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HR leaders are currently facing insane levels of disruption, with digital transformations and the rapidly changing business landscape leading to unprecedented levels of uncertainty and competition in the talent market. Unfortunately, this has also resulted in a lot of fatigue, in both the HR and the employees.

However, the future of work is rapidly evolving, and it’s crucial for HR leaders to adapt and respond to these changes effectively. Key questions such as how to prioritize employee well-being while balancing business needs, how to improve retention and recruitment, and how to foster a positive company culture need to be addressed.

How will the HR respond to these changes? Will they have to listen more? Will they focus more on employee well-being or be pressurised to focus on the business aspect? Retention, recruitment or company culture, what will be the priority for HR?

At The Great HR Debate, we will examine the changes that took place in 2022 and delve into what’s in store for 2023. Join us for a lively discussion, as we delve into the most pressing HR challenges and debate the best strategies to tackle them.

Let’s come together to explore, discuss, and find solutions to the challenges facing the HR industry.


Conference Agenda

Transitioning from old to new skills through internal movements: Is HR doing enough?

The fact is that many current skills are becoming obsolete and employees aren’t prepared for future roles. The HR is often blamed for looking for talent externally rather than internally. Internal movements and creating an equitable internal labour market are important for employees to grow their careers. How can HR take the lead in this?

Special Industry Briefing

With talent and people increasingly becoming a deciding factor of business success, does it bring HR closer to the top role?

Special Industry Briefing

Will the organisation be concerned more about transparency, empathy, loyalty, mentoring, while evaluating a leader or leadership traits, or will it continue to be focussed primarily on the business/functional excellence of the leader?

Rethinking the employee experience

A competitive salary package is not enough to attract and retain top performers. Symbolic awards rather than monetary rewards significantly increase intrinsic motivation, performance and retention rates. Personalised, flexible and customised rewards and recognition systems aligned with individual goals are effective. Do we need an overhaul of the rewards and recognition system in 2023?

Special Industry Briefing

What will bring more people from hinterland Bharat into the corporate workforce?

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One of India’s most respected HR heads, Krish Shankar has been a force in the HR industry for nearly 4 decades. He held prominent positions at Hindustan Lever, Bharti Aitel and Philips before joining Infosys in 2015.

Krish Shankar

Group Head- Human Resources, Infosys

Venky is an experienced HR leader with more than 35 years of corporate experience. He is one of India's senior most and longest serving Group CHROs for diversified conglomerates. For the last 22+ years, he has held the Group HR Head position in global, India-origin companies. Currently Venky is the President - Group HR for RPG Enterprises, a USD 4 Billion diversified conglomerate.

S ‘Venky’ Venkatesh

President - Group HR, RPG Group

Naik is a popular figure in the HR industry in India, with a career that has spanned almost three decades. He began his HR journey as a Personnel Officer at the Taj Group and has since held top positions at some of the biggest companies, including SAP, Yahoo, Capgemini, and others. Currently, Naik serves as the Chief Human Resource Officer at Lentra.

Bhuvaneswar Naik

CHRO, Lentra

Experienced Leader in Human Resources with a demonstrated history of working in the Product Engineering, Information Technology and IT Services Industry with 25 years of experience in India and the US. Core expertise includes HR Strategy & Consulting, People Practices, Policy & Process Formulation, Business Partnering, Talent Enablement & Acquisition, Total Rewards, Business Transformation, M&A and Change Management.

Sailesh Menezes

Sr. Director & Head - HR, India Geography, HPE

A seasoned HR professional, Amit Sharma has worked with some of the world’s largest corporations during his 25 year career. He held prominent positions at Indian Oil, Johnson & Johnson and Philips before joining Volvo Group as its VP and Head of People and Culture, India.

Amit Sharma

VP & Head - People and Culture, India, Volvo Group

Bhagwanth is a well respected HR head. She has served in the industry for nearly a quarter of a century, starting her career off at Hindustan Unilever. She has since worked at People Insight, Aditya Birla Group and Siemens before joining 3M in 2021.

Shreya Bhagwanth

Asia total rewards and service leader, 3M

Rajesh Jain, CHRO, Welspun Enterprises, is a business leader turned HR professional with over three decades of experience in developing and executing business strategies through aligned and robust HR strategies. He is also an avid runner and a confident public speaker.

Rajesh Jain

CHRO, Welspun Enterprises

With over two decades of experience in HR leadership roles, Jacob Jacob has been exposed to both domestic and international markets. He has worked across multiple sectors such as aviation, hospitality and healthcare.

Jacob Jacob

Group CHRO, Malabar Group

Bhavya Mishra, director & head - HR, India, Lenovo, has almost 17 years of rich experience in HR management. During her career, she has also worked with brands such as Pepsico and Bharti Retail.

Bhavya Mishra

Director & Head - HR, India, Lenovo

Manish Sinha is a well respected HR professional. He has been in the industry for nearly 25 years, starting as an HR officer at Hero Honda. Sinha has since held prominent positions at numerous large organisations, namely Apollo tyres, Pepsico and GE to name a few.

