Program Chair, PGP-HRL (Human Resources Leadership), Professor - OB & HRM

BSc (Chem. Hons), MBA (XIMB, Xaviers Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, Certified Coach (ICF & Royal Roads University, Canada)


Arjya is currently the Program Chair for the Human Resource Leadership Program (PGPHRL) at SOIL. She has over 26 years of work experience. She has an exposure of 11 years in several Leadership roles in the Human Resource Management function and has spearheaded strategic initiatives in the automobile, manufacturing, Fmcg and BPO industry. She has worked with Hindustan Motors, Dunlop India Ltd, Godrej Consumer Products Division , GECIS ( now GENPACT) and CRY ( Child Relief & You).

She has a background of teaching, research and consulting for 15 years. She has previously taught at ICFAI Business School and Jaipuria Institute of Management. She has been a visiting Faculty Member with SP Jain school of Management, Dubai campus for their Executive MBA program. Her teaching andragogy emphasizes on a ‘learning mindset’ and ‘experiential learning’. Some of the subjects and courses taught by her are Learning and Development, Employee Engagement, Leadership , Managing Organizational Change , Organizational Design , Gender and Inclusion . She is also a member of the core Consulting team at SOIL.

She sits on the panel of Committees of MNCs as an external member for Gender Diversity initiatives. She is pursuing her research on the topic of ‘gender’. She has published research papers and cases in international publications and participated in International Conferences. She is a Certified Coach, having completed the ICF certified Program of Royal Roads University, Canada and has several (one-on-one) coaching hours to her credit.


Visiting Faculty, Performance Management System

Co-Founder and Director, Rubicon Learning Systems (P) Ltd.


Brij is an experienced Trainer, Facilitator and a Professional Coach. He is bilingual in English and Hindi. His long and varied corporate stints allowed him to develop expertise in Learning and Development, Leadership Development and Human Resources.

His consulting and engagement work since 2003, has involved working with both MNCs and Indian Companies in the areas of Leadership Development, Professional Skills Development, Executive Coaching and Customized L&D Solutions. Besides all parts of India, his work has taken him to Sri-Lanka and Singapore

In his career of over three decades prior to consulting he worked with NIT- Kurukshetra; Indian Airlines; Modi Xerox (later Xerox India) and Motorola (Motorola University). The major part of his work in this period had been in the area of Learning and Development; ranging from Technical Training to Management Training to TQM to Management Development and later as Executive Director – Human Resources and Quality at Xerox India.

With his academic background in Mechanical Engineering, OR & SQC and Systems Management, Brij has the ability to easily relate to different business and developmental needs. He is certified as Coach and Counselor on 360 Degrees Profiler by PDI, accredited for MBTI-Step II, DISC, SL-II as International Master Trainer, Energy-for-Performance of HPI, and for ‘Managing Business Today’ of Business Today International, RSA. In 2012, he has been accredited as a CEO Coach by CFI, India. Some of the clients he works with are: General Electric; Novartis; Canon; EXL; Aricent; Vodafone, GPI


Visiting Faculty

Former Partner, Mercer Delta


A former partner with Mercer Delta, a global organization strategy and change management firm, Francois is a former faculty member at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University and at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. The author of ten books including Sharing Knowledge, The Chemistry of Change, and The Customer’s Victory, he won the Manpower Award in 1999 for the latter. His latest book Le Fatigue des Elites was published in 2006.
Francois works with multinational corporations to identify organizational barriers to successful change and business growth. The diagnostic process illuminates the organizational context (place) and practice (behaviour) that is preventing successful adoption and implementation of business objectives. He has worked with top management teams in Air France, Air Liquide, Bobst (Switzerland), Credit Lyonnais, CGNU (UK), Electrabel (Belgium), France Telecom, Fortis Bank (Belgium), L’Oreal, Monsanto (USA), Renault, Societe Generale and Telecom Italia.

