The Happiness Conclave

April 29, Friday, 2016

Taj Vivanta, MG Road, Bengaluru
10.00 am -10.10 am
Welcome Address
10.10 am -10.50 am
Employee Happiness & Employee Engagement: Two halves of the same pie?
Employee happiness is intrinsic to employees and employee engagement is driven by the employer. How can the two be juxtaposed to create a utopian culture?

Jayesh Pandey, Managing Director – Strategy, Talent & Organisation, Accenture

Pandey leads the talent and organisation practice in India for Accenture. An engineer and IIM Ahmedabad alumnus, he has led leadership development, culture and talent management, operational excellence for companies in consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, construction, industrial equipment and IT industries.

Rajesh Padmanabhan, Director & Group CHRO, Welspun Group

With over three decades of experience, Padmanabhan has spearheaded HR at companies, such as Vedanta Resources, Capgemini India, Patni Computer Services, Oberoi Group, Essel Propack and now Welspun Group. Academically, he holds a double Masters in HR and Finance.

Sudheesh Venkatesh, Chief People Officer, Azim Premji Foundation

An engineer and an IIM Kolkata alumnus, Venkatesh used to head HR at Tesco, India and later in UK before joining the Azim Premji Foundation. Venkatesh was the President of the National HRD Network, Bangalore (2013-15) and now serves on the National Board (2015-17).

Anil Kumar Misra, CHRO, Fidelity National Financial

Misra is a university topper and gold medallist in HR with over 19 years of work experience in practising HR across sectors. He has worked with Just Dial, Tesco HSC, Patni Computers, Oberoi group of Hotels & Resorts, Denso Haryana and Enercon India Limited before joining Fidelity National Financial.

Rituparna Chakraborty, Co-founder, Team Lease

An economics graduate and an MBA in Sales & Marketing from the Goa Institute of Management, Chakraborty is a salesperson who enjoys meeting and interacting with new people and building lasting relationships.
10.50 am -11.30 am
Case Study I - Cafe Coffee Day

Balachandar N, Group Director-HR, Coffee Day Group

An IITian and post-graduate in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations, from Loyola College, Chennai, Balachandar has worked across sectors and markets be it a PSU, a VC Fund or an MNC. He also holds the President’s chair at the National HRD Network, Bangalore Chapter.
Happiness Break
11.40 am -12.30 pm
Happiness at the grass-roots level: Life-saving approach
How happy employees at the shop floor and frontline can lead to a safer workplace

Ravi Mishra, Regional HR Head - South Asia & Middle East, Birla Carbon

A postgraduate in Social Work (MSW) from JK Institute of Social Sciences, Lucknow, Mishra has been associated with HRM in diversified organisations in a cross-cultural environment such as, Nicholas Piramal and UltraTech Cement.

Alok Mehta, Founder & Chief Consultant, Alouquik Consulting

After passing out from TISS, Mehta has worked in a number of challenging and rewarding HR leadership assignments, in companies such as Ranbaxy Laboratories, Motorola, Deutsche Bank Group and AstraZeneca Pharma in a career spanning over two decades.

Sreekanth K Arimanithaya, Managing Director, India & Global Head-Workforce Management, CSC

A post graduate from Loyola College in MSW, PM & IR, Sreekanth has held key leadership roles in global companies such as Britannia Industries, Toyota, Phillips, General Electric (GE) and CA Technologies.

Manoj Agarwal, Co-Founder, Gift XoXo

Manoj is a pass out from Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode and founder, Gift xoxo.In the past, he has worked with Flipkart and Yahoo.

Smita Saha, Vice President - HR, AstraZeneca

Saha has over 20 years of professional experience in large multinational corporations. Prior to AstraZeneca, she held multiple HR leadership roles for various businesses such as Oracle, Cisco Systems, IBM and Siemens. She is an alumnus of TISS with Masters in PM&IR.
12.20 pm -12.50 pm
Case Study II

Emmanuel David, Director, Tata Management Training Centre (TMTC), Tata Group HR

An XLRI alumnus, David started his career in HR in 1983. In the last 33 years, he has been managing workforce dynamics in multi-cultural organisations, such as British Gas, Volvo, Shriram Honda, Oberoi Hotels and Eicher. Prior to joining TMTC, he worked as CHRO and Executive Vice President, Voltas.
Lunch & Networking
1.50 pm – 2.30 pm
Is it time for a Chief Happiness Officer?
Happy minds breed productivity. Companies are increasingly finding ways to make workplace happiness a priority. While the trend of chief happiness officers is spreading like wildfire, who fits the bill for the perfect Jolly Good Fellow?

