Virtual | 10th and 11th February, 2022 | India | #GPTW4ALL

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About FOR ALL Summit

The Great Place to Work® FOR ALL Summit is the most sought-after gathering in the space of workplace culture, with delegates comprising of CEOs, CHROs, business professionals, and key decision makers representing over 20 industries attending the summit.

The summit aims to build a community of business leaders who are committed to creating a great workplace culture, provide unmatched opportunities to learn from the best, and network with those who have successfully created great workplaces that deliver sustained business performance. It is the hub of inspiring and motivating stories from global leaders sharing their expert knowledge.

Theme for 2021 Summit : The World after COVID 19

Much before COVID 19 one thing was clear. The rate of change, propelled by technology, was faster than the ability of individual humans to adapt. The pandemic has further accelerated the speed of change and both individuals and organisations have to transform themselves to stay relevant. While the pandemic brought in multiple challenges, it also provided an unmatched opportunity for leaders and organisations to lead this change and build workplaces that will thrive in uncertainty.

Some things that have become critical for organisations include, building resilience, enabling people managers, re-looking at the organisation structure and business model, new ways to engage with employees and customers in the remote working environment. Continuous real-time feedback is essential, and the challenge of managing Employee wellness is a key priority for every organization.

One thing that does not change is Trust.

Trust remains the key driver and a non-negotiable for every leader and business. Individuals and Organizations who have used the COVID 19 crisis to deposit in their “Trust Bank” will reap dividends. Others will pay a mis-trust premium.

Research shows that organisations that have been able to build High-Trust cultures are more resilient and have a competitive advantage over others to bounce back from the challenges and succeed in the new normal.

The Great Place to Work® FOR ALL summit 2021 brings to you an opportunity to interact with leaders across the globe who have successfully built and sustained High-Trust, High-Performance cultures in their organisations. These leaders have been able to not just survive through this year of the pandemic; but have pivoted their businesses and created workplace cultures that inspire employees to give their best and innovate.


Learning From Best Workplaces

Research Based Insights

Ideas For Application


AGENDA : 2021 Summit

Day 1: 10th February 2021: 9AM to 6PM IST

09.15 - 09.50

The Past, Present and Future of Workplace Culture

Prasenjit Bhattacharya, CEO Great Place to Work®

09.55 - 10.55

Trust: The non-negotiable currency for leaders and organisations

Stephen M. R. Covey, Co-founder & CEO, CoveyLink Worldwide, and the FranklinCovey
Speed of Trust Practice

11.30 - 12.15

Leadership Lessons: Key Priorities for Leaders in the current times

Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman & CEO, Salesforce India

12.20 - 13.20

Spotting Opportunity in Adversity: Stories of Innovation from Best Workplaces

Abhishek Chakraborty, Executive Director, DTDC
Sunil Kataria, Chief Executive Officer, Godrej Consumer Products Limited

14.00 – 14.45

Power of Resilience: Learning from Sports

Geet Sethi, World Billiard Champion and Co-founder Olympic Gold Quest.

14.50 - 15.50

Breakout Session 1: Truly Engaging Talent in a remote working environment

Prashant Tripathy, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Max Life Insurance
Satish Sharma, President(AMEA) & Wholetime Director, Apollo Tyres Ltd

14.50 - 15.50

Breakout Session 2: Distributed Leadership – Enabling People Managers

Vinay Razdan, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), HDFC Bank
Dr. Alka Mittal, Director (HR), ONGC

14.50 - 15.50

Breakout Session 3: Employee Wellbeing – A lead Indicator to Engagement and Productivity

Satish Kannan, Co-founder & CEO, MediBuddy
Shraddhanjali Rao, Vice President, Human Resources – SAP, India

15.55 - 16.55

Powering an Inclusive Future FOR ALL – Learning from the World’s Best

Eleanor Cavanagh Lomas, Vice President of People & Communities, CISCO
Fiona Dawson, Global President Mars Food, Multisales and Global Customers, Mars Incorporated

