HR Committee

IFCCI HR Committee

The Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI) is pleased to launch its first ever HR committee as part of the 40th year of its successful establishment in India.

The objective of this committee is to create a platform for HR heads from top Indian and French companies to network and discuss best practices as well as exchange views on current industry trends on a quarterly basis.




Ms. Astrid Dcoutho
Director – HR, GA & Corp. Communications

A highly versatile executive who in a career spanning over 22 years has gained diverse experience in administrative and management roles in leading global Industrial Gases companies in India. In her current role as Director - Human Resources &Communications, Air Liquide India  she spearheads the HR strategy and initiatives for the organization and has a proven expertise of collaborating with senior management to conduct human resource strategic planning in order to support the company’s objectives. Prior to joining Air Liquide she worked with Praxair India (from June 1995) in diverse roles - Human Resource Management, Marketing, Corporate Communications &General Administration.


a Sonepar Flagship Company


Ms. Seema Ahluwalia
Director HR & Administration

Seema is a dynamic HR professional with 25 years of rich experience in Business Administration &Human Resource Management. She has served global companies in diversified industry segments – HONDA, PEPSI, NESTLE, HONEYWELL and is currently associated with ESK India, a Sonepar Flagship Company, since its inception.

Sonepar is an independent French family-owned company with global market leadership in B to B distribution of electrical products and related solutions. Seema has also bagged with several outstanding awards from her superiors for excellence in Talent Acquisitions &Manpower Development.  She has a strong International Business Acumen &Management Support for New Projects / Decision making.




Mr. Prithvi Shergill
Senior Corporate Vice President, HCL Technologies

Mr. Prithvi Shergill is an experienced Corporate Business Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Human Capital Strategy &Management, Business Revitalisation, Consulting, Organisational Design and Change, Operations as well as Leadership &Talent Development, Reward Design, and Optimising the Talent Supply Chain and Service Delivery. Depth in human resources professional skills with a Bachelor in Commerce - MBA from University of Mumbai.




Roshni Wadhwa
Director – Human Resources

Roshni Wadhwa is MBA graduated from Pune University. Previously, she was the HR Director of L'Oréal in Singapore. Now, she is based in Mumbai – as Human Ressources Director of L'Oréal.




Rajesh K Gupta
Site HR Director

Since January 2016, Mr. Gupta was elevated to Director Career Management &Recruitment for Michelin India -  Michelin is world leader in tyre technology &pioneer of Radial Tyres.

Mr. Gupta is a Mechanical Engineer with over 28+ years of experience in procurement, materials management, systems implementation and vendor management. Formulating and implementing the annual Corporate Strategy by developing / modifying mid-term strategy for purchase and establishing methods to achieve profit targets and material planning. 




Ms. Ankita Gupta
Head  Human Resources

Ms. Ankita Gupta is an engineer with Postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management with a strong HR Generalist experience of nearly 12 years in Wines &Spirits, Retail, Fitness &Sports Industry. Since Dec 2013 heading HR for India-subcontinent for Moet Hennessy India and responsible for entire HR function and reporting operationally to MD, Moet Hennessy India and functionally to Regional HR Director, MHAP.  In earlier stints have headed HR Operations for Bestseller India and Reebok India.




Rachna Mukherjee
Chief HR Officer  Greater India

Ms. Mukherjee is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer of Schneider Electric, Rachna Mukherjee has experiences in Talent Management, Career/ Succession Planning, Change Management, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement.

Previously, she was Vice President HR at Aircel Ltd. She has managed HR for the organization through its exponential growth phase of doubling the employee base in a short span, has driven the people agenda for the launch of an additional 13 circle operations and had led various strategic HR initiatives during the most dynamic phase of the organization. She carries a diverse experience of over 25 years. She is a certified Executive and Life Coach from International Coach Federation and also certified to conduct a series of leadership and employee development interventions by organizations like Hay, Gallup, DDI, Covey Institute.

Rachna has played key strategic roles in organizations such as Microsoft IBM, Escotel Mobile Communications NIC and Blue Star – Hewlett Packard. Recipient of HR Leadership Award - 2010 at the World HRD Congress and the Woman Super Achiever award 2010 & 2016.

Rachna is Electronics &Electrical Engineer from BITS - Pilani and after initial contribution to Engineering roles, she has moved to Human Resources.




Ms. Jui Dabir
Head of Human Ressources

Ms.Dabir has a total experience of 25 years, previously worked with the Consulate of Israel as Information Officer and with PAL-Peugeot as a Translator / Interpreter

Completed 17 years in Serdia Pharmaceuticals (India) Pvt. Ltd.

In current role since July 2012.




Jayanthi J
National Director HR

Progressive association with HRM, Strategy, Performance, Compensation Management, Talent acquistion, Organisation development, Talent Engagement, CMM-PCMM, Change management.

Ms. Jayanthi Jhas anchored and led the HR function at different capacities , in the process of which built winning teams.

As a trusted business partner held leadership position handling entire gamut of talent management in Nucleus Software, Xchanging, Fiserv and Deloitte. Focus area being Organisational Development, HR operations Compensation/ Performance Management, Learning, Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Engagement and Talent Acquisition. Handled varied roles from HR entrepreneurial role in start up to large workforces, maintaining peaceful &amicable work environment and in initiating measures for the benefit of both Talent and Organisation.

She is an active speaker at academic forums - Delhi University, IMT, MDI and Industry -HR forums.

NHRD L&D- member of steering committee.




