Entries now open for PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards

WELCOME to the PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards, 2019

Theme - Creating Winning Organizations

The PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards are the most coveted, sought after and the longest running awards in the field of HR. They recognise professionals and companies that are willing to stretch the boundaries of people strategy. HR teams most often spend all their time and energy on the development of the rest of the organisation, without finding a relevant platform to think of themselves. The PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards are about celebrating the finest initiatives in HR by organizations across geographies and provide opportunity for experts in the profession to recognize the world-class contributions made by their colleagues.

All submissions are evaluated by an eminent jury panel consisting of Industry experts, HR Leaders and Academicians. The selection process is conducted at two levels, each having a separate group of jury members to ensure objective and fair evaluation. At the end of the jury rounds, the list of Winner, 1st Runner up and 2nd Runner up in each category is decided. The awards are presented on the day of the event.

From the desk of the Director

A hearty ‘Congratulations’

To all the winners in each award category, on behalf of the PeopleFirst team. This year the preliminary jury examined an overwhelming number of nominations to decide the category wise top 3; and in some cases, recommended more than 3 due the quality of work showcased by organizations. The final jury members were impressed with the quality and quantum of work happening in every organization irrespective of the size, industry, sector or location. One can only empathize with them for making tough decisions to indicate the winner, 1st and 2nd runner up.

The awards team thanks our Sponsors, Strategic partners, Knowledge partners, Speakers, Panelists, Jury, Delegates, Student volunteers, and the ISME team for making the event a memorable one. I look forward to your continued patronage and partnership to make the 2020 event bigger…. better. Pre-registering for 2020 nominations will open shortly. Until we meet next year, may we all continue to build great organizations.


Warm regards,

Subramanian Anantha Narayanan,

Director – PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards

EVENT VENUE LLT, 4th Floor, Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship (ISME). North Annexe, Tower 2 B, One Indiabulls Centre, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai - 400013

DATE 31st May, 2019

Award categories:

'Leading practices' in

Talent Acquisition

'Leading practices' in

Talent Management

'Leading practices' in

Technology Deployment in HR

'Leading practices' in

HR Business Partnership

'Leading practices' in

Benefits Administration

'Leading practices' in

Health and Well-being

'Leading practices' in

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Diveristy and inculsion
'Leading practices' in

Diversity & Inclusion initiatives

'Leading practices' in

Employee Engagement

HR Transformation
'Leading practices' in

HR Transformation

'Leading practices' in

Learning & Development

'Leading practices' in

Internal Communications

Leading practices in Risk management
'Leading practices' in

HR Risk Management

HR Future Leader
'Individual' award

HR 'Future Leader'

CHRO of the year Award
'Individual' award

CHRO of the year

People’s CEO of the year
'Individual' award

People’s CEO of the year

Business Icon Award
'Individual' award

Business Icon Award

Speakers 2019

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Why should you Nominate?


Demonstrates your company’s special status to your customers, stakeholders and employees.


Celebrate the finest initiatives of HR in your company


Showcase the definitive work your HR team has done

Deserving Team

Opportunity to credit deserving team members, and bring glory to the organization


Acknowledge the achievements to motivate the teams

Spirit of

A recognition of the “Spirit of Excellence” in HR practices and a mark of a “best-in-class” organization.

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Sponsors & Strategic Partners

Event Gallery 2019

Celebrations galore at the event, recognizing the immensely talented pool of HR professionals who enabled organizational success in their respective companies.
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Fidelity National Financial Pvt. Ltd.

Fidelity National Financial Pvt. Ltd.

‘Leading practices’ in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Welcome address by Jagmohan Bhanver

Jagmohan Bhanver, CEO, The Next Milestone Technologies Pvt Ltd

The welcome address.
Winner proudly holding hr excellence award

‘Leading practices’ in Talent Management

Oracle India Pvt Ltd being presented with the Winner award by Sameer Dhanrajani (CSO, Fractal Analytics) and Arvind Murwaha (VP Global L&D, Suzlon Energy)

'Leading practices' in Employee Engagement

Arcesium India Pvt Ltd being presented with the Winner Award

'Leading practices' in Corporate Social Responsibility

United Breweries Ltd being presented with the Winner Award
Judge listening to presentations in the Jury round

Jury Round

Sahil Nayar (Associate Director- HR, KPMG) and Dharmendra Rai (India's 1st Mind Map Trainer) sit down together to evaluate the presentations.
Winner proudly holding hr excellence award

People's CEO of the Year (Telecom Infrastructure industry)

Sushil Kumar Chaturvedi - Ascend Telecom Infrastructure Pvt Ltd being presented with the Winner Award
Ajey Oberoi speaking HR Excellence Awards

Dr Ajay Oberoi (CPO & Head Administration, IDBI Federal Life Insurance)

Shares his views on the topic- "From Careers to Experiences - New pathways"

'Leading practices' in HR Risk Management

Al Rajhi Bank being presented with the Winner Award


It’s been wonderful to be associated with the PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards 2018. It was really an enlightening experience to see the amount of HR interventions that are happening and the truly genuine ways in which the jury are looking at HR talent coming their way. As a venue partner, knowledge partner and as a speaker I had an exciting 2 days and it’s only grown in stature from what I’ve seen in 2017.

Binoj Vasu

Binoj Vasu

Senior President & Chief Learning Officer, YES BANK

Thank you for hosting PeopleFirst HR Excellence Awards, 2018. A true value event for HR fraternity. This platform means a lot to us and it is here where we got the opportunity to showcase our success story. Thank you PeopleFirst for this wonderful platform!

Romy Felix

Romy Felix

Director Talent Management & Succession Planning,
Al Rajhi Bank,
Saudi Arabia

Very happy to be declared as the winner of the Employee Engagement category.In many ways our investment in employee engagement has paid off. Would like to thank People First for doing the robust evaluation. I wish the team very best! Cheers!

Sriram S R

Sriram S R

Director-Human Capital, Arcesium India Pvt. Ltd.

It was a delight to be given an esteemed platform to exhibit our initiatives and best practices. Needless to say, that, we are thrilled on being adjudged the winner in our category. The overall experience, both in the Jury round and the final day of presentation was extremely enriching and fabulous. There was a lot to be learnt from the renowned speakers and our fellow HR fraternity. We earnestly thank you and your team for being the perfect host.

Sriram S R

Monika Diwan

HR Business Partner, GfK Nielson India Pvt Ltd