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SHRM India Annual Conference & Expo2018

Greetings & Welcome

About #SHRMIAC18

The SHRM India Annual Conference & Expo is your biggest platform to gain a competitive edge and engage with winners across the globe. While providing an opportunity to interact with business community at large, the seventh #SHRMIAC ensures that you stay abreast with the driving factors of all business units. Being the most premium HR event in the subcontinent, the conference ensures your presence amongst the top thought leaders from across the globe who share key insights, best practices and equip you with tools that will propel you to become a winner.

The 'SHRM India HR Excellence Awards', hosted on the first evening, recognizes organisations across categories of HR Excellence to celebrate organisations that put their employee's interests first! Soak in the city's history and experience the pulse of India's capital - New Delhi.

Inspirational Keynotes

Engaging sessions by Marc Effron, Sonam Wangchuk, Kapil Sibal, Pavan K. Varma and many more.

In-depth Perspectives

from Business and HR Leaders
from across the world

Comprehensive Programming

that can be customized to suit your personal or professional needs

Exceptional Networking

with Who's who of HR & business to expand your connections

An Innovative Marketplace

to provide solutions for your challenges

Recertification Credits

to help maintain your
SHRM-SCP or SHRM-CP Certification

Asia's most premium HR Conference


Day 1 | October 11, 2018

Inauguration & Welcome Address

Welcome note by Achal Khanna, CEO, SHRM India & SHRM Board Chair, Coretha M. Rushing
Achal Khanna
Achal KhannaCEO, SHRM India and Business Head - APAC & MENA
Coretha M. RushingBoard Chair, SHRM

Opening Keynote Address | The 8 Steps to High Performance: How to Thrive

Marc's keynote speech will inspire the audience to thrive as he shares scientific proof and practical guidance about how to be a high performer. In this interactive presentation, Marc will share the 8 Steps to high performance from his new Harvard book and help the audience to assess themselves as well as create an individual plan to be a better performer. The key sections will include:
• The Good News and the Bad News about High Performance
• The Fixed 50 and Flexible 50: Why you should only focus on what you can change?
• The 8 Steps (describe each, why it matters and do a quick assessment for each one)
• How to Create Your 8 Steps Action Plan?

Workplace Application: Get practical guidance on how to thrive to be a high performer in today's workplace context.
Marc Effron
Marc EffronPresident, Talent Strategy Group

CEO Speaks | Leadership Lessons to Thrive in an Uncertain World

The leaders of tomorrow face a set of challenges and thus, need to develop a unique set of skillsets to ensure that they not just survive but thrive in this world of volatility.
Join Ajay Srinivasan, Chief Executive, Aditya Birla Capital as he draws on his experiences from his personal journey, spanning almost 3 decades of experience in financial services, as he shares his thoughts on the future role of HR in business and how to bat from the front foot and ensure a successful professional innings. Anyone can lead, but just a few make for exceptional leaders! Would you be one of them?

Workplace Application: Insights and inspiration from the CEO leadership experiences.
Ajay SrinivasanChief Executive, Aditya Birla Capital

CEO Conversations | The CEO Perspective: How the Best Make It Happen!

In this session, we converse with forward thinking CEOs on how they have leveraged the people function to drive business success through world-class human resources.
Workplace Application: Gain insights into what CEOs expect from HR teams and how HR can support them.
Nick Schacht
Nick Schacht, SHRM-SCP,Chief Global Development Officer
Arjuna Sirinanda
Arjuna SirinandaChief Executive Officer, Fortude
Sanjay Verma
Sanjay VermaDivisional Vice President, PTC

Expo Grand Opening: Durbar Hall

Be where the action is - at the SHRMIAC18 Exposition. The latest and best HR Offering showcased by the SHRMIAC 18 Exhibitors. Action Packed activities at the SHRM Smart Stage. Meet our speakers, Exchange Ideas, Witness Innovation or simply let your hair down . Make sure to participate in the Quizzes, Contests, Engagements and stay with the action at the Expo!
Gather here for the big bang opening!

Expert Speak | Search for Greatness

Several jobs in this world are dependent on human judgement to identify the right person. No more is this true than in the HR space. However, there are challenges when we use human judgement to make these decisions. Join us as we explore the intricacies of the human decision-making process and share ways for you to identify and combat the imperfections and inconsistencies in your recruiting process. The key outcome of this session is to help you to find the right-fit employees and advance your organization's search for greatness!