17.00 – 17.50

Building a Listening Organisation

S. Venky Venkatesh, Member-Group Management Board, President – Group HR, RPG Enterprises
Vivek Ranjan, CHRO, Zensar Technologies

Day 2: 11th February 2021: 2PM to 7PM IST

14.15 - 15.00

Being Authentic – A Leadership Responsibility

Vinita Bali, Former Managing Director, Britannia

15.05 - 15.50

Transformation Story of Tata Steel

T. V. Narendran, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Tata Steel Limited

16.45 - 17.30

Using the Power of Habit to Build a Culture of Innovation

Michael Burchell, CEO, Great Place to Work®, Gulf in conversation with
Scott Anthony, Strategic Advisor and Author - Eat, Sleep, Innovate
Shefali Mohapatra, Chief People Officer, Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT)

17.35 - 18.15

The Success Principles for the Organisation of Tomorrow

Michele Zanini, Co-Author, Wall Street Journal bestseller, Humanocracy and Co-founder,
Management Lab

18.20 - 19.00

Live Musical Evening

Performance by Digvijay Singh Pariyarm and his band. He is known for his Bollywood, Sufi, semi-classical, classical, and folk music.

2021 Speakers

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    Stephen M. R. Covey

    CoveyLink and Speed of Trust Practice

    Stephen M. R. Covey is cofounder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Speed of Trust Practice. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and collaboration, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver. The Speed of Trust has been translated into 22 languages and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Stephen is also coauthor of the # 1 Amazon bestseller Smart Trust: The Defi ning Skill That Transforms Managers Into Leaders. Stephen asserts that trust has become the new currency of our world, and that having the ability to develop, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the number one competency of leadership needed today. He passionately delivers this message and is dedicated to enabling individuals and organizations to reap the dividends of high trust throughout the world. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his tangible, practical approach to trust. Stephen is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his direction, became the largest leadership development company in the world. He personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most infl uential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, Stephen joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer and later became National Sales Manager and then President & CEO. Under Stephen’s leadership, the company grew rapidly and profi tably, achieving Inc. 500 status. As President & CEO, he nearly doubled revenues while increasing profi ts by 12 times. During that period, both customer and employee trust reached new highs and the company expanded throughout the world into over 40 countries. This greatly increased the value of the brand and company. Within three years of being named CEO, Stephen had increased shareholder value by 67 times in a merger with then FranklinQuest to form FranklinCovey. Over the years, Stephen has gained considerable respect and infl uence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private sector and public sector organizations he’s consulted. Clients recognize his unique perspective on real-world organizational issues based on his practical experience as a former CEO. Stephen serves on numerous boards, including the Government Leadership Advisory Council, and he has been recognized with the lifetime Achievement Award for “Top Thought Leaders in Trust” from the advocacy group, Trust Across America/Trust Around the World. Stephen resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

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    Arundhati Bhattacharya

    Chief Executive Officer

    Arundhati Bhattacharya joined Salesforce on April 1, 2020. Her role is to lead the business in India, which is built on solid foundations, to even greater heights, such that most Corporates would consider them as the "go-to" company amongst their peers. Prior to joining Salesforce, she was Chairman of State Bank of India, India's largest Bank and a Fortune 500 Company. It is a legacy 214 year old Bank and she was responsible for initiating and leading its digital transformation journey. She expects that the insights she gained from the customer's point of view will help them to refine their offerings such that they are able to always over-deliver on their commitments to their customers. She is based in Mumbai and is a mother of a 24 year old daughter. Both she and her husband love travelling, reading and experimenting with food. She believes that they spend the best hours of their lives at their workplace. As such it would be her endeavour to create the right atmosphere that enables their people to enjoy their work, innovate, deliver and thrive.

