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Human Capital Management Conference 2016

Human Capital Management Conference held at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

Great Lakes Institute of Management organized Human Capital Management (HCM) Conference at its campus on September 15, 2016. The annual conference envisions bringing together the best of HR leaders in the industry and potential managers of the future to discuss the current trends and way forward on the central theme of the event. This year’s conference was based on the theme - “Gearing up for gen-next corporate citizens”

The chief guests for the event were Mr. Sanjay Behl, CEO – Raymond and Mr. Hari Menon, Co – Founder & CEO – Big Basket.

Welcoming the chief guests, Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Founder, Chairman & Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, said, “I am extremely delighted to welcome two CEOs who have made a great difference to this society. These two leaders have been revolutionizing their respective sectors. I want to emphasize at this point that if you want to become a great leader, you have to first realise that it’s not about yourself. It is about investing in others, and the society.” I am glad that the two CEOs that we have today have been doing the exact same thing and all the young minds here should consider it a privilege gaining wisdom from these two, he added.

Speaking on the theme, Mr Sanjay Behl, CEO - Raymondhighlighted on the socio – economic and technology changes occurring globally. He said, “Demographic unbalancing, Digital deluge, and shifting global economic power are the three most important disruptions taking place globally. The next gen corporate citizens should be able to accept the social change, digital initiatives to overcome these changes and create a smaller, smarter world with new business reality.”

Adding hisviews on the theme, Mr Hari Menon, Co – Founder & CEO, Big Basket said, “An entrepreneur must focus on solving a problem that revolves around the central idea. As the global market is increasingly heating and economies are getting more volatile and ambiguous, businesses need a new breed of skills and changes to future proof the economies.” Sharing knowledge on entrepreneurial planning, he further added, “One must find innovative ways and ride the chaos through this complexity. Mutual trust and team work are paramount to build strong business venture.” EQ over IQ is the attitude that all start-ups must have, he concluded.

Apart from having two high profile CEOs, the Annual HCM Conference also hosted HR heads of reputed organizations as panellists. The event witnessed interactive panel discussions on the topics - ‘Talent Management: Staying in-tune with the changing times’ and ‘HR Role in building the Leadership Pipeline’. The panellists included Ms. VlastaDushil, HR-Head, India, SAP, Mr. Sandeep Tyagi, Director HR, Samsung India, Ms. Indu Kapoor, VP HR - Global HR Head - Finance and Accounting, EXL Services, Mr. Prashant Srivastava, President Group HR & People Excellence, Reliance ADA Group, Ms. FarzanaKazemi, Lead Group HR Director, KEF International and Mr. B. Nedumaran, Sr VP HR, Lakshmi Vilas Bank.


Human Capital Management Conference 2015

Great Lakes Institute of Management organized its annual Human Capital Management (HCM) Conference at its campus on February 25, 2016. The annual conference envisions bringing together the best of HR leaders in the industry and potential managers of the future to discuss the current trends and way forward on the central theme of the event. This year’s conference was based on the theme - “Re-engineering Human capital management”

Mr. S. G. Prabhakharan, Chairman -XS Real Properties Pvt Ltd, Director -Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd. & President - Madras Chamber of Commerce and Mr. V. Srinivasan - Group President, Archean Group were the chief guests.

Welcoming the chief guests and setting the context for the event, Dr.Bala V Balachandran, Founder, Chairman & Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, said, “Any other resource may depreciate, but not human capital. That is why it is crucial for any organization to invest more on its human capital.” Speaking on re-engineering human capital, Mr. S. G. Prabhakharansaid, “The strategy of managing Human Capital has changed over the years and is perhaps the biggest challenge for Human Resource or Human Capital Managers today.” You may have process and technology in place, but in order to have a successful business, you have to learn to manage your people, he added.

Sharing his views on the theme, Mr. V. Srinivasan told that re-engineering should be applied to three important areas – Hiring, talent retention and performance measurement. Human Resource departments should only felicitate the recruitment process, but hiring right candidates and retaining them is everybody’s responsibility.” A culture of meritocracy also is an important aspect of re-engineering Human capital, he added.