An executive educator at INSEAD Advanced Management program and multiple custom programs for organizations around the world, his teaching evaluations at INSEAD place him among the top 10% of all program faculty. He received a BA in History from La Sorbonne in 1969, a BA and MBA in Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (1971 and 1973 respectively). He also graduated from the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies in 1974 and the Paris School of Journalism in 1971.


Professor, Global HR Strategy

B. Com, MBA, PhD Carnegie Mellon University, USA


Snehal holds a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, the USA with specialization in Organization Behavior and Human Resources. She has 12 years of varied experience in Industry, Teaching and Consulting in the US and in India. In addition, her work has been published in renowned journals in the US and has been presented at International conferences.

Snehal’s experience includes Leadership Development Engagement with a wide range of companies, backed by a strong foundation in research and teaching: – Vice President of Leadership Development at Bank of America, Charlotte, NC: Initiatives such as Talent Management, Culture Assessment (specifically with regard to acquisition integration) and Evaluation of Leadership Development programs. – A consultant representing TV Rao Learning Systems: worked with multiple clients to deliver workshops on 360 Degree Feedback and Retention.

– A researcher at McNeil Research and Evaluation Associates: Led projects to improve the effectiveness of Department of Labor Programs. – Academic Faculty: Taught courses such as Organization Behavior at Carnegie Mellon University, Organizational change and learning (Masters level) and Statistics and Applied Research Methods (Doctoral level) at North Carolina State University. She is also a co-author of a book titled “Research Methods for NGOs in South Asia”.


Visiting Faculty, Human Resources

PG(Hons), Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur


Francis is a Strategic Human Asset Consultant, working primarily with the development sector, transforming NGOs by introducing a culture of performance and excellence through the people and the culture of the organizations.

With over two decades of experience in developing attitudes, nurturing culture and promoting personal and professional growth among highly motivated, self-driven people in the education and social development sectors in India, Francis Rebello brings a new way of perceiving and dealing with people.

He has a basic degree in Science (Chemistry) from Gujarat University and has done his Post-Graduate studies in Human Resource Management, Behavioral Sciences and Organizational Development from Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur. He also has a degree in law, specializing in Labor Law and a degree in teaching (B.Ed.).


Visiting Faculty, Employee Engagement


Gagan is an HR professional with experience in Organization Design & Development, Employee Engagement, Compensation & Benefits, Recruitment & Selection, HR Operations, HRIS and specializes in HR Strategy and Planning; Identifying Learning Needs, Designing Learning Interventions; Instructional Design; Facilitation; Coaching; Diagnostics.

He is presently a Partner at Vyaktitva and has previously been Director at vCustomer. Moreover, he has had a stint at NIIT as Regional Manager along with working at NIIT in HR domain as well. Mr Adlakha teaches Employee Engagement at SOIL.


Visiting faculty, Talent Management

Co-Founder and CEO, Cosmode Consultants


Kalpana Sinha is CEO and Co-Founder of Cosmode Consultants. An organization focused on Building Leadership and Organization Capability. She has over twenty years of rich experience in human capital management, learning, and organization development—passionate about aligning the disciplines with business strategy creation and implementation. She has also built world-class human resources teams and systems. She is an executive coach and trusted advisor to senior business leaders and has facilitated over 500 workshops at senior leadership levels. Prior to this, she was Director – People and Organization Capability at Microsoft Corporation for sales and marketing in Asia Pacific, and in India across many business units. Her last assignment was Senior Vice President at McCann World Group working on a worldwide organization transformation agenda. She is passionate about work in women in leadership. She has to her credit a book edited by her on Empowerment of Women in South Asia, published by AMDISA in 2001 and is currently pursuing a research initiative ‘Accelerating Women in Leadership – India’ to understand what practices accelerate the development of women as leaders, and how having women in leadership roles contributes to organizational results. The goal will be to also explore perspectives and practices concerning how organizations identify and develop women leaders. She has also been a pioneer in applying neuroscience to leadership development and change initiatives. She has done her masters certificate in neuro-leadership from Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.