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    T. V. Narendran

    Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
    Tata Steel Limited

    Mr. T V Narendran is the CEO & Managing Director of Tata Steel Limited. As the CEO & MD, he has overseen the acquisitions of Bhushan Steel Limited (now known as Tata Steel BSL Limited) and the steel business of Usha Martin Limited (now part of Tata Steel Long Products Limited). Earlier, as the Managing Director, he successfully executed Tata Steel's Greenfield expansion at Kalinganagar. He has over 32 years of experience in the Mining and Metals industry. Mr. Narendran is currently on the Board of Tata Steel Limited. He is the Chairman of Tata Steel Europe, Tata Steel BSL Limited, and Tata Steel Long Products Limited. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors of XLRI Jamshedpur. He was a member on the Board of the World Steel Association and is a member of its Executive Committee. He was the co-chair of the Mining & Metals Governors Council of the World Economic Forum from 2016 to 2018. He is the President Designate of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and is the Vice President of the Indian Institute of Metals. Mr. Narendran is a Mechanical Engineer from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy, and completed MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta. He is a recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Awards from both NIT Trichy and IIM Calcutta. He is a Chevening Scholar and has also attended the Advanced Management Programme in CEDEP INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

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    Vinita Bali

    Former Managing Director

    Vinita Bali is a global business leader with extensive experience in leading large Companies both in India and overseas. She has worked with eminent multinationals like The Coca-Cola Company and Cadbury Schweppes PLC in a variety of Marketing, General Management and Chief Executive roles in the UK, Nigeria, South Africa, Latin America and the USA, in addition to Britannia Industries Ltd., in India. She brings a global and pragmatic perspective to strategy, marketing, innovation and operations, having worked across countries and continents, with responsibility for global and regional roles. Effective April 2014, Vinita moved from a full time operational role as MD & CEO of Britannia to pursue her wide-ranging interests in the corporate and development sectors. She is a Non-Executive Director on the Global Boards of Smith & Nephew plc, Cognizant Technology Solutions and Bunge Limited. She also served on the Global Boards of Syngenta International AG from April 2012 to June 2017 and GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), a Swiss Foundation, based in Geneva, from July 2010 to December 2018 and was the Chair from January 2015 to December 2018. In India, Vinita serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of CRISIL Ltd and Syngene International Limited; is a Member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore and Chairs the CII National Committee on Nutrition. She was also on the Board of Titan Company Limited from October 2006 till March 2018 Vinita was among 27 global leaders appointed by the UN in 2012 to help improve maternal and child health as part of its SUN (Scaling up Nutrition) initiative and completed her term in 2016. She has been recognized in forums nationally and internationally and won several awards for her various contributions to business and society. Vinita has an under-graduate degree in Economics from the University of Delhi and a Masters in Management from the University of Bombay. She also pursued post graduate studies in International Business from Michigan State University.

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    Patu Keswani

    Chairman and Managing Director
    Lemon Tree Hotels

    Patu Keswani graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1981. He subsequently received his Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from IIM Calcutta in 1983. Patu joined the TATA Administrative Service (TAS) in 1983 and worked with the TATA Group for 17 years. His last assignment was as Senior Vice President of the Taj Group of Hotels. He subsequently worked with management consulting firm, A.T. Kearney Inc. as Director in their New Delhi office. Anticipating the enormous yet latent demand for mid-market and economy hotels in India, Patu promoted Lemon Tree Hotels in late 2002. He is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd. which owns and operates 80 hotels in 48 cities with 8000 rooms and 8000 employees. Lemon Tree Hotels listed on the National Stock Exchange of India and Bombay Stock Exchange on 9th April 2018. Patu is focused on offering opportunities to Indians with disability and people from the economically/socially weak segment. Presently, ~20% of Lemon Tree employees are from this disadvantaged segment of the population. Lemon Tree Hotels has been presented the National Award by the President of India for ‘Best Employer of Persons with Disabilities’ in 2016 & 2011 and a third National Award in 2012 for being a ‘Role Model in providing a Barrier Free Environment to Persons with Disabilities’. Patu is also the Chairman of the Skills Council for Persons with Disability (SCPwD). He is also a member of the Sector Skills Council for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism (NSDC). Patu was until recently also a member of the University Grants Commission and a member of the Board of Governors of IIT Delhi. Patu has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by his Alma Maters - IIT Delhi in 2011 and IIM Calcutta in 2012. Patu was inducted into the IATO (Indian Association of Tour Operators) Hall of Fame in 2019; the ‘Hotelier India’ Hall of Fame in 2012 and into the FHRAI (The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India) Hall of Fame in 2010. He received the Excellence Award (inclusion/diversity) at Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Awards 2018. Patu is a first generation Indian entrepreneur. His father was an Indian Railway Service officer and his mother a doctor in the Indian Army. He was previously married to Sharanita. They have two children, a son Aditya and daughter Nayana. Patu lives in New Delhi.

