Plenary Speakers

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Anil Sachdev - Founder and CEO of Eicher Consultancy Services (ECS)

Anil Sachdev is the Founder and CEO of Eicher Consultancy Services (ECS), Grow Talent Company Limited and the School Of Inspired Leadership- SOIL. He has held several public offices, chairing the National Committee on Industrial relations and National Committee on Leadership Development and HR of CII. He served on a panel of ‘Strategy Coaches’ approved by the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India for strategy formulation. He is a member of the Academic Committee of CEDEP in Fontainebleau. Anil is the Trustee of Chinmaya Mission and the former trustee of the Charities Aid Foundation. He represents India in the World Compassion Council headquartered in Seattle, USA.

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Anuradha Rao - Heads the Digital vertical of the Bank as DMD (Strategy) & Chief Digital Officer, State Bank of India

Ms Anuradha Rao heads the Digital vertical of the Bank as DMD (Strategy) & Chief Digital Officer, State Bank of India. She joined SBI as Probationary officer in 1982 and has rich experience in Banking. She has traversed through various functions and assignments with SBI, including Vice President (Credit), Chicago and Faculty for Credit at State Bank Staff College, Hyderabad. Some of the key assignments handled by her include, a two year stint as MD &CEO of SBI Mutual Fund, developing the Home Loans business and heading the Cross selling function at SBI. Ms Rao holds a post-graduation in M.Sc. (Physics) and is also a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).

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Bramhakumari Kamala - Rajyoga Teacher and a Spiritual Speaker

BK Kamala, Rajyoga Teacher and a Spiritual Speaker, has been associated with Brahma Kumaris for over 25 years. She has been addressing professionals across all levels in corporate organizations and enables them to access their potential to put it to best use, by way of clarity of Self Concept through Spirituality. She holds a Masters’ degree in Value Education & Spirituality and is a regular faculty member at Om Shanti Retreat Centre, northern campus of Brahma Kumaris, Manesar (NCR).

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Fred Miller - Cited as a forerunner of corporate change, Fred Miller is CEO of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc

Cited as a forerunner of corporate change, Fred Miller is CEO of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. He has been honoured as the OD Network’s youngest Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and a Pioneer and Legend among Diversity and Inclusion Professionals. He was the first to serve on all three boards of ATD (formerly ASTD), Organization Development Network, and National Training Labs (NTL).

He is a much sought-after speaker conferences and a prolific author. A pioneering change agent and thought leader in Organization Development, he has led transformative change interventions in Fortune 50 corporations, large not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies across the globe.

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Dr. K R Raja Ravi Varma - Assistant Professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Pondicherry University

Dr. K R Raja Ravi Varma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Pondicherry University. His areas of specialization are, Acting, Actor Training, Movements and Choreography, Applied Theatre, Applied Martial Arts, Theatre Games, Folk Theatre and Devarattam. He is well known for his facilitation and training work in field of Movement and Choreography, Theatre Games, Theatre Therapy, Martial Arts, Folk dance and Folk Theatre. He has published several papers related to Performing Arts and has authored three books on the subject.

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Pradip Khandwalla - Former director of IIM Ahmedabad with a distinguished career in academics consultancy and training

Prof. Pradip Khandwalla is a former director of IIM Ahmedabad with a distinguished career in academics consultancy and training.after his Phd from Carnegie Mellon, he taught Management at McGill University and joined II M Ahmedabad as faculty in 1974 and held the L&T Chair in Organizational Behaviour before serving as the Director.

His interests have been varied, spanning organization theory and the design, creativity, styles of management, turnarounds, effective public administration and democratic governance. He has served on the boards of around 15 public sector and private sector enterprises. Pradip Khandwalla is a poet in English and Gujarati. He has also translated several Gujarati poems and short stories into English and vice versa.

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Puja Marwaha - CEO of CRY (Child Rights and You)

Puja Marwaha is CEO of CRY (Child Rights and You). She joined CRY in 1994, and was appointed CEO in February 2010. Prior to CRY, she worked with Citicorp. She has helped build an organisational framework for CRY that best captures the essence of justice and equity. Her work is focused on creation of an organisational character that attempts to foster a passion for children, a high degree of individual accountability to children, and a firm belief in every person’s potential to bring change for children. Puja is an Aspire India fellow, a member of the VANI board, and also serves on the jury of the Ashoka fellowships.

