Sunita Bhuyan

C Sharp by Sunita Bhuyan - Violin & Ronojit Bhuyan - Piano

Achal Khanna

Opening Address:

by Achal Khanna
CEO, SHRM India and Busines Head - APAC & MENA


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. - SHRM-SCP
President & CEO, SHRM


Ajay Banga
CEO, Mastercard

In this session, CEO of Mastercard, Ajay Banga and Johnny C Taylor Jr.- SHRM-SCP, President & CEO, SHRM will talk about the the key imperatives that create value in an organization by attracting and retaining the best talent. They will candidly share reflections from their personal and organisational journey on how we need to adjust talent strategies that would be key to meeting the shifting paradigms of the new normal.


Nick Schacht. - SHRM-SCP
Chief Global Development Office, SHRM

Keshav R. Murugesh

Keshav R. Murugesh
Group CEO, WNS Global Service


Vaishali Nigam Sinha
Chief Sustainability, CSR & Communication Officer, ReNew Power

Numerous research studies confirm that inclusive workplace cultures abound in innovation, productivity and profitability. In this enlightening conversation, discover the characteristics and impact of an inclusive workplace that highlights what an inclusive workplace culture is, why it matters and how to develop one while leading and sustaining a culture transformation.

McKinsey coined the phrase “the war for talent” in 1997 when the Internet first began to creep its tendrils out into the world of job search. While it is not a "war" now, recruitment strategies need to adapt to the changing landscape. In this session, come find our what are these strategies that give you a winning edge!

Deepak Joseph

Deepak Joseph
Senior Country Manager - Marketing,

Vivek Ranjan

Vivek Ranjan,
CHRO, Zensar Technologies


Vikramjeet Singh
CHRO, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance


Rajalakshmi Sivanand
Sr. Director - HR, Model N India

Recruiting has drastically changed in the past decade. Businesses are rapidly growing their workforce in an increasingly competitive landscape, and in order to attract top talent, it’s pivotal to have social recruiting strategies in place. An Adweek report suggests that 92% of recruiters use social media to find the best candidates for each position. Social media can come in handy when it comes to identifying skilled professionals in the field and establishing a connection. In this session find out how social are your hiring strategies.

Technology has mostly reshaped talent acquisition. The HR and TA Technology landscape moves at a frenetic pace. We all want to know what we should be paying attention to, what isn't worth our time, and also what technology is going to lift our organizations to the next level. This session will focus just on that!

Now is the time to pause and reflect on your employer branding strategy! The core values embraced by the employees and talent segments have shifted dramatically as a result of the recent crises. It’s critical that your brand messaging shifts to ensure it continues to resonate with workers in an authentic and compelling way. In this session, find out how your employer brand needs to reposind to the new normal.

Learn how companies are responding to the growing challenge of attracting, hiring and retaining talent for high-demand, high-turnover roles in today’s tighter labour market.

A survey done by SHRM found that 57% of recruiters say their talent acquisition strategies are designed to attract diverse candidates. Achieving greater diversity in the workplace is not just a noble but a compliance-related goal. The rise in diversity is related to the increasingly collaborative and team-based structure of modern organizations: the evidence is clear that companies that can effectively recruit and manage a diverse workforce have a clear competitive advantage. Join this session to know more on workplace diversity through recruitment.

With evolving employee expectations, organizations need to rethink their approach to crafting the employee experience. The majority of modern-day human resource personnel are in agreement with the fact that creating an excellent employee experience is imperative for winning the fierce talent war in today’s highly competitive candidate labor market. In this session, find out how AI fits into this all, transforming all industries and functions.


Pramath Raj Sinha
Founder & Chairman, Harappa Education

As per Accenture's report on "IT’S LEARNING.JUST NOT AS WE KNOW IT" - Employers face a global skills crisis that could hold back the economic promise of intelligent technologies. Well beyond today’s talent shortages, digital innovations will continually and rapidly alter the demand for skills in the future. Incremental changes to our education and corporate learning systems will not be sufficient. In response to this crisis, business leaders must completely rethink how to prepare their workforces, from anticipating the skills their organizations will need, to how they will help people learn and apply new skills throughout their careers. In this session, we talk more about the future of learning and employability.


