Chief Talent Officer, KYNDRYL
Chinni has over 25 years of work experience having started his career in Corporate Consulting and Corporate Finance with Arthur Anderson in New York. He joined IBM in 2003 and held multiple roles in the business domain. His tryst with HR finally happened in 2005. In his last role, he was the Chief Talent Officer of Kyndryl, where he was responsible for all aspects of Talent Management including the People Strategy, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management with Skills & Careers, HR Learning and HR Data Analytics.
Chinni has championed the transformation and adoption of new age methodologies- at scale, driving enterprise-wide, co-created solutions. He has also pivoted multiple times both at a personal level and also at an enterprise level driving change.
Chinni strongly believes that it is the open mindedness and willingness to take those calculated risks that takes you places.
On the educational side, he has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance from Northeastern University.
Group Head - Human Resources, Infosys
Krishnamurthy (Krish) Shankar is the Group Head of Human Resource Development at Infosys. In this role, he is responsible for envisioning employee experience and driving the talent and organization strategy.
Shankar has over 30 years of experience and has led HR functions in organizations like Bharti Airtel, Philips, Hindustan Unilever and Unilever. In his wide ranging experience in these organizations, he has facilitated transformation and capability development.
Shankar holds a postgraduate diploma in HR from XLRI, Jamshedpur, India and has received an executive certificate in Strategy and Organization from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a doctorate in Business Administration from Aston University.
Shankar is the author of ‘Catalyse – Power Up your People Ecosystem’, a much acclaimed play book for HR, blogs occasionally on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/krish-shankar-36666a12/), and is passionate about exploring new ideas in HR and organizational development and sharing them. A football enthusiast, he also likes trekking and running.
Krish is also a Trustee of Infosys Foundation. He was also the President of National HRD Network from 2019-21, a not-for-profit professional body for the HR community in India.
VP & HR Head, IBM India
Thiru Nagarajan is the Vice President and Head of HR for IBM India/South Asia. He is responsible for the people strategy, leadership, skills, engagement, employee services, and diversity & inclusion of the workforce across India/South Asia.
Thiru brings over 23 years of experience across hospitality & human resources, including expertise in delivering digital HR solutions and driving culture transformation. He has held several people leadership positions across India/South Asia and comes with international experience of working in USA, Middle East & Africa region.
Chief People Officer, Titan Company Limited
Swadesh heads the People and Administration function in Titan Company Limited and holds the position of EVP and Chief People Officer.
He is a seasoned HR leader with a rich experience focused on driving business results through designing and implementing winning HR strategies. His areas of expertise include building leadership pipeline, developing top talent, succession planning for critical roles and helping organizations grow and thrive. He has previously worked in leadership roles with large Multinational and Indian organizations like Boston Scientific Corporation, Merck, Ranbaxy, Coke and Tata Steel.
He has completed his Post Graduate Degree in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (T.I.S.S), Mumbai and Post Graduate Degree in Sociology from the Central University of Hyderabad.
CHRO, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
CHRO, Automotive and Farm Sectors of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Rajeshwar is the member of the Strategic Leadership Team and responsible for HR function of all business in the Automotive and Farm Sectors, globally.
Before his stint with Mahindra since 2006, he served as HR Head – Eicher Motors Ltd., and diverse HR roles with businesses like Jindal SAW Pipes, SAIL and Cement Corporation of India. He led the HR Function and involved in various Acquisitions, Partnerships and Alliances done by Mahindra , both domestic and international. He has spearheaded the HR Transformation journey of M&M including HR Digitization, Shared Services and HR Analytics.
SVP & Head HR, Siemens Healthineers
Raghu Chandrashekar is Senior Vice President and Head HR, Siemens Healthineers, India. He has worked extensively on building HR organisation, People & Leadership
Development, Change Management, M&A, Employee Engagement, Compensation and Organisation effectiveness.
Raghu brings more than 2 decades of rich experience in crafting and implementing a winning organisation. Prior to his current role, he was heading Leadership &
Development function for Siemens India. Driving culture change and bringing organisation's vision and values into day to day life is his core strength. HR function in his organisation was recognized as the best enabling function
(Asia (APJCI & AnZ) Benefits Leader at Microsoft)
Saakshi Saxena is an HR Profession with 18 years of experience, and what drives her everyday is the passion to do something new and to create impact everyday.
