The founding team

Shweta Anand Arora
Shweta Anand Arora

Shweta has 17+ years’ senior leadership experience across the consulting, start-up, and non-profit sectors.

She was part of the Social Impact Leadership Team at BCG, Director and founding team member at The Education Alliance, and part of the core team that created and scaled XSEED.

She has supported large-scale change efforts in the government and helped create and scale organizations. She has expertise in change management,
building and leading teams and organizations, and learning and development.

Shweta holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. She is an ACTP-trained coach from Coach for Life, USA and holds an ICF ACC credential.

Shweta is an avid reader, traveller and learner. She loves listening to podcasts, and is learning the piano and Spanish.

Shweta Anand Arora
Shweta Anand Arora

Shweta has 17+ years’ senior leadership experience across the consulting, start-up, and non-profit sectors.

She was part of the Social Impact Leadership Team at BCG, Director and founding team member at The Education Alliance, and part of the core team that created and scaled XSEED.

She has supported large-scale change efforts in the government and helped create and scale organizations. She has expertise in change management,
building and leading teams and organizations, and learning and development.

Shweta holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. She is an ACTP-trained coach from Coach for Life, USA and holds an ICF ACC credential.

Shweta is an avid reader, traveller and learner. She loves listening to podcasts, and is learning the piano and Spanish.

Srikanth Sarathy
Srikanth Sarathy

Srikanth has over 20 years of leadership experience, including CXO positions at Leo Burnett, where he worked on some of India's (and the world's) biggest brands, across India and Western Europe and Walt Disney India, where he helped the Television network rediscover its mojo. He has also been instrumental in setting up two start-ups, a consumer engagement and Word of Mouth company and an Advertising Agency.

Srikanth is also a leadership coach and a co-founder at The Core Questin. In his words "I have always enjoyed helping people, especially young talent, grow and realize their true potential. At The Core Questin, I work with some wonderful, like-minded people to make this desire come to life every day. "

Srikanth Sarathy
Srikanth Sarathy

Srikanth has over 20 years of leadership experience, including CXO positions at Leo Burnett, where he worked on some of India's (and the world's) biggest brands, across India and Western Europe and Walt Disney India, where he helped the Television network rediscover its mojo. He has also been instrumental in setting up two start-ups, a consumer engagement and Word of Mouth company and an Advertising Agency.

Srikanth is also a leadership coach and a co-founder at The Core Questin. In his words "I have always enjoyed helping people, especially young talent, grow and realize their true potential. At The Core Questin, I work with some wonderful, like-minded people to make this desire come to life every day. "

Rameet Singh Arora
Rameet Singh Arora

Rameet is a co-founder and leadership coach at The Core Questin.

He has over 20 years of leadership experience, many of them in CXO positions across companies and industries. This includes being a Director and Vice President at Leo Burnett, the start-up CMO for Colors-Viacom 18, a Senior Director at McDonalds India, Global CMO at Zomato and in his most recent stint, Chief Operating Officer, and Head of Digital Brands at Hindustan Times, India's second largest news company.

He is widely credited for having spearheaded the digital resurgence of Hindustan Times as a digital company and the various brands in the HT Media group including Mint and Hindustan. He also created and led the internationally acclaimed HT Brand Studio, oversaw the successful scaling of a multi-channel video network and relaunched Desimartini, India’s first movie review site.

Rameet was the original creator, curator and host of the HT Brand Leadership Series and the HT Brand Studio Live, a CXO show that garnered over five million views in just its first year and hosted over 250 CXO's in 35 episodes and three seasons.

Rameet is a highly awarded business leader and marketer, writer, keynote speaker and mentor.

Rameet Singh Arora
Rameet Singh Arora

Rameet is a co-founder and leadership coach at The Core Questin.

He has over 20 years of leadership experience, many of them in CXO positions across companies and industries. This includes being a Director and Vice President at Leo Burnett, the start-up CMO for Colors-Viacom 18, a Senior Director at McDonalds India, Global CMO at Zomato and in his most recent stint, Chief Operating Officer, and Head of Digital Brands at Hindustan Times, India's second largest news company.

