By | Anand Bhaskar
As a part of my volunteering work, I lead an initiative called Confluence in National HRD Bangalore Chapter. This gives me an opportunity to give back to the HR fraternity, after more than 2.5 decades in this profession.
The goal of NHRD Confluence is to connect Industry, Academia and Students. The value proposition of this initiative is pretty obvious for each stakeholder, for the Student it is about getting to interact with Industry leaders while at college, learn from them and improve chances of a good job. For the Academia it is an opportunity to contextualize their curriculum to Industry needs, build faculty capability and improve placement opportunities of their students. And for the Industry, it is an opportunity to influence quality of education, groom students, and evaluate the colleges on different parameters, thereby improve quality of talent hired.
This initiative has been interesting in many ways for me. As I participate, observe and reflect on multiple conversations that ensue between different stakeholders in multiple forums, one thing intrigues me the most – India has abundant supply of talent, Industry has a huge demand for talent, yet there is unemployment. Sounds so counter intuitive, isn’t it?
A professional, an entrepreneur, a humanist & thought leader with 25+ years of Industry experience across varied sectors – Petroleum, FMCG, Financial Services, IT Product and Digital & IT Services. Worked with well respected companies such as BPCL, Unilever, GE, Microsoft & Sapient.Specialties: Executive Coaching, Management & HR Consulting in the area of business & HR strategy, Org design & change, Talent Management and Leadership coaching & development. Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from International Coaching Federation (ICF), USA.
He is currently the Founder & Head of Planet Ganges, a Global Learning & Collaboration Eco-System leveraging “digital” to bring global learners, learning providers, corporates & universities on one platform to collaborate & enable boundary-less learning opportunities for every human on the planet.