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Role Players 2017

Dr. Dennis Reina, Ph.D. & Dr. Michelle Reina, Ph.D.

Co - Founder

Reina, A Trust Building Consultancy

Dr. Dennis Reina and Dr. Michelle Reina help leaders transform workplaces through trust to increase confidence, commitment and energy. How do we help our clients build a culture of trust? We take the guesswork out of trust. We have concrete, behavioral models and frameworks that provide a common language for talking about trust, and assessment methodologies that help people understand how their behaviors contribute to trust at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Our approach is systemic, holistic, and completely customized. We partner with our clients to design and co-create a solution for pinpointing their deepest trust-building opportunities. The end game is to help our clients hardwire trust into the organization. We want them to have a solution in place to build trust and rebuild it when unintentionally compromised. We call this "transformational trust", that is, when people across the enterprise take ownership of the level and quality of trust that exists in the organization. The Reinas work with organizations as American Express, Ben & Jerry's, Harvard University, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, and Walt Disney World. They have written two bestselling books, Trust and Betrayal in the Workplace: Building Effective Relationships in Your Organization, 3rd ed. and Rebuilding Trust in the Workplace: Seven Steps to Renew Confidence, Commitment, and Energy.

Trust Building Best Practices in Teams: Summarizing 25 Years of Research and Global Application or,

Trust Building Best Practices in Leadership: Summarizing 25 Years of Research and Global Application

Trust is an asset teams can't be effective without. Trust is needed to increase engagement, foster collaboration and navigate constant change. Learn best practices of 25 years of research and experience. Discover what a company did to raise engagement by 25% in 9 months. Find out how another firm turned around a 50 million dollar initiative in 2 years. See how a manufacturing plant went from the lowest to highest performer in its nationwide network. Learn how trust helps teams break through barriers, align members and is important for business results.
• Why trust is important for business results
• Understand the behaviors that support teams to do their best work
• Know the 3 mistakes leaders make and how to deal with them

Rebuilding Trust: The Key to Sustainability

Trust will be built and trust will be broken. It is a natural part of the human condition. Small but hurtful situations accumulate over time into the confidence-busting, commitment-breaking, energy-draining patterns consistent with broken trust. No matter your vantage point, this workshop offers a proven seven-step process to heal pain and rebuild trust. This compassionate, practical approach will help you reframe the experience, take responsibility, forgive, let go and move on. You will feel safe to be more fully "who" you are and, once again give your organization your best thinking, highest intention, risk-taking and creativity.
• Understand the accumulative effective of small, unintentional ways trust is broken
• Learn the seven steps for rebuilding trust
• Find out how rebuild trust is the key to sustaining trust

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Thought Leader & Leadership Thinker

Marshall Goldsmith Group

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Global Leader, Workforce Diversity and LGBT Markets


Tony Tenicela currently advises C-Suite executives on the role of the workforce in the age of disruptive technologies with expertise in diversity strategy, talent management, leadership, and social collaboration. In honor of his accomplishments, Tony was awarded the Diversity Leadership Award by the World HRD Congress and the DiversityFirst Award by the California Diversity Council in 2016. Tony also manages IBM's global LGBT commercial strategy and was recently named one of the Top 50 LGBT Executives by the UK's Telegraph and Out at Work.

Prior to joining IBM, Tony was a founding employee of Worldview Systems, where he led the creation and development of the initial prototype for the TravelocityTM on-line travel service. Tony holds an MBA in Business Strategy from the Anderson School at UCLA, a MA equivalent in Personality/Organizational Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Andrew Chan Geh Hui

Head - HR

Naim Holdings Berhad

Career Summary :
Andrew has more than 25 years of HR management, Organization Transformation, Business Operations and Development experience, having held various senior management positions in multinational corporations across Asia Pacific.

He has experienced in transforming organizations of highly capital cum labour intensive ventures of public listed, multinationals in developing economies like China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

General Personal Profile: A passionate people person and good team player. Outspoken, love traveling, enjoy learning different cultures and like problem-solving. He believes in coaching and giving people challenges and opportunities to develop by doing things that stretch their limits and potentials.

Involvement in Volunteering Works :
Immediate Past Executive Board Member of CAMFEBA (Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations, Cambodia's largest federation of businesses representing, promoting and safeguarding the rights and interests of employers in Cambodia).

Member of UCTS University Industry Advisory Council - providing advices and contributions from industry perspectives on university programs, trainings, facilities and research directions.

Academic Achievements :
Harvard Business School, US - Senior Management Program
University of New England, Australia - MBA

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Anagha Bildikar

Head - Global HR Operations

Neeyamo Enterprise Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Topic : HR's role in deployment of Change Management and increasing organizational effectiveness

A dynamic and consummate Human Resources professional with a rich, broad range of expertise, Anagha heads the global HRO practice and leads the internal HR shared services at Neeyamo, provider of best in class HRO services.

She holds a post graduate degree in HRM with specialization in Change Management from the prestigious London School of Economics along with being CIPD and GPHR certified.

Supporting the organization's key initiatives, and with a keen interest and knowledge of global HR compliance, Anagha has been instrumental in contributing towards Neeyamo's growth and recognition with a striking blend of her leadership and professional capabilities. She has demostrated exceptional focus on continual improvement, transformational service delivery and HR strategy to deploy and institutionalize HR programs to meet business challenges.

She is highly self-motivated and detail oriented with strong leadership skills coupled with excellent business orientation.

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Areff Salauroo

HR Director

Ia Sentineue Group

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Ashish Ambasta

Director - Employee Insights & Assessments

Willis Towers Watson India

Ashish is a seasoned professional with more than one and a half decades of experience in strategic and operational business positions of managing businesses, teams and profitability. In his current stint as Practice Leader at Willis Towers Watson, he is leading the business for one of the most important divisions in India. He is an expert in engagement, workplace happiness and motivation as well as constructs of positive psychology.

In his last stint as an Associate Director and Business Head at People Business, Ashish was instrumental in establishing the employee engagement practice for the organisation. He was also responsible for managing the P&L for the western region. As part of the leadership team at People Business, Ashish made significant contributions in developing People Business as a global brand for its stake holders and conceptualised unique offerings with excellent client testimonials around evidence based consulting.

He has a diverse experience of working across industries and has coached more than 300 senior leaders including CEOs / CXOs / CHROs from Fortune 500 companies.

Project Experience
- Driving business and profitability through business acquisition and client management for a major BFSI player
- Senior leadership team alignment for a global pharmaceutical company
- Worked on a project to double "world's best managers" in the organisation for one of the largest conglomerates
- Using strengths as a concept for goal setting of different businesses of a manufacturing set up
- Business transformation through culture transformation for one of the financial services organisation
- Engaging remote sales employees for one of the FMCG companies
- Improving internal customer engagement for a huge telecom company

Education and Professional Qualifications
- Pusuing Ph.D. (Positive Psychology and Happiness in the Workplace) from Mumbai University, India
- Masters in Management from Mumbai University, India
- Certified Strengths Coach from Gallup University
- Saville Consulting International Accreditation - Wave
- Leadership Circle Coach

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Audi Chaturvedi

Vice Chairman

Flex Films (USA) Inc.

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Andreja Janc Koderman

HR Manager

Kadrovske Storitve d.o.o.


Andreja Janc Koderman is specialized for the establishment and development of optimal HR processes in companies. She expertly does comprehensive selection processes, introduces flexible job systematizations, builds and establishes modern, information supported company competency models, establishes and handles employee development systems and has motivational and inspirational workshops in the area of professional and personal growth of employees.

She is an expert and counselor in the field of labor laws in Slovenia, with which she helps foreign companies coming into the Slovenian market. As Brand Manager of HR Assistance (Kadrovska Asistenca) she is in charge of the development of its HR counseling activity, so that they maintain their professional performance at the highest levels. She also handles the development of new HR approaches and practices in Slovenia.

She is an expert in establishing and developing HR in middle- and large-sized companies. Andreja believes that a firm and well organized legal foundation of labor laws in a company is the stepping stone to good employee management. She is a practitioner of the national life-long career orientation projects and a supporter of a wholesome approach to the establishment of safe and healthy workplaces, in accordance with the directives of the European Union. She also does lectures in the fields of optimizing HR processes, labor laws and effective HR practices in companies.

Andreja is an economist specialized in management and a licensed counselor for Profiles International, as well as a recognized contractor of the national life-long career orientation projects.

Effective leadership is a big challenge for any leader, but also an excellent opportunity for his/her personal growth. If we want to lead successfully, we must first know ourselves well (our attitude and willingness to change ourselves). There are many strategies for successful leadership, but the most effective is the one that we create on our own. When we are trying to build our leadership strategy, we have to consider three key points:
• Who am I as a leader (management skills, emotional intelligence, beliefs, values)
• Organizational culture (values, expectations, focus on business goals, work - life balance)
• Employee potential (skills, expectations, values, steps to fulfilment)

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Arundhati Kumar

Head - HR

Conde Nast India Pvt. Ltd

Arundhati has over thirteen years of corporate experience across several verticals within the Human Resources and Organizational Development domain. An alumnus of Mayo Girls, she has completed her graduation in Psychology from Lady Shriram College followed by an MBA from Fore School of Management.

In her current role Arundhati heads Human Resources for Conde Nast India, which is globally the largest luxury media house. Prior to this she has worked with several Indian and Global MNC's including Indian Hotels, ICICI Prudential and Deutsche Bank. Her areas of interest and expertise include strategizing and executing organization wide OD interventions, employee engagement and employee branding. She has in her career personally trained over 500 managers across levels.

Arundhati's expertise lies in setting up organizations- She was a part of the start-up HR team at Etisalat DB telecom and was instrumental in formulating their HR policy and process manual as well as setting up their Performance Management, Reward & recognition and Training framework. She was also a senior consultant within the team that helped Aegon Religare set up operations in India. Her role included recruiting key people to build the team as well as designing the company's policies and processes in compliance with Indian norms.

Having worked and consulted across industries including hospitality, telecom, banking, insurance, retail, automobiles and ITES has helped her build and develop a well-rounded perspective and exposure to industry specific needs and best practices which is core to her role as a consultant.

