Grow Talent Company, established in 2000, has earned its place in the strategic HR consulting and Leadership Development space. In the last 15 years it has enabled a large number of global and domestic organizations to achieve breakthrough performance by realizing the potential of their people and creating a talent advantage.
The founders of Grow Talent Company came together to create a post graduate business school in 2009 to nurture leaders who can build organizations of consequence. For this they collaborated with a consortium of 32 companies who believed in the philosophy and value proposition (Aditya Birla Group, Dr Reddys, Hindustan Unilever, Infosys, Johnson and Johnson, Kohler, Larsen and Toubro, Mahindra, Max, Maruti Suzuki, Nokia, SAS, SAP SRF, Schneider, Symphony, Tata Steel, TVS Motors, Volvo-Eicher to name a few.)
The industry consortium’s involvement is what makes us who we are. They have been part of our visioning and have helped us through each stage of growth in the past several years. When we began as a one year program in the Indian context, the recognition was limited amidst parents and students. However, thanks to years of our consulting work prior to the business school, leading companies lent their name to this institution of excellence. They joined hands with us to literally ‘co-create’ a business school that addresses the needs of corporate India. Even before we began the school we had several rounds of discussion with this group of senior leaders to formulate our curriculum and admissions process. They lent their whole hearted support to our interview process in selecting every batch of SOIL students and mentored them through the year as well to ensure that their leadership learning is of the highest quality. We believe that their belief in us and their experience has enriched our very existence.
Founder & CEO, SOIL
Anil Sachdev is the Founder and CEO of Eicher Consultancy Services (ECS), Grow Talent Company Limited and the School Of Inspired Leadership-SOIL. He was responsible for bringing AT Kearney to India and as head of ECS, also acted as its Managing Partner from 1992-1997. In 1998, ECS formed a 50-500 JV with the Menlo Park, California based Strategy consulting firm SDG (founded by world renowned Stanford faculty) and Anil was the CEO of this firm till March 2001.
In April 2001, Anil and his team of co-founders created Grow Talent, a strategic HR consulting firm that rapidly grew to become the leader by 2008. In October 2008, Anil and the other co-founders of Grow Talent entered the field of Education by creating SOIL- the School of Inspired Leadership. This innovative School has been co- created by a consortium of 32 leading firms such as Aditya Birla Group, Dr Reddys, Hindustan Unilever, Infosys, Johnson and Johnson, Kohler, Larsen and Toubro, Mahindra, Max, Maruti Suzuki, Nokia, SAS, SAP SRF, Schneider, Symphony, Tata Steel, TVS Motors, Volvo-Eicher etc. It has focus on the five pillars of inspired leadership: Compassion, Diversity, Ethics, Mindfulness and Sustainability.
Anil’s experience in India and across the world covers areas such as leadership development, strategic change and organizational transformation. Recognised as a thought leader in these areas, Anil has done pioneering work with leading global and local firms. He has spoken at national and global conferences all over the world and has written contributory pieces for leading publications. He has been adjunct Faculty to leading business schools such as Indian School of Business, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University, GMI, Flint Michigan, Antioch University, Seattle, Ohio University AND University of New Brunswick, Canada.
Anil began his career with Tata Motors in 1975 and joined Eicher in 1978 and worked in HR, operations and TQM before founding Eicher Consultancy Services in 1991.
He is active in management circles and has held several public offices such a Chairman of National Committee on Industrial relations and Regional Committee on Human Resource Development of Confederation Indian Industry. He was the Chair of the National Committee on Leadership Development and HR of CII for 2011-13.
Anil served on a panel of ‘Strategy Coaches’ approved by the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India to advice on matters of strategy formulation.
Anil is the Trustee of Chinmaya Mission and the former trustee of the Charities Aid Foundation.
He serves as a member of the Academic Committee of CEDEP, the Leadership Institute set up by INSEAD and European companies in Fontainebleau.
He represents India in the ‘World Compassion Council’ headquartered in Seattle, USA.
His biography appears in “Who’s who of the world” published by Marquis.
Dr. Pradip Khandwalla
Former Director, IIM Ahmedabad
Pradip N. Khandwalla was educated at Bombay University (B.Com.), Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.) and Carnegie -Mellon University (Ph.D). He has been a consultant/trainer to a large number of organizations, including the Aditya Birla Group, Alembic, BHEL, Bharat Petroleum, CMC, Cadila Pharma, DFID, Grow Talent, Gujarat State Finance Corporation, Hindustan Lever, L&T, Maharashtra State Apex Cooperative Bank, Microsoft, National Thermal Power Corporation, Pfizer, Reliance, Satyam Computers, Shell India,Tata Telecom, TELCO, Torrent, Wockhardt, World Bank, etc.
