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India's first initiative to identify Emerging Future HR leaders is back again!

After successfully sifting out the crème de la crème of young HR leaders for the last 6 years – People Matters initiative in association with DDI — “Are you in the list 2018” is back with yet another intense qualifying application process, with a series of assessments and a competitive race to find today's emerging leaders in HR. A platform for HR managers to showcase their potential and get recognized as the “Emerging Future HR Leaders”.

Applications are opening soon!

If you are a young HR leader or aspire to be one, and if the below criteria mirrors you – Be a part of the list!

  • Age group of 26- 35
  • Minimum work experience of 3 years
  • Working in HR role as on date

If you have it in you and want to better yourself, compete to be amongst the chosen “Emerging Future HR Leaders&rdqu” in India, come join the list!


  • Associating partners / sponsors employees, relatives, friends and family to declare if they are an acquaintance to any sponsor.
  • Deadlines decided will be at the sole discretion of the organizers, no extension will be provided for any circumstances / expectations, technical / non technical


Stage 1


1A (Online Application): Candidates register online by submitting their details and by following the online application process.

1B (Application Form): Applicants would be taking the Online Application test

4th Apr – 11th May Result announcement: 11th May
Stage 2


Cognitive Ability test: DDI’s Cognitive ability test will follow for eligible candidate which is a tool for online assessment of one’s cognitive ability as it relates to success on the job. The qualified candidates will proceed to stage 3 of the Awards process.

12th May – 21st May
Result announcement: 22nd May
Stage 3


Leadership Assessment (Manager Ready): The shortlisted candidates undergo DDI’s online Leadership Assessment. This is a tool to identify the candidate's readiness to take managerial roles. The top candidates from this assessment will further proceed to stage 4 of the Awards process.

21st May – 28th May
Result announcement: 7th June
Stage 4


4A (Video Interview): The shortlisted candidates will be required to record their video, answering pre-determined questions on video platform to assess whether the applicants display the required competencies for which the automated interviewing process is used.

7th June – 12th June


4B (Volunteering for a cause): The shortlisted candidates will have to volunteer for a cause of their personal choice via Goodera Employee Volunteering Platform. Candidates will have to submit an 800-1000 words write-up on their volunteering experience which will be considered by jury while evaluating the candidate.

11th June – 30th June
Stage 5


Business Case Study: In order to further assess skills required to be a successful HR Leader, DDI will evaluate selected individuals on their business acumen by conducting a mini-assessment using a business case study method. This stage may also include a personality inventory which measures attributes or tendencies that can either enhance or derail one’s leadership effectiveness.

29th June – 11th July
Result announcement: 13th July
Stage 6


Face off with the Panel: This stage will sight a one-on-one meeting of the Jury with the finalists which will lead to identifying the Emerging Future HR Leaders of 2018.

16th July – 18th July
Stage 6

Awards & Recognition

The selected Top Emerging Future HR Leaders will be recognized in a formal event in the presence of HR veterans of the country.

2nd August

Awards Night

The much-awaited Emerging HR Leaders List will be unveiled on 2nd August in a glittering award ceremony. The "Are you In The List 2018" process is reaching its closure and we are in the last leg of identifying the 7th batch of young HR leaders in India. This is an evening of celebration of the HR function.

This years process started in April and saw more than 2000 young HR leaders participating from across the country, undergoing 6 stages of assessment and interviews to make it to the final list of Emerging Leaders in the HR space.

The special evening of celebration will have the keynote address by Shane Watson Former Australian Cricket Captain.



  • Akanksha Purswani

    Akanksha Purswani

    Associate General Manager - HR, Schneider Electric India Pvt Ltd

  • Amit Sharma

    Amit Sharma

    Sr. Manager, Cipla

  • Anuvesh  Chandra

    Anuvesh Chandra

    DGM - HR, Hindalco Industries Ltd

  • Bibin Poovathany

    Bibin Poovathany

    Lead Employee HR Management Specialist, General Electric (GE)

  • Garima Konda

    Garima Konda

    Assistant Manager - HR, Larsen & Toubro

  • Kornica Ganguly

    Kornica Ganguly

    Associate Director, Cipla Ltd.

  • Mythili  Sarathy

    Mythili Sarathy

    Talent Management Head, Reliance Industries Limited

  • Priyanshi Awasthi

    Priyanshi Awasthi

    Talent Business Analyst, Deloitte US India

  • Reshmi Stephen

    Reshmi Stephen

    Manager - HR, QuEST Global

  • soumyadipta chakraborty

    soumyadipta chakraborty

    HRBP, Amazon

  • Sudipto Kar

    Sudipto Kar

    Senior Manager, Tata Sons

  • Surabhi Sheshadri

    Surabhi Sheshadri

    Head-L&OD and D&I, Boehringer Ingelheim India Pvt. Ltd.

  • Swati Singh

    Swati Singh

    Senior HR Manager, PepsiCo India



    Head - Strategy & Business Dev, Ex-HR Head Transformer Div, Raychem RPG



  • Suresh Narayanan

    Suresh Narayanan

    Nestle, India

  • Siraj	Chaudhry

    Siraj Chaudhry

    Cargill India

  • Gajendra Chandel

    Gajendra Chandel

    Tata Motors

  • Dr. Aquil Busrai

    Dr. Aquil Busrai

    Aquil Busrai Consulting

  • S. Varadarajan (Raja)

    S. Varadarajan (Raja)

    Senior HR Leader & Entrepreneur

  • Jacob Jacob

    Jacob Jacob

    Columbia Asia

  • Raj Raghavan

    Raj Raghavan


  • D N Prasad

    D N Prasad

    Leadership Coach & People/Culture Strategist

  • Prabhakar Lingareddy

    Prabhakar Lingareddy


  • Meenal Jadhav

    Meenal Jadhav

    Schneider Electric

  • Yuvaraj Srivastava

    Yuvaraj Srivastava


  • T K Srirang

    T K Srirang


  • Rajkamal Vempati

    Rajkamal Vempati

    Axis Bank

Speakers 2017


  • Pandit Dasa

    Pandit Dasa

    Mindful Leadership Expert

  • D N Prasad

    D N Prasad


  • Rachna Mukherjee

    Rachna Mukherjee

    Schneider Electric

  • Sanjay Dugar

    Sanjay Dugar

    C2C Organizational Development

  • Leena Sahijwani

    Leena Sahijwani

    Sun Pharma

  • Gavin Fenn-Smith

    Gavin Fenn-Smith

    The River Group

  • Kiran Brar

    Kiran Brar

    Philips Lighting

  • Sukhjit S Pasricha

    Sukhjit S Pasricha


  • Alessandro Giuliani

    Alessandro Giuliani

    MISB Bocconi

  • Pradnya Parasher

    Pradnya Parasher

    ThreeFish Consulting

  • Sashi Kumar

    Sashi Kumar

  • Diya Misra

    Diya Misra

    The River Group

  • Abhishek Humbad

    Abhishek Humbad


  • Muninder Anand

    Muninder Anand

    Center for Creative Leadership

  • Sunil Puri

    Sunil Puri

    Center for Creative Leadership



Development Dimensions International
Goodera: Employee Volunteering Partner
Jaipuria, Institute of Management




Awards Enquiry:

Naina Bedi

Sponsorship Enquiry:

Rubi Taj