The event also witnessed an interactive Panel discussion on ‘Answering the Talent Crunch’ moderated byMs.LathaRajan, Co - Founder & Director, Mafoi Group. The panellists for the session were Ms.AarthiSivaramakrishnan, Head HR - Beroe Consulting, Mr. Ravi Shankar, Global Head - HR, VA Tech Wabag Ltd., and Mr. Stanley George, Head - HR South India, Hexaware.


Human Capital Management (HCM CONCLAVE) 2014

Great Lakes hosted its annual Human Capital Management Conference (HCM) on August 18, 2014 at its Chennai campus. The annual event is envisioned as a platform to bring together the best of HR leaders in the industry and potential managers of future. The theme for this year’s conference was “Impact of technology in Human Capital Management”.

Mr. Rajeev Dubey, President – Group HR, Corporate Services, and Aftermarket Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra was the Chief Guest for the session. The key note address was given by Mr. Samir Kumar, Managing Director, DBOI Global Services Pvt. Ltd., India, Deutsche Bank Group and the Presidential Address was given by Mr. Kumar Vembu, Founder & CEO, Go Frugal Technologies.

Speaking at the event on the current and future trends in HR, Mr. Rajeev Dubey said, “Technology is necessary but not sufficient for creating business values, Leadership is all that matters”. He emphasized on the human aspect in running a business.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Samir Kumar said that technology is bringing new dimensions to how things work in the business in today’s scenario. Adding to his views Mr. Kumar Vembu shared his thoughts on how technology has become inseparable in life today and how important it is to not compromise on the eroding values in business due to the impact of technology.

The chief guests for the panel discussion on the theme “Talent Engineering: Impact of Technology” included Mr. Balaji Govindarajan, Vice President-Talent Development, Fidelity Business Services, Mr. Gopalan Uppiliappan, Director – Strategy and Business, Improvement Kenafric Industries, Ms. Gayathri Ramamurthy, Lead – Leadership Development and D&I, India, CapGemini, Ms. Kamna Prasad, Director HR, CRISIL and Mr. Pranesh George, Talent Acquisition India Lead-Asia Pacific, Groupon.

Human Capital Management Photo Gallery 2014


Human Capital Management (HCM Conclave) 2013

Businesses have gone through turbulent times. Markets remain highly competitive with thin margins, forcing organizations to evolve with aligned and agile strategic responses. With technology playing a key role, product and service life cycles are getting shorter day-by-day. Relentless innovation is required to stay ahead of the game.

The market turbulence and innovations have fundamentally changed the traditional organizational structure, people processes and ways of working. Managing the Present, while readying for the Future possibilities is the order of the day.

HR function plays a key role in shaping the organization’s present and the future. The key HR measures are also evolving to address HR’s impact on business results of today and tomorrow. Lessons from successful organizations tell us how HR is evolving as a key function in impacting business results.

Panel Discussion Topic - 1: HR’s impact on Strategic Execution

By deploying appropriate talents and by creating aligned learning, HR ensures first-time right solutions to the customers. HR leaders share their experiences of building and developing the talent pool, and deploying the talent effectively for best results for the customer.

Panel Discussion Topic - 2: HR: Fostering Innovation

Innovation across the organization needs to be encouraged and channeled towards building and leveraging new business opportunities. HR has a significant role in creating the right platforms for encouraging and leveraging innovation. HR leaders discuss how innovation is fostered through HR interventions in their organizations.

Panel Discussion Topic - 3: Role of HR in Organizational Transformation

Organizations realign to meet the business needs, by constantly evolving structure, people, processes and technology. This calls for an agile HR, which ensures minimal disruption and smooth change adoption across, with aligned mindset and skills. HR leaders highlight initiatives that helped their organizations cope with the change.

Program Agenda

09:30 - 09:40Inauguration
09:40 - 09:53Welcome Address by Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Founder & Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management
09:53 - 10:25Chief Guest: Mr. Mohan Narayanaswamy, MD & COO, iNautix Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., a BNY Mellon Company
10:25 - 10:55Key Note Address: Mr. P Dwarakanath, Advisor - Group, Human Capital, Max India Ltd
10:55 - 11:10Q&A – Open to the Floor
11:10 - 11:25Vote of thanks by Prof. S. Sriram, Executive Director, Great Lakes Institute of Management
11:40 - 13:10PANEL DISCUSSION 1
Role of HR in Organizational Transformation
13:10 - 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 - 15:30 PANEL DISCUSSION 2
HR: Fostering Innovation
15:45 - 17:15 PANEL DISCUSSION 3
HR's impact on Strategic Execution
Ms. Renuka Krishna, AVP - Talent Acquisition Group,
KPIT Cummins Infosystems
17:35 - 17:45 VOTE OF THANKS
Mr. R. Shreenath, Director - Corporate & Career Services,
Great Lakes Institute of Management
17:45 - 18:00 HIGH TEA

