4th Learning and Development Leadership Summit India 2018

Meet our Speakers

Anirban R. Banerjee

Deputy General Manager – Learning and Development

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd

Anirban R Banerjee is the winner of BEST LEARNING LEADER AWARD in 2017 – the National Award for Best in Class Learning and Development. A prominent Learning & Development Leader who has worked for various MNC’s across India, the award recognizes Anirban’s contribution in the field of enhancement of Quality of Learning & Development. His work on “Conscious Vs Unconscious Mind and Learning Effectiveness” has impacted Quality of Learning and Development interventions.

Anirban is also the recipient of 100 most talented Training and Development Leaders in Indian award from World HRD Congress presented by Times Assent in 2017.

He has close to two decades of experience in Learning & Development and Leadership Development across different sectors and business, having worked for organizations like AT&T, Tech Mahindra, IBM, Dr Reddy’s and Voltas in Senior positions as an Learning & Development Specialist.

He has received Award in 2008 for his contribution to Training & Development for his initiative “Learning with Leaders” at Tech Mahindra. In 2009, he was recognized as “Emerging Global Learning Leader at IBM ” for his Learning Initiative “Blue Knight”.

Anirban is a successful author and columnist. He is the author of a series on Leadership Principles entitled “Principles My Father Followed” that was published by the New Global Indian, Boston, USA (2011-2012). Anirban is a leading columnist with an English language national daily The Daily Pioneer http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/author/anirban . He writes column on leadership for People Matters - India’s leading journal on Leadership Development. He has been interviewed by New Global Indian a Knowledge and Current Affairs Magazine, published from Boston (USA). He also has a blog http://articlesbyanirban.blogspot.com/ He has writes a column for India Facts and News Bharati. His articles have appeared in Indian Express and Business World. He is also a speaker and spoken at many L&D leadership meets and conferences. Including Vibrant Gujarat Summit .

After graduating in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Gujarat University in 1996, Anirban went on to complete his MBA in Human Resource Management from MIT School of Management, Pune (Pune University) in the year 1999.

Anupama Nithyanand

Managing Director- Lead- Learning Practice

Accenture Technology

Anupama Nithyanand currently leads the Learning Organization of Accenture Delivery Centres for Technology in India. She is a leader in technology and education with more than 27 years of business and academia experience, and has worked with leading Information Technology firms such as Wipro and Infosys in the past. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering, a master’s in Business Administration, and several publications to her credit.

Ayan Chatterjee

Head Learning & Development


Dr Swatee Sarangi

Head Capability Development

Larsen Toubro Limited

Gajendra Chandel

Chief Human Resources Officer

Tata Motors Limited

Mr. Chandel is currently the President and CHRO, Tata Motors, India’s largest Automotive Company. He moved to Tata Motors in 2014, from another Tata Group Company, Tata AutoComp Systems where he was the Group CHRO, Tata AutoComp Systems from 2005 to 2014.

At Tata Motors, as part of Executive Committee, he is actively involved in its turnaround with responsibility of various strategic growth initiatives of the company, pioneered various HR practices which are seen as trendsetters and industry benchmarks.

As part of the turnaround strategy, emanating from Company’s short, mid & long term strategy, he has piloted massive restructuring & reorganisation exercise across the company covering compression of hierarchy to flat structure, Job levelling, Banding, Management Assessment & structured placement exercise, performance planning & review, career & succession planning etc. - all driven towards making the organisation agile and lean, fighting machine to meet company’s goal of being amongst the top 3 players in Commercial vehicles worldwide and top 3 passenger car business in India.

Prior to joining Tata Group, he worked with Siemens in India, Germany and USA for almost 13 years where he held various assignments, incl. Regional HR Manager (North), Divisional HR Manager for newly formed Telecom Div., Corporate Head for Industrial Relations, Corporate Head of Leadership and HR Development & Head of Siemens ONE, Shared services Project. From 2000 to 2003, he led the Leadership Project at Global Headquarters of Siemens in Munich & subsequently at Siemens USA on a Business Integration Project from 2003-2004.

He was honoured with Leader of the Year award in 1997 by LMI Inc. USA.

Mr. Chandel loves photography, hiking & reading.

Ganesh Nair

Head Learning and Development

Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co. Ltd.

