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 SHRMTech’23.
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 and Asia Pacific Head for Business Development. SHRM India is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management with more than 2,90,000 members worldwide.
Achal is responsible for leading the India operations of SHRM, as well as Asia Pacific operations including Middle-East. She serves on the global SHRM Leadership Team and is responsible for building the brand, expanding its business and developing professional relationships with government agencies, and other HR and business associations in the region.
Achal has over 30 years of work experience. Prior to joining SHRM, she was Managing Director for Kelly India operations; Vice President for GE; and Country Manager for Polaroid India. She has also worked with Dupont, ITC and Cosmo Group in various capacities.
She is a recipient of the “Best Women Executive in India” award.
Achal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics; a Master’s Degree in English Literature and she is an MBA from Delhi.
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.
Leader & Management Thinker, Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy, Aditya Birla Group
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.
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 started the first school for the blind in Tibet in 1998. Nowadays she runs the educational hub Kanthari. Through an immersive, hands-on and intensive training program Kanthari equips participants with all the techniques, methods and ideas they need to start up and run effective, relevant social projects all over the world.
Sabriye is passionate about catalysing visionaries from the margins to realize sustainable social change.
Since 2009, 183 social change makers from 41 countries were trained at Kanthari. This has already resulted in more than 130 social initiatives and organisations that are making a positive impact in the lives of thousands of people within their communities.
Economic Analyst, Advisor & Author
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.
Founder, Tech Whisperer Ltd
Jaspreet Bindra is the Managing Director and Founder of Tech Whisperer Limited UK, which does Advisory and Consulting work on Digital Transformation and Digital Technologies like AI, Blockchain, and the Future of Work. Jaspreet was the Group Chief Digital Officer at Mahindra Group, a $20bn conglomerate, a Regional Director at Microsoft India, and a part of the Tata Group through Tata Administrative Services. He is the author of the bestselling book ‘The Tech Whisperer: On Digital Transformation and the Technologies that Enable it’, published by Penguin Random House, as well as a long-standing fortnightly column on technology and business with Mint. Jaspreet was recognised as the inaugural ‘Digitalist of the Year’ by Mint and SAP in 2017, is a Global Moderator/Educator for Harvard Business, Educator for Duke, Expert at Singularity University, Visiting Faculty at Ashoka University and was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Indian School of Business. He is also pursuing his (second) Masters in AI, Ethics and Society at Cambridge University. He divides his time between Cambridge, UK and Gurgaon, India.
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.
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.
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 ParagonLabs, 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 we 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.
Partner - Leader, Human Capital Consulting, Deloitte
Gaurav Lahiri is a Partner with Deloitte Consulting. He leads the Human Capital Service area based out of Delhi. He brings significant experience in consulting, focusing primarily on organization transformation, leadership development and M&A.
Gaurav works with clients to align their organizations with their strategic agenda – this includes reviewing strategies, designing organization structures, implementing talent management programs and formulating reward strategies to drive performance and motivation.
While Gaurav’s expertise is in Organization Effectiveness, he has also helped clients research and develop competency models for outstanding performance. He managed a seminal Indian CEO research study sponsored by Bharat Petroleum under the aegis of India’s Public Enterprises Selection Board and co-authored the book “The Indian CEO : a Portrait of Excellence” published in 2007.
Gaurav has authored several papers on Post Merger Integration, Change Management and has won several prizes and awards, including the McKinsey Best Management Paper of the year.
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.
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).
CIO, UNO Minda Group
Mr. Parna Ghosh is associated with UNO Minda Group as Group CIO. Overall 32 years of experience in IT leadership capacities in different organisations. Has an accomplished career with huge Digital Transformation initiatives in the areas of Customer Relationship, Supply Chain automation, Shopfloor automation including Industry 4.0, HRM, Finance Transformation.
Prior to Uno Minda, was associated with CNH Industrial, Honda Motorcycle & Scooters India, Tata Group (TACO) & Pricol. He is a winner of 100+ IT & Digital awards including CIO 100 Hall of Fame, CXO TV Hall of Fame.