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    Fiona Dawson

    Global President Mars Food, Multisales and Global Customers
    Mars Incorporated

    Fiona Dawson is the Global President of Mars Food, Multisales and Global Customers and a member of the Mars Leadership Team, reporting to Grant Reid, Office of the President. Mars Food, headquartered in London, is dedicated to providing better food today and a better world tomorrow. As Global President, Dawson leads a business over 1,500 Associates. Mars Food’s 13 leading brands are available in more than 30 countries. Mars Multisales in Europe and Southern Africa operates in over 50 countries, bringing our beloved brands from the Confectionery, Pet Nutrition and Food segments to consumers. Fiona Dawson joined the Mars graduate program from Trinity College, Dublin and has enjoyed a long career at Mars in various roles, including European Marketing Vice President, Managing Director and then President of Mars Chocolate U.K. Dawson has also participated in the Mars Chocolate Global Board and acted as President of Mars Global Retail. Dawson has a passion for the advancement of women’s entrepreneurship and human rights, especially in the developing world. She is Chair of the Women’s Business Council, a group seeking to advance women in the executive pipeline. She is also a member of The LEGO Group’s Board of Directors where she brings her decades of experience working with global consumer brands to help support the long-term vision of the LEGO Group. Previously, Dawson served on the Economic Development Advisory Group to the U.K’s Department for International Development (DfID). Dawson also leads the Mars Brexit Steering Committee to guide the business through geopolitical change. Dawson previously served as President of the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) and Vice President of the Food and Drink Federation, where she led both the Sustainability and Health and Wellbeing committees, becoming a pivotal member of the U.K. Responsibility Deal. Dawson has been recognized with a number of awards including IMAGE Magazine’s Businesswoman of the Year 2016, the Marketing Institute of Ireland’s All Ireland Marketing Champion 2017 and Ireland’s “ultimate marketer” of the past 25 years. Dawson is the first female leader recognized with The Grocer Cup, voted by readers of The Grocer magazine and awarded to business leaders who have inspired their teams to achieve exceptional results. A passionate cook, Fiona lives in the U.K. with her husband, their two sons and their cocker spaniel Roly.

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    Geet Sethi

    World Billiard Champion and Co-founder
    Olympic Gold Quest

    Geet Sethi is a nine time cue sports world champion having won eight world billiards titles and one world snooker master's title. He has been awarded the Arjuna award, Rajiv Khel Ratna award, and the Padma Shri. He is also the co-founder of Olympic Gold Quest, a not for profit foundation supporting Indian athletes who have the potential to win Olympic medals for India. He has also authored the book ‘Success v/s Joy’, which is an inspirational book on mind control. He lives with his wife Kiran, daughter Jazz, and son Raag in Ahmedabad.

