Speaker Bio's:  

Dr. Lalit Surajmal Kanodia
Chairman, Datamatics Global Services
Dr. Lalit Surajmal Kanodia is the Chairman of Datamatics Global Services Limited. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Mumbai. Subsequently, he obtained an MBA and Ph.D, both from MIT, USA. He was a topper in both these institutes. Dr. Kanodia is a Ford Foundation Fellow. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT, Mumbai. He is one of the 10 persons included in the Hall of Fame, published by Dataquest alongwith late JRD Tata and our late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He has served at the Past President of the Management Consultants’ Association of India and Chairman of the Electronic & Computer Software Export Promotion Council (Western Region). He is the present President of the Indo American Chamber of Commerce, Western India. He is Chairman of the IT Committee of Indian Merchants’ Chamber. He has been a Member of the Executive Committee of Nasscom. He also served on various Committees of the Government of India and the State of Maharashtra. He has been invited to deliver the convocation address to graduating MBA students by 4 institutes and was the main speaker at the Itochu (CTC) Annual Conference in Japan. Dr. Kanodia is currently on the Regional Board of MIT (Europe, Asia and Africa). Dr. Kanodia is the founder CEO of TCS. While in the US, he was Consultant to the Ford Motor Company and Arthur D. Little. He also taught at MIT. He founded Datamatics Limited in 1975. He is the Honorary Consul General of Chile in India.
Reva Prakash
Independent Consultant-Verite, Ex Human Resource Advisor (Asia), Lafarge
An HR professional with over 30 years of experience in Human Resources, Industrial Relations and Internal Communications is a thought leader in the creation of Innovative HR practices. Reva has led and managed the HR function across MNCs and in the private sector across a range of industries from manufacturing to services as a true HR Business partner. She is also a winner of several HR Leadership Awards at both Corporate and individual levels. She was associated with Lafarge India as Sr Vice President HR for over a decade, and subsequently for a brief period continued as their HR Advisor for Asia. To widen her horizons and take her expertise in HR to the next level and diversify her bouquet of industry segments, she has set up her own HR Consultancy organization - Verité HR Consultants. Prior to Lafarge Reva was associated with Bayer, Mafatlals, Bombay Dyeing and NMIMS, to name a few. As an HR professional, Reva displays a concerted focus in linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy, Organization Development (OD), Talent Management, Succession Planning, Employee Engagement and Developmental Interventions, in offering a range of services across the entire HR spectrum. Reva is a Certified Executive Coach accredited both by Results Coaching System (Franklin Covey) and Coach Federation of India. Reva coaches leadership teams, and entrepreneurs in helping them discover and unleash their potential to achieve excellence in leadership. Reva is also widely quoted in business publications and is invited as a Speaker at national and international platforms.
Aparna Sharma
Director HR , DBOI Global Services Private Limited, Deutsche Bank Group
Aparna is currently the Director HR at DBOI, Deutsche Bank Group. She has worked with Nocil , Monsanto, Novartis & UCB. She was conferred the "WOMAN SUPER ACHIEVER" award in December 2011 by the 6th Employer Branding awards (Regional Round). Also, recently conferred the " HR SUPER ACHIEVER AWARD" by STAR NEWS at the 20th World HRD Congress 2012, Mumbai as part of the HR & Leadership Awards for Excellence in Human Resources Development at a glittering award ceremony on February 16,2012. Aparna is an active member of various professional associations like, Indian Society of Training & Development (ISTD), All India Management Association (AIMA), National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), National HRD Network. Aparna is a very avid reader, poetess, intrepid traveler, nature and wildlife enthusiast, amateur photographer, has a passion for gardening and a keen people collector. She is a Post Graduate in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (PM & IR) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Ajay Oberoi
Chief People Officer, IDBI Federal Life Insurance
HR & Business professional with 30+ years of experience in Automobile, Construction Equipment; ITES; Training; and Education. Proven experience in Leading Human Resource Function; M&A; and Building startup operations / Businesses Won "Outstanding Research Paper Award" at "International Conference on Management Strategies - 2009" organized by Mumbai University. Papers presented on 1) Redefining Role of HR; 2) Strategic Talent Retention.
