Solution to the VUCA World

Future-Fit Leadership Series

Attributes of a Future-Fit Leader

In this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) environment, the only solution is to become a Future-Fit Leader or create Future-Fit Leaders.

Learn from the experiences and wisdom of Leaders from various walks of life – Corporate, Spiritual, Government, Social Work, and other areas.

In the fast-changing world, Future-Fit Leadership is about getting the benefit of the past strengths but not being burdened by them.

It will all be about “traveling light with no mental baggage”.

Adaptability/ agility and audacity to think not just ‘Big’ but also ‘Better’!

Some Leadership Gems from Stalwarts Of The Industry

Ranjan Mishra, Sr. Director, Human Resources - APAC, Diebold Nixdorf

Handled progressively high-impact HR roles in large multinational companies including Diebold Nixdorf, Vodafone-Idea, Gillette, Coca Cola, Reliance.

Ranjan likes to take time out to volunteer for teaching underprivileged children.

Have been leading HR in very large companies, impacted business directly through plethora of innovations and initiatives.

Ranjan champions OD, Talent Management, Capability Development, etc.

Mahesh Gera, Group GHRO, Rustomjee

A rare qualification and experience mix, Mahesh has extensive experience in Product Management, Sales & Marketing and General Management Operations across sectors like Engineering, FMCG, Capital Goods, and Consumer Durables & Real Estate.

A Mechanical Engineer from NIT Surat, & an M.B.A in Marketing from DBIM Surat, Mahesh is driving an unconventional HR practice emerging from three decades of cross functional experience.

Venkatesh M.S, Chief Human Resources, DFM Foods Limited

HR Professional with hard won experience in Organisational Transformation, Leadership Development, Talent Management & Retention – Across FMCG, Heavy Engineering, Telecom, Life Insurance, Education, Consulting, Health Care Sector.

Key organizations include Infosys, Coca-Cola, HUL, Caterpillar, Bharti, Max New York Life Insurance, Educomp, P.D. Hinduja.

Rajiv Wahi Chief Executive – International Business ( EAM), Escorts Limited

Mr.Wahi has over 30 years of International Marketing and General Management Experience dealing with well-known and reputed International brands like DCM Toyota, Daewoo Motors, Volvo, AMC- South Africa, Sonalika, and now Escorts. Over the years he has handled diverse product portfolios from Automobiles, Agri Machinery, Tractors, Construction Equipment, Engines, Clothing, and Projects.     

A Post Graduate with Diploma in Business Management, Mr.Wahi heads the International Business Division for the Escorts Group which is presently spread across 5 continents in over 60 countries.     

He also heads various export committees at senior level with industry bodies like CII and FICCI.

Manmohan Kalsy, Advisor/ Ex CHRO, United Breweries Limited

Mr. Kalsy is playing a strategic role in setting the people and culture agenda from a UB group legacy organisation into a JV with significant alignment with Heineken have provided him with a very good experience of business and cultural transformation.

In the setup he led the HR function across 30 manufacturing locations and all India sales team and the workforce size is about 9500.

Manmohan has over 30 years of experience in the HR domain across Airtel, Vodafone, Xerox, and UBL and has been associated with many prestigious institutes – including industry as well as academic institutions.

Anand Pillai, MD - Leadership Matters

Anand Pillai is the Managing Director of Leadership Matters, a company focusing on building an Intrapreneural culture in organizations.

His corporate roles were SVP HR & Chief Learning Officer at Reliance Industries, SVP HR & Global Head-Talent Transformation at HCL Technologies among others in his 36-year career span.

Anand has specialized in advanced applications of Psychometric instruments (both Type and Trait Instruments) in areas of, Leadership, Communication, Sales, Customer relationship, Negotiating for Value and Team building.

Varun Kohli, Group CEO, ITV Network

Mr. Kohli has more than 25 years primarily in Leadership roles, as Sales & Turnaround Specialist, Certified Coach and many roles.