Her other interests fashion and design and she has also been the co-founder of a successful fashion start-up. She has a keen interest in fitness and wellness and is a certified Reebok trainer.

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Arvind Usretay

Director - Rewards - People Advisory Services

Willis Towers Watson India

Arvind is an Executive Director with People Advisory Services (PAS) , Ernst & Young LLP, India; He is responsible for the Rewards consulting practice in the India Region & is based in Mumbai.

He has 15+ years of experience in various areas of business including, Sales & distribution, project management, strategic & new initiatives, products & start-ups . His experience pans across industries – IT Solutions, Banking, Life Insurance, Retirement-Pensions & HR Consulting

He specializes in Rewards (compensation & benefits) , within the HR domain. He is particularly passionate about Health & Pensions and is a regular contributor to research papers, articles and has addressed seminars

Arvind was recently awarded with the HR Leadership Award at the 2016, Asia Pacific HRM Congress in the individual category
He has exposure of having lived & worked across various Indian cities and follows about 9 languages

He is married to Sheetal , a school teacher and has a 7 year old son – Hriday

Arvind is loves to travel & all things food

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Asif Iqbal

Vice President - International Human Resources

Gulf Oil International UK Limited

Topic : "Building a sustainable leadership pipeline - Gulf Oil Advanced Leadership Programme".

Asif is an international HR professional with proven track record in delivering HR services in the Manufacturing, IT and Oil & Gas businesses across the Asia, UK, Europe, Middle East and Americas. Asif is a Chartered Fellow (Chartered FCIPD) of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (United Kingdom) with a master degree in Human Resources from the University of Bedfordshire (UK) and MSW (HRM) from Aligarh Muslim University (India). He is a Diplomat in Training & Development from ISTD (India).

Currently, Asif is working as the Vice President of the Gulf Oil International Human Resources. Gulf Oil is a fully owned Hinduja Group Company. He works closely with the Boards and the Management including CEOs/GMs, global Functional Heads across the Gulf Oil's UK, Europe, South and East Asia, Far East, Middle East and Argentina businesses and providing HR leadership for more than 1300 employees.

As a core member of the leadership team, He drives business aligned global HR strategy to include: Performance culture, Talent capability building, Leadership development and Change management. He acts as a coach and challenge management and directors in the application of systems and international HR policies. He provides guidance on a range of complex HR issues.

Prior to this, Asif worked with Tata Chemicals Limited in India and Tech Mahindra Limited (based in UK) heading their UK, European and Americas HR function.

He actively network in the International HR Forums/Conferences as an HR Panelist/Speaker/Delegate.

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Barttanu Das

Head- Human Resource

Blue Dart Express Ltd.

Barttanu Kumar Das is the Head – Human Resources at Blue Dart Express Ltd., the leading express and distribution company of India, part of DPDHL Group. He has started his 2nd stint in Blue Dart Express in August 2013 after a brief tenure in Shalimar Paints as Chief People Officer. He had headed HR function of Blue Dart Express for more than 5 years in his first stint. Barttanu has an overall experience of more than 24 years in diverse sectors spanning Power, Infrastructure, and Logistics/distribution. His earlier stint was with NTPC, Navi Mumbai SEZ Pvt. Ltd., an Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Group Company, Blue Dart Express and Shalimar Paints.Barttanu is responsible for HR strategy, HR plans, organization and leadership development, Employee Relations and business partnership for the organization. A strong believer of change and transformation, he has rich experience in HRD, TQM, Industrial relations and organization transformation areas.During his stint in NTPC, Reliance and Blue Dart Express, he has worked extensively in last 12 years with leading Business and HR consulting Organizations such as AT Kearney, Hewitt Associates, Ernst & Young, Mercer, Sri Ram Center of Industrial Relations and Management, NIS Sparta in number of Organization Transformation and capability development assignments.

Under his HR leadership in Blue Dart express, the organization has won several recognitions for HR excellence. Some of the coveted ones are – '13th Best Employer Brand Award' by Employer Brand Institute in 2010, 'Best Motivational Work Place Award under services category' by AIMA-IOCL in 2010, Innovative HR practices Award and 'One of the top 50 Great Places to Work For in India' consecutively for last 5 years and one Top 11 Best Employers I India in 2014-15 recognized by Aon Hewitt Best Employers study.Barttanu has written articles and presented papers in National & International conferences in the area of Talent Development, Succession Planning, Vision and Values, Mentoring and Leadership Development based on practice and implementation of HR interventions. He is a life member of National HRD Network and has been actively involved as a core-committee member in National HRD Network and Delhi Management Association from 2002-2005 (Young Manager's Forum). Barttanu was Vice-chairman of HRM committee of Mumbai Chambers of commerce from 2011-12. Currently, he is associated with Mumbai Chambers of Commerce as a core HRM Committee member and also represents CII-HRM Committee (Western Region). Barttanu is invited as Guest Speaker/Panelist/thought leaders by professional bodies such as National HRD Network, All India Management Association, World HRD Congress and Asia-Pacific HRM Congress in national level conferences and seminars and leading business schools such as IIM, NITIE, and TISS etc. and by various magazines/newspapers. Barttanu is a graduate in Economics and holds a Post Graduate degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. Barttanu is certified from USA on Hogan leadership Assessment Tools, a certified MBTI Trainer and has completed PCC certification course with 125 hours of mentored coaching from International Coaching Federation, USA.

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Cecile Umana

Chief HR Officer (CHRO)

Ooredoo Myanmar

Cecile has 23 years of experience in Human Resources and Internal Communications in Multinational Companies in the Technology, Telecommunications, FMCG, Call Center, BPO, Service and Manufacturing sectors across Latin America, Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

Cecile is originally from Costa Rica, Latin America and has worked outside her Country since early 1994. Throughout her career, she has accumulated a wealth of experience in areas such as Talent Management, Learning & Development, Change Management, Organizational Effectiveness, Talent Acquisition, Labor Relations, Internal Communications, Compliance & Ethics, Compensation & Benefits as well as Health and Safety.

She has worked for companies such as Unilever, Dell Computers, Stream Global Services, Samsung Electronics, Digicel and now Ooredoo. During her career she has managed up to 24 Countries across different territories.

Cecile has studies in Organizational Psychology and certifications in Business Process Improvement, LEAN methodology, Business Administration and Coaching, among others.

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Chitagu Philimon

Human Resources Director

Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited

Philimon is currently the Human Resources Director for Schweppes Holdings Africa Limited, a Beverage and Juice Manufacturing Company located in the Southern part of Africa. The company operates in Zimbabwe and some SADC countries through Exports. Phil has 23 years in Human Resources and has experience in Government (Health; Education; Small and Medium Enterprises Development); Parastatal and Private Sector (Pharmaceuticals; Beverage and Juice Businesses) set-up.

Phil started his career in Ministry of Health and Child-Welfare in the statistics department on 15 July 1990 and then moved into Human Resources in February 1994 under Ministry of Education; Sports and Culture. Phil occupied several positions up to Acting Executive Officer in the same Ministry.

Mr Chitagu was then promoted to the position of Executive Officer responsible for Human Resources and Administration under Ministry Of Small and Medium Enterprises Development under Office of the President and Cabinet. Phil pioneered Performance Management System for the Ministry.

Phil left government to join private sector as Human Resources Officer at Caps Holdings Pharmaceuticals in September 2003. He was responsible for putting in place Industrial Relations Systems; Performance Management System; Organization Design Intervention on a number of projects including Training; Restructuring and aligning some acquisitions into the main Group of Companies.

In 2005, Phil was elevated to the position of Human Resources Manager for the Group which had 8 strategic business units with operations across 11 regions in Zimbabwe. Phil then joined Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited (by then) in 2009 as Human Resources Manager, a position held until end of December 2010. In 2011, Phil was elevated to the position of Human Resources Executive and in January 2013, Phil was appointed General Manager responsible for HR and Administration for Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited. He was also elevated to Human Resources and Administration Director Position in January 2016 for Schweppes Holdings Africa Limited, his current position.

Among notable achievements, Phil introduced new Performance Management System known as CABAL; Transformation Journey focussing on culture; structure; people and process for the company; IR Stability (no strike since 2009); Sustainable Leadership Coaching and Mentoring; Integration of new businesses; implemented variable pay and Total Cost to Company Model; Current Overall Best Employer of Choice in Zimbabwe from 2013-date; Africa Best Employer Brand Award in December 2015.

Phil participated in panel of discussion including Africa Best Employer Brands Forums; Speaker on Performance Management at Africa HR Summit and Expo in SA in 2015; Speaker on Building Sustainable Leadership Pipeline at World HRD Congress in India in February 2016. Phil also won some awards like Africa Leadership Award in December 2015-Mauritius; 100 Most Influential Global HR Professional in February 2016, Republic of India and also helped the company to acquire Africa Best Employer Brands in Mauritius in December 2016.

Phil has a Bachelor of Management and Industrial and Labour Studies and Masters in Business Administration; Personnel Management Diploma (Zimbabwe); Certified Master Balance Scorecard Professional (Balance Scorecard Institute in conjunction with George Washington University and North Carolina); Chartered HR Professional (Generalist)-IPMZ and a Fellow. Phil sits on both Private and NGO Boards of Directors. Phil is currently pursuing PhD studies in Leadership Development and Organization Transformation with Da Vinci Institute, School of Managerial Leadership (SA).

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Dirusha Ganapathy Juta

Managing Director

Beyond Transform

Dirusha's passion for People, Change, Development and Transformation culminated in 14 years of experience working within a strategic and operational capacity predominantly across Africa and across multiple change management, OD and cross border/country projects (from conceptualisation through to implementation) which focused on alignment to HR best practices and service delivery excellence. This included development and implementation of fit for purpose HR strategies/solutions in addressing critical business issues, HR function and process simplification/streamlining, restructures/re-engineering exercises and standardization of job roles. Dirusha spent a considerable amount of time on the set up of appropriate team structures, design of recruitment programs and Talent pools, Talent Attraction, E-recruitment, Career coaching/counselling/assessment and deployment of HR policies/programs. Her areas of specialisation includes HR Transformation, Organizational Design and driving Organizational Change within multi-national companies such as IBM and the Standard Bank Group. Within these portfolio's Dirusha was involved in acquisitions, workforce transition, supporting regional expansion in the quick and efficient setup of HR models for new countries/entities, design and optimisation of HR Shared Services models, deployment of HR systems whilst assessing and addressing the impact on job roles, assessment and mitigation of Risk factors impacting HR and deployment of programs in supporting managers in their HR responsibilities. During her career, Dirusha has travelled extensively across Africa, to the Middle East, US and Europe.

