Our journey so far


Are you in the List


The ongoing pandemic has made corporations realise the human aspect of their businesses which eventually helped expand the corporate influence of HR leaders. These leaders have had to work really hard to deal with unprecedented developments and deliver on an array of business priorities – from enabling remote and hybrid working, prioritising employee experience, encouraging healthy work-life balance to ensuring inclusion as part of organisational DNA.

In a tight labour market with organisations struggling to retain employees, making way for informed decisions, identifying the blind spots within the organization and responding to new priorities is super critical. HR leaders have been courageous enough to pick and develop new skills, as they continued to meet new challenges, which are going to be pivotal as we move forward in uncharted waters in 2022.

Conceptualised 11 years ago, People Matters Are you in the List Awards, sets out to identify leaders who rose to the rising challenge of 2021 and become the answer to the struggles that businesses and workers are continuing to face even today.

For leaders who think they are the answer to this quest of a future leader who can lead the change in 2022 and beyond, People Matters Are you in the List 2022 is the right stage as it has been for over 10 years, identifying the emerging HR beacons of tomorrow who can rise to the challenges of the future.


What Makes It So Compelling?

People Matters Are you in the List Awards has become the beacon to identify a handful of talent powerhouses who successfully navigated the tumultuous time for their organisations in the wake of the disruptions. Awards that identify emerging HR leaders who have in them the attributes that make them truly emerging.

The process we follow ensures to spot courageous HR professionals who have the potential to make it big in their domain. Many of HR professionals have now made their way to the top rung of management as HR Heads/Function Heads which is a testimony to the fact that the awards are not just merely corporate awards but recognition par excellence. 


Why Should You Participate?

This is the moment for HR leaders. The resilience they have shown over the past two years is a testimony to their ability to sail through tough times. Are You in the List 2022 aims to identify and recognise the next generation of leaders who are making a mark with their great work. Are you one of them? We are here to hear your story.

Here are four criteria that you should fulfill.

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)
8th May
Candidates register online by submitting their details and by following the online application process.

1B (Application Form)
8th May
Applicants would be taking the Online Application test

Result announcement: 9th May
Stage 2
Stage 1

Cognitive Ability Test
10th May – 19th May
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)
23rd May – 31st May
Spotting the right leader potential based on people’s skills, personality traits, and motivational fit improves our chances of ensuring that we identify and reward the best HR leaders the industry has. It is for identifying that the potential have been adapted to 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.

Result announcement: 7th Jun
Stage 4
Stage 3

Leadership Assessment (Manager Ready)
8th Jun – 15th Jun
The shortlisted candidates undergo 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.

Result announcement: 24th Jun
Stage 5
Stage 4

5A Video Interview Round
27th June – 6th July
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: 15th July
Stage 5
Stage 5

Business Case Study
16th July – 22nd July
In order to further assess skills required to be a successful HR Leader, we 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.

Cumulative Scores of all the previous stages will be considered for rejection
Stage 6
Stage 6

Virtual Face off with the Panel
25th July – 1st August
This stage will sight a virtual meeting of the Jury with the finalists which will lead to identifying the Emerging Future HR Leaders.

Final winner list by Jury – 4th August
Stage 8
Stage 8

Awards & Recognition
04th Aug
The selected Top Emerging Future HR Leaders will be recognized in a formal event in the presence of HR veterans of the country.

Are you in the list Jury 2022


Our jury members are 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.


  • Aravindan Madhava Murthy +

    Aravindan Madhava Murthy

    COO, ANZ ,

  • Suchi Mukherjee +

    Suchi Mukherjee

    CEO, Limeroad ,

  • Shiv Shivakumar +

    Shiv Shivakumar

    Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Aditya Birla Group ,

  • Vikramjeet Singh +

    Vikramjeet Singh

    President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance ,

  • Suresh Narayanan +

    Suresh Narayanan

    CEO, Nestle ,

  • Sandip Das +

    Sandip Das

    Independent Board Director & Advisor , Sterlite Technologies Limited

Partners 2022


Presenting Partner

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.

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Interview Partner

InterviewDesk is world’s leading On Demand Interview Platform built to disrupt traditional hiring methods and works on a unique concept of outsourced interviewing.

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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




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