Ganesh is a skilled hands on HR professional passionate about achieving business results through People .He has more than a decade of experience in the Learning & Development space along with a stint as an HR Business partner Over the years, he has been responsible for all phases of the learning journey -from creating the overall Learning architecture of the organization, setting up the individual verticals of the L & D function, creation of Technical Academies to build Functional expertise and execution of Leadership programs to create a talent pipeline. He has run and managed organization wide Change management programs during critical transition periods.

An expert classroom facilitator with a strong orientation of using technology as an enabler and have been an early adopter in using Gamification to drive learning and engagement. He launched an industry-first, award winning leadership game called “Hunt for Shalimar” in 2013.His current passion is mobile learning and have recently created and designed a unique - Learning, Social and Gamification app called "MobiBuZZ" which has been voted the "Best in Redefining Technology for Learning" at the 2016 People Matters Award & "Most Innovative use of HR Technology" by the HT Mint Awards. His latest digital foray has been in designing the only Insurance Sales Enablement simulation called the “Wolf of Park Street.” This has been awarded as one of the best Technology backed Gamification initiatives in India at the People Matters L & D Awards in 2017.

Recently he was recognized as one of top 3 CLO's of the year at the TISS -Leapvault CLO awards. He is passionate about education and is part of the board that designs the curriculum for a premier management institution.

He has completed his Masters in HR and in his free time loves reading comics ,playing videogames and keeping fit by running behind his 2 year old son.

Gaurish Wagh

Head Learning and Development

Sodexo Onsite Services

Girish Menon



Goutami Dutt

Head Learning and Development

OLX India

Dr. Jayan Sen

Associate Vice President and Head, Learning and Development

Infosys Ltd.

Hemalakshmi Raju

Head Learning and Development


Nikhil Chadha

Director Flipskool: New Capabilities, Behaviour Transformation & Values


Niranjana Harikumar

Head Learning, Talent and OD

Piramal Group

Oscar D’Silva



Oscar is an entrepreneur, facilitator, consultant, creator and a thinker. As a people engagement expert with over 20 years of experience, he had conceptualized and launched d’frens to help businesses like yours build efficient teams, engage employees and drive a learning culture. He was instrumental in making d’frens as the best team building organization in India engaging over a million people in last 11 years.

Oscar’s interactions with thousands of business leaders and even more number of Gen-Y employees gives him the diverse perspectives to stay ahead of the curve - be it technology, learning or the changing attitudes. Oscar works with top leaders in India to bring in unusual ways of building teams and engaging the employees. His approach is very popular with the millennials and it helped organizations multiply their engagement levels within a short period.

When Oscar is not busy designing the future workplace for clients, he sings for his band. After all, music teaches a great deal about employee engagement.

Paras Kaushik

Head – Human Resources

Madura Fashion & Lifestyle

Pranamika Kakati

AVP Organisational Development

Kotak Life Insurance

A strategic business partner and innovative people leader. She has hands on experience in training and developing workforce, organizational change, cultural transformation, leadership development, coaching for performance, employee engagement and human resources management . She has worked over 17 years primarily in the areas of Operations, training, Learning and Organization Development across industries like Hospitality, Retail, Consulting, IT and BFSI. She has handled varied, cross functional and multiple industry resources both structured and unstructured set ups and Organizations. She has significantly contributed towards change management of leadership team, Structured learning approach and digital learning transformation at Kotak Life Insurance. Her area of expertise are LMS (Learning Management Systems), mid and senior Leadership development, Talent development (Skills, Behavioral, Transition etc.), Assessment & Development Centre, Content and Concept Design of Blended learning, Digital Learning, Competency mapping, Measuring Learning Effectiveness etc. She is a certified Assessor from XLRI, DISC and Situational Leadership from Blanchard International, CBI from AON Hewitt , 7 Habits practitioner from Franklin Covey etc. She is currently working as an AVP Organizational Development with Kotak Life Insurance and is an inhabitant of a small town , Namrup, Assam and is in the quest of conquering new challenges in Mumbai since 2007.

Prashant Srivastava

President Group Human Capital & People Excellence

Reliance Group

Priti Agarwal

Founder and Managing Director

The Catalyst

Rajnish Borah

Global Learning Leader


Rajnish serves as the Global Learning Leader at WNS, responsible for skilling & education for its 35000 workforce. With close to two decades in the Human Resources field, Rajnish brings expertise in Organization Development, Strategic Business Partnering & Engagement, HR Communication & Talent Acquisition in IT, ITES & BFSI industries across multiple geographies.

