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Surendra Saxena, Co-founder and CEO

Engineering and business executive with over 25 years of extensive experience leading large global, distributed, diverse and multifunctional teams including managing and driving complex change initiatives. Has delivered on time high quality software releases for delivery either as a product or as a service. Strong understanding of the operational, reliability, scaling, and support issues for either delivery model.

Surendra held several senior management positions - VP and Head of the Networks Business at Sasken, Director and Head of Hyderabad center at Lucent, COO at Daewoo Telecom. He started his career at C-DOT where he played a key role in architecture, design, development and support of telecom technologies developed for Indian telecom industry.

Surendra holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Technology from IIT, Roorkee and an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi University.

Prasanna Rajappa

Analytical and result oriented professional recognized for dedication to success, team work and integrity. Over fifteen years of professional experience in providing technology advisory and consulting services for fortune 500 clients. Has trained and groomed multiple professionals launching their career in the IT industry. Passionate about problem solving, training and coaching and strongly believe in engaging and training people through a hands-on activity driven approach complemented by necessary theory.

Prasanna is an innovation champion and a specialist in systematic problem solving using models such as TRIZ (theory of inventive problem solving), six thinking hats and driving employee engagement towards exceptional performance. His other areas of expertise are developing business models, formulation of knowledge management and SME building programs, project management, estimation techniques and data analytics.

Prasanna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Trichy and an MBA from IIMB.

C. Mahalingam (Mali)

Mali is an Executive Coach and HR Advisor and consults in the areas of HR transformation and leadership development. Prior to assuming this role a year ago, Mali was with Symphony Teleca Corporation as its Executive Vice President & Global Chief People Officer for over 7 years. In this role, Mali’s role was a business leader responsible for people function, Innovation program and corporate communication besides being a Director on the Boards of Symphony entities in India, UK, Japan, China and France. Mali established the China operations for Symphony Services and managed this as a profit center for a year.

With over 30 years of rich experience in HR, Mali’s experience encompasses establishing a robust HR architecture for organizations, building competent HR teams, designing and delivering high impact HR systems and processes and developing HR scorecards to measure the business impact of HR investments. Mali’s strengths include building strategic organization capabilities.

Mali is the immediate past President of National HRD Network, Bangalore Chapter, President of Karnataka IT HR Association, member of NASSCOM Mentor Panel for the CEO of SMEs and a member of National HR & Leadership Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry. He is one of the 4 architects of the HR Competency Framework designed under the aegis of CII and NHRD. As a certified auditor for European Quality Award, Mali has audited several organizations worldwide during his stint with Philips.

Mali teaches leadership courses at leading B-Schools like IIM-B (a co-faculty for their Leadership Pipeline program at IIM-B), IIM-Ranchi and IIM-Trichy, NorseeMonjee Institute (NMIMS), Symbiosis Institute (SIBM) besides being on the Board of Studies of many of the leading B-Schools. Mali has designed and delivered full semester programs in the areas of Talent Management, Learning Organization, HR Metrics & Measurements, High Performance Organizations and HR Analytics for regular full time MBA students and experienced Executive MBA students.

Mali is a seasoned certified executive coach and helps successful senior executives become even more successful with focused coaching. His consulting assignments include helping organizations to build a greater sense of urgency, building high performance culture, gearing up HR teams to become strategic and align with the business, preparing executives to execute effectively in a matrix reporting relationship, building visions for team and organizations, helping create a coaching culture by preparing managers to be good coaches and the like

Mali has published over 300 articles on HR, leadership, Innovation and related subjects. He is also a regular columnist for Business Line and Smart Techie. Mali spends a lot his personal time coaching CEOs of both steady-state large and start-up companies, teaching at B-Schools, and mentoring HR leaders.

Mali has a bachelor’s degree in commerce which he passed with A. L. Mudaliar Gold Medal for the best all round performance in the college and Master’s degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the autonomous Loyola College which he passed out with the Golden Jubilee Gold Medal.

Narendra (NK) Shrivastava (PMP, PMI-RMP)

NK is highly accomplished, analytical, strategic-thinking and business savvy management consultant with 25+ years of extensive experience in project management, pre-sales support, IT strategy, process improvement, performance measurement and employee coaching. A critical thinker guided by philosophies of project lifecycle management, scientific analysis and business intelligence including PMI, LEAN, Six Sigma and CMMI. He masterfully achieved 100% success in all the projects he managed, earning 95%+ on-time completion rate, realizing all objectives and consistently bringing projects to fruition under budget by 10%. He successfully recovered and turned around a number of poor-performing projects over past 10 years, saving customers from losing millions of dollars.

His areas of expertise include Project Management, Project Risk Management, EVM, Project Recovery, Balanced Scorecard, Metrics/Scorecards/Dashboards, LEAN/Six Sigma, Process Improvements, Offshore Software Development, CRM, Leadership Development, and Mentoring & Coaching

NK is PMI Southwest Missouri Chapter Vice President/Board Member; Toastmaster’s International – Competent Communicator. He worked at Sr. Executive level in several leading organizations, including VP - Ferragut Systems, VP - IIS Inc. besides. He heads Vellicate’s US operations and Project Management Consulting practices.


is a seasoned Energy professional with over 21 years of rich experience in the areas of Business Process Management, Business Analysis, Project Management, Benchmarking, Change Management and Training and Consulting. He is a prolific speaker and has trained hundreds of professionals in these areas.

Prasad Kamath (CBAP, CPRE-FL, CPRE-AL, PMP, PgMP, PfMP)

has about 18 years of industry and training experience in the IT and ITES industry. He has experience of managing multiple complex projects involving complete development lifecycle with teams spread over multiple geographies. He is a prolific speaker and has trained thousands of professionals in the areas of Project Management, Business Analysis, Risk Management, etc.

Hemant Israni (PMP, PMI-RMP)

has over 13 years of industry, training and consulting experience. Besides being prolific speaker on the Project Management and Risk Management, his experience includes Enhancing Customer experience & Engagement, Improving Technical Support & Service Delivery, HSES, Quality Assurance & Control, IT Security (SOX compliance) etc. He has trained over 1200 professionals on various aspects of Project Management.

Prof C Balaji (Fellow IIM Ahmedabad)

has over 30 years of experience in HR, OD and Behavioral Science – teaching, training, researching, consulting, process facilitating and managing/leading, guiding doctoral-level and other research. He is passionately helping organizations “Causing Incredible Performance”. Prior to assuming this role, Balaji was AVP and Head of Symphony University, Symphony Teleca.

Prior to that he held senior positions in multiple organizations: Senior Director - Sasken, Principal Consultant – Satyam, Director Academy of HRD and Professor – Institute of Rural Management, Anand.

Balaji created and taught MBA- and Doctoral-level courses and mid-career training programs on various aspects of Human Resources Management, Organisation Behavior, Leadership, Organisation Development/Change, Psychometrics, Communication, Analytical Problem-solving, Research Methods etc.

He designed and facilitated workshops and interventions – including large scale interactive process events – for organizations, departments and teams on vision and mission, strategy, organization identity, organizational renewal, cultural transformation, leadership development.In these, the focus has mainly been on process facilitation and applying moderation methods.He has worked with for-profit corporate, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions.

Balaji coaches individuals to powerfully deal with whatever they are dealing with at work and outside work, through altering their paradigms and meaning they make, through application of ‘conversations’

Balaji has a Fellow of IIM, Ahmedabad (Doctoral-level program) and MA in Social Work from Loyola College, Chennai – specialization in Personnel Management, Industrial Relations and Labor Welfare

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