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Sudhir Kakar - Psychoanalyst and writer

Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst and writer. He has been a Lecturer at Harvard, Professor at IIM, Ahmedabad, Head of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT, Delhi, Visiting Professor at Chicago (1989-93), McGill, Melbourne, Hawaii, Vienna, Harvard, INSEAD, France (1994-2013), and a Fellow at the Institutes of Advanced Study, Princeton, Berlin and Cologne.

His many honours include the Bhabha, Nehru and ICSSR National Fellowships, Kardiner Award of Columbia University, Boyer Prize of the American Anthropological Association, Tagore-Merck Award, Germany’s Goethe Medal, Distinguished Service Award of Indo-American Psychiatric Association and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Kakar is the author of fourteen books of non-fiction and six of fiction, of which the latest is the novel The Kipling File. His books been translated into twenty-two languages around the world.

Parallel Session Speakers

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Ajeet N. Mathur - Professor IIM Ahmedabad

Ajeet N. Mathur is a Professor at IIM Ahmedabad, Affiliate Life Member of the Indian Psychoanalytic Society, a Fellow of Sumedhas Academy of Human Context, and an accredited Yoga Shikshak and Karma Sannyasin of the Bihar School of Yoga. He teaches strategy, international business, action research methodologies, directs group relations conferences, hosts harmony sensing matrices for social dreaming and offers an MBA elective ‘Mysteries in Management’. His publications include twenty-nine books and over one hundred and fifty papers in scientific journals and anthologies. He is one of the authors of the International Encyclopaedia of Laws. He has been a Senior Fulbright Fellow and a Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholar. He has been a member of the Board of Directors with Corporates in India and Europe and is consulted by businesses, governments, international organisations and the policy research community. He served a term as the Director and CEO, IAMR in the Planning Commission with the rank of Secretary to the Government of India. He has been a member of the Board, School of Inter-disciplinary Studies, IGNOU and is a member of the Governing Board of the Global Foundation for Integrating Spirituality and Organisational Leadership (ISOL).

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Anushka Kelkar - Researcher, Photographer, and Content Creator

Anushka Kelkar is a researcher, photographer, and content creator who has built a digital platform where Indian women can openly talk about their relationships with their bodies, the narrow beauty standards in Indian society, and how cultural biases influence the kind of healthcare women receive. She is extremely passionate about re-defining the way we see and document women and works towards building a world where a woman’s worth is not linked to her body. Her project is followed by 11,500+ people and has been featured on platforms like The Huffington Post, CNN, Quartz, Times Of India, Hindustan Times, Scroll, Mid-day and several others. You can see more of her work here: https://www.instagram.com/browngirlgazin/

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Bhavana Issar - Founder & CEO, Sambhaavna and a social venture Caregiver Saathi

Bhavana Issar is a passionate person with diverse interests. She is the Founder & CEO of a business consulting firm, Sambhaavna, and a social venture Caregiver Saathi. Additionally, she is - Fellow, Sumedhas Academy for Human Context, a Visiting faculty, Indian Institute for Management, Ahmedabad, a Gestalt OD Practitioner and Member NTL, ISPSO and First Global Ambassador, Global Moto Adventures. Her story featured in a book authored by bestselling author, Rashmi Bansal titled "Touch The Sky – The inspiring stories of women across India who are changing their destiny". She is based in Mumbai with her husband, daughter, dog and her hobbies include poetry, crocheting and motorcycle riding.

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Chitra Puranik Kuve - a dreamer of change

Chitra Puranik Kuve is a dreamer of change. After completing her BE in Instrumentation Technology, she moved from complex technological systems to social and psychological systems. Interested in people and change driven through people, she worked in the non-profit sector initially. Convinced about the centrality of Behavioural science in driving change, she chose change facilitation and became a Professional Member of ISABS. In addition to ISABS, she engaged with other methodologies like GRCs, Analytical Psychology, Indian Psychology, OD processes, Systems Thinking, etc. Currently, with an MBA and 12 years of facilitating growth, exposure to variety of methodologies, she facilitates change in individuals, groups and organisations. A blend of faith, critical questioning, exposure, persistence and an open mind has led her to explore Indian mythology and rituals for their impact on the human psyche and their potential in training.

