The world of HR Technology is on the cusp of a revolution. A revolution that will not only change the landscape of People Management but also turn around the way organizations and businesses function as a whole. In today’s technology-driven world, it has become extremely important to understand the power of tech and use it to our beneﬁt. The inability to match the pace of this technological drift has resulted in making the old-school processes obsolete and organizational growth stagnant.
This year’s theme for the SHRM HR Tech APAC Conference – ‘All Things Worktech’, aims to tackle just that. The goal of the theme is to showcase, dissect and analyze every aspect of the world of HR and help organizations predict and prepare for this revolution.
Your SHRM HR TECH APAC Conference attendance earns you 12-14 Recertification credits towards maintaining your valuable Certification.
SHRMTECH19 Ranked #2 among the 6 Best Conferences for Global HR Professionals to attend in 2019 by Forbes.
Special Advisor To The Prime Minister Ambassador At Government Of India
From the Indian Foreign Service class of 1973, Deepak Vohra was India’s senior-most Ambassador and has been described as one of the finest minds in the world, He has studied at the most prestigious Universities in India and overseas including St Columba’s School, St Stephen’s College, National Defence College and Sorbonne University, Paris, His academic record is outstanding: first in School, first in College, first among the men in the Indian Foreign Service, first in the training programme at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, first at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, He taught at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University from 1972-73, Among India’s most loved television figures he was short-listed by a woman’s magazine as one of the “most sensational personalities” in India. He has acted in commercial films, He has served in France, Vietnam, Tunisia, United States, Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin, Chad, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Spain and as Ambassador of India to Armenia, Georgia, Sudan, South Sudan, Poland and Lithuania, He was Officer on Special Duty to the Technology Adviser to the Prime Minister of India, Ambassador Vohra spent four years with Sulabh International, the world’s largest NGO dealing with sanitation and is the author of best-selling books, He has specialized in national renaissance issues emerging nations. In October 2005, Armenia awarded him a gold medal and named a school after him. Sudan gave him its highest civilian honour and in 2006, he was made Prince of an African tribe He has vast international experience, having represented India at several conferences, Not many know that when Indian oil workers were kidnapped in Sudan in 2007, Ambassador Vohra offered himself in exchange for the hostages.
In 2014, he went to a remote Ebola-affected area of Guinea to help the villagers and fell seriously ill with the dreaded ailment, National and international leaders who have interacted with him have uniformly commented on his transparent sincerity and integrity. Surprised at his candour, some advise him to hide from the storm: he replies calmly: “I am the storm” He is an advisor and mentor to universities and companies in India and lectures regularly to national and international audiences (over 5 million have heard him so far) on Global Megatrends and Trust. His insights are much appreciated. He also speaks about Kashmir: The Journey Resumes, He has been an advisor to the Government of South Sudan from July 2011, In April 2013, Ambassador Deepak Vohra was appointed Special Advisor (Minister) to the Prime Minister, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, In April 2014, he was named Special Advisor by the Prime Minister, Kingdom of Lesotho, In 2015 and 2016, he was appointed Special Advisor to the Autonomous Hill Development Councils in the remote Ladakh region of India, Ambassador Vohra speaks French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bahasa Melayu, Hausa, Motu and Armenian fluently
Senior VP & Global Head Of Capability Development, Digital HR Transformation, HR Operations & Statutory Compliance, EXL Globally
Sanjay Dutt has over 26 years of experience in the industry and is well recognized for his work in linking learning to business impact and his expertise around driving organizational strategies through Learning & Capability Development. Sanjay holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics from the Delhi University and a MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi, India.
Sanjay leads the Capability Development function at EXL globally , and spearheads many key organizational development initiatives in the organization. He provides leadership to India HR and heads the Digital HR transformation, Global HR Operations & Statutory Compliance, at EXL.
He joined EXL in 2010 and since then has been responsible for setting up the EXL Center for Talent (in Noida), establishing several Academies, launching and managing the program for our High Potentials and focused interventions to enhance Productivity, Customer Experience and Sales Effectiveness.
Prior to joining EXL, Sanjay was a Partner at Accenture, where he was leading Capability Development for their Outsourcing organization, and was part of their India Leadership Team. Earlier, he worked for seven years with American Express where he was in a global leadership role around Performance Enhancement & Training.
