Article: Are You In The List 2016 winner: Rajeshwari Ramachandran


Are You In The List 2016 winner: Rajeshwari Ramachandran

Rajeshwari Ramachandran is an HCM Specialist who is also a canine behaviourist.
Are You In The List 2016 winner: Rajeshwari Ramachandran

Rajeshwari is an MA in Personnel Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and she is a canine behaviourist and the founder of the Human Dog Interaction Project. Her extraordinary projects include integrating dogs into the solutions for various talent management processes like employee wellness, experiential learning, CSR activities and fun at work. She describes HR as a function in constant transition. She has worked with Wipro Technologies as HRBP, L&D Specialist and OE Specialist.

Rajeshwari Ramachandran, HCM Consultant, Solopreneur

One thing you will -

Start in HR: Design thinking in HR 
Continue in HR: Leveraging technology
Stop in HR:  Inward-looking measures of success of the function

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

I bring deep client orientation and empathy into my work. I have consciously worked towards making my clients successful and that has inspired their confidence in HR’s ability to solve real organizational issues

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

Any organization that is not built for scale or sustainability is flawed. These are organizations which are not in touch with their customers, are not open to experimentation, their actions are rooted in the here-and-now than forward-looking, and most importantly these are organizations that don’t play a role in making a difference to the larger community.  

As an HR leader, I attempt to help organizations recognize these limitations, and support them in building a scalable and sustainable organization.

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

As a committed HR professional, I take deep interest in related subject areas, and synthesize ideas from different fields while solving HR problems. I am optimistic and always take solution centred approach to any issue. I use empathy and human centred approach to solving organizational problems.

In 5 years, you see yourself as: 

I want to see myself as a champion of a culture of “compassion” in organizations. I see myself continue to learn from younger and brighter people. And most importantly, contributing to social causes in an impactful way.

Your Are You In The List Journey:

The journey has been rewarding in multiple ways: It has given me an opportunity to reflect; Success at each stage has given me the confidence that I am on the right path towards becoming a relevant and impactful HR leader; and a great way to test my patience and “stay the course”.


  • As an emerging HR leader, what keeps you up at night: Am I helping people cope with change, am I helping people fulfil their potential, am in encouraging a culture of compassion in the organization.

  • Describe today’s HR in one line: a function in constant transition.

  • Who is your inspiration to be an HR professional: I have been fortunate to have more than one role model.

  • Qualities which differentiate you from other participants: I can’t say what differentiates me, but I definitely can say what is similar – a deep commitment to the profession and persistence to pursue my passion

  • A stranger’s first impression of yours would be: full of life.

  • Who or What are your biggest strengths: My biggest strengths are my husband, my dogs and mentors I have had during my journey. 

  • One weakness you can do without: I could do better at time management!

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

  • Your Favourite book: Creative Confidence

  • Your Hobby: Canine behaviourist 

  • One word that describes an HR professional:”Evangelist”.

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. ABHISHEK BUDHRAJA, Associate Director, HR (Talent Management, OD & OE) at Snapdeal

  2. ANKITA PODDAR, HR Business Partner, Amazon

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

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

  5. RAVI BAJPAI, Practice Lead Talent Acquisition, Infosys

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

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

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

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

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

  11. ADITYA ADYAR, Chief People Officer, Faasos

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

  13. APEKSHA JAIN, Senior HR Business Partner, PepsiCo

  14. SNIGDHA SINGH CHAUDHURI, Sr. Manager, HRBP for Sales team, Cipla
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