About HR Excellence Awards

It is evident that the role of HR is changing & many industries have undergone tremendous change due to evolving technology, new employment regulations and younger, more diverse workers.

Today's organizations have to deal with environmental pressures, rapid technological change, and tougher competition, generating a need for the human resource function to help navigate through these transitions to increase its real and perceived value.

BW Businessworld HR EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2018 in its 4th year aims to recognize this very excellence. Identify and bring to prominence these best kept secrets & celebrate the very best amongst us, those who bear the torch of excellence in the HR Landscape of India and by far are the guardians of India’s Finest People Practices.



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Agenda 2017

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM


2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Welcome Address

Mr. Annurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM


Richard Rekhy, Former CEO, KPMG India

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel, CHRO 2.0 : Coming of age for today’s Most Prominent People Managers

  • How have CHROs crossed the chasm between Administrative HR to Strategic?
  • How can CEOs give their CHROs real teeth?
  • How can more CHROs Get Ready for Board Roles?


  • Rahul Taneja,Chief People Officer,Jet Airways (India) Limited
  • Mr P J Anand,Vice President, Corporate Human Resources,ITC limited
  • Mr. Vikram Bector, CHRO,Piramal Enterprises Limited
  • Richard Rekhy,CEO,KPMG India
  • Manish Kharbanda,Executive Director & CEO,Jindal Steel and Power Limited
  • Himani Chandna Editorial Head BW People
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Panel, Creating a Great Workplace : What does it take?

  • What leaders should do?
  • What line managers should do?
  • Why do only few companies get it right?


  • Alok Tripathi ,Consulting Leader, India and South Asia,Talent Management Consulting,IBM
  • Cecilia Azavedo,HR Head, Pharmaceutical Divison of Johnson & Johnson India
  • Ketan Dewan,CEO,Talocity
  • Rajendra Mehta,Chief People Officer,DHFL
  • Debi Prasad,Growth Founder,Talocity
  • Nidhi Saraf, CEO, Key Ventures
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Tea Break

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Panel: Adopting Successful Training Development Programs

  • With India Inc. confessing the growing investments on training and re-skilling employees, how companies design and decide the best training strategies?
  • How the ball game is changing : from carpet bombing to selecting employees for skilling?


  • Sanjay Singh,Vice President- HR & Corporate Communications,Crompton Greaves Limited
  • Mr. Avinash Bharwani,Vice President-New Business,Jetking
  • Venkataramana B,Group President - HR,Landmark group
  • Shubika Bilkha,Business Head,The Real Estate Management Institute- REMI
  • Sunil Wariar ,CHRO ,Future Generali Insurance
  • Aadil Bandukwala, Evangelist, Belong
5:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Panel, Deciding the Compensation & Benefits Strategy

  • Many people think compensation is “money”, but compensation is much more. Career advancement, performance management and rewards are a few additional components that can be a part of a compensation package.
  • What works best for organizations?


  • Nishant,VP,Vantage Circle
  • Dr. YV Verma,Former COO ,LG Electronics
  • Billa Bhandari,Chief Operations Officer,Geneva School of Public Policy and Governance
  • Ketan Dewan,CEO,Talocity
  • Dr Deepak Deshpande,Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer,Net Magic
  • Paramjit Nayyar,Executive Vice- President - Human Resources,Apollo Munich Health Insurance
  • Gaurav Chaubey,Director,Grant Thorton
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Fireside Chat

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Awards Ceremony

8:00 PM Onwards

Cocktails & Dinner


Shantanu Das CHRO,
Amway India
Rajendra MehtaCHRO,
Vipul SinghVice President & Head- HR and Communications,
ADP Private Limited
Saswati SinhaHead- Human Resources,
Cheil India (Regional Headquarters for Cheil South-West Asia)

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