Founder Infinity OD
Dr. Shalini Lal is the Founder of Infinity Organizational Development, a boutique OD consulting firm specializing in Organizational Development & Change. She is a graduate of IIM Ahmedabad, and a PhD from UCLA. Her work focuses on helping organizations build the internal culture and capabilities they need for their business vision and strategy. She believes in combining research insights with the wisdom of practice in her work. And believes that a sense of playfulness and humor is always a wonderful thing. Her last Corporate Assignment was as Director HR at Deustche Bank. Before that she was Chief Human Resource Officer at Escorts Agri-Machinery, and Head of Organizational Development at Airtel. She now serves on the boards of Villgro Innovations and IIM Jammu.
She has been on the Jury of many of India's HR Awards committees (such as CII, NHRD, People Matters) for several years. She is also a frequent speaker at leading business schools and an avid writer on topics of Management and Leadership. Her first book "The secret life of organizations" published by Hachette (co-author Pradnya Parashar) will come be coming out in May, 2019. She lives in Delhi with her husband, adult children, 3 dogs and 1 cat.
Executive Communication, Customer Advocacy & Program Management Worldwide - HR, Microsoft GTM
Based out of the company headquarters at Redmond, Washington responsible for crafting the storytelling voice for Corporate Vice President Human Resources for Microsoft GTM (go to market) HR (covering >50% of the company / 55000 employees worldwide) - internally and externally (industry and customers).
Prior to this have been in various global roles
• Country HR Director – Microsoft Philippines, leading the comprehensive human capital and culture agenda to drive the growth of the subsidiary
• Chief of staff for Country HR leader, Microsoft India
• Director Talent and Organization capability, Microsoft India
Prior to Microsoft, worked at Dell, in the Hospitality and Infrastructure segment of the Mahindra group, Sterling Resorts and Tata Infotech Ltd. Education Center, spread across domains of Education, Hospitality, Telecom, Technology Hardware & IT and functions of HR, Learning & Organization development, Sales transformation, Marketing and Brand management and Sales
Overall professional experience of 25 years - 15 years in the space of HR and Organization Development with primary interest and expertise in Talent Management, building organization capability & effectiveness and Leadership Coaching.
On the Academic front,
• Strategic HR Leadership from ILR School at Cornell University,
• Exec PGP from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
• Graduate in Computer Science from Nagpur University, India.
• Certified Trainer & OD Practitioner (Singapore Institute of Management)
• Certified Executive Coach (Neuroleadership institute)
Has a passion of Speaking & Writing on topics of Modern Workplaces, Digital Transformation, Changing landscape of HR & Leadership.
AVP Center For The Future Of Work, Cognizant
Manish is a passionate futurist and advisor with a compelling perspective on technology and its impact on jobs, individuals, society, and the future of work. A respected speaker and thinker, Manish has guided many Fortune 500 companies into the future of their business with his thought-provoking research and advisory skills. Within Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work, he helps ensure that the unit's original research and analysis jibes with emerging business-technology trends and dynamics in Asia Pacific, and collaborates with a wide range of leading thinkers to understand how the future of work will take shape. He influences the way leaders think about and prioritize digital by challenging the status quo and reappraising the underlying principles of businesses to unleash the power of the new. Manish has over 18 years of research, advisory and business strategy experience. His professional expertise spans business technology strategy and planning, C-level thought leadership, innovation and marketing.
Manish’s views on technology and the future of work have been featured in leading publications and he is a frequent keynote speaker at various national and international conferences.
Managing Partner, Global Training Transformation
As Managing Partner of Global Training Transformation, Susan is an internationally recognized Speaker, award-winning Talent Development Expert, and Author. In the last 20+ years Susan has spoken in over 40 countries on 6 continents, developed and trained over 500 workshops and helped over 150,000 people around the world transform their personal and professional lives.
Susan specializes in Training Architecture to improve the performance of people, custom designing programs in The Art of Persuasion, Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Managing Generations in the Workplace and, Resilience, to name a few. She has worked with such organizations as Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Philips, Medronic, and SABIC to design global training programs that raise individual and organizational performance. Her experience ranges from Healthcare, Medical Devices, Banking, Mining, Pharma, Timber, Oil & Gas as well as training the Ministers of several foreign nations.
