• 10:00 - 10:05
    Opening Remarks
    Rishi Kapoor, Associate Partner & Business Head, Sapphire Connect
  • 10:05 - 10:15
    Keynote Address 1: Leading People & Teams: Leading through Influence

    Kaku Nakhate, President & Country Head, Bank of America India

  • 10:15 - 10:30
    Keynote Address 2: Leading through Influence

    To be truly effective – in good times and in times of great challenge – leaders must master the ability to influence others. Effective leaders don’t just command; they inspire, persuade, and encourage. Through this opening session we shall hear from a leader itself on how they tap the knowledge and skills of a group, point individuals toward a common goal, and draw out a commitment to achieve results.

    • Manoj Kohli, Country Head, India, SoftBank
  • 10:30 - 11:30
    Advisory Panel Discussion: From Basics to Beyond – Re-shaping the HR Paradigm

    The global business environment is experiencing unprecedented change, and human resources (HR) are at the nub to develop new capabilities to remain and stay relevant. Moving from basic HR capabilities — such as efficient and effective service delivery, integrated HR systems, employee self-service, and timely access to relevant/correct workforce data to developing new staffing models that fit a modern workforce, increase on offshore talent, contingent workers, and global mobility. In this session, we will take an in-depth look on how HR leaders are transforming to deliver forward-thinking capabilities like that help companies respond more timely and effectively to changes in the business environment, expand their global footprint, and increase revenue and margins.

    • Dr. Ritu Anand, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Tata Consultancy Services
    • Gautam Chainani, President HR - Strategic Initiatives & Workforce Automation, JSW
    • Rajesh Padmanabhan, CEO, Talavvy Business Catalysts
    • Yogi Sriram, Advisor to CEO & MD, Group Human Resources, Larsen & Toubro
    • Ankit Bansal, Founder & CEO, Sapphire Human Solutions
  • 11:30 - 12:15
    Panel Discussion 2: HR 4.0: Blurring lines between People & Technology

    Technology as an enabler is disrupting many industries. Innovative technologies such as Internet of Things, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence are now helping HR’s to automate their processes, thus, resulting in more efficient and lean teams. Moreover, state-of-the-art technology applications are transforming traditional HR into HR 4.0. Having said this, in this session we shall learn from the HR leaders on how they are ensuring that businesses are able to successfully adopt and deploy new technologies—by supporting employees through adaptation and transition as their roles, tasks and skills change, and by integrating new worker and societal expectations to build attractive and inclusive workplaces.

    • Judhajit Das, Chief Human Resources, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance
    • Ramesh Mitragotri, Chief Human Resources Officer, ‎UltraTech Cement
    • Reena Tyagi, Chief Human Resources Officer, ManipalCigna Health Insurance Company
    • Sayali Karanjkar, Board Advisor, Zimyo
    • Varun Upadhyaya, Group Head of Human Resources, Wockhardt
    • Unmesh Pawar, Partner - People, Performance Culture, KPMG in India
  • 12:15 - 12:35
    Case Study: Work Life Integration : Myth or Reality

    An employee performs best only when he/she enjoys a good work -life balance. Organisations, today are increasingly aware of the fine line between work and life. They also acknowledge that pushing employees too much not only makes them stressed but also reduces productivity and efficiency. All this makes it important for an employer to motivate and push employees to be more effective without compromising on other aspects of their lives.

    • Srinivas P.M, Senior Director & HR Head, Procter & Gamble
  • 12:35 - 13:00
    In conversation with: What's Next for HR?
    • Rajiv Kumar, Vice President & Country Leader – India, SumTotal
    • Dr. Swatee Sarangi, Global Head - Learning, Leadership & Organization Development, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
  • 13:00 - 13:10
    Setting the Context: Reskilling and Upskilling: A Strategic Response to Changing Skill Demands
    • Dr. Vikas Vats, Chairman, HR Association India
  • 13:10 - 14:00
    Panel Discussion 3: Reskilling, Upskilling & Outskilling: Deciphering New L&D dimension

    Rapid and ongoing changes in the nature of work itself are changing the relationship between learning and work, making them more integrated and connected than ever before. The primary role of L&D’s is to manage the development of people and further to support other key business priorities. In this session we shall focus on the key strategies on why Learning & Development will always play a pivotal role in the growth of the company:

