Our valued content contributors and our mentors, brought together by Founder Vinee Ajmera, comprise thought leaders, skilled professionals, active corporate board members and award winning authors.
Our contributing leaders leverage the business expertise and insights from their own practice-based experiences to create new knowledge and enduring concepts that shape the practice of future leadership.
The result is an effective and impactful learning outcome that exposes you to a wide range of perspectives while challenging your thinking on many levels.
Founder – Personage, Executive Presence Coach, Personal Growth Facilitator
An Executive Presence Coach, Author, Corporate Trainer, International Speaker and Podcast Host with over two decades of experience and a passion to help leaders build their C-A-R: Communication-Authenticity- Resilience. Vinee believes there’s potential in each person she comes across and endeavours to help them maximize it while rediscovering their inner brilliance. She brings with her wealth of experience; from her tenures with Jet Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic to playing a key role at the Essar Group and now running a tight ship like Personage. Vinee has launched online and blended courses to make available collective wisdom of industry stalwarts, through their experiences, learnings and storytelling, in areas of leadership, interview preparedness, selling and communications. Vinee is the self-coaching and personal excellence expert on Tata Sky Specials and a core team member of Young Bombay Forum (YBF). Other than her love for exploring new places and embracing new cultures, she is a fitness enthusiast. She participates in marathons and enjoys weight training and swimming. She is a true believer of “Ikigai”, the Japanese secret to a long and happy life.
A business leader and an HR Professional of standing, with over three decades of experience in global business leadership, corporate governance, organizational transformation, non-profit leadership, and professional development.
Dr. Misra has worked at Board level for over two decades as Non-Executive Director and Executive Director in publicly listed companies, unlisted companies, and not for Profit Organizations both in India and overseas.
He is a Director in several companies of the Aditya Birla Group, a USD 45 Billion global conglomerate, including Aditya Birla Capital Ltd., Grasim, and Birla Carbon Thailand, which are listed companies. He was an Independent Director on the Board of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (Revenue US 61 Billion), a leading Government of India enterprise, and the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela.
Under his leadership Birla Carbon has emerged as a global leader in the carbon black space from its beginnings as a regionally focused carbon black player.
He is also on Governing Bodies of professional organizations/associations such as the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) U.S.A. He was also on the Board of the Xavier’s Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar and the Worldwide ERC, USA. He also served as a member of the SHRM Certification Commission, USA.
Business Leader, Advisor, Board Member
Known for firm ethics, an inclusive workstyle and hands-on approach to leadership, Suresh, in over 30 career years, has etched a trail of multi-billion dollars in achievement across the BFSI & FMCG space. With a clear business value derived from his mentorship, Suresh has driven growth and success by advising and mentoring many Business Heads & CEOs alike in the BFSI industry. He is focused on building new perspectives and channelizing the all-round development of the BFSI industry by viewing business entities through a different lens. A well recorded trajectory of transformations is the outcome of leveraging astute business knowledge, acumen, strategic interventions and finance management skills. Suresh particularly enjoys the challenge of making performing companies deliver manifolds and the weak ones find their plinth. In the process he helps every business entrench itself further into the market with formidable competitive advantage. His innate ability to arrest risks and handle challenges helped tide over many a crisis; of which the TATA AIA situation of 2008 is one of the best testimonies. Being a Leader with a collaborative problem-solving style, enables Suresh to identify hidden talent and people with unique skills. He creates robust Think Tanks bringing together the best hands that have the capability to open new profit paths. Leveraging a highly inclusive business management approach at ITC, TATA AIA and at HDFC Life, Suresh managed to hold the reins of sustainable growth year-on-year. These businesses have seen the doubling of profits and creation of new avenues/ channels/ distribution along with new product lines that may have been way ahead of their time. Most importantly, Suresh Mahalingam is a People focused leader who leads culture, change and progress at the speed of Business.
