Top HR professionals to follow on Social Media in 2021

 Top HR Professionals to follow on 
Social Media in 2021

The world is resetting from the pandemic and every organization is back on its feet. Human Resource departments whilst adhering to the existing trends, also have to focus on modifying the current trends and designing new protocols and policies. In other words, the human resource department needs to provide a high return on the business’s investment in its people.

Here we have put together a list of HR Influencers based on their LinkedIn and Twitter profiles who will be worth noticing in 2021.

If you’d like to visit the noteworthy profiles for 2022, do take a look at Top HR Leaders 2022.

We have listed Eminent HR Professionals to follow on LinkedIn & Twitter in 2021.


Name: Abhay Kapoor



Role: Group HR Head

Company: Amazon

Location: New Delhi

Abhay is a stellar HR Leader, Change Enabler and People Strategist at Group/Board level with 25+ years of experience. Driving Thought leadership, spearheading People Excellence & Organisation Development programs in diverse industries of E-commerce, Internet, Pharma, Consumer Goods, Electronics, Engineering, Packaging, IT & ITES in Large Indian, American, European, Japanese, Korean MNCs and Startups.


Name: Amy C. Waninger



Role: Diversity & inclusion Consultant

Company: Lead at Any Level

Location: Greater Indianapolis

Amy assesses corporate cultures and provides recommendations for more inclusive business practices. Employee Resource Groups, hiring practices, succession planning, talent assessment, leadership development, diversity, and inclusion. She works with organizations that want to develop inclusive cultures and diverse leadership bench strength for a sustainable competitive advantage.


Name: Angela O’Connor



Role: President

Company: The HR Society

Location: London

Angela is the founder and CEO of The HR Lounge. Her experience in HR spans over 30 years with roles as the Chief People Officer at the National Policing Improvement Agency, HR Director at the Crown Prosecution Service, and Head of HR at three London-based authorities.


Name: Apoorva Singh


Role: Sr. HRBP

Company: Amazon

Location: Bangalore

Apoorva is an experienced Human Resources Business Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the e-commerce and manufacturing industry. Skilled in HR Business Partnering, Program Management, Training Needs Analysis, HR Policies, and Labor Relations. Strong human resources professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.


Name: Ashish Gakrey



Role: Founder, Program Manager

Company: HR shapers, Ex- Capgemini

Location: Pune

Ashish comes with corporate diversified exposure to HR Operations, HR Generalist, Talent Management, Talent Sourcing & Talent Acquisition, Induction, Learning & Development, PMS, Motivation, Engagement, Retention, HR Policies, HR Processes, Audit, Compliance & HR Shared Services / HRSS


Name: Ashish Jain


Role: People Advisor

Company: BP (Castrol)

Location: Mumbai

Ashish is an HR leader and XLRI alumni with a mix of HR Business partnering and COE experience across the Manufacturing, Financial Services, Telecom, and FMCG sectors. Rich experience across different HR verticals including – Talent Management & Development (including Leadership Development), Organization Development, Talent Acquisition, Performance Management & Rewards, Diversity & Inclusion, etc. Certified in Thomas Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) based on DISC profiling.


Name: Dr. Aquil Busrai



Role: CEO

Company: Aquil Busrai Consulting, Ex- Unilever, Motorola, Shell & IBM. 

Location: Gurgaon

Aquil comes with over four decades of HR experience covering all aspects of HR including IR, Recruitment, Training, Remuneration, Policy, Operations, Divestment, cross-cultural workforce and HR Shared Services. He has worked with Global Organisations like Unilever PLC, Motorola, Shell, IBM in India, Africa &!5 Asian Pacific countries. He was part of growing the business from 14k employees to 47k employees in four and half years. He has now started his own consulting firm offering, Executive Coaching, HR Strategy and, Leadership Development and Training.


Name: Dr. Swatee Sarangi


Role: Global Head – Learning, Leadership & Organization Development

Company: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Location: Mumbai

A C-suite level practitioner in strategic workforce design & capability development. Excellence in talent modeling, strategic visioning, learning, people development, work practice innovations & leadership development. Proficiency in design & execution of OD interventions, assessments, coaching & mentoring models. A Ph. D holder, academic Gold medalist, with 20+ publications. Received “Best Management Faculty” from Mr. Ratan Tata. An avid collaborator with ivy league schools (Harvard, Wharton, INSEAD, Ross Michigan, London Business School and likes) to shape leadership vision with a global dimension.


Name: Gaurav Bakshi


Role: Director

Company: Strat Board Services

Location: Gurgaon

Gaurav has an intensely experienced life and challenges of People Practitioners and HR Service Providers – he realizes the needs and unmet expectations which yet exist in the fast-maturing Human Resources Function. He has recently launched a first-of-its-kind platform for HR Leaders and Service Providers – hoping to make a definite delta to the ideation and execution of People Strategy! Gaurav’s biggest strength lies in Business HR and he specializes in bringing practical aspects of Human Resource Management as they exist in the real world on the bedrock of core concepts and fundamentals of People Management.