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Dr Deat LaCour - Industrial / Organizational Psychologist, Organizational Researcher, Author

Dr Deat LaCour is an Industrial /Organizational Psychologist, organizational researcher and published author. Deat serves on the faculty of the MSODD Program at American University. He is the Dean for Facilitating and Managing Complex Systems Change for the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science. Dr. LaCour advises and consults clients to clients seeking their next wise decision involving Building Diversity Infrastructure, Advancing Diversity Competencies, Implementing Diversity Business Planning 7 partnerships, and Measuring the Diversity Return on Investment. He has also taught and trained as an instructor for IBM’s corporate professional development division, Workforce Solutions. He is a certified administrator and evaluator of the LIFO Behavioral Assessment, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI), the FIRO-B, and Leadership Style Indicator. Deat serves on the faculty of the Masters in Organizational Development Program at American University in Washington, D.C. and the Human Resource Development graduate program at Towson University. Deat is a Certified Practitioner in Appreciative Inquiry. He is a contributor to Case Western Reserve University’s Appreciative Inquiry.Commons. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

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Gauri Nigudkar - Principal Consultant, G Consulting

Gauri Nigudkar, Principal Consultant, G Consulting is an MBA in Hotel Management, Certified Coach for Transformation and an Organization Development Consultant and Coach. She is passionate about making a difference to people and large systems. She likes to blend applied behavioral sciences and appreciative inquiry to create solutions that positively impact people and systems. Some of her successful interventions include culture transformation, leadership development, enhancing the human touch, facilitating strategy & vision development. She thrives on diversity. Her interests include creative writing, theatre and photography which she brings into her work, too.

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Jaya Nuty - Principal Consultant- Celebratory Network

Jaya Nuty, Principal Consultant- Celebratory Network. Jaya considers herself to be bohemian in her approach to life and work. Happyness is at the core of who she is, and it percolates in whatever she does. Being-doing-having is the approach she believes in. She works in the field of Organizational Development and Culture and has recently engaged in large group change projects. Happy Workplace Cultures framework is the outcome of her work with co-author, Payal Gupta.

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Joy Srinivasan - Chairperson & Managing Trustee, Makkala Jagriti

Joy Srinivasan, Chairperson & Managing Trustee at Makkala Jagriti, Bangalore. India. Bringing about social change became the driving force and purpose in my personal journey over the past 15 years. Prior to that I worked in several corporate organizations for over 13+ years. Thus, Makkala Jagriti was born in 2003 to facilitate transformation in educational development for marginalized and diverse groups in and around the community in order to build a sustainable and equitable society. Growing up in a conventional upbringing in a lower middle class family, I encountered social stigma and gender stereotypes. Experiencing access to education being denied and the strong inequality that surrounded me, enabled me to take strong life stances which lead me to forge a path of my own. I also was the first woman in my family to get educated, acquire professional skills, knowledge & competence, work in corporate, social and consulting roles in India and abroad. She has managed to build a sustainable and process driven organization in the social sector - Makkala Jagriti ( meaning awakening of the child ) - from its inception stage, by continuously building leadership skills in her team. Her life journey is one of being a transformational woman leader - challenging the status quo and making things possible, which till now had been assumed were not possible!!

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Kartikeyan V - Organization Development and Leadership Consultant, Coach, Facilitator

Kartikeyan V, Organization Development and Leadership Consultant, Coach, Facilitator has twenty years of corporate leadership experience followed by thirteen years as a Consultant and Coach. He has been deeply involved in the development of the field of the behavioural sciences in India, particularly through his previous Board level roles in Sumedhas and as an Associate of the Group Relations Institute. He is the co-author of a recently released book - Discover the Alchemist Within, and the co-architect of the Transformative Alignment Mapper (TAM), a tool to identify, align and unleash the transformative potential of individuals, teams and organizations.

