Personal Biography

Ms. Annapurna A, HR Thought Leader. She possesses more than 25 years of rich experience in HR Operations, Change Management, Leadership, Learning and Development and Organization Development. She is an effective communicator, keen planner, vivid learner, ardent debater, strategist & implementer with demonstrated abilities and interpersonal skills in devising various HR activities for accelerating business growth in organizations. She served at multi-dimensional organizational like Aeronautical, Infrastructure, Software, Sales and Services. Her corporate exposure commences with ELGI, Coimbatore followed by HAL, Raman Boards, Manhattan Associates, Essilor India, ETOE Rail Pvt. Ltd etc. as Country Human Resources Head, OD Strategic consultant. Prior to starting up her own venture Emotionalytics and Co. she held the position of CHRO /Director – Human Resources, Inspirage India. She is now the Head HR & Admn. , Fime India Private Limited.

She has done her bachelor’s in science with honours in botany and master’s in industrial relations and personnel management from Berhampur University, Odisha. Her verve towards learning has made her to do yet another master’s in psychology from Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu along with diplomas in training & development, counseling and competency mapping respectively from reputed national and international professional bodies.

Her keen interest in understanding human behavior has led her to gain behavior management certifications. She has attained certifications in Counselling, Behavior Event Interview, Assessment and Development Centre, Psychological tests etc. She practices competency assessments through frameworks and assessment centers. She is also an Emotional Intelligence Practioner and has delivered emotional awareness programs, workshops to 10,000 personnel across participants of the world in 2020. One of the missions which is closely driving is to create Emotional Literacy in the country.

Organizational development change management and Leadership development are key areas of success factors as heading the human resource function. Besides, her astounding corporate stint she has been active in academia through frequent guest lecture sessions on management and HR practices at various B schools /colleges and presentations at numerous conferences and seminars. Annapurna is a certified Director by Institute of Directors (IOD) and a certified Design Thinking Practioner.

She is a recipient of many recognitions to mention a few, she has received the Woman Super Achiever Award in 2009 followed by Women Leadership Awards at World HRD Congress 2014, Outstanding Woman Workforce Award from National Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development (NFED) 2016. Leading CHRO award at IIG conference, Mumbai 2015. Women HR Leader 2016 in Indian Women Convention, New Delhi. Leading Women in Learning and Development conferred by ISTD in Southern Regional Conference 2017, South Asia Most Talented HR leader during World HRD congress 2017, Outstanding Woman Professional Award 2018, NFED, 100 Top HR Tech Minds in World HRD Congress 2018. HR Excellence Award in 7th Higher Education and HR Summit held on April 2018 by eLets, Woman of Substance from Mother Teresa University 2019, Rising Catalyst of the year 2019, Thought leader of the year 2019 from WEFT, Woman Entrepreneur of the year in HER RISING by Jobs for her 2020. Sanjivini Seed of Knowledge November 2020, Distinguished Woman Entrepreneur Award 2021 from NFED.

She renders social service as volunteer and fund raiser to Baale Maane where in girl child and women empowerment is the focus. She is presently the Chairperson for Women Economic Empowerment forum of ASSOCHAM Karnataka. Ex. National Chairperson of CIMSME (Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Head of Women Economic Empowerment Council, Vision Karnataka.

In the constant efforts for supporting girl and women two projects which she has taken up in 2020 and 2021 are Restoration of 2000 women rural entrepreneurs of Bangalore Rural post covid – UNDP project as Chief Mentor. Gender sensitization for adolescent students of Rural govt high schools of Bangalore including parents, teaching and non-teaching staff and community members covering 2400 plus.

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