His experience has been in the Print, Media & Entertainment industries working with organizations like Amar Ujala, Bennett, Coleman & Company Ltd., Deccan Chronicle, Dainik Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, and Indian express where he streamlined and strategized the Print & TV business that led to robust revenue growth.

Vijay Rai, Chief Growth Officer - APAC Region & Executive Board Member, DayOne Technologies, USA

Mr. Rai has over 25+ years of experience – a significant amount in CEO & President roles across various Organizations.

With over 25+ years experience, he brings vast expertise in business and people leadership and multicultural experience acquired through various domains.

Vijay, with over 25+ years experience, is also the immediate past board member and President of National HRD Network: Delhi & NCR Chapter & Vice Chairman ISTD Gurgaon. He has been conferred with various awards, including the “Green Star” award, “Outstanding CEO” award, and other laurels.

Nemisha Ghia, CEO –Domestic Retail Business, Welspun India Limited

Ms. Ghia is a proficient leader with a rich background in consumer-facing roles and brands. She plays an instrumental role in designing and implementing the brand’s growth trajectory in line with the domestic business vision.

She has a diverse experience of almost two decades across e-commerce, FMCG and telecom sectors, in individual as well as leadership roles.

She previously worked with Scootsy, the premium arm of Swiggy, as their Chief Operating Officer (COO) & has been associated with behemoths like Amazon, Bacardi, Mondelez India, Kraft Foods, HUL as well as PepsiCo across India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Harish Goyal, CEO, Zee Essel Group

Mr. Goyal is an astute and strategic professional, offering a rich and productive experience of 25+ years in 70 countries, in the spectrum of planning operational & business strategies, incorporating, managing, and driving businesses including start-ups, thereby achieving verifiable year-after-year success for generating revenue, profit, and business growth objectives.

Currently spearheading efforts with Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), Essel Group, as CEO of Asia Pacific and Africa.

Mr. Goyal possesses an extensive business background in national and international multi-cultural environments across the domains of media, telecom, infrastructure, consumer durables, and electronics. 

Richa Singh, CEO of Niine Hygiene & Personal Care

Ms. Singh is a passionate leader having worked as CEO and CFO of growing businesses, recognized for driving business growth , turning around team performances, and driving a winning culture with strong focus on value creation by business building, compliance and cost optimization.

An IIM Bangalore and Wharton School alumnus, Ms. Singh has honed her skills at Coca-Cola, Philips in leaderships CXO roles before moving into her current role as CEO of Niine.

Priyadarshi Nanu Pany, CEO, CSM Technologies

Mr. Priyadarshi Nanu Pany is the founder and CEO of CSM Technologies, a pioneering GovTech organization headquartered out of Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Under his leadership, a skilled workforce of 650+ employees caters to growth driving sectors such as agriculture, mining & industry in India, Africa and United States. The national & international recognition of ICT projects conceptualized by Priyadarshi has successfully positioned Odisha on the global IT landscape.

Alok Sheopurkar, EVP & Head HR - HDFC Asset Management Company Ltd

Mr. Sheopurkar has gained deep insight into Strategic, Developmental, Business, and Administrative HR.

Apart from pure-play HR, he has rich experience in other functions like general management, projects, manufacturing processes, Operations, finance, Merger & Acquisitions, business advisory, Compliance & Law, setting up a new organization and growing them, workforce and sales-force effectiveness, and employee relations in HDFC Asset Management, TATA AIG, Cadbury, Crompton Greaves.

Rajeev Bhadauria, Director – Group HR, Jindal Steel & Power

Mr. Bhadauria brings with him a rich and diverse experience of 28 years as an HR professional having worked for organizations like NTPC, Reliance Infrastructure, Reliance Group, Jindal Steel & Power.

He has demonstrated competencies in leading acquisitions, demergers, incubations, and steady-state operations.