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Are you in the List?

As we enter into 2020, the beginning of a new decade, a lot is expected to change. Business models will change, the way we work will change, and technological shifts will transform every facet of how we work. Organizations will have to equip themselves to deal with the rapid rate of change and all sorts of crisis. And one major factor which will determine who will come on top of all the shifts is leadership. More than ever now, organizations need leaders who can be agile, lead the change, and be the answer to everything related to People and Work.

People Matters Are you in the List 2020? Awards in association with DDI aims to identify these very emerging HR leaders who can become the answer to the challenges in the People and Work space. The Awards, which is in its ninth year of running, has been the beacon helping to identify young emerging HR leaders to build the future pipeline of HR leaders.

This year too, the awards will endeavor to identify a handful of such talent powerhouses who have it in them to successfully chart the course of future for their organizations amidst all the crises and disruptions that will ensue in the future.

  • Do you think you are one of those torchbearers who can go through the grind and emerge victorious as the leader of tomorrow?
  • Do you think you are the answer to this quest of a future leader who can lead the change in 2020 and beyond?


Who Can Apply?
  • You fall in the age group of 26-35, as on 7th August 2020
  • Have a minimum experience of 3 years in HR.
  • Working in HR role when applying
  • Should not have taken part in this initiative for more than 3 years.


Past winners are not allowed to reapply for Are You in the List 2020? Awards.

Application process

Stage 1
Stage 1

1A (Online Application)
30th March – 08th May
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

Result announcement: 11th May
Stage 2
Stage 1

Cognitive Ability test
11th May – 15th May
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.

Result announcement: 20th May
Stage 3
Stage 3

Leadership Potential Early Identifier (LPEI)
20th May – 25th May
The shortlisted candidates undergo DDI’s online Early Identifier tool. This is a tool to identify the candidate's potential to adapt a three-factor model: Achieve, Lead, and Grow. Each of these factors includes skills, personality traits, and motivational fit components that predict the growth and effectiveness of prospective leaders in different performance domains. The top candidates from this assessment will further proceed to stage 4 of the Awards process.

Result announcement: 1st June
Stage 4
Stage 3

Leadership Assessment (Manager Ready)
1st June – 7th June
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 5 of the Awards process.

Result announcement: 23rd June
Stage 4
Stage 4

5A Video Interview Round
26th June – 30th June
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.

Result announcement: 27th July
Stage 5B

5B Behavioural Learning Stage
29th June – 10th July
Organizations today need leaders who can effectively THINK, SOLVE, COMMUNICATE, COLLABORATE and LEAD better. Beyond their functions and industry, to become effective leaders, ambitious and growth-minded professionals need foundational Habits that drive high-performance. This stage will help the applicants to Enrol in 1 of these 5 Skills to become leaders of tomorrow.

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Stage 5
Stage 5

Business Case Study
27th July – 31st July
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.

Stage 6
Stage 6

Virtul Face off with the Panel
6th Aug – 7th Aug
This stage will sight a virtual meeting of the Jury with the finalists which will lead to identifying the Emerging Future HR Leaders of 2020.

Stage 8
Stage 8

Awards & Recognition
The selected Top Emerging Future HR Leaders will be recognized in a formal virtual event in the presence of HR veterans of the country on 28th August.

Awards Evening

When are the Awards taking place?

August 7, 2020

Where will they be taking place?

The Leela Ambience, Gurugram (How to get there)

Who all can be a part of the Award Ceremony?

All the People Matters TechHR Conference 2020 registered delegates, Awards Finalist, Our Esteemed Jury Members and Partners, Invited VIP’s can be part of the Ceremony. If you wish to attend the Ceremony, (HR Practitioners only) please send an email to and we will share the Registration Details & process with you.

*please note that the consultants are not allowed to register for the Award Ceremony.

Are you in the list Jury 2020


Jury for this initiative is invited on the basis of their experience, business acumen and expertise. They are independent and receive no personal or financial benefit from their participation. People Matters work to make sure that we have only the most qualified people selecting our Winners at each stage of the competition. You can learn more about them by clicking on their photo.


  • Rohit Kapoor +

    Rohit Kapoor

    CEO - India & South Asia, OYO ,

  • Kamal Bali +

    Kamal Bali

    President and MD, Volvo Group India ,

  • Venkataraman S. V. +

    Venkataraman S. V.

    Managing Director, ANZ ,

  • Dr. Santrupt Misra +

    Dr. Santrupt Misra

    CEO, Birla Carbon; Director, Chemicals; and Director, Group HR for Aditya Birla Group ,

  • Tapan Singhel +

    Tapan Singhel

    MD & CEO, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance ,

  • Ester Martinez +

    Ester Martinez

    CEO & Editor-in-Chief, People Matters ,

Partners 2020



DDI is a global leadership consulting firm that helps organizations hire, promote and develop exceptional leaders. From first-time managers to C-suite executives, DDI is by leaders’ sides, supporting them in every critical moment of leadership. Built on five decades of research and experience in the science of leadership, DDI’s evidence-based assessment and development solutions enable millions of leaders around the world to succeed, propelling their organizations to new heights.

Click Here for more Information about DDI


Harappa is an online learning institution with a distinctive curriculum framework of 5 Habits and 25 Skills that are crucial for individual success, team productivity and organization effectiveness.

Click Here for more Information about Harappa

Are you in the list winners 2020


  • Harleen Sodhi +

    Harleen Sodhi

    Practice Lead - HR, Infosys Ltd.

  • Malvika Assija +

    Malvika Assija

    Manager - Human Resources, Nestle India Ltd.

  • Monalisha +


    Senior Manager, Flipkart

  • Noopur Bhandari +

    Noopur Bhandari

    HR Business Partner, Signify Innovations India Limited

  • Rajat Sethi +

    Rajat Sethi

    Lead - Performance, Rewards & Organization Design, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Limited

  • Sakshi Gupta +

    Sakshi Gupta

    Director - Human Resources, Grail Insights Pvt Ltd

  • Shivani Nehru +

    Shivani Nehru

    HR, Cisco

  • Steffina Lincy +

    Steffina Lincy

    Deputy General Manager, HR, Reliance Industries Ltd.

  • Swati Panigrahi +

    Swati Panigrahi

    Manager - Learning and Development, Titan Company Limited

  • Yamini Koganti +

    Yamini Koganti

    Assistant Vice President , Swiggy




For Awards Enquiries,

Pratibha Verma

For Partnership Opportunities,

Neha Yadav
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