Senior professional with over 25 years of experience in the corporate sector and academia.Life Member of the All India Management Association, National HRD Network, Academy of HRD, Indian Society for Training & Development, Palni Hills Conservation Council, Indian Economic Association, Indian Econometrics Society, Indian Society of Labour Economics, and the Indian Science Congress Association.Founding Member of the Indian Society for Corporate Social Responsibility, and the Indian Society for Monitoring and Evaluating Development Projects. Individual Member of Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations.Outstanding multilingual communicator, conference speaker, writer and trainer. Extensive experience in designing and delivering training programs to several thousand participants in three countries over the past decade and half, with excellent participant feedback. Committed to life-long learning. Specialities:+ Strategic Planning+ Leadership Development+ Performance Management+ Innovation | Process Improvement+ Learning & Development | HR | OD+ Economics | Finance+ Inflation | Monetary & Fiscal Policy+ Poverty Reduction | Inclusive Growth
Apr 2010 - Present
The Academy of Human Resources Development (AHRD) is India’s premier institution, specializing in human resources development for all organizational forms.Representative Accomplishments:+ Strengthened the Academy of HRD’s doctoral Fellow Program by enhancing its rigour (increasing the number of modules from nine to eighteen), initiating research collaborations etc.+ Invited to provide inputs for India's 12th Five Year Plan for the Higher Education Sector.+ Ex-Officio Member of the National Executive Board of India’s National HRD Network. + Represented the Academy as a speaker at several conferences, conclaves and seminars.+ Designed and delivered corporate training workshops, with excellent participant feedback.+ Instituted a Performance Management System for the AHRD team.+ Instituted in-service training for the AHRD team to foster continuous improvement in areas that impact the quality of the Academy’s work. + Introduced a Project Management approach to the work being done at the Academy, with clear accountabilities for tasks, timelines, etc. and a daily sharing of work priorities among the team.+ Turned the Academy's finances around by focussing on ways to enhance revenues, and minimize costs, while building the brand of the Academy.
Oct 2005 - Mar 2010
METRO Cash & Carry India
I headed the training function at METRO Cash & Carry India. A pioneer and global leader in the business to business Cash & Carry wholesale format, METRO offers hotels and restaurants, traders and institutions a wide assortment of food and non-food products. Representative Accomplishments:+ Organised the trainings prior to launch for all the Staff, Supervisors, Department Managers and Floor Managers at METRO Cash & Carry India’s Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kolkata Distribution Centres.+ Designed and delivered training on Visioning/Goal Setting, Team Leadership, Communication Skills, Delivering Superior Service, and Interviewing Skills; and delivered Train-The-Trainer, Induction, Project Management, Time Management and other training sessions.+ In 2008, METRO Cash & Carry India has conducted 559 training sessions for 7,824 participants during 5,835 training man days, with a 96.6% participation rate and 99% plus participant satisfaction rate, within the allocated training budget.
Jul 2003 - Aug 2005
Manager, MD's Office
Seychelles Marketing Board
The Seychelles Marketing Board (SMB) has been tasked with ensuring food security at stable prices for the 85,000 inhabitants and 115,000 visitors per annum to the Seychelles, a picturesque small island developing state (SIDS). Besides importing and distributing a variety of products, SMB fulfilled its food security mandate by manufacturing over 100 varieties of processed meats, tetra-packed milk and fruit juices, as well as yoghurt, jams and sauces, pasta, mineral water, snacks, tea and coffee, and prawns etc. SMB has 1,900 staff and a turnover during the 2003/4 fiscal year of 713 million Seychelles Rupees (130 million USD).My responsibilities as Manager in the MD's Office included serving on a Task Force that revamped SMB retail and manufacturing operations (and facilitated their privatization), developing and delivering corporate training modules for SMB Managers and Staff, besides being a member of the corporate News-gathering Board, Training Committee, Annual Report Committee and a technical committee responsible for all SMB brand positioning and marketing communications.Representative Accomplishments:+ Served on the Editorial Board for corporate publications, and contributed a column, 'Build The Future', for Newstalk, the SMB corporate newspaper. + Drafted/edited the narrative (non-financial) sections of SMB's Annual Reports.+ Contributed to the deliberations of a corporate Task Force and drafted/edited its final reports.+ Conducted leadership development workshops for 200 SMB Managers and Supervisors. + Provided training in sales, delivering superior service, teambuilding, communication and interviewing skills / HR processes to HR & A staff, sales team, duty free staff, supermarket staff, and corporate security staff.+ Participant feedback of my training workshops has been very positive. (Available on request.)+ Built a corporate training resource library from scratch.+ Authored a corporate training participant handbook.