Name: Gautam Ghosh



Role: Director Talent Branding

Company: Ex-Flipkart

Location: Lucknow

Gautam Ghosh is a Consultant in Digital and Social HR. He was earlier Director Talent Branding at Flipkart – India’s number one e-commerce firm. He specializes in the areas of Human Resources, Organization Development, and how businesses can leverage Social tools for HR. He was a subject matter expert in the HR and Social Media area for SHRM India a few years ago. Gautam’s blog has been listed by HRWorld amongst the top 25 HR blogs worldwide and also amongst the Career 100, a list of the top 100 career-related blogs globally in the English language


Name: Haris Salman


Role: Technical Talent Acquisition Specialist

Company: Careem

Location: Lahore

Haris has had the unique opportunity to help shape the direction of the company through effective recruitment, forecasting, and strategy analysis. Which allowed him to enjoy problem-solving, building innovative solutions, delivering data-driven insights, and working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. He is an ambitious individual who maintains a positive and proactive attitude with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


Name: Ipshita Kajla


Role: General Manager, HR

Company: Yatra Online Pvt Ltd

Location: Delhi

Ipshita is a Human Resources Professional with 14+ years’ experience in transforming a business vision into HR initiatives to improve performance, profitability, growth, and employee engagement. Ipshita thrives on tough challenges and translates visions and strategies into actionable, value-added goals with a firm belief that Human Capital is an extremely valuable asset.


Name: Jasmine Summers


Role: Talent Acquisitions Specialist

Company: Proteam Solutions Inc

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Jasmine is a Talent Acquisition Specialist with a strong desire to not only empower job seekers but also make the easiest transition for those on the job market. For over 5 years, She has been helping job seekers find their perfect careers. As an added bonus, She also assists with resume writing and interview preparation.


Name: Jennifer McClure



Role: CEO

Company: Unbridled Talent & DisruptHR

Location: Cincinnati Metropolitan Area

Jennifer McClure is a sought after Speaker and Coach who combines her experiences as a Business Leader, Human Resources Executive, Executive Recruiter, and Executive Coach with an educational, entertaining, and informative style in order to Educate, Empower and Encourage audience members and clients to unleash their individual potential and enhance their skills as Leaders of People.


Name: Jon Thurmond



Role: Podcast host & Producer

Company: #HRSocialHour

Location: Greater Richmond Region

Jon has managed a full-cycle recruiting team filling almost 2000 jobs a year, leads day-to-day relationships with multiple unions in a Labor Relations role, and works as an HR Manager with a utility engineering and construction firm. He hosts and produces the “HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast” as well as the #HRSocialHour Twitter chat (held the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM Eastern).


Name:  Kirtyanand


Role: Learning & Wellbeing lead- South Asia

Company: Unilever

Location: Mumbai

Human Resource professional with 8.5+ years of experience in the FMCG / CH sector. His experiences comprise factory HR (Unionised setups), Employer Brand, and Talent Acquisition, business partnering with Sales.


Name:  Mandeep Kaur


Role: ​Strategic Human Resources Leader

Company: IBM

Location: Gurgaon

A Strategic Human Resources Leader focused on creating value and impact through shaping and driving HR strategy, with an unerring focus on business results. Has been a keen Industry contributor – Zonal Head, National HRD Network, for Gurgaon Zone, Member of Regional Committee on HR & IR, CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) Northern Region, India, and HR Committee AMCHAM (American Chamber of Commerce), India.


Name:  Mussarat Hussain


Role: Head – Leadership & Functional School

Company: Maruti Suzuki India Ltd

Location: Delhi

Mussarat is a seasoned HR Professional with almost three decades of experience in Corporate HR, Plant HR & Administration including Industrial Relations, HR Strategy,HR Transformation & Change Management, L&D & Leadership Development, HR Business Partnering , Talent Acquisition ( from Blue Collared to Senior Leadership) , Green Field & Brown Field Projects, Merger & Acquisition, HR Audit & HRMS


Name: Nanda Majumdar


Role: CHRO

Company: Nishith Desai Associates

Location: Mumbai

Nanda comes with a 25-year career with broad and diverse leadership roles in Human Resources strategy and development, management consulting, communication, and business journalism. Have led the Human Resources function at leading global organizations, and been part of the C-Suite driving company strategy and value.


Name: Nikita Singh


Twitter: nikitasingh174

Role:  Founder


Location: Mumbai

An Organisational Psychologist from the London School of Economics (LSE), Nikita works in the areas of Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, and Wellness. A large part of her work has been focused on leadership assessment, coaching, and customized program design. She has worked with 100+ mid to senior-level leaders in the last few years, leveraging a multitude of assessment methodologies and coaching, based on the context. Diversity & Inclusion. Her experience spans 10+ countries, and diverse verticals like Manufacturing, Automotive, Pharmaceuticals, Textiles, FMCG, and Retail.


Name: Nitin Rohilla


Role: Talent Acquisition Manager

Company: Zolo

Location: Bangalore

A dynamic Talent Acquisition Specialist at Zolo. Nitin is a balanced, flexible, and self-driven individual with a mindset to learn, innovate, plan and execute new ideas in the field of Human Resources. His work ethic is stellar which helps the organizations to set the meritocracy culture.