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Maitri Gopalakrishna - Drama Therapist

Maitri Gopalakrishna has a PhD from the TISS, Mumbai and an MA in Counselling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy from CIIS, San Francisco. She is a registered drama therapist of the North American Drama Therapy Association. In both practice and research, Maitri strives to deconstruct conventional power dynamics and hierarchies thereby facilitating a more egalitarian space. Her work is greatly influenced by intersectional feminism and narrative approaches. She also draws on Psychodrama, Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre in addition to core drama therapy approaches. She is based in Bangalore and works with both individuals and groups.

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Mrs. Manjusha Raut - Music Therapist & Social Skill Developer

Mrs. Manjusha Raut, Music Therapist & Social Skill Developer works with Schools and Therapy Centres for children with special needs in Aurangabad. She is a post graduate Geography and is a B.Ed in Social Sciences. She pursued teaching in various schools and colleges for over 10 years. After completing Masters In Journalism and Sangeet Visharad, she started working for the Women In Distress helpline section of a leading newspaper in Maharashtra and continued for 12 years and taught unprivileged children at home. In 2004, while giving a visit to a school for the mentally retarded, she found the mission of her life. She started connecting with children with all types of special needs through music, and her experiments resulted into Specialized Music Therapy Modules for the skill development of such children along with joy, pleasure and entertainment. She has been working for most of the schools and therapy centres in Aurangabad for children with special needs for almost 15 years now, and has conducted many workshops for parents and teachers of such children all over Maharashtra. She has also produced a DVD with 17 audio visual songs based on Music Therapy. For her work, she was felicitated with ‘National Creative Art Therapy Award 2018 ’ as a Silent Hero for working for Community Wellbeing by Sancheti Hospital Pune.

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Dr. Marilyn Hamilton - PhD, CPA-CGA (ret) is a city (or Human Hive) evolutionist, futurist, PRAQtivist, author and independent researcher.

Dr. Marilyn Hamilton, PhD, CPA-CGA (ret) is a city (or Human Hive) evolutionist, futurist, PRAQtivist, author and independent researcher. Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc. She has created several international communities of Integral City practise. Partnering with Findhorn International Centre for Sustainability. She convenes Beyond Smart, Beyond Resilient & Beyond Complexity Integral City workshops and webinars. She has designed and delivered “learning lhabitats” for the 4+1 Voices of the city for Ecocity World Summit 2019, 6Aika Finland, WeMaketheCity Amsterdam, IDG Smart City, Globe Forum Sustainable Cities, Integral Europe Conferences and Integral Theory Conferences. She has held the position of CEO, COO, CFO and CIO in the private and civil society sectors. She serves on the Board of Findhorn College and F.I.R.E. CIC; is Associate Faculty in the School of Leadership at Royal Roads University and U of Victoria; and academically supervises, lectures and keynotes at Adizes Graduate School, Fielding U, Skolkovo Moscow, California Institute of Integral Studies, Murdoch U and conferences around the world.

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Meenu Vadera - Executive Director ( Azad Foundation)

Meenu Vadera, Executive Director ( Azad Foundation) is a feminist visionary and a social entrepreneur who has pioneered the idea of ‘Women on Wheels’ though hybrid institutions Azad Foundation (A Non Profit Trust ) and Sakha ( Profit making enterprise) . Women on Wheels has received several recognitions and awards for its innovative business model as well as for the transformative impact made on lives of resource poor women. With a postgraduate degree of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and a Masters degree in Social Development and Public Policy from London School of Economics, she has been working on women’s issues – nationally and internationally – for over 30 years.

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Payal Gupta - CEO& Director of Celebratory Network

Payal Gupta, CEO& Director of Celebratory Network, is an OD and Change Practioner and a Family Business Practioner. Her work has been published in 7th edition of Organization Development: Behavioural Science Interventions for Organization Improvement, French and Bell. Happy Workplace CulturesTM (HWC) as a framework has been jointly developed by Payal and Jaya Nuty. This was presented at DisruptHR a global forum. HWC has been implemented in organizations in India, UAE and Europe. Payal focuses on what makes organizations Humane and has been researching on Happyness at Work. She is an ISABS professional member and an Academic Council member of ODCP.