Eminent Panel Members

Mr. Anand SHead HR, Thinksoft Global Services Limited
Ms. Aparna SrinivasanSr. Manager – HR (Global Innovation Centre), Frost & Sullivan
Mr. Bijumon JacobVice President & Head HR, Temenos India
Ms. Hema ParikhDirector HR, Ajuba Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.
Ms. Jayantika DaveVice President - HR, Ingersoll Rand
Ms. Julaina MohamedManager - HR (Middle East, North Africa, South Asia), Frost & Sullivan
Mr. N. S. IyerGeneral Manager - HR, Asian Paints
Ms. Priya Singh DubeyAsso. Vice President - Talent Division, CarWale
Mr. Rajesh ThirugnanamurthyAsst. Vice President HR, Merrill Technology Services India Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Ravindran SambandamSite Leader & Director HR, Global Services, Nokia
Mr. Sanjeev SukumaranVice President - Professional Services, Talisma Corporation Pvt Ltd
Ms. Shweta MehrotraHead HR – O&T, Global Functions, Citibank
Ms. Sucheta ShetiyVice President - HR, Take Solutions Global LLP
Mr. Soumendra MattagajasinghJoint General Manager & Head-Retail HR, ICICI Bank
Ms. Usha SubramanianVice President & Head Technical and Domain Learning, Mphasis

HR Conclave 2013 Photos


Human Capital Management (HCM Conclave) 2012

HR Conclave 2012 - Making Elephants Dance: Transformational Leadership

The day witnessed arrival of a plethora of industry leaders and other respected HR professional to discuss the theme of the event, 'Making elephants dance: Transformative leadership'. The auditorium was filled with business ready managers prepared to interact and make a mark on the eminent guests.

Dr. Santrupt Mishra in his inaugural address delved deep into the theme of the HR conclave – "Making elephants dance: Transformative leadership" and explained how this concept of elephant is a mindset which adheres to a collective behavior and get limited by the resistance to change. He talked about the challenges faced in applying the transformational leadership and emphasized that usually leaders get limited by their own thoughts in the change they want to bring to the status quo. Addressing the youth in the audience, he advised them not to be dependent on senior leadership for the changes but to bring in the spark at the grass root level. After providing some excellent inputs on the topic, he closed by saying "to break the habits of an organization, one needs to question the belief system and in the process he should be willing to come out of his comfort zone to bring in the transformation."

Mr. D Shiv Kumar, Senior Vice President - Sales (India, ME &Africa), Nokia talked about the two kings of the business. He explained that the two kings are consumers and employees and both make the business leaders dance in different ways. He also talked about the paradigm shift that has taken place in the relationship of an employer and an employee. The earlier trend as per him was that individuals opted for careers in context of the company but now it has shifted to such an extent that companies offers career in context of individuals. For bringing transformation in this situation, he talked about two solutions which are to be focused on growth of the company, and to excite them by providing them with a purpose for their job and empowering them in terms of flexibility to work. The discussion ended with his advice to the HR professionals that a fresh approach is required because life and work both have changed and the situation today calls for multiple value propositions for employees.

Panel Discussion 1- Transformational leadership: HR as the facilitator

The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Shyam Viswanathan, Former Dean-Executive Education, ISB and the other panelists who joined the discussion were Dr. D. Prasanth Nair, Global Head-HR, CIPLA, Ms.Tanuja Abburi, Senior Director-Human Capital, NTT Data India Enterprise Application Services P. Ltd., and Mr. Shailen Merchant, Head-HR, Diversified Business Group, Murugappa.

The discussion emphasized that for successful transformational leadership one should respect people who are not like oneself. Also the"E" model for managing resources was identified: Empower those who are high performers, Engage those who have the potential, Enable the newcomers, Exit the ones who are a drain on the organization at large.

