About Us

Board of Directors

Pallavi JhaPallavi Jha
Chairperson & Managing Director
Dale Carnegie Training India

Pallavi Jha is the Chairperson & Managing Director of Dale Carnegie Training India and Walchand PeopleFirst Ltd.

Pallavi has diversified exposure to various management practices in areas such as training and development, HR, consulting and business restructuring, covering a wide range of industries from Engineering, Construction, FMCG, Media and Financial Services.

She has led the India operations into one of the largest territories for Dale Carnegie Training, winning several global awards for service and sales excellence. Pallavi is also an endorsed Leadership trainer and a trained Executive Coach.

She has been a vocal spokesperson for industry associations, and has chaired and moderated panel discussions involving India's leading business leaders. She has played a pioneering role in setting up India's first Finishing School focused on soft -skills training, the missing ingredient in the talent development and employability challenge confronting Indian industry. Today her company has a focused practice on employability and livelihoods training through its Walchand Plus division.

She has been a keynote speaker and a panel member in various fora on business, HR, training and leadership. She is an active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry and has held offices of the Chairperson for Maharashtra Council, CII and the Skills Development Committee for CII, Western Region and National Council on Skills Development. She also chaired the Indian Women’s Network, a CII initiative aimed at engaging, enabling and empowering women.  

Earlier, she was Executive Director of India's leading construction company, HCC, an erstwhile Walchand Group company before starting off her own ventures. She began her career with Procter & Gamble.

Pallavi is an MBA from Syracuse University, New York and a graduate in humanities from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. She is also a certified Executive Coach from Erickson Coaching International.

Mr. Sanjay Jha
Executive Director
Dale Carnegie Training India

Sanjay Jha is the Executive Director of the world-famous Dale Carnegie Training operations in India, which has a global experience of having worked with over 400 of the Top Fortune 500 companies. In India, Dale Carnegie has worked with over 3000 corporate firms, multinational companies, public sector, government and NGOs and trained more than 310,000 Dale Carnegie graduates in the last ten years. His area of professional interest and management science specialization includes leadership development, change management, corporate culture and ethics, business strategy and emotional intelligence. Sanjay is a Motivational speaker, an Executive Coach and Mentor who has advised top management, including CEO’s as well as senior political leaders. Jha is also the National Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress Party since 2013 and represents his political party in TV debates and panel discussions. He is the President of All India Professionals Congress, Maharashtra.

Sanjay has often received an overwhelming feedback and recognition for his high-quality training and leadership talk. He is one of the senior leaders in the worldwide Dale Carnegie Training network, and has addressed global audiences in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Singapore, Bermuda, Taiwan, Mexico and Toronto. Jha has addressed managers and leaders at ICICI Pru, TEDx, IBM, Axis Bank, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Oracle, British Gas, Brookings, The Doon School, Toastmaster, St. Xavier’s College, Dainik Bhaskar, Crompton Greaves, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Bajaj Electricals, SHRM, United Nations Young Achiever’s Conclave, SRCC, IIT, Standard Chartered, Tata Motors, CII, IMC, Venture Capital Association, NHRD, Apple, Bharat Petroleum, Citibank, Mahindra & Mahindra etc. He has conducted several corporate programs focused on executive development, advised companies on corporate image management, done executive coaching and consulted with companies. He has also addressed business schools, industry conferences and knowledge symposiums, and has also been engaged frequently as a strategic consultant/ advisor on training to a leading political party.

He has made several contributions to mainline news and business dailies and magazines such as Business Standard, Indian Express, Financial Express, Hindustan Times, Mid-Day, Tehelka, Rediff.com and The Huffington Post, and appears regularly to air his views on print and electronic media. He is one of India’s top influencers on social media like Twitter.

He has founded one of the world’s leading internet portals called CricketNext.Com which was ranked once amongst Alexa Top 1000 sites globally, and is now part of the Network 18 media Group.

Prior to starting Dale Carnegie, Sanjay was instrumental in setting up the private sector mutual fund industry in India, having worked as a Senior Vice President with ITC Threadneedle Asset Management ( part of BAT plc, UK) and as a Vice President , Alliance Capital ( New York, USA). His career in banking included stints with both Bank of America and ANZ Grindlays Bank where he worked in NRI marketing and operation services, product-technology training, retail banking and branch management. He started his career in sales with Bharat Petroleum.

