his extensive knowledge and experience, make him a highly respected and valuable asset to Vantage Circle and the industry as a whole.
Co-founder & CEO, Disprz
Co-founder and CEO of Disprz, a skill & career acceleration platform for the enterprise and awarded #1 eLearning company in the Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation challenge held by the Govt. of India. A serial entrepreneur, Subbu loves translating ideas into products and products to companies. His earlier two ventures were in the enterprise and ed-tech space. Subbu is an alum of IIT-Madras, ISB-Hyderabad and McKinsey.
Country Manager, Atlas
Ashish Mehta is a seasoned outsourcing industry professional with over 25 years of experience. He has a proven track record of building successful businesses, including a $50M IT consulting and business analysis practice for one of the world's largest IT consulting firms. Ashish has led and managed 450+ consulting professionals globally, served fortune 500 clients, and conducted 250+ campus recruitment drives across the US, Canada, and India. Additionally, he has mentored business and engineering graduates and authored industry-leading global skilling standards.
As a respected thought leader, Ashish has contributed to the future of business analysis in the digital world by leading IIBA's APAC region and Global Thought Leadership initiative. He is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Currently, Ashish is leading India’s regional growth and Go-To-Market strategies for Atlas HXM. His primary focus is on expanding the company's customer base and acquiring new customers.
Talent Strategy Advisor, Indeed.com
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.
Founder & CEO, RippleHire
Sudarsan Ravi is the founder and CEO of RippleHire. He is known as a category creator in the space of employee referrals. RippleHire is the default platform on which referrals run in the country. He is respected as one of the foremost experts in the field of talent acquisition technology. RippleHire’s ATS has reimagined what’s possible and delivered what’s considered impossible. Their customers consistently score 90th percentile or more in candidate experience.
Please put your hands together for Sudarsan, fondly known as father of Adith and Mother of RippleHire.
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.
Director, CoE- People & Culture, Vantage Circle
Saurabh is a seasoned HR professional with over 20 years of experience across HR consulting and line HR. Currently serving as the Director of COE - People & Culture at Vantage Circle, Saurabh has been a trusted HR partner and advisor to businesses. He specializes in working with start-ups and growth-stage organizations as a consulting Head of HR, helping them design and implement scalable HR practices.
Saurabh is also a sought-after subject matter expert (SME) for HR technology companies, partnering with them to drive intellectual property (IP) creation and product differentiation. He has previously worked with top-tier consulting firms such as Hewitt Associates (now Aon) and Mercer Consulting, as well as InMobi, India's first unicorn start-up, in line HR roles.
Saurabh holds a degree from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and an MBA from the prestigious Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. With his wealth of experience and expertise in HR, Saurabh is a valuable asset to any organization looking to build and strengthen their people and culture strategy.
VP & Global Head - Talent & Culture, DEI, & Strategic Account Partnership, Tata Communications Limited
Mridul is the Global Head for Employee Engagement & Culture, Talent Management, Organization Development as well as Talent Acquisition, and Business HR Partnership for Products and Incubation in SBUs.
Managing Director, India & Philippines, SHL
Sushant is the Managing Director for India and the Philippines at SHL. He has more than 3 decades of 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.
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
CEO, Fair and Square
Rajpreet is a seasoned professional, a trusted and inspirational business leader with an entrepreneurial mindset. She has a highly successful track record of over 17 years delivering unmatched results in new, challenging, and ambiguous environments across diverse industries. The coming together of her rich Corporate experience (Corporate Treasuries- Tata Consultancy Services, Bharti Airtel & Banking industry- HSBC, Standard Chartered and State Street) and passion towards building more Inclusive Workplaces led to the birth of Fair & Square, an emerging start-up in the Inclusion-Tech space. She completed her Entrepreneurship program from Wharton Entrepreneurship Accelerator with 1st Runners Up position.