Digital Marketing Veteran, Investor
Vivek Bhargava is CEO, DAN Performance Group. A digital entrepreneur and one of the most respected digital evangelists in the country, Vivek heads all the digital performance agencies of Dentsu Aegis Network and is responsible for their growth and expansion of the DAN Performance Group through additional acquisitions in the performance space. A frontrunner in the digital revolution in India, Vivek believes ‘digital’ is much more than a mere marketing medium – a catalyst and multiplier across every aspect of business. He donned the role of an investor in the reality television show The Vault which funds innovative start-ups of promising entrepreneurs, instantly. He has invested in companies like Foodebaba, Awesummly, Chimera, Eon Energy, Sarva Yoga, Neveshi Box.ai. Empowerji, Spinart etc. He is a TEDx speaker and has delivered two talks in the past on “How money can buy happiness” and “Happiness is a muscle”. Under his able leadership, iProspect India has won over 100 industry awards in India and globally. Vivek is an accomplished national level table tennis player and has won multiple laurels in the sport worldwide. He is also an avid chess player and an amateur paragliding pilot. A complete travel buff and lover of new experiences, Vivek has travelled to more than 55 countries in the world on various projects and tournaments.
Leadership & Strategic Business Management Consultant
A Human Resources professional with versatile experience in domains of People Management, Change Management and Leadership, Adil has worked in Senior Management and Board roles in diverse industries like Manufacturing, Services, FMCG, Infrastructure and Retail. Adil was Group President HR – Essar Group, Director South West Asia – The Coca Cola Company, General Manager M&S, Hertz, ToyRUs, Alcatel and Raymond – Al-Futtaim Group, General Manager – GE Appliances, General Manager – Godrej and Boyce Co Ltd., Legal Assistance – Godrej & Boyce Co Ltd. Being an Appreciative Coach, he believes in ‘no fun, no learn’ and has coached several top CEOs till now. Passionate about people, Adil is a voracious reader and fond of poetry & music. He indulges in humorous doodling, calligraphy and loves public speaking.The quintessence of his journey is based on the learning “one first needs to be a good person. Everything else follows!”
Visham Sikand is a first generation & parallel entrepreneur having successfully launched a few companies, one of which (IHO) was acquired by Aetna Inc. At a young age of 33, he became one of youngest Chairman of a Fortune 50 company, in India. Visham has a passion for enterprise, is an active socializer and loves his fishing holidays. A Harvard Business School alumni, he also has a prior MBA from MDI, Gurgaon & an Engineering degree from Chandigarh Visham has been featured by the media on the cover pages of several publications including Business Today. He has also featured in other prominent business magazines along with articles on him by worldwide media like Wall Street Journal, CNBC, ET Now, Economic times, TOI, HT, Various Online Media, Financial times and more. He is a TEDx Speaker and winner of the TIE Entrepreneur Award in 2012 and the India Health & Wellness Award in 2014 amongst others. He is an expert in innovation. deal making, shareholder win (external & internal), team building, team management, banking, data, wealth generation, bottom line drive, sustainability and global view. Visham has successfully boot-strapped 3 businesses. He’s had amazing partners, has worked very hard and has loved every step of the journey till now.
Executive Coach, Youth Leadership Expert, Online Courses Creator
With more than 25 years of international experience building high performance leadership teams to meet business outcomes, Unmesh is a sought after leader in human capital strategy, organisational transformation and coaching. He is responsible for leading KPMG India in People, Performance and Culture (PPC) and is a part of the India Leadership Team. In his role, he is responsible for building differentiated capabilities in the market place through designing and deploying complex talent acquisition and management practices. Prior to joining KPMG, Unmesh held several key roles in his 17 year stint with Accenture such as Global Managing Director– Human Resources and Global Managing Director for Talent Acquisition. Leading large-scale complex organisational culture change and building high performance teams has been a hallmark of Unmesh’s career. He combines his broad business knowledge and commercial acumen to help ensure that the potential of people is enhanced, and central to delivering business results. Unmesh’s functional expertise includes talent strategy, employee relations, inclusion and diversity, employee experience and HR transformation.