Opening Address by
Nick Schacht, Chief Global Development Officer, SHRM


Josh Bersin
Global Industry Analyst & Dean, Josh Bersin Academy

In this session, Josh will highlight results from the Joint SHRM and Josh Bersin Academy research, based on responses from HR leaders and professionals across all industry segments,. The report reveals how organizations are managing employees and teams specializing in developing, managing, or supporting information technology prevalent in today’s business organizations. The research report identifies four areas organizations need to focus on when it comes to effectively managing tech workers: management practices, organizational culture, compensation, and employee recognition. , In this session Josh will also incorporate recommendations, applicable to HR and business leaders, to facilitate the productivity and increase the satisfaction of their tech employees.

Thanks to the digital transformation companies have undergone over the last years, HR professionals have also experienced a transition that emphasizes the experience of the employees from the moment they are recruited to the moment they leave the company. But if there’s one thing that the digital transformation has given to the HR professionals, it’s the capacity of getting accurate data and insights about the state of their employees. In this session, we discuss on how technology and data can boost employee experience.

Disruption is the new normal. In an age of robots, the most appreciated distinguisher for companies today is innovation. Today the HR department is not just expected to support innovation but also make sure to drive it. What are these innovative strategies that can transform your workforce? Come find out!


Dr. Fermin Diez
Deputy CEO Group Director, Human Capital Development National Council of Social Service

In today’s competitive job market, HR professionals are challenged to develop innovative and effective ways to attract and retain talent. Compensation matters, but how a company motivates and rewards its employees also has a tremendous impact on hiring and retention. This session will focus on employee rewards programs and that creates a total employee experience that attracts, motivates and rewards key players in a fast-moving digital environment.

In this session, we relook at Performance management from the lens of the 9 box grid to "out of the box", effective and relevant performance management solutions


Suchismita Sen
CHRO, ITC Infotech India Limited


Vijay Sethi
CIO, Head HR, Head CSR, Heromotocorp


Dr. Jaclyn Lee

In the current uncertain scenario, organizations need to be Agile and HR needs to play a pivotal role. Weather it is in responding to immediate crises or a more strategic intervention. THIS is the time to be agile! In this session we talk about Agility in the face of tough choices about safety, layoffs, benefits, compensation, engagement, and business continuity including data-driven analytical decision-making.

As Peter Cappelli and Anna Tavis in the HBR article mentioned, "Agile isn’t just for tech anymore. It’s been working its way into other areas and functions, from product development to manufacturing to marketing-and now it’s transforming how organizations hire, develop, and manage their people." As the economy, markets, technology, and consumer preferences change, businesses must change and adapt, as well. And, as those businesses change and adapt, so, too, must the business units that support them. In this session we dive deeper into the new rules of talent management.

According to the World Economic Forum, we are entering an era of unparalleled talent scarcity. This shortage demands being able to search for talent beyond one’s borders and also being able to set up shop in foreign territories where the talent exists. In this session, we discuss the nuances that comes with this Globility

Nishith Upadhyaya

Nishith Upadhyaya
SHRM-SCP, Director Advisory Services, SHRM India

Avinash Kohli

Avinash Kohli
Director - Leadership, Learning & Organizational Capability (LLOC)- HR, Boeing International


Leena Sahijwani
VP - Group HR, Tata Sons Private Limited

Bimal Rath

Bimal Rath,
Founder & MD, Think Talent

The external environment today is bringing about a transformational change. Economies have crashed, business models have been disrupted, the world of work has changed, and a new world order is emerging! In this scheme of things, what would organizations of the new future look like? In keeping with the unprecedented changes that the world is currently experiencing, SHRM India is conducting a study on trends that are shaping the organizations of the new future. The insights from the study will be discussed in a panel discussion that would shed light on
- Changes that are underway in organizations
- If the current pandemic is leading to emergence of a new organizational model
- Trends that would govern the design of future organizations

Change is the New Normal. How will you handle it? In a world of constant change, non-adaptive behavior is the killer problem. In the face of change, resilience creates a growth mindset. In this session, we would discuss about how resilience and managing change works in this new normal

A company’s culture is the set of values that reflect who they are, what their business is trying to achieve in the market place, and how they will go about achieving it. It is important to reexamine your company culture often, especially if your business has experienced dramatic growth or during busy periods that put a strain on your staff and resources. If you feel your culture has become less defined or you are in danger of losing the positive workplace environment you have worked hard to create, a check-in might be important. Though, is it necessary? Join us on SHRM Big Debate on Corporate Culture Reboot.