Susan is an Instructional Designer and Master Trainer. Global Training Transformation’s programs have won the CSTD Gold Award for Excellence in Training (Vendor Category) as well as having a Leadership Program custom designed for a Central Asian client named as one of the top 5 Leadership programs in the world by HR.com
Senior Director; Strategy, People & Organization GovTech, Singapore
A career headline that reads - Two decades in leading corporates, a year plus as an entrepreneur and a newly-minted public servant - D N Prasad is an Executive Coach (PCC, International Coach Federation), transformational HR Leader, Mentor/Advisor and a Talent & Culture Strategist, with expertise in leading scaled transformation, building and scaling Organizations & functions (in-country, region and global) and shaping & nurturing cultures and careers.
DNP, as he is known in the professional circles, is currently Senior Director for Strategy, People and Organization with Government Technology Agency(GovTech), Singapore. Prior, he founded Noetic step, an Executive Coaching and Talent Advisory practice, working with leaders and organizations, globally. In his last corporate stint, he served as Director and Head of Google People Services for APAC and as a Leadership Coach, at Google Inc.
His progressive career leadership experiences spans seven and a half years with Infosys (where he was the global head of early career hiring, campus relations and HR Operations) and more than a decade with Google. He also brings extensive experience with coaching (in-market, regional, functional and ambassadorial) leaders across APAC, Middle-East, India and US, across a range of industries - Technology/Digital, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Transport, Consulting, Media, Insurance, Healthcare, Education, SMEs and start-ups.
He serves on the Advisory panel for a couple of exciting start-ups in the HR Technology and Solutions space and on the Board of Management Studies of T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal - India.
VP, HR & Member - Country Management - Volvo Group India
Amit Sharma is Vice President - HR and member of the Country Management Team for Volvo Group India.
In a career spanning more than 20 years, he has worked across various HR roles with top of the line organizations in diverse set of industries such as Indian Oil, Johnson & Johnson, Philips and TE Connectivity.
With focus on Business HR, his experience spans across Talent Acquisition & Management, Organizational Development & Culture, Capability Building and Employee Relations. He is a proponent of bringing technology to HR processes while retaining the human connections in the organization.
Amit has received various internal and external recognitions for his work in HR and has been speaking on HR issues in various forums
Currently, he is also Hon. Vice President of the National HRD Network, Bangalore Chapter.
Amit is MBA(HR) from UBS, Panjab University, Chandigarh and an Engineering Graduate from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala. He is a certified OD Practitioner from ISABS New Delhi and also a certified Coach.
SVP & Global Head - HRD, Infosys BPM Ltd
Raghavendra has over 33+ years of experience in the field of Human Resources. He currently holds office as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources Development (HRD) and is a member of the Executive Council of Infosys BPM Ltd.
His expertise lies in aligning HR’s functional role to dovetail business plans. His areas of interest are development of HR competencies, managing cultural diversity and change management, especially in the context of mergers and acquisitions.
Raghavendra has created strong synergies between performance management processes and employee development platforms, ensuring that Infosys has a competent, readily available internal talent pool to meet business challenges. A strong proponent of ‘Learn While You Earn’, he has institutionalized a number of interventions whereby there is a huge value add for a person to move up the value chain, while continuing to pursue one's career.
Through his journey in HR, Raghavendra has anchored numerous initiatives to support the development of strategic HR and is a frequent speaker in thought leadership sessions and seminars globally. He is also a regular contributor to many leading journals and publications. A PG Diploma (Hons) holder from Madras School of Social Work, he has also undergone the Advanced Management Program from IIM-Bangalore. Recently, he has added another feather to his cap by completing the Infosys Global Leadership program from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
Advisor, Investor, Researcher, Ideapreneur, Co Create tomorrow
Prithvi Shergill is currently in the process of enabling establishment of independent ventures committed to using evidence based analytics and digital technologies to enrich the experience of the workforce in the workplace.
He is currently incubating:
i. Smarten Spaces, making high density architectures intelligent while creating an exclusive community of executives
ii. Tomorrow, an outcome assurance firm improving people practices to enhance their productivity, performance, proficiency and passion applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and Behaviourial Analytics.
Prithvi has served as the steward for creating intrapreneurial cultures, leading to exponential value created by seeding nurturing and harvesting grass-root innovation. He has worked within the Office of the CEO at the organizations he has worked in, partnering with the Board and senior leadership to shape the business strategy.
