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Mentoring Geniuses’ 2016

MTHR Global, is a new age, non-for-profit, Pan India HR community driven by passionate HR professionals. Besides our signature HR Conferences which we run across the country, we have initiatives for the growth of the Community. Some of these are Research Reports, Continuous Learning Programs, A thriving CxO community and Social Media Engagement for HR Professionals. All of the events are at no cost to the members.

We, now present ‘Mentoring Geniuses’, under our Continuous Learning Program (CLP) umbrella.

Once the HR professionals reach mid-management levels, they may experience roadblocks in their performance and growth. These blocks could be in form of lack of direction, low engagement levels, lack of awareness, etc. To help tide over these blocks, we have launched this program, which focuses on addressing these issues through mentoring, coaching, class-room sessions, experiential  learning and industry interactions.

The Mentoring Program

Mentors with superlative experience in HR & Business will guide & Mentor a selected few HR Professionals and support them in their knowledge growth. The idea is to help young HR Managers identify their career blocks and receive knowledge and insights for personality and career development. This will be done via a mix of Group Coaching, Individual Coaching and Mentoring over a period of 6 to 9 months followed by Project work. On completion, the individual will receive a certificate of participation.

Benefits of the program

  • Peer interaction across various organizations
  • Learning from the rich experience of the Mentors
  • Opportunity to network with the industry stalwarts through the MTHRG Community
  • Learning through live projects
  • Certification of participation in the Mentoring Geniuses program with MTHRG

Selection process

Each nomination will go through a rigorous selection process, basis documents submitted by the applicant and a personal interaction with the Mentors (in case required).  Shortlisted candidates will have to confirm their participation and also provide the consent from their organization to participate in the program.  Once selected, the mentees will be assigned mentors and will have to commit to complete the program.


  1. Aniruddha Khekale
  2. Brillian S. K.
  3. Anil Dhankher
  4. Deepak Deshpande
  5. Dev Deepika
  6. Dhananjay Bansod
  7. Rani Desai
  8. Nihal Kotak

Program Construct

  • Classroom Learning
  • Individual Coaching
  • One-to-one Mentoring
  • Meeting Industry Leaders
  • Live Projects

Who can participate

Working HR Professionals who fulfil the below criteria can self nominate:

  • 8+ years of work experience in HR
  • Preferably have led a team
  • Have experience in multiple areas of HR
  • Preferably have completed a PG / MBA in HR
  • Self driven individuals who want to make an impact

Batch Size

20 Participants

Important Dates

Upto April 30th : Self Nomination

May 2 to May 14 : Assessments

May 14 : Announcement of Shortlist

June 4 : Launch of the Program

How you can participate

You can participate in the program by sending a mail with your interest to clp@mthrglobal.com along with your professional details. Or you can call one of the MTHR Global Founders / Facilitators.

Mentor Profile of Capt Anil Dhankher


Current Organization: Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Designation: Head Human Resources, India

Years of Exp:25 Years

Educational Background & Certifications: I am an alumnus of the Officer’s Training Academy, Chennai. I hold a management degree in HRM from Institute of Management Studies, DAVV, Indore and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Geography, & English Literature from Barkattulah University, Bhopal.

Short Summary of Experience: Currently working as Head Human Resources, India at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. I have over two decades of experience in managing rapid & large scale expansions and downsizing; Re-engineering organizations during automation & centralization process; Merger /de-merger / acquisition (M&A) integration process. Prior to ADCB, worked with various organizations including HCL Technologies, Bajaj Finance, Citi Financial India, ICICI OneSource, IDBI Bank and Hunstmen & Barons. Before transitioning to the corporate sector, I was a Captain in the Indian Army.

Besides work, I am involved in: Teaching & Social work

A Fun fact about me: I am a JAT from Haryana. JAT – either you “Just Admire Them” or you “Just Avoid Them”

Why have I agreed to become a mentor: This provides me a unique opportunity to teach and learn at the same time; and an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.

What am I looking for in a mentee: A burning desire to excel in life and not just in the career; sound conceptual clarity in the field of HR; perseverance, determination& hard work; Internal locus of control; last but not the least a very strong yearning to learn.