Within a voluntary capacity, Dirusha has focused on youth empowerment in facilitating job creation for the unemployed and underprivileged through various initiatives (such as mentoring, career counselling, coaching) over a number of years. She has a passion for animals and presently serves on the Committee of a regional SPCA.

During her corporate career, Dirusha has consistently been recognised for her outstanding contribution. She received an award from IBM for her contribution to the Global HR transformation project and was also awarded Group Services Excellence Award within Africa Bank for setting a standard of Excellence within HR and for the successful implementation of an E-recruitment tool countrywide changing the face of Recruitment for the Bank in several ways.

Dirusha holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Psychology and Public Administration as well as a post-graduate degree in Clinical Psychology which has been a strong enabler in applying critical/analytical thinking in addressing HR challenges and adopting a holistic approach to HR problem solving. Additionally, Dirusha is a member of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of SA). Motivated by a desire to make a difference and a worthy contribution to the lives we serve as HR professionals, Dirusha recently set up an HR and Life/Career Coaching Consultancy (Beyond Transform) aimed at addressing fundamental HR gaps identified during her corporate career including critical challenges facing the SA economy today and its impact to HR and the subsequent limiting beliefs that resources place on themselves restricting their opportunities for employment. She is particularly interested in socio-economic development and her vision is to transform and improve quality of lives and HR organisations, to create shifts in thinking, establish a deeper understanding of self and to empower our current and prospective workforce to shape their future!

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Elisabeth Kelan

Professor of Leadership

Cranfield School of Management

Elisabeth Kelan, PhD, is a Professor of Leadership at Cranfield School of Management and the Director of the Global Centre for Gender and Leadership. Her award-winning research focuses on gender and leadership, generations in organizations, leadership and diversity and inclusion. She has published two books (Rising Stars - Developing Millennial Women as Leaders and Performing Gender, both with Palgrave) and numerous peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and practitioner reports. She is the series editor for the Routledge Studies in Gender and Organizations book series, an associate editor of the journal Gender, Work and Organization and she is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Management and Management Learning. The Times featured her as one of the management thinkers to watch and she has been named a HR Most Influential Thinker by HR Magazine. She sits on the advisory board of the Women's Empowerment Principles, a partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact and was a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow. She has provided thought-leadership to businesses and international organizations and her research is regularly reported in the media. Elisabeth Kelan held appointments at King's College London, London Business School, the London School of Economics and Political Science and Zurich University. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Eric Oyevaar

Head of HR

Fidelity International

Eric Oyevaar is the Head of HR, India at Fidelity International with an accomplished background of international financial services encompassing general management, human resources, operations management, sales and customer services. He was also the interim country head for Fidelity India in 2016. Before joining his current role in January 2015, Eric spent a year in Amsterdam as a Sales Director, promoting and selling our products and solutions to the large distributors in the Benelux.

Eric's journey with Fidelity started in 1998 when he initially joined on a European graduate recruitment programme. He joined the Customer Services teams in our UK offices and developed a deep understanding of Fidelity's products and services as well as our customers and their needs.

From here, he moved to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fidelity, Mutual Fund Technologies (MFT) in 2001 where he was responsible for managing relationships with two key customers - Schroders and JP Morgan - who used Fidelity's TA system for their back-office teams in the UK and Luxembourg.

Eric then came for his first assignment to India (2004-2008) where he helped build-out, settle and manage several operational areas including customer service teams for our European and domestic (India AMC) businesses and Institutional Operations. His stint also included managing the 300-strong Retail Operations department in Gurgaon and Chennai. In 2008, Eric took up the role of the business manager to Fidelity's President of Europe where his responsibilities included reporting to ad hoc projects and strategic initiatives affecting all aspects of the European business.

He was then tasked to establish an office in Tunisia in 2010. His responsibilities included selecting the location, building the infrastructure, recruiting staff, developing corporate policies and promoting the Fidelity brand.

Eric holds a BA (hons) degree from the University of Kent.

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Hafiz Al Mujahid

Head of Human Resources

United Nations World Food Programme in Bangladesh

Hafiz Al Mujahid is leading the HR team in the United Nations World Food Programme in Bangladesh, the world largest humanitarian agency. He is an accomplished senior HR professional with 11 years of HR experience with an international organization (icddr,b) and Opex & Sinha group in Bangladesh. He received the B.E.S.T (Business Efficiency Simplification and Transformation) award from World Food Programme in 2015 for a process optimization across the organization that helped WFP to better support the internal stakeholders. Mujahid has also been recognized by CHRO Asia as "100 Most Talented Global HR Leaders" at the 23rd Edition of the World HRD Congress. With over 25 years of diverse experience, a former Lt Commander in Bangladesh Navy, Mujahid had held various appointment as the officer-in-charge of a business unit, supply chain manager, finance and administration manager. His paper titled "Branding- A Marketing Strategy Sets the Stage for Health Worker Retention at ICDDR, B" was presented at internationally recognised academic conferences.

Mujahid is a Harvard graduate in General Management Programme (GMP) and has an MBA in Human Resource Management from the Royal Roads University, Canada. He has also attended the General Manager Programme from Australian Graduate School of management.

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Harpreet Jolly

Global HR Business Partner


Harpreet Jolly is a tenured HR professional with a diverse experience of working in Global HR Business Partner and APAC Talent & Rewards Consulting roles spanning across Aricent, Aon Hewitt & Towers Watson.

In his current role, he is part of the Global HR Leadership Team at Aricent reporting to the Chief People Officer. His responsibilities include leading HR for the APAC region, Global Sales, Business Management, Service Lines & Corporate Functions. He works closely with Presidents, CXOs, Client Partners, Sr. Client Leaders & Functional Leaders on the HR Charter. He supports People Strategy, Workforce Planning, Organization Design, Talent Management, Rewards, Performance Management, Employee Engagement & HR Service Delivery. He is also responsible for Talent Acquisition, Sales Incentive Plan Design & Sales Force Effectiveness.

He believes in organizations that are values led, customer focused & people centric. He advocates a culture that practices open communication, honors meritocracy, values diversity, enables innovation & fosters risk taking.
In his view HR is active business function & strategic partner to organization success. As a custodian, coach & partner to the most key resource – Human Capital, the role goes way beyond just designing & deploying people strategy & programs.
"The employment deal & expectations of today's workforce is evolving constantly. Hiring fit for purpose talent, training, development, managing compensation & career growth, mobility & rotation is not always enough to create long term engagement. In such a challenging environment, driving strategic alignment, building a compelling Employee Value Proposition while remaining focused to business outcome & ROI is key."
He went to National Defence Academy prior to completing his management program from MDI Gurgaon. He has received multiple internal & external recognitions while having worked across India & Asia. He has been actively involved in the industry & forums including ASSOCHAM, FICCI, NASSCOM, & BPAP – Philippines.

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Indi Seehra

Director - Human Resources

London School of Economics and Political Science and Chair of CRAC (Vitae)

Topic : Developing high performance in innovation and knowledge creation organisations

Indi Seehra is Director of Human Resources at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also the Chair of the Board of the parent company to Vitae, CRAC. Vitae is dedicated to releasing the potential of Researchers through transforming their professional and career development.

Indi held a number of significant private and public sector appointments including HR Director of the Crown Prosecution Service and subsequently the Serious Organised Crime Agency (now NCA). Over recent years he has been involved with respective European Union Task Groups looking to overcome the barriers to mobility for Researchers and has most recently been on the task group to launch Resaver, a new European wide pension scheme for Research Institution.

Until May 2014, he headed up Human Resources at the University of Cambridge and has just completed a period as Fellow of the Judge Business School at Cambridge and a visiting lecturer to two institutions in North India.

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Prof. Indira Parikh


Antardisha (Directions from Within)

Prof. Indira J. Parikh is the President of Antardisha. Antardisha is a private entity creating a space for individuals, collectivities, organizations and institutions to have a dialogue to discover themselves, to review their past, to reflect on the present Here And Now, and renew themselves for the future. Prof. Parikh is the Founder President of FLAME Pune. She has been involved in creating the academic vision of holistic and Liberal Education and shaping FLAME. She has also conceptualized the thresholds of Life, Life Space, Life Roles and Identity. Her focus is on transformation and lifelong learning, development and growth.

Prof. Parikh has done M.Ed from University of Rochester, New York USA and the Doctorate from Gujarat University. She was a faculty at IIM-Ahmedabad for over 30 years and Dean from 2002 to 2005. She has taught at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (France) and Texas A&M University. She has specialized in organization development and design, and institution building. She has been a consultant and conducted diagnostic studies for organizations and conducted leadership and institution building programs in public sector, private sector and multinational organizations. Professor Parikh is on several boards of companies as an independent director.

Prof. Parikh has been honored with several life time achievement awards both nationally and internationally. She has written numerous articles published in National & International Journals and is the co-author/ author of several books. Her lifelong journey has been in education and people transformation in organizations.

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J Sekar

Head - Organization Development

Amara Raja Group

Topic : Re-thinking Performance Management

Sekar is a Post Graduate in Business Administration with Human Resources as the specialization. He has also completed Honors Diploma in Information Systems Management in Aptech. He has undergone extensive training in "Transactional Analysis" under International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA). He is trained as a facilitator in advanced behavioural areas in International Facilitators Association (IAF), Singapore.

He started his career in Taj Group of Hotels in the HR function. He was a trained to be a facilitator in "Tata Business Excellence Model". He moved on from Taj to Consulting to pursue his passion for OD and Training.

As a consultant he has worked with more than 40 corporates in areas of Designing Performance Management Systems, Competence Mapping and Assessment through Assessment Centers, Behavioural training programs and Change Management Processes. He has assessed more than 500 executives across levels in his career as a consultant. He has conducted more than 1000 days of behavioural training for executives at different levels.