Social Enterprise Entrepreneur
Neha Juneja is the co-founder & CEO of Greenway Appliances, a start-up designing and marketing efficient cooking solutions to rural households. Previously, Neha organized community-led projects and need-analysis consulting in a wide array of areas including agro forestry, primary energy supply, and water access across rural India. She has been internationally recognized for her excellence in product design. In addition to the numerous awards she has helped GGI secure, Neha was named 2010’s Brightest Young Climate Leader by the Hindustan Times & British Council and won the L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Award for Science and Innovation in 2013. She earned her MBA from FMS, Delhi and a BE in Production & Industrial Engineering.
Business Leader, Financial Services
Hiren has over 27 years of experience in the Indian equity markets. He started his career in 1991 as an analyst and subsequently has worked as Head of Research and Head of Equities before co-founding Alchemy. Hiren is known for his stock picking abilities, mentoring a high performance investment team and has been successful in delivering consistent long term returns on over $ 1 BN of under advise/management.
Business Leader, Visionary
Anil Singh is the founder and Managing Director of Procam International – the company that promotes the iconic TATA Mumbai Marathon, Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, TCS World 10k Bengaluru and Tata Steel Kolkata 25k. Anil, a national level athlete himself, has led Procam to build a proud legacy of sporting assets of an international scale and pedigree – these include The Mahindra World Open Squash, The World Bodybuilding Championships, WWE India to name a few. Anil and Procam scored another notable achievement – seeding a global sport from India. The Nexa P1 Powerboat Indian Grand Prix of the Seas was P1’s first world championship. The best powerboat pilots in the world congregated in Mumbai’s Marine Drive to race while lakhs of citizens filled the promenade for 3 days of the race weekend to witness the birth of a new paradigm in sport. Anil’s success is built on 4 factors. An evolved roadmap with a clear strategy for each property, an extraordinary surround for the marketing dollar, supreme accountability and inclusiveness. Having founded India’s first pure-play sports promotion company, Anil is an authority when it comes to the business of brand sponsorships in sports. The last 28 years have seen Procam forging successful partnerships with over 200 Indian and multinational brands across its sporting properties.
CEO, Entrepreneur, Market Disruptor
Ashley has 25+ years experience across Media, Advertising, Ecommerce, Consulting & Market disrupting start ups including 10+ years at CEO & Director level in several continents. Ashley is known as a strategic thinker and strong negotiator – recipient of various awards including the prestigious Beacon award from IBM in 2014. He is passionate about making a positive impact through innovation and market disruption.
Leadership Coach, Breakthrough Specialist
Sushma is an entrepreneur, a communication specialist, motivational speaker, a breakthrough therapist, and a Dale Carnegie certified trainer and NLP master practitioner. She commenced her professional journey alongside her education in the Luxury industry and then joined the media industry as an experiential specialist at a time when the industry was very nascent. As one of the first few women in the media and entertainment domain,she worked with one of the top event agencies for over half a decade and was working with the pioneers in business. As a Leadership Coach, Sushma has worked with industry leaders, CEO’s and senior management on achieving targets and enhancing their potent presence. Sushma is a sought after motivational and industry speaker and has been invited by many prestigious organizations such as AISEC, the Mantralaya, FICCI Frames and industry platforms such as EEMAGINE, PALM expo, The Hospitality Convention, WOW Awards etc. Sushma is the recipient of the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award conferred by the reputed Bharat Nirman Foundation. As an enthusiastic entrepreneur, Sushma Gaikwad continues to dream of new pathways that will enable her to push boundaries in order to create meaningful and transformational impact in the fields of media, learning & development and M&E education.
Brand Expert, Retail
As a luxury brand consultant, Priyanka’s energy precedes her. Having led brand and collaborations for a leading luxury retail jewellery brand, she now advises fashion and jewellery brands on collaborations and brand outreach. She is an empathetic storyteller and is widely acknowledged for her passionate and high-energy sessions. Powered by over 15 years of experience in aviation, image consulting, luxury retail and mineral trading, she has worked across geographies such as India, Singapore, Qatar, China and United Kingdom. Qualifications and accolades have propelled her stupendous growth. She is a certified Image Consultant & Soft Skills Trainer from ICBI, Mumbai. Her expertise lies in retail, brand & presence building and customer relations.
