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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.
Mr. Ajay Soni
Chief Learning and Leadership Development Officer
Aditya Birla Group
Mr. Ajay Soni is currently the Chief Learning and Leadership Development Officer at Aditya Birla Group.
In his 26 years of combined experience in business and consulting, besides working in leadership development, Mr. Ajay Soni has widely consulted in large scale change management, organizational restructuring, visioning, high performance workforce, and HR effectiveness projects. His consulting experience includes private sector companies, as well as multinationals and conglomerates.
He has previously worked with Aon Hewitt, Unilever, ICI India, HPCL and Larsen and Turbo, India.
Mr.Ajay Soni is an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad.
Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan
Professor – OB&HR
Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan is a Professor,
OB & HR at IIM, Bangalore.
She is an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
LinkedIn profile- https://www.linkedin.com/in/vasanthi-srinivasan-28526b66/
New Silk Route Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Jacob Kurian is a partner at New Silk Route Advisors Pvt. Ltd. – a growth capital firm focused on investing in private companies in the Indian sub-continent and other rapidly growing economies of Emerging Asia. He is also an Honorary Secretary at Association for People with Disability – a 58-year old NGO working to support people with disabilities across multiple stages from early intervention for young children, inclusive education, livelihood, rehabilitation and orthotic aids.
Mr. Jacob Kurian is on the board of various organizations including – vevetcase.com,
Varsity Education Management Pvt. Ltd, Infiniti Retail Limited and Kottukaran Group.
He has held various leadership positions at Titan Industries Limited in the past.
Mr. Jacob Kurian is an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Mr. Neeraj Sagar
Consultant Egon Zehnder
Mr. Neeraj Sagar is a Consultant at Egon Zehnder.
He has been associated with Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey and company Schlumberger and Engineers India Limited in the past.
Mr. Neeraj Sagar is an MBA from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business.
Mr. Pratik Kumar
Wipro Infrastructure Engineering
Mr. Partik Kumar is the CEO of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering and is a Member of the Board of Wipro Enterprises.
He has held various leadership positions within Wipro including that of the Executive Vice-President – HR.
Mr. Pratik Kumar is an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Co-Founder and Managing Director
In a career spanning over 34 years, Ganesh has come to be respected and acknowledged for his contributions as a practitioner, consultant, coach and thought leader in the field of Organisation Development, Human Resources Management and Executive Coaching.
After a successful corporate career in Human Resources for 16 years, in the year 2000 Ganesh turned entrepreneur in the professional services fields close to his heart.
Ganesh Chella is the founder of totus consulting, a strategic Human Resource Consulting firm that has addressed the Organisation Development and HR needs of close to 150 clients across 275 client engagements. (www.totusconsulting.com).
Credited with pioneering the use of executive coaching for leader development in India, he has in his role as co-founder & Managing Director, helped CFI become a highly respected and sought after destination for coaching led leader development solutions and coach education and certification. (www.cfi.co.in).
Through totus HR School, Ganesh works with like-minded professionals to give back to the HR community in the form of high quality professional development programmes.
He has three books to his credit: “Creating a Helping
Organisation – 5 engaging ways to promote employee performance growth and well-being”, Are you ready for the corner office” (co-author) and “HR
Here and now – the making of the quintessential people champion” (co-author). He has a very large body of published articles and blogs to his credit.
Ganesh is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur, a professional member of the India Society for Applied Behavioural Science, and trained and certified as a Coach by Dr. Skiffington, Australia and Coaching Foundation India.
Chief Executive Officer, Practice Leader – Business Coaching Practice
Suresh is a business leader with 30+ years of experience in Business, Sales & Marketing and Advertising management.
He has worked across Information, Communications, Telecom and Media Industries in best of breed, world-class companies like Xerox, Motorola, Ramco, Reliance Communications and The Hindu.
In his last role, he was VP-Advertisement, and led Advertising at The Hindu, contributing to over 85% of the company revenues.
Suresh has an MBA from The Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and a BE (Hons.) from NIT, Trichy, University of Madras.
Program Director, Graduate School of Coaching
Hari is a passionate Leadership Coach, Organisation Consultant and Facilitator of leadership and team development interventions and has worked with the senior leadership of organisations in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, software, financial services, FMCG, pharmaceuticals and education.
He brings a unique mix of rich experiences over three decades, having worked both overseas and in India. He has also been a successful entrepreneur and co-founded two companies before divesting interests in both companies by early 2002. Hari also brings deep experience and expertise in the use of psychometric tools for coaching and development.
He is Programme Director of CFI’s Graduate School of Coaching and has been an integral part of its education programmes including the flagship Post Graduate Programme in Executive Coaching.
He is a Post Graduate in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi (IIFT).
Dr. Anand Kasturi
Director – Coaching and Leader Development Practice
Dr. Anand Kasturi is an award winning consultant trainer in the area of customer centricity and a seasoned Executive Coach. After a career in Training for over seven years, Anand launched his training practice in the area of Services Management, something he has been pursuing successfully for over 23 years. Anand has been practising as an Executive Coach for over a decade.
Through his training workshops he has impacted diverse organisations across the globe. He blends training and coaching to design and deliver highly effective leadership development programmes.
To support learners and coaches, Anand has designed and launched a very popular 360 solution called 360changemagic.com.
