Head Global Human Resources, Global Human Resources
Sandoz International GmbH
Joy Xu was appointed Head of Global Human Resources, Sandoz (CHRO) on October 15, 2015. Joy is a member of the Sandoz Executive Committee (SEC) and the Novartis HR Executive Leadership Team (HRELT). She is responsible for leading the Sandoz global HR strategy and organization and driving our ambitious people and culture agenda while operationalizing Novartis HR Strategy. Functional areas of responsibility include Talent Management, Organization Development, Organization Design, Leadership Succession, Diversity & Inclusion, High Performing Culture and High Performing Team, Training & Recruitment, employee relations. Joy has twenty three years of experience in roles of increasing leadership seniority within HR. She has worked eleven years with Procter & Gamble and ten years with PepsiCo, living and working in the US, China, Dubai and Hong Kong. Prior to Sandoz, Joy was Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Asia Pacific Region, PepsiCo. Before that, she had served as PepsiCo's Vice President, Talent Sustainability, Asia, Middle East & Africa, based in Dubai, UAE, where she led the talent management, organization development, Diversity & Inclusion and culture development in 90 markets. Under Joy’s leadership, she and her team won various internal and external awards and recognitions. Joy was also named as one of Global Rising Stars by Global Women Forum in 2007/2008. Joy graduated from South China University of Technology as BA in English.
Dr. Augustus G S Azariah
Associate Director - Human Resources
Dr. Augustus G S Azariah (augie), has a very interesting career, having started work in the year 1991 in the area of Tech Sales, Consulting & Training.
He is currently Associate Director - Human Resources at IBM with a focus on Employee & Labor Relations. This exciting role enables him to be involved in all aspects that “touch” employees. Having joined IBM in 1999, he is credited with setting up an Employer Brand that supported IBM’s growth in India. He has held various leadership roles in IBM India Human Resources, in the areas of Business HR, Staffing, Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Mergers, Divestments & Acquisitions and currently managing Employee and Labor Relations.
Prior to IBM he has worked at British Aerospace HAL as Head of HR, Equinox Solutions an IT product company where he headed HR, First Computers & Datapro both leading training organizations where he managed Sales & Marketing.
In the Indian IT industry he is recognized as a thought leader, where he leads public policy initiatives across the IT industry and makes recommendations to the government towards creating a proactive Labor eco system. He is credited with coining the acronym POSH - Prevention of Sexual Harassment and collaborated with the government in introducing a specific law in this area.
He is a Futurist and is working on innovative projects in Human Resources in the area of The Future of Work where he expounds the concept of the Universality of Talent! This is pending patent.
He has a Masters Degree in Business Management and a post graduate diploma in Computer Applications & numerous industry certifications and accolades. He is a sought after keynote speaker and has spoken at leading B Schools & industry forums in India and the US.
He serves on the boards & committees of BCIC, NASSCOM, CII, GWFM, ISTD et al. He is also the co-chair of the Womens Empowerment & Leadership development Committee of the Bangalore Chamber of Commerce.
He is a startup mentor as well as a strong supporter of social entrepreneurship that focuses or supports the advancement of women.
On the personal front he is actively involved in community development and supports in rehabilitating oppressed women and children with learning disability and is committed to education and community health.
He likes to spend time traveling with his family and is also a middle distance runner and loves to watch movies and listen to music when he has the time.
Head - Talent Acquisition
HR professional and have been in the realm of HR for more than 23 years. Held various leadership roles in Talent Management & Development, Global talent experience with deep knowledge in Banking, IT, BPO and Manufacturing. 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, Transformation projects, Compensation and Benefits and developed high performing team, EVP, Project management, Strategic resourcing, D&I.
Been recognized as 16 powerful Indian Women HR of 2016.
Women Super Achiever Award 2017
Global Talent Acquisition Leader Award 2017
Started career with ANZ Grindlays Bank and then moved on in career with Wipro, ABB, Standard Chartered, ANZ.
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
B. Ashok Reddy
President - Corporate Affairs & Infrastructure
As the President of Corporate Affairs & Infrastructure, Ashok has the fiduciary responsibility of all the Cyient subsidiaries. As the Chairman of the subsidiaries, he maintains all government and industry body relationships. He is also responsible for the infrastructure, including new ways of deploying physical assets, significantly helping with efficiency.
In his previous role, Ashok was the President of Human Resources & Corporate Affairs. Since joining Cyient, Ashok has specifically focused on defining organizational structures and identifying and developing future leaders. His diversified past experience includes personnel, human resources development, legal, factory administration, and government liaison positions.