Visiting Faculty, Labor Law

Masters in Social Work, Managing Partner at People Maths Consultancy Services


Venkatesh has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Madras University, Chennai. He is a Managing Partner of People Maths Consultancy Services, PMCS is a business enabling firm which works on two critical business intersection(s) of Strategy & Execution; Business & HR.

He brings in a rich experience of 20 years in Human Resources in varied settings. In his past, he has worked for MNCs like HUL, Coca-Cola Caterpillar, and Indian Corporates like Bharti and Educomp Solutions. Venky is a trainer in Situational Leadership – Partnering for Performance, Balance Score Card, Out Bound Learning, besides being certified in Hays Job evaluation, Thomas Profiling and 360-degree feedback.

In the early years of his career spent time in managing tough IR situations handling multiple militant labour unions in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu enhancing labour Productivity through Long Term Settlements.


Visiting Faculty, Employer Branding

Ph.D., University of Mumbai


Over the last twenty years, Noel has worked across the industry, academia and the voluntary sector. He was the founder & managing partner of Prashnodaya; Vice President in Human Resources with Accenture, India; and Head of HR Consulting with Ernst & Young, Mumbai.

Since 2008, Noel has devoted most of his time to research & teaching: he has been a visiting professor at the School of Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Noel holds a doctorate from the University of Mumbai for his research in the Sociology of trust within organizations.


Visiting Faculty, Learning Organizations

MBA, FMS Delhi, Corporate leadership consultant


Shyam Viswanathan is an Electrical Engineer and an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies of Delhi University. He has more than 3 decades of experience in configuring and delivering solutions to large corporations in India, W. Europe, Asia Pacific as well as the United States in areas as diverse as Process Design, Knowledge Management and Technology Based Training.

Shyam Viswanathan has been a consultant and professor in the areas of People Leadership (Leadership of Teams), Leadership of Change Initiatives and Design Thinking. He is a Subject Matter Expert with SHRM, India and an empanelled Faculty with Harvard Business School Publishing.

Shyam also works with the CEOs of large, medium and small organizations – to help them articulate, deploy and leverage a strong organization Cultural DNA to attain and maintain Business Leadership.

Shyam Viswanathan has been the Associate Dean of Executive Education at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad (founded by Kellogg, Wharton and the London Business School). He has led the design and delivery of Leadership Development initiatives for more than 100 different organizations in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Apart from having been on the Board of Directors of organizations based in India and the United States – Shyam is on the Advisory Board of the School of Inspired Leadership.

Shyam is 56 and lives with his wife (an Executive Coach & Psychometrics specialist) in Coimbatore, India.


Associate Professor, Business Communication & OB

BA (Journalism Hons.) - Delhi University | MA (Mass Comm.) | PhD (Communication & HR)- IIT Madras


Dr Neha has around 19 years of experience in the field of corporate communication, branding, media relations, corporate training and academics. She is a PhD in Internal Corporate Communication, Employee Engagement and Employer Branding, and has received Best Doctoral Thesis Award from IIT Madras. Her earlier assignments include- Reporter, Indian Express, Media Manager-Fourth Estate, Assistant Director- Amity School of Communication; Assistant professor -DIT University and Associate Professor & Head, Dept. of Management Studies, SR Group of Institutions. In conjunction with these positions, she has imparted training on motivation, change management, 5 -S, emotional intelligence and internal communication to Government and Non-Government officers. Currently working as Associate Professor at School of Inspired Leadership, Gurgaon and researching on psychological contract behaviour of civil services officers in India. Her research interests lie in the field of internal communication, employee engagement, CSR and psychological contract. Her research papers have been published in numerous International Journals and conference proceedings.

Specialties: Internal Communication, OB, Employee Engagement, Research Methodology.


Visiting Faculty, HR Lab

Managing Partner, SimplyHR Solutions LLP


Rajneesh is the Managing Partner of SimplyHR Solutions LLP, an End to end HR solutions firm based out of Delhi NCR, India formed in January 2011.