Prior to joining WNS, Rajnish served as a Head of HR for L&T General Insurance Company & also led Engagement & Communication for L&T Financial services. Rajnish is a Post Graduate in Personnel Management from Pune University.

Rituraj Sar

VP & Head Global Learning & Organization Development

Lupin Limited

Rituraj heads the Global Learning & Organization Development function for this one of India’s top 3 leading pharma players which employs about 20,000 people worldwide and has operations in over 100 countries. Rituraj has a Masters in Marketing Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. He has attended several other Advanced Management Programs from IIM Ahmedabad and Indian School of Business Hyderabad. With 29 years of world class experience spanning geographies and industries in India, Rituraj joined Lupin from IBM.

Rituraj started his career in Marketing with Voltas where he spent close to 5 years. He also worked with Blow Plast and Dabur before becoming the Head Sales & Marketing at Alembic Glass. Rituraj moved from areas in Marketing into areas in Human Resources like Learning & Development when he joined NIS Sparta. Rituraj is a trained facilitator and a certified trainer. Using his business insights clubbed with HR exposure, he has done extensive work in areas of Performance Development, Leadership Development and Organization Development across sectors with large MNCs and Indian organizations.

Rituraj has been awarded for sterling contribution to People Development by the magazine - The Human factor. He is also invited to be on the Academic Council Board of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University. He is regularly invited as Speaker on various forums of HR and Business.

He has led Learning & Development function at Lupin to earn Lupin a place in the Top 3 Private Sector Companies across all sectors for the Best Learning & Development Practices by BML Munjal Awards in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Under his leadership, Lupin has also consistently earned the rank as among the Top 2 Biotech and Pharma Companies in India as per Great Places to Work Survey conducted in partnership with Economic Times in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He has also been honoured with the prestigious Chief Learning Officers’ Award from Tata Institute of Social Sciences for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Another prestigious honour is the Global Leadership Award for Training & Development from World Training & Development Congress for 2014 and 2015. Among the international accolades, the ATD (earlier ASTD) Awards in Washington DC rated Lupin amongst the Top Companies in the world for the world class L&D work in 2014, 2016 and 2017

Rohit Mittal

Country Business Head

Procurement Academy

Rohit is currently spearheading the India Business operations of Procurement Academy a Belgium based global Leader in E-Learning. An MBA in Marketing from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and has qualified several other learning programs from IIM Bengaluru, London School of Business and Hong Kong Polytech University.

Rohit comes with 20 years of extensive and versatile expertise in Marketing, Business Development, Enterprise Consultative Selling, Experiential Learning, Market Research and Strategic Alliances in domestic and international markets. Worked with technology majors like Hewlett Packard and Redington.

He has led and successfully grown multi-million-dollar businesses from scratch for Start Ups and Established Business Entities alike. He also has been instrumental in leading cross functional teams and acknowledged by industry leaders for commendable execution capabilities.

In the L&D space Rohit has been a Free-Lance Trainer with more than 3000 hours of training and content delivery in the areas of Business Communication, Leadership, Soft-Skills, Sales & Marketing, Management Best Practices, and Retail. Has trained executives in organizations like HP, RIM, NESTLE, FLIPKART, MARUTI, PNB Housing Finance, HOT SPOT, THE MOBILE STORE to name a few.

A Technology and adventure enthusiast with varied interests. Voracious reader (Owns a personal library of 300+ books), competitive sports person with a Gold medal in Welter Weight Boxing and a district level wicket keeper batsman during his student life. A die-hard student and fan of “Steve Jobs”.

Sagorika Kantharia

Chief People Officer

Radio City

Smitha Murthy

Vice President – Art of Living Corporate Programs & Leadership and Organization Development


Smitha co-creates holistic Talent solutions for a number of organizations, leveraging over 20 years of industry experience in Organizational Effectiveness. She has anchored large transformational programs spanning multiple countries at Infosys while heading various functions like Organization Development, Careers, Learning and Development, Performance Management and is passionate about seeing change manifesting as self-aware behaviors, enhanced performance and business impact.

She specializes in working with clients in conceptualizing, implementing and refining Organization and Leadership development strategy, policies and processes and building a conducive cultural ecosystem to achieve defined long and short-term business goals. She also has over two decades of experience in leading breath-based and meditation-based interventions for empowering individuals, teams and organizations.