Presently as a Sr. General Manager, he is heading the Organization Development and Learning and Development for the Group and also holding additional charge of Talent Acquisition. He has also held different roles in the Group in Business HR, and Performance Management. He is a Business Excellence Assessor in CII-EXIM Bank Business Excellence Model and has been part of many assessments on behalf of CII.

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Dr. Jade Chung


Continental Korea

Dr. Jade Chung is currently CHO of Continental in Korea, also is currently an executive HR advisor for Korea ministry of personnel management. She was the Senior HR Director of GE in Korea region. She joined GE in March, 2010 to take HR executive roles to manage and support entire GE Corporate HR programs, country specific HR strategy and organizational designing works, and talent management, learning & development and HR operations, talent recruitment in high collaboration across businesses in Korea. After joining GE for 6 months, Dr Chung was quickly promoted as a senior HR executive director since she had proved to transform entire country HR functions in line to each global HR teams, then she led a few of change management projects to upgrade the HR, Finance, Legal, Government Affairs etc.-enabling functions or other organizations across country. Prior to this position, she served as a regional HR executive director of Sun Microsystems, was responsible for entire 150+ countries to lead and set further HR strategy aligning HR management support around 4800 employees of 150 countries across growing markets in South & Eastern Europe, Latin America, India and Greater China.Jade began her first professional career as a HR generalist at Bechtel International Inc. in 1994. Later, she joined Cummins Korea Ltd. as a HR specialist until 1999 in Cummins, she had been rated consistently high performer and got the best employee award in 1998. In 1999, she joined Sun Microsystems as a HR business partner for Korea to support a general HR strategy in learning, HR management, HRIS and various global HR projects. In March of 2003, she was promoted as a Korea country HR leader in Sun Microsystems. During her tenure, she led lots of change management initiatives for the company's big growth turning to be the best employer of choice. She implemented various talent development programs, and HR engagement programs, policies, C&B programs, talent management, HR system, HR operations simplification, and leadership development strategy etc. These initiatives which in turn heightened her reputation in the market, and increased her value to the company then, the employees' satisfaction level improved from 45% up to 98%, then, got the first top rank in Sun Microsystems at global level. Also received many kind of the best employer awards as proved and named the best place to work. The media has released many reports about her as the biggest rising HR executive star in Korea as a woman executive. Later she was promoted to a regional HR director in Korea, Japan, Greater China, EMEA, and ASEAN. 2 years later, Jade was named as a senior regional HR executive director of Sun Microsystems, Services in emerging markets in Southern and northern Europe, India, Greater China and Latin America. Jade earned a PhD in educational technology especially in leadership development from Hanyang University in Korea, and a Master degree in Industrial Phycology in HR transformation from Korea University. She was an adjunct professor in Han Yang University, Executive advisor for Seoul University MBA School, Shinhan group, and was past vice chairman of Korea HR club. She and her husband have one daughter and one son.

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Jairo Fernandez

Award Winning HR Executive, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

SAP Asia Pacific Japan

Jairo Fernandez was named SVP, Human Resources for SAP Asia Pacific Japan in April 2013. Based in Singapore, Fernandez is responsible for the overall human resource management across the region to support SAP's accelerated growth. 

As VP of Human Resources for SAP Latin America since 2009, Fernandez led his team in delivering outstanding results through innovative programs in talent attraction, leadership and diversity. Fernandez's leadership drove high levels of employee engagement and generated a competitive advantage for SAP in the region. Fernandez was thrice named in the Excellence in Human Resources Awards of the South Florida Business Journal, in 2008, 2010 and 2011, among other awards. 

Prior to SAP, Fernandez held roles spanning human resources, sales and marketing at technology companies, with global experience at Neoris as Chief Human Capital Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, and at Unisys as Global Talent and Business Effectiveness Director, after managing human resources and marketing in Colombia, then Latin America. 

Fernandez is passionate about the digital economy and its implications for the workforce. A digital leader, Fernandez advises various organizations and SAP Customers on how to prepare for the future. Credited with bringing technological advances to HR , Fernandez has been instrumental in improving employee experience with the HR function and managing workforce through predictive insights. A regular contributor to top publications in APJ region, Fernandez was recently recognized as 'HR professional of the Year' by at HR excellence awards Asia and Top 30 HR professional in South East Asia by HRD Singapore magazine

Fernandez speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. He graduated from University of Los Andes in Colombia majoring in computer science engineering.

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Jay Menon

Head - Talent Management Solutions

Wisdom Jobs

"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jay Menon is a classic example of someone who focused on one step at a time, and ended up climbing the long staircase from being an Office Assistant in the Cement Manufacturing Company to heading Talent Acquisition for leading companies in the IT Industry.

Jay's beginnings were in the cement industry, where he handled roles such as being an Executive Assistant to managing a branch office with equal aplomb; working closely with senior leaders of the cement industry such as Sri N.L.Hamirwasia and Sri M.K. Chaudhary. Then, he shifted his energies to recruitment in the IT Industry, a completely unknown area. Starting with Intelligroup (now NTT Data) where he spent close to 5 years overseeing the recruitment of SAP professionals for the US market, he continued to make his mark on IT recruiting with stints at Mastek and Polaris (now VirtusaPolaris) where he spent 9 years as Senior Vice President for Talent Acquisition.

His core expertise lies in handling Human Resources Management (specialized in Talent Management and Talent Acquisition). He is also an expert in Campus Recruitment - hiring MBAs Tier 1/Tier II, Engineering Graduates and in large scale off-campus recruitment. He has successfully managed teams across organizations in creative ways by implementing concepts such as Total Football in Recruitment. Jay has been the lead in several recruitment initiatives for IT products & services organizations including Leadership hiring, Campus hiring, Volume hiring (up to 1000 offers per month), quick ramp-ups, and hiring for SMEs. He was instrumental in implementing industry-first best practices to check candidate impersonation and led global rollouts of automation/e-recruitment tools/ATS including scalable processes and procedural frameworks.

He has always strived to add more feathers to his cap by acquiring considerable knowledge and exposure to areas such as Sales & Marketing, Administration, Procurement and Corporate Advertising during his extensive career.

Jay's personal interests include blogging about his experiences as recruitment professional, social media networking and supporting the education of underprivileged children.

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Julie Miles Lewis


Mountain High

Julie Miles Lewis is a high-energy catalyst for personal and professional transformation. With over 25 years in the health, sports, adventure and leadership field Julie has established herself as the " go to MOUNTAIN woman" for clients wishing to inspire and enable their employees, teams and organization to challenge the norm, ride with change, push boundaries, reach new heights and stay happy, healthy, resilient in the process.

Julie is a great believer of leading by example and is passionate about helping people to take action with courage and confidence. Julie established Mountain High in 2003 after climbing her first mountain in Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu) ; since this time has trained and led multi-national and cross generational teams of women and men around the globe on 58 expeditions to more than 20 countries to include the Arctic and Antarctica. On a personal level she has climbed 19 high altitude mountains giving her a wealth of " resilience in action " experience.

Her background in Sports Science, Stress Management, Mindfulness, Zen, NLP and adventure travel combine to offer a diverse, dynamic and thought provoking approach to personal and team leadership development.

Julie is the author of the C-Suite and Amazon bestseller book titled " Moving Mountains"- a personal development workbook for 21st century living in business, sports and life.

Originally from the UK, Julie has lived and worked extensively in the Middle East, USA and Asia. She is currently based in Abu Dhabi and loves to travel around the globe to share her wisdom and insights with the corporate and educational world through speaking, delivering workshops and leading tailor made retreats and expeditions.

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Kabira Bhatporia

HR Director - MENA


Kabira joined JLL-MENA leadership team in August 2014 as the Head of Human Resources. Her key responsibilities include providing leadership and strategic human resources direction for JLL MENA towards fulfilling the vision of JLL being recognized as a premium employer globally. In her role she is working closely with the leadership team towards building a high performing team, driving change, embedding new ways of working and engaging people in order to gain a competitive edge, attract, select, develop and retain talents. She is passionate about leading continuous improvement, culture change to support the growth of the business.

Kabira comes with over 22 years of experience in Human Capital practices including talent acquisition, talent development, organization development and policy governance.

Before joining JLL MENA, she held the role of Head of Human Resources at Dubai International Financial Center Authority, overseeing the Human Resources function. Prior to that, Kabira held the position of Assistant General Manager - Human Resources and Administration at Maersk Kanoo in Dubai, managing UAE, Oman and Qatar. In the initial days of her career, Kabira worked as Manager - Compensation and Training at Kodak India Limited's corporate office.

Kabira holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, a Diploma in Training and Development and a Diploma in Business Management, specializing in Human Resources. 

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Kate Sweetman

Founder & President


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Kaushik Chakraborty

Director - HR Business Partner, Head - Learning and Development

Jones Lang LaSalle

Current Responsibilities :
Kaushik heads the Talent, Leadership and Organisational Development function for JLL in West Asia. He also leads HR for North/East India and CSR initiatives within the Organisation. He facilitates Leadership workshop across APAC Countries for JLL and is part of the D&I Council in JLL which drives the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Kaushik joined JLL in India in June 2012 and is based in Gurgaon.

Experience :
Kaushik now has over 19 years of experience in the corporate sector and has held a diverse set of roles ranging from general management, strategy and business redesign, HR Management, Learning & Organisational Development and Leadership Development.

Prior to joining JLL, Kaushik has worked with reputed Organizations like ABN AMRO, RBS, Max Newyork Life, ICICI Prudential and Blue Dart.

Personal Brief :
He is involved in the Toastmasters movement in India and has been a Division Governor helping people improve their communication and leadership skills and find the courage to change. He speaks extensively in HR and Management forums in India and abroad. He also does keynote and motivational speaking at conferences and events and have been invited to speak in Top B Schools and multiple TEDx talks in India.

He is an extensive traveller and trekker with special interest in Himalayas and Delhi's Historical Heritage. He loves long distance running, photography and lives in Gurgaon with wife and two daughters.