An MBA from MDI, Gurgaon, and a Computer Science Engineer, Rajpreet has several accolades to her credit. She has trained and mentored over 600 aspiring individuals and spearheaded several value adding initiatives. She is an ICF Certified Coach - ACC, NLP practitioner, Certified in Neuroscience from NLI, a TUV certified POSH Trainer, a Corporate Trainer having delivered successful trainings in Google, Cognizant, Standard Chartered, Flexera, HSBC and other Corporates and has trained and mentored over 600 individuals. She has also completed the Management Development Program from XLRI, Building Future CHROs. A Gold Medalist from IIFT, Delhi. Rajpreet is also a Positive Psychology, Transaction Analysis and Neuroscience Enthusiast and is actively Researching in this space.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Jify
Born in a family of entrepreneurs and freedom fighters, Anisha Dossa Aibara is the CEO of Jify. A Mumbai-based entrepreneur, she leads the product strategy, customer delivery & growth, building, strategic partnerships and funding at the company. She is also a mother, a sports enthusiast, and an adventure-seeker, who comes with a noteworthy background in investment banking. Over the years, she has led business diligence and closed $100M+ investments across B2B/B2C tech and healthcare sectors, to name a few. She has also steered a successful strategy for India’s largest e-tailer to reach $10bn GMV in 5 years, along with delivering $70M savings for a diversified middle east group. Anisha garnered her exceptional business skills while working in some marquee M&A and public market listings for large consumer retail companies.
She enhanced her expertise in the development sector during her employment years, where she fulfilled the responsibility of impact investing & strategic philanthropy at Dasra. There, she worked closely with underprivileged communities and directed funds from international funds (Stone Foundation, ADB, World Bank) to scale social enterprises. This included building innovative financing structures to create a wider impact on individual sanitation and provide a stable social return. Anisha also extended her work experience and expertise in growth investing with Actis Capital and CDC Group (UK), where she managed financial services, fintech and consumer retail sectors in India and SEA. A graduate of London Business School, she first laid the foundation of her career as a management consultant with Bain & Co. There, she advised India’s largest unicorns on growth strategy and worked across private equity (focused on tech) and cost optimization projects. As of today, she aspires for Jify to be the employed workforce’s personal finance app of choice. She sees the company becoming an employee benefit given as best practices similar to medical insurance, in the coming time.
HR Head, Signify Innovations Lab
HR leader with extensive experience developing and executing HR strategy for building high performance organization across geographies. Ease to work in a high growth environment. Trusted partner to key leaders of best in class high tech global companies. Passionate about driving business priorities and leading large scale transformational changes by enabling it through simple and effective HR strategy.
Partner, Culstran Consulting LLP
Ramesh has 30+ years of professional experience in human resources. He has worked in senior HR roles with Infosys, Sasken Communications and CA Technologies. He has consulted international and Indian clients on strategic HR and analytics.
A master facilitator with SHRM, he has also architected the certification course on “ Digital HR Transformation and People Analytics” with XLRI, Delhi.
He has co-authored “ Winning on HR Analytics” one of the leading books on the subject.
Executive Director & 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.
Kushal is a travel enthusiast cum entrepreneur. He Co-founded Xoxoday at the age of 22. He briefly worked with Flipkart in India and with Bidco-Oil Refineries in Kenya. In his short 11 years of career, he has built, led, and advised multiple enterprise-led businesses on a global scale. He currently manages growth, strategy, and expansion at Xoxoday. He loves to travel and has experiences from 70+ countries. He represented India in a few rare expeditions viz. Mongol Rally (one of the longest car-drive in the world from London to Mongolia), The Great African Nile River Ride, and -40 Degrees Greenlandic Expedition.
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)
Senior Director & GM, RazorpayX
Anuj Jain is the founder of Opfin, an automated payroll processing product launched in 2017. Opfin was acquired by Razorpay in 2019 and rebranded as RazorpayX Payroll, and since then Anuj has been the General Manager for the product. Previously, Anuj had founded a product called Zip Phone which was one of the first Indian startups to be invested in by YCombinator, which also resulted in an acquisition
Chief People Officer, Kyndryl India
Rajita is a seasoned HR leader, experienced in leading large-scale transformation with business outcomes. She joined Kyndryl as the Chief People Officer for India. In this role, she will lead the HR function for the Company in India.
Prior to this appointment, she led the HR organization at Broadridge Financial Solutions India where she played an integral part of the company’s growth story. Rajita built the company’s brand as an employer of choice with best-in-class retention and engagement, and she has a proven record of influence on culture, associates, and leaders – helping them become a Great Place to Work in India. She is the youngest Convenor of the CII HR-IR Panel for the State. Rajita also serves on the committee of the NASSCOM Regional Council and NASSCOM HR & D&I Council. Outside the workplace, she is a car racing champion, a classical trained Bharatnatyam dancer, and certified counsellor for the under-privileged. She meditates daily, enjoys doodling, and likes to continually read up on recently published research.