Mr. Pakzad Nussirabad
Executive Director – People (Group Human Resources)

Pakzad Nussirabad leads the People (Group Human Resources) function for the SKP Group. With over 17 years of multidisciplinary experience in diverse organisations ranging from fast growing mid-sized firms to established multinationals, he is adept at end-to-end people management, spanning the entire employee lifecycle from pre-inception to separation. Besides having led several innovative people-acquisition and retention initiatives, he places great emphasis on coaching and developing people. His information technology background also helps him bring about balanced automation into the people domain without losing sight of the required human interface. He believes in leading by largely employing an inspiration and belief-focused approach over an authoritarian one. Pakzad has the ability to connect easily with all those he interacts with and loves collaboration, which often results in innovative discovery. He partners actively with SKP’s leadership to develop and deliver people (HR) practices aligned to organisation goals; always factoring in and representing employees’ interest. In addition, he works closely with the business advisory and corporate services practices on HR advisory and service assignments.

Pakzad hold as Masters in Business Administration with Distinction from Cardiff Metropolitan University and was awarded the prestigious Student of the Year award during his time there. His association with the University continues as an International Alumni Ambassador.

During his tenure at SKP, Pakzad has been invited to represent the company at multiple forums and events organised such as SHRM, World HRD Congress, People Matters, LinkedIn, IMA, Randstad, etc. He is a member of the IFCCI HR Committee, IMA CHRO Forum & SHRM. In 2017, his contribution has been appreciated by LinkedIn and he was featured as a Thought Leader in theri LinkedInd Annual Coffee Table Book. The World HRD Congress also recognised him as one of the most influential HR Leaders in India 2017.




Ms. Veena Iyer 
HR Head

Ms Veen Iyer is with Societe Generale since August 2016 as Director and Head of HR for Bank, Equities and ALD.

A 22 years carreer in business Solutions, employee Engagement Initiatives and Interventions, leadership &Learning Intervention, change &Project Management, governance – HR Compliance, Audit , Risk, brand Building &Corporate Social Responsibility, etc.




Nisha Gupta Malhotra
Head  HR & Administration

Nisha Gupta Malhotra carries strong strategic HR expertise of 13+ years across Industries like textiles, ITES, FMCG, electrical, oil &gas as part of the Senior HR function at large Indian Business houses, MNC’s and startups with focus on delivery &growth. She is currently heading HR function - PAN India with Socomec, a renowned French multinational group, head quartered at Benfeld-France.

Socomec has expertise in manufacturing electrical switchgears, energy meters ans industrial UPS.

Nisha has expertise in handling HR functions entailing recruitment, training, succession planning & grievance handling. Adept in compensation, benefits &performance management, planning, strategizing and implementing abilities with demonstrated success in handling HR matters.




Sanjeev Verma
VP & Head  Human Resources

Overall Mr. Sanjeev Verma has approx. 20 years of experience in talent management, streamlining HR processes and systems, policies, HR automation along with other interventions like new performance management systems, L&D, starting of new business revenue generation vertical from the scratch etc. Also an active member of Sodexo’s global project team.

His focus area has been driving change management, bringing performance driven culture, working closely with Sodexo’s HQ-Paris in the evolution and implementation of strategic HR interventions and also streamlining of existing processes and systems. Sanjeev is closely working with senior management team in transforming culture of the organisation by focusing on company’s values, thus making a culture of trust and openness, improving communication within all the levels of the organization and creating a highly engaged team. Employee engagement and reward and recognition are his thrust area.

Prior to this, he was working as Director and Head – Human Resources, ESPN Star Sports India Private Ltd.




Mr. Nikhil Vijay Shahane
HR Director, India

Mr. Nikhil Shahane is the HR Director, India for Technip India Limited. He has over 15 years HR experience, both at a Strategic and Operational level predominantly in the Energy sector. Prior to joining Technip India early 2016, he was HR Director for Technip in Middle East where he worked for four years and Head of HR for the Engineering Division of Topaz Energy Marine covering operations in Middle East and the Caspian region since 2005.

His previous assignments in India have been as a HR generalist based at the manufacturing facilities of Videocon Appliances Limited and Johnson &Johnson. He holds a Masters in Business Administration and he recently acquired a Masters in International HR Management from Cranfield School of Management, UK.

Nikhil takes special interest in the subject of Diversity &Inclusion both from a Cultural as well as Gender standpoint, owing to his stint in the Middle East and research he conducted on similar subjects as part of his Masters. He has presented papers at various International Conferences in the Middle East.




Mr. Sekhar Sahay
HR Director  India, Thales

Mr. Sekhar Sahay was appointed the HR Director – India, Thales, in November 2014. He is responsible for leading and directing the human resource team to deliver comprehensive HR services to Thales in India.

He is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in the HR sector. Prior to joining Thales, Sekhar was Head of Talent Management at Ericsson India Ltd, where he was also in-charge of performance management, leadership talent identification, assessment and development, and employee engagement.

Sekhar did his post-graduation in Human Resources from Xavier Institute of Social Service.




Mr. Atul Gupta
Partner  Labour & Employment

Mr. Atul Gupta is a partner in Trilegal. He is part of Employment &corporate practice group. He is an employment law specialist, and has also got extensive corporate law and foreign exchange law experience. Atul's mixed employment &corporate law knowledge gives him the unique ability to provide well-rounded, commercial advise on complex matters, and better navigate the interplay between Indian corporate &employment laws.




Human Resources Director

Ubisoft Entertainment is a French multinational video game publisher, headquartered in Paris, France. It is known for developing games for several acclaimed video game franchises.

Ubisoft Pune, legally Ubisoft Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd., is a video game Production studio based in Pune with over 600 talented employees.

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