What sets CFI apart is its community of passionate coaches who are deeply committed to the CFI way which includes a lifelong commitment to continuing professional development.

CFI’s continuing professional development (CPD) efforts including learning, professional and practice development is championed by members for members under the guidance of a passionate team of senior CFI Coaches.

Honorary Director – Continuing Professional Development Program

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Chaitanya Nadkarny


Chaitanya served in the Indian IT Industry for nearly 28 years, initially with CMC Limited and later with ThoughtWorks. In mid 2013 he changed tracks to work in the development sector through organisations such as RangDe.Org and the STARS Forum.

Chaitanya has been actively involved in people development across both these stints. In addition to Leadership Development and Executive Coaching, Chaitanya also works closely with a handful social entrepreneurs as a mentor.

Chaitanya completed the PGPEC in Executive Coaching through CFI in 2016. He supports the coach fraternity through the CFI’s CPDP (Continuing Professional Development Programme) as one of its Honorary Directors.

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Ramesh Srinivasan


Ramesh Srinivasan is an accomplished HR professional with over 25 years of industry experience in manufacturing, automotive, FMCG and services industry (including an overseas stint).He is a Post Graduate in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from the reputed Madras School of Social Work and acquired a professional Diploma in Training & Development from Indian Society for Training & Development.

In addition, he has got certified by Harrisons Assessments, USA for “Creating Scientific Job Description & Behaviour Prediction” and Thomas International, UK for “Personality Profile Analysis (PPA)”.

Passionate about developing others and strongly believes in the theme “No person is untrainable”, Ramesh is pursuing his career in helping others finding their potential and unlocking them for optimum performance both in personal and professional life. Currently, with “Aim and Succeed”, an organization who offers strategic HR consulting and Training & Development interventions.

Mentor – New coach integration program

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R. Sridhar


R. Sridhar is an ideation catalyst, Innovation Coach, Executive Coach, speaker and author.

Sridhar is an advertising professional by training and worked for over 25 years with Ogilvy &Mather. He held several leadership positions at O&M. In his last role, he was Chairman of Ogilvy One Worldwide.

In the year 2000 Sridhar set up IDEAS-RS, a firm that helps organisations unleash their innovation potential.

Sridhar today integrated coaching with his innovation practice to help is clients. Sridhar also works as a Executive Coach to support senior leaders in their development.

Sridhar provided leadership to CFI’s Mumbai Chapter as its President.

He is currently Mentor of CFI’s New Coach integration program. In this role, he helps CFI’s newly certified coaches discover how they can establish their coaching practice and integrate their newly acquired skills into their professional service offering.

Mumbai – Pune Chapter leadership

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MVN Rao


MVN Rao is the Group Head – HR of L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Limited. As the Group Head of HR his work involves leading a team of 100 + HR professionals spread across India, Middle East, South East Asia and partnering in bringing about the Business transformation and aligning the HR agenda to business priorities.

MVN is a seasoned HR professional with over 30 years of professional experience, most of it with the L&T Group.

MVN Rao is a CFI Coach and currently the President of its Mumbai – Pune Chapter. In this role, he provides leadership to the chapter’s professional development efforts.

Rao is a graduate in Commerce and a Post-Graduation in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, XLRI, Jamshedpur.

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VJ Rao


V J Rao is a seasoned HR professional who has bene in the field for over four decades.

Having spent his foundational years in global corporations like Hindustan Unilever and Cadburys, Rao went on to play leadership roles in the Tata Group, Aviva and Suzlon. In his last corporate role, Rao was Head – HR for India, Australia and China.

Rao has had extensive experience in Employee Relations as well as Human Resources management and Learning. He was the Director is the Tata Management Traning Centre during his six year stint with the Tatas.

Since 2012, Rao has been an independent Consultant and Coach, working with organisation and leaders in leadership assessment and Coaching. Rao is also actively involved in HR capability building.

Rao is a senior CFI Coach as well as a CCL certified Coach.

Rao is the Vice President of CFI’s Mumbai – Pune Chapter and supports in member development activities.

Rao completed his Master in Personnel Management and Industrial Relation from the Tata Institute of Social Studies.

Bengaluru Chapter leadership

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Dr. Vas Srinivasan


Dr. Vas Srinivasan has over 25 years of professional work experience in Technology and Manufacturing industries. He has spent more than two decades in the US and has worked in key positions with various companies including Ford, US Steel, Commerce One and Sonasoft. He has hands on experience in Product Management/Marketing, International Sales, Strategy, Manufacturing (Aero/Auto/Metal) and M&A. He has a good understanding of technology and start-ups ecosystem. He was part of a start-up in Silicon Valley where he helped to raise USD 10 million in funding and successfully got the company approved to go public in OTC-BB market.

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Vidya Santhanam


Vidya is an Organization Development practitioner, Executive Coach and learner at heart. Over the past 15 years, her value has been in the design and deployment interventions around Culture and Leadership building.

She headed the OD and Leadership building team at Mindtree Ltd. and more recently has set out on her entrepreneurship journey in the HR Tech space. Vidya completed her PGPEC certification from CFI in 2017 and looks at coaching as a transformational experience for both the coach and the coachee.

She is a graduate in Commerce from Ethiraj College Chennai and a PG Dip in Human Resources from Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore.

Chennai Chapter Leadership

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Parameswar S


Param has over three decades of experience in the IT industry, having worked across multiple business models in Hardware, Networking, Software, Services and Information Security. His last two stints were with TVSNet Technologies Ltd as CEO and Ramco Systems as Executive Director.