As Director and Practice Leader of CFI’s Coaching and Leadership development
practice, Anand champions its in-company coaching-led leadership programmes and also
helps enhance the quality of delivery of our coaching services.
Anand is an alumnus of IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore. He completed his PhD. in
Services Management from the University of Buckingham.
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.
Ramesh Srinivasan is a CFI certified Executive Coach. He is an accomplished HR leader with over 25 years of work experience in manufacturing, automotive, retail and service industries in various reputed business groups like Murugappa, Shriram Group, ISS and Bahwan Group (Muscat). Ramesh is a Post Graduate in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from The Madras School of Social Work and acquired a professional Diploma in Training & Development from Indian Society for Training & Development. He is certified by Harrison Assessments, USA for “Creating Scientific Job Description & Behaviour Prediction” and Thomas International, UK for “Personality Profile Analysis”. Ramesh is passionate about developing and has got hands on experience in designing and delivering Training Programmes.
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.
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.
In a career spanning over 40 years, Suresh has served as Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer for over 12 years. in Tata Steel and its group companies. At Tata Steel, he was Director (Procurement), Director (Scientific Services), Chief Sales Manager besides serving on the shop floor and spearheading operations as CEO of two sick companies.
As a Metallurgist with wide techno-commercial experience in Mining & Metal Industry he has a proven track record in the fields of Innovation, Change Agent, institutionalizing recognized HRM practices and enhancing productivity.
He is 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.
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.
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With over 25 years of work experience in the corporate world and five plus years as a certified Leadership and Business Coach, Saroja has worked with several C Level executives across verticals of Financial Services, IT and ITES, Education and Digital Marketing, among others, in areas of Leadership Development, Performance and Team Building.
She is also empanelled as a Business Coach with Google India as part of their worldwide Partner Agency programme.
She is an alumnus of I.I.M Calcutta and an Economics graduate from S.R.C.C, Delhi University. In the field of coaching, she is an Associate of M.A.P.P psychometric assessments from Oscar Murphy and has done certification programmes in Appreciative coaching. She is also a certified yoga teacher.
Having being certified in 2017 as a Leadership and Business Coach from Coaching Foundation of India, T.V (as he is fondly called) has coached CEOs and functional leaders in IT, HR and Retail oriented companies. He was CEO and Director in several International brands in the automotive field. Proficient in business development and market growth, market research, product development and launch, organisation development, infrastructure development for business needs, setting up businesses from the ground up in new countries.
Business turnaround, product positioning, manpower training and development. T.V was on the Board of various companies in the Amalgamation and the Ashok Leyland group and was involved with Ashok Leyland’s plans of setting up a Corporate University to address the learning and development of the entire workforce, business and functional heads. Developing and designing the organisation that would drive the vision to move from a “Good to a Great” organisation. T.V is also on the advisory Council of NITTR (National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research). T.V has an illustrious educational background from IIT Madras, MS in Industrial Management, Marketing and Organisation Behaviour, REC Kurukshetra, BE (Hons.) in Mechanical
Engineering. Mr. Venkataraman has further honed his coaching skills by being EQi 2.0 certified and in the Hays Methodology of Organisation Design.
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 raise USD 10 million in funding and successfully got the company approved to go public in the OTC-BB market.
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.
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 Fontainebleau and is a Trustee of the Global NGO, Chinmaya Mission.
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. He is a founding member of the Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences, and has 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.
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. 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 doctorates and close to three decades of experience in education, training, consulting, HR and business leadership, Dr. Misra is a shining role model in the field of Business and Human Resources.
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 and 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 programmes on leadership skills for top management at the 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 programmes.
Dr. B. J. Prashantham
Director, Institute of Human Relations, Counselling & Psychotherapy, CCC Vellore
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 has written many journal articles. His books have also been translated into Tamil and Korean.
Dr. Zahid. H. Gangjee
A major part of Zahid Gangjee’s almost 16-year career 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.
Late 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.
Savitri Chanda Venglet
Assistant Director – Client Services
A graduate in Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai and Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, Savithri has about 20 years of experience in various capacities including designing, teaching and business operations. As a Principle Designer she has designed and executed various projects in retail and residential spaces and headed the Chennai offices of Atelier D’Arts & Architecture, a Bangalore based architectural firm.
Manager – Programme Operations
Padma has over a decade of experience in Business process outsourcing majors like CAMS and TCS BPO, handing back office operations for various clients. At CFI, Padma leverages these skills to manage programme operations and project management for all of CFI public and in-company programmes.
Padma completed her graduation in Mathematics from the University of Madras and her Masters in Computer Applications from Bharathidasan University.
V A Rajakrishnan
Manager – Accounts
Rajakrishnan has over three decades of rich experience in handling accounting, auditing, taxation and commercial matters with exposure to IGAAP and IFRS for over in Manufacturing sector.
At CFI, Raj leads the Accounting, taxation and compliance functions Raj completed his graduation in Commerce from the Madurai Kamaraj University.
Executive – Programme Support & MIS
Jayanthi has over 6 years of experience in IT sectors of MNCs. At CFI, she handles tools which support Executive Coaching, performs analysis & generates reports and supports the CPDP Team.
Jayanthi has completed her Masters in Computer Applications from Anna University.