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 5 years – People Matters initiative in association with DDI – "Are you in the list 2017" 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 2017)
  • Minimum work experience of 3 years. (as on 19th May 2017)
  • 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

8th May – 18th Aug
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.

28th August – 8th September
Result announcement: 12th September
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.

13th September – 20th September
Result announcement: 27th September
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.

29th September – 6th October


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

29th September Onwards
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.

30th October – 08th November
Result announcement: 13th November
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 2017.

13th November onwards
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.





    Associate Director HR (Talent Management, OD & OE), SNAPDEAL

  • Aditya.' '.Adyar

    Aditya Adyar

    Chief People Officer, Faasos

  • Ankita.' '.Poddar

    Ankita Poddar

    HR Business Partner, Amazon Development Center India

  • Apeksha.' '.Jain

    Apeksha Jain

    Senior HR Business Partner, PepsiCo India

  • Apoorva.' '.Pradhan

    Apoorva Pradhan

    Assistant Manager, Tata Consultancy Services

  • Megha.' '.Gupta

    Megha Gupta

    HR Business Partner, Sapient Corporation

  • Niyati.' '.Goel

    Niyati Goel

    Regional Rewards, AMEA, Mondelez International (formerly Cadbury India Ltd.)

  • Rajeshwari .' '.Ramachandran

    Rajeshwari Ramachandran

    HCM consultant,

  • Ravi.' '.Bajpai

    Ravi Bajpai

    Practice Lead - Talent Acquisition, Infosys

  • Salil.' '.Raheja

    Salil Raheja

    Deputy General Manger, Essar Steel India

  • Shaveta.' '.Arya

    Shaveta Arya

    Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, PepsiCo India

  • Shreyas.' '.Haridas

    Shreyas Haridas

    HR Business Partner, Star India Pvt Ltd

  • Siddharth.' '.Bhasin

    Siddharth Bhasin

    HRBP, G&A Business, APAC Region, Google

  • Snigdha.' '.Singh Chaudhuri

    Snigdha Singh Chaudhuri

    Sr. HR Manager, HRBP, Cipla

  • Soumya.' '.Malkani

    Soumya Malkani

    Deputy Manager Organisation Development, Tata AIG General Insurance



  • 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, Chief Human Resources Officer, Citi South Asia

  • 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, MakeMyTrip.com

  • 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



Presenting Partner

Development Dimensions International

Background Verification Partner

Development Dimensions International

Academic Partner

Development Dimensions International

Associate Partner

C2COD, Associate Partner

B-School Partner

Jaipuria, Institute of Management




Awards Enquiry:

Naina Bedi

Sponsorship Enquiry:

Rubi Taj