Committee Members


Following are the Members of the Executive Committee & co-opted EC members of the NHRD-Bangalore Chapter for the term 2013-2015.

  Brief Introduction
Sudheesh Venkatesh
Honorary President
Sudheesh Venkatesh is the Chief People Officer – Azim Premji Foundation. He was earlier the Shared Services Lead for the Tesco UK People program and Head- Human Resources, Tesco India. Sudheesh started his career with Asian Paints and has also done an assignment with Booz & Co. He is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta.
Balachandar N
Honorary Vice President
Balachandar N (Bala) is the Group Director – Human Resources for the Coffee Day Group. Bala was Chief HR Officer at Strides Arco lab prior to joining Coffee Day. He was associated with GE Healthcare, GE Capital and Standard Chartered Bank. Bala is an alumnus of Loyola College Madras.
K G Umesh
Honorary Vice President
K G Umesh is the Head-Human Resources with The Himalaya Drug Company. In his career span of 26 years, he has served in various capacities in leading organizations including Grasim Industries, Astra Zeneca, Cipla and BPL Ltd. Umesh is actively associated with NIPM and Greater Nelamangala Industries Association. He is the immediate past Honorary Secretary of the NHRD Bangalore Chapter. Umesh is a postgraduate in Social work from Roshni Nilaya-Mangalore and has pursued his EGMP from IIM Bangalore.
Jayanth Narayanan
Honorary Secretary
Jayanth is an entrepreneur and small business owner. He runs the APAC business of Rideau Recognition Solutions & Quadmo Solutions, a company that is attempting to dramatically improve the way companies reward and recognize employees using technology as a lever. He has co-founded a restaurant chain in Bangalore - ‘Mani’s Dum Biryani’ and writes a very popular blog ( He is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur
Aparajita Pant
Joint Secretary
Aparajita Pant is the Senior Associate Lead - Organization Development at Infosys BPO Limited. Her earlier role in the company was that of a Business partner. Aparajita has a Masters Degree in Psychology and was the recipient of the Sri Madan Gopal Agrawal Gold Medal at Lucknow University. She also has an Advanced Diploma in Counseling Psychology from Mumbai University.
Pramath Nath
Joint Secretary
Pramath Nath is the Director HR – KPMG. He is a Law graduate & MBA with over 15 years of HR experience across manufacturing, hospitality, retail and IT industries. He’s a certified trainer; certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a certified Global Professional in HR. Pramath contributes to several leading newspapers and journals regularly.
Nikhil Benegal
Nikhil Benegal is the Regional Manager -Talent, Leadership & Learning, South Asia, Madura Coats P Ltd. He has over two and half decades of corporate experience in HR and operations. L&D is Nikhil’s passion as also everything about managing and facilitating change. He worked in Unilever for several years.
Priya Gopalakrishnan
EC Member
Priya Gopalakrishnan is the Director - HR ING Life India. She joined ING Life in 2006 as Head of HR. Prior to this, she worked for more than 12 years with Unilever in India, as a Management Trainee and then worked in various roles in HR thereafter. Priya is a Post Graduate from IIM Ahmedabad. 

Nandini Chawla
EC Member
Nandini Chawla is the CEO and Co-founder at the TV Rao Learning Systems Pvt Ltd., She has presented papers on HR in conferences and co-edited the book ‘360 Degree Feedback And Assessment & Development Centres’. She has earlier worked with Titan Industries Ltd., and Indus League Clothing Ltd., Nandini is an alumnus of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
Sunitha Ravi
EC Member
Sunitha Ravi currently advises startups on people practices and pursues research in development. She is also working towards setting up a unique learning media network. Sunitha is a post graduate in HR from AIMA and has drawn valuable insights from the women entrepreneur course at the IIM, Bangalore.
Co-opted EC members:
Vasanth Kumar Kamila
Vasanth Kumar Kamila is currently the Director at Aranis Business Process Services Private Limited. He has earlier worked with companies like Karnataka Vessels and Asian Tractors Ltd. He is the past Chairman of National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM) Karnataka Chapter. Vasanth is associated with industry bodies like Karnataka Association for Professional Social Workers (KAPSW) & Indian Society for Training and Development. He is an alumnus of Roshni Nilaya, Managlore
Prof. Anuradha Mahesh
Prof. Anuradha Mahesh has been with Welingkar Institute since 2003. She also is involved with MDP, Placements, and Academics apart from teaching Retail Management. She has over 15 years of industrial experience in sectors like Media and Retail. She is on the Advisory Board of CARBON fine jewellery. Prof. Anuradha has been the Hon. Secretary of NHRD Network, Bangalore chapter in the past. An alumni of HR from NMIMS Mumbai campus, Prof. Anuradha has attended Harvard`s program in Executive Education.
Ashok Gangadharan
Ashok Gangadharan is currently the VP-HR for a leading Retail Multinational based in Bangalore. He has 2 decades of exposure to people practices spread across many corporate. He is pursuing the Global Leadership programme at INSEAD – France



Name & Company


Mr. C. Mahalingam 

Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer, Symphony Services Corporation

Vice Presidents

Mr. Sudheesh Venkatesh 

Chief People Officer, Azim Premji Foundation

Mr. Gopalakrishna Gubbi 

Head HR, JSoft Solutions Ltd 


Mr. KG. Umesh 

Head - Human Resources, The Himalaya Drug Company

Joint Secretaries 

Dr. (Ms.) Archana Arcot 

Head - OD, Infosys BPO 

Dr. Anil Rao 

Dean & Director, Prin.L.N.Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research 


 Mr. Nikhil Benegal 

National Training Manager, Madura Coats Pvt. Ltd.

EC Members

Mr. Rajshekar Krishnan 

Head Leadership Development and Learning Integration Leader, IBM India/South Asia

Ms. Sabita 

Manager -Hr ,Manipal Health Enterprise Pvt. Ltd 

Mr. Sumit Sahoo 

Officer HR, BEML

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