Abhijit Bhaduri
Founder, Abhijit Bhaduri & Associates


Arthur Carmazzi
Founder, Directive Communication Psychology


Guru Bhat
VP Customer Success Platform, GM PayPal India


Manu N Wadhwa
CHRO, Sony Pictures & Networks India


Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra
Director - HR, Indian Oil Corporation Limited


Opening Address:

by Emily M Dickens
Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff, SHRM


T.V. Mohan Das Pai,
Chairman Manipal Global Education

Emily M Dickens

Emily M Dickens
Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff, SHRM

Certain organizations are known for their innovation and unique approach - which makes them stand out and often succeed in their fields.. What makes them more innovative than others? What makes some people stand out as innovative over others? Each Organisation and individual has within themselves self-natural innovation. How do we empower, and leverage this innovation which is critical now, more than ever before, for organisations to thrive and even survive. In this session, T.V. Mohan Das Pai and SHRMs Emily M. Dickens will discuss how we can create a culture of Innovation by Design.

Sunil Kant Munjal,
Chairman, The Hero Enterprise

Leading the world’s largest bicycle - maker to the largest two wheeler maker; He has seen it all, experienced it all and made a mark! What more better than hearing it right from - Sunil Kant Munjal as he shares his experiences of crafting a leading global organization and what it means to make employees’ the champions and heroes of your workplaces!

According to Business in the Community’s Mental Health at Work (2018) report 90% of younger workers say their mental health is affected by the cost of living, , while 66% of all employees say that their mental health is affected by their job security. Financial stressors vary for employees basis their stage of life and can be a leading cause for mental stress. Can we go beyond traditional Financial benefits and create holistic Financial wellbeing strategies for our employees that cover a gamutsolutions? Attend this session to learn more.

Today’s wellness programming efforts rely on a combination of low-tech and high-tech delivery systems. Many organizations are using customized Tech solutions and even AI embedded solutions to drive focus on Wellbeing and enhance employee experiences. In this session we discuss how technology can
-Help employees choose the right benefits plans based on their lifestyle.
-Track complex data like engagement and performance.
-Monitor abstract trends.

Globally, an estimated 264 million people suffer from depression, one of the leading causes of disability, with many of these people also suffering from symptoms of anxiety. According to WHO, There are many risk factors for mental health that may be present in the working environment. Most risks relate to interactions between type of work, the organizational and managerial environment, the skills and competencies of employees, and the support available for employees to carry out their work. Good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand and there is strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive. Addressing wellbeing at work increases productivity by as much as 12%. In this session, we talk more about Mental Wellbeing and how to tackle depression, isolation and other mental health issues at workplace.


Smriti Ahuja,
Global Head - Organization Effectiveness, Geo Leader Diversity & NCR Center Head, Cognizant


Dr. C Jayakumar,
VP & Head - Corporate HR, Larsen & Toubro Limited


Nikita Vasant Raut,
Assistant GM & Learning Head (Baroda Academy), Bank of Baroda

In this session, we focus on how we need to identify and overcome Unconscious Bias and ensure that we are creating an environment that is truly inclusive and champions the under represented Talent Pools


Dr. Marcus Ranney,
General Manager, Thrive Global

In a world fueled by anxiety and the unknown, how can we navigate a path towards being the best version of ourselves; to better lead self and others? Dr. Marcus Ranney brings his knowledge of the human body to help the audience apply important lessons towards building physical and mental resilience for these troubled times.


Kumaar Bargodia,
CEO, NeuroLeap


Srikant K Arimanathiya,
Global Talent Leader | Talent EYGBS (India) LLP


Gaurav Malhotra,
Managing Partner, Ikizia Advisors

Being mentally resilient means you can face adversity head on rather than avoiding it or stagnating. Resilience can make you more successful since it means you can accomplish your goals and desires by effectively navigating through adversity and obstacles. Hear the experts on how we can exercise our mental muscles and cultivate resilience as a road to success.


Alexander Alonso,
Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM


Dr. Fermin Diez,
Deputy CEO Group Director, Human Capital Development National Council of Social Service


Dr. Jaclyn Lee,


Dr. Wang Jiunwen,
Senior Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences

In this session our panel of experts will delve into the key aspects of Talent and imperatives for organisations to create the right culture and strategies for Talent to thrive with a key focus on the future of work in the APAC region


Jason Averbook,
Co-founder & CEO, Leapgen


Ashok Ramachandran,
Group Exe. President, Human Resources Aditya Birla Group


Yashwant Mahadik,
President - Global HR & Co-Lead Business Transformation Office at Lupin Global

As per a recent whitepaper on Employee Wellbeing "There is a large, positive correlation between employee well-being and aggregate, firm-level measures of performance across all types of industries. This relationship is particularly strong in terms of customer satisfaction and staff turnover - both of which drive overall profitability. Publicly traded companies with a happy workforce also perform better on the stock market." In this session our panel of experts delve into how Employee Wellbeing is critical to Customer Experience and business Wellbeing


Brahma Kumari Shivani,
Practitioner & Teacher, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization


Dr. Marcus Ranney,
General Manager, Thrive Global, India

Trust is the number factor in employee happiness and goes beyond policies - Trust is earned. In the current uncertain enviroment Trust has become even more critical. Join this session to learn about maximising Trust and Minimising stress in our organisations and lives.