Another important point that got built up was that, leadership is disposition and not a position and in today's world of change and experiments, it is going to depend upon the ability to deal with ambiguity.

Mr Allen Sequeira, Advisor-Group HR Mahindra & Mahindra ltd. enthralled the entire hall with the question of Future proofing Gen Y vis-a-vis expectations from India Inc. He brought to our knowledge various facts and research about "Millennial of Workplace" and encouraged us to aim higher, strive to perfection and embrace your passion. As per him we are living in "VUCA" world – Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous, to succeed we need to understand diversity in all aspects. He left us pondering with a fascinating question "What does 'Rise' mean to you?"

Panel Discussion 2: Organizational culture and Gen-Y leadership: HR as the enabler

The panel discussion began with moderator Mr. Nishant Kolgaonkar, Vice President – HR for Allcargo Logistics Ltd. followed by the panelists Mr. Raghupathy V, International Flavours and Fragrances India Private Limited VP – HR, Mr. BaskarVaradhan, Group HRD head for Siva Group, and Mr B. Natrajan, Head - Corporate HR, Amrutanjan Healthcare Ltd.

The discussion threw light on the importance of time management and cultural impact on the individuals and organizations as a whole. Performance management is critical and role of HR as an enabler emergencies towards aligning the hiring and firing criteria of today's organizations. The workplaces have emerged from the "Wall room concept" and need to think and act at the same time. One of the key take-away was that need for security is no longer a basic need as the level of opportunities has increased, the need is to manage information overload.

The Valedictory speech by Dr. PVR Murthy, CEO, Exclusive Search Recruitment Consultants started with the theme "Making Elephants Dance" and caught our attention through example of a cockroach having a life span of 350 million years just because they are very adaptive. He also highlighted the human nature of resistance to change both individual leading our thoughts to understand that we as future managers irrespective to our specializations or departments we shall make changes and progress.

HR Conclave Conference 2012 Photos


Human Capital Management (HCM Conclave) 2011

The role of employees in today's corporate world is a lot different from yesteryears. It's not mere survival, it's about employee satisfaction, opportunities to excel and ability to pursue professional goals. And who else can better facilitate this other than pulsating HR managers. They are the dream catchers for all who wish to reach that extra edge by every opportunity; they are the thread which runs within the nerve of an association and supply the vitals to make an organization the best place to work. However, work pressure, ever changing global scenarios and the competitive environment makes it difficult for all of us to keep pace with the marathon of achievements and the organizations fall in the vicious circle of attrition. How enticing it would have been if ones job is not just about work, but about anything and everything that one would aspire from his career.

"Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life." In HR conclave 2011 we explore the ideas and strategies that HR professionals from diverse industries would confer and inspire on the subjects like innovative employee engagement, nurturing future leaders and initiating thought leadership, which would further propel the eagerness amongst their colleagues doing justice to a talent and ability well spent.


Presidential Address: Dr. Ashok Chanda, Head – Strategy & Shared Services, GATI
Keynote speaker – Mr. Satish Pradhan, VP – HR, TATA
Special Address – Mr. Narendra Ambwani, Director, UTV Communications
Special Address – Dr. Venkat R. Krishnan, Academic Director, Great Lakes Institute of Management
Valedictory Address – Mr. Chetan Tolia, TMTC
Vote of Thanks – Prof. S. Sriram, Executive Director, Great Lakes Institute of Management

HR CONCLAVE 2011 Photos


Human Capital Management (HCM Conclave) 2009

The Great Lakes 2009 Human Resource Conclave is an attempt to bring to the fore some of the successful HR leaders and unravel the perceived mystique behind excellent Human Capital Management. Importantly, these leaders would present views and strategies to gear up for the upturn wiping away the negative externalities of the recession that the world is facing at the moment.

The chief guests:

Mr. R Seshasayee, Managing Director - Ashok Leyland Limited
Mr. Srini Raju, Managing Director - Peepul Capital Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd.

