Industry Advisory Board

Renu Misra

Renu Misra is the Managing Director of GROHE India Pvt Ltd (part of Lixil Group, Japan).

She is responsible for the business expansion, revenue growth, strategic and market leadership initiatives at GROHE, ensuring the brand continues its leadership in India as the No. 1 international brand in the realm of premium bath and sanitary fittings.

Renu has proven experience of over two decades in setting up business operations, managing P&L responsibilities and driving strategic initiatives across a gamut of industries including FMCG, Office Automation, IT & Telecom and Building Materials. She has also led the top line growth as well as bottom line improvement for several organisations under her leadership. Renu possesses extensive exposure to an array of functions ranging from business leadership to strategy, with demonstrated competence in setting up new businesses, its growth & management along with people development across a spectrum of industries.

Renu has traveled across the country to gain market insights from product, trade and customer point of view for deploying consumer-centric approaches in business.

Prior to being the MD at GROHE, Renu has shouldered finance roles entailing Business Planning, Control, Audit, Accounting and Taxation with major global organisations like PepsiCo India Holdings Private Limited, Xerox India Private Limited, Bentley Systems India Private Limited and MSI India Private Limited.

Numerous achievements and an outstanding leadership style has won her the 'World Women Leadership' Award in 2016.

Pooja Bansal

Pooja is currently Deputy General Manager and Head – Learning & Organizational Development for Piaggio India.

Additionally, she is responsible for campus recruitment for all three manufacturing facilities within Piaggio - commercial vehicles, two-wheeler plant and engine plant. She is also the HR Business Partner for the commercial vehicle plant.

Prior to Piaggio, she has worked with Burckhardt Compression AG, among other companies.

Pooja is a management graduate with specialization in Human Resources and has certifications in several key HR related areas including DISC profiling, competency designing and mapping, competency based HRM (XLRI), BEI, OPQ and predictive index (personality profiling tool)

Umesh Rateja

Umesh is currently CEO and founder of a cutting edge HR firm.

Umesh has over 22 years of Generalist & Specialist exposure in Human Resource with reputed Indian and Multinational companies.

He has industry experience in heading verticals and managing national roles in diverse sunrise product and service industries. Among other things, he is an authority on HR Business partnership with leadership teams across businesses and at all management levels and in designing, recasting & driving HR policies and processes aligned to organizational business and people strategies in order to build strong employee value proposition and organizational culture to attract and retain talent.

Umesh was head of talent acquisition at Reliance Communications prior to which he was Vice President, HR at TATA AIG Life Insurance. Before that he was DGM - HR at Idea Cellular. Umesh has also worked with Bharti Airtel, Max New York Life Insurance, Mobilink and Eureka Forbes.

He has done his post graduation in management from Symbiosis, Pune.


Amitanshu Gautam

He is currently Chief Engineer at Oberoi Hotels and Resorts.

Amitanshu has close to 22 years of experience.

Known for his dedication and results focus, he was named 'Chief Engineer of the Year' in 2015 by Hotelier India, a magazine that recognizes and rewards the achievements of the country's best in the Hospitality business.

Among other things, Amitanshu has implemented major infrastructural and engineering projects in the company. One of the recent key achievements is the implementation of the SAP system across the group hotels for plant maintenance.

Amitanshu has a B.E. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Binoj Vasu

He is the CEO of a company focusing on 'Career Mentoring' to help young Indians move ahead in their careers

Binoj Vasu has over 22 years of experience across Talent Management, Learning & Development and Career Mentoring domains.

Earlier, Binoj was associated with Yes Bank as the Chief Learning Officer, prior to which he was Senior Vice president and head of Learning & Development at Yes Bank. As part of the leadership team of the Bank from its early stage, he set up and scaled the learning and organizational development, talent management, R&R, employer branding & campus talent acquisition functions of the Bank. Prior to this, he was the Head of Training for TATA AIG. He has also worked with NIS Sparta, Xerox, ExxonMobil and Exide Industries.


During his career, Binoj has successfully set up & managed Learning & Development functions across organisations. He is a Certified Coach for Leadership & Transition Management. Binoj has been instrumental in setting up Centers of Excellence for Learning & Development for multiple Organisations.

Binoj has been a core committee member of the 'CII National Knowledge Council'. He is a specialist in the 'Corporate & Campus Talent Connect' domain & has worked extensively with Educational Institutions in India & Abroad to facilitate Knowledge & Talent initiatives that benefit the student community.

Satyen Dalal

He is currently General Manager, Sales & Marketing with Posco, one of the leading steel brands in the world.

Satyen has a rich experience of 28 years in Sales & Marketing in the flat steel industry.

He heads global automobile OEM'S like Maruti Suzuki, Honda Cars, Volkswagen and GMI among others. Satyen has earlier worked with companies like JSW and Ispat. He has several achievements to his name, both in the local and global steel industry.

Ambuj Chandna

Ambuj Chandna is Senior Executive Vice President and Head-Retail Liabilities, Investments and Payment Products at Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Prior to his role at Kotak, Ambuj was Chief Distribution Officer (Retail Liabilities) and Group Head-Branch Banking for ING Vysya Bank. He has also been Group Head for Marketing, Liabilities and Direct Channels for ING Vysya Bank. Before joining ING, Ambuj was Head, Consumer Mass Affluent Business for Fullerton Financial Holdings Pte Ltd, UAE. Where he was part of the initial establishment team working on setting up a state-of-the-art financial services company in UAE. The stint at UAE was preceded by several years of senior management experience at Citibank in India where he donned various hats, including Citibanking Head for Central India and Regional Acquisitions Head for Western India. Ambuj has more than two decades of professional experience and is held in esteem as a leader of people and a strategic thinker. He has a postgraduate degree in management from India, and another one (Master's in Strategic Marketing Leadership) from Henley Business School, London where he was a prize winner and distinction holder.

Krishnamohan Rao

He is currently Jt.President & Head HR at Adani Port & SEZ Limited (Adani Group)

Krishnamohan Rao is a seasoned HR Leader with 29 years of global experience in leading Business HR for diverse sectors & spanning geographies in India, Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

He has strong experience in Strategic & Operational HR, Heading a Country HR Organization in India as well as experience of managing global workforce based out of France and Switzerland. His professional goal is to be a learner for life and hence wants to gain deeper understanding of business and as a true business partner, contribute in achieving Business goals of the Corporation.

His skills and experience includes: HR Strategy-definition and deployment, deep functional understanding and experience in initiating and driving strategic Talent management including Succession planning and capability building for identified top performers with potential to take next level roles, Compensation and Benefits Strategies and execution, HR Transformation including Program Management of Strategic HR process design, enabling on Success Factor and on ground implementation at Group Level, Change Management, Employer branding. Krishnamohan brings in Strong knowledge of Best in class HR tools and technology platforms-onsite as well as Cloud. He has been a keynote speaker in many business & leadership forums both in India and in Asia-Pac.

Mr. Krishnamohan Rao, Jt. President & Head HR, is part of the top management team of the Adani Ports & SEZ, which is Ports & Logistics business of Adani Group. He also leads the HR Transformation for Adani Group.

Prior to this, he was heading HR for Adani Enterprise & he has worked with Coffee day group, Philips, ST Microelectronics in leadership positions.