The Mentees 2013

Aabha Chawhan

Media Director (Planning & Buying), Ignitee Digital Services

Aabha has 15+ years of experience in Media encompassing working across different cultural and diverse Asian markets of India and Indonesia focusing on Leading Business’s with P&L responsibility, developing Strategic Planning, New media practices, Media Sales and Marketing. She has worked with some of the biggest media companies like Mindshare, Starcom, Maxus, Madison, Mediacom and Zee Telefilms in India & Indonesia. She has worked on the launch of new categories/ Business’s like Playwin (Online Digital Lottery), Dish TV (DTH Platform), IPL in India during my career.

Amrita Bhaumik

HR Business Partner, Valvoline Cummins Limited

Amrita is an HR professional, with experience of 13 plus years in Human Resource Management function. Her key strengths include excellent track record of change management, building organization capability, innovating HR processes related to Compensation Management, Learning & Development, Performance Management and Succession Planning. She also has exposure in setting up HR operations which include formulating & effectuation of systems/procedures, establishing processes for healthy employee relations and thereby creating an amicable & transparent environment.

Divya Jain

Director – Global Financial Operations, American Express

Divya has 13+ years of experience with large financial organizations. She has previously worked with ICICI Bank. She has done her MBA from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and graduation in Economics from LSR, Delhi University. Her experience is varied and pans across domains such as Business Transformation, Financial Operations, Business Development, Controls and Compliance and Customer Servicing. She is an effective communicator, extremely results oriented and often chose to develop and use newer methods for achieving her goals. Currently in the High Performer Talent Pool within the company, she has received several global leadership awards within her tenure at Amex.

Himani Agrawal

LOB Solutions Marketing Manager – Indian Subcontinent, SAP

Himani has 15+ years rich experience in B2B marketing, consulting and technical program management across IT, Telecom, Financial Services, Consumer Goods, Life sciences, Automotive and Services Industries. She is currently working with SAP India and leading marketing for Applications business of SAP and is responsible for customer expansion using integrated marketing approach to build relationship with various lines of business heads like COOs, CMOs, CHROs etc. Before SAP, she has worked with both large MNCs like Microsoft, Oracle Financial Services, Inforte and also with Indian Groups like Jubilant.

Mishti Verma

Corporate Trainer, Founder, Inner Katha Interventions

Mishti is an experiential corporate trainer. She has trained with international trainers such as Michelle Love & Sue Daniel in corporate training & applied psychodrama. Wearing many hats, she worked as theatre director, corporate trainer and in marketing at reputed organizations like Times of India. With over 15 years of theatre experience, she has worked with legendary names such as Tom Alter, Saira Banu, Nadira Babbar to name a few. Bringing theatre & powerful experiential techniques in corporate training, she has to her credit unique HR transformation interventions and innovative workshops at leading multinationals Genpact, Sony, Hexaware, Schneider Electric, and Philips among others. Her work has been featured in the cover story of popular HR magazine ‘Human Capital’.

Nilanjana Das

Founder ACT (Action Center For Transformation)

Nilanjana brings 12 years of experience in practicing and advising a wide range of civil societies and Companies on CSR, in their project management and development initiatives. She has developed and implemented several projects across urban and rural India. Her strengths lie in program development, project management, building capacities, building partnerships, networking, impact measurement and sustainability. She has been organizing trainings and workshops for the civil societies. She has been a trainer to the civil societies and the banks on the various development aspects. Presently the organization is working on enhancing education and information system and creating rural women entrepreneurship in rural and urban poor areas.

Pooja Goyal

Founder Director, Intellitots

Pooja is an engineer from IIT Delhi and has done her MBA from INSEAD, France. Pooja is a serial entrepreneur and having worked and lived in the US, Europe and India, she blends a successful track record at companies like Adobe Systems and Palm with her passion for education in the early years. She has worked extensively to develop world class learning oriented programs and products for the early years. She is a children’s book author, a singer, a mother of two adorable girls and above all an educationist with a passion for impacting the early years.

Pooja O. Murada

Director Communications, Institute of Rural Research & Development (IRRAD)

Pooja has 16 years of work experience in the area of marketing communications and brand management in companies like Hewlett Packard, Tata Infomedia, Grapecity and Synthes Medical. It was her longing to use her skills and experience for the upliftment of the marginalized societies. She used varied media mix to bridge the information divide between the grassroots and urban stakeholders. Along with writing and reaching out to the mainstream and social media;  she is also practicing age old community media like street theatres, wall paintings, patrikas (printed newspaper in Hindi).  She has also started a community radio in the backward district of Mewat in Haryana and use the power of mobile phones to reach to the last mile.

Poonam L

Senior Marketing Manager, SAP

With a 15-year career behind her, Poonam marketing professional of experience in developing and launching B2B marketing programs on a local, national and global level. Expertise includes branding, demand generation, public relations, digital marketing, market analysis and marketing strategy development, effecting process improvements, forming strategic alliances, managing agencies and vendors, budget planning and forecasting. Currently at SAP she leads the Demand Centre. Demand Centre offers the services of Digital marketing to help Pull Marketing through Web, Social Media, Digital Media, Tele-led marketing (Inbound, Outbound and Nurture), Brand owner, Centralized campaign management, and Inside Marketing.