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Prasad Kumar - Founder of Human Endeavour Associates

Prasad Kumar is the founder of Human Endeavour Associates, a niche family business advisory firm. He is a leading Family Business Advisor. He also specializes in Strategic Facilitation and Organisation Development. Over four and a half decades, he has worked in senior roles in corporates and with many leading companies, in their growth and transformation. His last positions were Business Chairman and member of the GMR Group Holding Board, Chairman of RAXA (Home Land Security) and Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Parampara Family Business Institute. A post graduate in Management and accredited in Applied Behavioural Sciences, Prasad has been a Certified Professional of the International Association of Facilitators and a Life Member of the Association. He teaches specialized modules in Organisation Development, Leadership and Family Business at IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and Indian School of Business (ISB) to name a few. He has also been Executive-in-Residence at the Kellogg School of Management, NW University, Chicago, USA and worked closely with Ram Charan, Marshall Goldsmith, John Ward and Peter Leach all global experts in Management and Business.

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Rachna Nandakumar - Organization Development Consultant, Coach, Facilitator and Partner -Transformatrix Consulting LLP

Rachna Nandakumar, Organization Development Consultant, Coach, Facilitator. Partner -Transformatrix Consulting LLP. Rachna has worked extensively with individuals, systems and communities enabling them to function at a higher level of wellbeing and success. She is the co-author of a recently released book - Discover the Alchemist Within. Apart from being certified in a variety of tools, she is also the co architect of tools like the Role and Identity Instrument and the Transformative Alignment Mapper (TAM), a tool to identify, align and unleash the transformative potential of individuals, teams and organizations.

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Rachna Sharma - Associate Dean (Academics), IBS Mumbai

Rachna Sharma, IBS Mumbai, Associate Dean (Academics). Prof Rachna Sharma is a Gold Medalist in M.A (Psychology) & a Post Graduate Dip in HRD from Devi Ahilya Visha Vidyalaya, Indore. She is a Professional member of the Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Science. She has been teaching Communication & Soft Skills, Organizational Behavior & Consumer Behavior to MBA students for the past 6 years & has been a freelance trainer in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh & Mumbai. She has conducted workshops in the areas of communication, presentation skills and managerial effectiveness. She is a certified trainer for Thomas Assessments.

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Rashmi Datt - Organization Development Consultant and Coach

Rashmi Datt helps organisations and teams develop and sustain an organizational culture that is resilient, responsive and vibrant; where: Senior team members have candid and constructive conversations to resolve the inevitable turf wars and silo behaviours which creep in; Middle leaders resolve issues at their own level instead of the usual recourse of escalating them upwards; Junior layer take ownership of their tasks harnessing their creativity and commitment. Her intervention is through action methods based on psychodrama, sociodrama and sociometry. She brings the “whole system into the room” to—to identify areas where the organization can work with greater synergy- leading to higher productivity and employee morale.

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Sanjiv Sharma - Visiting Faculty, IBS Mumbai

Sanjiv Sharma, IBS Mumbai, Visiting Faculty. Sanjiv has been a pilgrim in life, searching for happiness. He has experimented with and learnt a range of concepts, varying from social psychology to Buddhism. In his journey, he also became a Professional Member of ISABS, where he learnt to look at himself through others eyes and understood that many realities operate at one time and possibly the reality as understood by him is ‘mithya’. He has struggled through the corporate world for nearly four decades and now spend his time either as a visiting faculty in a leading business school or dreaming or sometimes doing both.

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Shekhar Shyam Kulkarni - Head – Supply Chain Management, Saint Gobain India Pvt Ltd – Gyproc Business

Shekhar Shyam Kulkarni, Head – Supply Chain Management at Saint Gobain India Pvt Ltd – Gyproc Business. He is a Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant with diverse domain expertise which includes finance, supply chain and business IT. His keen interest in transforming human relationships is the reason for his certification in MBTI®, Appreciative Inquiry and for being a certified Coach for Transformation. He uses Systems Thinking extensively as core methodology for transformational work. He operates from a belief that “nothing has ever happened in isolation; we always contribute, every moment, to everything that happens around us”. At present, he is using systems dynamics approach to drive large scale cross-functional transformation initiatives at his work place.