He is now a Consultant and Executive Coach and continues to be active in Rotary and NGO activities apart from spending time on shuttle, golf and trekking.

Param is a senior CFI Coach and the President of CFI’s Chennai Chapter. In this role, he leads CFI’s member development initiatives.

Param completed his chemical Engineering from NIT, Trichy and his Post Graduate Program in Management (Marketing & Finance)  XLRI,Jamshedpur.

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E Kumar


E Kumar brings over three decades of experience having worked in multiple sectors and work cultures across India, setting up business ventures from grassroots and growing the business and team.

He has worked with CSS Corp Pvt Ltd.,  Dawnay Day Land Pvt Ltd., Tata Group -Tata Teleservices Ltd and Indian Hotels Ltd, Apollo Hospitals and National Dairy Development Board. 

Kumar is a CFI Coach and the Vice President of CFI’s Chennai Chapter. In this role, he helps lead CFI’s member development initiatives.

Kumar completed his Bachelor of Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras University and his Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad.

National Capital region Leadership

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Suresh Thawani


Suresh has an experience of 12 years as Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer out of total experience of 41 years in Tata Steel and its group companies. In Tata Steel for 29 years and was Director (Procurement), Director (Scientific Services), Chief Sales Manager besides shop floor experience in rolling mills. Experience of spearheading operations as CEO of two sick companies. Turned around one and then settled in BIFR. Closed another one.Proven track record as CEO & MD in fields of Innovation, Change Agent, institutionalizing recognized HRM practices in Tata Group, enhancing productivity Metallurgist with wide techno-commercial experience in Mining & Metal Industry.

A certified Executive Coach (for CEO/CXO coaching). Faculty for Master Classes for Independent Directors with Institute of Directors. Expert Board Advisory and Research with Institute of Directors. Have conducted independent external audit of Boards of Companies for Corporate Governance.
Currently engaged in technical due diligence of steel assets undergoing Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) under Indian Bankruptcy Code (IBC), from buy side.
Engaged in Turn Around Practice in mid-size Steel Plants.
He is a metallurgical engineer from IIT Kharagpur, Diploma in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering from SNTI, Jamshedpur, Executive Coach from Coaching Foundation of India, Chennai and Masterclass for Independent Directors.

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Ashutosh Garg


Ashutosh Garg, an MBA has worked in the corporate sector for 25 years. He worked for ITC Limited for 17 years, leaving in 1995 as Managing Director of one of the ITC group companies, based in Singapore. Thereafter he spent 8 years in the aerospace industry, four years each with Lockheed Martin and Hughes, running their satellite systems in Asia.


He founded Guardian Pharmacy in India in 2003 and grew it to the second largest pharmacy chain in India. He also brought in GNC as a partner to India. Ashutosh exited from the company he founded in August 2016 and continues on the Board of the company.
He is a certified Executive Coach and coaches / mentors several CEO’s in India on strategic planning, personal accountability, people and culture issues.
He has served as a director of the GAVI Vaccine Alliance (www.gavi.org), headquartered in Geneva, for 8 years. He has served as the Chairman of “Bizdome”, a Startup Incubator of the Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak, and Member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Policy Research. He continues to serve on the boards of several companies.
In January 1995, he was recognized as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Switzerland. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is the current Chairman for YPO Gold, South Asia. He is also a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).
He has written 5 highly acclaimed best sellers titled “The Buck Stops Here – my journey from manager to entrepreneur”; “The Corner Office”; “Reinvent Reboot Rewire. Managing Retirement in the 21st Century”; “The Buck Stops Here – Learnings of a Startup Entrepreneur” and “An Eye for an Eye”. His sixth book titled “A Brand called You” is under publication. He writes regularly for various online publications like Times of India, Business Insider, Inc., Entrepreneur, The Quint and Big Decisions and has a very significant presence on social media. He can be seen frequently on CNN News18 as a panelist commenting on various political affairs, current affairs and other subjects

Coach supervision and Peer Guidance

This panel of trained supervisors engages in coach supervision and peer guidance for our coach interns in our post graduate program as well as for our Certified Coaches in paid coaching engagements and through that ensure quality and excellence.

  • Mr. Ajit Mantajani

  • Dr. Anand Kasturi

  • Mr. Ashok K Dingra

  • Mr. M L Chakraborty

  • Mr. Chand Das

  • Mr. K Dasaratha Raman

  • Mr. Fausto Cardoso

  • Mr. Ganesh Chella

  • Mr. M Hariharan

  • Mr. G Inbavanan

  • Mr. Jagathesan Arumugam

  • Mr. Jesudas Andrade

  • Ms. Kalpana Tatavarti

  • Mr. Murli Ramachandran

  • Mr. MH Narasimhan

  • Mr. Oscar Braganza

  • Mr. Parameswar S

  • Mr. Vikram Rao

  • Mr. Pradip Shroff

  • Dr. D B Raju

  • Mr. VJ Rao

  • Ms. Sadhana Somasekhar

  • Ms. Saroja Kannan

  • Ms. Savita Mathai

  • Mr. P Senthilkumar

  • Ms. Sharada Chandrasekhar

  • Mr. Sridhar R

  • Mr. P S Srinivasan

  • Ms. Supriti Bhandari

  • Mr. Suresh Thawani

  • Mr. Udayakumar Nalinasekaren

  • Ms. Uma Narendran

  • Dr. Vas Srinivasan

Professional Ethics

This panel constantly reviews our standards of professional excellence and ethics, our adherence to the same and helps address any ethical dilemmas.

  • RR Nair

  • Sridhar Ganesh

  • Ashok Jayaram

  • Dr. BJ Prashantham

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