India Schedule



8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 Opening Keynote Address
– John Frederick, Chief Administrative Officer, Skillsoft and SumTotal
9:45 – 10:45 The Role of Learning in Cultural Transformation
– Bidisha Banerjee, Group Vice President, Learning Culture and Employer Branding, Welspun Group
– Heather Savile Gupta, Group HR Director, MullenLowe Lintas Group
– Hemalakshmi Raju, Chief Learning Officer, Reliance Industries
– Potoula Chresomales, SVP Product Management, Skillsoft
Women in Action Panel hosted by Harlina Sodhi, Co-Founder, Believe In Yourself
10:45 – 11:30 A Learning Blueprint for the Digital Economy – The Cognizant Story
– Stefaan van Hooydonk, Chief Learning Officer, Cognizant
11:30 – 11:45 Networking Break
11:45 – 12:15 Talent Agility in an Emerging Workplace
– Morné Swart, Vice President Global Product Strategy, SumTotal
12:15 – 13:00 Transforming Learning – Stories from Practitioners
– Janardhan Santhanam, Head, Digital Talent Development at Tata Consultancy
– Jagjit Singh, Head of L&D, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
– Sujay Puthran, Head HR, Atos Syntel
Success Stories and Best Practices Panel hosted by Kamal Dutta, Managing Director – India, Skillsoft and SumTotal
13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch
Breakout Sessions
14:00 – 14:20 Percipio: What’s New and What’s Coming

– Potoula Chresomales, SVP Product Management, Skillsoft
14:00 – 14:30 Understanding the Employee Lifecycle – A Blueprint for Modern Talent Development
– Debasis Dutta, Vice President, Product Management, SumTotal
14:20 – 14:40 Continual Adaptability: Distributing the Future More Evenly
– Mike Hendrickson, VP, Technology & Developer Products, Skillsoft
14:30 – 15:15 Learning Drives Talent Development and Growth
– Krishnan Nilakantan, Global Head – Learning Technology and Platform, Cognizant
– Mahendra Kumar, DGM (T&D), BPCL
– Baldeo Pandey, GM – Global Learning System and Learning Design & Development – CQ, Sun Pharma
Panel Hosted by Morné Swart, Vice President Global Product Strategy, SumTotal
14:40 – 15:00 Driving, Not Diving: A No-code Approach to Getting Stuff Done With ML
– Janani Ravi, Co Founder, Loonycorn
15:00 – 15:45 Skillsoft Case Studies followed by Q&A
– JSW: Ajanta Chatterjee, Group Head OD & Talent
– RPG: Syed Azfar Hussain, Group Head Organization & Talent Development
– NIIT Tech: Deepa Mukherjee, Vice President HR, Head Learning, Performance & OD
15:15 – 15:45 SumTotal Case Studies followed by Q&A
– Tata Steel: Pankaj Kumar, Head Training TQM
– Hexaware: Senthil Nayagam K, Chief Learning Officer
15:45 – 16:00 Networking Break
16:00 – 16:45 Getting Saraswati (Learning) Culture to Collaborate with Lakshmi (Earning) Culture Keynote Address by Devdutt Pattanaik (Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist)
Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times, especially in areas of management, governance and leadership. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries before he focused on his passion full time. He is author of 41 books and over 1000 columns, with bestsellers such as My Gita, Jaya, Sita, Business Sutra and the 7 Secret Series. He was a speaker at TEDIndia 2009 and spoke on Myths that Mystify, East versus West. His TV shows include Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18 and Devlok on Epic TV. He also consults organizations on culture, diversity and leadership and consults various television channels and filmmakers on storytelling. Find out more about him at
16:45 – 17:15 2019 India Innovation Awards

  • Talent Development Champion of the Year: Skillsoft and SumTotal
  • Program of the Year: Skillsoft and SumTotal
  • Creating an Impact: Leadership Development, IT Skills and Development, Business Skills & Human Capital Management
  • Thinking Big: Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs): Skillsoft and SumTotal
  • Debut of the Year: Recognizing customers with outstanding innovation

17:15 – 17:30 Wrap Up
– Chad Gaydos, Chief Operating Officer, Skillsoft and SumTotal
17:30 – 19:00 Networking Cocktails

*This agenda is subject to change

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