Before Cyient, Ashok was with Voltas Limited. He moved on from Management Trainee in a subsidiary to Chief Manager of HR for their home appliances business division, which employs more than 3,000 people.
Mr. Reddy is a postgraduate in industrial relations and personnel management and also holds a bachelor's degree in law.
Rohit leads Lenovo's HR strategy and operations in India. He brings with him over 17 years of diverse HR experience. Prior to Lenovo, Rohit was the HR Director at Dell, where he managed HR for Bangalore, Gurgaon & Noida sites. He also held the Compensation & Benefit leadership role for Dell in India supporting their sharp ramp up and growth. Prior to Dell, Rohit worked with Mercer Consulting. He comes with a proven track record in leading employee engagement, employee relations and HR Transformation Projects across various business lines.
Rohit holds an MBA from Symbiosis Pune and a graduate degree in Economic Honors from Punjab University, Chandigarh.
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Chief People Officer
Lakshmi Achanta, Chief People Officer of Innominds; is an exemplary people and business leader holding world wide responsibility of company’s strategic human resources activities.
Innomindsas the name speaks; it not only stands out as one of the few companies that are far ahead of technologybut also the only product engineering partner with integrated expertise in applications, devices and analytics. Innominds challenges both on the breadth and depth of technical talent and also seeks a unique skill to manage innovation as a service.
Lakshmi has been on the mission of nurturing this unique talent over the years and retaining them. A strong system and culture has been developed under her leadership for the retention of this high performing, unique diverse workforce; enabling growth of every individual by creating the synergy through novel modalities of HR technology.
A rare human resource professional that has promoted the culture of “Let us succeed together- It is just not the leadership and it is everybody together - Any initiative is For the People and By the people” lead to oneness and ‘we’ness in the company.
She actively advocated an environment that nurtures the critical thinking of 1000+ Innovators encouraging every one of them to think like entrepreneurs - has been helping in solving the complex customer problems effortlessly and thus retaining the company’s position at top all the time.
She carries the charter to assess and mitigate strategic and operational risks across the organization. She is also the ombudswoman for the company.
Under her leadership; delivery, quality, maturity and speed have scaled up multi-fold drawing the attention of many; thus makingInnominds rank thrice “Top 50 Best Companies To Work For in India”, by the Great Places to Work Institute and also recognized as “Dream Companies To Work For” with a 36th rank by Times Ascent in 2016.
An organisation - built and being operated by hearts with creative approach, originality and differentiation.
Dr. Ankita Singh
Vice President and Global Head of HR
CIGNEX Datamatics Technologies Limited
Vice President and Global Head of HR at CIGNEX Datamatics.She has over 15 years of progressive experience in managing and leading various aspects of Human Resources spanning across high paced business domains of ITES.In addition to all functions of HR, Ankita overseas other enabling functions like Administration, Travel and Resource Management.
Ankitaholds a PHd in Management and is a Gold Medalist in BBA as well as MBA. She has done HR and Business Strategy related Executive Management Programmes from IIM-A, ISB- Hyderabad and XLRI.She is a certified PPA(Thomas Profiling) Practitioner.
She has excelled in establishing innovative and competitive initiatives and institutionalizing a strong performance driven culture at CIGNEX Datamatics which has resulted in the company being certified as a“Great Place to Work 2017-18”.
Her expertise includes transformational change management and M&A initiatives. She has extensively worked in all facets of HR with special interest in the field of leadership Development, Organizational Behaviour, Culture Building and Employee Engagement.
She has been recognized in different prestigious platforms for her contribution and excellence in the field of HR and leadership. She was awarded “CHRO of the Year 2017”, “Women Personality of the Year 2017 by Femina” and “Most Influential HR Leaders 2017”, to name a few.
She believes in driving organizational culture and values through PEOPLE, not processes.
Apart from her professional excellence, Ankita is very active in supporting social causes by working closely with various NGOs’ on Child Education and Development. She is an avid traveller, and a passionate photographer.
Vice President - HR
Subhash Khare is Vice President - Leadership Development with Wipro. He focuses on Leadership Development and has intensively worked on Talent Analytics to draw insights around People processes. Subhash has more than three decades of experience in IT industry and has played multiple roles in Delivery, Consulting, Operations, Quality and HR. Subhash has designed, developed & implemented various methodologies, tools and techniques. He is a sought after speaker in various forums and conferences. Subhash authored a book called “Optimizing the Organization” published in 2006. Subhash is also a poet and a prolific writer on topics related to Leadership. Subhash facilitates workshops in the areas of Change Readiness, Design Thinking, Organization Transformation, Digital Mindset etc.
