About the Awards

In November 2022, Pragati Leadership felicitated the shining lights of the Indian IT industry, in the second round of the 2022 Inspiring and Successful Leadership Awards. Check below to view the award ceremony proceedings.

Instituted by Pragati Leadership, the 2022 Inspiring and Successful Leadership Awards aim to recognize Indian corporate leaders who have created energized and aligned teams and steered their organizations toward success. The first round of these prestigious awards, held in August 2022, identified some of India’s most impactful and successful CEOs from the Manufacturing and Supply Chain industry.

To quote Pragati Leadership founder Arun Wakhlu,

The last few years have been turbulent with the pandemic, wars, climate change, and other disruptions forcing us to think what is the purpose of all this striving. The prognosis for the future is that things will worsen before getting better. In such times, businesses can be a powerful force for good. The world now needs leaders who can tap into the deeper creative spirit that exists at our very core and co-creating a world that works for all.

The winners

Mr. Sachin Ghaisas

Managing Partner, Emtec Digital Services

Nitin Deshpande

President, Evolent Health International

Kashish Kapoor

Vice President HR, NEC Corporation

L.C. Singh

Executive Vice Chairman, Nihilent

Krish Shankar

Group Head HR, Infosys

Vaishali Raj

Head HR, Godrej Infotech

Harshvendra Soin

Global Chief People Officer & Marketing Head, Tech Mahindra

Krishna Raghavan

Chief People Officer, Flipkart

Milind Lakkad

Executive VP & CHRO, TCS

Anurag Verma

VP Human Resources, Uniphore

Inspiring and Successful Leadership Awards

Judges Spotlight

The challenging task of selecting the winners from the many worthy IT industry nominations was undertaken by these illustrious judges.

Tarun Sharma

Tarun Sharma

Founder, Yodda,
Former CEO BMC Software India
Board Member, Global Logic India

Tarun Sharma is the Founder & CEO of Yodda. He is the former CEO of BMC Software India. Tarun is on the board of Global Logic India and responsible for the growth of Mgneto.

Besides being an innovator and a technologist, Tarun is also a philanthropist, working on numerous altruistic initiatives. He is an avid singer and student of Hindustani music.

Tarun is a prolific writer and has published two books. He is a TEDx speaker and frequently speaks at top industry conferences on leadership,  incubation, technology and  entrepreneurship.

Dr Ganesh Natarajan

Dr Ganesh Natarajan

Chairman, 5F World,
Lighthouse Communities & Honeywell Automation India Ltd

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan has over 30 years of Industry experience including 25 years as CEO for Aptech & Zensar Technologies. He founded 5F World with a mission to build, mentor and invest in the digital future of the country.

Ganesh is a PhD from IIT-Bombay and alumnus of NITIE and Harvard Business School. He has been Chairman of NASSCOM and NASSCOM Foundation. 

Dr. Shikha Jain

Dr. Shikha Jain

Director, IMDR

As Director of IMDR, Dr Shikha Jain leads the execution of academic processes and has also built strong industry collaborations.

She is a PhD in management and has taught courses in Economics, Marketing, International Business, and Research Methodology.

Dr Shikha Jain believes academia-industry interface offers unique, integrated learning environments where “learning” to do happens from “doing” to learn. 

Vibhas Joshi

Vibhas Joshi

Author, Coach, Facilitator,
Former BOD member, SAS Research & Development India.

Having held directorial and board positions in the corporate sector, Vibhas Joshi brings rich insights and perspective to his work as a facilitator and coach.

Vibhas coaches and mentors senior leaders in the areas of strategic thinking, decision-making, stakeholder management, and influencing. He facilitates business strategy workshops for top leadership teams. He is the author of books on management best practices.

For more information about the 2022 Inspiring and Successful Leadership Awards, please reach out to

Ms. Ankita Tewari
Manager, Marketing & Branding, Pragati Leadership

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