Mr. Ghosh is a distinguished speaker in various IT Forums. Represents various national forums – National Digital committee of ACMA; Governing Council of CII – Center for Digital Transformation; Core Committee Member for CII- Institute of Quality; Director – Special Interest Group – Manufacturing – INDUS (SAP User Group, India).
He holds Post Graduate Degree in Information Technology & an MBA in Finance. Holds certifications from IIM Bangalore, IIT Delhi, ISB Hyderabad & Harvard Business School.
CPO, Bharti Airtel
Amrita Padda, Chief People Officer – Bharti Airtel, is a dynamic HR leader with over 21 years of experience across the entire spectrum of HR roles. In her previous experience in Unilever, she joined as a management trainee in 2000 and spent the first 14 years of her career based in India. During that time, she has supported many different teams in Hindustan Unilever Limited including marketing and supply chain and was the HR Transformation Lead throughout one of the most significant periods of transformation for the function.
Amrita was appointed as General Manager Marketing in 2011 where she led significant organization transformation across the Marketing teams in South Asia before taking up her first appointment in a global role as Human Resource Director Procurement in January 2015. In that time, she has many notable achievements including landing the Connected 4 Growth (C4G) Procurement organization, driving capability building and ways of working workshops for leadership teams globally and leading the delivery of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan for Procurement.
In 2017, Amrita was appointed as VPHR Philippines where she has played a very significant role in building business critical capabilities and accelerating local leadership pipeline. Amrita’s spirit of pioneering can be seen in the many business initiatives led by her – Laundromat business via a start-up, Service improvement via Agile methodology, setting up of the Omni-channel U-shop, and taking the lead in implementation of the Future of Work framework.
In her last role, as the Chief People Officer, Unilever Marketplace, a global business unit to help transform their distributive trade business, she was responsible for setting up the Organization and bringing in the leadership team for the business. In addition, she also held a global role as a cross functional team lead working with the Unilever CEOs office for COVID management. Here she was able to work through many complex challenges faced by the organization due to the global pandemic. Her experience of working in and leading global market teams and her collaborative approach has been of great value to Unilever as they navigated the various nuances of the impact of the pandemic.
Prior to her Post Graduation, she has a brief experience in the Hospitality industry, when she joined the Taj Group of Hotels as a Management Trainee. While she did not pursue that line of work for long, her love for food, the culinary arts, and service continues.
Amrita is married to Rakesh who works in banking and they have 2 boys Aadiv and Abeer.
She holds a Master’s degree in HR from XLRI, Jamshedpur and is a Hotel Management Graduate from Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa. She has also completed her of Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) from University of Delhi
Global Chief People Officer & Head Marketing, 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 28 years of experience in Indian and Multinational Companies.
Harsh currently heads the Human Resources and Marketing function as Global Chief People Officer and Head- Marketing 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 recent awards/recognitions he has received are :
Harsh is passionate about sports, 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.
Group CHRO, Adani Group
Vikram is a seasoned Human Resources professional with over three decades of experience across a range of diverse businesses, geographies, and cultures. His expertise lies in thoughtful management of the intersection of strategy, talent, and organization culture, with extensive outcomes in organizational effectiveness, talent management, succession planning and leadership development.
Prior to joining the Adani Group, Vikram was the Head of Human Resources at HSBC India, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations. Before HSBC, Vikram was at the American International Group as the Regional Human Resources Director for the Mediterranean, Middle East and South Asia region and participated in AIG’s rapid growth through several startup joint ventures and acquisitions. His career also included several years at Inchcape Plc, Dubai, the ANZ Grind lays Bank, India, and Indian Hotels Company Ltd, where he has held multiple roles in HR.
