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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 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.

  • 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?

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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 – 24th April
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: 27th April
Stage 2
Stage 1

Cognitive Ability test
27th April – 1st 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: 7th May
Stage 3
Stage 3

Leadership Potential Early Identifier (LPEI)
7th May – 12th 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: 18th May
Stage 4
Stage 3

Leadership Assessment (Manager Ready)
18th May – 24th May
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: 9th June
Stage 4
Stage 4

5A Video Interview Round
12th June – 16th 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: 30th June
Stage 5B

5B Behavioural Learning Stage
12th June – 22nd June
Organizations need leaders who can be agile, lead the change, and be the answer to everything related to People and Work. One of the major factor which determine who will come on top of all the shifts is leadership and Thinking. This stage will help the applicants to sharpen self-awareness, build emotional intelligence and take charge of their growth to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Stage 5
Stage 5

Business Case Study
1st July – 8th 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
16th July – 20th July
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 event in the presence of HR veterans of the country on 7th August, 2020 at The Leela Ambience, Gurugram.

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.


  • Amar Nagaram +

    Amar Nagaram

    CEO, Myntra & Jabong ,

  • Alok Ohrie +

    Alok Ohrie

    President & MD, Dell Technologies, India ,

  • 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, Carbon Black Business of the Aditya Birla Group ,

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 2019


  • Aastha Bhatia +

    Aastha Bhatia

    Senior Manager HR, Bharti Infratel

  • ankita gauba +

    ankita gauba

    DGM - HR, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

  • Chavi Jain +

    Chavi Jain

    HR Business Partner, Citi

  • Malavika Sahoo +

    Malavika Sahoo

    Senior Manager, Flipkart

  • Mehak Syal +

    Mehak Syal

    Regional HR Manager, GSK

  • Nikita Doshi +

    Nikita Doshi

    Manager - Learning, Talent & Culture, Publicis Sapient

  • Purnoor Bains +

    Purnoor Bains

    Senior Manager - Total Rewards, Philips India

  • Sankalp Naswa +

    Sankalp Naswa

    Manager - Rewards, Nestle India

  • Satyamvada Sharma +

    Satyamvada Sharma

    Manager - People Strategy, Publicis Sapient

  • Shilpa Narayan +

    Shilpa Narayan

    HR Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Chennai (Marriott International)

  • Shrusti Mohanty +

    Shrusti Mohanty

    HR Business Partner, Capgemini

  • Shruti Joshi +

    Shruti Joshi

    Manager-HR (Talent Management & OD), Asian Paints

  • Soniya Dabak +

    Soniya Dabak

    Organization & Talent Development Leader & Senior HRBP, GE India Technology

  • Surbhi  Bajaj +

    Surbhi Bajaj

    Manager- People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young

  • Surma  Guha +

    Surma Guha

    HR Manager, General Electric

  • Trichi Chawla +

    Trichi Chawla

    Senior Manager - HR, PepsiCo India

  • Vineeta  Raghuwanshi +

    Vineeta Raghuwanshi

    Sr. Manager - HR, EY




For Awards Enquiries,

Pratibha Verma

For Partnership Opportunities,

Neha Yadav
+91- 8447441933