Workplace Application: Gain tips to ensure your hiring process is designed to hire the best potential - job - organization fit
Carmen Bryant
Carmen BryantDirector - US Marketing,

SHRM SpotLight: Employee Experience - Thriving in the Digital World with New-Age Employee Benefits

An organization needs highly motivated workforce. If there was a service offering which helps gather insights on employee motivation and thereby help design customized employee benefits as well as bring it to the employee through a digital medium - who wouldn't want to explore if this promises better employee experience, motivation and thereby productivity?

Workplace Application: Learn the benefits and ways to implement digitized employee benefits tailor for better employee experience.
Stephane Michelin
Stephane MichelinChief Executive Officer, Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services, India


Let's energize your IQ + EQ in the backdrop of realities of HR that need to go and jointly acknowledge the time for TOUCHLESS HR that is here to stay.
Ketan Dewan
Ketan DewanCo-Founder & CEO, Talocity

SHRM Spotlight | The CFO - CHRO Partnership: A New Paradigm

While the CFO allocates resources required to deliver a company's strategy, the CHRO ensures the right people are in the right job at the right time, with the right support and incentives. Ramesh Iyer, Senior Adviser at Happay, talks about the unique relationship of a CFO & a CHRO highlighting key points from the 'State of Indian T&E Expense Management 2018' study conducted by Happay. He discusses how the synergy between the two functions, although not necessarily symbiotic, is very critical for any business.

Workplace Application: Discuss insights from the study report on CFO and CHRO partnership and gain tips for better collaboration.
Shanti Ekambaram
Ramesh IyerSenior Advisor,
Ratan Kumar Srivastava
Ratan Kumar SrivastavaCFO, Kent RO
Adhir Mane
Adhir ManeCHRO Lifestyle Business,
Shanti Ekambaram
Nishith Upadhyaya, SHRM SCPHead Advisory,
SHRM India

Financial Health for a Diverse Workforce

Join this session to hear from the expert on how financial awareness and acuity are key dimensions in the overall well-being of employees and how organizations can get involved as well as help their employees.

Workplace Application: Learn tips to improve the financial well-being of your employees.
Shanti Ekambaram
Shanti EkambaramPresident - Consumer Banking, Kotak Mahindra Bank

Thriving in a Disrupted Future

In 2015 John Thomas Chambers, then CEO of Cisco Systems predicted that '40 per cent of businesses (today) will not exist in a meaningful way in 10 years.' In Aug 2017, a Credit Suisse study shared that "The average age of a company listed on the S&P 500 has fallen from almost 60 years old in the 1950s to less than 20 years currently," Technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Blockchain and IoT are compelling organizations to continuously evolve and adapt. Given the sheer speed of change, being future ready is a daunting but pressing need. In this session, our panel of experts will throw light on how HR needs to play a key role in order for organizations to Thrive in this disrupted future

Workplace Application: Learn tips to prepare for technology adoption and disruption.
Yuvraj Srivastava
Yuvraj SrivastavaGroup CHRO, Make My Trip
R Mahalakshmi
R MahalakshmiDirector HR,
Mondelez India Foods
Ashutosh Sharma
Ashutosh SharmaGlobal HR Head,
Pearl Global Industries Ltd
Jayati Roy
Jayati RoyDirector HR,
Barco Electronics

A Transformation Journey - The Tata Motors Case Study

Dipping market share took a U turn over the last 5 quarters, improvements were achieved in Customer Sat Index, Profitability, Employee Retention and other key metrices. How did Tata Motors achieve this change? Join this session to hear direct from the CHRO of Tata Motors on their comprehensive yet a synchronized change transformation journey.

Workplace Application: Hear the live case study on Change transformation and rethink at how the learnings can be applied in one's own organizational context.
Abhijit Bhaduri
Abhijit BhaduriAuthor, Columnist & Management Consultant
Gajendra Chandel
Gajendra ChandelCHRO, Tata Motors

Lunch & Networking @Raja Bagh

AI in HR: Augmenting Performance and Productivity

Be it virtual assistance, patient diagnosis or hiring, AI has amplified human intelligence by providing fast and accurate analysis of large datasets. Know how AI powered HR systems are impacting people productivity – in HR and the larger organization.

Workplace Application: Explore areas in HR where AI can be leveraged for better performance.
Arjun Pratap
Arjun PratapFounder & CEO,
Edge Network
Rohit Thakur
Rohit ThakurMD - India Geographic Unit HR Lead,
Anurag Aman
Anurag AmanPartner - People & Change,
DN Prasad
DN PrasadFounder & Executive Coach,
Noetic Step

Grow your Passion through Continuous Learning & Assessment

If you want to cultivate a growth mindset, complacency is not an option. With the ever evolving workplace innovations and technological developments, it has become imperative for employees to continously learn and unlearn to stay relevant. Assessment of self and thereby leveraging various learning tools to upskill, helps one to always stay ahead of the curve and be in the competitive league.