Rajashree Gadgil Joshi

Chief Executive, MediNext Communications

Rajashree has 13 years of global experience in Strategic Marketing, Brand Management & Healthcare Communications.  She has assisted in creating Strategic Road Map for Launch of 500 Crore + Manufacturing Companies like Ankur Drugs and Medreich SaiMirra in Domestic Marketing. She has conceptualized and designed new product formulations with Novel Drug Delivery systems for Ankur Drugs, Lupin Pharma and API/Nutraceutical Manufactures. She has designed Marketing and Brand Strategies for building profitable brands as well as Corporate Identity. She has been instrumental in launching new brands and brand promotion in Cardio-Diabetes, Antibiotics, Orthopedics, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Nutrition etc.

Richa Rauniar

Architect, Jones Lang LaSalle

Richa, an alumnus of Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and MES College of Architecture, Mumbai is currently the national head of Agency Leasing and Local Director with Jones Lang LaSalle. She is responsible for strategizing & leading the growth of the landlord representation business Pan India. Richa is an active participant in various CSR activities at Jones Lang LaSalle. She is an active part of the JLL leadership for increasing Women Diversity in the organization and is the designated “Office Maven”. She is also the part of the Ethics committee & Push for productivity group in JLL. She has previously worked with Satellier LLC and Sikka Associates.

Sangeeta Acharya

Associate Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis  (FP&A),  STAR India Pvt Ltd

Sangeeta is effective leader as well as team player with 13+ years of post qualification experience in the areas of Financial Planning, Business Partnering, Budgeting and MIS. She is handling Annual Business Planning & Quarterly re-forecasts for NewsCorp, Monthly Operating deck with business analysis for Management, Weekly P&L reporting to NewsCorp, Channel profitability analysis, Channel scorecard, KPIs and new business feasibility studies & approvals. Previously she was Finance Head of the division, Times Music and Finance Manager reporting to CFO with Infomedia India Ltd.

Seema Sinha

Director Sales Ops (Global Dell Outlet), Dell

Seema has over 16 years’ experience in operations management and has versatile skills across in Sales and Service Operations in ITES, telecom, and Hospitality.  Over 7 years at DELL International Services, Seema has been a part of variety of roles managing complex work streams and geographies and is consistently identified and rated as “Key” Talent. Her expertise & learnings are from Startup environments and she continuously looks at opportunities to enhance, enrich and maximize potential in people. An alumnus of IIM Bangalore, she has worked with Hutchison Essar,  Puravankara Projects Ltd and Taj Group of Hotels.

Smita Priyadarshini

Head, Global Services Legal Team, Dell

Smita is a Global Services Counsel and heads the Global Services Legal Team within Dell that supports global deals. Smita also has a wide portfolio of experience in the area of Commercial Contracts, Corporate Secretarial and HR Matters. Prior to Perot Systems acquisition by Dell, Smita was the Legal Head for the Legal and Secretarial Department of Perot Systems TSI India Private Limited and functioned as a Lead Counsel for the APJ region. She also served as Director on the board of several Indian subsidiaries of Perot Systems. She has officiated as the Chairperson for Sexual Harassment Redressal Committee of Perot Systems TSI (India) Private Limited and has been actively involved in working on various HR matters of the Company.

Sonali Mitra

Associate Vice President – Segment Manager, Citigold Select

Sonali is segment owner responsible for driving and tracking all key segment metrics for Citibank’s most premium customer segment (Balance sheet nearly $2Bn). She has contributed to drive market share and client footprint, Segment P/L (across liabilities and assets), and sales performance management of 30 seasoned Bankers. She has integrated Segment Marketing Strategy across all Channels – Branch, Citibank Online, Mobile, and Citiphones to drive focused engagement and acquisition through campaigns, events and marketing collaterals. Prior to this, Sonali has worked with Accenture India Pvt. Ltd, AbsolutData Technologies and Q.E.D Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Sumita K.Chakrabarty

Senior Manager, Capgemini

Sumita has over 12 years of operational and strategic level experience in Pre-Sales and Strategic Alliances Management. In January 2013 she took on the role of Deputy Program Manager for a large, strategic program in one of Capgemini’s key accounts, i.e. Bayer. She is currently building her skills in the Program Management area and Sales area. She was a member of Capgemini’s global alliances team and undertook a leadership position in India and later globally. She has also been involved in a variety of pre-sales roles and led large teams. She also took on the role of Internal Communications leader for her Business Unit in 2012 and is currently managing the same.

Sushma Shukla

Senior Manager, Capgemini

Sushma has more than 14 years of experience in the IT Industry.  She was working with Siemens Information Systems Ltd. and Tata Infotech Ltd. She has been involved in full software development life cycle of Project management, Requirements Gathering, design, development, implementation and maintenance of solutions using Livelink 9.x and Java/J2EE platforms. She has been responsible for both the technical and financial success of the projects implemented. She is well versed with processes followed in CMM level 5 and ISO certified organizations. She has extensive experience in managing teams up to 150 resources.

Vermeen Kapoor

Vice President Technology & Planning, Shinsei Bank

Vermeen has over 13 years of experience in the areas of Designing and Implementing Banking Technology Solutions, Technology Consultancy, Business Analysis, Delivery Management, Program Management, Vendor Management, Change Management, Managing Transitions and Process Re-engineering. As part of Shinsei Bank’s Technology Group, Vermeen has planned and driven several key initiatives like managing complete portfolio of Technology initiatives for Retail Bank, handling the requirements of a newly launched Retail Bank; managing multi-vendor concurrent project deliveries across various onsite and offshore locations; managing Stakeholder expectations & communications. Vermeen has previously worked with Polaris Software Lab and Blueshift India.