Education :
• Master of Business Administration, Apeejay School of Management ,Delhi
• Bachelor of Commerce (Honours),Delhi University
• Leadership Executive Program, National University of Singapore
• Leadership Certification, ISB Hyderabad
• HR Licentiate, Asian HR Board

Awards and Recognition :
• MTC Global Top 10 Thinkers in 2014
• 50 Most Influential HR Tech Leaders 2015 by World HRD Congress
• 50 Most Influential Training and Development Professionals by World HRD Congress
• Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) by Toastmasters International

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Makarand Tare

Chief Talent Officer - Asia Pacific

McCann Worldgroup Singapore Pte Ltd

Topic : Talent Management & Recruiting and Staff Best in Class

Mak is seasoned Human Resources professional with extensive experience across a range of industries including Consulting, Pharmaceuticals/Healthcare, FMCG; Financial & Services and Paints/Chemicals. He has held roles that were both, hands on, as well as creating value at a strategic and corporate level. He has managed the HR function during business mergers, closures, downsizing, restructuring and change management and he is experienced in organisational development and aligning employees under global HR policies/processes.

Mak also has a Phd in Human Resources and is an accredited coach. Trainer and facilitator in organisational development, change agent, accredited in psychometric tests and advisor to management leadership. Mak is Indian born Australian, working currently in Singapore and has interest in Fengshui, Yoga and Study of Human mind.

Topic : Talent Management & Recruiting and Staff Best in Class

Benefits of having a robust Talent Management Suite, how to identify Critical roles, Critical Talent and Hi-Po in a scientific Way. Health check on are we having right talent in the right roles (Is money invested where the mouth is?). Parallel having a proactive Talent Mapping to attract Talent, a refined hiring strategy process, well communicated to the business and Training for Line Managers. Combined effect helps maximise Human Capital to for Business growth and impact.

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Marion Rosemund

Head of Business HR

DHL Post eCommerce Parcel (PeP)

Marion is an international Human Resource Executive with over 20 years of experience in complex multi -cultural work environments in Americas, Asia and Europe. She is responsible for managing the HR function in Management Boards of both DHL eCommerce and DHL Parcel Europe, strategic partnering with the business while increasing the number of employees from globally 2.200 to 30.000 during the last few years.

During her current stint at HR PeP International, Marion was especially successful in building and leading a dedicated global HR organization and team from scratch, collaboratively leading Regions (Asia Pacific, Americas, Europe), setting strategic directions for HR Heads to support business goals, and ensuring that the organization is well positioned in a rapidly evolving and competitive environment. She supported the business globally during rapid transformation times through effective Change Management, Integration Initiatives and M&A projects to help achieve the strategic goals of PeP Internationalization and DHL eCommerce/ Parcel growth.

She was instrumental in setting up and successfully implementing global high potential Talent Management and Employee Engagement Initiatives.

Her experience covers all aspects of HR Management, strategic planning and organizational development, including design, development, execution of HR Strategies in line with Business Strategies and Corporate principles and Policies.

As a certified Expert for Labor Law/ Employee Relations, Marion acts as the divisional Member of the Group Employee Relations Forum, as well as for the European Management Forum to manage social dialogue with European Workers Councils in the DP DHL Forum.

Marion supported the content design of several Leadership Training Programs & Initiatives, like Building greater Employee Relations, Leading Transformations (in vulnerable times), Work & Life@PeP.

She graduated in legal economies, with special certification in Labor law/ Industrial Relations and brings in international experience from several stints in USA, FL (1 year/ Walt Disney World), South Africa, CT (3 months/ Findley & Tait Law Firm), Indonesia (3 months/ studies).

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Dr. Mohammad Salem Omaid

President & CEO

Azizi Bank

Dr. Mohammad Salem Omaid is the President and CEO of Azizi Bank. Prior to this, Dr. Omaid has been the DY. CEO of the Bank for more than 5 years since September 2011.

Dr. Omaid has been associated with the bank since 2006 and has been the part of the bank's 10 years of illustrious growth. As a professional entrepreneur, he is progressively establishing a high quality, state-of-the- art private Afghanistan Bank with a vision of "Building the Best Quality Afghanistan Bank with World Class Services" by 2020. Under his leadership, Azizi Bank has steadily evolved as the "Professionals' Bank of Afghanistan" with exemplary business and financial outcomes as evidenced in the results and performance since inception and thus building the largest banking group in Afghanistan.

  Dr. Omaid is a Doctorate in Financial Management from a leading Indian University. He is also a Post Graduate & an MBA with specialization in Banking, Risk Management & Finance. He also possesses a Diploma in Information Technology.

  Dr. Omaid served the bank in various categories including being the Chief Finance Officer. His vision to create a top class bank in Afghanistan has resulted in the bank significant growth and its continuous endeavor to provide the best and effective world class customer service. He has been guiding and influencing the national policies in the diverse areas of financial sector regulation and supervision, development and regulation of financial markets, capital account management, management of government borrowings, forex reserves management and payment and settlement systems. Dr. Omaid has been also associated with maintaining International business relations with key corporates & stake holders.

Dr. Omaid has been a great influencer & motivator in structuring the bank and guiding the bank to its present zenith. A strong leader in himself and a person with pioneering visionary skills. He has been widely responsible in developing the local human resources.

A highly distinguished person and well respected citizen of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

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Moustafa Hamwi

Passionpreneur & Chief Energy Officer

AKA The Passio Guy ( UAE )

Topic : talk title will be Passionate Leadership

Moustafa is an award winning author & speaker and is the world's leading expert on Passion, he has achieved in one year what took others 20 years to achieve in this industry to an extent he got nicknamed globally as The Passion Guy due to his amazing success in empowering leaders to work & live passionately.

He has been selected by world's #1 Executive Coach Dr. Marshall Goldsmith as one of top 100 coaches globally from a pool of over 12,000 applicants to work closely with Dr. Marshall on his legacy program.

He was featured with Dr. Marshall on the blog of Thinkers50 which is the world's most prestigious ranking of the top 50 management thinkers alive Moustafa's talks are described as highly energetic, insightful and engaging" and are guaranteed to give you a dose of passion that lasts way beyond the event. His recent HSBC Ambition Talks video got over 400,000 cumulative views on Facebook. 

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Nina E. Woodard

President & Chief "N" Sights Officer

Nina E. Woodard & Associates, a division of NDPendence, Inc.

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Prashant Pandey

Country Manager

Right Mangement (India)

Prashant Is the Country Manager for Right Mangement (India).Right Management is a leading Talent and Career Management Expert within the Manpower Group.

Prashant has over 18 years of experience in Consulting and L&D. He has worked with leading corporate houses of India like the Tatas, Reliance and Bharti. As part of his work in Right Management, he has been involved in desiging and deploying large scale Talent Management and Organizational Transformantion projects across multiple countries in the globe.

Prashant has worked on various projects for Indian and multinational clients in a variety of industries including Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing & Engineering, Power, IT / ITES, Telecommunications and FMCG.

On the functional side, Prashant has worked with multiple hierarchies in Sales, Customer Service and Human Resources. He has designed and deployed people development solutions for a target audience ranging from the middle to senior level leaders. He has been invloved in designing and deploying large scale transformation projects through Need Diagnostics Studies, desginign leadership development solutions, designing Assessment Centers, and facilitaton of workshops for senior level audiences. Besides being a coach to his team, he has coached multiple level managers. Some of the specific areas that Pashant has worked on are Performance Management, Coaching, Change Mangement, Leadership Development, Culture Transformation, Sales Management, Customer Service, etc.

Prashant is a Coach and Master Trainer for American Management Association. He is also a guest speaker in Management Institutes.

Prashant is a CFA and has done his Masters in Commerce.

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Priyom Sarkar

Head - Growth & Innovation

Viacom18 Digital Ventures

Topic : How to use Balanced Scorecards to transform organizations - stories from the trenches

Priyom Sarkar is a seasoned Strategy professional with deep understanding of and recognized achievements in Mobile, Digital Media and Consumer industries. He is presently working as Senior Director of Corp. Strategy in Viacom18 (50-50 JV between RIL and Viacom) on M&A, Business Transformation and Strategic Initiatives. In his current role, he has led several transformation initiatives and created the group's investment thesis on end-to-end M&A and Corporate Venturing activities. He is presently focussed on defining the growth plan for Viacom18's digital ventures (VOOT and other apps) and optimizing the revenue funnel.

In his previous role, Priyom managed the governance stream in Business Transformation project at Reliance Industries (RIL) across Oil and Gas Businesses. He held workshops with top 100 leaders to create Balanced Scorecards and design the strategy map. He also helped prepare the business plan for pan-India rollout of Jio (4G telecom services). In an earlier avatar, he was a consultant with PwC, advising clients across industries on Strategy and Performance Improvement projects in India and US.

Priyom earned his MBA from the Indian School of Business graduating in the Dean's List, having ranked among top 3% of his batch.

Priyom is a regular speaker at top industry panels including IFLR M&A forum, Unleashing Innovation, etc. on topics related to Media industry trends, M&A, Innovation & Strategy.

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Purushotam Savlani

Senior Vice President & Managing Director

First Advantage India

Purushotam Savlani is the senior vice president and managing director at First Advantage India and is based out of Bangalore. At First Advantage, Purushotam is responsible for executing the vision and strategy of First Advantage and drive the next stage of revenue growth for First Advantage's India business.

Prior to First Advantage, Purushotam worked with Wipro where he was general manager and head of sales, responsible for infra managed services business. He has the expertise in sales management, executing mission critical projects, business consulting, general administration and business leadership with primary focus on strategy formulation, service delivery, profit & loss management, business operations and team leadership.

With over two decades of global diversified experience, Purushotam Savlani has held senior leadership position in some of the leading companies like Wipro, DGM (Tata Communications Ltd), Godrej Pacific Technology Ltd among others in India and Middle East. Purushotam has a track record of being a business savvy professional with strong aptitude in developing business strategies and execute them in real time sales environments. As a customer centric leader, Purushotam has handled high-value global & domestic customers; managed C-3 Level relationships in the customer organization through meetings, customer visits and specific events, and C Level Forums.

Known for being people's person, Purushotam has successfully managed large teams while ensuring employee satisfaction, optimal allocation and utilization of available resources and effective management of the skillsets of the people in his team. He has proven skills in providing end-to-end customer service delivery solutions and implementing the service delivery process covering service level agreement, resolution process, knowledge management and procedures & service standards for business excellence and generating value propositions for the customers. Purushotam has always adapted to the changes around and made necessary amendments in his approach to stay ahead of the curve.

