CFI deems it a privilege to acknowledge the contribution of some of the most distinguished professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Coaching and the larger field of leader development in India. CFI has been doing this by enrolling them as Honorary Fellows of CFI.

Here are CFI’s Honorary Fellows


Anil Sachdev

Founder & CEO of the School Of Inspired Leadership – SOIL.

Anil’s experience in India and across the world covers areas such as talent management, strategic change and organizational transformation. Recognised as a thought leader in Leadership Development and Organizational Transformation, Anil has done pioneering work with leading global and local firms.

Anil serves on the Academic Committee of CEDEP, the Leadership Institute at Fontainbleau and is a Trustee of the Global NGO, Chinmaya Mission.


Aroon Joshi

Founding Member, Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences & Executive Coach

Aroon Joshi is deeply committed to personal growth and leadership development and has championed this at the individual and organization level. In his role as founding member of Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences and in the course of his very rich corporate tenure of close to 50 years with organisations like Metal Box, Cadburys and RPG. He is an accredited coach to many senior executives across diverse industries including Engineering, IT, Plantations and Petroleum.


Bhaskar Bhat

Managing Director, Titan Industries

Bhaskar Bhat is a shining example of a leader who combines exemplary business and entrepreneurial capabilities with a strong concern for people and their development and a style of enormous humility. Having joined Titan Industries with the Tata Watch Project in 1983, he is currently the MD of Titan Company. It was during his tenure that Titan became the ‘Changing face of time’ through the establishment of the largest retail chain in its category “The World of Titan”, Tanishq boutiques, Gold Plus stores and Eye Plus stores.

Bhaskar Bhat is also a member of the Governing Council at the T.A.Pai Management Institute, Manipal and the SDM Institute of Management and Development, Mysore. He is a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras and has completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management in IIM Ahmedabad.

He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras in the year 2008.


Dr. Santrupt Misra

Director, Global HR & CEO, Carbon Black Business

Dr. Santrupt Misra is CEO, Carbon Black Business and Director, Group Human Resources of the Aditya Birla Group. He is a Director on the Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Limited Board, the apex decision making body of the USD 45 billion, Aditya Birla Group.

Santrupt is a Director on the Board of the Aditya Birla Science & Technology Company Ltd., Alexandria Carbon Black Co. SAE., Thai Carbon Black Public Co., Ltd., and The Alexandria Fiber Co., SAE., which are part of the Aditya Birla Group.

With two postgraduate degrees, two doctrates and close to three decades of experience in education, training, consulting, HR and business leadership, Dr. Misra is a shining role model in terms of his contributions to the field of Business and Human Resources.


R.R. Nair

Former HR Director of Unilever

R.R. Nair has over 3 decades of corporate experience with Unilever. He has served on the Boards of Unilever subsidiary companies in India & abroad. He has more than a decade’s experience as a professional executive coach serving mostly Fortune listed companies. He also serves as master coach and leadership development facilitator for leading Indian conglomerates of great repute. He is a frequent speaker in professional forums.

Nair serves as an Independent Director for a few companies including BASF India. He is on the Advisory Board of Schneider-electric. He is a master coach for programs on leadership skills for top management at Indian School of Business.

Nair has Graduate & Post-graduate Degrees and Diplomas in applied Psychology, Industrial Management and Individual & Group Development. He is an Alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, India and Stanford & Michigan Universities in  their advance management programs.


Dr. B. J. Prashantham

Director, Institute of Human Relations, Counselling & Psychotherapy, CCC Vellore

B. J. Prashantham is a world renowned Psychologist/Professor with over 40 years of experience as a trainer and supervisor of Counsellors and Executive Coaches. Having been educated from undergraduate to Post-doctoral levels in Counselling at Hyderabad, Chicago, Texas Medical Centre, Houston, and Ohio State University, he is committed to training rigour and competency enhancement and has trained over 100 CEOs in Executive Coaching Skills.

He is a Professor of Counselling Psychology & Director at Institute of Human Relations, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Christian Counselling Centre, Vellore.

He is also President, Association for Psychological Counselling (APC) and Clinical Faculty at University Of Washington’s Global Health Department on mental health, disaster mental health and cross-cultural communication.

He is the author of a Best-selling book ‘Indian Case Studies in Therapeutic Counselling’ and many Journal articles. Also his books have been translated into Tamil and Korean.


Dr. Zahid. H. Gangjee

A major part of Zahid Gangjee’s career, almost 16 years, was with ITC (an associate of BAT Plc., UK) at Calcutta; the last 5 years as Chief of the Manpower Development Group (reporting to the Chairman). This was a profit centre providing HR, OD & Training Consultancy to the divisions and companies of ITC and also externally. He started his own Organization and HR Consultancy in August 1995. His clients include leading multi-national and family-owned corporations in India. He has consulted and conducted / taught at developmental programs for the Private & Public Sectors, Govt., NGO’s etc., in India and abroad.

He has headed the HRD Committee of the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta and is a member of the Advisory Panel of the monthly publication “Human Capital”. He has a Masters in Psychology and M.Sc (Applied Psy), Fellow, IIM Ahmedabad.


Dr.Udai Pareek

Dr.Udai Pareek was one of the luminaries of HR in India. He was the pioneer in the formation of country’s first formal HR department at L & T. He is called the father of HRD and OD movement in India. He was one of the founding members of ISABS (Indian Society of Applied Behavioural Science). He developed several tools and instruments in Human Relations and OD. Dr.Pareek authored and edited about 30 books and over 360 papers and was awarded several national and international awards. He was also the editor of several journals. Besides being on the Board of several academic institutes, he was also a distinguished speaker.



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