Vikram holds a master’s degree in Human Resources from XLRI Jamshedpur and has certifications in Leading Change, Management & Innovation from the Harvard Business School. Vikram is the President of the National HRD Network, Mumbai Chapter and has been a recipient of the GNOSIS Excellence award from XLRI.
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.
Naveen is an experienced professional who brings a rich understanding of global Human Capital Strategy to assist businesses with the challenging task of navigating the digital economy. By combining familiarity of renowned consultancies like Accenture with in-depth understanding on factors affecting the future of talent & work, Naveen offers trusted advice, execution and forward-thinking solutions to business leaders around the world. His 25 years’ experience in HR spans across several industries including Hospitality, Supply Chain, Banking, Retail, Travel and IT in 30+ geographies.
Naveen’s experiences can be summarized in 3 broad themes with HR as anchor. The first in People, Talent & Culture leading functions for Accenture India, HCL Global, Al Futtaim UAE and Standard Chartered GDS. The 2nd theme being Consulting, platform selling, driving revenue & client success with Arrows (UK, NL), KPISOFT (Asia, EMEA) and Accenture (India) Consulting. The 3rd theme in driving digital strategies for Accenture Enabling functions as CIO and other technology led transformations. His current assignment is to design & deploy enterprise performance solutions for the UAE government (63 departments, 90,000 people)
All of Naveen’s achievements have either been monetized or recognized and awarded including – a mention in the HBS for Talent transformation leading to a 800bps increase in bottom line in HCL, hiring 30000/annum for 5 continuous years spread over multiple businesses, skills and 30+ geographies, setting up 3 distinct GDS (Shared services) for Standard Chartered in early 2000s for 40 countries, selling GDS solutions for Arrows in Europe, setting up the first internal Shared services (ABS) for Accenture. Naveen has received several accolades for all the above landmarks.
Naveen has been central to drive employer brands to high performance including HCL - LinkedIn TBI (Talent Brand Index) from #8 to #2 globally. He led several business transformations including the global talent transformation when Publicis Sapient pivoted to Digital business transformation.
Recognised as a thought-leader across Human Capital issues, as varied as global talent management, digital thinking, workplace diversity and international development, Naveen has taken to the stage at prestigious events such as the United Nations WEP forum, delivering passionate insights into the benefits of gender diversity in the workplace. Naveen’s commitment to development for women lies at the heart of his close involvement with the Arrows Group Foundation. Naveen continues to support 200 under privileged girls through a 6-year scholarship and invests in their employability skills.
He has authored several articles for Gartner and recently authored a book on philosophy, ready to go to the press
What Naveen brings to the table for business leaders is to draw on his vision for managing and integrating global people & culture practices, seamlessly boost productivity or drive digital business transformation . Building on Naveen’s expertise of 25 years at the innovative forefront of the global human capital practice, stakeholders have looked at him as a trusted partner as they develop global strategies for expansion and growth.
His credo has always been, ‘when successful – look outside the window and when faced with failure, look in the mirror’.
Naveen is location agnostic.
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.
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.
CHRO, Lead School
With over 25 years of industry experience under his belt, Rohit has been the leading the HR function for various organizations. In his last role he was the CHRO for Paytm since December 2019 where he led the strategic HR agenda for the company.
Prior to this role, Rohit was with Accenture where he was responsible for Accenture’s talent strategy and HR service delivery & operations across all businesses in India..
Rohit has previously also worked with Microsoft, where he served as head of Human Resources for Microsoft India. Prior to this, Rohit spent 11 years at GE in various HR leadership roles across multiple businesses like Energy, Capital, Engineering, Corporate and Aviation both in India and the United States. He has also worked with Eicher Tractors, Cadence Design Systems and Bausch & Lomb.
Rohit is a graduate of SRCC Delhi. He has subsequently also done his MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur. He is married to Swati, who is also an MBA from XLRI and is currently working with SHRM in India. They have 2 children, Dhruv (who is an undergraduate in CS from UCLA, working with Amazon in NY) and Kanhav (who is an undergraduate from Swarthmore in Mathematical Statistics & Economics) and is working with Charles River Associates in Washington DC.