Aug 2002 - Jul 2003
National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS)
The National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) was founded in July 1999 as a national level institution of excellence in the higher learning of law in India. On the invitation of the founding Vice-Chancellor of NUJS, Prof. N.R. Madhava Menon, I taught classes on Economics and Environmental Law, and also participated in research on globalization and the impact of the WTO on Indian agriculture. Representative Accomplishments:+ A paper I wrote on Reducing Rural Poverty has been included in the NUJS syllabus for a course on Agricultural Law and Law relating to Local Self-Government besides being abridged and published on the Editorial page in all editions of The Times of India on 4 April 2001, and noted in the records of the Indian Parliament. The ideas outlined in Reducing Rural Poverty could help the United Nations achieve its poverty-related Millennium Development Goals, and I am currently expanding them into a book.
Aug 2002 - Jul 2003
Nopany Institute of Management Studies (NIMS)
The Nopany Institute of Management Studies (NIMS) was founded in August 2002. Laxmi Mittal, the Steel Magnate, studied at the Nopany School well before the Management Institute was established.Representative Accomplishments:+ Ranked one of the Management Institute's most effective teachers in a student evaluation of faculty.+ Arranged an Institutional Membership for NIMS at the Calcutta Management Association, and encouraged my management students to attend lectures by industry leaders.+ Organized field trips for students, including one to the Reserve Bank of India where students had an opportunity to meet the Banking Ombudsman and other senior RBI officials.+ The corporate training workshops I held for students and faculty of NIMS received excellent participant feedback.
May 2001 - Jul 2002
National Advertising Agency
The National Advertising Agency is among India's oldest advertising agencies (established in 1924). Besides heading the creative team, I also had oversight responsibility for the Client Service function.Representative Accomplishments:+ Contributed to the development, as well as presentation, of advertising campaigns.+ Conducted professional development workshops for members of the Creative and Client Service teams.
Sep 2000 - Apr 2001
Web Development Company
Established in 1998, the Web Development Company (WDC) offers internet and web related technology solutions in India, the Asia/Pacific region and Europe.The role of the Pre-Sales Specialist is to write web content, besides supporting the Client Service teams in developing and pitching online campaigns.Representative Accomplishments:+ A campaign that I conceptualized for a fashion portal increased hits at the site by over a thousand percent.+ Was part of a team that designed an online newspaper portal.+ Wrote the script overnight for a multimedia CD on the artisans of Kumartuli that ran on a touchscreen platform.
Jan 1998 - Aug 2000
Corporate Trainer, Seminar Speaker and Development Consultant
The Imon Ghosh Life-Skills Workshops & Seminars
Representative Accomplishments:+ Conducted workshops and seminars on Goal Setting Skills, Effective Communication, Motivation and Leadership etc. + Won a Man of the Seminar Award after delivering a speech at the Indian Ceramic Society.+ Commissioned by CARE to evaluate the Government of India's largest rural self-employment program, the SGSY. The final report of the study can be downloaded from this Linkedin profile page (in the Box.net application), and is titled 'Microfinance Study'.
Jan 1996 - Dec 1997
Kodaikanal International School
Established in 1901, the Kodaikanal International School is an autonomous, Christian, multicultural, residential school with a co-educational program for pre-school to Grade 12 students. KIS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools, USA, and recognized by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi. Representative Accomplishments:+ Invited to join the Rotary Club of Kodaikanal. Served as Director for Youth Services in 1996 and 1997, organized inter-school competitions and inaugurated two new Rotaract Clubs in Kodaikanal.+ Active in the School's hiking program, and earned a hiking pin.+ High School Staff representative on the School's Library Committee.
Nov 1993 - Dec 1995
Senior Educational Consultant
World Book International's Indian affiliate, Lotus Learning
Representative Accomplishments:+ Made Senior Consultant within a year.+ Guest speaker at the Calcutta Management Association, on Monetary and Fiscal Strategies for Ending Inflation (text of talk available on request). + Conducted several economic surveys for the Reuters News Agency in Bombay in 1995, interviewed the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and the incoming Chairman of the State Bank of India, and ran several stories on the Reuters News Wire.
Jun 1991 - Oct 1993
Advertising and Management Consultant
Own Advertising and Management Consultancy
Representative Accomplishments:+ Developed communications strategies and media campaigns for clients.+ Organised conferences.
Jan 1983 - May 1991
Copywriter and Client Service Executive
Kerala based Advertising Agencies
Representative Accomplishments:+ Conceptualised media campaigns, wrote advertising copy, made presentations and provided client service support to a diverse range of clients in the manufacturing, trading and hospitality industries.+ An advertisement I wrote for the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) was published in a special edition of Time Magazine celebrating the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution during the mid 1980s.