Mentor Profile of Mr Dhananjay (Jay) Bansod

twitter @jaybansod

Current Organization: A&A Associates

Designation: A&A Associates is my organisation

Years of Exp: 32 years

Educational Background & Certifications: B.Sc, Masters in Financial Management and Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management

Short Summary of Experience: I have varied experience over 30 years. I have been a CHRO for few organisations; During my consulting stints, I have successfully delivered projects in the areas of Organization Structuring, Capability Assessment including Development & Assessment Centers, Leadership Development, Performance and Career Management, Total Rewards Management etc. The consulting experience includes engagements with various industry sectors such as Engineering, Infrastructure, Financial Services, Healthcare, FMCG, IT/ITES, Logistics etc.

My experience also includes significant portfolios in Sales & Marketing as well as Corporate Planning

Besides work, I am involved in: Teaching Organizational Behavior, Strategic Human Resource Management, and Organizational Development. I love helping people grow…

A Fun fact about me: I like watching American TV serials; have watched various seasons non-stop… I can sleep in midst of chaos and be disturbed by tiny noise … I like solitude much more than crowds …

Why have I agreed to become a mentor: I am happy to support emerging leaders discover their way in life. Specifically, I help people align their life purpose with their goals. In my experience, alignment of life purpose and life’s various goals infuses energy in the pursuit of goals and enhances probability of success. People, whose life goals are aligned to life purpose always lead a happier life. The people whom I invest in have become my well-wishers.

What am I looking for in a mentee:  I would love to support anyone who realizes that he/she can use help to follow their own goals. In my experience, if a person is ready to invest, can succeed with little bit of enablement.

Mentor Profile of Dr Deepak Deshpande


Current Organization: Netmagic IT Services Pvt Ltd

Designation: Senior Vice President & Head – Human Resources

Years of Exp: 25+ Years

Educational Background & Certifications:

  1. PhD in Management (PhD)
  2. Master in Business Management (MBA)
  3. Master of Philosophy in Applied Electronics (MPhil)
  4. Master in Applied Electronics (MSc)
  5. Associate Member of Institution of Engineers (AMIETE – Equivalent to BE)
  6. Bachelors in Applied Electronics (BSc)
  7. PG Diploma in Distance Education.
  8. PG Diploma in HRD
  9. PG Diploma in Management
  10. PG Diploma in Marketing Management
  11. Certified Agent of Change – NLP Practitioner


Short Summary of Experience:

I am currently with Netmagic Solutions as Senior Vice President & Head – Human Resources. Netmagic, an NTT Communications company, is India’s only Datacenter Infrastructure Lifecycle Management (DILM) Service Provider.

I joined Netmagic at a very strategic time in Nov 2007 and am playing a pivotal role in facilitating the vision “To be India’s Leading and Most Admired IT Managed Services Company” and pursue it’s mission being an “Employer of Choice”. I am partnering with business with greater focus on managing organizational transition and scaling up of organization in light of couple of rounds of funding since I joined – namely Fidelity, Nexus in 2008 and Cisco, Nokia in 2010 and recently NTT in 2012.

Prior to joining Netmagic in Nov 2007, I enjoyed a flourishing career with Lionbridge Technologies as Head – HR, India Operations.  Earlier, I held several leadership positions in companies like SYSTIME, Trigyn Technologies, BlueStar Infotech, Datamatics, Tata Consultancy Services and Larsen & Toubro.

Besides work, I am involved in:

I have been actively associated with HR movement in IT/ITES companies in Western India. I am a past president and mentor of HR Infotech Association. Currently, I am on NASSCOM’s Steering Committee for western region working on Diversity and Inclusion. I am Co-Chairman, HRD Committee, Indian Merchant’s Chamber (IMC). I was on the Board of Executive Committee of National HRD Network, Mumbai chapter.  I am an active Rotarian and Past President of Rotary Club of Bombay Powai.

A Fun fact about me:  Love music and a decent singer and public speaker

Why have I agreed to become a mentor:  Helping people in their growth is my passion.

What am I looking for in a mentee: Desire to learn and excel.