Professor Khandwalla taught at McGill University, Canada, for several years before returning to India in 1975. Thereafter he was a professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad until his retirement in 2002. He held the L&T Chair in Organizational Behaviour at IIMA from 1985 to 1991. He was the Director of IIMA from 1991 to 1996.
He is currently on the board of CadilaPharma, Gujarat Gas, and Micro Inks. He is also on the governing councils of Academy of Human Resource Development, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India), MICA, and other institutions. He has served as a member of the National Renewal Fund, Government of India, and as a trustee, India Brand Equity Fund of Government of India. He was twice a member, Appointments Board of the Government of India for short-listing heads of public sector banks and financial institutions. Earlier, he was a member of the Planning Commission of Gujarat State, and a member of the Science Advisory Committee of the Cabinet, Government of India.
CEO, English Helper | Former India Leader, American Express
Sanjay brings several years of experience leading and growing large teams and organizations worldwide.
He took on the role of CEO Global at EnglishHelper™ after a long stint at American Express, where he served as Head of Customer Service – International Markets from Singapore, Head of Global Financial Operations from New York, and Senior Vice President and Head of the India Leadership Team.
He majored in Finance and spent a number of years as CFO subsequently assuming General Management roles from the mid-90s.
He has held senior positions at Motorola, Pepsico and Eicher in India. Currently, he serves as Director BOI AXA, School of Inspired Leadership -Grow Talent, Skill Training Assessment Management Partners (an IL&FS venture) and other companies.
Sanjay is on the Advisory Boards of organizations including Schneider Electric India and Acumen Fund. He is a Governing Council Member of the National Association of Social Enterprises, India (NASE, India).
Deeply committed to the development sector, he has engaged closely, as Advisor/ Trustee, with Charities Aid Foundation (India) and Mobile Creches. Sanjay is presently on the Management Committees of Udayan Care a child rights organisation and East Point School for students from lower income families.
Sanjay is passionate about the role of Education in civil society and writes a blog column at The Economic Times (www.economictimes.indiatimes.com). He also contributes to a column for The Hindu.
Sanjay enjoys sharing his experience and lessons; he coaches leaders from a wide spectrum of pursuits: non-profits, entrepreneurs and corporate executives. He is faculty with Duke University’s Executive Education Program.
Married with a daughter in college, Sanjay lives in Gurgaon. He loves sport and travels when he can, including frequently to the family’s second home in Goa.
Executive Chairman, Manipal Health Enterprises | Former MD & CEO, Infosys BPO
Swami Swaminathan is the Executive Chairman of Manipal Health Enterprises a leader in the Healthcare Industry in India with 15 hospitals, 5000 beds connecting with over 2 million patients annually, supported by over 2000 doctors and over 6000 Nurses and support staff.
Swami is now responsible to guide the growth of the company with its plans to enhance growth in the cities that it is already present in and enter newer geographies both in India and overseas achieving world class excellence and recognition as a globally respected healthcare corporation.
Swami has over 35 years of rich and varied experience in General Management, Finance & Accounting, Sales & Marketing, International Trading and Human Resources Management. He has performed multiple roles in Sales, Marketing and Operations, leading global teams in the Automobiles, Consumer Durables, Technology, Manufacturing and Services industries. He has also been associated with infrastructure projects in India and overseas.
Prior to joining Manipal Health Enterprises he was the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Infosys BPO (a fully owned subsidiary of Infosys Ltd) with annual revenues of over 600 Million dollars.
Founder, ‘We the People
Vinita Singh is an independent consultant based in Gurgaon, India. Her main areas of expertise are livelihoods and ethical trade.
She has worked on a variety of issues in the area of trade and development as former Director of International Resources for Fairer Trade and as Coordinator of ETI’s Homeworker project in India. She has a Masters degree in business management and in social policy.
Vinita has focused much of her efforts in looking at how ethical trade can positively contribute to the livelihoods and lives of workers, in the formal and informal sector. She has worked with several UK retailers notably B&Q, Coop, Sainsburys, John Lewis, Boots, Traidcraft, on understanding the involvement of the informal sector workers in their supply chains and developing initiatives in improving of the livelihoods of these workers. This has been in several product areas like rice, nuts, coir, carpets, brassware, garments, jewellery and crafts. For example, with B&Q, she worked on understanding the supply chain related to coir mats that they sourced from Kerala in India. She specifically examined the issues of weavers, spinners, beaters and retters – all informal sector workers closely involved in coir mat production. She then developed, together with the coir-mat suppliers and local NGOs, grassroots Self-help Groups for addressing the credit needs of these workers. Recently, with the ETI, she facilitated a multi-stakeholder group of exporters, brands, NGOs and trade unions in India to develop and action the ETI guidelines for homeworkers. This group is now an independent organisation dedicated to improving the conditions of homeworkers in India.
