The core team

Shweta Anand Arora
Shweta Anand AroraFounder, CEO

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 AroraFounder, CEO

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 SarathyCo-Founder

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 SarathyCo-Founder

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 AroraCo-Founder

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 AroraCo-Founder

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 KalaCo-Founder

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 KalaCo-Founder

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

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Put simply, we coach leaders. We're passionate about helping leaders and leadership teams achieve their true potential.

How we do it

We help leaders build a deep and enduring connection with their purpose, values and gifts. That is our secret sauce.

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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.

Why us

Our deep commitment to helping you succeed 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.

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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 coaching journey is unique based on an agenda set by you.

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