Rajneesh’s professional experience of 27 years spans across Consulting (National Productivity Council), Manufacturing (Eicher Motors & Hindalco), FMCG (Gillette incl Duracell), Telecom (Vodafone), Hospitality (Oberoi Group of Hotels) and Media (Network18). He is an HR Generalist with exposure in each domain of HR. His core capabilities lie in HR operations with the focus on Culture Building, Employee Engagement, Learning & Development and Talent Management.

In his last assignment at Network18, he was instrumental in leading an HR team which facilitated the company to become a Great Place to Work for 2 years consecutively (2008 & 2009).

At SimplyHR, he has led a team of HR professionals towards providing Outsourced HR services to SMEs and Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development and HR Advisory services for Startups and other organizations. Some of the around 100 clients serviced belong to FMCG, Education, Media, Automobile, Retail, Food, IT, Design, Energy and Pharmaceutical sectors. An in-house developed HR platform is the HR Tech offering called Simpli with an inbuilt Mobile tool called SimHR. The latest vertical launched by SimplyHR is an event for young aspiring entrepreneurs called SimplyFest. Under his leadership, SimplyHR has been listed among the 20 Most Promising HR Outsourcing companies in India by siliconindia magazine in June 2015.

Rajneesh is an Arts Graduate & Post-Graduate Diploma holder in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from XISS, Ranchi, India. Till recent past, he was one of the Vice President at the Delhi & NCR chapter of National HRD Network, India. He is also a Mentor at the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL), Gurgaon, India.


Visiting Faculty, Total Rewards Management

Managing Partner, SimplyHR Solutions LLP


Arjun is a FUTURIST ... he meditates, he reads trends and loves technology. He has been able to foresee how technology will solve client needs ... years before they happen. Some of his future technology solutions have gone on to become multi-billion-dollar ideas. He likes reading about what's next and how it will change the Future of work.

Arjun has gained, through qualification and experience, an insight into various aspects of the business. In his previous assignments, he has advised several organizations on linking employees and organizations through effective human resource strategies. He has worked closely with executive teams to develop cutting-edge human resource tools.

He has advised some of the leading companies in Banking, Manufacturing, FMCG, IT, ITES and Oil & Gas sectors and specializes in the development of human resource tools that integrate business, financial and human resource goals. In his previous avatar he has founded and run his own HR Consulting company - Zeus Consulting worked with Hewitt Associates, AT Kearney, CB Richard Ellis and Andersen. Given his cross-functional experience he is able to visualize people issues with a deep insight that adds value for his clients and their employees.

In his vision, he is clear that he stands committed to developing cutting-edge technology & management solutions to serve potential clients worldwide.

Specialties: Futurist, Leadership Insights, Technology that drives Productivity and Client Development


Visiting Faculty, Competency Mapping & Digital Workplaces

Senior Consultant, Bizmentor Consultancy Services


Mita Brahma has more than thirty years of experience in the consulting, software, banking, and education sectors. This experience has been in diverse areas like strategy and business planning, human resource management, learning and development, coaching and mentoring, processes and operations. Some of the organizations she has worked with are State Bank of India, Nucleus Software, Grow Talent and New Horizons. In these organizations, Mita Brahma has contributed in the areas of change management, leadership assessment and development, organization design, coaching and mentoring, talent management, corporate communications, and process design and efficiency initiatives.

Mita Brahma obtained her MS (Physics) and MBA (Systems and Finance) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Her research and consulting interests are in the areas of corporate entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.


Visiting Faculty, Transformational IR

Founder, CEO Skill Academy


Radical and unconventional HR professional turned OD consultant.  A believer in transforming the ordinary to extraordinary and works with Govt School Students, and enables them to compete with MBA students. Has worked in Mettur Beardsell, NTTF, Titan, ITC, and DuPont and is the founder of Consulting Organization, Center for Excellence in Organization. Please visit and get a glance of the transformational impact in Asia Pacific and West African environment at the grass root levels. Also, a social activist and promoter of varied social entrepreneurship programs.