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    Abhishek Chakraborty

    Executive Director

    An Electronics Engineer, Mr. Abhishek Chakraborty is a management specialist with a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B). Prior to joining DTDC, Abhishek had been an Investment Banker with Lehman Brothers and a consultant with Accenture's Global Management Consulting Practice. These stints gave him invaluable experience on the following key aspects of management:

    1. How to look at businesses strategically with a focus on growth and qualit

    2. The role of technology and digital transformation in readying businesses for the future

    3. Understanding complex business scenarios and finding solutions

    4. Exposure to modern management and leadership frameworks needed to lead diverse teams towards business success.

    He has been at the forefront of several new initiatives within DTDC which include establishing Premium Express Products and developing Customer Relationship Management within the company. His entrepreneurial acumen, in-depth knowledge of markets and effective planning and implementation has played a pivotal role in re-shaping DTDC’s operational footprint and re-engineering its infrastructure.

    Abhishek has spearheaded an organization-wide transformation driven by automation and digitization, with a strong B2B/B2C focus. This includes introduction of technological advancements in DTDC such as live fleet monitoring, mobility devices for real-time tracking, automated sorting and modernization of financial systems. He is committed to growing his team and taking the organization to greater heights.

    In his personal life, Abhishek is a fitness enthusiast and an ardent sports lover. He is also passionate about music and movies.

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    Prasenjit Bhattacharya

    Chief Executive Officer
    Great Place to Work®

    Prasenjit Bhattacharya has over two decades of experience in Indian and multinational corporations like HSBC, Eicher Consultancy Services (ECS Ltd.), Siemens, and Crompton Greaves.
    Prasenjit has worked closely as an internal HR consultant and as an external consultant with senior leadership teams at various organisations in the area of change management.
    Prasenjit heads Great Place to Work® in India, the world’s leading Institute doing research in creating great workplaces. In his previous stint in consulting, Prasenjit has worked widely in various areas in HR and in Service Quality and TQM in industries ranging from telecom, cement, heavy engineering, automotive components, dairy products, software and hotels.
    Prasenjit has done his MA in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and is married to Puja who is an MA in Family & Child Welfare working as a freelance consultant to social and non-governmental organisations.

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    Sunil Kataria

    Chief Executive Officer
    Godrej Consumer Products Limited

    Sunil joined GCPL in 2011, where he successfully led the merger of the sales and marketing organisations of GCPL and the erstwhile Godrej Sara Lee. He has diverse work experience across the FMCG and Consumer Services sectors in Sales, Marketing and business roles, including a highly successful 12 year stint at Marico Industries. Post this, Sunil served as a Business Head in retail and telecom companies, leading large and complex business operations. Prior to joining the Godrej Group, he was Chief Operating Officer of the Idea Rajasthan Circle, where he headed business operations, was responsible for the P&L, and led a major turnaround of the Rajasthan business. Sunil is Chairman of the Indian Society of Advertisers and closely associated with the CMO forum, FICCI FMCG Committee and Advertising Standards Council of India. A graduate in Economics from Delhi University, he is also an MBA in Marketing from the Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad. Sunil is a staunch practitioner of the spirit of 'Possibility Thinking' and believes that this, coupled with a passion for flawless execution, is the biggest competitive advantage in today's world. An avid reader, he writes Hindi poetry, and loves watching Hindi movies and Hollywood science fiction.

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    Michele Zanini

    Co-Author and Co-founder
    Wall Street Journal bestseller, Humanocracy and Management Lab

    Michele Zanini is the co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Humanocracy. He is also the co-founder of the Management Lab, where he helps large organizations become more adaptable, innovative, and engaging places to work. Prior to starting Management Lab, Zanini was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, and a leader in the firm’s organization, strategy and financial services practices. Zanini is also an alumnus of the RAND Corporation and holds degrees from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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    S. Venky Venkatesh

    President-Group HR & Member-Group Management Board, RPG
    RPG Enterprises

    Venky is an experienced HR leader with more than 33 years of corporate experience. He is one of India’s senior most and longest serving Group CHROs for diversified conglomerates.
    For the last 20 years, he has held the Group HR Head position in global, India-origin companies. Venky also had an entrepreneurial stint for over 4 years, during which he founded Svanishta, a strategic HR advisory firm. which focused on a novel ‘Director HR-on-hire’ proposition.
    Currently Venky is the President – Group HR for RPG Enterprises, a USD 4 Billion diversified conglomerate. The Group has business and operations in all major geographies around the world. Venky is responsible for managing a multi-cultural employee population exceeding 30000 RPGians.
    Venky is an alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
    Venky is an active and much sought speaker in various forums. He writes and contributes regularly on LinkedIn. Venky’s articles are off the beaten track, and challenges existing notions in management and HR. He writes on diverse subjects like leadership, talent, corporate governance, family/founder businesses etc.