Workplace Application: Learn about the tips and best practices of how to imbibe a continuous learning culture for self and organization.
Bimaljeet Singh Bhasin
Bimaljeet Singh Bhasin VP & Head - Enterprise Business,
Manipal Global
Ramendrajit Sen
Ramendrajit SenVP & Head HR,
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, India
Ajay Kukreja
Ajay KukrejaCountry HR Director,
Anuj Kathuria
Anuj KathuriaVP - Talent and Learning Platform,
Reliance Industries Limited

Skilling to Learn: Adaptive. Entrepreneurial. Innovative Workforces

Evolving workplaces of today demand a generation of an agile and innovative workforce that is ready to adapt to new skills. The changing dynamics and breakneck automation mandates the workers to go beyond the technical skills and be adaptable to continuous re-skilling as well as work with an entrepreneurial mindset. Hear from the Expert Team - Andhra Pradesh, about their structured and pragmatic solution to skill and upskill the state workforce to increase employability and promote entrepreneurship that drives industrial growth of the state.

Workplace Application: Gather insights on how states are evolving to increase employability through relevant skilling and re-skilling.
Nishchae Suri
Nishchae SuriPartner & Head - KPMG Academy, KPMG
Winny Patro
Winny PatroCEO, Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society & Addl.CEO,
Andhra Pradesh Information Technology Academy

HR as a Revenue Contributor in the Age of Technology

With technology adoption at a break neck speed, we all know that HR is going through a major transformation like never before. Is Technology shaping HR into a line function where it not only contributes to the cost savings but also to direct revenues? Or is this just a pipedream? Find out in this session that crystal gazes into the future of HR as Function.

Workplace Application: Learn expert views of how to leverage technology to enable HR function become a revenue contributor to business
Prasad RajappanFounder and MD, Zing HR
Devesh SachdevCEO, FusionMicro
Niharika Bharadwaj
Niharika BharadwajHead HR, Indiabulls
Shobha RatnaHead - HR & Training,
Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance

IoT for Workforce Effectiveness

Internet of Things allows companies are able to amass huge volumes of real-time data about anything through any connected device, transforming the workplace into connected systems where people function in unison with technology. The future of the workplace is digital so employees will need to become more engaged with the IoT through new technologies including: IoT workspaces, connected furnishings, digital signage, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.
Join us to explore how job duties can be shared between the human workforce and computers to bring about a positive impact on productivity and business efficiency. Learn to navigate through the new organizational ecosystem that helps your workforce manage conditions remotely, integrating smart devices through the internet.
Workplace Application: Learn best practices of how to leverage IOT for your workforce effectiveness.
Siddhartha Gupta
Siddhartha GuptaFounder & CEO, Blue Dolphin
Sanjay Sharma
Sanjay SharmaHead HR, Hindustan Zinc
Prashant Sharma
Prashant SharmaGlobal Head, Talent Management,
Anjali Chatterjee
Anjali ChatterjeeVP HR,
Tata Telecommunications

Future Proof your Organization in the Digital Age: What Skills and Tools will be Needed?

In today's ever changing digital economy, ensuring competitive advantage is top of mind for many organizations. As digital transformation drives the creation of new business models, it is imperative to develop digital intelligence across all levels of the organization to spot and capitalize on opportunities and innovation. How are you future proofing your organization to:
- Drive a convergence of business / management skills and traditional "IT" skills at scale
- Accelerate "DI" (Digital Intelligence) across the organization
- Develop the ideal worker of the future
- Providing a world-class and highly engaging experience for today's modern workforce

Workplace Application: Understand how to leverage traditional skills and 'new age' skills to make your workforce adaptable to the digital future
Kamal Dutta
Kamal DuttaManaging Director India, Skillsoft & Sum Total

Retaining & Engaging Strategies for Millennials: Leveraging their fullest Potential!

By 2020 more than 65% of the workforce is expected to be Millennials. Hence, it has become imperative for organizations to relook at their practices / processes and realign them to the changing business and employee needs. Changing dynamics, demographics, expectations, needs and styles of work related to the new generation have dawned upon many business leaders and dealing with these changes specifically w.r.t recruiting, managing and retaining this Millennials’ generation has emerged as one of the main issues for leaders today.