Bhanukumar Parmar
Vice President Corporate HR, Reliance Communications
Bhanukumar comes with an rich experience of 25 years in the field of HR. Currently he is working with Reliance Communication as a shared service HR Head & in the corporate role leading Rcom- HR policies, Automation, PMS & Compensation. He worked in companies like Bharat Petroleum, Shrenuj RIL- SEZ and RCom. He is certified as HRD Auditor(TVRLS) & Certified in Competency Mapping (TVRLS).
Dr.Asit Mohapatra
Director-HR, Raymond
Dr. Asit Mohapatra is a Production Engineer. He has more than 30 years of work experience in the areas of Human Resources Management, Quality, Industrial Engineering and Employee Relations in reputed Indian and Multinational Companies. He has been responsible for the HR functions in various Industry segments like Manufacturing, Engineering, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Food Retail, Information Technology and Financial Services. He is responsible for the HR functions of the seven manufacturing units , Sales &Marketing Division and International Business covering more than 11500 employees. He has been selected as a top talent by the Raymond Management. Dr. Mohapatra has been trained in Japan and USA in the area of Human Resources Management. He is accredited as a Management Teacher by All India Management Association. He is certified to conduct psychological tests like MBTI, Thomas Profiling and Predictive Index (PI) and SHL. He is also certified as a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). He has been trained as an Executive Coach. He is a Life Member of the National HRD Network. He is also a Fellow Member of The Institution of Engineers and Member of the All India Management Association.
Tojo Jose
Executive Vice President - HR, Blue Star limited
Out of a total experience of more than 25 years, Tojo has worked both in India and abroad, both as a Human Resources practioner and also as a consultan. He started his career with HPCL where he held responsibilities in the Corporate office as well as Head of HR for North and South Regions. On leaving HPCL, he joined Arvind Mills where he had a stint of 5 years and was designated as Head HR for Textiles Business at the time of leaving Arvind Mills. After Arvind Mills, Tojo had a stint with Arthur Anderson in Change Management Consulting before proceeding to Middle East where he was Group Chief Human Resources Officer (GCHRO) for Al-Suwaidi Group. Based out of the Holding Company, he was responsible for HR for the 9 companies in the Group, employing more than 10,000 employees, drawn from more than 30 countries. On return to India after a 6 years stint in the Middle East, he joined as Vice President - Human Resouces with Jubilant Energy, where he served for almost 4 years. Currently he is working with Blue Star Limited as Executive Vice President - Human Resources responsible for both HR & EHS, with a mandate to introduce and institutionalize HR best practices as relevant to Blue Star needs and culture. Recipient of the HR Leadership Award at the 6th Employer Branding Awards (Regional Round) and India Human Capital Summit 2011 held on December 17th, 2011 at Indira Group of Institutes, Pune. Tojo did his graduation in English Literature and subsequently did his Post Graduation in Human Resources & Industrial Relations from Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur in 1985.
Dr. Sujaya Banerjee
Chief Learning Officer, Essar Group
She is Human Resources Professional for over 22 years. She holds an MBA with a specialization in Human Resources and holds a Doctorate in Organization Development and Performance Management. During her career Sujaya has won several awards and accolades including the ‘HRD Achiever of the Year’ Award for 2001, the World HRD Congress Award for ‘Organization with Innovative HR Practices’ and the HR Youth Icon Award. She was featured in The Hot 40 HR professionals in Asia listing by Human Capital Asia, Singapore and has been the recipient of the ITM Business Leadership Award, and ‘HR Leadership Award’ at the Employer Branding Awards 2008. Essar Group was declared the No.1 Innovative Learning Organization of the year 2009 by the Indian Society of Training & Development, and also won the CLO Learning in Practice Award for 2011, and the Learning Elite award for 2012 under her stewardship. She implemented the largest HR Technology project for Essar Group to implement the Success Factors Performance and Talent Management suite which won Essar the Success Factors Best Project Implementation in Asia Award for 2011.
Dr. Kailas Chapatwala
President Corporate HR, JSW Ispat steel ltd
Dr. Kailas Chapatwala is having rich varied experience for last 24 years in the field of Human Resources, Organizational Development, Change Management, Business and Executive Coaching, Psychometric testing and Analysis. He is managing committee member of British Psychological society and chairmen of reliability and validity test committee for psychometric instrument. Dr. Kailas has worked with well known professional companies in a senior position like United Phosphorus Ltd, Reliance Industries Ltd as Vice President –HR, J K TYRE AND INDUSTRIES LTD as a President - Human Resources and presently working as President - Corporate HR with JSW ISPAT STEEL LTD
Roopesh Tiwari
Head HR-Asia, SumTotal Systems, Inc.