Country Manager - India, UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)
As country manager - India for UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), Sumeet is responsible for the vision and execution of UKG’s long-term strategy and growth in the Indian workforce management market.
Sumeet joined UKG (earlier Kronos) in 2007 as a solution consulting and business development manager - and the third employee working in India - before bringing his business development expertise to his role as the head of marketing. There, he led the India marketing organisation to build a sustainable channel and alliance network in the region. In his most recent role he headed sales for the India region.
Prior to working with UKG Sumeet held marketing, sales, and business consulting roles at companies such as Aditya Birla Group, Oracle, and Tata Consultancy Services.
Sumeet earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, as well as a PGDIM (MBA-equivalent) in management from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering. Outside of work, he is passionate about playing squash with his two daughters and is an avid reader of non-fiction books, particularly those on artificial intelligence and how to change the world.
CHRO, Capgemini India
Aarti Srivastava has been appointed as the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) for Capgemini in India, effective June 1, 2022.
Aarti is a seasoned people leader with over two decades of expertise in multiple dimensions of human resources. Her experience includes organization design and development, employee experience, and leadership development. She has successfully executed multiple global programs driving change management, M&A integration and overall business growth.
Before taking this role, Aarti was the CHRO for Business Services GBL at Capgemini. Prior to joining Capgemini, Aarti has done various leadership and strategic roles in HR at FIS, Deutsche Bank.
Aarti holds an MPM degree in HR from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM). She has also completed her certification in ‘Strategic HR’ from NSU, Singapore and ‘Strategic Thinking’ from London Business School. Aarti lives in Mumbai with her husband and her 9-year-old daughter.
Vice President - Customer Onboarding, PeopleStrong
An HR Tech evangelist and an experienced solution architect, Daksh leads Customer Success efforts at Asia Pacific’s Choice of HR Tech - PeopleStrong for their International Market. In a career spanning over 10 years, he is a Certified Professional in PeopleStrong, SuccessFactors and Kenexa 2X Brassring and has worked on HR technology, process, and transformation projects with over 80+ customers of various sizes in India & South East Asia in different industries including Public Sector, Defense, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Multimedia, Telecommunications, Publishing, FMCG, and Retail. Prior to PeopleStrong he has worked with organizations like HCL Technologies managing their process and technology vertical looking into global processes for performance management, recruitment and onboarding. He has been also named in the prestigious HR 100 under 40 list and continues to enjoy conversations in the space of future of work.
Vice President HR, Flipkart
Dr. Varadharaju is a seasoned global HR Leader with over 27 years of industry experience. His work in human capital development spans large structured, mature multinational corporations and global start-ups that are solving for scale. Currently, he is associated with Flipkart as Vice President HR. He has a triple master’s degree in Chemistry, HR and Marketing Management. He has recently been received “Global TOP 25 HR Influencers Awards” by RefineEX. In addition, he has been awarded as TOP 50 HR Tech Leaders in India by Asia Pacific HRM Congress for his exemplary work in the field of Human Capital Management, Fabulous 101 HR Leader and few more. His contributions are not just restricted to building organizations for scale, but also contributing back to the larger HCM and student community. He is also a certified executive coach and coach early-stage tech start-up founders for scale.
Co-Founder & CEO, The Talent Enterprise
As Co-Founder and CEO at The Talent Enterprise, David Jones heads up business growth and expansion efforts across global markets, and is instrumental in leading key client relationships across the organisation. He is also the driving force behind the company’s research and innovation efforts to identify future human capital priorities.
With over 35 years of human capital experience, of which 27 years are within the Middle East, he has worked with clients in over 40 countries on a broad range of talent, leadership, assessment, performance, transformation, innovation and inclusion projects. He is experienced in using a wide variety of psychometric instruments.
Jones holds an undergraduate degree from the University of York, Post-Graduate Degree from University of West England, Executive MBA from University of Bradford and PhD from University of Leicester. He also participated in a leadership programme in London Business School and is qualified with the British Psychological Society at both Level A and Level B.
With a background in labour market economics, Jones is a senior advisor to policy makers and organisational leaders on their most pressing human capital priorities. He regularly lectures at universities across the globe, including the University of Cambridge – UK, the European School of Management and Technology – Berlin, and the University of Bradford – UK.