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Shirish Joshi - Consultant in Organisation Design and Strategic HR

Shirish Joshi is an experienced Consultant in Organisation Design and Strategic HR. His clients include organisations from private, public as well as the social sector, in India and abroad. He specialises in dealing with Business and Organization interface issues. He completed his MMS from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute in 1983. After working with ONGC for 8 years he joined Thermax group in Pune, where he rose to become the group HR head and member of the executive committee. He has been working as an Independent consultant since October 2000.He lives in Pune with his wife.

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Shrinivas Rao - Chief Operating Officer ( Azad Foundation )

Shrinivas Rao Chief Operating Officer ( Azad Foundation ) is a feminist social worker with years of grassroot experience working on citizen leadership and participatory local self-governance. He has implemented some innovative participatory city planning and leadership development programmes in urban context. Shrinivas has been closely working with grassroots leaders for initiatives such as men for Gender Justice and feminist Leadership programme. Shrinivas has M.Phil. degree with specialisation in Development Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi.

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Sushanta Banerjee - Founder and Principal Consultant at Samuday Psycon

Sushanta Banerjee, Founder and Principal Consultant at Samuday Psycon. Early starter in Organisation Development and Institution Building consultancy practice in India (1980 onwards).He has been consulted by large and small organisations in India and abroad including the Nanyang Business School Singapore and the Govt. of Dubai. His consultancy is focused on Creating and Sustaining change for the better. He is a Founder of Sumedhas as well as its Indian Academy of Organisation Development. He has conceived an internship program in OD, has been on the design team as well as a Faculty Member in it since its inception in 2008. Sushanta has been a Visiting Faculty to IIMA ('73 to '03),NMIMS Mumbai, FLAME Pune, Pearl School of Business Gurgaon, Organisation Consultant and Visiting Faculty to National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

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Vijji Chari (Vijayalakshmi) - Leadership Coach, Entrepreneur, Facilitator, Management researcher and a Storyteller.

Vijji Chari (Vijayalakshmi) wears several hats – a leadership coach, entrepreneur, facilitator, management researcher and a storyteller. Over the past 19 years, her work in Leadership Development where her work has been through experiential workshops, assessment centres, 360-degree feedback and coaching. As co-founder of By the River, Vijji deeply connects with the power of stories and spontaneity to nurture authentic conversations. She facilitates learning sessions on storytelling, both traditional and personal narratives, to create great impact, influence and drive change.

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Vishwanath Parameswaran - President and CEO Tranformatrix Consulting LLP

Vishwanath Parameswaran, President and CEO Tranformatrix Consulting LLP; The Institute of Transformational Coaching LLC;. Vishy has worked with senior leaders with several Fortune 500 companies across the globe, enabling them to lead successfully in times of increasing complexity and uncertainty. He is the co-author of a recently released book - Discover the Alchemist Within. He is also the co-architect of the Transformative Alignment Mapper (TAM), a tool to identify, align and unleash the transformative potential of individuals, teams and organizations.

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Wasundhara Joshi - Director - Changeworks India Pvt Ltd

Wasundhara Joshi, Director - Changeworks India Pvt Ltd, trained as a doctor with an MD in Pediatrics. She currently works as a consultant for change management, and uses coaching extensively to help individuals give their best not only to their organizations but also to their families and the future of this world. “I do believe that every individual is capable of creating a life they truly want, and the key is gaining that deep understanding.” Wasundhara is certified in Organization Change Facilitation from the Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences, where she is also a professional member. She is a coach (PCC), and faculty and mentor with Leadership That Works, an ICF recognised coach training school, and a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher (RYT200). She is a trainer for the Theater of the Oppressed and a level 1 Somatics Trainer. She has held leadership positions in the Not for Profit Sector and serves on the board of Action Against Hunger India