    • Attract and Retain talent
    • Develop People Capabilities
    • Motivate and Engage Employees
    • Create a value based culture
    • Building an employee brand
    • Lopamudra Banerjee, Deputy Director HR -South East Asia and Head HR, Carrier Midea India
    • Radhakrishna GV, HR Director, Advanta
    • Sonal Kapur Sinha, Head of Human Resources, Modern Foods
    • Srees PP, Head-HR, Essilor South Asia
    • Dr. Vikas Vats, Chairman, HR Association India
    • Dhananjay Naithani, Associate Partner, Sapphire Human Solutions
  • 14:00 - 14:30
    Fireside Chat: Incentives, Rewards and Recognition – Importance of work acknowledgment

    Incentives, Rewards and Recognition are key strategies used by organisations to boost performance and therefore, generate more revenue. It has been proven in the past that incentives whether monetary or verbal go a long way in motivating the work force. In this session, we will have two industry leaders with two different perspective come and share their views on this topic.

    • KN Murali, Senior Director – HR & Alliances, NTT (India)
    • Vijay Shitole, Vice President-HR & Admin, BDR Pharmaceutical International
    • Unmesh Pawar, Partner - People, Performance Culture, KPMG in India
  • 14:30 - 15:30
    Panel Discussion 4: Work from home to Remote Work: Reimaging where and how people work

    The idea of remote work has been around for a long time, however, the pandemic has accelerated it further, as office workers have had to accustom to making their home into offices. The COVID-19 global pandemic was a catalyst for the necessity for remote work in the short term more by compulsion rather than by choice. But with workers wanting more remote work options in the future, companies are considering the long-term benefits of a thoughtful remote work program. In this session we will understand on how the current experience has accelerated a mind-set shift to the Future of Work. Further, the role of HR in designing a remote work strategy to enable improved teaming, connection, and innovation, by developing strategy, policies, and operations to foster it.

    • Amit Das, Chief Human Resource Officer, Times of India Group
    • Anil Salvi, MD & Group Head | Human Resources, JM Financial
    • Pankaj Suri, Executive Vice President, Human Resources (India), Edelman
    • Praveen Menon, Chief People Officer, IndiaFirst Life Insurance
    • Sunil Seth, Human Resources Director, Dentsu
    • Sandeep Batra, Partner, Sapphire Human Solutions
  • 15:30 - 16:15
    Spotlight Session: Decoding the Future of HR Trends

    The last decade brought an avalanche of change to the HR industry with rise in artificial intelligence, growth in the economy, increased push towards greater diversity and many other disruptors. In this session, let’s take a look at the HR trends that will continue to drive transformation and which new trends will emerge to shape the future of work. The session will unfold with 5 spokesperson taking up 5 sub topics from below such as:

    • How AI and Human Complement each other? – People believe that with AI the presence of human work has been devalued. However, AI allows human work to be made more focused and strategic
    • How does Virtual and Augmented Reality Aid Recruiting & Training? – By leveraging virtual and augmented reality has only improved recruiting and training efforts
    • Why Employee Experience continues to be of Importance? – The employee experience will continue to play a pivotal role as companies seek to drive engagement and position themselves as employee-centric to attract talent
    • Why HR Guidance is important? – From merely providing data for practitioners to look at, HR have moved forward toward guiding businesses to successful outcomes across key spheres of influence
    • Understanding Millennials and Gen Z work – More than 8 in 10 millennials and Gen Z workers are interested in working as freelancers part or full time
    • Abhay Kapoor, Group HR Head, Somany Impresa Group, Hindware Brands
    • Mukta Nakra, Director HR, Marks & Spencer retail
    • Pruthvi Nanjappa, Vice President Human Resources, MetricStream
    • Sejal Mody, Head of Employee Experience - South Asia, Unilever
    • Sudev Das, Director Global Talent Acquisition, Unisys
  • 16:15 - 16:30
    Special Address: The metamorphosis of the workplace culture – Leading and Sustaining a Culture Transformation

    This session will talk about innovative solutions to the pre-defined challenges faced towards culture changes. In today's world, the best workplace culture wins. Strong workplace cultures have low employee turnover, high engagement and are more innovative, productive and profitable. Creating a positive culture shows up in the bottom line.

    • Jayant Kumar, Joint President HR, Adani Group
  • 16:30
    End of Conference