He is responsible for the Human Capital function in totality for the Asia region, including Talent Acquisition, Employee Engagement, Performance Management, Talent Management, Internal Resource Management, HR Generalism, Training, Competency and Career Development of all personnel across functions. Before joining SumTotal, Mr. Tiwari was the Principal Manager – HR at SKS Micro Finance, an organisation dealing in microfinance for the rural population of India. In that capacity he was responsible for all HR activities for Northern India and was the prime adviser to the Core Management Group on employee relation related issues. Prior to that, Mr. Tiwari was the Head of HR in a manufacturing unit of Hindustan Insecticide Limited, taking care of all the HR activities ranging from training & development to workforce management. Among his earlier positions, he has been regional HR head for CAE Simulation Technologies, global leaders in pilot training and simulation development. Mr. Tiwari started his career with Eli Lily Ranbaxy in 1997 and then joined Public Sector giant Food Corporation of India (FCI) as Area Manager. There he was responsible for managing large workforce and structured Labour Unions. Mr. Tiwari has often held sessions on various HR topics at number of training programmes, seminars and workshop across his earlier assignments at FCI, Eli Lilly, SKS Micro Finance and CAE. Mr. Tiwari graduated with honors in science and post-graduated in management, both from Lucknow University.
Sagorika Kantharia
Chief People Officer, Radio City
She has been a key member at Radio City and being the Dean of Radio City School of Broadcasting, has spearheaded the project with great zeal. Sagorika Kantharia has been a founder member of Forum for Emotional Intelligence Learning (FEIL). She has been guest faculty in various management institutes (Lala Lajpat Rai Institute of Management, Symbiosis Institute of Management studies, ITM etc.) and also is a member of National HRD Network. At Radio City she has been instrumental in developing all the aspects of HR. Her achievements at Radio City are galore. She has streamlined the Recruitment Process, established Employer Branding at the campus, initiated the Corporate Induction, established Performance Improvement Plan, launched Radio City School of Broadcasting, streamlined Leave and Attendance Administration & HRMIS, established cross functional teams for increasing Learning and Development. Radio City has been awarded India’s Best Companies to work for 2011 in the Media and Entertainment Industry by Great Places to Work Survey 2010-11. Amity Business International Business School & Amity Global Business School has honoured Radio City with “Amity Media Excellence Award for most Premium Indian Music Frequency” in The 6th Global HR Summit 2009. Very recently Radio City is also recipient of “HR Excellence Award” @ 8th Annual HR Summit 2011 by Amity Global Business School.
Salil Chinchore
Vice President - HR , Cadbury India Limited
Salil is having total experience of 15 years in Human Resources Function as well as in General Management with two reputed organizations: Asian Paints & Cadbury. He has started the career with Asian Paints in 1997 after PG in PM&IR from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Handled multiple HR roles over 8 years (factory HR, International HR). Thereafter moved out of HR and handled factory head role for 3 years. He Joined Cadbury in May 2009 and currently heading HR for entire Supply Chain function. Consistently he was rated high and rewarded challenging assignments throughout the career.
Dr. Ashrant Malhotra
Vice-President HR, GoAir
Dr. Malhotra is a seasoned professional with an experience of 18 years plus with the last 8 Years of heading (HOD) the global matrix covering across America, Europe, Africa & Asia, in the areas of Strategic Human Resources, Human Resources Development & Management, Sourcing, Training & Development and Corporate Affairs panning across industries like Shipping, Hospitality and IT. The World Human Resources Council has accredited him in the year 2010 as the Strategist of the year. The American Human Resources Council has also accredited him twice in the years 2004 & 2006 as the Human Resources Strategist & Champion. He has a Black Belt Certification from Six Sigma, a lead Auditor certification for ISO/ISMS, an SOX Compliance Certification. Dr. Malhotra&rsquot;s last assignment was with International organization, as Global Head – Group (Human Resources & Strategy (HOD), an organization into diversified business like Agriculture, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Trading & IT. The Organization has its presence in over 30 Countries in Europe, Asia, America, Africa & Australia.