Manish Sinha

SVP and CHRO, M&M Automotive Business

With expertise in strategic HR, Biswas’ key focus is on organisational development, talent management, upskilling, leadership development, change management, as well as employee and industrial relations. Currently the CHRO at Emami, his over two-decade long experience has taken him across diverse business sectors, including FMCG, manufacturing, airports, logistics and engineering.

Tuhin Biswas

CHRO, Emami

A career backed by over two decades of experience, Unmesh is a seasoned HR professional successful in building and leading high performing internationally dispersed HR Leadership teams to help meet business outcomes.

Unmesh Pawar

CPO-India & South Asia, Dentsu

Carries more than two decades of experience in HR and its different functions. She has experience of serving in sectors like Telecom, BFSI and IT & Technology. Raina has worked with brands like Quick Heal, Reliance, Tata, Godrej etc.

Reetu Raina

VP & Global Head of Talent Management, Amdocs

A seasoned HR professional, Renil Kumar, CHRO, Photon, is passionate about leveraging his expertise and experience for driving organisational success. He has led  global teams across complex and multi-layered corporations in sectors like manufacturing and technology. He's a firm believer in diversity and inclusivity and takes great pride in fostering a culture of empowerment for employees.

Renil Kumar

CHRO, Photon

Pradeep Nerayanuri boasts a wealth of experience in enhancing vital HR processes, with over 25 years of experience working for renowned companies such as Bennett Coleman & Co. (Times of India Group), Hexaware Technologies, Mercer, Ceat Tyres, and Cyient.

Pradeep Nerayanuri

Chief Talent Management, Tata Steel

An HR professional with nearly three decades of experience, Lochan is a well respected member of the industry. He spent close to 17 years with Tata Steel before his terms at JSW steel, Dr. Reddy’s Labs, Ambuja Cement and Jindal Steel and Power.

Pankaj Lochan

Ex-group CHRO, Jindal Steel & Power

Working in sectors ranging from finance to manufacturing, Dev has racked up plenty of experience in his two decades in the HR industry. He has worked at Aditya Birla Retail and DLF in prominent HR roles before joining Noveltech Feeds in 2022.

Rishav Dev

CHRO - Noveltech Feeds

Chitbhanu Nagri, Sr VP, Razorpay is a seasoned HR professional with a career spanning over 20 years. He has a broad range of HR experience, including working for multinational organizations and respected Indian startups.

Chitbhanu Nagri

Senior VP-People Operations, Razorpay

Jays Chandy brings over 20 years of experience to the table as he works to construct the most advanced technology in the food sector at this Waycool enterprise. Throughout his career, Chandy has served in various HR roles, starting at the Taj Group of Hotels before moving on to companies such as Quess Corp,, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail, and Mindtree.

Jays Chandy

Chief People Officer, CensaNext

Martha has worked across numerous industries during his 27 year career. Working in telecom, automobiles and now in manufacturing, he has a very well rounded background in HR. Starting off as a senior executive - HR at Koshika Telecom, he has since worked at Idea, Tata motors and TAFE before joining TTK Prestige.

Manas Martha

Sr. VP & Head of Human Resources, TTK Prestige

With a career spanning over two decades, Ravi Kumar, sr president & CPO, Page Industries, is a seasoned HR leader with a demonstrated history of achievements across industries. He has experience working in companies with multi-cultural leadership teams across continents, like Saint Gobain, Larsen & Turbo, and Roche Diagnostics. Apart from HR functions, he is a very passionate photographer.

Ravi Kumar

Sr. President & CPO, Page Industries

George is an HR Professional with over 20 years of experience across entrepreneurship, manufacturing, IT/ ITES, retail, and pharma industries. An alumnus of XISS, Ranchi, George has empowered organisations to identify growth opportunities to enhance organisational value and performance.

George Varghese M

CHRO, Shahi Exports

Aparna C, VP-HR, Akna Medical, has almost over two decades of rich experience in HR management. During her career, she has also worked with KITES, Dimension Data, and Sasken Technologies. She believes in the power of networking and is very fond of relation building.

Aparna C

Vice President-Human Resources, Akna Medical

Partha is the CEO and founder of Vantage Circle and has over 20 years of experience in product and executive management. He has deep insights into employee engagement and strategic skills in learning and entrepreneurial environments.

Partha Neog


Unnikrishnan has over 30 years of professional experience in B2C and B2B sales, channel management, operations, talent development, education and knowledge management. He has been exposed to multiple industries such as consumer durables, FMCG, mobile telephony, retailing, education, design, real estate, hospitality and so on.

Unnikrishnan Raghavan

Chief knowledge officer & head HR, Greytip Software

Sundara Rajan, an IIM Ahmedabad graduate, has established a successful career as a serial entrepreneur. He has created multiple growing companies in a diverse range of industries, including marketing research, equity research, business consulting, leadership development, software services, and behavioural assessment tools. Before embarking on his entrepreneurial pursuits, Rajan honed his skills as a product manager at Johnson & Johnson for several years early in his career.

Sundara Rajan

Founder & Director, Thomas Assessments India

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