About Us

The year 2021 has been the inception year of the India Diversity Forum, and has been a year of learning, ideation and growing. From a thought to a forum of 200+ members, IDF along with its members, is united in its dedication to transforming India Inc. into a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. DE&I is now a boardroom agenda in corporate India and therefore, there has been a significant shift in the way organisations perceive DE&I. Statistics show that India Inc. is dedicating more time and resources into this noble cause. Workforces are being actively sensitised through numerous initiatives on the various spectrums of diversity. With increased awareness, India Inc.’s vision of becoming a DE&I centric employer gets closer with passing time. The destination is in plain sight, the journey has begun. Much ground still remains to be covered though.

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April 7, 2021 @ 09:30 AM - 17:30 PM

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Current Trends

India Inc. gets serious about DE&I

Building a strong DE&I foundation requires leaders to focus on building trust and creating a culture where everyone feels free to express themselves. Employees feel psychologically secure in expressing themselves and feel valued when their ideas and contributions are heard and implemented.

Covid19 fuels increased DE&I initiatives

The Covid 19 pandemic has been a catalyst for enhancing and accelerating the diversity and inclusion initiatives of companies, showed a survey by Intel. Nearly 81 per cent of the business leaders surveyed in India said that the workplace disruptions caused by the pandemic have had a positive impact on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives in their organisations.

Enabling diverse gender identity and gender expression

Raises issues on access to gender-neutral restrooms, adopting employee health benefits for transitioning individuals, and creating awareness around using inclusive language for gender non-binary and transgender employees. It’s a different mindset and we must be sensitive to it.

BIG Data to the rescue!

Gaining actionable insights from analytics and metrics is a given in the digital age. Diversity, inclusion and equity, as any business imperative, requires a structured approach and periodical monitoring and refinement. Analytics help reveal the underlying details and trends that otherwise may not be detected. A dashboard that brings together analytics can help managers visualize and forecast diversity trends, highlighting critical diversity metrics and the impact of leadership programs. Companies can create diversity scorecards to benchmark internal trends against external metrics such as industry, location or other parameters. Pushing diversity data out to managers’ desktops, and providing data relevant to their daily activities at the point of decision through embedded analytics provides transparency and supports actionable insights down the management line.

Technology advancing India Inc.’s DE&I efforts

Organisations across sectors are increasingly turning to technology to address their DE&I challenges. Technology solutions such as AL & MI can address DE&I issues. AI-based software platforms that are both data-driven and taught to ignore traditional prejudices rely on algorithms that prevent historical patterns of underrepresentation. Such platforms will become the way of the future as they can support a full range of talent processes, including whom to hire and how to manage them, develop them and reward them.

Increased transparency in goals

It is amply clear that more diversity in a company does not necessarily equal more equity and inclusion. While efforts at diversity may increase, the same is not always the case for efforts at inclusivity. A growing diversity and inclusion trend in 2022 will be for companies to set transparent targets, goals, and D&I initiatives. Doing so will increase the accountability of people in leadership positions, encourage honest conversations between employees and their bosses, and inspire them to share ideas and solutions.

Who Should Attend

  • CEOs
  • Chief Diversity Officers
  • CHROs
  • D&I Experts
  • Presidents/Sr. VPs/ VPs/AVPs –Diversity/Culture
  • Directors/Heads –Diversity/Culture
  • D&I Leads
  • D&I Practitioners

Why Attend?

Exclusive & Dedicated

ONLY body in India focused on promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in India. Inc.

In-Person Interaction

India Diversity Forum’s first On-Ground event – attracting senior leaders and the most noted DE&I practitioners of corporate India.

Learn & Network

The Covid pandemic accelerated the digital age. Engagements too were conducted online, but nothing can substitute a face-to-face conversation. The quality of ideas exchanged is higher and the rapports built-in person last longer than those built online.


Change is the only constant in today’s connected world. Today’s breakthrough idea becomes obsolete in a matter of months – as humans evolve, perceptions evolve, motivations evolve, and societies evolve. Keeping abreast can be daunting but you can get updated with what’s changing and influencing the DE&I movement in the country at the 2nd edition of the India Diversity Conclave.

Latest Solutions

Be aware of the latest solutions available in the market. Meet and interact with a host of pre-vetted solution providers bringing the most advanced solutions to your unique DE&I challenges. Explore how they can add value to your DE&I journey.