Jones recently published his latest book, "The Future of Assessments" adding to his collection of books that include the best-selling ‘Unlocking the Paradox of Plenty’ and award-winning ‘Game Changers’. He has also contributed to books such as ‘Employment and Career Motivation in the Gulf States’ by Gerlach, ‘The Political Economy of Wasta’ by Springer and ‘Policy Making in the GCC’ by IB Tauris. Forthcoming publications include research contributions to volumes on the changing social contract in Saudi Arabia; an international perspective on happiness and positive psychology; and an edited volume on ‘The Future of Labour Market Reform in the GCC’ by Gerlach Press.
Jones is a self-confessed bike fanatic and thinks any car is "essentially a tin box with a wheel in each corner". He is proud to say that he has never owned a car, although he currently owns a total of seven bicycles and 13 motorbikes.
Karan Jain is the Founder at HROne. He is a true visionary who recognises the crucial role of HRs in the work landscape and intends to maximize productivity through automation.
Under his guidance, HROne has seen phenomenal leadership role development and revenue growth. For him, the real success lies in positively impacting the professional lives of people at his and his client’s organizations.
Director, SHL Labs
Dr. Kuldeep Yadav is the Director of SHL Labs. His team works on bringing innovations in talent with their cross-disciplinary expertise in science, artificial intelligence, and emerging technologies such as Metaverse. He is a PhD in computer science and previously worked at Xerox Research Labs, and Microsoft Research.
Vice President of Sales & Strategy, Ceipal
Subhash has a wealth of diverse industry experiences starting with the Corporate Sales & Marketing departments of Bharti Airtel, India’s largest Telecom giant, as part of their coveted “Young Leaders” program. He then worked as the Business Head of MySmartprice.com, an e-commerce startup in the price comparison space. Moving onto the hospitality industry, Subhash worked with OYO Rooms, India’s largest chain of branded hotels, to help them set up their Flagship Hotels Business from scratch.
Subhash joined Ceipal in early 2017 as Vice President – Sales, Strategy & Operations. He is currently running the show from our Indian RND office. He is driving Ceipal to evolve into the Global market segment leader in the HCM solutions space. Full of enterprising spirit, Subhash is inculcating the same spirit within his team and molding them into future go-getters. Shouldering the responsibility of taking Ceipal to the next level, the team under his tutelage is taking the challenge head-on.
Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, Subhash went on to complete his undergrad from the prestigious IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Kharagpur. Adding management expertise to his engineering aptitude, he completed his MBA from the country’s most illustrious management institute, IIM Ahmedabad.
Head Learning, Leadership, OD & Culture, Aurobindo Pharma Ltd
A passionate L&D architect and learning aficionado, Suhas has pioneered successful implementation of many Learning, Leadership & Organization Development initiatives in large to mid-size organisations. An active contributor in HR community, he is a seasoned L&D expert with more than two decades of practitioner experience in Auto, Manufacturing & Pharma industries.
Former Vice President HR, MRF
Mr. Roy Joseph is an HR professional with multi-faceted experience in the HR industry for over 30 years. During his career, he has worked in various parts of the HR function in India and abroad. In the last fifteen years, he has been at a leadership level in different organizations - both MNCs and Indian.
He is currently working as Director ,HONO . He is leading the company’s operations and expansion in South India & responsible for driving technology-led growth of AI enabled HRM Solutions & Services.
His last assignment was as VP-HR & Services at MRF worldwide. He graduated from XLRI Jamshedpur, with specialisation in human resources and Industrial relations. He has specialized in Change Management from Change First in the US and has completed his OD certification from NTL in the US. He is a Job Evaluation expert - Hays methodology. He is a certified assessor from SHL in London. Apart from his functional area, he was responsible for CSR and Communication in most of the organizations he worked in.
He is on the board of Rajagiri Business School in Kerala.
VP & Head of Recruiting, Highradius
Abhishek holds over 15 years of progressive experience in national as well as global roles, managing HR Business Partnering, Recruitment and Selection, Executive Search and Employer Branding. He has worked across a spectrum of companies like TCS, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Alcon, Uber, Browserstack and now, Highradius. An alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Abhishek has won multiple industry accolades like Engagedly Top 100 HR Influencers in the World, Crewscale Top 100 Titans in TA, HRO Online APAC HR Leader of the year (2022) and Recooty Top HR thought leaders (2022). He specializes in building, enabling and scaling global teams.
