Applications are now open for 2018!


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".

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 (as on 31st January 2018)
  • Minimum work experience of 3 years. (as on 4th April 2018)
  • 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” 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 – 4th May Result announcement: 4th 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.

8th May – 17th May
Result announcement: 17th 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.

18th May – 25th May
Result announcement: 31st May
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.

1st June – 8th June


4B Vetting the Insights: This stage will involve scrutiny of the information provided by the shortlisted candidates by AMS Inform on the basis of insights from the HR competencies. The shortlisted candidates will move to the next stage of the Awards Process

1st June – 1st July
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.

9th July – 13th 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.

1st Aug – 3rd Aug



  • Anurag Shrivastava

    Anurag Shrivastava

    Senior Manager - Business HR (Commercial), Vodafone

  • Chandni Narang

    Chandni Narang

    Manager - Org Design & Effectiveness, flipkart

  • Divya  Amarnath

    Divya Amarnath

    Head ,Hr services delivery,India, Hindustan Unilever limited

  • Harshil Sethi

    Harshil Sethi

    Manager HR - international business unit, Asian Paints

  • Kamiya Choithani

    Kamiya Choithani

    SR Manager - Human Resources, Myntra

  • Madhushree Mehta

    Madhushree Mehta

    AGM - OE & Change Management , Vodafone India Limited

  • Natashaa Boparai

    Natashaa Boparai

    HR Business Partner - GBS,IT, Global Functions, Boston Scientific Corporation

  • Pooja Shetty

    Pooja Shetty

    Senior Chief Manager, Aditya Birla Finance Ltd

  • Preetha Santhanam

    Preetha Santhanam

    Senior Manager - Human Resources, Ernst & Young

  • Saswati Subhasmita

    Saswati Subhasmita

    Assistant manager, Bosch ltd

  • Sneha arora

    Sneha arora

    senior HRBP Consultant, SAP



  • S. Varadarajan (Raja)

    S. Varadarajan (Raja)

    Senior HR Leader & Entrepreneur

  • Shalini Pillay

    Shalini Pillay

    Head of People, Performance & Culture (PPC), KPMG India

  • Gajendra Chandel

    Gajendra Chandel

    CHRO, Tata Motors

  • P. Dwarakanath

    P. Dwarakanath

    Advisor – Group Human Capital, Max India

  • Jacob Jacob

    Jacob Jacob

    Group Chief Human Resources Officer, Columbia Asia Healthcare

  • Dr. Aquil Busrai

    Dr. Aquil Busrai

    ‎Chief Executive Officer, Aquil Busrai Consulting

  • Anuranjita Kumar

    Anuranjita Kumar

    ‎Managing Director, Human Resources, International Hubs, RBS

  • L Prabhakar

    L Prabhakar

    Vice President - HR, ITC Limited

  • Meenal Jadhav

    Meenal Jadhav

    ‎Director, Schneider Electric India

  • Yuvaraj Srivastava

    Yuvaraj Srivastava

    Group Chief Human Resource Officer,

  • Kamlesh Dangi

    Kamlesh Dangi

    Group President - Human Resources, UTI Mutual Fund

  • D N Prasad

    D N Prasad

    Director, People Operations, Google

  • Rajessh Rai

    Rajessh Rai

    Vice President Human Resources, Accenture

Speakers 2017


  • Pandit Dasa

    Pandit Dasa

    Mindful Leadership Expert

  • Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

    Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

    Executive Coach, Speaker, Author & Professor of Management Practice

  • 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
AMS Inform
MISB Bocconi
C2COD, Associate Partner
Jaipuria, Institute of Management
Threefish Consulting
The River Group




Awards Enquiry:

Naina Bedi

Sponsorship Enquiry:

Rubi Taj