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    Prashant Tripathy

    Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
    Max Life Insurance

    Bringing with him over 22 years of formidable experience in domestic and international arenas of Business Strategy, Financial Planning, Finance Operations, Customer Management and Project Management, Prashant Tripathy leads Max Life Insurance as its Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer. Prashant joined the company in 2007 and prior to taking up the current role, was Senior Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) spearheading the Corporate Strategy for the company. His key responsibilities stretched across Finance, Strategy and Business Performance & Analysis. In addition, he also led the verticals of Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Assurance and Procurement & Facilities and played a critical role in managing Investor Relations and Communications at Max India, the parent company of Max Life Insurance. Before that, Prashant was appointed as Director – Strategic Planning & Business Development at Max Life. During this stint, he successfully anchored strategic projects which went a long way in redefining the company's strategic direction and business plan. It also resulted in Max Life Insurance gaining the eminent position of the largest non-bank private life insurance company. He also managed the company’s initiative on strengthening corporate governance and worked very closely with Max Life's Board of Directors and its shareholders. Before joining the Max Life Insurance family, Prashant was associated with GE and Genpact for 8 years in India as well as in the UK. In his last assignment at Genpact, he served as Vice President and Global Operating Leader for Finance and Accounting Clients. During his tenure with GE in the UK, Prashant headed the Financial Planning and Analysis team. During the early days of his distinguished career, Prashant worked with Tata Steel, Jamshedpur where he was responsible for the operations of a steel plant. Prashant holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and has completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore.

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    Satish Kannan

    Co-founder & CEO

    Satish Kannan is a pioneer in the online healthcare industry. With a singular focus to bring a paradigm shift in the healthcare industry, he has, in a relatively short period of time, ushered his organization to a leadership position. He is well on his way to achieving his goal of making high-quality healthcare accessible to everyone across the nation. Satish Kannan is popularly known is an alumnus of IIT Madras - B.Tech & M.Tech in Electrical engineering. After completing his education, he started his career with Philips Healthcare, being involved with Research and Development on specialized equipment, used by cardiologists for conducting surgeries. Post that Satish began his leadership journey by co-founding DocsApp ( a 24x7 online doctor consultation platform) to make high-quality healthcare accessible to over a billion people in India. Satish is now at the helm of affairs of the vastly expanded entity of DocsApp & MediBuddy as Chief Executive Officer. Satish’s achievements have been acknowledged by Forbes - he has been featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 list, 2017 (Asia) and Forbes 30 under 30 list, 2018 (India), for his contribution to the Indian health-care sector. When not focused in transforming the healthcare sector, the former IITian loves to read books, travel and practice yoga.

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    Scott Anthony

    Senior Partner

    Scott Anthony is a Senior Partner at Innosight, where he helps leaders design new growth strategies, build innovation capabilities, navigate disruptive innovation, and manage strategic transformation. Scott has written eight books, including most recently Eat, Sleep, Innovate (2020) and Dual Transformation (2017), which describe how forward-thinking organizations can navigate disruptive change and own the future. Scott is a prolific contributor to Harvard Business Publishing. He is the most published digital author on and is Harvard Business Corporate Learning’s most in-demand subject matter expert. He has been based in Singapore since 2010, where he served as a member of the Committee on the Future Economy and a Board member of MediaCorp from 2013-2019. In 2019 he was named one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50, and in 2017 he won the T50 Innovation Award.