Workplace Application: Learn strategies on how to leverage Millennials' fullest potential at workplace.
Andrew Mitchell
Dr. Andrew MitchellCEO, Rewardian
KS Bakshi
KS BakshiGroup CHRO,
Sukhjit Pasricha
Sukhjit PasrichaChief of HR & Admin,
Bajaj Finserve
Latha Menon
Lata MenonSr. VP & Country Head HR,
India & Sri Lanka, Aegis

Hiring Landscape in the Gig economy

As the world of work continues to transition, the emergence of the gig economy has been phenomenal. Established infrastructure coupled with operational flexibility is driving this change and the growth figures are impressive. At the same time, corporates are constantly challenged with independent contractor compliance, growing demand for work stability and a potential leak of their ‘in-the-works’ initiatives to competitors. So, how did part-time work, zero-hours contracts and independent contracting become the new normal? And what does it mean for the future of work? Discussion on the gig economy has been hugely diverse. Some praise its innovative use of technology to facilitate on-demand needs, while others question the sustainability and fairness of working conditions. Strategic sustenance is key to emerge victorious in this level playing field. Your success with talent and its optimal utilization will be determined by the processes you incorporate to attract and retain that talent

Workplace Application: Understand benefits and strategies for hiring Gig workers
Manmohan Bhutani
Manmohan BhutaniCOO India Region, ACS Group
Jaideep Agarwal
Jaideep AgarwalMD, Deloitte India
(Offices of the US)
Aditya Kohli
Aditya KohliSVP & Head Core HR,
Bharti Airtel
Dhamayanthi N
Dhamayanthi NAssociate Vice President,
HCL Technologies Ltd.

Neuroscience of Leadership

Neuroscience based coaching skills have proven to help leaders learn the art of understanding the driving factors of behaviour, interactions, motivation, engagement, learning, change and decision making in teams and organizations. It further acts a powerful tool for leaders to motivate and inspire teams in ways that can catalyze innovation and productivity.

Workplace Application: Learn the tips of how one can leverage neuroscience principles to engage, adapt, develop, think and regulate teams for better business success.
Muniinder Anand
Muniinder AnandMD India &
South Asia, CCL
Shilpa Limsay
Shilpa LimsayCEO, Leadership Spa
Sushmita Roy
Sushmita RoyHead HR (BP),
Sony Pictures
Pallavi Jain
Pallavi JainHR Director,
Harvard University

Tea & Networking

Panel Discussion | Breaking the Barriers of Unconscious Bias

According to Neuroleadership Institute, if you have a brain you are biased! Amongst the different kind of biases that exist, the most common one is that of "hidden bias". Such a bias often surfaces in the workplace when people are drawn to others who share the same hobbies or pursuits, creating an affinity that can affect resume-screening and career advancement. According to a study released in 2017, workplace bias takes different forms - from intolerant jokes, to disparaging comments, to exclusion from meeting. Judith Honesty, CEO of Honesty Consulting in Chicago, and David Maxfield, vice president of research at VitalSmarts, a leadership training company in Salt Lake City, conducted a study of 500 people, out of which 66% of them indicated that they experienced biased treatment which had a large impact on their morale, motivation, commitment, and desire to advance in the organization.
Whatever shape bias takes, it erodes productivity and engagement!
Join this session to hear from experts on how to stop this unconscious bias becoming a significant barrier to creating an inclusive environment where a diverse workforce can thrive!

Workplace Application: Identify the barriers to unconscious bias and find ways to overcome them across the employee life cycle.
Raj Raghavan
Raj RaghavanSenior VP, Head of HR,
IndiGo (InterGlobe Aviation Ltd)
Shalini Sarin
Dr Shalini SarinHead Global CSR, Chair Signify
Foundation &Advisor Signify,
Solar & BoP business
Shraddhanjali Rao
Shraddhanjali RaoVP, HR,
SAP India
Aditya Kohli
Aditya KohliSVP & Head Core HR,
Bharti Airtel
Suvodeep Das
Suvodeep DasVP, Marketing,

SHRM Special Session | UNWOMAN By: Urban Suburban Productions

This dramatic presentation takes a hard look at women who refuse to stand by other women. Urban Suburban Productions presents UNWOMAN featuring Farah Singh, Vanessa Ohri, Gagan Singh and Ruby Kapoor
Gagan Sethi
Gagan SethiIndependent Director,
Future Retail and Timex Group
Venessa Ohri
Venessa OhriFreelance Creative Consultant &
Theatre Personality
Ruby Kapoor
Ruby KapoorCo-Founder,
Urban Suburban Productions
Farah Singh
Farah SinghCo-Founder,
Urban Suburban Productions

BI World Wide & SHRM Moments of Inspiration Quiz

"Moments of Inspiration" is a unique, informative and engaging quiz that talk about real life inspirations around the HR landscape. The quiz will revolve around Employee Value Proposition, Total Rewards, Learning and Development, Employer Branding and Inspiration.