COO & Co-Founder, FloCareer
Intrigued by the market's focus on people and human nature and having been on the other side of the table for 20 years for hiring talent, Mohit realized the potential impact Flo can have on the problem of lack of talent assessment tools.
He has successfully delivered multiple business solutions, technical implementations of several products on Ecommerce, Online Platforms, Multi-tiered & SOA based architecture and Core Business Services. Before starting Flocareer, he has worked with IT Product and Services Industry in delivery & leadership roles in companies like Xerox, Infosys and Dell.com
He is Nature Lover - Wildlife Photographer - Yoga Practitioner - Squash Player - Marathon Runner - Gardener
Chief Customer Officer, RippleHire
Keerthi is a purpose-driven Chief Customer Officer at RippleHire, with extensive experience in Customer Success leadership at LinkedIn. She has also served in global Talent Acquisition leadership roles and has been an entrepreneur in the Talent space.
As a leader, Keerthi is driven by her core values of compassion, gratitude, and honesty, and is passionate about building diverse and inclusive teams that have a positive impact on business and customer outcomes. She is an ICF-certified life and leadership coach committed to empowering individuals within her team and beyond, to realize their true potential and be their best, authentic selves.
Keerthi is also a recognized HR influencer and was consecutively recognized by SHRM for her contributions to the field while in her role as a Talent Acquisition leader. In her current role, she partners with customers who are also Talent Acquisition leaders to strategize revolutionizing TA through technology, automation, and process improvements.
Chief Technology Officer, SHRM India, MENA & APAC
Neeraj has over 23 years of experience in IT & related services. Neeraj also has been involved in mentoring startups (Tech and Non-Tech/NGOs) to help them setup and grow. He is also an author of Amazon best seller book "Zero Debt: Break the Debt Cycle and Reclaim Your Life" and has been providing free consultation on Personal Finance. He passionately calls himself a Trader, Minimalist and an Essentialist. For more details you can visit his website www.neerajdeginal.com
Head - HR, Fujitsu Global Delivery Centers
Sumit Sabharwal represents Fujitsu as the Head of Human Resources, Fujitsu Global Delivery Centers (GDCs). In his current role, Sumit leads multi-country, multi-disciplinary teams in helping organizations succeed, heading a team of close to 250 HR professionals, supporting business headcount of close to 20,000 employees. Sumit is also the winner of “BW Businessworld 40u40 – best HR leaders to watch out for.”
With clear objectives and purpose, he has been able to guide people in unlocking their potential and helping deliver results while also creating opportunities for themselves in the industry. He believes that workplace of the future will demand leaders to start listening more and speak less. As a person who leads from the front, Sumit has been widely spoken about in top-ranking media publications in India and is often invited as a keynote speaker at various industry forums and events. His love for writing and clarity of thought has got over 150+ articles published in various media platforms both print and online.
Sumit believes that Empathy, Resourcefulness and Responsiveness to business outcomes are the key traits for efficient people management. A key driver behind Fujitsu’s people growth story, Sumit has spearheaded large scale HR transformation projects across India, Singapore, U.S.A, Philippines, Europe, and Middle East. Under the aegis of Sumit, Fujitsu India has seen a slew of progressive technology interventions to attract, retain and engage better talent. For over 8 years, he has been instrumental in creating a sustainable and engaging work environment at Fujitsu. Prior to his tenure at Fujitsu, Sumit has worked with several leading technology brands including Huawei, Dell, and Convergys.
Known for being direct and authentic, Sumit likes to have straight conversations with stakeholders and keeps the people around him always motivated. A people’s person, he is all ears to ideas and believes in adding value to conversations. Curiosity drives Sumit the most and has thus also set on course to imbibe learning culture at Fujitsu. He is a firm believer in education which got him to complete his MBA in HR and Marketing (the best of both worlds) from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, and his Bachelor of Information Systems (BIS) from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.
Sumit is focused on his objectives of driving a culture of inclusivity in the organization and increase profitability with sustainable business growth. He can see the larger picture and encourages his teams to practice mindfulness and being strategic via goal setting. With over 16+ years of experience in the IT industry, Sumit has had exposure to various domains of the HR. Be it Learning and Development, HR Consulting, Heading the country’s HR division to leading the HR functions for 7 GDCs, he has done it all.
In his spare time, Sumit will consume ice-cream till he gets a sugar rush and then burn off steam by hitting the gym. He loves to go on long drives and is regarded as a selfie-king amongst his peers.