Director Human Resources
Ms. Annapurna has done her bachelor in science with honours in botany and masters’ in industrial relations and personnel management from Berhampur University, Odisha. Her verve towards learning has made her to do yet another master in psychology from Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu along with diplomas in training & development, counseling and competency mapping respectively from reputed national and international professional bodies. She possesses more than 20 years of rich experience in HR Operations, Management, Leadership and Organization Development. She is an effective communicator, keen planner, vivid learner, ardent debator, strategist & implementer with demonstrated abilities and interpersonal skills in devising various HR activities for accelerating business growth in organizations. She served at multi-dimensional organizational like Aeronautical, Infrastructure, Software, Sales and Services. Her corporate exposure commences with ELGI, Coimbatore followed by HAL, Raman Boards, Manhattan Associates, Essilor India, ETOE Rail Pvt. Ltd etc. as Country Human Resources Head. She also practiced as OD Strategic consultant prior to taking up the role of Director - Human Resources, Inspirage India.
She has vast experience in handling HR strategic and operational functions. In her astounding stint of working with various organizations her contributions in creating HR as a value add to business has been the key. Her keen interest in understanding human behavior has led her to gain behavior management certifications. She has attained certifications in Counselling, Behavior Event Interview, Assessment and Development Centre , Psychological tests etc. She practices competency assessments through frameworks and assessment centers.
She is a Behavior trainer and has trained on various topics for corporates and academia. To her credit she has completed more than 500 ++ plus training programs internal and external covering executives to leadership positions. Organizational development, Change management and Leadership development are key areas of success factors as heading the human resource function. Besides, her astounding corporate stint she has been active in academia through frequent guest lecture sessions on management and HR practices at various B schools /colleges and presentations at numerous conferences and seminars. Annapurna is a certified Director by Institute of Directors (IOD) and a Design Thinking Certified Practioner.
She has earned many recognitions, to mention a few, she has received the Woman Super Achiever Award in 2009 followed by Women Leadership Awards at World HRD Congress 2014, Outstanding Woman Workforce Award from National Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development (NFED). Leading CHRO award at IIG conference, Mumbai 2015. Women HR Leader 2016 in Indian Women Convention, New Delhi. Leading Women in Learning and Development conferred by ISTD in Southern Regional Conference 2017, South Asia Most Talented HR leader during World HRD congress 2017, 100 Top HR Tech Minds in World HRD Congress 2018. HR Excellence Award in 7th Higher Education and HR Summit held on 21st April 2018 by elets. She renders social service as volunteer to Baale Maane and Sumangali Seva Ashram where in girl child and women empowerment is the focus
HMD Global (Nokia Phones)
Gaurav has over 17 years of experience in a variety of HR roles, including HR Business Partnering, HR Shared Services and HR Consulting. He specializes in building the HR function for start-ups and global companies that are establishing themselves in new markets. Currently working with HMD Global (Nokia Phones) as Director HR for India and Middle East North Africa region.
Gaurav has been leading the HR agenda in partnership with business leaders across multiple business units across the globe. Gaurav has managed HR processes and practices across various domains including Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Talent Management, Leadership development, HR Analytics and Career and Succession planning for organizations such as Happiest Minds Technologies, IMI Mobile, The TATA Group, Hewitt Associates, AVIVA and Amway Corporation.
Gaurav is an active thought leader in the HR community in India and has authored many papers and articles in the field. He is a well-known speaker across various HR forums
Global Head HR
Motherson Sumi INfotech & Designs Limited
A Dynamic Professional with Rich Experience in Human Resource Management; expertise in Business & HR Strategy, Organisation Development, Delivering Sustained Organizational Growth in Dynamic Environments, Establishing Organisational Structure, Building Employee Value, Driving Vision and Achieving Critical Strategic Goals.
Strategy Architect in the Development of Innovative HR Initiatives to Streamline Processes & Capitalize on Organizational Growth. Proficient in Overseeing Smooth Implementation of HR Policies for Manpower Planning, Performance Management, Talent Acquisition, Career Planning and Succession Planning.
Planning Human Resource requirements in consultation with CEO's/CXO's, Learning & Development, Effectively Aligning Programs / Interventions with Business Objectives.
An Enterprising Leader with Excellent Communication and People Management skills that have been honed through Managing Multi Skilled Teams and using HR Skills like CMMI Level 5, KPMG, NLP, CSR, MCPA® (EDAC) - Executive Development Certification, LPA® - (EDAC) - Executive Management Certification, SAP-Human Capital Management (HCM), P CMM - People Capability Maturity Model (P CMM - QAI), Quality Management - Philips Crosby USA, Benchmarking - Robert Camp - Ex Rank Xerox USA, Six Sigma - INVEST Singapore.