Mentor Profile of BRILLIAN S. K, DTM


Current Organization: Times Centre Of Learning Limited

Designation: Head Human Resources

Years of Exp: 19

Educational Background & Certifications:

  • Masters in Human Resource Management (First Class)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (Distinction)
  • BE Electronics (First Class with Honours)
  • Certified Internal Quality Auditor for ISO 9000-2000 from Indian Institute of Quality Management, Jaipur.
  • Undergone a Certified Programme in Industrial Management a Management Development Programme from the Small Industries Services Institute, Mumbai.
  • Games Trainers Play – Trainers Forum
  • Distinguished Toastmaster – Toastmasters International
  • Basic Labs in Human Processes – Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science
  • Facilitation Techniques – Trainers Forum

Short Summary of Experience:

Brillian’s specialisations include policy implementation, performance management, automation and training & development. He comes with expertise in recruitment, manpower planning and strategic business partnering. Brillian aims to bring about and create best practices in the area of overall Human Resource management. He thrives on challenges and risks without compromising on values.

Besides work, I am involved in: A volunteer organization Toastmasters International, District 98 as CEO-for Central, Western and Southern India.

A Fun fact about me: I love to play practical pranks – I am a fun loving and jovial individual

Why have I agreed to become a mentor: The need to give back to the fraternity based on the challenges I faced and the experiences I gained.

What am I looking for in a mentee:  A willing contributor to the learning journey wanting to explore beyond their comfort zone.

Mentor Profile of Mr. Aniruddha Khekhale


Current Organization: Emerson Process Management India

Designation: Group Director Human Resource

Years of Exp: 22

Educational Background & Certifications: B.Com, MPM, PGCBM (XLRI)

Short Summary of Experience:

Organizations worked for Role and Time Frame
Emerson Process Management, India Group Director – Human Resources Since Sept 2010
Danaher Corporation – Portescap India Head Human Resources Aug 2008 to Sept 2010
Cummins India Ltd Dy. General Manager – HR Jul 2005 to Aug 2008
Varroc Group Corporate HR Leader Apr 1995 to July 2005
Patheja Forging and Auto Parts June 1994 to Mar 1995
Birla Kennametal Ltd. May 1993 to June 1994

Besides work, I am involved in:

Has Strategic oversight to Human Resource for the group and creating strategic direction and goals for country. Key role is to develop and nurture future leaders for the group, develop Human Resource leadership within country, be a coach to business leaders and HR leaders for the respective business and to create competitive strategy in harmony with Emerson’s strategic direction.

A Fun fact about me: Love eating variety of food, lots of travel, driving, music and making friends!

Why have I agreed to become a mentor: I like to interact with fresh talent. That way I can as well learn, broaden my perspective

What am I looking for in a mentee: Open mind, willingness to work, lot of curiosity and taking ownership for his / her own development.

Mentor Profile of Ms. Dev Deepika


Current Organization : KPMG in India

Designation: Director – Human Resources

Years of Exp: 20

Educational Background & Certifications:

  • Pursuing to be PCC through ICF
  • Certification in Predictive Index, PI Worldwide
  • Emerging Leaders Program, ISB
  • Diploma in Training & Development, ISTD
  • MBA (PM & IR) and MBA (Finance)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science

Short Summary of Experience:

Experience spans across various industries and role profiles in Global and Indian organizations, boutique and large consulting firms. Role has evolved from being transactional to that of a facilitator and strategist in ensuring business support, continuity and excellence by providing insights from both technical and people view-point. Experience includes setting up the HR framework, building functional teams, being the HR Business Partner, people representative in the leadership team, custodian of people strategies across employee life-cycle.

Besides work, I am involved in: Photography, Sporadic Blogging

A Fun fact about me: Continuous Confusion with my First and Last Name

Why have I agreed to become a mentor: I miss having a mentor who would have been my sounding board as I was progressing in my career, whom I could confide in, discuss things openly without the fear of being judged, who could push me to achieve my potential and hence decided that I could be a mentor to professionals who need such a support.

What am I looking for in a mentee: A self-starter, open-minded person, who believes that sky is the limit and challenges are a way of life, there has to be a way to overcome them and they make us richer in our journey called life.

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