In this highly engaging quiz, teams battle for the top spot as Champions!
Miraj C Vora
Quiz Master - Miraj C VoraFormer Analyst,
Goldman Sachs, London
Harshvendra Soin
Harshvendra SoinChief People Officer,
Tech Mahindra
Ruchi Bhatia
Ruchi BhatiaRecruitment
Branding Lead, IBM
Priyanka Anand
Priyanka AnandVP and Head - HR, South
East Asia, Oceana, Ericsson
Ruchi Bhatia
Anish AravindCo-Founder & Principal,
SS Consulting
Sushmita Roy
Sushmita RoyHead HR (BP),
Sony Pictures
Girish Kohli
Girish KohliDeputy GM - HR,
Bennett Coleman & Co.
Adhir Mane
Adhir ManeCHRO - Lifestyle Business,
Raymond Ltd.
Harlina Sodhi
Harlina SodhiCo-founder & CEO,
Believe in Yourself

Beyond Section 377 - is Corporate India 'LGBT+' Inclusive?

The battle over Section 377 finally came to an end on 6th September this year with the verdict in favor of the LGBT+ community. While the decriminalization of gay sex among consenting adults has brought about a legal win, the social acceptance is yet to come. The panel, Beyond Section 377, will discuss and deliberate on the consequences of this historical judgment for the LGBT+ community and the ally network. The intent is to understand different aspects of LGBT+ inclusion through a combination of personal stories, ally standpoints and tracing the fight for equality. The panelists will bring to the table the legal, practical and experiential aspects of LGBT+ inclusion.

Workplace Application: Learn and understand how to create the right ecosystem of inclusion within your organization.
Sarika Bhattacharyya
Sarika BhattacharyyaCEO, BD Foundation
Ashok Row Kavi
Ashok Row KaviJournalist & Founder-Chairperson
Humsafar Trust
Ishaan Sethi
Ishaan SethiFounder & CEO Delta
Amita KaradKhedkar
Amita KaradKhedkarAsst. Vice President
Veena GopalakrishnanEmployment Law Expert
AZB & Partners

Special Launch

Workplaces are continuously evolving to make you healthier and more productive. However, there are few aspects such as Wi-Fi Gadgets, Mobile Phones etc..., which you just can't do away with and which have a slow yet harmful impact on your health. "How can you safely use and be protected from all the radiations of Wi-FI Electronic Gadgets that surround you?"
Environics will illustrate how this can be been done, without changing your workplace or compromising the use of technology. Benefits include protection of health, reduction in machinery breakdowns, improvement in interpersonal relationships and even lower rates of attrition. Experience the fascinating world of Environics, ENVIROCHIP and the newest product ENVIROGLOBE with live demos.
Ajay Poddar
Ajay PoddarManaging Director, Synergy Environics Ltd.

Closing Session | Trump Card

Writer and polymath Pavan Varma offers incisive insights into Hinduism and the Great Indian Middle Class!
Pavan Varma
Ambassabor Pavan VarmaFormer Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
National General Secretary and National Spokesperson of JD(U)
Shoma Chaudhury
Shoma ChaudhuryAward-winning Indian Journalist
Editor, and Political Commentator

SHRM HR Excellence Awards 2018 - Presentation & Gala Evening

The Night of the Stars - SHRM HR Excellence Awards is one glamourous night you don’t want to miss. The stars of HR will grace the red carpet, inaugurating a ceremony that celebrates excellence in HR and honours pioneers of workplace transformation with a dash of Bollywood masala.

Hosted by: Manish K Tyagi - Stand up Comedian & TEDx Speaker
Special Perfomances by:
Singer & Musician - Lyka Grace Nathaniel Pereira & Joseph Rodrigues
Pianist - Ratik Puri

Day 2 | October 12, 2018

Opening Remarks

Keynote Address | Thriving with Innovation

A Mechanical Engineer by education, Sonam is more famous for his work in education reform for more than 27 years. In 1988, just after he finished his engineering studies, he founded SECMOL (Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh), which aims to bring reforms in the government school system in Ladakh. Through SECMOL, he has changed the face of government education in Ladakh. His passion is innovation - and that's what he teaches at SECMOL.