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.
Chief People Officer, Flipkart
Krishna Raghavan is the Chief People Officer at Flipkart. He and his team are responsible for designing and driving initiatives to attract and retain world-class talent, build competencies for the workforce while also strengthening Flipkart’s culture.
Krishna took over the role at a crucial juncture for Flipkart - to shape the organizations' people charter for the long-term. He laid out Flipkart's commitment to being inclusive, entrepreneurial & sustainable while focusing on employee experience.
Amidst a raging pandemic that hit the globe almost as soon as he took over, Krishna was faced with the unprecedented challenge of balancing a keen focus on the well being of employees while also ensuring that the country's wheels of commerce continue to stay in motion.
His leadership in steering the company through this time has been nothing short of exemplary and has earned him the respect of leaders across the organization as well as the larger HR community.
Prior to his current role, Krishna has been the Technology Head for Flipkart’s Fulfilment and Services, and Customer Experience Groups. In the course of his tenure at Flipkart, he has also spearheaded the launch of the marketplace platform and has led multiple strategic technology initiatives for Ekart. Aside from his strong technical expertise, he is also known to be a people’s leader. A leader who brings with him the right blend of technical and people skills, he has built exemplary engineering teams from scratch with his intuitive people management and sound organisational planning.
With a career spanning over two decades, Krishna is adept at managing cross-functional teams. He has worked across diverse geographies and work cultures and is known to be an active champion of driving a people-first culture in organisations.
Senior Director & Head - HR, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Sailesh Menezes is currently the India HR Leader with an overall responsibility for the India Geography. Sailesh has played multiple roles in his career with HP/HPE including the HR leader for the Sales, Engineering (R&D), Services & Software organizations in the country, and has been responsible for the execution of people strategy, engagement & development, employee relations and talent management.
Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard in December 2011, Sailesh had worked in two other organizations for about 15 years both in India and the US, first at IBM (www.ibm.com) and more recently at Wipro Technologies (www.wipro.com) as a General Manager where he had a global responsibility leading Talent Management and Organization Capability Building in addition to driving HR Systems & Solutions, Processes and HR Policy formulation across the 140,000 strong organization.
He is a post graduate rank holder in business management from the Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship, India.
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)
Vice President HR, Paytm
Ashish is a result driven HR Leader with demonstrated ability to develop collaborative relationships across levels and deliver on key business and people priorities.
He has over 16 years of rich experience and serves as a trusted advisor to CXOs, senior leaders and manages people strategy and tactical execution for complex businesses. He has significant & diverse experience managing various gamut of HR across industries (Fintech, Consulting, IT & ITES ) & and geographies (India, ASEAN).
Both, in his current role at Paytm for 3 years & past stint at Accenture of over 13 years; his focus has been in creating world class organisations by setting up high levels of excellence in people processes, focusing on many industry/company first initiatives. His contributions across these companies have also helped them win several industry recognitions for their people processes. Ashish was awarded as EmergingHR Leader of the Year by UBS Forums in 2022 given his deep focus & contributions towards making incredible HR organisations. A post graduate from XLRI, Ashish believes in continuous learning as the essence to thrive in corporate & life.
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
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.
Vice President, HR, Tata Communications
Ina is an accomplished HR practitioner and part of the HR leadership team at Tata Communications managing an integrated portfolio. As Vice President, Human Resources, she heads human resources for the Digital & Technology business units, leads the Learning, Leadership & Organisation Development and Future of Work efforts globally. She has spent 9 years with Tata Communications and over the years, has developed trust-based relationships with the entire Top Team, including the Sales Leadership, who are at the front of the engine driving the company’s growth ambition, and led many people transformation measures with their partnership to drive organization effectiveness.
