Governing Board

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 postgraduate 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.)


  Anil Sachdev

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 until 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

He 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.

He served on a panel of ‘Strategy Coaches’ approved by the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India for advicing 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.

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  KK Nohria

Former Chairman, Crompton Greaves


Mr. Kewal Krishan Nohria served as Senior Executive Officer of Maini Precision Products Private Limited. Mr. Nohria served as Managing Director of Crompton Greaves Ltd. since 1985. He has over 50 years experience in Electrical & Electronics Industry. He is associated with the Electrical Industry and has held senior management positions. He associated with Crompton Greaves Ltd. since 1978.

Mr. Nohria also serves as the Chairman of the board of CoreEL Technologies (I) Pvt. Ltd. He serves as the Chairman of CTR Manufacturing Industries Ltd. He serves as Chairman of Maini Precision Products Private Limited. He has been the Chairman of the Board of Igarashi Motors India Ltd. since July 23, 2015 and previously served as its Chairman of the Board until July 2014. He served as the Chairman of Crompton Greaves Ltd., from 1997 to July 22, 2004. Mr. Nohria serves as the Chairman and Director of India at Healthpoint Services Global, Inc. He has been a Non-Executive Independent Director of Pradeep Metals Limited since April 14, 2008.


  P. Dwarakanath

Director - Group Health Captial, Max India


Mr. P Dwarakanath has been associated with the Max Group for nearly nine years, and was earlier heading the Human Capital function at the erstwhile consolidated Max India Limited as Director, Group Human Capital.

Mr. Dwarakanath is a veteran Human Resource professional, having a rich experience of over three decades.

He is on the board of several companies/institutions including GSK Consumer Healthcare Ltd. Previously, he worked with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for three decades as its Director, Human Resources and Administration, India & South Asia.

Mr. Dwarakanath has served as the President, National Human Resources Development Network (NHRDN), President of Delhi Management Association (DMA) and Regional President, Northern Region, AIMA.


  Sanjay Gupta

CEO, English Helper


Mr. Sanjay Gupta 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 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 organization and East Point School for students from lower-income families.


  D. Swaminathan

Executive Chairman, Manipal Health Enterprises


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.


  Vinita Singh

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.


  Yogesh Andlay

Founder, Nucleus Software


Yogesh Andlay is an entrepreneur and is one of the promoters of Nucleus Software.

He was part of the founding team of several leading well known companies in IT, consultancy and education field. Yogesh Andlay graduated from IIT Delhi in 1979. Yogesh Andlay was President of IIT Delhi Alumni Association during the year 2006-07. He has also been an active participant in PanIIT Alumni activities. Yogesh was Chair-Exhibition Committee for PanIIT Conclave 2010.

Presently Yogesh mentors several IT startups and actively participates in several community activities.

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  Arun Jain

Chairman & Managing Director, Intellect Design Arena Limited


Arun Jain is the Chairman and Managing Director of Intellect Design Arena Limited. Intellect is a specialist in applying true Digital Technologies, the world's first full-spectrum Banking and Insurance technology products company, across Global Consumer Banking (iGCB), Central Banking, Global Transaction Banking (iGTB), Risk, Treasury and Markets (iRTM) and Insurance (Intellect SEEC). With revenues of USD 124 Mn and employee base of around 4000, Intellect powers over 200 leading Banks and Financial Institutions around the globe with its suite of Products.

Arun commenced his entrepreneurial journey by setting up Nucleus Software Workshop in 1986. In 1993, he founded Polaris Software Lab, which recorded a CAGR of nearly 200% during the seven-year period 1993-2000. This path of deep domain expertise, vision and planning began in 1993, with just $250 and a dream.

Arun is passionate about Design Thinking as a science to creating the biggest impact on Individual and organizational performance. He visualizes it as a platform for learning and applying, with a childlike curiosity to ask questions, forming the foundation of the practice of Design Thinking. An avid practitioner, Arun also evangelizes Design Thinking through public workshops.


  Neera Sachdev

Director, Grow Talent Company Limited



  Shailendra Kumar

Executive Director - Strategic Initiatives, SOIL