Sonam Wangchuk has been widely recognized with several awards and titles such as The GQ Men Of The Year Award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 in India, The Rolex Award for Enterprise 2016 in Hollywood USA, The Terra Award 2016 for World's best Earth Buildings in Lyon France, The UNESCO Chair for Earth Architecture for India in 2014, 'Real Heroes' Award by CNN IBN Channel in 2008, 'Green Teacher' Award by Sanctuary Asia Magazine in 2005, Ashoka Fellowship by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in 2002, 'Man of the Year' by The Week magazine in India in 2001 and the Governors Medal by the J&K State Government in 1996. He has inspired the famous character of Aamir Khan in the block buster hit: 3 Idiots.

In this session, hear Sonam talk about grassroot innovation and how that can bring about social change.

Workplace Application: Understand innovation at a grassroot level and look out for tips to make your workplace and community more sustainable.
Sonam WangchukInnovator. Education Reformist. Founder - SECMOL

EVOLUTION: Gearing Up for Change

HR as a function and practice has evolved from being a contributory part of the organization, to becoming a business driver. It plays an important role in defining the competitive edge of an organization. Future is to put emphasis on humans and less on humans as a resource. With the advent of technology, the world of Work is set to change even further in the future and there is no stoppage for HR to continuously transform itself!

Workplace Application: Understand the future of HR, factors leading to the need for evolution and new skills to create a high impact HR.
Kamlesh Vyas
Dr. Kamlesh VyasPartner, Deloitte

Introducing SoFi: Transforming the IT Indian Recruitment Market

Listen to Ron Starinsky talk about solving one of the biggest friction in HR by providing the ability to deal with high volumes of CVs, and match the best candidate to all the company's positions in the largest IT market in the world. With SoFi, you will never miss a good match!
Ron Starinsky
Ron StarinskyCo-founder & CEO, ICV

Get ready for Digital Transformation - Moving Employee Experiences from "Uhh" to "Aah".

We are in the era of reckoning for Employee Experience. Increased awareness amongst candidates about the employer brand has made hiring & retaining a hard challenge. HR teams are tasked with attracting candidates to key roles, hiring great talent, onboarding those individuals quickly, managing their tenure, and transitioning them seamlessly. Unfortunately, this requires HR departments to implement manual processes and spend their time scanning, faxing and printing documents with little insight into the status. These inefficient processes negatively impact the employee experience as they are slow and many times employees are left in the dark on the status of their forms and paperwork. Gone are the days of mailing, messengering, or faxing a contract/document and waiting for the customer /employee / vendor to sign it, make a copy, and send it back to you through the same delayed channels, costing you time and money.
Learn from the experts in Adobe on addressing employee experiences and making the journey from "Uhh" to "Aah".

Workplace Application: Explore the available digital options to ensure a better employee experience and also reduce the manual effort of the HR function.
Ruchira Garg
Ruchira GargDirector, ERC & Business Partnering, Adobe
Abhishek Rastogi
Abhishek RastogiSr. Solutions Consultant, Adobe India

Tea & Networking Break

Sofi RT: HR Financial Tools - Optimising HR resources to increase bottomline
(Limited Seats)

Bruce Watt
Ron StarinskyCo-founder & CEO, ICV

THRIVING in the New World of Frontline Leadership Development

The field of leadership development and learning is moving fast. New technology, new approaches to instructional design, and new content areas are all quickly changing the landscape. At a broader level, several macro trends are impacting the workplace and the context within which leaders at all levels operate and learn. Frontline leaders are not immune to these changes and while a common set of leadership skills will always be required, the need to be laser focused on context, relevance and personalization, are reshaping the approach organizations take to leadership development. The line between learning and performance is quickly blurring and organizations need to find ways to support leaders 24 by 7 as they confront a range of transformative and critical leadership moments every day.

