How do we make our workforce more effective? India produces tens of thousands graduates and postgraduates every year, but a large section is often far from industry-ready. Saurabh Deshpande is passionate about bridging the employability gap among students and young professionals by building core behavioral skills and providing guidance on how to approach one’s professional journey.
An independent consultant, Saurabh partners with organizations to enhance their employees’ competitive advantage by developing their communication and negotiation skills to improve interpersonal interactions, client servicing and overall organizational growth. Saurabh’s scope of involvement, irrespective of the nature of his role, is defined by the mantra, “do whatever it takes”.
Saurabh has previously worked as a Director of Human Resources at InMobi, where he learnt how to deal with volatility and uncertainty and flourish in a highly agile work environment. Prior to that, he was Director of Strategy and Operations at YourStory Media, studying, interacting and writing about start-ups at India’s biggest media platform for entrepreneurship.
Saurabh has also been a Senior Associate at Mercer, where he managed large, complex HR assignments, as well as a Lead Consultant at Hewitt Associates, where he developed a thorough understanding of the talent landscape across the IT-BPO industry, besides delivering consulting assignments and managing client relationships.
- Gallup-certified Strengths Coach
- PGP, ISB Hyderabad
- BA (Hons), St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi
Founder, nearbuy.com; Start-up Founder & Serial Entrepreneur
Communication Specialist; ex-Businessworld, HT Media, 9.9 Group
Partner and Co-Founder, People Trust; ex-EXL Service, KPMG
Leadership Coach & Facilitator; ex-Bank of America, Standard Chartered, Satyam Computer Services
Adjunct Faculty, Executive Coach & Independent Strategy Consultant
Pramath Raj Sinha
Founder & Chairman, Harappa; Founder & Trustee, Ashoka University; Founding Dean, ISB
Co-Founder SaiShiko.Com; ex-Harvard Business School, Cornerstone Research
Communication Expert & Former Journalist; ex-Brookfield Properties, CNBC India, NDTV
Independent Consultant & Design Thinking Evangelist; ex-Giorgio Armani, DLF Retail, InterContinental Hotels Group