Uday is a result driven, self-motivated and resourceful leader with a proven ability to develop and strengthen management teams in order to maximise company profitability and efficiency. He is experienced in leading and growing all sectors of a business to make it a dynamic and progressive organisation. With excellent communication skills, Uday is able to establish sustainable and profitable relationships with customers, suppliers and stakeholders across the globe. He is credited with the turnaround of Schindler as well the previous organisation from its lowest ebb.Uday recently retired from Schindler India, where he was Managing Director and later President for Schindler’s India and South Asia Operations. After Retirement Uday has started his own company , Utopias , in the arena of Coaching, mentoring and Training. With more than 25 years of experience Uday has strong leadership skills in board governance and new business development. He maintains a positive outlook with a clear focus on high quality and business profit.
Online Business Communications Trainer and Executive Coach
Malva is an international business trainer, executive coach and speaker for corporate HR soft skills, and helps people achieve success in top international corporations. Malva has created the Online Training Academy, an innovative form of training for future online trainers. Besides her corporate focus, she is also a parenting coach and couples counsellor who works with couples and parents to help them implements the positive parenting approach and build closeness within the family. An international best-selling author, she is a sought after guest for summits, panels and online training sessions.
Business Leader, Serial Learner
Samir is the co-owner and director of Manubhai Jewellers, a heritage jewellery brand, ready to challenge our outdated perceptions of heritage jewellery. A serial learner, compulsive ideas generator, and an experienced expert at failing and trying again, he is passionate about creating a business that can grow sustainably. Samir is fascinated by the impact of culture, and the quality of decisions, on an organization’s growth trajectory.
Executive Coach, Youth Leadership Expert, Online Courses Creator
Bijal is a passionate OD Professional with 25 years of Industry experience. She brings an interesting combination of expertise in HR, OD and L&D. She has worked extensively on Talent Management. She is associated with Mumbai University, SPJIMR , S.P..Jain Global and ISTD as a faculty. Prior to starting her own venture, Bijal has worked in Jet Airways, Hutchison Group and Hindustan Unilever, managing different HR portfolios. Besides being a Psychologist by qualification, she has done her Post Graduation in HR, Law and a Ph.D in Organizational Development. She specializes in People strategies, is an Executive Coach, an NLP practitioner and an EQ expert. Her rich experience with people across different industries as well as countries has given her an opportunity to develop as an expert in the area of Human Resource Management.
Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Investment Banker
Ateet is the founder of Purple Ventures, a startup consulting and incubator firm that focuses on converting ideas into successful ventures, through various consulting services including, financial, strategic, marketing and information technology. As part of Purple Ventures, he is also currently a board member / honorary board member / advisor / mentor to various listed and non listed companies in India and internationally He is a guest faculty at various business schools across India including Welingkar Institute and IES Management to educate on entrepreneurship, management consultancy and discuss various case studies in detail. Prior to starting Purple Ventures, he was with the Investment Banking/ Mergers and Acquisitions Department at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. During his tenure, he was involved in raising and executing over USD 8.0 bn through various capital market/M&A deals, with some of the largest deals in Indian history including the India’s largest add on offering of ICICI Bank for USD 4.95 bn equity offering. He is a graduate of the prestigious Wharton Business School’s Executive Program. He has been mentoring various ‘for profit’ and ‘not for profit’ entrepreneurs and leaders since 2011. Ateet Sanghvi also does pro bono mentoring for entrepreneurs every Saturday.
Health Expert, Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer
Marc has been the personal trainer of the Bollywood star Anil Kapoor for the past 6 years. He comes from a lifetime of health and fitness and has been weight training from 15 years of age. He loves martial arts and has trained with Bruce Lee trained grand masters.He has taught wing chun and studied fillipino stick ,knife fighting and boxing . His Fitness journey has provided him with invaluable insights on leadership and he has shared these experiences through our course.
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