He is widely credited for having spearheaded the digital resurgence of Hindustan Times as a digital company and the various brands in the HT Media group including Mint and Hindustan. He also created and led the internationally acclaimed HT Brand Studio, oversaw the successful scaling of a multi-channel video network and relaunched Desimartini, India’s first movie review site.

Rameet was the original creator, curator and host of the HT Brand Leadership Series and the HT Brand Studio Live, a CXO show that garnered over five million views in just its first year and hosted over 250 CXO's in 35 episodes and three seasons.

Rameet is a highly awarded business leader and marketer, writer, keynote speaker and mentor.

Mandira Kala
Mandira Kala

Mandira is a qualified leadership coach. She is a graduate in Psychology from LSR, New Delhi, MSW from TISS, Mumbai, and PhD in Public Policy from University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Mandira is passionate about developing leaders who contribute to their workplace by transforming mindsets, creating a culture of cultivating and harnessing people potential, and beating the odds to deliver beyond imagination.

She has 15+ years of leadership experience in public policy organisations that address intractable issues of society. As part of the senior leadership team, she steered and built PRS Legislative Research from a start-up into a renowned institution providing high quality data driven research to elected representatives. Her stints at Azim Premji Foundation, and Centre for Social Policy, Boston, USA focused on improving quality of education, making health care affordable, and skilling of the workforce.

While she thrives in scaling up such impactful organisations, it is in building their leadership potential that she finds greatest fulfillment.

Mandira Kala
Mandira Kala

Mandira is a qualified leadership coach. She is a graduate in Psychology from LSR, New Delhi, MSW from TISS, Mumbai, and PhD in Public Policy from University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Mandira is passionate about developing leaders who contribute to their workplace by transforming mindsets, creating a culture of cultivating and harnessing people potential, and beating the odds to deliver beyond imagination.

She has 15+ years of leadership experience in public policy organisations that address intractable issues of society. As part of the senior leadership team, she steered and built PRS Legislative Research from a start-up into a renowned institution providing high quality data driven research to elected representatives. Her stints at Azim Premji Foundation, and Centre for Social Policy, Boston, USA focused on improving quality of education, making health care affordable, and skilling of the workforce.

While she thrives in scaling up such impactful organisations, it is in building their leadership potential that she finds greatest fulfillment.

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Anand Rangaswamy
Anand Rangaswamy

Anand is a Leadership and Life Coach and a member of the ICF. He has global industry experience of over 27 years, in senior roles in India, the UK, Argentina and Chile, including nearly a decade as CEO with Godrej Consumer Products.

Anand describes himself as a ‘Gardener’ who is focused on bringing out the best version of his coachees. His coaching style blends his unique learnings of being a successful senior business leader along with his love of people development.

Anand believes that his purpose is to help others to craft their most powerful stories. He sees Coaching as his Dharma/ Calling. He aids his coachees to unleash their potential by helping them to connect with their most resourceful self.

In addition to his coaching practice, Anand works as a mentor. He is an Investor in a few businesses, loves to travel, loves mountaineering, loves to learn new things by pushing himself out of his comfort zone. He is passionate about health and fitness; practices calisthenics, yoga and nutrition based on the principles of Ayurveda. He sees himself as a lifelong student.

Anand Rangaswamy
Anand Rangaswamy

Anand is a Leadership and Life Coach and a member of the ICF. He has global industry experience of over 27 years, in senior roles in India, the UK, Argentina and Chile, including nearly a decade as CEO with Godrej Consumer Products.

Anand describes himself as a ‘Gardener’ who is focused on bringing out the best version of his coachees. His coaching style blends his unique learnings of being a successful senior business leader along with his love of people development.

Anand believes that his purpose is to help others to craft their most powerful stories. He sees Coaching as his Dharma/ Calling. He aids his coachees to unleash their potential by helping them to connect with their most resourceful self.

In addition to his coaching practice, Anand works as a mentor. He is an Investor in a few businesses, loves to travel, loves mountaineering, loves to learn new things by pushing himself out of his comfort zone. He is passionate about health and fitness; practices calisthenics, yoga and nutrition based on the principles of Ayurveda. He sees himself as a lifelong student.