In this session, DDIs Bruce Watt will explore how frontline leadership is changing and share insights as well as practical tips on how to address the learning and performance needs of the frontline leader. Bruce will share specific examples of how to respond to this changing landscape to ensure organizations continue to thrive in this new world.
Workplace Application: Learn how to make front line leaders adapt and proactively engage in the changing times for organizational success
Bruce Watt
Bruce Watt, Ph.D.Vice President, DDI

Launch of Noble House Asia - Leveraging Open Talent through Gig Tech

The Launch of Noble House Consulting - With more and more professionals looking at jobs that give freedom, flexibility and Work-Life Balance, Noble House Consulting is offering HR solutions and domain expertise to provide best fit Independent HR resources. Resultant, a platform based on technology that allows the open talent and corporate stakeholders to Connect, Consult and Create.
Sanjay Lakhotia
Sanjay LakhotiaCo - Founder, Noble House Consulting
Achal KhannaCEO, SHRM India and Business Head - APAP & MENA

Is 'R'' in HR becoming 'Revenue'

Today when technology is rapidly disrupting business models and creating a new work order, focus on business and revenue growth is an imperative. In this scenario, are more and more CEOs looking 'R' in 'HR' as 'Revenue'?. As HR professionals, are we prepared for this?
Prasad Rajappan
Prasad RajappanFounder and MD, Zing HR
Dr. D. Prasanth NairManaging Partner & Country Head,
Helm Leadership Solutions

Optimizing for Organizational Growth: Role of Innovation & Technology

Optimizing for organizational growth: Leaders who want to set up their organizations for future success will have to look to innovation and technology as one of the main driving forces. How do you define innovation? How do you build an environment that encourages innovation? How do you balance innovation with execution and getting actual work done? What is the role of management in this process? - are some of the questions that will be discussed in this interesting debate.
In this session our panel of CEOs will share their views on the critical role of Technology and Innovation towards Optimizing for Organizational Growth.

Workplace Application: Find out how your organization can become the trend setter which others would like to emulate.
Shrikrishna Bhave
Shrikrishna BhaveDirector HR, Forbes & Company Ltd
Sanjeev Singh
Sanjeev SinghCEO - India &
Sri Lanka, Aegis Ltd.
Aditya Malik
Aditya MalikCEO,
Talent Edge
Mukul Jain
Mukul JainCEO,
Hono HR
Randeep Singh
Randeep SinghCo-founder & Director,
WyoW Consulting LLP

Redesigning Employee Experiences - Unlocking Human Potential for the Digital Age

Digital technology is changing the work experience-and the workforce-making it more democratic, more networked and more human. How people work is being reinvented: how the work is organized, the work people do and the very profile of the workforce. Companies need to create a fundamentally different human resources (HR) strategy.

Workplace Application: Understand strategies to manage a digitally savvy workforce.
Lakshmi C
Lakshmi CMD - India GU HR Service Delivery Lead
Accenture Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Kala Venkatesh
Kala VenkateshMD - Talent & Organization,
Accenture Solutions Pvt.Ltd.
Vaibhav Goel
Vaibhav GoelHead - HR 2.0 Platform,
Reliance Industries Limited
Priyadarshi Bhattacharya
Priyadarshi BhattacharyaHead HR,
DBS Asia Hub 2
Amit Narain
Amit NarainHead HR,

Employee Volunteering: Building a Shared Economy 2.0

Employee Volunteering empowers corporates to uplift the marginalized community enabling holistic economic development for the country. Today, employees seek a higher sense of purpose and are motivated to work for organizations that have a culture of contributing to the community. A structured volunteering program not only helps employees, it also serves as a learning and skill development tool, enables employee engagement, retention and employer brand building for corporates. This session will help leaders understand the significance of inculcating a culture of giving back to the community through a structured volunteering program and how they can incorporate it in their organization.

Workplace Application: Get tips and perspectives on how to inculcate a culture of volunteering in your teams and how it can impact productivity.
Aditya Nagpal
Aditya NagpalDirector - Volunteering, Goodera
Rajiv BurmanAPAC Head Human Resources
Kronos India

Stop Struggling with your HR Analytics!: Make Data Work for You

HR Analytics is the key for workplace transformations. Many organizations have begun their HR Analytics journey long back yet they are struggling to leverage data and analytics in the right way that helps them build a business case to make strategic decisions for a competitive advantage.

Workplace Application: Get expert inputs on how to make data and analytics work for you and not the other way around.
Rajesh Ranjan
Rajesh RanjanPartner, Everest Group
Roy Joseph
Roy JosephVP - HR & Services,
MRF Ltd.
Ketan Dewan
Ketan DewanCo-founder & CEO,
Urvashi Singh
Urvashi SinghSenior VP HR,
Armaan Seth
Armaan SethHead - HR,
Philips India

Organizing for the Future: Building Future Fluency

If you are leading a business or an organization, you should be asking many questions to understand your future uncertainities. What can you, or your organization do to prepare for the future that embraces the disruption and the changes that are coming from all directions? What does disruption mean to you as an individual? And how would that impact your personal evolution to become a future-fluent leader?