She has over 18 years of intra-disciplinary experience in human resources and has worked across sectors such as Technology, Banking and Consulting. Prior to Tata Communications, Ina has worked with BCG, HSBC and Essar Group, holding various leadership positions in HR, including global roles, with specialised experience in areas of People Strategy & Culture, Talent Management, Learning, Leadership & Organisation Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Driving large-scale transformations/change and Strategic Resourcing.
Her strengths lie in being a humanistic leader who partners with business leaders to build & execute their people strategy to solve complex people problems. She follows a disciplined yet flexible problem-solving approach that balances business goals with employee needs. She remains fascinated by the evolution of the people function in its contributions to creating value for the top and bottom-line growth for the company. In 2022, she brought home 3 Brandon Hall Awards (Academy awards equivalent for HR function) for creating change programs that impacted business outcomes.
Ina completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai and also holds a degree in Economics, English Literature & Functional English from Chandigarh University.
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.
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
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.
Regional Director, Asia Pacific HR, Lennox International
Hema Mani has over 26 years of experience in Strategic Human Resources Capacity , with wide ranging Multinational experiences from Kelly Consultants, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Jain Group of Institutions, i2 Technologies and Honeywell.
She is a Leadership Coach certified under Korn Ferry Leadership Architect & Marshall Goldsmith and certified OD Facilitator from International OD Federation
She is currently Regional Director, Asia Pacific HR at Lennox International, part of her responsibility in Lennox India & Asia sourcing leadership team. Her responsibilities include HR, Site Operational Management, Driving Community Engagement, External Communications for the company in this region
Under her leadership, Lennox India has won several honors for HR such as the 13 best workplaces in Tamil Nadu by Times of India, 100 Best places to work for women in India 2016 by Avatar, Best places to work in Chennai by Economic Times, Dream companies to work in 2016 by Times Ascent. Best Community engagement Award by Economic Times. Lennox India has been certified as Top Great Places to work twice in row, More recently Lennox was Certified as the Top 15 Great Places to work under her leadership
She is the current the Chairwoman for CII-Indian Women Network in TamilNadu and part of her role she is focused on develop Leadership talent among women, Mentoring initiatives, Gender Parity diagnostics & facilitation in corporations and POSH activities
She has represented on topics of Human sciences in forums of IHRD,NHRD, ISTD, CII and SHRM. She has published a couple of papers on Execution Excellence in HR which is compiled into a journal released by Indian Institute of Science and another one on Innovative learning strategies was recognized by Nasscom. She is recognized as one of the 30 Women Super Achievers by World HRD Congress
Blessed with 2 children, when she finds the time, she loves to cook & read and is also a Yoga Practitioner and Meditator with Isha Foundation
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
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!
Global Director - Caltech Executive Education, Co-Founder - MyLearningNFT
Hari is an internationally recognized global executive and consultant to Fortune 500 firms, mid-size enterprises and start-ups. Through his firm, The Preparation Company, he helps CEOs, Chief Transformation Officers, Chief Digital Officers and Chief HR Officers and their teams develop strategies to change faster than the industry curve. He is a board advisor to start-ups in US and Europe. His industry experience that spans 55+ countries is focused on M&As, Integrations, Start-Ups and Transformations includes executive roles with Hoerbiger, Aon Hewitt, Walmart JV, Baxter, Coca-Cola, GE and Andersen He has lived in Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore and India. He is a member of the Los Angeles Business Journals Leadership Trust, Forbes HR Council and Executive Education Faculty at Caltech Center for Technology and Management Education. Hari is on Advisory Boards for Start-Ups in United States and Europe.
Author & Resiliency Expert
Colby Sharma LL.B. is a leading resiliency expert focused on helping organizations unlock greater resiliency in their teams to produce great work and master deep change.
His clients include leading financial institutions such as The Bank of Nova Scotia and Manulife Financial. As a presenter, Colby blends great insights in a style that is fresh, thought-provoking and engaging.
Prior to beginning his career as a speaker, Colby graduated from the University of Liverpool with an honours degree in law. He is the bestselling author of The Curveball.
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