Jha completed his MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and his Master’s in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, University of Pune. He graduated with distinction in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune.

Sanjay has also written a cricket anthology titled 11—Triumphs, Trials and Turbulence in Indian cricket, two cricket quiz books and published his first collection of poems. Jha has recently authored a book on leadership called The Superstar Syndrome (The Making Of A Champion), co-authored with Dr. Myra White, who is a Professor at the Harvard Medical School. This book was launched in August 2013 and featured in the Crossword Bestseller list.

Mr. Uday Yeshwant Phadke – Independent Director

Mr. Uday Phadke, 67 years, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Law from Mumbai University.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

Mr. Phadke had been with Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) since 1973. He was President –Finance, Legal & Financial services sector and a member of the Group Executive Board at M & M & thereafter “Principal Advisor-Finance “at M & M. He retired on 31st August 2015.

He was a Director on the Board of certain companies in the Mahindra Group such as Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd., Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited, Mahindra World City Developers Limited, etc. He was also on Audit Committee of these companies.

He has received CFO awards from various organizations for excellence in different areas of financial management including award as Best CFO in the manufacturing sector from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

He was a member of the SEBI Committee on Disclosures and Accounting Standards. He has been Chairman of the Direct Taxes Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was on the Accounting Standards Board of the ICAI, as a nominee of CII. He has also been a member of the National Advisory Committee of Accounting Standards constituted under the Companies Act, as a nominee of CII.

He is currently an independent director on the board of IDFC AMC Trustee Company & on the Board of Kotak Infrastructure Debt Fund Limited. He is also a Governing Council member of Banking Codes & Standards Board of India.

Mr. H. N. Shrinivas - Independent Director

Worked with THE TAJ GROUP OF HOTELS for 25+ years growing up to Sr. Vice President – Total Quality and Business Excellence (Corporate Quality Head) and Sr. Vice President – Human Resources

People practice function at Taj successfully built a customer centric work culture through innovative employee engagement practices.  This was acknowledged by Gallup Inc.US, by listing Taj among the top 15 companies in the world; was the recipient of Global Great Workplace Award for 4 consecutive years.  This journey of building benchmark HR practices at Taj has become a Harvard case study.  Taj hotels were also recognised with Tata Business Excellence Award (based on Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award) for achievement of highest standards of service quality, employee engagement and customer excellence.

Lead the relief and rehabilitation operation for terror victim families in the city of Mumbai post 26/11 terror attack.

Worked with Hewlett-Packard - Global Delivery India Centre as Director – Human Resources for 3 years managing end to end HR for a workforce of about 10,000 employees mostly software engineers.

Worked as Advisor Tata Sons on a major Skill Development project that was conceptualised by the then Chairman, to support and facilitate vocational skills initiative in India and achieve a target of 1 million under privileged youth trained vocationally for gainful employment.

Currently working with Tata Trusts and Tata Institute of Social Sciences on major projects of Skill Development and helping youth from weaker sections of the society to get trained for livelihoods and jobs.


  • MSW (PM&IR), Bangalore, LLM (Master’s in Industrial Law)
  • Advanced Management Programme – Cornell University, U.S.A.
  • Advanced Management program, Cambridge University, UK.



  • Recipient of “Seasoned HR Professional of the Country” award from National HRD Network
  • NIPM’s Lifetime Achievement for HR Professional

Mr. Jehangir Ardeshir – Independent Director

Jehangir Ardeshir presently serves as a non-executive / independent Director at Forbes Marshall, Cyient DLM, and Sarotam Industrial, all privately owned.  
In his executive career, he was the Group CEO of Forbes Marshall (Nov 2013 to Oct 2018), prior to which he was President and MD of Terex India Pvt Ltd (Oct 2008 to Sept 2013).

He started his career in the Tata Group as a Tata Administrative Service Officer in 1983, after graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

In 1984 he joined Tata Steel,  where he spent 17 years till 2001, mostly in Jamshedpur in a variety of positions till he reached Principal Executive Officer, after which he was appointed as CEO of Tata Quality Management Services (the Business Excellence arm of Tata Sons, 2002 to 2005), and then took on the responsibility of President of Tata Teleservices (2005 to 2008).

Jehangir has participated in the Eastern, Southern and Western regions in CII, and in the AIMA in the Eastern region. He is a life member of the Indian Institute of Metals and was a Board Member of the QuEST Forum (a Global Quality Forum in the telecom industry).