Alexander Alonso

Opening Address by
Alexander Alonso, SHRM- SCP, Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM


Manoj Kohli
Country Head - SoftBank India, SoftBank Group International

To truly transform a company, people need to change their behavior—how they work and make decisions. Transformational change must be driven by leadership. By understanding what it takes to lead, manage, and inspire differently-and what it takes to get people to change their behavior - leaders can be more effective in achieving their goals. Join us as Manoj Kohli takes us through the journey of how to lead transformational change.


Falguni Nayar,
Founder & CEO,


Alpana Parida
Managing Director - DY Works + IDIOM

Falguni Nayar left her high profile career as Managing Director at Kotak Mahindra Capital Company to start Naykaa which is now amongst India’s top 10 entrepreneurs. In this session Alpana Parida will have a candid conversation with her on Naykaa's journey to success

Apratim Purakayastha

Apratim Purakayastha,
Group Chief Technology Officer, Skillsoft

The technology advances of the past decade have laid the foundations for learning that harness the speed, power and ubiquity of digital capability. It adds up to an accelerated, personalized and transformed learning experience that puts the learner squarely in the driver’s seat. Though is it just a hype? Come find out as we understand more on learning tech

Business and HR leaders view the skills shortage as a top concern that needs to be addressed. Among HR professionals, 75% of those having recruiting difficulty say there is a shortage of skills in candidates for job openings. The skills gap presents HR professionals with an opportunity to better understand the needs of their organizations and strategize remedies. In this session, explore the global skill shortage and remedies towards it


Bidisha Banerjee
Group VP - Learning Culture & Employer Branding, Welspun


Dr. Wang Jiunwen
Senior Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences

Kamal Dutta

Kamal Dutta
Managing Director – India & SAARC, Skillsoft

Dr. R Palan

Tan Sri Dato Dr. R Palan
Pro Chancellor  University of Cyberjaya

Many organizations are adopting the strategy of continuous learning to survive and remain competitive in the turbulent business environment. Becoming a learning organization is one of the best ways an organization can improve their services and practices in order to increase their effectiveness and achieve competitive advantage. Is there a need to shift from Transactional to Strategic Learning Organizations? Join this session to know more.

"Hard skills will get you the interview - soft skills will get you the job. "In this session we explore the hard truths of sof skills and what does future hold for us.


Susan Armstrong
Managing Partner, Global Training Transformation


Sudeep Ralhan
VP, People, Walmart Labs India


Dr. Yogesh Kumar Bhatt
Exe. VP and Business Head, StackRoute (An NIIT Venture)

Even as the global economy redefines the new normal, resilience and innovation will define success for the post-pandemic business world. The current driver of competitive advantage is an extremely talented workforce that is agile, resilient, and innovative. Business leaders have a great opportunity now to SHIFT to the new normal of learning. This would require deliberate change of practices and processes, a shift in the mindset, and an investment of time and effort. However, the paybacks can be relatively high. What is going to be the future of learning? Join this session to know more.

Certain organizations are known for their innovation and unique approach - which makes them stand out and often succeed in their fields.. What makes them more innovative than others? What makes some people stand out as innovative over others? Each Organization and individual has within themselves self natural innovation. How do we empower, and leverage this innovation which is critical now more than ever before for organizations to thrive and even survive. In this session learn how we can create a culture of Innovation by Design.


Sunita Bhuyan
Chief Mentor, S Prayas Foundation

An experiential master class on how music and it's dynamics can be powerful mediums to learn creativity, Leadership values & the "Art of Collaboration"


Alexander Alonso
Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM

Aditya Malik

Aditya Malik
CEO Talent Edge


Simon Brown
Chief Learning Officer, Novartis

The need to develop talent in an organization as a critical factor for its long term survival is probably not an area that many will dispute. But is business part of your talent development strategy? This panel discussion focusses just on that, helping you build a better talent development strategy that is business aligned.


Founder, Isha Foundation


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.,
SHRM-SCP, President & CEO, SHRM

Catch this scintillating conversation between Sadhguru and Johnny C. Taylor Jr. on Sadhguru's unique take of "Human is not a Resource".