Purushotam did his PGDBM in marketing from Birla Institute of Management & Technology. He has keen interest in economic and political affairs - India and Global. In his past time he likes listening to music.

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Rahul Jain

Head HR

Uflex Ltd. (Chemical Business)

Rahul Jain is Social Media Enthusiast ranked among #Top100hrsontwitter HR Professional with 16+ Years of post-qualification experience with merit of working with reputed organizations in APAC region based at Singapore and India with diversified industry segment (Media, Agriculture Commodity Trading, Shipping, Electrical & Electronics, Beverages and Industrial Chemicals) in all the rungs handling Corporate, Plant HR, C&B, In house trainer roles.

He has worked with Philips India, Coca-Cola, Cargill India, Dainik Bhaskar, SIVA Group and Hindustan Heavy Chemicals and has handled Corporate and Plant HR roles from operational to strategic level. Besides possessing international work experience, employment law and practices knowledge of APAC region, he worked with diversified workforce of various nationalities.

In his professional journey he has handled complete gamut of HR specially HRBP role, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Engagement, Total Rewards, Performance Management, Talent Acquisition, Management and Retention, Organizational restructuring/rightsizing, Employee Communication, Employer Branding, HR Business Excellence Model, Change Management, Process Mapping and Maturity model, HR Projects, Industrial Relations, Union Management, Wages settlement, legal & disciplinary cases and CSR.

He has been an in House Certified Trainer on various subjects including Performance management process, Leading Compensation conversation, Interviewing Skills, Talent Management, Training of Trainers, Building Effective Teams, Social Media and NLP Skills.

Academically he holds full time Masters' Degree in HR & Administration (1998-2000) and graduate degree in Commerce. He also holds PG Diploma in International Business (SCDL) and a Diploma in Software Engineering (Aptech Ltd.).

He has been associated with campus for Panel discussions and delivering guest lectures at IMI, New Delhi, NIAM, Jaipur, MS University Baroda, IILM, Greater Noida, Rai University, Ahmadabad, People's University, Bhopal, Accurate Institute of Management and Technology, Greater Noida, Sri SIIM, New Delhi, CMS Jabalpur and guided a batch of Ex-Service man at MDI, Gurgaon on "Preparing for Interview" subject in past.

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Ramakrishna Movva PhD

Excutive VP and Head, Strategic HR & Organization Capabilities

Emirates NBD Bank, Dubai, UAE

Topic : Developing a High Potential Talent Program

Ramakrishna Movva (Ramki) heads the strategic HR functions within Emirates NBD Group and plays a primary role in providing advisory and facilitation support to the businesses on human capital policies, strategies and programs that can enable business strategy execution. He provides leadership to the HR Centers of Expertise covering Learning and Development, Leadership Development, Talent Management, Performance and Reward and Organization Development.

Ramki has over 30 years of HR and OD experience in South Asia and Middle East. He conceived, developed and successfully executed several human capital initiatives such as job family framework, enterprise performance management, high potential talent and future leaders program for developing leadership bench strength and change management in a M&A scenario. The decade long HR transformation that Ramki led in Emirates Bank was captured as a business case by INSEAD Business School.

Ramki is a HR graduate from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. Subsequently, he obtained a post graduate diploma in Occupational Psychology from University of Surrey, UK and a Doctoral degree with concentration in Learning and Change in Human Systems from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, USA. He is also an International Coach Federation certified leadership/life coach.

He regularly participates in the regional HR conferences as a speaker and a panelist. Outside work, Ramki enjoys playing golf and basketball. He loves spending quality time with family and working in his garden.

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Ravi Kingrani

Learning Practitioner; Vice President (Develop Employees)

Deutsche Bank Group

Current Role :
Provide advisory to business groups in India on People Development agenda - Core Learning Strategy, Structured Career Development, Leadership Development & Coaching, and Talent Engagement.

Work Experience :
Ravi is a passionate L&D professional with over 21 years of work experience with leading global organizations in Financial Services, IT Consulting & Manufacturing.

He moved in training role around 6 years back to set-up Functional Training Academy for Deutsche Bank Group in India to follow his passion and calling for people development. He led global initiative on building skills framework for over 30,000+ employees of Deutsche Bank globally. He co-steered award winning solutions of Internal Certifications, dbTeach, Campus Connect, and Train and Hire Models.

Prior to moving in to training role, he spent over 16 years with Deutsche Bank, Reliance Industries, Satyam and Tata Motors across Marketing, Client Services, Franchise Management, and Operations.

Personal Profile :
He is a Mechanical Engineer by qualification, but his favourite subject are economics and human behavior. As a self-proclaimed lifelong student over last two decades he has acquired degrees in Finance, Marketing, Foreign Trade, and Investment Banking Operations. He is also certified NLP Practitioner, DiSC Trainer, Phillips ROI practitioner, certified in Large Scale Change Intervention, certified in Instructional design, facilitation, project management, six sigma etc. and he is currently pursuing his Coaching Certification from ICC.

His hobbies are Reading, Travelling, and Photography, but off late his new found love for MOOC courses through Coursera, and edX keeps him awake. He is an ardent follower of Osho, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudevan and Practices Vipasana Meditation. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and two kids.

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Ria Ghosh

HR Business Partner - GBO


Ria is a self motivated person with an extremely positive outlook towards life. She believes in solving organisational challenges through people oriented strategies. She currently works as an HR Business Partner with the Sales and Marketing vertical (Global Business Organisation) of Google India since May 2015. In addition to her HRBP role, Ria also heads multiple key projects for Google APAC.

Prior to Google, she worked with the pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, as an HR Business Partner. As part of her role, she managed four of Pfizer's key businesses and have also worked on multiple projects pertaining to Organisational design and development, HR strategy, Change management, Career progression and Compensation and benefits. Ria started her career with Larsen & Toubro as an HR Generalist and worked for their financial services division.

Learning agility, attention to detail and quality, critical thinking, creativity and analytical mindset are some of Ria's key strengths. She thrives in a challenging environment and can handle ambiguity and constant change with much ease.

Outside work, Ria is passionate about dancing, traveling, baking and children's causes. She is a diploma holder in Kathak dance and has also been trained in western dance forms under Shiamak Davar.

Additionally, she has also worked as a volunteer with Teach for India, UNICEF, Soroptimist International and Railway Children, UK.

Ria is a Bachelor in Technology in Electronics and Communication from West Bengal University of Technology and has an MBA degree in Human Resources from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.

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Richa Pande

Chief People Officer


Topic : Employer Branding

Doctorate (PhD) in Organizational Behaviour from University of Delhi and have 24 years of experience in the field of HR. As an interest in Academics, I have also been visiting faculty for MBA course in HR in premier Management Institutes. My current assignments are with IIM Trichy and LIBA, Chennai. My interest also lies in contributing to HR fraternity. I'm in the taskforce committee of CII - HR for Southern region. Recently I participated in a case study competition organized by CII, Mumbai and was awarded second prize. Current Role - Chief Performance Officer, Inatech - A Glencore Company. Inatech is an ERP product company with expertise in oil & gas, marine industry. As a technology company, people capabilities are at the core of Business.

Topic : Employer Branding

There is growing concern among CEOs about finding and keeping the best talent to achieve Business growth plans. Different surveys show that in 2014, 36% of global employers reported talent shortages, in a more recent 2015 survey, 73% of CEOs reported being concerned about the availability of key skills.

In a war of talent, employer branding is a powerful tool.

Look at how you're hiring: think candidate experience. Do you force job seekers through a maze-like microsite for career opportunities, then fail to acknowledge their applications with an email or letter (approximately 70% of hiring companies are in this camp)? Do you put people through tests and five phone screens, then never follow up?

Then look at the employee experience – What employees do everyday, the actions they take, and how they perceive the actions of their managers and top management. There have been enough studies that have reported that on an average only 30% of the employees are engaged. The remaining are partly engaged or disengaged.

How does this impact our ability to attract and retain people?

Today our thoughts, experiences are not private, anymore. We cannot ignore that online media and social networking is changing the employment landscape in many subtle but fundamental ways. Our ability to enhance employee/ candidate experience and leverage social media would go a long way in establishing employer brand.

The presentation would focus on some of these aspects to enable audience
-> Appreciate how they are responsible for creating a right image of the Organization
-> Sensitize HR professionals to identify suitable strategies for employer branding in their Organization

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Ron Thomas

Managing Director

Strategy Focused Group

Ron Thomas is the founder of the Strategy Focused Group an international consulting firm based in Dubai. He has been identified as one of the top 5 HR/Leadership thinkers in the Middle East by CIPD. He received the Outstanding Leadership Award for Global HR Excellence at the World Human Resources Development Congress in Mumbai, and was named as one of the 50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia

His work has been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Inc. Magazine, Workforce Management and numerous international HR magazines covering Africa, India and the Middle East. He is a columnist/blogger for magazines such as Insight magazine, HR People of Africa, SHRM, etc.

He has been contributing author to numerous books.
It's Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce-Howard Risher
Learning to Lead: Lessons in Leadership for People of Faith_Rev. Willard Ashley
Effective Onboarding programs-Doris Sims

His work has been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Inc. Magazine, SHRM Magazine, Workforce Management and numerous international HR magazines covering Africa, India and the Middle East. As a consultant and management educator, he has worked with companies such as Central Bank of Nigeria, Iran Cell, King Faisal Hospital-JeddahSaudi Electric Company, BASHRM, JLT [Saudi Arabia], Dubai Tourism, American Hospital of Dubai, Dar Al Riyadh, Gulf Bank-Kuwait

Prior to consulting, he worked in senior level roles for IBM, Martha Stewart Living, Xerox HR Services

Board memberships include the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, McKinsey Quarterly Executive Online Panel, and HCI's Expert Advisory Council on Talent Management Strategy. He is a sought after speaker throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific Region.

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S. V. Nathan

Partner and Chief Talent Officer

Deloitte India

Nathan is a Partner and the Chief Talent Officer of Deloitte India. He serves on the Executive Leadership of the firm and is a member of Deloitte's Global Talent Council.