Anupam Chakraborty
Vice President- HR, Bank of America
Anupam has a diverse background spanning across 17 years in various facets in Human resources. He is currently leading the Rewards function for India and Philippines for the captive unit of Bank of America. In his stint with the Bank he has been a key member of the team to Integrate HR operations for Merrill Lynch and Countrywide businesses in India. His experience in the HR arena includes Talent acquisition, Talent Engagement, Talent development, Rewards, Change management and Employee communication predominantly in Financial services, Technology offshore operations and in Healthcare sectors. He also had the opportunity to build from scratch including setting up end-to-end operations for a start-up or setting up HR operations for new sites across India. He also had close engagements with Quality implementation including ISO 9000/ISO 27001, Six Sigma and CMM. He is also a Belbin certified Trainer.
Smriti Krishna
Senior Vice President & Head-HR, SET India
Smriti has a rich background in Human Resources & has been recognized for driving many leadership-based, talent development practices and establishing HR as a strategic and integral part of the organization. Smriti moved to Mumbai recently after having worked in Singapore, New York, Tokyo and India with various business divisions of GE in regional and global HR leadership roles. Prior to her current role, Smriti was heading the HR function for NBC Universal Asia Pacific based in Singapore.
Mayur Satyavrat
Director Human Resources , Viacom18
Development, articulation and execution of human capital, capability building & Organization development strategies and driving policies and activities that drive growth and excellence, Diagnosis of the change management agenda of the organization with the objective of fulfillment of collective next level aspiration.
O.P. Singh
Vice President & Head -HR, GTL
An HR expert, O.P.Singh is a strategic thinker who has been instrumental in aligning HR process with business strategies. He brings with himself the core competence of building start up organization from people strategy perspective with business sensitive outlook. O.P. Singh has spearheaded a wide spectrum of initiatives across culture building, change management, leadership building & Talent acquisition & Management in the organization. During his last ten year stint with Global Group he has brought about phenomenal transformation through innovative strategies in the fields of Talent Acquisition & Management , Employee Engagement & Business HR across geographies. Under his leadership, GTL has received “Best HR strategy in line with Business Award” at Employer Branding Awards twice in a row in 2007 & 2008. He has himself received the “Leadership in Training Award” at Employer Branding in 2009 & “ Most Powerful HR professionals of India” Award , at Asia’s Best Employer Brand Wards at Singapore , hosted by World HRD congress – 2010. He also is accredited with Patenting ( provisional patent) in the management areas of “Performance management ( micro rolling down of BSC)” & “Wellness index in organization – way forward.”
Saurabh Singh
National Head, Pearson Talent Assessment
He heads the talent assessment division of Pearson Talent Assessment and leads strategic delivery of PTA’s consultative and sales goals. His expertise lies in consulting, designing and developing solutions in the talent management space that provide an engagement with and resolution of HR challenges across verticals and industries. His professional experience include the design, development and delivery of consulting assignments, notably in the domain of Competency Mapping, Person-Job Fitment analysis, Assessment/Development Centre and Diagnostic Organizational Mapping.He has functioned in various capacities of business development & consulting in organizations like PerformanSe SAS - France, Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd & Thomas International.
Yugesh Goutam
Senior Vice President, Human Resources , RPG Enterprises
He is currently Senior VP – HR, Infrastructure Sector at RPG Enterprises with 25 years of professional experience. Before that, Yugesh was Board Member & Executive Director, Human Resources with Pfizer Limited – India and Hub HR Director (Middle East & South Asia) and Board Member with LOR, 4 Billion pound sterling, UK based company. He has also had an interesting stint of 6 years in Becton Dickinson where he involved across levels from GM – HR (India & SA) to Head Asia Pacific (T & D, G & B) as well as Regional Head; South East Asia based at Singapore Over the course of his career in various capacities & geographies. He has also led HR in well known organizations like HCL Comnet, Reliance Industries, VST to name a few pursued his past organization in HR after. Yugesh completing his Post Graduation Degree in Human Resources and Bachelor&rsquot;s Degree in Commerce. Yugesh has also completed an Executive HR program from Michigan University and a Global Top Management program at Kellogg Business School, North Western University. In past, he has been Vice Chairman of OPPI, an apex body of pharmaceutical Industries.