  • 09:00 - 10:00
  • 10:00 - 10:05
    Opening Remarks of India Diversity Conclave
  • 10:05 - 10:10
    Welcome Address by Rishi Kapoor, Head - Management Committee, India Diversity Forum
  • 10:10 - 10:30
    Opening Keynote: It begins with Trust!
    Satish Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, Firmenich India
  • 10:30 - 11:30
    Inaugural Panel Discussion: Making Differences Matter: Going beyond numbers and making diversity count
    • Sanjeev Rao, CEO, Being Human
    • Krishna Raghavan, Chief People Officer, Flipkart
    • Chandra Bhattacharjee, Chief Human Resource Officer, Grasim
    • Krity Sharma, Chief People Officer, Mahindra Life Spaces
    • Ajanta Chatterjee, Group Head Learning & Development, Talent Management, D&I, JSW
    • Moderator: Ankit Bansal, Founder & CEO, Sapphire Human Solutions & Advisory Board Member, India Diversity Forum
  • 11:30 - 11:40
    Networking Tea & Coffee Break
  • 11:40 - 12:40
    Panel Discussion 2:Creating your D&I Dashboard – Tracking and Measuring your D&I Quotient
    • Sandeep Das, Senior Director, Head Learning & Development/Diversity & Inclusion, JLL India
    • Shreyasi Singh, Founder & CEO, Harappa
    • Sunita Kohli, Sr. VP- HR ( India ,Srilanka, Bangladesh), Suez India
    • Richa Singh, AVP – HR D&I & Corporate Social Responsibility, Max Life Insurance
    • Sunaina Vij,Founder &Lead Consultant, The Bridge
    • Moderator: Maninder Kapoor Puri, Global Chief Human Resource Officer and Diversity Officer, Mastek Group
  • 12:40 - 01:10
    Trilogue: Racism and Discrimination at the Indian workplace: A look at Future Trend
    • Mamata Banerjee,Cross Functional D&I Chair, Novartis Healthcare
    • Anjali Chatterjee, Chief Human Resource Officer, AirAsia India
    • Chandra Balani, Head – Global Enterprise, India, AWS (Amazon Internet Services)
    • Moderator: Dhananjay Naithani, Associate Partner, Sapphire Human Solutions
  • 01:10 - 2:00
    Networking Lunch
  • 02:00 - 02:15
    Corporate Presentation: LXME
    • Priti Rathi Gupta, Founder, LXME & Promoter, Anand Rathi Group
  • 02:15 - 03:15
    D&I Best Practice Presentation by top 3 IDF Members and Book Launch
    • Rochelle Aranha, Team Leader, Human Resources, Boston Consulting Group
    • Subhashree Pradeep, Head – Diversity, Equity &Inclusion, India, Sodexo India
    • Anindita Dey, Segment Lead - *LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Tata Consultancy Services
    • Launch of D&I Best Practices Handbook followed by Felicitation
  • 03:15 - 03:30
    Spotlight Session : Inspiring Stories - Diverse India, Inclusive India with Divyanshu Ganatra, Founder & Director, Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation
  • 03:30 - 03:40
    Networking Tea & Coffee Break
  • 3:40 - 3:55
    Women in Operations
    • Abhijeet Jadhav, Leader , Talent Management, Owens Corning
    • Shilpika Jain, HR Manager, Taloja, Owens Corning
  • 3:55-4:55
    Panel Discussion 4: Equity and Equality – Distinguishing their Differences and Acknowledging their Importance
    • Ekta Singh, Global CHRO, AGS Health
    • Seema Trikannad, EVP & Chief of Human Resource & Management Services, SBI Life Insurance
    • Reetu Raina, Chief Human Resource Officer, Quick Heal
    • Harish Iyer, Head DE&I, Axis Bank
    • Dinesh Menon, Founder Office- People & Strategy, Onsurity Technologies
    • Akshay Tyagi, Manager - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group
    • Moderator Shikha Gupta, Director HR -Business Partner & D&I, Schneider Electric
  • 4:55 - 5:10
    Spotlight Session : Inspiring Stories - Diverse India, Inclusive India with Anubhuti Banerjee, Analytics & insights division, Tata Steel
  • 5:10
    Vote of Thanks and Closing of event

About India Diversity Forum

India Diversity Forum is an independent industry body (a Section 8 company) formed to create awareness about diversity and inclusion in the Indian workplace on one platform. It will also bring single-minded focus to the discussion around diversity and inclusion in India at a company, government and national level.

India Diversity Forum aims to increase employee engagement and confidence, help reduce conflict at workplaces and make the workplaces more humane and happy places.

Our Advisory Board

Anisha Motwani

Eminent Independent Director, (on Boards of Abbott, Welspun India, L&T Investment)

Ankit Bansal

Serial Entrepreneur and Founder & CEO, Sapphire Human Solutions

Harshbeena Zaveri

Managing Director and Vice Chairperson ,NRB Bearings Limited

Gautam Chainani

President HR - Strategic Initiatives & Workforce Automation, JSW

Dr. Ritu Anand

Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Tata Consultancy Services

Sudha Ravi

Reputed Board personality, (on Boards of Goodyear, Alkem labs, SBM Bank)


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