Nathan has over 30 years of experience in HR management, across diverse industries including Manufacturing, Services, Telecom, and Information Technology. He is an industry leader, mentor and an advocate of ethical leadership and developing future leaders through coaching. He has vast experience in building and leading high-performance teams in both multinational and Indian organizations, developing leaders across levels, and serving as a trusted business advisor focused on transforming Talent as a strategic growth enabler

Nathan has been serving Deloitte for over 11 years and has played a crucial role in architecting the rapid growth and transformation of the India region of the Deloitte firms into a truly global organization. Besides implementing robust Talent processes and focusing on acquiring and growing talent, Nathan focused his energies in building a strong brand for the firm that complements Deloitte's strategic priorities in India.

A respected voice of the HR profession in India, Nathan speaks regularly at several national and global forums on contemporary HR matters. He is a Behavioral Specialist in Sensitivity Training. He was recognized as a 'Distinguished Alumnus Award' by XLRI by his Alma Mater. Recently he was acknowledged as one of the top 25 thoughts leaders in the Digital space by SAP. He was also recognized as one of the top 3 Power Profiles in HR by LinkedIn. He has also been conferred several awards by the Asia Pacific HR Congress.

Nathan serves on the Board of the National HR Development Network (NHRDN) as its National Secretary. He also serves as a Fellow at Sumedhas, a not-for-profit education and research body on organization development.

Nathan is an avid reader and writer, Nathan also loves cooking for family and friends. He is a regular blogger and has an active presence on social media.

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Sambit Kumar Ghosh

Chief Human Resources Officer

BMA Wealth Creators Pvt Ltd

A University Topper and a Gold medalist in Management, Mr. Sambit Ghosh, a versatile Strategic HR Practitioner, has been contributing in creating Performance - Driven - Target Oriented Cultures, Piloting Competency Driven Strategic HR Interventions, Engaging Employees Proactively and Building Learning Organizations across various Industries like Construction, Retail Banking, Stock Broking, Telecommunications and Financial Services.

Sambit has worked in various Leadership positions in organizations like Reliance Money, (A Reliance Capital Company), Reliance Communications, Destimoney Securities, BMA Wealth Creators etc and have played vital role in designing the H.R architecture, managing the design and delivery of H.R and Training programs to support business priorities, expanding the capacity and efficiency of the work force, planning and driving the creation and implementation of the Organisation's Learning Strategy, in integrating cross functional teams, partnering with business teams in achieving top line and bottom line profitability targets, and guiding teams in organisations during economic down turns and turbulent times and helping to increase resilience in individuals and teams in various organisations.

Sambit is a widely recognized Leadership trainer and offers various programmes to enhance Leadership capabilities, Team Management and Development, Emotional Intelligence, Understanding and Managing Group Behaviour, Performance Improvement of individuals and Teams, Managing Teams and Organizations during economic down turns etc. His Corporate Workshops on Leadership and Team Building and Management has been highly appreciated by the Industry professionals. His multiple workshops on Attitude Building for Personal and Professional success and various Employability Enhancement programmes have been of much help to the student fraternity. He has also been associated with various management institutions as a Faculty and speaker in various Human Resource Management forums

- Recipient of the "Most Influential HR Leaders in India" award by World HRD Congress in February, 2016

- Honored with the "Top 100 HR Professionals in Asia" award by Asia Pacific HRM Congress in November, 2015

- Was part of the Reliance Money Team as a recipient of Indira Excellence Awards for Creating Opportunities for the Youth in India in the Financial Services Domain in the year 2008.

- Recognized as the Best Emerging HR Talent across Reliance Capital in the year 2007

- Received the All India Second Prize in Paper Presentation Contest in the National HRD Congress held in Mumbai in 2000.

He is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer, leading the HR and Learning and Development functions at BMA Wealth Creators Pvt Ltd, a financial services organization and pursuing his Fellowship in the area of HR & OB from IIM Indore.

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Sandeep Mehra

Director & Country Head ( Collaboration)


Sandeep heads Cisco's Collaboration business across the India and SAARC region. In his current role, Sandeep is responsible for driving strategy for the India & SAARC geography. In addition to sales, he also focuses on forging strong partnerships with industry players to jointly develop solutions and go-to-market strategies for driving Collaborative solutions.

  An industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in Technology, Collaboration & SaaS industry, Sandeep has a unique blend of experience from creating and working in high performance startups to leading sales/marketing organizations of large organizations.   Sandeep's range of experiences include co-founding India's first service provider for Conferencing to leading the WebEx Collaboration business for Cisco for Asia Pacific & Japan region.

  Prior to joining Cisco, Sandeep worked as VP for Business Development at Moxtra, Inc. a silicon valley startup in the Mobile Content Collaboration space.  Sandeep holds a B.S. (Industrial Engineering and Operations Research) from the University of Massachusetts

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Shachi Kaul

Head- Develop Employees

Deutsche Group, India

Shachi Kaul is Head- Develop Employees, India  at Deutsche Group, India. Her current role encompasses leading design and delivery of varied development interventions, leadership development, coaching, and partnering with business leaders for the 12,000 plus employees in India.

She has previously worked with Oberoi Hotels and HSBC, and served in a variety of roles in her 18-year long career. These include client & revenue management, graduate/under-graduate recruitment, systematic development programs, content development, and leadership development. She is deeply passionate about the impact great leaders have on their teams and organizations, and advocates an ecosystem based approach for employee development. 

Shachi won HSBC's award for best training intervention in Asia Pacific (2007) as the content development head. She is also a Commonwealth Short Story Award winner (2010).

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Shalini Nair

Senior Director -HR, Communications & Branding and Facilities


Shalini Nair oversees three key functions - HR, Communications & Branding and Facilities at Amadeus India. Shalini has long exemplified a level of commitment with Amadeus. She has made a significant contribution to the organisation, going above and beyond the normal call of duty and delivering exceptional results.

At age 29, Shalini joined Amadeus and some of the key areas that she has passionately developed over the last 4 years have been:
- Laying the foundation for Amadeus Labs in India and driving the growth. Today with 1600 employees, Amadeus Labs is the second largest centre for Amadeus globally
- All policies, programs and practices at Amadeus Labs are "Made in India" keeping in mind the local talent market and Amadeus' business strategy.
- Building a high performing HR team of 40 professionals, by focusing on competency building and strong business partnering model. In 2015, Shalini launched HR Academy which focuses on key areas of developing business understanding, deepening functional knowledge and building skills like consulting, coaching and influencing.
- With her impact on business and people practices, Shalini has earned herself a seat at the Global HR leadership team at Amadeus, influencing global decisions.

Shalini's leadership style, combined with her integrity and commitment to ethics helps to make her an incredible leader, worthy of recognition. She loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her.

Amadeus Labs has 6 industry awards to its credit, including "Top 25 Dream Companies to Work For".

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Shivalika Harish Patil

HR Mentor

Sudarshan Chemical Industries Limited

Shivalika is a Human Resources Practitioner and Consultant specializing in Organization Development (OD) and Change Management with over 23 years of industry experience. She has worked in diverse industries being FMCG, NBFC, IT, Banking, Chemical and Consulting. As an Organisation Development practitioner she has contributed in helping organization towards building Engaged Cultures, integrating diverse cultures in merger and acquisition scenarios and has strived towards developing Leadership quotient in the organization through Coaching leaders and creating a learning organisation.

Some significant roles as HR practitioner are Head-Organization Development -HDFC Bank and Head-Western Region Research- Gallup Consulting. As a Business consultant, she has helped large business groups through the Gallup Q12 model in understanding the key engagement challenges impacting the business outcomes. She has closely worked with these groups towards crafting a strategic path to improve engagement.

Shivalika is an "Executive Coach" and she coaches senior leaders to discover their inner potential towards achieving personal and business outcomes. She is Sensitivity/ T- Group facilitator. She has extensively used this framework in outbound methodology to help Leadership teams unleash their team potential to create togetherness. She has worked on Competency Mapping in the organization thus developing Leadership frameworks and Development Centers to formulate a base for setting up a Leadership pipeline in the organization. Through Management development programmes and Skill development programmes she has helped several managers work across cultures and create integrated teams.

Shivalika has done her M.A. (Social Work) with specialization in Labour welfare and Personnel management from DAVV, Indore University. She has studied "Change Management" from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.

She is passionate about music and is a trained vocal Hindustani classical singer. She is a trekker and trained mountaineer from Nehru Institute of mountaineering, Uttarkashi, India.

Personal Vision is "Impacting the World around her". Keen inclination is to connect with the society around her and continuously strive to make it a Magical place to live in where all can Blossom and be Happy.

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Shobha Vasudevan

Head - Corporate Communications & PR


Shobha Vasudevan, a 19 year veteran in communications and PR, joined EMC (now part of Dell) in 2014 as Head- Corporate Communications and PR for India. In this capacity, Shobha is responsible to execute the planning, development and execution of strategic communications programs including analyst relations, public relations, executive communications, and internal communications in India with the goal to enhance awareness and understanding of EMC and its vision, solutions, strategies and value propositions.

Prior to her role in EMC, Shobha served as Marketing Communications Lead for Events at Microsoft India Corporation Pvt Ltd. She also spent almost 11 years at Canon heading the corporate communication charter and managing portfolios across PR, branding, event management, internal communications and CSR.

Her work has been recognized across all the organisations she has worked with and she has won many accolades for the same. She was awarded as a Super Achiever by the World Women Leadership Congress for PR and Corporate Communications in 2016 and the Corporate Communication professional of the year at the National Awards for Marketing Excellence. She has also won the award for Best practice in Global Comms at EMC in 2015 for innovation in PR campaign. She has also won 2 gold and 2 silver awards for Innovation and Success at EMC. In 2013, she was awarded as Best Individual Contributor at Global Event Marketing Awards and won the SMSG India Collaborators award twice in a row (2012 and 2013) at Microsoft.. During her role in Canon she bagged 2 awards- President Award in 2011 & Best Marketing Manager in 2009.

Shobha is graduate in Bachelors of Arts from Delhi University with a Business English Communication certificate from Cambridge University.

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Executive Coach, Sr. Consultant and Facilitator

Stéfanie Vallée is an Executive Coach, Sr. Consultant and Facilitator. She is a public figure on the Canadian scene in Shanghai, based on her unique combined profile of former athlete and artist, which differentiates her from her fellow corporate coaches.