Workplace Application: Understand how you can become more fluent with the skills required to lead in a disrupted world.
Rajan KaliaCEO, Salto Dee Fee
Sunil Puri
Sunil PuriAPAC Director - Research, Innovation,
& Product Development, CCL
Nihar Ranjan Ghosh
Nihar Ranjan GhoshPresident HR,
Emami Ltd.
Gurucharan Gandhi
Gurucharan Singh GandhiHead of Learning & Development,
Aditya Birla Capital
Swatee Sarangi
Swatee SarangiHead - Capability Development,
Corporate HR - Larsen
and Toubro Limited

Lunch & Networking Break

Is your Latest Hire Who He Says He Is?

Is your latest hire who he says he is?
Samsonite CEO resigns after resume padding... and his isn’t the only resume that is padded! 23% of resumes verified last year had discrepancies. As HR partners, are we confident of who we are hiring? How do we address the conundrum of verifying the right candidate vs meeting the speed of business resource requirements. In this session, we throw light on mitigating employee fraud risk and leveraging digital solutions to safeguard organizations while partnering for growth.

Workplace Application: How to leverage digital solutions to safeguard your employee details as well as organizations' ?
Nipa Modi
Nipa ModiCountry Leader - Workplace
Solutions, Equifax India.
Rituraj Sar
Rituraj SarHead - Global Learning and
Organization Development, Lupin Labs
Sandeep Chatterjee
Sandeep ChatterjeePrincipal Director,
Sandhya Jathar
Sandhya JatharHead - Learning &
Development, DBS Bank

Making your Employment Branding Influential!

In this increasingly competitive workplace, the key to success lies in the ability to attract and retain the right kind of talent. Employment branding is a very powerful business tool that helps connect the corporate brand to organizational values, vision, and people strategy. Join this session to heard from experts in terms of how to make your employment branding most influential and impactful to the relevant stakeholders.
Workplace Application: Learn the current trends and best practices in how to create impactful employment branding.
Prithvi Shergill
Prithvi ShergillFounder, Tomorrow
Swati Anuj Rustag
Swati Anuj RustagDirector & Chief People Officer,
Max Healthcare
Sashi Kumar
Sashi KumarManaging Director India,
Tuhin Tah
Tuhin TahInnovation and Product
Engineering Leader, TCS
Ketan Dewan
Ketan DewanCo-founder &
CEO, Talocity

Tea & Networking Break

Big Debate | The much Hyped Continuous Performance Management: Is it a Fact or Fiction?

Once upon a Time, an evil king called the BIG Bad Annual Appraisal ruled over a kingdom called the Corporate World. Big Bad Appraisal ruled with fear over his subjects - the employees. Each year, on a set day, the fate of the subjects was decided. Their deeds for the year would be scrutinized - a few would be rewarded with riches such as 'promotions', 'good ratings', 'bonuses' and 'double digit increments'. The rest would at last be told their mistakes and all the things they could have done better to be like the 'few'. If they did better, they would also get a part of the ‘riches’ the next year! One day, a knight in shining armor -'HR', came along and vanquished the BIG Bad Annual Appraisal and set free many oppressed employees. A new benign and kind king called 'Continuous Performance Management' took over the throne. This new King was everywhere, every day, ruling with fairness and compassion. Praising subjects when they did well and correcting them each time they erred. Everyone lived Happily Ever After. Fairy tale or Reality?

You HAVE to pick a side because in this year's SHRM Big Debate 'Team Business' takes on 'Team HR' head to head on whether Continuous performance management is actually working?
Pankaj Bansal
Pankaj BansalCo-Founder & CEO,
R.K. Mohapatra
R.K. MohapatraDirector (HR),
Indian Oil Corporation Limited
Rajeev Bhadauria
Rajeev BhadauriaDirector-Group HR,
Jindal Steel & Power
Vaibhav Goel
Vaibhav GoelHead - HR 2.0 Platform,
Reliance Industries Limited
Rajesh Ramakrishnan
Rajesh RamakrishnanMD, Perfetti
Van Melle India
V Swaminathan
Swaminathan VSr. Exec. VP, Business Head - Corporate Salary &
Government Business, Kotak Mahindra Bank
Sharat Dhall
Sharat DhallCOO, Yatra

Closing Session | Games of Thrones

Ace lawyer and politician Kapil Sibal analyses India's high-octane political and legal landscape. And how he reads the near future
Kapil Sibal
Kapil SibalSenior Advocate & Former Union Minister
Shoma Chaudhury
Shoma ChaudhuryAward-winning Indian Journalist,
Editor, & Political Commentator

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