Founder, Nucleus Software
Yogesh Andlay is an entrepreneur and is one of the promoters of Nucleus Software. He is an IIT Delhi alumni and a Past-President of IIT Delhi Alumni Association.
Presently Yogesh mentors several IT startups and actively participates in several community activities.
President, SOIL and Invitee to Board
Mr. R. Jinsi born on Jan 15,1955, is an Electrical Engineering Graduate from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh (Punjab University) having graduated in 1977.
He comes from Kashmir, where he had his pre-professional education.
After passing out, he joined the Eicher Group as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in November 1977. He worked with the Eicher Group for 20 years. During this period he held various assignments in all major functions such as Materials, Manufacturing, Marketing, Exports, Plant operations etc. His last assignment with the Eicher Group before leaving was as General Manager – Marketing of Eicher Tractors.
Thereafter he spent 3 years with the Hero Group as President – Hero Motors, the Scooter and Moped manufacturing arm of the Group. He then spent 1 year with M/s. Chase Mahattan Bank as their Nominee and Managing Director in one of their investee companies in India. He subsequently spent a year as the Chief Operating Officer (Tractors) with M/s. Force Motors Ltd(formerly Bajaj Tempo Ltd).
In July 2002 he joined M/s. Tatra Vectra Motors India Ltd., a joint venture of the Czech Truck manufacturer Tatra as its Managing Director.The company is in to manufacture of Heavy Off-Road Trucks for mining, hydel projects and other Off-Road construction activities. He also headed two other businesses of the Group viz. Luxury Bus Seating Systems set up in technical collaboration with M/s.Fainsa of Spain and the Auto Component manufacturing business.
In Jan 2008,he joined New Holland Fiat Tractors as the Business Director-India, heading the Agri Business operations in the country.
He then joined SOS Children Village of India in Jan 2009 as its Secretary General. This is an NGO whose primary work is to look after orphan children and also prevent children loosing parental care. The organization is a member of SOS Children’s Villages International, headquartered in Innsbruck, Austria.
He is a member of the Core Group of the National Human Rights Commission.
He is also a member of the Proposal Approval Committee of National Skill Development Corporation, a Public Private partnership venture which promotes Skill building and Training organisations.
He also serves as an Independent Director on the Board of M/s.FAG Bearings India
He is also the member of the Working Committee of Voluntary Action Network India (VANI).
Advisory Board Members
Chairman, Max India
Mr. Analjit Singh is the Founder & Chairman of Max India Limited, Chairman of Max New York Life Insurance Company Limited; Chairman of Max Bupa Health Insurance Limited and Chairman & Managing Director of Max Healthcare. He has been the driving force behind the Max India Group’s sustained growth and success since the mid 80’s.
A self-made entrepreneur, Mr. Analjit Singh has been leading the charge of reinventing and restructuring the Max India Group with a vision to be amongst India’s most admired companies for service excellence in businesses both synergistic and focused on the business of life.
Mr. Analjit Singh has always taken keen interest in enhancing India’s academic excellence. He is currently an Executive Board Member of the Board of Governors, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, where he is facilitating and jointly funding a new campus at Mohali, Punjab. He will serve as the first Chairman of the newly created Campus Advisory Board of ISB at Mohali. In addition he is the Chairman, Board of Governors, The Doon School, Dehradun and Member, Board of Management, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.
Member Holding Group, GMR
Mr.K.Balasubramanian is a former banker with 40 years of experience in international banking. After working in India with two of the largest banks for about 10 years, he joined American Express Bank in 1973. He held senior positions in marketing, credit and general management in several countries in Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, India and Indonesia) and Europe (Italy and the U.K) during his 25 years with American Express. His last three assignments with American Express Bank were Country Head for Korea (1988-1991), Country Head-India & Nepal (1992- 1994) and Chief Credit Officer for Asia, Pacific and Indian Sub Continent (1994 – 1997). After leaving American Express, he was an Advisor to National Bank of Kuwait and subsequently the Managing Director & CEO of ING Vysya Bank (2001-2002). He is currently a member of the Group Holding Board of GMR Group and also a member of the Boards of GMR Infrastructure Ltd., GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd., Coromandel Fertilisers Ltd., DQ Entertainment PLC., Easy Access Financial Services Ltd., etc.
He is a graduate in Commerce from the University of Madras and has completed the First Year Law program at the Madras Law College and the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.