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Pushkaraj Wagh
ABOUT ME
Bio

Objective

Help people and organizations to amplify the inner core within them.

Summary of experience

?     15 Years of corporate decision making and managerial level experience in Indian/ international organizations in the areas of HR Management, Learning and Development, defining competency frameworks, succession planning, aligning local processes to global frameworks, HR consulting for organizations in varied industry segments for process and productivity improvements.

?     Lead teams in identifying, defining, developing solutions and documenting of complex OB situations at various organizations including leadership, team, diversity, performance management, process improvement and providing coaching to individuals in leadership positions.

?     Conceptualized, designed, deployed and refined key projects in building effective learning solutions, designing learning solutions for application at workplace, organizational values alignment for individuals and productivity improvement initiatives.

OD Projects undertaken in organizations

1.       Transitioning from Kirkpatrick model to 6 Disciplines model

As a convener, my responsibilities included building a case for a new inclusive model that would align with the evolving context of the organization, the business need and provide with realistic understanding of skill building in the organization, thereby eliminating computing complexities. My role included leading and guiding the project team apart from being a key member for implementation. I achieved a smooth transition to the new model.

2.       Learning Embedding & Amplification Process {LEAP} 

A Leadership Development Program, it included understanding the organization’s case for building leadership pipeline, understanding current and future competencies required, gap analysis in competencies, designing interventions for participants, aiding learning application and building review mechanisms for effectiveness. The group size of the participants was 36. I have managed this intervention from concept to review of learning effectiveness.

3.       Change Management Interventions

I partnered with different teams to understand skill-will issues. I designed multiple interventions for many businesses. Projects managed include DRiFT (Doing it Right First Time - a project aimed at reducing excesses), Project S (drawing synergies between Manufacturing and Support Teams), Project BEST (Building Effective Sales Team - a large and long-term intervention  that included over 400 sales engineers and spread across the country), iRelate (intervention aimed at cascading organizational values among people)

4.       Capacity Building through HR Consulting

While employed with KPMG in the Middle East, I partnered with eminent national and public sector organizations including Oman Air (national carrier of Sultanate of Oman), Mazoon Electricity Company (National Electricity Company), PDO (Petroleum Development of Oman), PASI (apex body managing Social Security Fund in Oman) and leading banks in the region including Bank Muscat, Bank Dhofar, National Bank of Oman, HSBC Oman on projects like Competency Mapping, Process Mapping, Compensation Survey, Organograms, Job Descriptions, HR Process Audit and Key Position Hiring.

History & Assignments

Title: Head Learning & Organization Development

Organization: Quick Heal Technologies Limited

From Jan 2017 until Present

 

As the Head of L&OD, expected to pick up projects in change management and talent development areas. Provide strategic direction to the learning agenda and improve learning application on the ground.

 

Title: Head Learning & Development SEG Division

Organization: Forbes Marshall Private Limited

From Dec 2010 until Jan 2017

 

Contribution: Initiated change initiatives w.r.t. learning design and learning instruction. I have conducted research on sustaining learning through application. Additionally, I have designed a model on Learning Embedding & Amplification Process {LEAP} for the Leadership Development Program with the objective of learning sustenance and amplification.

 

Achievement: Creative application of knowledge to bring about change in the learning space.

Learning: Understanding learning process & influences of external factors on individuals’ learning canvass.

 

Title: Assistant Vice President – Human Resources

Organization: Swiss Re Insurance Company Private Limited, Mumbai

From December 2007 till September 2009

 

Contribution: Made contributions towards alignment of the new unit with the broader system in Indian context. Hands on exposure to implementing global policies in local context. However, since the new business turned unviable post 2008 meltdown, the focus shifted towards winding up. Helped talent re-deployment/ out placement and provided context to decision makers to deploy right sizing benefits.

 

Achievement: Deployed global policies aligning to Indian context.

Learning: How individuals accept change when given a choice and when imposed.

 

Title: HR Consultant, Risk Advisory Services

Organization: KPMG, Muscat – Sultanate of Oman

From February 2006 till November 2007

 

Contribution: Worked on varied assignments including organograms,  job descriptions, engagement surveys, performance management systems, induction processes, training processes and

Competency mapping.

Achievement: Introduced new concepts and created solutions for clients in diverse industries.

Learning: People/ systemic challenges in different organizations from varied industries.

 

Title: Manager Human Resources

Organization: Kotak Mahindra Prime Limited

From January 2005 till January 2006

Contribution: Initiated the Reach-Out Program which created the platform for people who were geographically spread to connect with central office.

Achievement: Successful roll out of the Reach-Out Program

Learning: Organization culture and its impact on people.

 

Title: Assistant Manager – Human Resources

Organization: IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company Ltd

From April 2002 till December 2004

Contributions: Focus on areas of training, performance management, process implementation and culture initiatives

Achievement: Promoted to the role of Head HR of the subsidiary company

Learning: Different individuals learning differently.

 

Recognition

Recipient of the GE Asia Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Scholarship in 1996. STAR rewards winners with a stipend of US$ 1500. Of the ten recipients awarded the STAR scholarship from 10,000+ applicants, I was one among three Indians.

Education

Institution: Department of Management Sciences, University of Pune

Location: Pune, India

Major: Human Resources (Personnel Management & Industrial Relations)

Dissertation: Skills Inventory for Tata Toyo Radiator Ltd, Pune


Completed: 2001

Degree: MBA

GPA: 2.72/4.0


               


 

Institution: Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, University of Pune


Location: Pune, India

Major: Costing & Accounting

Completed: 1999

Degree: B.Com

GPA: 2.84/4.0   


 

Training and Certification (in Organizational Behavior Areas)

Certification

Institution

Year & Validity

#

Certified on Hogan Assessment Tool

Hogan Assessments Inc, USA

2014, Lifetime

1

Certified on FIRO-B Psychometric Tool

Consulting Psychologists Press, USA

2014, Lifetime

2

Understanding Appreciative Inquiry Model

ODPRAXIS, India certified by Case Western Reserve University, USA

2013, Lifetime

3

Certified in Designing and Implementing Assessment & Development Centers

TV Rao Learning Systems, India

2012, Lifetime

4

Certified Organization Development Consultant

OD Institute, FL, USA

2010, Lifetime

5

Certified Level A Competence Testing for Psychometric Tools

British Psychology Society, UK

2007, Lifetime

6

Publications

Articles for In-house magazine “Topics” (a quarterly publication circulated among 1,500 employees across 26 locations within India and 14 global locations) include:

1.       Leadership Development Program

2.       Building Effective Sales Teams (BEST)

3.       Learning @ FM