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Vijay Deshpande2




Vijay Deshpande

Director, People Sciences

Vijay Deshpande has more than 25 years experience from diverse, multi industry and multi sector, mainly manufacturing MNCs in HR, ER and IR Leadership Roles and holds a Masters Degree in HR from Mumbai University and Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management from NMIMS, Mumbai, India.

His past experience has been with top notch MNCs, a few to name Skoda Auto India, Volkswagen Group, Hindustan Coca-Cola, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Owens Corning India Ltd, Clariant India, ASB International, Tata Steels Ltd (Tata SSL).

Vijay Deshpande, Ex-Director HR and Board Member, Skoda Auto India, and the Chief HR Consultant of Sharp Group of Companies brings with him a very hands-on perspectives on most of the Contemporary HR and IR topics and Current Challenges faced by the HR and IR Professionals during this VUCA times.

At present, Mr. Deshpande is also the Director of People Sciences, a HR and IR Management and Advisory Consulting Firm founded by him and he is also on various committees of Institutes like  Thane NIPM Group, HR Professional Bodies, Institute of Industrial Managers …to name a few.

He has widely traveled to Europe, South East Asia and the USA to build his exposure to Global Best Practices in HR.

He has Accreditations and Association from across the globe;

  • He is a Franklin Covey Certified Brain based Results Coach and exponent of David Rock’s approach on ‘Six Steps to Transform Performance at Work through Coaching’
  • Noble Manhattan, UK, Certified Managerial Coach.
  • GROW Coaching Model exponent.
  • SHL, UK, Certified Occupational Personality Assessor (OPQ32r).
  • Senn Delaney, California, USA, Accredited Leadership Development Program Trainer from GSK Pharma.
  • Chairman, NIPM (National Institute of Personnel Management), Thane Chapter
  • Hon. Secretary, Institution of Industrial Managers, India.

His Recent Industry Honors and Acknowledgements are:

  • Conferred with ‘Excellence in HR Award’ in 2014 by Indira Group of Education Institutes, Pune
  • Conferred with ‘Excellence in HR Award’ in 2012 by United Business Institute, Belgium and Jaro Education, Mumbai

He was also, Invitee Speaker on ‘Managing Talent in Fast Growing Emerging Markets like India’ at  Annual Conference on Managing Talent in Pharmaceutical Industries hosted in Prague, Czech Republic.

He has keen interest in Ancient Tibetan Spiritual Breathing and Meditation techniques called Brahmavidya ( Guru Ding Le Mie from California, USA) and Yoga.

He has special interest in developing and deploying Leaning and Development Modules through Application of  REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy –A Clinical Psychology Method) to drive outcomes in a Business Organization.

Mr. Deshpande is also a strong exponent of managing High Performance Organization Culture through Strength Based Approach and driving Supervisor less Organization for educated workforce.

Prashant Nair




Dr. D. Prasanth Nair

Managing Partner and Country Head, Inhelm Leadership Solutions

Dr. D. Prasanth Nair, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Calicut University and doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. His doctorate thesis was on the organizational and human resources issues in Mergers and Acquisitions. Dr. Nair started his career in the engineering field with GEC Alsthom India Limited. Post his Doctoral studies, he had been associated with the Human Resources function in the RPG Group and Wockhardt.

Currently, he is the Managing Partner and Country Head of Inhelm Leadership Solutions – a HR firm specializing in Executive search, Consulting and  Training. InHelm also works with the Small and Medium Enterprises in the people dimension space. Additionally, Dr. Nair is a Principal Consultant in Catallysts Constellations – a strategic management consulting firm. He heads HR for and is also a Director on the Board of Medicca Press Limited.

Before this, he headed Global HR for Cipla. He also headed the Human Resources function and Insurance distribution business for Thomas Cook India Limited. He was a member of the Thomas Cook Group HR Directors Forum and the Thomas Cook Group Sustainability Working Party.  Dr. Nair has contributed papers and articles to various magazines and journals.

Dr. Nair has been active in various industry forums like the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bombay Management Association and involved in academic forums having served on the Board of Studies at some of the Institutes besides being guest faculty at premier management institutes. He has been recognized for his contribution to HR through awards, the recent ones being

  • ‘Achiever of Excellence Award (2012-13)’ by the Bombay Management Association and
  • ‘HR Leadership Award’ by Asia Pacific HRM Congress Awards 2013 in Sept’2013

Prashant Khambaswadkar




Prashant Khambaswadkar

Managing Director & CEO, Universal Group

Prashant Khambaswadkar, a passionate and visionary Human Resource Professional has vast experience encompassing over 25 years in the HR space. He pursued his Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from BYK College of Commerce, Nasik and Masters in Personnel Management, Pune University.
He is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) from USA.