Head of Asia Pacific Operations, The Talent Enterprise
Based in Bangalore, Deepika is the Head of Asia Pacific Operations at the Talent Enterprise, with over two decades of experience in training and learning. She is a Senior Assessor and accredited Executive Coach who has worked with numerous clients in the Asia Pacific and Middle East region to evaluate the potential of employees for succession, talent management and leadership development.
At The Talent Enterprise, Deepika leads the on-going implementation and scaling-up of our rapidly growing client base, ensuring consistency in quality and excellence. She also manages our technology and project support team based out of Bangalore. Deepika supports the team on the design and delivery of our large-scale assessment projects, and her recent clients include Commercial Bank International, Mashreqbank, Etihad Airways, Sidra Medicine, Proptiger and 75F. She also co-led the design and delivery of a bespoke soft skills development program for Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi.
With an innate flair for accepting challenges and a skill for managing & leading large groups, Deepika has an uncanny ability to connect with people and get the best out of them. Prior to joining us, Deepika took a career break to focus on her family, before which she worked at leading organisations such as GE Capital, American Express and Accenture, as a senior trainer and member of the L&D teams, working on programs for leadership development, soft skills, process, voice & accent, operations, customer service, sales, culture and diversity. With over 5000 hours of training, covering 1000’s of participants, Deepika’s personable style and sense of humour leaves a lasting impression.
Deepika loves music and is an avid reader. She enjoys spending her time discovering new places and experiencing new cultures. Deepika likes to spend time at home with her family and pre teen kids, dog and cat. Her other interests include interior designing and baking!
Senior Director, Knowledge & Advisory Services, SHRM India, APAC & MENA
At SHRM India, Nishith leads a growing advisory practice focussed on enabling clients realize business goals though better alignment of people practices. He is focused on achieving business growth through effective execution of client consulting mandates for the whole practice in domains such as Vision & Values cascade, Organization Structuring, Performance Management System & other HR process design. In his stint in a corporate role, Nishith has worked with the Bharti group- as a part of the Organization Design and Talent Management team. Here – he worked on projects such as shared service design and implementation, manpower planning, and organization structure design and evaluation. Prior to working with SHRM, Nishith was with the HR consulting teams of PwC, ECS, and Aon Hewitt. Nishith holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development (MHROD), presently MBA-HRD, from Dept. of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi and is a certified practitioner of BIOSS tools and methodologies for organization design and leadership capability assessment.
VP & Global Head of Talent Management, Amdocs
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.
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.
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.
GVP-Talent Acquisition, 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.
Global Head of HR and IT, Tega Industries
Bhanu is a seasoned HR professional with hands on experience spanning over two decades in building and scaling a start-up, acquiring and integrating one of country's largest infrastructure company and fostering cultural transformation at Indian corporate with global presence to become a true MNC in last two decades.
Starting as a software engineer, he has successfully managed and delivered in various roles across all continents, cultures, sectors including both service and manufacturing. He considers himself lucky to have worked on the other side of the table as a business function employee, which makes him sensitive to expectations of people from HR and their perception about the department. This helps him deliver solutions with more empathy, inclusiveness, making him a HR business partner in true sense.
His expertise is his innate ability to simplify, bring order and create buy-in for large scale co-evolved solutions to complex-tacit organisation problems. This has helped him successfully deliver on multiple organisation development, cultural transformation, organisation effectiveness, business process transformation, M & A integrations interventions.
He is currently Executive Committee Member, Global Head of HR and IT at Tega Industries. Prior to which he has worked with JSW Energy and Express KCS. He holds a Masters degree in Management from MDI, Gurgaon. Outside professional life, he is a retired ultra-marathoner, father of a teen age son, avid reader and a Partner with Social Venture partners India, where he invests in and mentor non-profits to scale up via engaged philanthropy.
Director HR India & China, Sopra Banking Software
A passionate, Human Resource personnel, Natasha has more than two decades of experience and half of it with Sopra Steria group and Sopra Banking Software, a fellow in Talent management from Wharton, She is currently working as a Director Human Resources responsible for leading the HR mandate for India as well as China at Sopra Banking Software.
She articulates her rich experience into her thoughts and ideas, to introduce new and people-friendly initiatives at the workplace. This people–centric approach nurtured by SBS is among one of the many reasons that makes it a Great Place to Work.