Her past performances both in sport as a National Team athlete in white water kayaking (she achieved 10 National Championship titles, 3 World Class top 5 against all odds in between 2003-2012), and International Artist (she sold an artwork to Ma Huateng in 2013 for RMB1,9 M) all demonstrates her high capability to merge diverse talents and inspire others developing their full potential.

Based on her achievements, she believes everyone has unique skills set to develop and share amongst global organizations. This makes her passionate about accompanying Top Leaders and F100 companies growing to their full leadership potential.

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Sumathi Sampath

Head - Talent Acquisition

Infosys BPO

HR professional and have been in the realm of HR for more than 20 years. Held various leadership roles in Talent Management & Development, Employee Relations and Retention, Global talent experience with deep knowledge in Banking, IT, BPO. Passionate about bringing the best talent and right fit for the organizations. Key focus areas are building TA capability and collaboration, as well as ensuring the business is best supported by TA to meet its objective. Have managed the Resourcing hiring for 14 countries like UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and America.

Specialties : Talent Management, Resourcing, Training & Development, Compensation and Benefits and developed high performing team, end to end resourcing, EVP, Project management, Strategic resourcing, D&I.

Been recognized as 16 powerful Indian Women HR of 2016.

Started career with ANZ Grindlays Bank and then moved on in career with Wipro, ABB, Standard Chartered Bank, ANZ Bank.

As Head of Resourcing - Standard Chartered Bank - GSSC and was in this role for close to 5 years spearheading the rapid headcount growth of the organization in a challenging environment. In this role, was also involved in supporting the global resourcing services of Standard Chartered Bank. Also, played a key role within the group in re-engineering the recruitment processes, group projects and led the transformation agenda for Chennai.

Had a short stint with Thomson Reuters as Head of TA - South Asia - Reorienting focus in strategic hiring, talent intelligence and Branding.

Worked in ANZ as Global Head - RSO & RST.

Proven track record on delivery, good people management, relentless execution and continuous improvement. Significant and relevant experience with global TA responsibility.

Post graduate in Marketing Management and have done various courses in Psychology, NLP and related areas. An avid wild life enthusiast, traveled across the globe and love to interact with people of diverse culture.

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Suraj Narain

Vice President - Talent Acquisition

AXA Business Services

Suraj Narain has led some high power teams in the talent acquisition world across IT, ITeS and Consulting. He has demonstrated leadership across organisations such as Genpact, Accenture, Syntel, eClerx and AXA. His recruiting acumen has allowed the organizations to attract large scale top talent from across the industry. His recruiting initiatives has proven that HR can lead from the center and help secure business growth.  Suraj Narain is a name to reckon with when it comes to building a highly skilled workforce in quick turnaround. He strategies across the board playing hard on existing strengths of the organizations and presenting a strong value proposition for attracting the right talent.

Suraj also champions and firmly believes that campuses form the rock bed of emerging talent, and he has left no stone unturned to ensure that this channel is harnessed to the maximum. He has been regularly hiring from a variety of campuses from across India starting from top IITs and IIMs to the lesser known institutes. In his own words, "No student is weak or bad, if anything, your assessment tool is not strong enough to identify his/her strengths."

Suraj is one of those rare leaders who advocates and practices radicle moves. When giving an assignment to his team he never looks at the experience they carry or the level at which they are operating. He has been a mentor to hundreds of recruiters who he has nurtured under his supervision. He is always talking abstract, disruption and new methods of  hiring. Most HR leaders find it difficult to keep pace with him but that's his mettle and it is one of the strongest.

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Tai-Kit Hua is the APAC Talent Recruitment Lead and Sub-region HR Lead for Cargill. He is responsible for talent acquisition strategy and delivery for all 15 countries across the Asia Pacific. In his Sub-region HR role, he is responsible for overall guidance on HR strategic matters as well as HR service delivery in Vietnam and Malaysia. In his added role as the APAC Business Relations Lead role, his key responsibilities include setting up processes and CRM tools to build consistent positive experience for our business leaders and their managers when using HR services. Over the last 16 years, he has performed a wide range of activities across all HR functions in the Asia Pacific region, including recruiting senior positions at the VP and CXO levels. Prior to Cargill, Tai-Kit held key HR roles at IDA, Gartner, Microsoft and Morgan Howard.

Tai-Kit holds a B.Eng. degree from Nanyang Technological University, a GDip.BA from Singapore Institute of Management and an MBA from Deakin University, Australia. He is certified in Leading Others by SMG and Leadership Architect 101 by Lominger Int'l, a Korn Ferry company. In 2014, he completed the High Performance Management leadership training from Cargill's High Performing Leadership Academy.

A list of his recent achievements is as follows:
- Led Cargill Asia Pacific Recruitment Team to win Silver for Best Diversity & Inclusion Strategy at the 2016 Asia Recruitment Awards.
- Co-led Cargill's nomination as a Finalist of the Hays Award for Employer of Choice at the 2016 HRM Singapore Awards.
- Led Cargill Asia Pacific Recruitment Team to win Gold for Best Regional Recruitment Programme and Silver for Best Use of Recruitment Technology at the 2015 Asia Recruitment Awards.
- Received Cargill HR Excellence Award in 2012 for participation on the development of Global Delivery Model for Talent Recruiting.

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Urvi Aradhya

Sr. VP - HR & Admin

K Raheja Corp

Driven by the belief that 'a great vision without great people is irrelevant', Urvi has been the torchbearer - instilling professionalism and inducting the best talent pool at the K Raheja Corp. Leading the Group's HR function at K Raheja Corp, Urvi's perseverance over the last 10 years of her association, has led the Company to being recognised as people friendly, flexible work place and one which has policies - handpicked to include the best from across industries. 

A statistics graduate and a post graduate in Human Resource Management with 19 years' experience, Urvi headed the HR function at Parle Bisleri Pvt. Ltd., before joining the K Raheja Corp in 2007.

Since her engagement with the Group, Urvi has introduced a multi-channel, innovative, technology driven recruitment approach whose benefits are seen at the bottom line. Successfully weaving in transparency and accountability into the system, she has designed learning and development programs to suit respective business requirements. Under her able leadership K Raheja Corp was the first Real Estate Company to implement SAP HR module, which also won them the Best Implementation Award to the company,  by SAP India.

Having built K Raheja Corp into an aspirational work place, across its brands, Ms. Aradhya also devotes time to mentoring others. She is a sought after speaker at management schools, and has penned regular columns in well reputed industry publications like Human Capital and appeared in cover story in DNA, Construction Week and Consturction World.

As one of the finest places to build careers, under Urvi's able HR leadership, the Company has also won laurels at Asian HR Leadership Awards, World HRD Congress, and the Asia Pacific HRM Congress to name a few. Company has featured in India's Top 100 Companies by `Great Place to Work' Institute. Recently the Company was recognised as India's Top 100 companies for Women by ''ÀVATAR' and `Working Mother Media'-USA due its progressive people practices.

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Vandana Sharma

Chief People Officer


Major Vandana Sharma is a woman leader, a mentor , coach and an ex military officer. She has twenty years of diverse experience across multiple sectors. Her contributions include many value chain projects and people initiatives across organizations like Indian Army, Wipro Ltd, GMR Group, TNT, Teamlease and Myntra. She is currently the Chief People Officer at HolidayIQ. She has led operations roles as well as Org transformational people practices across government, Infrastructure, Logistics, education retail, Indian e-commerce and M-commerce companies. She continues to learn as she moves, adapts from one industry to another and gladly shares her learnings on Entrepreneurial leadership, creativity, innovation and people practices with young startup enthusiasts , young companies and the future leaders of India Inc. Vandana has attended an executive management degree from IIM Lucknow post a decade's stint with Indian armed forces and also a couple of certifications and diploma in Thomas profiling, OPQ 32, material management. She is based in Bangalore. She has a life beyond work which includes passion for travel, fashion, marathon running, trekking, writing cooking and being a happy mom to two boys aged 12 and 16

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Wriju Ray

Chief Revenue Officer


Wriju is the Chief Revenue Officer at IDfy.  He has held various positions in Sales and Business Development at Oracle in Asia Pacific and North America between 2002 and 2007. He completed his MBA from INSEAD in 2008. He joined the Corporate Strategy team at BT in London in 2009. He left BT as Director of the Life Sciences practice in 2015 to join IDfy as its Chief Operating Officer.

During his stint at BT for Life Sciences, Wriju launched world's first cloud service for the Life Sciences Industry. It was the beginning of his love affair with data. Data is used everywhere in Life Sciences, from describing organisms and tissues through genetic sequencing, to understanding the effect of drugs on populations through the study of patient records.  Today at IDfy, he is on a quest to make HR decisions such as screening, hiring and retention more data driven.

 What Data Says - rough sketch of the content 

By virtue of being one of India's largest Background Verification Companies, IDfy manages lot of people data. Analysis of this data reveals a lot about the workforce in India - the demography, hiring trends, career progression, compensation and benefits. By using concepts of deep learning, we are able to discover hitherto hidden connections between data, and learn deeper truths of how HR processes work today and how we could improve its outcomes   

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Dr. Yossef ElBromboly

Group Talent Manager

Wadi Group

Dr Yossef ElBromboly  Group Talent / HR Manager for a holding group consisting of 16 companies working in different business fields (Poultry, FMCG, Industrial Manufacturing, Commodities Trading and Agriculture) operating in four countries (Egypt , Lebanon , Sudan and Turkey )  with headcount of 5000 Employees and turnover of  300 M USD  

Achieved to be one of the main change catalyst for Wadi corporate governance exercise  implementing a Talent Management strategy "Attract , Develop and Retain best talents in Africa and Middle East "

  Handling five function with a team of 10 Talent Professionals and 3 Senior HRBP  

Holding an MBA and CIPD Associate member

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Laurence Smith

Multi-Award winning, Chief Talent & Learning Officer. Advisory Board Member, StartUp Co-Founder & Mentor

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Mona Thangaraj

Head - HR


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Rohit Agrawal

Director - Talent Acquisition

WalmartLabs India

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Yudi Bahl

New Business Ventures & Operations

Laureate - Online Education

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