She is an Engineering graduate in Computer Science from VJTI Mumbai and holds a Diploma in Business Management from Symbiosis. She is a CII HR Excellence Model lead assessor, trained on the Malcolm Baldrige framework and has worked with the CMM and PCMM models. Smitha is also a Global Professional in HR (GPHR), a certified Leadership Coach and Instructional Designer, a Kirkpatrick model certified practitioner and qualified on psychometric instruments like MBTI, DISC and Belbin. She is also Joint Secretary for NHRD Bangalore and a Chartered Member of TiE Bangalore, mentoring the next line of professionals and entrepreneurs.

Samir Nakra

Head Learning and Development


Sandhya Jathar

Head Learning and Development

Development Bank of Singapore, India

Sandhya Jathar is a seasoned Organisational Development professional with more than 17 plus years of her overall 18 years of corporate experience in the Banking and financial services sector. She currently heads the Learning and Talent Development function for Development Bank Of Singapore India entities which includes the Bank and the Global in-house centre ( DBS Asia Hub Two). Prior to this assignment she has been part of Bank Of America leading the leadership consulting and also been the lead for Organisational effectiveness with Royal Bank of Scotland. She was instrumental in setting up the first assessment centre pilot for RBS. She is certified in MBTI, FIROB, EQ,SII, Hogan Suite of Instruments, Certified Assessment centre analyst, and certified on CBI based interviewing. She has been instrumental in setting up the Diversity & Inclusion developmental practice in Bank of America India specifically under gender and generational inclusion. She has pioneered innovations in the adult pedagogy by way of leveraging technology and gamification as well as competence centre practices.

She has a plethora of awards and recognitions from her business stakeholders and Industry fraternity, her eloquent oratory skills has earned her much accolades in industrial forums and as mentor to OD professionals. She has been involved in leveraging behavioural economics and innovative learning methodologies with the tectonic changes across the Learning & Leadership space.

Siva Prasad R T

Director Corporate Relation

Raghu Educational Institutions

Siva is Director Corporate Relation at Raghu Educational Institutions, Vizag. Earlier he has worked with SRM University, NIIT Limited and KIIT University. It was during his period all these institutions saw a milestone in placements that took their brand image to the next level.

He has always believed that there are no short cuts to success. It is his belief that made him to train students as per industry requirement and place them in different sectors, against all odds, especially during tough times.

Currently at Raghu educational institution he is strategizing his belief in innovative training which makes Raghu to stand tall amidst tough competition. A Mechanical Engineer from SVCE, Chennai and a MBA from LIBA, Chennai, he has placed over fifteen thousand students in his fifteen years of experience in placement and training. Siva is a follower of Indian Green Crusader G Nammalwar and does organic terrace gardening during his leisure time.

Suchitra Rajendra


PepsiCo India

Vikrant Bhatnagar

Director – Capability & Skills Development

Tata Communications

Vikrant is Director – Capability & Skills Development at Tata Communications. Earlier he has worked with Infosys & airtel – India’s leading IT & Telecom organisations. L&D holds a higher purpose for Vikrant - ‘enabling people to make their lives richer through learning.’ Currently, Vikrant is contributing to transform the way Tata Communications employees learn & how can this contribute to skills transformation there. He is excited about the vast opportunity of learning & self-development that MOOCs present for people in every walk of life by ‘democratizing learning’.

A science graduate from M.S. University, Udaipur (Rajasthan) and an MBA in HRD from DAVV, Indore, Vikrant also holds a PG Diploma in HRD from Academy of HRD, Hyderabad, Dip. in T&D from ISTD, New Delhi and different professional certifications in learning & assessments. He also has 4 paper publications to his credit, of which one on Change Management has won him the ‘Emerging Thinker’ award from the Indian Society of Training & Development also.

In his leisure time, Vikrant likes to read, listen to music, get close to nature & to reflect. He also plans to start learning photography very soon through online learning.

Dr. Vishal Shah

Vice President - Leadership and People Sciences


Dr. Vishal Shah is currently Vice President- Leadership & People Sciences at Wipro. He is responsible for leadership development & organization effectiveness initiatives. Vishal has a mix of academic & corporate backgrounds. A passion for people and people development is the common thread that runs through his career. Prior to Wipro, he has worked in multiple industries like IT, BPO and Retail. He has also had the opportunity to work in different roles in Sales, HR and Consulting. Vishal is an alumnus of IIMB’s PGDM as well as FPM programs. He has published papers in international journals and presented in international conferences.