Process Coach - Performance Management, Keka
For over a decade, Kshitiz has been at the forefront of helping businesses achieve remarkable growth by designing and implementing effective talent management processes. His expertise in identifying and developing the right talent has helped hundreds of organizations across the globe to achieve 10x growth.
Kshitiz is a strong advocate of purpose-driven and trust-based leadership, and he has helped organisations to replace outdated command-based models with more effective approaches. He understands that great leaders inspire and empower their teams to achieve their full potential, and he has helped countless individuals and teams to do just that.
With his extensive experience as a performance coach, Kshitiz has worked with a wide range of organizations, from small startups to large multinational corporations, across multiple industries. His insights and expertise have helped to transform the performance of teams and individuals, unlocking their full potential and driving success.
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 32 years of diverse experience focused on creating and implementing Best Practices in market leaders like ZS Associates, Genpact, Hewitt Associates, Accenture, and Timken. 12 years in Business Process Excellence using Lean Six Sigma, 11 years in Management Consultancy with global leaders in Human Capital and Management Consulting and 5 years in line management ranging from large blue chip to start-up international joint ventures. Arvind completed his Bachelor of Technology (Mechanical) from Indian Institute ofTechnology - BHU, Varanasi and is an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur, India
Head of Sales - South, Talent & Learning Solutions, LinkedIn
A Sales & Business development professional with 17 years of work experience in internet, social media, ecommerce, mobile VAS & mobile payments.
Santosh is passionate about developing sales reps and helping them to grow both personally and professionally.
Santosh’s Key skills lie in Sales, Vendor Management, Relationship Management, Strategic Alliances, B2B corporate sales, Building Channel Distribution Networks, Licensing, and Syndication. He has worked in numerous successful start-ups during the course of his career.
Santosh is looking forward to building his career in the area of new age media namely; internet, ecommerce, m-commerce, VAS, Mobile payment.
Santosh loves to focus on people & businesses. His main focus areas are driving and maintaining a positive team culture, creating successful business strategies, developing & growing markets, strategic forecasting, sales coaching, talent transformation and recruiting.
Director, Knowledge & Advisory & Business Head, PSE, SHRM India
Ashissh has over 20 years of experience in HR Consulting firms and has been providing strategic HR inputs to more than 300 clients across industries and geographies including India, Middle East, Americas and Southeast Asia.
Ashissh is a certified DDI Master Facilitator, Gallup Strengths Coach, Hogan Certified and an expert on Talent Management and HR Technology. Prior to joining SHRM, Ashissh has worked extensively with world class Consulting organizations like Gallup, Mercer, DDI and Aon.
He is a trusted adviser to C suite leaders on improving business results by helping build leadership capability, people digital systems, craft talent management strategy, training and designing development journeys and measuring employee engagement.
Ashissh is known for his executive presence, public speaking skills and passion of facilitating leadership and behavioral training workshops. His other significant work includes evaluate and build organizational structures by linking to business needs and the application of competencies across the organization. He is also a certified Competency Based Interviewer. Ashissh is pursuing his executive MBA from IIM Lucknow.
Senior Manager, SHRM
Credible talent champion who brings together the best of service orientation and tech enablement, for the betterment of the HR profession. Currently into Human Resources Training, Research and Strategic Advisory at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Previously part of National HRD Network (NHRDN) and prior to that, with the Healthcare Industry – worked with Fortis Healthcare and Columbia Asia; moved from Training & Development, into Core HR / HR Operations and took on the mantle of Unit Head HR. Prior experience across a variety of industries including IT / ITeS, Banking, Hospitality and Telecom, at PAN India locations, across over two decades in roles including front-line customer service, training delivery and on-the-job coaching. Passionate about ethical practices, positive workspaces and equal opportunity for all. Learner for life with a flair for all things artistic.
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.
Associate Director Advisory - India & Sri Lanka, SHRM
Saurabh is an Entrepreneur & HR/Strategy Advisor with over 15 years of learning and experience across the People & Org consulting space. Saurabh brings in deep expertise within the Talent Management solutions landscape having worked on projects across sectors like Oil & Gas, Metal and Mining, BFSI, PSUs, IT/ITeS, Auto, FMCG, Ecommerce, EdTech & Startup.
During his entrepreneurial stint, he founded Realytics, a predictive analytics startup for employee engagement & progression inspired on Mihaly’s Flow Dynamics. He has also been advising startups within consulting and edtech space on talent & HR practices, Product market fit & Growth strategy.