Deepa Shankar
Deepa Shankar

Deepa has 18 years of HR experience, including roles in diversity, inclusion and organizational development.

She has a Master’s degree in HR; is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) by The Society for Diversity Certification, Indianapolis; is a Life and Leadership Coach from Coach for Life, USA; and a Hogan Certified Coach (HCC) from Hogan Assessments System.

Deepa has worked extensively to build awareness, educate, and define policies around sexual harassment in the workplace. She works with organizations in building inclusive workplaces.

Deepa’s first book ’Voices of Inclusion’ explores topics of bias, inequality, and inclusion. In 2016, she was recognized as part of a group of ‘Women Achievers in the Pharma Industry’ during the 50th OPPI AGM in Mumbai, India.

Deepa is an avid reader, writer, and traveler, enjoys movies and music, teaches English and learns French. She volunteers at Katalyst and at Shraddhanand Mahilashram.

Deepa Shankar
Deepa Shankar

Deepa has 18 years of HR experience, including roles in diversity, inclusion and organizational development.

She has a Master’s degree in HR; is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) by The Society for Diversity Certification, Indianapolis; is a Life and Leadership Coach from Coach for Life, USA; and a Hogan Certified Coach (HCC) from Hogan Assessments System.

Deepa has worked extensively to build awareness, educate, and define policies around sexual harassment in the workplace. She works with organizations in building inclusive workplaces.

Deepa’s first book ’Voices of Inclusion’ explores topics of bias, inequality, and inclusion. In 2016, she was recognized as part of a group of ‘Women Achievers in the Pharma Industry’ during the 50th OPPI AGM in Mumbai, India.

Deepa is an avid reader, writer, and traveler, enjoys movies and music, teaches English and learns French. She volunteers at Katalyst and at Shraddhanand Mahilashram.

Meenakshi Krishnan
Meenakshi Krishnan

Meenakshi has over 17 years of consulting experience working in corporate and not-for-profit spaces on organizational effectiveness and leadership development. She works closely with top management teams of organizations to help articulate their vision and values, align organizational culture and mindsets to behaviors, nurture leadership capability and leverage human capital.

Her last corporate role was as Principal Consultant and Practice Head - Women’s Leadership and Long-term Development Journeys at OD Alternatives Consultancy. Meenakshi has special expertise in designing and facilitating women’s leadership programs, building gender inclusive workplaces, articulating organizational vision and culture, conducting psychometric assessments and executive coaching for personal transformation. She has independently designed and delivered workshops for audiences in Bahrain, Canada, India, Nigeria, Singapore and UAE.

Meenakshi holds Masters degrees in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from XLRI and in Women’s & Gender Studies from IGNOU, with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from LSR. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral Research at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), a world leading research think tank based at the University of Sussex in UK.

Meenakshi Krishnan
Meenakshi Krishnan

Meenakshi has over 17 years of consulting experience working in corporate and not-for-profit spaces on organizational effectiveness and leadership development. She works closely with top management teams of organizations to help articulate their vision and values, align organizational culture and mindsets to behaviors, nurture leadership capability and leverage human capital.

Her last corporate role was as Principal Consultant and Practice Head - Women’s Leadership and Long-term Development Journeys at OD Alternatives Consultancy. Meenakshi has special expertise in designing and facilitating women’s leadership programs, building gender inclusive workplaces, articulating organizational vision and culture, conducting psychometric assessments and executive coaching for personal transformation. She has independently designed and delivered workshops for audiences in Bahrain, Canada, India, Nigeria, Singapore and UAE.

Meenakshi holds Masters degrees in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from XLRI and in Women’s & Gender Studies from IGNOU, with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from LSR. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral Research at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), a world leading research think tank based at the University of Sussex in UK.

Geetanjali Ohri
Geetanjali Ohri

Geetanjali is a recognised thought leader, an advisor and a mentor in the area of Business Transformation, building scale and bridging the gap between vision and delivery. A qualified Design Thinking and Six Sigma professional, Geetanjali has been recognized as India’s Top Customer Experience Professional and India’s Top Content and Brand Custodian.