She has worked with British American Tobacco for 8.5 years and almost 10 years with Microsoft. The stability across these amazing ‘learning organizations’ has given her a wide canvas across businesses and roles. She has led and delivered roles across all aspects of HR including HR Business Partnership in Tech and FMCG space, Organizational Development, Talent management, Green field business set up, Mergers and Acquisitions, Digital Transformation and Change Management.
Her current role in Total Rewards spans across Asia, leading a wonderful team of benefits specialists, curating experiences, that empower Microsoft employees in empowering the world and creating an exceptional place to work for all.
Systems design thinking and the ability to create sustainable change are what define her and give her a unique edge in all her roles. A die-hard optimist and a staunch growth mindset believer and practitioner, Saakshi is a certified coach and active in internal forums like Women in MS and supports mentoring opportunities externally. Outside of professional interests, she enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with family.
Head HR India, SAP India
As the head of Human Resources for SAP in India, Shweta provides HR leadership across the region for all entities including R&D, Sales, and Services organizations. She is responsible for designing and executing the people strategy as well as elevating our People Culture. Her focus is to deliver future-oriented and holistic people experiences, leveraging globally proven initiatives tailored to our local needs, with well-being and employee happiness at the heart of it. Shweta has 20+ years of strong client facing experiences, working with organizations such as Microsoft and Wipro Ltd. Outside of the office, she enjoys catching up on non-fiction books, watching movies, and cooking for her two young daughters.
Human Resources Director, ONGC
Dr. Alka Mittal is former CMD and Director(HR) of ONGC, India’s National Oil Company. She was also the Chairperson of ONGC Group of Companies viz. ONGC Videsh, HPCL, MRPL, OPaL, OTPC, etc, having significant presence in refining, petrochemicals, power and renewables.
Dr. Mittal has the distinction of being the first woman to head ONGC - one of India’s most valuable companies. She had also become the first ever woman Functional Director of ONGC in its history, when she assumed the charge of Director(HR) in 2018. She superannuated from the services of ONGC in August 2022 after an illustrious career spanning more than 37 years.
Dr. Mittal is a post graduate in Economics, MBA (HRM) and a Doctorate in Commerce and Business Studies in the specialized area of Corporate Governance. She is also a Non-Executive Director Diploma holder - Pearson SRF BTEC Level 7 Advanced Professional Diploma from FT, UK.
Partner, Deloitte India
Gaurav Lahiri is a Partner with Deloitte Consulting. He leads the Human Capital Service area based out of Delhi. He brings significant experience in consulting, focusing primarily on organization transformation, leadership development and M&A.
Gaurav works with clients to align their organizations with their strategic agenda – this includes reviewing strategies, designing organization structures, implementing talent management programs and formulating reward strategies to drive performance and motivation.
While Gaurav’s expertise is in Organization Effectiveness, he has also helped clients research and develop competency models for outstanding performance. He managed a seminal Indian CEO research study sponsored by Bharat Petroleum under the aegis of India’s Public Enterprises Selection Board and co-authored the book “The Indian CEO : a Portrait of Excellence” published in 2007.
Gaurav has authored several papers on Post Merger Integration, Change Management and has won several prizes and awards, including the McKinsey Best Management Paper of the year.
Strategic Advisor, Amazon Internet Service Private Ltd (AWS)
DP is currently the Strategic Advisor Employability with Amazon Internet Service Private Ltd (AWS).
He is a Business professional with 40 plus years’ experience in the Corporate world. He has successfully led and worked with cross cultural teams spread across many countries, knitting them together to deliver business results.
During his long career DP has exposure to a cross section of industries, encompassing manufacturing, information technology and education.
He has had a long stint at IBM and his last assignment was Vice President, & HR Head IBM - India/ South Asia where he was also a member of Board of Directors for IBM India Pvt. ltd. He has also been on the HR Advisory Board of Markets & Markets a flagship competitive intelligence and market research platform organization. He also worked with Chandigarh University, as Senior Executive Vice President before taking on the role as strategic advisor employability with AWS. He continues to be Chief Advisor to Chandigarh University and is also one of the Trustee in Chandigarh Welfare Trust. He is also an Independent Director on the board of Ethos India limited, a watch boutique retail chain in India.
He is actively involved in sharing his perspective on variety of subjects in various professional forums as a thought leader.
VP-HR, Member of the India Board of Directors, NextGen Healthcare India
Vice President, Human Resources and Member of the India Board of Directors, NextGen Healthcare. Is the first female to be on the India board and the first as a HR leader.