Rave Technologies (India) Pvt Ltd
An HR Professional with 18 years of experience spanning across strategic and operational HR processes, Chanchal has set some high standards for herself over the years. She has proven excellence in core HR functions and is now moving towards the 360-degree curve, working on the latest HR technology space.
With her innovative and strategic thinking hat, Chanchal has addressed the most challenging issue of the IT Industry - Attrition - by implementing various retention and employee engagement strategies and succeeded in reducing attrition way below the industry standards. A people’s person at heart, she loves interacting with employees and understanding their viewpoint which helps her solve most of the internal challenges.
Chanchal loves dabbling in Technology and has been implementing HR technology solutions in the organisation to automate and eliminate manual processes. She is a social media enthusiast and has actively used a mix of traditional and digital strategies to increase engagement with employees and alumni for hiring new talent and brand awareness.
As a part of the Executive Management Team, Chanchal has contributed to the business growth by directing organisational planning and development through strategic initiatives and programs.
Some of her feats include increasing the employee strength from 300 to 750 plus within a span of 2 years and fostering a work-life balance in the organisation.
In short, Chanchal is a 100% HR professional infused with technology and fun!
Director - HR
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Kavitha Harish, Director Human Resources, from Cognizant Technology Solutions, is an experienced HR Leader and Business Partner with overall 20 years of experience. She has a demonstrated history of working in the Information Technology and Services industry. She is skilled in Talent Management, Talent Engagement, Career Architecture and Development, Benefits & Wellness, HR Policies, Rewards & Recognition. Kavitha is also an ex-Naval Officer, from the Indian Navy.
Head - Human Resource
Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
Kanishka Ranaweera currently holds the position of Head - Human Resource at Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Kanishka is instrumental in redefining the HR strategy of Sri Lanka Airtel businessoperation, in line with overall business strategy. Airtel HR strategy was recognized as the “Best HR strategy in line with business” in recently concluded Employee Brand Awards conducted by World HRD Congress 2017.
He also made significant contribution to improve the employee brand of the company which resulted in Airtel winning the “Employer Brand Award“ at the Sri Lanka Best Employer Brand Awards 2017.
Kanishka process over 12 years of HR leadership experience in different industries including Telecommunication, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Shipping & Freight forwarding , Insurance etc… in well reputed global MNC’s & local blue chip organizations .
Kanishka held the position of Head HR in Glaxo Smithkline Supply chain & pharmaceutical divisions. Under Kanishka’s leadership GSK Sri Lanka supply chain division won many regional & global awards including“ GSKGlobal Winning Performance Awards” for best talent management practices for year 2013.
Kanishka is a proud product of RoyalCollege Colombo&he holds Bachelor and Master Degree qualification in Business Administration from University of Colombo. Also he isa Lawyer by profession having passed Attorney - at - Lawexamination with an honors pass from Sri Lanka Law college.
Currently he is a visiting faculty member of the University of Colombo MBA programme.
Vice President Corporate Human Resources
Onward Technologies Ltd.
Sujata Singh has got 20 years of HR experience across various industry sectors like Pharma, FMCG, IT, ITES and Engineering Services. Her 2 decades of experience cuts across the entire spectrum of HR function.
In the current role she is heading HR Onward Technologies Ltd (BSE Listed) which is a niche player in Engineering Design Services and IT Consulting services. She is based out of Pune and in her current leadership role her responsibilities include:
Devising policies & applications and developing PMS structure across all gerographies
Partner for shifting strategy, adopting new initiatives and processes, changing workflows and structure in alignment with business life cycle
Conducting reach out sessions for career progression, employee engagement and succession planning
Leading ERP implementation
Organisation structure alighment with the Business Goals
Global Talent management
Chief Human Resources Officer
Sri Lanka Telecom PLC
Ms. Hissalle joined SLT in 1993 as an Engineer and during her 25 years of service, she has gained extensive experience in regional operations, project management and training as well as contact centre business including administration and human resources.
She was theGold Award winnerof Human Resources Management at the 7th Professional and Career Women’s awards in 2017. She was also awarded the Women Leadership Excellence citation at the Sri Lanka Women Leadership Awards 2018. Furthermore Ms. Hissalle was awarded the Asian HR Leadership Award 2018.
