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Kanika Behl

Technology Consultant and Gender Diversity Advisor with over 13 years of Experience

Career Summary

Seasoned professional with flair for information technology. People person, team player and someone who comes across with a smile. With a strong sense of vision, can motivate talented teams using personal inspiration as a tool. Early work was
defined by progress in software development, business analysis followed by imparting
progressive education as assistant professor. Most recently, been advocating women in technology helping women from different walks of life make a come back in the IT industry

Career Objective

Be recognized as a gender diversity expert. Help organizations realize the potential of a gender diverse workforce beyond just an initiative. Bring expertise from experience in IT and academic realms, to help make conscious decisions both from candidate and hiring committee.

Key Accomplishments

  • Helped female candidates focused on making a come back in the industry (after break due to personal or professional reasons) and placed them with fortune 500 organizations
  • Contributed to editorial board of books and chaired conferences. Actively contributed to course material revision and new introductory concepts.
  • Author (and co-author) of multiple research papers Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE ) on Security, Cloud, and Distributed Computing.
  • Multiple research papers published in national and international journals.
    Contributed towards technical editing for multiple books.
  • Received above-average teaching performance evaluations in all categories year on year.
  • Performed techno-managerial role in multiple IT projects, representing as project coordinator. Acted in capacity of on-site coordinator for Vodafone.

    Work experience

    Jan 2016Present

    Consultant - Women in Technology

    Elite Group Asia Limited

    Specialist consultant for Women in Technology. Focus on supporting technology companies improve the gender diversity in their business. Responsible for building relationships with highly qualified Women in Technology and provide them with outstanding career opportunities. Experienced in implementing recruiting processes and procedures customized to meet clients’ specific hiring needs.

    • Strategize and advise the leadership teams from large organizations and contribute to the Inclusion and Diversity initiative.
    • Help devise strategies to build an Inclusive Organization Culture, help attract, develop and retain women workforce.
    • Conducting Diversity Assessments, bench marking and collating market intelligence to develop Inclusion and Diversity strategies, road map, and initiatives/programs for clients.
    • Placed multiple candidates over the past years with leading technology MNCs.
    Aug 2010Jan 2015

    Asst. Prof Information Technology

    Jagannath Institute of Management Studies (JIMS)

    As Asst. Prof. in IT, worked towards success of students - contributing in academics and grooming of students, for post graduate courses. Responsibilities included (not limited to):

    • Authoring research papers published in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), national and international journals.
    • Teaching introductory and upper level courses for IT students – such as Object Oriented Programming (OOPS), Operating System (OS), Java, Data Base Management System (DBMS) etc.
    • Developing and delivering engaging lectures to post graduate and graduate students. Writing course materials such as syllabus, assignments, and handouts.
    • Plan, evaluate, and revise course content/materials.
    • Coaching students on public speaking and presentation skills.
    Aug 2009Jul 2010

    Sr. Lecturer Computer Science

    Institute of Management Studies (IMS)

    Post-graduate course lecturer for students of Master of Computer Application course.
    Key responsibilities included:

    • Teaching introductory and upper level courses for Computer Science and IT students.
    • Foster commitment to lifelong learning by connecting course materials to broader themes and current events.
    • Writing course materials such as syllabus, homework assignments and handouts. Administering and grading midterm and final examinations.
    • Guiding students in using technology to support educational research.
    • Demonstrated a continued commitment to teaching through full participation in the college community.
    Mar 2009May 2009

    Business Analyst

    Professional Access

    As a business analyst the key responsibilities included:

    • Creating design documents for the upcoming technical projects.
    • Detailed use cases and requirements through virtual meetings and customer advisory board sessions.
    • Testing and implementation of new technology-based global projects.
    • Creating innovative and intuitive product features for E-Commerce.
    Jun 2005Feb 2009

    Associate Technology L2

    Sapient

    Sapient is a global Business and Technology Consulting company providing high end – Enterprise to Service Provider level hardware networking products. As Senior Technology Associate I was responsible for driving the team involved in coding, implementation, and testing of software turnkey projects. Other responsibilities included:

    • Building, testing, and deploying scalable, highly available and modular E-commerce software products.
    • Implementing innovative systems for data collection, storage and management of customer orders.
    • Working closely with clients to establish problem specifications and system designs.
    • Designing intuitive graphical user interfaces using knowledge of serial communications and database design.
    • Evaluating multiple software solutions during early software architecture plotting and system migration planning stage.
    • Building databases and table structures following n-tier architecture methodology for web applications.

    Education

    Aug 2002Jul 2005

    Master of Computer Application

    Fore School Of Management, IP University
    Aug 1999Jul 2002

    Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Honors)

    Miranda House College, Delhi University

    Certifications

    ATG Certified Platform Developer

    E-Commerce certification for ATG

    CCNA

    Cisco Certified Network Associate

    SCJP and SCWCD

    Sun Certified Java Programmer and Sun Certified Web Component Developer

    Personal Strengths

    • Good understanding of technology and the Information industry and the changing paradigm. A zeal to excel by being result oriented and updated with latest industry innovations.
    • Responsibility and reliability to work in, and sound understanding of team work environment.
    • Continual desire to learn new technologies , paradigms and put them into practice.
    • Share the knowledge on an ongoing basis.

    Hobbies

    • Reading IT (and non IT books and articles, magazines, novels
    • Listening to music