Article: Are You In The List 2016 winner: Abhishek Budhraja


Are You In The List 2016 winner: Abhishek Budhraja

Abhishek Budhraja from Snapdeal believes that in todays organisations there needs to be enough debate around the what, followed by the how.
Are You In The List 2016 winner: Abhishek Budhraja

Abhishek describes himself as an inquisitive learner, a happy worker & a passionate sportsperson. With over 2 years of experience in the HR field, he has previously worked with P&G India in various roles including Supply Chain HR (Engineering) and Sales HR (South & West India). He is an avid sportsperson, and loves to debate.

Abhishek Budhraja – Associate Director, HR (Talent Management, OD &OE), Snapdeal

One thing you will:

Start in HR: Mandate data (quantitative/qualitative) as the cornerstone of every decision, every recommendation 

Continue in HR: The healthy balance of the heart & the mind 

Stop in HR: The diffused equity around what the function has to offer to an organisation

As an emerging HR leader, one thing which brings great pride to you:

To be able to design systems and processes which can hold their own with the leadership & eventually with the population.

Biggest flaw in the way organizations operate today, and how do you plan to fix that:

I don’t think organisations are (as) deliberate about “what” they want the smell of the place to be & hence most efforts don’t add up.

There needs to be enough debate around the “what”, followed by the “how”. 

What makes the difference while you are in HR in a corporate set up:

In P&G, they teach a model called PIE, to all new hires, wherein the company tells you that to succeed in the world (P&G) you need Performance (first & foremost), Image & Exposure, all at once. The same applies to all jobs in most companies.

In 5 years, you see yourself as:

Still learning the tricks of the trade, possibly in a larger role

The Are You In The List Journey:

This has been an immensely rewarding and enriching process for me, teaching so many things along the way.  Wish I had done it sooner. 


  • As an emerging HR leader, what keeps you up at night: To be able to accurately catch the pulse of the organisation (Or teams/functions/ groups) every single time. 

  • Today’s HR in one line: Miles to go before anyone sleeps 

  • Your inspiration to be an HR professional: Been lucky to have had amazing managers who have always inspired (Both at P&G and Snapdeal) 

  • Qualities which differentiate you from other participants: No idea, see a lot of folks around who inspire me

  • A stranger’s first impression of yours would be: Inquisitive talker

  • Who or What are your biggest strengths: Family & Friends, Self-awareness may be my biggest strength 

  • One weakness you can do without: Doing too many things, all at once

  • If we have to automate you and ask you to keep one human quality, what should that be: Ability to think 

  • Your Favourite book: Freedom at midnight, Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins

  • Your Hobby: Sports (playing, sweating, following, debating, everything)

  • One word that describes an HR professional: Chanakya

For the entire list of Are You in The List Awards 2016, please click here.

Here are the profiles of other winners (not based on ranking): 

Here’s the list of India’s 15 future HR leaders:

  1. ANKITA PODDAR, HR Business Partner, Amazon

  2. APOORVA PRADHAN, Assistant Manager, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

  3. MEGHA GUPTA, HR Business Partner, Sapient Corporation Ltd

  4. RAVI BAJPAI, Practice Lead Talent Acquisition, Infosys

  5. SALIL RAHEJA, Deputy General Manager, Essar Steel India Ltd

  6. SHAVETA ARYA, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd.

  7. SHREYAS HARIDAS, HR Business Partner, Star India Pvt Ltd. 

  8. SIDDHARTH BHASIN, HRBP, G&A Business, APAC Region, Google

  9. SOUMYA MALKANI, Deputy Manager – Organisation Development, Tata AIG General Insurance Company

  10. ADITYA ADYAR, Chief People Officer, Faasos

  11. NIYATI GOEL, Regional Rewards, AMEA (Asia Middle East & Africa), Mondelez International 

  12. APEKSHA JAIN, Senior HR Business Partner, PepsiCo


  14. SNIGDHA SINGH CHAUDHURI, Sr. Manager, HRBP for Sales team, Cipla
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Topics: Leadership, #AreyouintheList?

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