Prithvi Shergill, CHRO, HCL

Shergill is committed to enhancing individual and group capabilities by developing engaging environments which facilitate delivery of effective service and value. Currently he supports the HR team at HCL Technologies and partners with senior leadership to shape the business strategy, identify human capital implications as well as design and deploy people practices to enhance performance and productivity.

Raj Raghavan, Director, Country HR Leader, Amazon India

Raghavan, who has spent close to three decades in this industry, is responsible for Amazon’s India Consumer Businesses and Global Technology & Business Operations Centres across the country. Prior to this, Raj was head of HR for GE’s India Technology Centres and was based at John F. Welch Technology Centre, Bangalore.

Yuvaraj Srivastava, CHRO, MakeMytrip

With over 17 years of Corporate HR experience and 5.5 years of experience with the Indian Armed Forces as commissioned officer, Srivastava has held HR leadership roles for almost 12 years. His experience includes the entire gamut of HR with strong exposure to effective organisation HR strategy, talent strategy, workforce planning, organisation capability plans, etc. In his previous role, he was Head of HR for all India sales and organisation capability building at PepsiCo Foods.

Prasanth Nair, Managing partner ILS and Co-founder AbhiBhejo Tech

Nair started his career in engineering with GEC Alsthom India Limited. Post his doctoral studies at IIM, Ahmedabad, he had been associated with the Human Resources function in Cipla, the RPG Group and Wockhardt.
2.30 pm - 3 pm

Productivity measures across national economies have captivated the attention of policy makers and executives alike. Ultimately, though, the source of productivity is the individual knowledge workers who get things done every day. And the evidence is clear: People perform better when they’re happier.

The talk will be focussed on creativity, productivity, and the psychology of everyday work life by sharing examples across the globe that can be easily implemented in HR policies and practices. 

Ravishankar B, CHRO, HCL TalentCare

Ravishankar has had over 30 years of varied experience across multiple fields in HR, ranging from founding a company (Lister Technologies) to heading HR at Crompton Greaves & Deutsche Software. An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur and Harvard Business School in Information Technology, Ravi is an Executive Coach at ISB, Hyderabad for their senior management leadership programme.
Happiness Break
3.10 pm - 3.50 pm
Adding colours to mundane jobs
A mundane job is not only monotonous, but also intellectually taxing for an employee, which eventually tends to impact productivity. How can managers creatively excite their team members to innovate and make their jobs happier?

Shalini Pillay, Head-People, Performance & Culture, KPMG

Pillay is an engineer from the University of Mumbai and also a chartered accountant. She has passionately pursued a career in business consulting for close to 20 years. She was recently appointed head of people, performance and culture at KPMG, India.

Ramendrajit Sen, Head-Human Resources, Hewlett Packard Enterprise – India

Sen pursued a career in sales for close to 15 years before moving to HR some 13 years back. He believes in improving business results through people and HR solutions.

Sriharsha Achar, Chief People Officer, Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company

Achar leads the ongoing development of the HR strategy, systems, frameworks and service delivery capabilities at Apollo Munich. He is an engineer and a doctorate in HRM from Canterbury University, London.

Shreeram Varahan, Head-HR, India and Global Operations Centres, Thomson Reuters

A post graduate in Computer Science from Bharathiar University, he has been managing organisational change and business transformation with demonstrated success in building HR capability across matrix teams.

Arvind Krishnan, CEO, The Fuller Life

An IIM Calcutta alumnus, Krishnan has had an interesting career. He started with Amitabh Bachchan Corporation and worked with Kale Consultants and Since 2001, he has been the CEO of The Fuller Life, an employee and customer engagement company.
3.50 pm - 4.20 pm
Can we put happy customers and happy employees on the same pedestal?
Does happiness always imply loyalty? A happy customer is expected to join a loyalty programme, tell family and friends about the brand, endorse the brand on social media and make additional purchases. Can we expect a similar behaviour from a happy employee? Will she/he be equally loyal to the organisation?

MVS Murthy Chief People Officer, nuFuture Digital (India) Limited (Future Group)

A PGD in HRM from Symbiosis, Murthy has spent 20 years in dealing with people from his days in sales, training and finally people office management. In the past, he has worked with companies, such as Dr Reddy’s and Pfizer.

Prashant Bhatnagar, Senior Director - People & Culture, Hike Messenger

Prior to his current role, Bhatnagar was Director - Hiring and Staffing Lead for SapientNitro, a division of Sapient. He has a master’s in business from ENPC Paris and a degree in electronics from the University of Delhi. He has attended Executive Education at Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan and INSEAD in the area of leadership.

Sunitha Lal, CHRO,

With over 20 years of experience in HRM and leadership, Lal has successfully lead teams in diverse HR roles. In the past, she was Global Head for Talent Management at Mphasis.
4.20 pm - 4.30 pm
Closing remarks