Currently, he is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Group – an HR conglomerate, which is an accomplished business-consulting firm with capabilities encompassing the entire gamut of Human Resource, Sales & IT functions, as well specialized offering employee background screening and document verification.

His past experience has been with top notch MNCs and crucial Roles in heading the HR function, a few to name TATA Steel, Johnson & Johnson and HDFC Standard Life.

He is the founder and currently President of Universal Management Forum. Furthermore, he served as Chairperson for renowned associations such as Bombay Management Association (BMA) and National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM, Mumbai, India’s oldest & largest HR Association). He is the President (HR Committee), Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) and had associated with many more key HR committees throughout his professional career.

Prashant has been active in various industry forums like the Skills Development Leveraging CSR and Education – Indian Merchant Chambers and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nasik. (YCMOU). He has been recognized for his contribution to HR through prestigious awards & associations, few prominent ones being

  • Young HR Achiever Award: Times of India & National HRD Congress
  • Student of the Decade Award: Gokhale Education Society
  • Bharat Jyoti Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship. of India
  • Maharashtra Gaurav Award: Govt. of Maharashtra
  • Leadership Excellence Award: Rotary club of Bombay
  • Best in class Recruitment & Selection Award: DNA
  • Best Chairman of BMA committees Award: Bombay Management Association
  • Who’s Who International nominee, USA
  • HR Excellence Award – University of Brussels
  • Sought after speaker at National & International HR events
  • Panelist with Howard Stevens (USA) on CNBC, TV 18
  • Published HR & Business Articles in The Economic Times
  • Led delegations of Indian Entrepreneurs and HR professionals to USA, Canada and Europe
  • Recently inducted on the “Skill Development Authority of India”; Govt. of India

Padmini Misra




Padmini Misra

Senior VP & Global Head, HR & Admin, Cox & Kings Ltd.

Ms. Misra has over 3 decades of experience in the Hospitality, ITES, Retail and Travel Trade  industries  with best of breed companies like the Taj Group of Hotels, GE and Cox & Kings, WiproBPO  (ex Spectramind) and Aditya Birla Retail . She holds a graduate degree in Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, New Delhi . She has certifications in psychometric testing, including Firo B, MBTI, DISC and is a master practitioner in NLP and Certified Hotel Administrator and Educator from the American Hotels & Motels Association. She has also undergone training in T – group methodology in NTL, Florida, USA.

Ms. Misra has successfully managed various International projects in the hospitality and BPO industries in India, Romania, Singapore, Germany & USA. Senior leadership roles with various Global Corporations she has had an opportunity to work closely with Industry Leaders and participate in strategic business decisions which have influenced significant revenue impact.   Ms. Misra has handled Business Operations, Projects, Learning &Development and Human Resource.

In her current engagement in leading the HR practice, she is responsible for defining the human capital agenda, CXO level hiring, differentiated reward strategy, diversity programs, management of culture, leadership & organization development across the group . She also handles Administration and Facility Management and supports Business Operations actively.

Her strength lies in creating a balance between the needs of employees with the organizational mandate and developing necessary processes to ensure risk mitigation & compliance.

Besides direct corporate responsibilities, she keenly participates in sharing her experience and knowledge with students and Freshers and enjoys speaking to student communities in various institutes, including IBS, Mumbai Sydenham College & Balaji Institute of Management, Pune. She is also an advisor to a training organisation and in one of the premier management schools in India.

Her  Recent Industry Honours and Acknowledgements are:

  • Conferred the SAP – HR India Award by SAP , India -2013
  • Selected for Talent Management Practise by ET & HR excellence Forum-2014
  • Woman Achiever Award by world HRD Congress -2016

Ms. Misra is passionate about Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism and draws a lot of her inspiration and learning from this philosophy. She is a practitioner of yoga and strength training and enjoys reading fiction in hard copy. Her stress buster is cooking.

Vasant S. Tajale




Vasant S. Tejale

Ex-Deputy Commissioner of Labour & Labour and Management Relations Consultant, Core Integra

Vasant S. Tejale, Ex-Deputy Commissioner of Labour, is a DLLLW and MLW&IR holder and has more than 34 years of experience in Enforcement, Implementation, Conciliation, Office Administration in Metropolitan cities, Strike, Lockout, etc. under the various Labour Laws and has been working in both Private & Public Sector.

Currently working with Core Integra as a Consultant in the field of Labour and Management relations.

He joined as “Govt. Labour Officer” in the State Labour Department in 1977 (Mumbai) and completed his association as Deputy Commissioner of Labour“ until his retirement in the year 2011. Worked as “Controlling Authority” under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 and also worked on the Internal Compliant Committee constituted under the new Act 2013 (Sexual Harassment Prevention & Prohibition Act).