In his last enterprise assignment, he was the the Chief Human Resource Officer and Senior Corporate Vice-President, Organization Effectiveness at HCL Technologies. Until March 2017, Prithvi was accountable to identify human capital implications, design and deploy practices that strengthen collective health and achievement of desired business outcomes. He institutionalized policies, programs, processes that put Employees First to engage, enable and empower people to listen, collaborate, ideate and create value for stakeholders. He worked to enhance the maturity of effectiveness and efficiency in execution and aligned the people agenda and service delivery to the business priorities of delivering profitable growth and maximizing competitiveness in the marketplace.
Prior to joining HCL Technologies in April 2012, Prithvi was a Partner at Accenture. Since 2004, there he played a variety of roles leading the HR team to scale and grow Accenture’s businesses in India; shaping the Human Capital Strategy for Accenture in various geographies and supporting the Technology Growth Platform as their Global Talent Strategist. He anchored Accenture’s India Delivery Centers to be certified at Level 5 of the People Capability Maturity Model (P-CMM) and also served as the Inclusion & Diversity Sponsor for Accenture India.
During his 25+ years of experience, Prithvi has helped grow the value of human capital in companies such as AT&T, Vsource, Singapore Telecom and Consistel previously.
His experience as a Business Operator, Value Creator and People Developer in the information technology and services industry demonstrates his skill in shaping and managing People Strategy, Growth Enablement, Business Revitalization, Consulting, Organizational Design and Change, Operations as well as Leadership & Talent Development, Reward Design, and Optimizing the Talent Supply Chain and Service Delivery.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Master of Business Administration from the University of Bombay, India.
He is married to Joy, an entrepreneur currently managing an artisan European café in Bangalore and enjoys spending time with his son, Parthav.
HR & Wellness Community, Roundglass Partners
With over 35 years of HR experience across industries, pioneering efforts in space of corporate social networks to digitizing HR by using AI, BOTS & Voice, gamification and analytics, Ravi has paved a unique path for the way HR works.
As a human capital enthusiast and believer in human potential, he is actively involved in coaching, mentoring and developing the next generation of leaders. Ravi holds a master’s degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI in India and is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School in Information Technology.
Managing Director of Envestnet, Yodlee
Arjun Singh is currently the Managing Director for Asia and the head of Envestnet | Yodlee's growing operations in India. In his role, he oversees the Bangalore development center and spearheads revenue and user growth in the region. With more than 25 years of experience running and growing businesses, Arjun has held senior roles at Aon Hewitt in Asia, WNS, ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam, GE Capital Information Services, and ANZ Grindlays Bank in Delhi and Melbourne. Under Arjun’s leadership, the Envestnet | Yodlee India operation has grown to over twelve hundred employees, with continually expanding international sales.
Arjun has an MBA from IIM Calcutta and a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from IIT, Bombay. Arjun is passionate about education and is a trustee at the Om Foundation School for underprivileged children, and is a board member of the Welham Girls School. His interests include tennis, golf, travel and theater. Arjun is married to Kavita and they have a daughter Amira, who has just started her career with Morgan Stanley in London.
Senior VP & Global Head - Strategic Resourcing, Mphasis
With over 22 years of experience, Satish Rajarathnam is a seasoned Human Resources professional who has held various HR leadership positions across multiple industries. Satish has continually been at the helm of strategic resourcing, organization change management, HR Business consulting & Agile transformation, as well as leadership and talent management.
Satish is associated with several industry groups and associations such as SHRM, Agile Leadership, LEGO serious Play, PCMM, Six Sigma, ISABs India and NFNLP, among others from which he has received certifications marking him a qualified practitioner. In his previous role with Cognizant, Satish was responsible for Global Banking & Financial Services people strategy, aligning HR interventions to business priorities, and functioned as a strategic business advisor to the executive management.
Satish’s leadership experience spans across organisations such as Cognizant, HCL Technologies, and Siemens. He has also been the recipient of awards such as the Top 100 HR Tech Minds Award and the HR Excellence Award, from the Government of Rajasthan and Higher & Technical Education, Maharashtra. Outside his experience with HR, Satish has built a reputation as a TEDx speaker. As an entertainer and an illusionist, he has worked on over 1200 performances in association with various corporate houses and international workgroups. As part of giving back to the society he is associated with Udavum Karangal an Orphanage at Chennai and as a Corporate Advisory Board member with Chandigarh University.
Satish is a postgraduate in General Management from the Indian School of Business (ISB) and National University of Singapore (NUS)