I am a business psychologist, Indian by background, a twin and part of a large extended family. I believe that being a twin I experienced both dependence and later, a need to establish independence and my own separate identity. Being part of a large family showed me what interdependence can bring and the value of community – lessons that are also relevant to the leaders I work with today.
One of several people who were pivotal in my formative years was my grandfather, who not only influenced my life, but who was also instrumental in bringing independence to India. He brought me up with the firm belief that good things happen when people are clear about what is important to them and who then go on to mobilize themselves and those around them to create the changes they want to see.
This then is what I try to do, both in my own life and what I encourage my clients to do. Doing so has given me a very diverse career where I have worked across the globe, both in the private and not for profit sectors. Other parts of my career I have been spend as an educator, both of teenage children and at business school. I have also worked as an employee in a technology company and been the owner of a small start up technology company. The latter happened while I was in my late twenties, and the experience I gained, including the mistakes I made, have been important contributors to the way I work with people.
My work has taken me across the globe.
Recently I have worked with clients such as Reckitt Benckiser, Barclays Bank Frezenius, PwC, Roche, CBRE, WPP,BP and Marks and Spencer. I work as a coach with the leaders and have also been coach to the CEO of two of these client companies as well as coach to members of the Executive teams. I work with London Business School and have coached at Insead and IMD.
In the not for profit sector have worked on multiple projects for the UN Food agencies, including bringing the leaders of three Sudanese refugee camps together with their supply line office to help resolve critical supply issues. I have also been involved in a project in Nigeria helping local women find their voice and lobby for better health and education for themselves and their families.
I work both with individuals and with leadership teams, combining a variety of psychological approaches with academic input as appropriate. I always learn from the people I work with and think I am truly fortunate in having such rewarding work.