A game changer, fearless and compassionate HR leader having over around 20 years of experience in MNCs across Healthcare, Cloud, Financial, Automation and Aerospace businesses with matrix structures & teams across the US, Europe, APJ. Along with rich experience in Talent Acquisition, Compensation & Benefits, Talent Management, Business Partner and Employee Relations, she is also a Certified SHL and DDI interviewer.
She championed the Diversity Charter and CSR program for India and collaborated through consulting on the design and delivery of HR programs in partnership with the global COEs to ensure ‘glocal’ alignment. She has also been instrumental in ‘Blitzscaling the India operations and successfully established a culture and mindset change in building a product organization. As part of the leadership team globally, she has successfully in partnership with other stakeholders implemented a ‘Work from Anywhere in India’ model which is a trend setter. On her personal side, she has been a sportsperson representing the Karnataka State at Nationals and recently won the Women’s Nationals Doubles Championship.
Head HR, Carelon Global
Subhashini is an accomplished and passionate people leader, renowned for her high-energy approach and proven ability to transform HR teams, driving tangible business impact. With a remarkable track record, she excels in conceptualizing strategic programs and initiatives, translating them into reality through relentless execution. She possesses a unique skill set that combines human empathy, data-driven insights, and technological innovation, enabling her to build HR teams that make influential contributions to business success.
IRS (Income Tax) of 2011 Batch, Managing Director of KSDC
Educational Qualification: Completed
- Masters in Public Administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University in 2010
- Masters in Kannada Literature from Karnataka State Open University in 2012
- Masters in Taxation and Business Laws from National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University, Hyderabad in 2014.
- Joined as the probationer of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) in 2011 and completed technical training from National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT), Nagpur Maharashtra in 2013.
- Posted as Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax in Kochi and Aluva, Kerala from 2013-2015.
- Promoted to Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax in 2016, Bangalore. Have worked in various fields in Income Tax Department including business range, Intelligence and criminal investigation, headquarters and International taxation.
- Worked as Deputy Secretary to Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri H D Kumaraswamy in 2018-19
- Served as Director (Finance) of KPTCL in 2019.
- Currently working as Managing Director, Karnataka Skill Development Corporation, Government of Karnataka.
Program Manager , Infosys Springboard
Has 33 years of Industry experience. Working with Infosys since 1992,
Responsible for enabling architects globally in Emerging Technologies.
Has played multiple roles as an Architect, Program Manager and Delivery Manager.
Has Won Infosys Awards of Excellence in the following areas.
- People development
- Social consciousness and sustainability
- Innovative Business solution
Co-authored following books in Architecture space.
- Next Generation IT Architecture,
- Big Data Spectrum
- Architecting the Real-Time Enterprise
- Infosys Learning LEXICON
As a Program manager of Infosys Springboard (digital literacy initiative of Infosys launched in March 2021) is responsible for rolling out the digital platform across India with an ambitious target of enabling 10 million learners in 21st century digital skills by 2025. Actively engaged with state education departments , universities and NGOs as part of this journey.
Chairman & CEO, Pratian Technologies
Subramanian Sivakumar (Subbu) is a serial entrepreneur and a servant leader with over two decades of experience in the IT industry. He has extensive cross-cultural leadership experience having worked with Fortune 500 companies, large Global Enterprises and startups in all major geographies. He has been a Digital Business Specialist, Innovator, Architect, Mentor, Strategy Consultant, and Investor.
Subbu specializes in Systems Approach to Innovation, Strategy Design and Execution, Ecosystems and Business Orchestration, Breakthrough Cost Innovation, Digital Transformation, Software Architecture & Design, and Creative Learning Models. Some of his major clients are Microsoft, Cisco, HP, Oracle, IBM, Siemens, GE, Accenture, Philips, Cerner, Access Healthcare LLC, and Amadeus.
Subbu envisions an interconnected world of Global Innovation Hubs that allows people from diverse cultures and skillset to collaborate and solve global and hyper-local problems. He places hope on young talent for breakthrough innovation and aspires to incubate 1,000 successful startups.
An avid traveler, Subbu spends most of his free time with several underprivileged people in remote villages of India. Harnessing the deepest potential in people excites him the most. An ardent student of Vedanta, Subbu spends time with his spiritual Guru in discovering the truth within, on the Banks of the Narmada or the mountains of Himalaya.
Subbu is also the CEO of the World Research Centre, a deep tech global research and investment ecosystem of the future.