Key Team Members

  • Anuradha Vaishampayan
  • Pallavi Maitra
  • Ajay Vaze
  • Prarthana Mishra
  • Rameshwari Ganji
  • Akshata Kulkarni
Anuradha Vaishampayan
Anuradha Vaishampayan
Sr. Partner

Anuradha is a seasoned professional with a unique blend of corporate as well as consultancy experience. Anuradha has a postgraduate in Management with specialization in HR from ICFAI Business School, Mumbai. Anuradha is also a member of the NHRD network and India Women Network(IWN) an initiative of CII.

Anuradha spent the early part of her consulting career guiding organisations to align their HR and business strategy. She has worked with a number of senior professionals helping, reviewing and guiding them to achieve their performance goals. After having cut her teeth in various HR sub functions; Anuradha graduated to help organisations develop their overall strategy as well as growth plans which would ultimately lead to Execution Excellence. Anuradha has worked with several companies - ranging from start ups to Fortune 500 companies - helping them develop innovative and pragmatic solutions closely linked and aligned to their business strategies. She has also been instrumental in helping companies, build organizational capability in line with their current and future requirements. Her experience varies across sectors ranging from automobiles, medical devices, consumer products, financial services as well as IT.

Anuradha has done extensive work in the area of Psychometric testing and her success has led to development of tests beyond the HR space. Tests designed by her are being used as substitutes for credit ratings to help aid lending decisions. Anuradha expertise in this space includes design of these tests for International markets.

Anuradha is a natural leader and has effectively led teams consisting of persons senior to her in age and experience. In these assignments Anuradha has worked closely with the clients with a focus on understanding their needs to help provide the best solutions. This involves regular update sessions with the clients leadership as well as her team to ensure and check clarity of direction as well as to ensure that deadlines are met.

Prior to joining Index Advisory Anuradha has been associated with companies Saint Gobain and Catwalk Worldwide. At Index Advisory Anuradha has been a fast track employee and has managed assignments independently which includes dealing with CEOs specially in the SME space.

Pallavi Maitra
Pallavi Maitra
Sr. Partner

Pallavi is a seasoned HR professional who worked for 15 years in the corporate world before switching to the consultancy space. Pallavi has done her Masters in Psychology where she was a gold medalist.

Post that she has also acquired a degree in law as well as completed HR Gurukul the flagship program of the Tata group for budding HR professionals. Besides this Pallavi is a qualified practitioner of various psychometric instruments.. Pallavi is a well read person and always up-to-date with the latest happenings in the HR space.

For a large part of her corporate career Pallavi was associated with Tata Motors. During this stint Pallavi has worked across various plants as well as in the corporate office. She has worked in every area of the function in great detail. She has also seamlessly worked on various key group initiatives with the top management of the company. When Pallavi left the Tata group she was heading the HR for the commercial functions (non plant) of Tata Motors.

Pallavi has done extensive work in the areas of Business Excellence processes as well as training. Pallavi was a key member of the team responsible for TBEM in the Tata group which is modeled around the Malcom Baldrige Award. Pallavi played in key role in helping Tata Motors win this award.

Mr. Ajay Vaze
Ajay Vaze
Partner

Ajay brings about 14 years of professional experience in Business and HR Consulting. Prior to that for 7 years Ajay gained rich industry experience in the Financial Services, Steel, Non-Ferrous Metals and Telecommunication industries, with a focus on Credit Appraisal of Corporate Clients, Management Assurance, Project Management and Business Development

His vast expertise lies in Systems implementation, Operational, Sales and Marketing Excellence, Change Management Implementation, Organization Restructuring, Strategy Deployment and Innovation Framework Design across the Industries

Ajay has helped large client organisations in clarifying their strategies in alignment with business objectives and conceptualised many restructuring exercises across various industries. He has successfully completed over 40 projects spanning India, Middle East and South East Asia.

Restructured 9 service functions in 18 locations across India (a steel major with a workforce of 65,000)
Operational Excellence at 5 locations (India’s No. 1 Steel Service Centre)
Implemented a new Performance Management System (India’s No. 1 Housing Finance company)
Implemented Management Control Systems for Jamshedpur City
End-to-end Change Management at an integrated steel complex with captive power plant (steel and power major in Chhattisgarh)
Innovation Audit for a Global Chemical giant

A Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgy), a MBA in Finance, and has completed Group I of the Treasury and Forex Management Program of ICFAI

Prarthana Mishra
Prarthana Mishra
Principal

Prarthana is a qualified and a diligent HR professional with an experience of over 11 years in various functions within HR. Prarthana is a gold medalist in Organizational & Industrial Psychology and has also done her PGDBMS from Symbiosis Institute of Management Pune. She is also a certified practitioner for Psychometric tests like MBTI, 16PF and others. Prarthana is also certified in Competency mapping, BEI and Performance management from TVRLS, Hay and Mafoi.

Prarthana has worked for Tata Motors, Tata AIG and MAHYCO before joining Index Advisory. As part of her career she has worked hands-on on many key projects in these organisations. Her area of expertise covers competency mapping, work design, training and development, performance management systems, balance scorecard, employee engagement studies and compensation architecture design.

Prarthana is an expert in multi-tasking and can work on many projects simultaneously and delivering quality output to the client leading to customer delight. She has the unique skill of getting into depth of and assignment as well as stepping back and taking a helicopter view of the project at the same time.

Rameshwari Ganji
Rameshwari Ganji
Engagement Manager

After doing her post graduation in Commerce from Mumbai University Rameshwari pursued a masters program in Psychology from IGNOU. She has also done the general management program from IIM Kolkatta.  

After a seven years industry experience Rameshwari moved into the consultancy space with Index Advisory. Before joining Index Advisory Rameshwari has worked with HDFC Bank and Paramount Healthcare. Her area of expertise cover areas like Training, HR Operations, matching people to the right job, psychometric test etc. Rameshwari has skills which allow her to work seamlessly which may involve geographies, hierarchies, countries as well as different type of people. With highly effective interpersonal and delivery skills Rameshwari is a most sought after person by subordinates, peers and bosses alike. 

Some of her major projects includes international projects in Psychometric tests. Rameshwari is an expert in multi-tasking and can work on many projects simultaneously and delivering high quality output to the client leading to customer delight.

Rameshwari Ganji
Akshata Kulkarni
Head – Quality Assurance

Akshata has a Masters in Applied Psychology from University of Mumbai. She has worked on research projects in the areas of decision making, humour and personality and has taught subjects like Psychological Assessment and Fundamentals of Organization psychology to Bachelor of Arts students. She has also been affiliated with certain NGOs assisting them in their Impact Evaluations as an external research consultant. She champions the cause for an Anti-Plagiarism Movement in Indian Academic Research context. On a rainy day, good fictional books and pets cheer her up.

At Index, Akshata specializes in psychometrics and aids in developing psychometrically sound tools, using various statistical software. She also looks after the Quality Assurances and aids the team in better decision making. She has also been mastering People Analytics and enjoys exploring real-world problems with a researcher’s mind.