YLC Special Interest Groups (SIG)


As part of the various initiatives by AIMA Young Leaders Council, has started Special Interest Groups (SIG). Currently the SIGs will be broadly classified in 5 diverse areas: Human Resource Management, Tech start ups, Marketing & Communication, Art & Culture, Social Business. Each group will be steered nationally by a Group Chair / Co-Chair.

The key objective of the SIGs is to prioritize areas of work around the theme of interest group and Organize activities and sessions.

Special Interest Group – Chairs

Human Resource

Manu Wadhwa – CHRO Sony Pictures India Pvt Ltd
Manu is a dynamic Global Business & HR Executive. Driven by the purpose to Strive for Excellence & Growth. With over 2 plus decades of experience across complex industries and countries, in various roles such as Finance Specialist, Chief People Officer, Mergers & Acquisitions Lead, Transformation Expert, Change & Digital Innovation. Board Member & Advisor. An Industry Activist. Passionate towards Youth Voice Inclusion in driving Growth.

Nanjappa Somanna - Vice President Head Employee Relations at Infosys Ltd
Nanjappa B.S is a seasoned Human Resources professional with a career spanning 17 years. In his current role, he is Vice President, HR at Infosys. In this role, he is Global Head for Employee Relations and Head HR for the regions of APAC and LATAM

Marketing and Communication

Amit Tiwari - Vice President Marketing at Havells India Ltd.
Amit is a Marketing professional with a solid experience of 18 years working with some of the most incredibly talented teams. During this period, he has built and expanded multi-million dollar businesses for leading global and Indian brands. A life-long practitioner of art & science of Marketing. A MarTech evangelist - his passion is transformation of Marketing with focus on Digital & eCommerce & connecting with consumers through platform neutral, omni-channel approach. Persuasive, collaborative senior marketing and branding leader with experience in developing strategic initiatives that drive objectives and align with corporate strategies. He has a deep experience in jump-starting growth through a consultative approach, a proven track record of propelling growth, expediting marketing-to-sales timeline, crafting differentiating brands, and building high-performance teams. He is a skilled digital director with extensive knowledge of the digital ecosystem, can implement digital marketing strategies that increase revenue and consumer lifetime value.

Shipra Singh- Co-Founder at Ikigai Communications
Shipra is a an expert in crisis communications, reputation management and soft skills training, with over 20 years of experience. Shipra has held CEO positions in a number of global companies before starting her own business 6 years ago.

Tech Startup

Nisha Holla, Visiting Fellow Observer Research Foundation
Nisha is an author, researcher and engineer. She is Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and Technology Fellow at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, Bengaluru. A Carnegie Mellon alum, Nisha's passionate about applying multivariate optimization in the real world, dabbling in fluid dynamics, and deconstructing the effect of chemicals on health and the environment. She recently moved back to India from the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked at the cutting edge of hardware product development in semiconductors and fuel cell technology.

Nisha regularly writes about the Indian economy, higher education, technology and policy. She led the production of India’s first report on deep science innovation, as Consulting Editor for YourStory. Nisha also co-authored and presented a report to the Maharashtra government with economic models for the state economy to reach USD 1 trillion GDP by 2025. She co-authored an exhaustive report surveying India's human capital development, released at the 15th FICCI Higher Education Summit in Nov 2019. In Dec 2019, Nisha was part of a team to produce an comprehensive survey of Bengaluru's fast-growing innovation ecosystem, released by the Karnataka Vision Fund.

In 2019, Nisha was nominated and placed #3 on YourStory's Top 100 Emerging Voices.

Gangadhar Gude- Founder at INVECAS
Worked at AMD as a Chip Designer and Started a Semiconductor comany after that.

Art & Culture

Yuvika Gupta – Founder at YouWe Network
Yuvika is the founder and CEO of YouWe Global Network LLP. She is a Chartered Accountant turned talk Show Host, Producer and Author. She has worked with PwC and KVG- Stat. Audit Dept. And has international exposure of studying at Babson, U.S. and TBS, France. She has been a speaker at Josh Talk & in South Africa International Creativity Conference. She has been awarded the Indian Achiever's Award 2020-Business Excellence and nominated for Rex Karmaveer Chakra Award. Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Co-opted member of PR Committee of ICAI.

Mr Ambi Subramaniam – Co-Founder SAPA In Schools
Hailed as "the new king of Indian classical violin" by The Times of India and “India’s Itzhak Pearlmann” by Ozy Magazine, Ambi Subramaniam was trained by his father and guru Dr. L. Subramaniam since he was three years old, and gave his first performance at the age of seven. He has received awards and recognitions including the Ritz Icon of the Year Award, the Rotary Youth Award, and two Global Indian Music Awards. He was also awarded a ‘Golden Violin’ from Sri Jayendra Saraswati when he was 18.

Along with his sister Bindu Subramaniam, Ambi runs the SaPa in Schools program, which teaches music to over 30,000 students across the world. He also co-hosts The SaPa Show on Sankara TV, which teaches global music to young children.

Ambi is a youth delegate at the United Nations for the Sri Chinmoy Peace Meditation group.

Social Businesses

Dr Parag Agarwal – Founder and CMD at JanaJal - Supremus Developers Pvt Ltd
For over 2 decades, Parag has worked with cutting edge technologies and worked across sectors and geographies to enable their implementation in India. His biggest strength being his ability to work with the private sector and state, federal and government agencies, both within India and overseas, Parag has successfully delivered some landmark projects in the past. His global exposure across various industries and sectors, focuses on technology-based solutions in Integrated Water and Waste Management, Agri-Logistics & Post Harvest Infrastructure, Drinking Water & Sanitation, and Homeland Security. Parag identified the need for safe drinking water in the life of every human being along with the need to make it available and accessible to all in an efficient, robust and sustainable manner.

If you are a YLC member, please send your request to join the SIG of your interest to ylc@aima.in