The Hunt For The Emerging Future HR Leaders Begins!

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People Matters Are You In The List Awards 2024


Conceptualised 13 years ago, People Matters Are You In The List Awards has become the beacon to identify a handful of talent powerhouses who are bold, courageous, resilient and future-forward.

In 2024 and beyond, HR leaders are in a volatile business environment, where they need to act decisively and courageously so that their organisations can benefit from operating in a future-fit model of business and work. So we bring back People Matters Are You In The List Awards to recognise these emerging HR leaders.

Aon’s partnership the past year brought in a fresh and innovative approach to the rigorous evaluation process, with the introduction of cognitive, personality and functional assessments, which continues into this year. The sophisticated tools and algorithms ensure a comprehensive analysis of each applicant’s suitability for HR leadership roles, inspired by Aon’s HR competency framework.

The penultimate stage composed of CHRO coaching and the final face-off with a CEO jury panel identifies HR leaders of tomorrow with the right mindset to stay undeterred in a storm and be prepared to lead in uncertain times.

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 Awards 2024 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.

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. This is the forum where you:

  • 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 Awards 2024 endeavours to identify and recognize the next generation of HR 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:

The applicant should fall in the age group of 26-35

Should have a minimum experience of 3 years in HR

Should be working in HR role while applying

Should not be a past applicant in the initiative for more than 3 years


*Disclaimer: Past winners are not allowed to reapply for People Matters Are You In The List Awards 2024

Application process


Stage 1


Online Application

Candidates register online by submitting their details for the online application process OR Nominate colleagues using the Nomination Form. Apply promptly to find out early if you've progressed to the next stage and initiate your assessments sooner. Don't delay—apply now to avoid last-minute hassle as there are Limited Slots in each batch!

Stage 1 Lot closure
Batch 1 30 Jan
Batch 2 16 Feb
Batch 3 1 Mar
Batch 4 17 Mar

Result announcement: Candidates who qualify will be invited for Stage 2 assessment in a phased manner

Stage 2


Personality, Cognitive & Functional Assessments

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.

Stage 2 Assessment Rollout Result announcement
Batch 1 31 Jan 15 Feb
Batch 2 17 Feb 5 Mar
Batch 3 2 Mar 19 Mar
Batch 4 18 Mar 8 Apr


STAGE 3: Case-Based SJQs & Video Interviews


Stage 3


3 A

Situational Judgement Tests to measure behaviour and attitudes to work-related scenarios.

Start Date: 10th Apr
End Date: 26th Apr

Result announcement: 02nd May

Stage 1

3 B

Video Interview Round: 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.

Start Date: 10th Apr
End Date: 26th Apr

Result announcement: 02nd May

Stage 4


CHRO Coaching

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 20-30 days long process with one 2-hour group coaching session. Each CHRO Coach will guide and mentor a group of 8-12 finalists.

Start Date: 07th May
End Date: 27th May

Stage 5


CEO Jury Evaluation

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.

Start Date: 05th Jun
End Date: 26th Jun

Result announcement: 04th 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 at People Matters TechHR 2024 Conference at Leela Ambience, Gurugram.

People Matters Are You In The List Jury 2024



  • Umang Vohra +

    Umang Vohra

    MD & Global CEO,

  • Kamal Bali +

    Kamal Bali

    President & Managing Director,
    Volvo Group India

  • Samir MC +

    Samir MC

    Managing Director, Fortune Park Hotels Ltd,
    Director, Maharaja Heritage Resort

  • S V 	Venkataraman +

    S V Venkataraman

    Managing Director, ANZ Group Capability Centre, Bengaluru,

  • Amit Malik +

    Amit Malik

    President Japan,Asia, Pacific & Australia,
    WadzPay Worldwide

  • Ayushi Gudwani +

    Ayushi Gudwani

    Founder & CEO,
    FS Life (prev. FableStreet)

  • Amanpreet Singh Bajaj +

    Amanpreet Singh Bajaj

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

People Matters Are You In The List Coaches 2024



  • Shraddhanjali Rao +

    Shraddhanjali Rao

    Head HR,

  • Vikram Tandon +

    Vikram Tandon

    Group CHRO,
    Adani Group

  • Ritesh Rana +

    Ritesh Rana

    Head HR,
    Britannia Industries Limited

  • Naveen Narayanan +

    Naveen Narayanan

    Global Head – Human Resources,
    Biocon Biologics

  • Aditya Mittal +

    Aditya Mittal

    CHRO South Asia,

  • Girish Menon +

    Girish Menon

    Head HR,

  • Richard Lobo +

    Richard Lobo

    Tech Mahindra

  • Maneesh Menda +

    Maneesh Menda

    Head of HR, International Hubs,
    Natwest Group

  • Rajeev Bhardwaj +

    Rajeev Bhardwaj

    Chief Human Resources Officer,
    Sun Life Global Solutions

  • D N Prasad +

    D N Prasad

    Senior Director - People & Organisation,
    GovTech Singapore

  • Manu N Wadhwa +

    Manu N Wadhwa

    Chief Human Resources Officer,
    Sony Pictures Networks

  • Vikram Bector +

    Vikram Bector

    Director and Group CHRO,

  • Ashwani	Prashara +

    Ashwani Prashara

    Chief Human Resource Officer - Hydrocarbons,
    Reliance Industries Limited


The entire assessment process has taken me on a journey of self-discovery. The various rounds have put me in a position to test my capabilities and understand my strengths and areas of improvement better. The opportunity to connect with CHROs, CEOs and fellow HR colleagues has brought in different perspectives and their approach to different problems


