Allying to last year, Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, Nasik successfully conducted
the HR Summit 2016 at J.W. Marriott, Mumbai, Sahar. HR Summit is an annual conclave of
SIOM; Nasik and has been a great success since the last few years. This summit is conducted to
empower operations excellence in the field of Human Resources. It serves as a unique confluence
of HR and Operations Management. The summit has featured several eminent personalities from
the corporate world and also has witnessed interesting discussions from the industry stalwarts on
The theme for this year’s summit was “HR Agility - The Game Changer in Dynamic
Marketplace”. The event was initiated by the honorable Director of SIOM, Dr. Vandana
Sonawney by sharing a few words with the delegates and the students emphasizing the
significance of agility in the business world today. After the Director’s address the session begun
with a series of keynote speeches and panel discussions.
The first keynote speaker for the day was Mr.Paritosh Anand Group Head and VP - Analytics and
Strategic Initiatives, Reliance Industries Limited. He brilliantly put into words the course to build
an agile HR function. He conveyed the importance of disruptive innovations and the prime HR
principles which act as the drivers to HR agility in the up-coming future. The second keynote
speech was delivered by Ms. Aparna Sharma, Independent Director - TS Alloys, Ltd. Through
her exalting speech she laid out the value of demonstrating agility at all stages and how agility
which is still at the concept stage can be made realistic using the VUCA - volatility, uncertainty,
complexity and ambiguity. She brought out that how 'Survival of the Fittest' is now 'Survival of
the Agile'. Ms. Sharma is also the proud author of the book Reality Bytes - Role of HR in Today's
World which was launched at the event.
The two keynote speeches were followed by an intriguing panel discussion by, Mr. Arokia
Sagayraj, VP – HR Renault Nissan, Mr.Barttanu Das, Senior VP and Head, HR- Blue Dart, Mr.
Abhay Kapoor, Senior HR Leader, Amazon India, Mr.Sutanu Chowdhary, SVP-HR, Max
Hypermarket India Private Limited. The topic of the discussion was ‘Transforming Organisational
Structure: The only response to HR Agility?’. The discussion was impertinently moderator by Mr.
Deepak Yadav, Founder & Chief Busines Officer at CEO Lounge.
Mr. Joydeep Roy, Senior Director, HR – PricewaterhouseCoopers India, was the next keynote for
the summit. He took up the topic as ‘HR Agility: To drive competitive edge’. He discussed how
HR agility will help in making the business more predictable. Further how to see the human
resources as a process and to focus more on individual performance rather than the relative
performances and the effect of real time feedbacks.
The Chief Guest for the summit Mr. Shekhar Tiwari, Managing Director – Mumbai & Colombo
Operations, Accenture exhilarated the audience with his address. He brought out the need of clarity
of what we want today and the importance of focusing on the short term plans to stay update in the
business. Followed by this Mr. Sachin Bhiwapurkar, Senior VP – HR India, Schindler India,
Pvt.Ltd. articulated the role of HR in the supporting the business in today’s competitive world. He
sighted customer focus, innovation, fast & responsiveness and an entrepreneurial outlook as the
drivers of agility.
Post lunch session begun with a provoking panel discussion by a Director’s panel Mr. MVN Rao
Group Head, Human Resources - L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Limited, Mr. Harjeet Khanduja
Vice President, Human Resources -Reliance Jio, Dr. S V Sharma Group Director, Program
Planning and Evaluation Group, ISRO moderated by Mr. Deepak Yadav. The topic impertinently
discussed was ‘Make in India - A challenge for HR? The panel discussion was followed by a
keynote address by Mr. Aniruddha Khekale, Group Director – HR, Emerson Group. He conveyed
the significance of focus, communication, engaging HR roles and reorganization in the today’s
The third panel discussion of the day was on the topic 'Leader's Role in responding to change with
agility' by Ms. Reetu Rina, Global OD Practice Lead at Amdocs India, Mr Pavan Ramachand,
Global Recruitment Manager, Rio Tinto, Mr Santosh Chalke, Sr.VP, Jet Airways, Mr Jitender
Panitiar, Head HR, HealthKart.
Thus HR Summit 2016, marked an enthralling array of discussions rounding off to profound
lineage of the various realms of HR agility.