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    Vivek Ranjan

    Zensar Technologies

    Vivek Ranjan is CHRO at Zensar. With over 22 years of industry experience in HR across multiple countries, regions, & businesses, he has been instrumental in growing businesses at scale and creating great places to work culture.
    As global CHRO he is responsible for culture transformation of Zensar keeping people at the centre. As member of Zensar executive & RPG HR leadership team, he is driving Zensar’s living digital journey with a focus on fulfilling group vision of unleashing talent, touching lives, outperformance and happiness.
    Prior to Zensar, Vivek was Head of HR at Ericsson India Global Services with responsibility of 20000+ associates in information & communications technology space. This was preceded by a 12 year tenure in Europe where he was instrumental in establishing and growing European operations for multinational Indian IT organizations like HCL, iGATE, Mastek & NIIT. His role as Head of HR is marked by establishing successful businesses, culture transformation, scaling up of operations and best-in-class employee experience.
    An MBA in HR from XLRI, Jamshedpur, Vivek is a Chartered Member of CIPD (MCIPD), UK. He is certified in Change Leadership (Prosci) and Executive Coaching (Marshall Goldsmith-ISB). He also attended Global Perspectives & Leading within the New Realities Programs in Questrom School of Business, Boston.

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    Shraddhanjali Rao

    Vice President, Human Resources
    SAP, India

    Shraddha is a leader with extensive experience in designing and executing the people strategy for building high-performance organization for SAP’s 13,000+ workforce in India. Additionally, to foster the start-up ecosystem, she commits her time as the Advisor of the SAP Start up Studio, an accelerator program of SAP Labs India. Under her leadership, SAP Labs India has ranked #1 in the India’s Best Companies to Work for by the Great Place to Work Institute in 2018 & 2019, along with being the Best Workplaces for Women and for Culture of Innovation and Certified as a Top Employer for 2019 & 2020.
    She was also awarded the Women Leadership Award by Observe Now in 2020, the Exceptional Women of Excellence 2017 by Women Economic Forum and is among Top 20 most voted HR Role Models in India in 2018.
    She is passionate about Future of work, Leadership, Inclusion and nurturing Start-ups. She believes, that in order to change the game, you have to change the frame! She has co-authored the book Why Blend In When You Can Stand Out? Alma Mater: Harvard, ISB and T A Pai Management Institute.

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    Vinay Razdan

    Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
    HDFC Bank

    Mr. Vinay Razdan is the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of HDFC Bank. In his current role, he is responsible for the entire human resource function in the Bank. Prior to joining the bank in September 2018, Mr. Razdan was the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Idea Cellular Ltd. He had joined Idea in 2006 and spearheaded several transformational initiatives there. An HR veteran of 32 + years, Vinay brings in rich, vast, and varied experience across sectors such as FMCG, IT Services and Telecommunications. He has held leadership positions with marquee organizations such as ITC Ltd, HCL Technologies and Idea Cellular Ltd. Under Vinay’s leadership, some of these organisations were recognised as great places to work. Vinay is an alumnus of Delhi University and holds a postgraduate degree/diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Vinay is married to Jagriti, who is involved in various charitable causes. He is a football aficionado, and also enjoys playing cricket and table tennis. Reading and travelling are his other interests.

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    Dr. Alka Mittal

    Director (HR)
    Oil & Natural Gas Corporation, India

    Dr Alka Mittal leads the human resource management function of India’s largest E&P company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited. She joined the Board of ONGC as Director (HR) in November 2018 after having distinguished herself in diverse roles and challenging assignments and has over 36 years of rich experience in India’s Maharatna Energy Major.
    She is the first woman functional Director of the company in its history. Dr Alka Mittal has driven strategic & impactful human resource programmes and policies in ONGC, with focus on adopting best-in-class HR practices towards making ONGC a best place to work and nurturing a generation of dedicated energy soldiers in India. A leader with a mission, Dr Mittal has steered ONGC to become one of the top companies in the country today in the area of CSR, with focus on impactful and sustainable projects to empower the community and preserve our planet.
    Dr Mittal is on the Board of ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Limited (OMPL) as ONGC nominee Director since August 2015, and is a member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Trichy. She is actively involved with various national and international professional forums and bodies dedicated to the cause of Human Resource Management and empowerment of women, especially in the Energy Sector. She has a special penchant for training and mentoring, and has trained more than 12000 young Graduate Trainees of ONGC since 2001.
    Dr Mittal is a post graduate in Economics, MBA (HRM) and a Doctorate in Commerce and Business Studies in the area of “Corporate Governance”.