Nirjhari Kher

Senior Manager - Leadership Development,
Titan Company Limited

It has been an exhilarating & incredible journey, with over 1000+ participants across HR talent sphere, rigorous evaluation process powered by Aon and opportunity to be coached & evaluated by top CHROs and CEOs. Huge shout out to People Matters team for enabling this opportunity & experience of a lifetime. You are constantly raising the bar for HR community, every which way!


Vani Garg

Senior HR Manager,

The assessment tests administered by AON yielded insightful results about my qualities which were backed by a credible scientific process. The evaluation process uncovered developmental areas which were surprising and would have remained hidden had they not been systematically analysed and reported. The coaching sessions administered by People Matters gave young leaders like me a chance to interact directly with Senior Leadership of renowned brands and gain directly from their experience. These sessions personally helped me address actual problems in my organisation and also helped develop a vision to chart a path to being a true people leader.


Parijat Shrivastava

Manager - HR,
Bajaj Finance

People Matters is popular for partnerships with renowned firms like AON, to put participants through the paces to evaluate them using different tests like psychometric & cognitive assessments, situational judgement questionnaires, video interviews, CHRO coaching and interview with a panel of CEOs. This is akin to ‘Mental Marathon’ pushing your functional & leadership competence to limits. While doing this you also get a chance to benchmark yourself with enterprising professionals from across the HR community which is not something you get to do often. The topics & themes involved in each of the assessment stage were future focused as well as relevant for today’s business and people challenges and had no easy answers


Vignesh Seetharaman

Head - Corporate HR,
Mondelez India Foods Pvt. Ltd. (Cadbury)

Partner 2024


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Aon is a leading global professional services firm providing a range of solutions in risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage and human capital advisory. Using advanced analytics and advisory, Aon caters to clients in over 120 countries with a range of solutions that give them the clarity and confidence to make better business decisions. Aon’s Human Capital Solutions includes talent assessments, rewards solutions and advisory on workforce and organizational transformation. Aon HR Learning Centre (AHLC) brings together consulting insights, theoretical frameworks, and capability-building expertise to create highly specialized learning and certification journeys for HR Professionals. Through AHLC, Aon aims to build capability for HR professionals, and this aligns closely with Aon’s vision of building a robust HR fraternity to drive talent and business outcomes.

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Are You In The List Awards Winners 2023


  • Aditi Dixit +

    Aditi Dixit

    Senior Manager, TA COE

  • Amrita Kaushal +

    Amrita Kaushal

    Senior Manager - HR, MakeMyTrip Limited

  • Anagh Agarwal +

    Anagh Agarwal

    Manager - Human Resources, Asian Paints

  • Anisha Saluja +

    Anisha Saluja

    HR Head - Mahindra Last Mile Mobility Business, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

  • Devansh Rohatgi +

    Devansh Rohatgi

    Sr. HR Business Partner, Amazon

  • Kritika Jain +

    Kritika Jain

    HRBP, Razorpay Pvt. Ltd

  • Nandini  Poddar +

    Nandini Poddar

    Manager , OYO Hotels and Homes

  • Nirjhari Kher +

    Nirjhari Kher

    Manager - Leadership Development , Titan Company Limited

  • Pallavi Gera +

    Pallavi Gera

    DGM - Corporate HR, DCM Shriram Limited

  • Parijat Shrivastava +

    Parijat Shrivastava

    Senior HR Officer, Mineral Exploration and Consultancy Limited

  • Piyush Chhabra +

    Piyush Chhabra

    HR Business Partner , Microsoft

  • Radha Krishna Balijepalli +

    Radha Krishna Balijepalli

    AGM - Corporate HR, Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited

  • Raghav Mahajan +

    Raghav Mahajan

    Lead HR - C&B, Cairn Oil & Gas Vedanta Ltd

  • Ravinder Kaur Khalsa +

    Ravinder Kaur Khalsa

    HR Representative - II (Talent Management and Development), Synopsys India Pvt Ltd

  • Ritika Sharma +

    Ritika Sharma

    Talent Acquisition Specialist, Boston Scientific

  • Shivang Ganatra +

    Shivang Ganatra

    Sr. Manager - HRD, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.

  • Sukanya Bose +

    Sukanya Bose

    Senior HR Manager, Infosys Ltd

  • Vani Garg +

    Vani Garg

    Senior HR Business Partner, PayU (Naspers Group)

  • Vibhooti Gupta +

    Vibhooti Gupta

    Talent and Learning Manager, Lenovo India Pvt Ltd.

  • Vignesh  Seetharaman +

    Vignesh Seetharaman

    Head Corporate HR, Mondelez India Foods Private Limited





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