Our journey so far


People Matters Are You In The List 2023


Conceptualized 12 years ago, People Matters Are You In The List has become the beacon to identify a handful of talent powerhouses who are bold, courageous, resilient and future-forward.

In 2023 and beyond, HR leaders step into a volatile business environment, where they need to act decisively and courageously so that their organizations can benefit from operating in a future-fit model of business and work.

So we bring back People Matters Are You In The List to recognize the emerging HR leaders who are mastering the art of the possible and designing and leading solutions for the ongoing unconventional times.

For leaders who think they are the answer to this quest of a future leader who can courageously lead the change People Matters Are You In The List 2023 is the right stage. Are you the future-forward HR leader we are looking for?


What Makes It So Compelling?

What makes People Matters Are You In The List 2023 stand out is the 6-stage rigorous process that separates the wheat from the chaff. Starting from the online application to assessments to interviews, candidates are assessed on key skills and competencies that will help them flourish in their career.

Over the years, we have strengthened the process of identifying high potential talent in Human Resources in India. Many HR professionals who have been part of the list have now made their way to the top rung of management as HR Heads or Function Heads.


Why Should You Participate?

  • Get an opportunity to showcase your exemplary work and join the most celebrated and respected list of emerging HR leaders.
  • Get a chance to interact with CXOs and get guidance from CHROs through group coaching sessions.
  • Test your skills and functional knowledge to assess if are you ready to take your career to the next level.

People Matters Are You In The List 2023 endeavours to identify and recognize the next generation of leaders who are already making a mark with their great work. Are you one of them? We are here to hear your story.


Eligibility criteria

Here are four criteria that you should fulfill before applying to the awards:

Age group of 26-35

A minimum experience of 3 years in HR

Should be working in HR role while applying

Should not be a past applicant for more than 3 years


Past winners are not allowed to reapply for Are You in the List 2022? Awards. **

Application process

Stage 1
Stage 1

1A (Online Application)
6th Mar - 26th Apr
Candidates register online by submitting their details and by following the online application process.

1B (Application Form)
6th Mar - 30th Apr
Applicants would be taking the Online Application Test

Result announcement: 5th May
Stage 2
Stage 1

Personality, Cognitive, Functional Assessments
8th May – 15th May
Personality, cognitive ability and functional tests will follow for the eligible applicants which is a tool for online assessment of one’s cognitive ability and basic HR knowledge, as it relates to success on the job. The qualified candidates will proceed to stage 3 of the Awards process.

Result announcement: 17th May
Stage 3
Stage 3

Case-Based SJQ’s
18th May – 29th May
Situational Judgement Tests to measure behaviour and attitudes to work-related scenarios.

Video Interviews
18th May – 29th May
The shortlisted candidates will be required to record their video, answering pre-determined questions on the video platform to assess whether the applicants display the required competencies for which the automated interviewing process is used.

Result announcement: 9th Jun
Stage 4
Stage 3

CHRO Coaching

14th Jun – 30th Jun
A group of leading CHROs, as coaches, will guide and mentor the finalists to prepare them for the final face-off with the jury and share with them what it takes to become a people and business leader.

A 10-15 day long process with one 2-hour group coaching session. Each CHRO Coach will guide and mentor a group of 8-10 finalists.

Stage 5
Stage 4

CEO Jury Evaluation
05th July – 14th July
Virtual face-off with the panel: This stage will see a virtual meeting of the Jury with the finalists which will lead to identifying the Emerging Future HR Leaders.

Result announcement: 19th July
Stage 5
Stage 8

Awards & Recognition
03rd Aug
The selected Top Emerging Future HR Leaders will be recognized in a formal event in the presence of HR veterans of the country at People Matters TechHR 2023 Conference at Leela Ambience, Gurugram.

Result announcement: 03rd Aug

People Matters Are You In The List Jury 2023


Here is the eminent jury comprising of leading CXOs of progressive businesses who will help us identify the Emerging Future HR Leaders:


  • Satish Pai +

    Satish Pai

    MD,Hindalco Industries

  • Sukhleen Aneja +

    Sukhleen Aneja

    CEO,The Good Brands Co, The Good Glamm Group

  • Ashok Ramachandran +

    Ashok Ramachandran

    CEO & President,Schindler India

  • Samir MC +

    Samir MC

    MD,Fortune Hotels

  • Shivam Puri +

    Shivam Puri

    CEO,Cipla Health

  • Amanpreet Singh Bajaj +

    Amanpreet Singh Bajaj

    General Manager - India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan,Airbnb

People Matters Are You In The List Coaches 2023


In 2023, we also have with us a group of leading CHROs who as coaches will guide and mentor the finalists to prepare them for the final face-off with jury and share with them what does it take to become a people and business leader:


  • Dilip Pattanayak +

    Dilip Pattanayak

    President & CHRO Steel & Corporate,JSW

  • Ritesh Rana +

    Ritesh Rana

    Head HR,Britannia Industries

  • Pavitra Singh +

    Pavitra Singh


  • Anurag Patnaik +

    Anurag Patnaik

    Head HR,Nestlé

  • Saurabh Govil +

    Saurabh Govil

    President and CHRO,Wipro

  • Vibhash Naik +

    Vibhash Naik

    CHRO,HDFC Life

  • DN Prasad +

    DN Prasad

    Senior Director; Strategy, People and Organization,GovTech Singapore

  • Amitabh Hajela +

    Amitabh Hajela

    CHRO,GMR Group

  • Sukhjit Singh Pasricha +

    Sukhjit Singh Pasricha

    Group CHRO,IndiGo

  • Harshvendra Soin +

    Harshvendra Soin

    Global CPO & Head- Marketing,Tech Mahindra

Partners 2023


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Are you in the list winners 2022


  • Aastha Jain +

    Aastha Jain

    Senior HRBP, Hindustan Unilever Limited

  • Manish Shukla +

    Manish Shukla

    Manager HR, ITC

  • Monisha  Katyal +

    Monisha Katyal

    Business HR Partner, Intel Technology Pvt Ltd

  • Sneha Mohanty +

    Sneha Mohanty

    HR Lead, Maersk Tankers India, Maersk Tankers




For Awards Enquiries,

Aditi Agnihotri

For Partnership Opportunities,

Nikhil Bhardwaj
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