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    El Cavanagh-Lomas

    VP People & Communities
    CISCO (EMEA & APJC Regions)

    El Cavanagh-Lomas is VP for People & Communities for Cisco EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) and APJC (Asia Pacific, Japan and China) regions. She leads the business partnering and country consulting support to all functions within the regions ensuring the alignment of global & regional strategy. She is passionate about driving business outcomes which have the employee experience at the heart.
    El joined Cisco in April 2010 as part of the acquisition of Starent Networks. Prior to joining Cisco and Starent, El spent 8 years with Aspect Software.
    El is FCIPD qualified, with a BSc. Honors in Law & German and is an Employment law expert for the EMEAR Region. El is also a qualified Business and Performance Coach and an NLP Practitioner and has a passion for the development of HR professionals.

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    Satish Sharma

    President (AMEA) & Wholetime Director
    Apollo Tyres Ltd

    As President of Apollo Tyres, Satish Sharma guides strategy and oversees the implementation of key functions like manufacturing, sales and marketing, customer relations and profitability in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. A member of the company’s Management and Supervisory Board, he is a man who prefers taking challenges head-on. He is credited with Apollo’s steady sales growth, in the last 5 years.
    Satish Sharma began his career with JK Tyres, moving very soon to the position of a Manager, where he was responsible for brand and product management, planning and development, advertising and sales promotion, market research and after-sales service.
    He joined Apollo Tyres in 1997 as a Product Manager and was gradually promoted to the position of Chief, Marketing. Sharma's eye for new products and market strategies has contributed consistently to the company’s progression. Known for his innovative marketing initiatives and exceptional leadership qualities, he continues to mentor and coach business units within the organisation. Satish took over as the Chief, India Operations for Apollo Tyres in April 2006. In early 2014, he was redesignated as the President for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa region, and was inducted to the Board as the Wholetime Director in March 2019.
    A Chemical Engineer from the National Institute of Technology, Raipur, Madhya Pradesh, Satish also holds a post-graduate diploma in Business Management from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad. He is a member of the Institute of Engineers, Indian Rubber Institute and All India Management Association (AIMA).
    An avid sportsperson, who is extremely passionate about his fitness, Sharma enjoys golf and running. He actively participates in the half-marathons held every year. Apart from sports, he loves challenging crossword puzzles and travelling with his family.

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    Shefali Mohapatra

    Chief People Officer
    Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT)

    Shefali Mohapatra is the Chief People Officer at Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT) which is one of the fastest going ISP in the country. A hands-on professional to go with a long-term-thinking acumen, she has curated the company’s work culture and has helped grown it from a start-up to one of the formidable wired broadband players in the market.
    At ACT, she is responsible for leading the entire Human Resources and Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) functions. Her passion lies in developmental HR, building great cultures based on trust and high performing teams. She has recently taken up an additional role of heading Customer Experience Management and works closely with the marketing team for the same. In ACT she plays the role of a functional head and an organisational leader as the executive committee member.
    She has played a critical role in the business evolution process and has established an effective and sustainable people functions with arguably some of the best people processes. She takes a lot of pride in working towards business relevant and meaningful HR processes.
    Her philosophy is simple: The workplace should be an extension of yourself. If you are happy and passionate about the work you do, magic happens.
    She graduated in Eco (Hons) from Delhi University and did her MBA from MDI Gurgaon. She has further completed her Graduate Management Program from Wharton School.

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