Hema Ravichandar
Hema Ravichandar
Strategic HR Advisor
Hema Ravichandar is a Strategic HR Advisor with about 33 years of industry experience. She currently advises several Indian and multinational corporations and is on the Board of several companies. Hema, until 2005, was the Senior Vice-President and Global Head of Human Resources for Infosys Technologies. In this capacity she designed and drove the HR agenda for Infosys globally, as it scaled up from 250 employees in 1992 to 40,000 employees in 2005. She has won several awards and accolades including three HR Professional of the Year Awards and listings amongst the “25 Most Powerful Women in India”. Hema is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Important qualities an entrepreneur should have:

  • Think big
  • Connect the dots
  • Persevere
  • Leverage the Ecosystem


What makes a great leader?

  • Be Strategic
  • Be Empathetic
  • Focus on Execution with Excellence
  • Walk the Talk
  • Inspire


Why did you choose to be a part of the Kstart ecosystem?

I am passionate about helping organizations manage the challenges of scale and execution, leadership and change. The Kstart platform gives me the chance to work with entrepreneurs and help them proactively identify and address these challenges


The one thing you wish you had known when you were 25?

It’s okay to stop and smell the roses.


Books you would recommend

  • The Customer Comes Second – Hal Rosenbluth
  • The Learning Organization – Peter Senge
  • Five Frogs on a Log – Mark Feldman and Michael F. Spratt


Hema Ravichandar writes on various aspects of Human Capital Management in the column titled ‘HR Matters’ in The Mint, a business newspaper from HT Media Ltd, in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal. Her articles can be read here

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