The Mentees 2014

Gesu Kaushal

Executive Director and Co-Head Capital Markets Group
Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited.

With over 19 years of experience in the investment banking industry in India, Gesu has rich experience across various equity products, including initial public offerings, follow on offerings,  Qualified Institutional Placements, international offerings and private equity transactions, across various sectors. She has been associated with a number of marquee listings in India. Accuracy and risk management are her forte and she has leveraged well on these strengths. She is honest with her advice and pays equal attention to ethical values in dealing with clients and colleagues.She has also executed large investor – issuer conferences, managing strategic partnerships with foreign firms, leading to high positive impact for the organisation on an international platform.

Manisha Grover

Managing Director – Business Excellence and Head – Corporate Account Management
Jones Lang Lasalle

Manisha has over 18 years of successful experience providing strategic, fiscal and operational leadership acrossvariedly challenging businesses of Real Estate advisory, Merchant Banking, and Airport Commercial business. A dynamic results oriented leader with a strong track record of performance demonstrating the following attributes. Strategic outlook supported by keen analytical skills and insights; Team orientated approach to drive organisational improvements and implementation of best practices; Performance management through team building and motivation; and Superior interpersonal skills and ability to resolve multiple and complex issues.Manisha heads the Business Excellence function for Jones Lang LaSalle India along with leading the CRM (Client Relationship Management) Program for the Corporate Occupier clients of the business in India.

Gayathri Ramamurthy

Talent – COE, Leadership Development and D & I Head – India
Capgemini

As part of the central HR team , Gayathri is presently responsible for induction, development and engagement of the leadership across BU’s in India. She also leads Diversity and Inclusion for India. She believes that diversity is an inherent dimension in society and every individual needs to commit to inclusive practices. Gayathri joined Capgemini in 2009 and in her earlier role was responsible for creating and building the talent acquisition function for senior positions across Business units in India.

Gayathri holds a Master’s degree in Commerce from Stella Maris College , where she has also spent a part of  her earlier work life as a professor. She is passionate about diversity and its criticality in corporate space and expresses her ideas across multiple forums.

Kalpana Unadkat

Solicitor and Partner
Khaitan & Co’s

Kalpana Unadkat is a solicitor and partner of Khaitan & Co’s corporate team in Mumbai office. Prior to joining Khaitan, she worked at Ashurst’s London office for 10 years. Kalpana is qualified to practise both Indian laws and English laws. Having set up Ashurst’s India practice and since returning to Mumbai in 2008, She specialises in cross border joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions by delivering practical solutions to clients on doing business in India. She is experienced in leading diverse teams in dynamic environments while achieving success in competitive markets. She is client focused and has a consultative and collaborative style. She regularly acts for international companies and is recognised in independent guides as one of the leading lawyers.

Harpreet Ghumman

Head- Learning & Development
Uninor (Telenor Group)

Harpreet is a L & D professional having more than 14 years of experience in a Telecom Industry. She has been managing Pan India profile for almost 11 years out of total experience of 14. Harpreet have vast experience in Employee capability development & Employee progression across Network, IT, Retail, Trade & Call centre teams. Also have expertise in content creation largely for the functional Trainings & designing learning solutions & systems.

She is currently Head- Learning & Development function for Uninor (Telenor Group). Prior to this Harpreet was associated with Videocon telecommunications (3 years), Vodafone (6 years) & Spice Telecom (3.5 years) and now pursuing coach training in Singapore from The coaches Training institute.

Kavitha Sai

Information Development Director
Dell India 

Kavitha Sai is a Computer Science Engineer with over 20 years of experience. She is an industry leading expert in the Information Development domain that includes Tools & Product Development, Technical Product Documentation, eLearning, Globalization, Social Media Strategy, Enterprise Software Interaction Design, Release Engineering, and Content Solutions strategy.

She is with Dell for close to six years now and she is leading global documentation teams at Dell India R&D as Information Development Director. Her specialization includes setting up collaborative ecosystem to ensure enhanced customer experience for documentation through proven techniques like DITA treatment for content, beta studies, usability surveys, globalization impacts, and algorithmic approach to product usage. She is a public speaker on parenting differently abled children, leadership topics, and diversity & inclusion.

Pakhi Seth

Vice President – Performance and Rewards
Barclays (Shared Service Centre/ Wealth Operations, India)

Pakhi Seth, a professional with 15 years of rich HR experience and exposure – Currently, heads the rewards’ portfolio for Barclays operations in India. She started off as a recruiter (just before the IT job market bubble) broadened out into a generalist, eventually gravitating towards HR Projects & specialist role. She has done long stints in IBM, and now in Barclays (7 years each) that has helped her drive important agendas/projects for HR, develop a strong network and evolve as a rounded professional. Pakhi’s educational background in economics and sciences, and Masters in Industrial relations/personnel management has helped broaden her perspective, and skilled her appropriately.

Preeti Monga

Founder- Director
Silver Linings Synergies and the Silver Linings Trust

Preeti Monga is the Founder Director of Silver Linings Synergies and the Silver Linings Trust, which offer a host of services to corporations, people with disabilities, women and the citizen at large. Services   include: hiring of able bodied and disabled persons, corporate trainings, counseling, trauma counseling, marketing, data refining and mining, awareness programmes around diversity and inclusion, CSR Advisory, sexual rights for blind women plus membership for the Internal Complaints Committee for redressal of Sexual Harassment.

Some of the companies she has worked for are: Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, Katha, and The National Association for the Blind, P.P. Systems Pvt. Ltd. And Shushave Agriculture Farms Pvt.Ltd.  She has worked in the capacity of business development manager, Marketing manager, public relations head, patient relations head, trainer, fund raiser and counselor.

Preeti is the first visually impaired Aerobic instructor in the country and also is an outstanding motivational speaker. Sales, fund raising and writing are her other areas of expertise. Reading traveling and networking are her passions. Preeti’s mission is to   train and guide persons with disability and empower women;   to assist and motivate   them to develop the capability to step forward and do their duties, so their rights can easily follow. From the long list of the prestigious awards she has  been bestowed with some are mentioned here, The National Award 2013 by The President of India, The ‘Red and White Bravery’ Award, the ‘Rajeev Gandhi Manav Seva’ Award and the IIPM ‘Indomitable Spirit of Survival’ award.