She is an executive member of the Association of Human Resource Professionals and a Past President of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Provincial Centre. She is a Fellow Member of the IESL and a Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, IEEE (USA). Ms. Hissalle is a visiting lecturer of the University of Peradeniya since year 2006. She is a member of Industry Advisory Board of Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya. Further she is the Head of Academic Board of EdexcelBTEC Higher National Diploma in SLT as well as Administrator of Franchise Degree awarding program of University of Hertfordshire, UK.
She holds a BSc. in Electronic & Electrical Engineering and an MSc. in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Peradeniya. She is currently reading for a PhD at the University of Peradeniya. She has completed postgraduate education on Employment Relationships with the Employers Federation of Ceylon with collaboration of International LabourOrganisation.
Broadridge Financial Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Rajita has been in the IT industry since 2000, and is currently heading the Human Resources of Broadridge Financial Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd; a wholly owned subsidiary of the US based Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc. (NYSE:BR).
Prior to this she was heading Recruitment of ADP Private Limited, Hyderabad; a wholly owned subsidiary of the US based Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP).
She, in many ways represents the changing face of India’s IT/ITES industry, where human resource professionals are increasingly becoming strategic partners to the core functions.
Under her leadership the company has been felicitated with numerous awards in the areas of Talent Management, Best Work Place, Women Leadership, Communications and HR strategies, by some of the leading bodies across the globe such as Great Places to Work, DQ-CMR, NASSCOM, World HRD Congress, Lokmat.
Associate Vice President
Dhamayanthi, Associate Vice President at HCL Technologies has received several accolades for her contribution in HR including the International CLO Learning in Practice awards. She was awarded the Gold Business Impact award and the Silver Strategy Award during the Chief Learning Officer’s Symposium in2013 in California and certificate of Merit in Trailblazer category in 2012, for her accomplishment in measuring the business impact of the organization’s workforce development programs, for her contribution towards developing and executing learning strategy and for launching a new enterprise learning function and completely overhauling existing workforce development initiatives. She has also won HR Leadership award, Best Learning Leader, HR Tech Leader, Training leader of the year and Women Super achiever awards and identified as one among the Top 50 Most Talented HR Leaders in South India in Sep 2017.
Dhamayanthi had led her team at HCL to win 50+ awards including ATD Excellence in Practice Awards, Bersin by Deloitte Awards and Brandon Hall group Excellence in Learning Awards.
Dhamayanthi has received “Most Valuable Professional” Award from Microsoft for C#.NET. She has presented 20+ papers in various international/national conferences. She is a Member of Board of Studies for PG Computer Science at the University of Madras. She is also a member in the judging panel for Chief Learning Officer Awards, USA.
She has been a speaker at various industry forums including CII, SHRM, NHRD, IHRD, People Matters, World HRD Congress, PMI and Dun & Bradstreet.
Abdul Basit Al Rawahi
Head of HR
Senior Management Executive with extensive experience in people and business strategy leadership experience. Excellent ability to lead strategic plans for talent and performance management, succession planning and retention. This was done through turnarounds, critical start-ups and strategies, process re-engineering, change management, conflict resolutions, project management. Mr. AbdulBasit also possesses profound knowledge of the Gulf Region Labour Laws. He has previously shared his regional and international leadership expertise by providing insights on current events and cutting-edge topics like GCC Nationalization strategy, Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Learning and Talent Development, Women Leadership & Empowerment, Future HR Strategy and Transformation.
Arvato Systems Malaysia
Chloe is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is the HR Director of Arvato Systems Malaysia. She comes with 16 years of broad HR generalist experience across multiple industries including IT, Retail and Pharmaceuticals. Her current role in Arvato Systems Malaysia serves as the primary strategic partner to all the business unit heads and senior leaders in developing people strategies, change management initiatives, and much more, to ensure these strategies can proactively support the business’ growth and success.
Chloe has won numerous HR awards for Arvato Systems Malaysia, such as HR Excellence Awards 2016/2017 by Human Resources Magazine, Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2015/2016/2017/2018 by HR Asia Awards, Employer of Choice 2016/2017 by MIHRM, Top Companies to Work for in Asia 2016 by the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES) and Best Employer Brand Awards 2016/2017/2018 by Employer Branding Institute (EBI), HRD Award 2017 by HRDF under the Ministry of HR and Company of the Year - Best Place to Work 2018 by Le Fonti Awards.
Chloe holds a Degree in Business Administration, majoring in HR from University Putra Malaysia and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCPSM) certification. She is also a Certified Behavioural (DISC Personality) Consultant, from the Institute for Motivational Living Inc., USA, an Accredited Competency Professional, ACP and an Assessor Capability Development Professional, ACD from Institute of Leadership & Management, ILM, UK.