Geetanjali leads Talent North’s Transformation and Transition practice, and co-leads the firm’s Executive Search practice.

As a certified life and performance coach, she helps organizations and individuals in their journey to connect with their purpose and re/discover their potential. She works with career professionals and people in uniform / veterans who want to introspect and / or explore alternate avenues to be able to redefine, reorient and realign and find their north star.

Geetanjali Ohri
Geetanjali Ohri

Geetanjali is a recognised thought leader, an advisor and a mentor in the area of Business Transformation, building scale and bridging the gap between vision and delivery. A qualified Design Thinking and Six Sigma professional, Geetanjali has been recognized as India’s Top Customer Experience Professional and India’s Top Content and Brand Custodian.

Geetanjali leads Talent North’s Transformation and Transition practice, and co-leads the firm’s Executive Search practice.

As a certified life and performance coach, she helps organizations and individuals in their journey to connect with their purpose and re/discover their potential. She works with career professionals and people in uniform / veterans who want to introspect and / or explore alternate avenues to be able to redefine, reorient and realign and find their north star.

The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.”

- Lao Tzu

More about us

 

 

What we do

Put simply, we help organisations thrive. We coach leaders. We help unlock leadership teams for their true potential. And we catalyze growth and impact in companies through the key levers of purpose, strategy, and culture.

How we do it

We help deliver significant, systemic, sustainable impact, by helping leaders, teams and organisations change at various levels. Starting with the internal, we surface greater awareness at both individual and collective levels, which then influences the external, more visible parameters. Shifts at all of these four levels enable a vastly enhanced readiness and momentum for change and growth.

What we believe

We believe an inward quest is essential to connect with our own brilliance, and it lights up the path for a more fulfilled and successful life. This is true for our teams and organisations as well, to unlock the potential within. We believe that an inspired, engaged workforce, aligned to the purpose, culture and values of the organisation enables change readiness and growth in an increasing VUCA world.

Why us

Our deep commitment to helping you thrive is matched only by our passion. We're a group of very experienced leaders from our previous lives, and our proprietary tools reflect our experience, our knowledge and our values.

Who we work with

We work with CEOs, founders, and leaders from many different sectors. Our clients come from non-profits, MNCs, consulting firms and startups. We are category agnostic; each journey is unique based on an agenda set by you.

Where we work

Our current client list spans various cities in India, Asia Pacific, UK, USA, Canada, Europe and Australia. Technology enables us to deliver our services effectively across geographies. And with the world opening up, we would love to meet you where you are.

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Who we work with

 

Since our inception we have worked with leaders, leadership teams and organisations across geographies. Our clients and their organisations cover an entire spectrum of life stages – from early start-ups to multinationals, non-government organisations, educational institutes and unicorns. We have serviced the needs of leaders from over 20 different industries.

 

Needless to say that our work is industry and geography agnostic and highly customisable.

Our mission: To help you thrive

 

More and more organisations are dealing with the challenges of growth, scale and the increasing complexity of business. And these are not just start-ups for whom this is an accelerated curve. They’re organisations in all shapes, sizes and life stages, dealing with changing landscapes and marketplaces.

 

And the new normal of market disruption, economic volatility and unpredictability doesn’t make life easier.

 

As organisations deal with increasingly more frequent cycles of change, and the need for continuous innovation (and even transformation), there is an emerging realisation that their legacy will probably be as ineffective a shield in the future as legacy solutions.

 

Product, technology, investment, strategy, distribution and brand – all remain important, even critical, but none are differentiating answers on their own any more. Then what is?

 

The only real competitive advantage companies have left is the ability to leverage people – their own workforce. And if that was always the number one job for leadership, it has now become the only real one.

 

Organisations that thrive are aligned on purpose, values and goals. Their  resilience, change-readiness and agility come from an inspired, engaged workforce.

 

Leadership, purpose, strategy and culture all sit on the same axis.

 

That is the kind of organisations we want to help build. Thriving at every level, till it shows!

When you thrive, it shows!

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