The Keynote Speakers:

Mr. S Ramakrishnan (IAS)
Mr. Jay Desai – Founder & CEO; Universal Consulting India
Mr. Durjoy Patranabish – Country Head; Redpill Solutions
Mr. Ravishankar B. – Head – Organization Development & Effectiveness; HCL
Mr. S. V. Nathan – Director, Talent; Deloitte, US India Firms
Ms. Bhavana Isaar – GM, HR – India Region; British Petroleum
Mr. Samuel Chandar – Senior VP, HR; Henkel India
Mr. Puneet Jetli – Senior VP, HR and Head, People Function; MindTree Ltd.
Dr. Pramod Solanki – Head-People & Organization Development (E&C Division); Larsen & Toubro Ltd.
Mr. Subramaniam Arumugam – Senior VP, HR & Admin; Consim Info Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Sudhir Warde – Executive VP, HR & Talent Development; Larsen & Toubro Infotech
Ms. Richa Gulati – Economist, Watson Wyatt Worldwide

The Panel Discussion members:

Mr. Ramkumar Ramamoorthy (Mod) – VP, Marketing & Communications; Cognizant Technology Solutions
Mr. Edwin Sudhakar – Senior Manager, HR; Saksoft
Mr. Bijumon Jacob – Senior Manager, HR; Verizon
Ms. Kalpana S. – GM, HR; Sical Logistics Ltd.
Ms. Vishnu Priya – Manager, HR; Tecpro Systems

Photogallery of HR Conclave 2009

Event Sponsors:

reliance cummins

In collaboration with

bp cts consim deloitte hcl henkel
l & t l & t nokia peepul redpill saksoft
sical watson uc verizon indiaproperty verizon

Human Capital Management (HCM Conclave) 2008

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai organizes the first Great Lakes Human Resource Conclave on 2nd September 2008.

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai organized its first Human Resource Conclave on the September 2, 2008 at the Royal Le Meridien Hotel in Chennai. The theme of the event was "Managing Human Capital in the Globalized Business Environment". The one day event was inaugurated by Dr.Bala Balachandran - Founder and Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Dr.T.V Rao - Chairman, T.V Rao Learning Systems Pvt Ltd and Mr. R. Chandrasekharan - President and MD, Cognizant Technology Solutions India Pvt Ltd.

Dr. Bala gave the welcome address in which he mentioned, "Soon, the money value of time will replace the time value of money. " He also talked about the importance of cross cultural and global hiring.

Dr. T.V. Rao, who is also the founder President of the National HRD Network and former President of the Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Science (ISABS), said, "Short term priorities like recruitment play a more important role than the overall objective of talent management. HR in future has to be focused on cultural related issues. "

Mr. R. Chandrasekharan talked about the importance of cost and intellectual arbitrage.

The inaugural session was followed by keynote addresses on the theme "Integration of Corporate Cultures, and People Management Post-Merger". The panel for this session included Dr. Chandrasekhar Sripada - President HR, Capgemini Consulting India Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Allen Sequeira - Sr. VP HR, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Anuj Kumar - Associate Director HR, CSC, Dr. K. Prabakar - VP Corporate HR, Apollo Hospitals. The session was chaired by Mr. Ganesh Chella – Founder and CEO, Totus Consulting.

In the post-lunch session, Shri Prem Chand Gupta, Hon'ble Union Minister for Corporate Affairs, talked about India being a young nation with large cultural diversity and a diverse talent base, which is difficult to find anywhere else. He said that a country rich in natural resources may not be prosperous financially and it may be possible otherwise quoting Japan as a case. Such countries have good human capital base. Economic development in these countries has been preceded by the Human capital development.

This was followed by a session that had Industry-specific insights from representatives belonging to various sectors of the industry. The panel for this session included Mr. B. Venkatramana - Sr. VP HR, Reliance Retail Ltd., Mr. Steve D. Rich - Shared Services Manager Indian & ASEAN HR, Caterpillar, Mr. Lancelot Cutinha - VP HR, Big FM, and Mr. Boddapati Balaji - Director, ADP Private Ltd. Mr. C. Mahalingam - Executive VP & Chief People Officer, Symphony Services, chaired the session.

In the last session of the day, the distinguished guest of the event Mr. B Muthuraman -
Managing Director, Tata Steel addressed the gathering. He suggested that people in the senior management should have a mix of some visionaries (theorists) and some executioners. The challenge for HR, he said, is how people with both these qualities can be developed, and more importantly how we can measure this.

All in all, it was an event that was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the elite audience gathered and hence it lived up to its billing.

HR Conclave 2008 Photos