Prior to joining SHRM, Saurabh has worked with organizations like Thomas Assessment, MaFoi Management, Pearson, GPTW, KPMG and EY across roles spanning across Business development and Project management , before starting his own gig as an independent Advisory partner.
Specialties: Cognitive and Behavioural Assessment Consulting, Assessment/Development Centre, Employee Engagement, Culture Study, Talent Analytics, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching, Startup Consulting, Growth Strategies.
Sr. Knowledge Advisor, SHRM India
Nitya is an Organization development consultant with experience in Leadership Development, Behavioural Assessments for Succession planning, Performance Management and designing learning journeys for managerial development.
Over the last decade she has successfully leveraged her experience in Business and Consulting to drive meaningful and measurable change management initiatives for her clients across industries like BFSI, ITES, Fintech, Pharma & Manufacturing.
She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in executive HR from XLRI and is a certified HOGAN practitioner. She has extensively used Predictive Psychometric tools like CHALLY, Personality assessment DISC, Pearson personality tool Sosie, Critical thinking Assessments Watson Glaser etc. for designing talent management solutions for clients.
Prior to Organizational Development, her corporate journey began in Business with the Citigroup and later in Wealth Advisory for Private and Corporate clients at Deutsche bank.
Sr Knowledge Advisor, SHRM
Sadaf is a HR practitioner with over 14 years of proven leadership experience in HR Modeling, HR and Business Transformation, Organization Design and Change, System and Technology-based enablement, Talent Engagement and Leadership Development.
She has worked for various organizations in multicultural role and diversity in Tata Group and KPMG Global Services and now associated with SHRM India as Senior Knowledge Advisor. She is a certified TBEM Assessor by Tata Quality Management Services, qualified HR Excellence Assessor of Confederation of Indian Industry and has been part of the assessment team for organizations like SAIL, L&T Hydrocarbons, AM/NS, and Reliance Insurance. She has been recognized as a Job Evaluation specialist by Korn Ferry Management Consulting Firm, USA and has won Best Young HR Award by Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Sadaf is certified Assessment / Development Center specialist from Aon, has received DISC certification from Strenghsscape and works actively in the field of talent assessment and development center. She has collaborated with flagship institutions like XLRI, Aon and Cerberus to design engagement models , assess employee engagement through scientific techniques and build engagement culture in organizations.
She frequently interacts with B School students and has been part of multiple panel discussions in the area of Strategic HRM and Agile HR.
Senior Knowledge Advisor, SHRM India
Vaishali works as the Senior Knowledge Advisor at SHRM India. Her last stint was with Maven7 as the Head of Product & Client Delivery for APAC region. She is one of the foremost exponents of Organization Network Analysis in India having being involved in Product Design and Development. She has expertise in providing Network Science based diagnosis and solutions in the space of Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Collaboration, D&I, Influencer Identification & Management. She has executed multiple ONA Engagements for Indian and Multi - National Clients in APAC and Globally.
Knowledge & Advisory, SHRM
Tanishqa is a passionate and empathetic professional who believes in working with utmost integrity and diligence. She has three years of experience in the industry working across diverse areas of the human capital lifecycle. She currently is associated with SHRM India and works in the capacity of Knowledge Advisor. She got her career start with Saville and Holdsworth Limited (SHL) as an Associate Consultant. She drove Key Account Operations by offering solutions to build change in people management processes by generating insights based on people data.
Her domain expertise lies in the areas of Talent Assessment, Competency Assessment and Development Centre, Succession Planning, HR Capability Building and Content Design. Her client portfolios include Public Sector, Pharmaceutical, Conglomerates, BFSI, IT, Energy, Automotive, Aviation, Retail, Telecommunications, FMCG and Education sectors.
Dynamic, agile and collaborative with a crisp focus on execution excellence, Tanishqa strives to bring thoroughness in her work. She is compassionate and has an endearing interest in understanding human behavior. She also volunteers at Samaritans Mumbai, a suicide prevention helpline since 2019 and strongly advocates for mental health.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from SNDT University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Sophia College, Mumbai. She is SHRM – CP certified and possesses certifications for various psychometric tools like DiSC, Occupational Personality Questionnaire, Work Place Personality Inventory for Professionals (WPI Pro), Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation – Behaviour (FIRO-B) and the Big 5 Personality Test.
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