Name: Pooja Minocha


Role: CHRO and Partner

Company: CHRO nexus

Location: Mumbai

Pooja has over 20 years of wide expertise in Human Resource Management function with specialization in Organisation development, HR Strategy, HR Business Partner, Compensation & Benefits, HR operations, and HRIT. Pooja has lead several HR functions driving Total Rewards, Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Innovation in HR, HR scorecard, Organisation Structuring, Job Evaluation and Performance & Rewards and HR for HR. Pooja has multi industry experience in Financial Services, Telecom, IT/ITES and Pharmaceuticals.


Name: Prabir Jha



Role:  CEO, Ex-President & Global Chief People Officer

Company: Prabir Jha People Advisory, Ex-Cipla

Location: Mumbai

Prabir is known as a #LinkedIn Power Profile, a TEDx speaker, columnist, and active Tweeter. A HumanResources strategist with diverse industry experience, from the civil service to engineering, Information Technology, pharmaceuticals, automotive, and a conglomeration of Hydrocarbons, retail, media, and telecom/ digital services. Been the CHRO of two New York Stock Exchange-listed companies as also the CHRO of two Fortune 500 companies. Helped all companies where he had been the CHRO to make it to the list of Top Ten Best Companies to Work For in India.


Name: Pradeep Sahay



Role: Author 

Book & Publishing:  Competing on Talent, Cambridge

Location: Delhi

An alumnus of BITS Pilani with a Masters in Management from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Pradeep’s leadership experience includes managing P&L, Talent Acquisition, and Business HR remits in both large corporate and professional services work settings, including start-up ecosystems. His domain expertise spans the Technology, Telecom, Financial Services, and Infrastructure industry sectors. He is the author of a highly anticipated business book being released, by a Top 4 Global Publishing Group.


Name: Rahul Jain



Role: DGM, HR

Company: UFLEX Group


ICF-Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Mentor, Social Media Enthusiast ranked among #Top100hrsontwitter HR Professional in India with 20 Years of post-qualification experience with the merit of working with reputed organizations in APAC region with diversified industry segment. Handled complete gamut of HR specially HRBP role, Coach and Mentor, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Engagement, Total Rewards, Performance Management, Talent Management, Organizational restructuring/rightsizing, Employee Communication, Employer Branding, HR Business Excellence Model, Change Management, Process Mapping and Maturity model, HR Projects, Industrial Relations, Union Management, Wages settlement, legal & disciplinary cases, and CSR.


Name: Sachin Behra



Role: Director – Talent Acquisition

Company: GroupM

Location: Bangalore

Sachin is a Human & Careers specialist with extensive experience in Global Talent Acquisition and Talent Management. Expertise in translating business strategies into talent acquisition plans to set-up/Scale-up teams


Name: Sahil Nayar


Role: Senior Associate Director – HR

Company: KPMG

Location: Mumbai

Sahil is Senior Associate Director at KPMG whose forte is building an Employer Brand that helps attract and leverage relevant talent. His expertise lies in driving the entire employee life cycle with exposure to the finer nuances of human resources and its functioning in a growing and evolving organization.


Name: Samuel Akinlotan



Role: Senior People Consultant

Company: PWC

Location: Nigeria

Samuel is an experienced HR professional who is adept in talent management, talent acquisition, learning and development, employer branding, employee engagement, organizational development and the human resource function with both hands-on and strategic level work experience in consulting and financial services. He has designed and executed several people-centric solutions with leading organizations across diverse sectors and industries like FMCG, Retail-Chain stores, Hospitality, Banking, Engineering, Professional Services, Information Technology, Media, Education, Agriculture, etc.
has been recognized as a top 150 Global HR influencer and among the top 10 HR professionals in Nigeria.


Name: Sanuj Krishnan


Role: Global Head HR

Company: Swvl

Location: Dubai

Sanuj comes with an HR Functional of 8+ years in project management, L&D, delivering key business results, Instrumental in building Talent strategy for AWS business and its success in India.


Name: Shamik Vora



Role: HR Fidelity Consulting Services

Company: Founder & CEO

Location: Mumbai

Shamik comes with more than 25+ of experience. His core strength is in HR Policy Framework
Organization Design, Employee Performance Improvement, Customer, Operations, and HR Analytics.


Name: Siobhan O’Leary



Role: People & Culture Strategist

Company: Aubergine Partners

Location: New York

Siobhan is a People & Culture Strategist with 25 years of international executive human resource experience, coaching, and human capital analytics. An intuitive professional, spawning inclusion, and core energy leadership development initiatives resulting in gains in employee motivation and customer satisfaction metrics.


Name:  Tim Sackett



Role: President

Company: HRU Technical Resources

Location:  Michigan, United States

Tim is a 20 year HR/Recruiting Talent Pro with a Master’s in HR and SPHR certification, currently residing in DeWitt, Michigan, United States. Currently the President at HRU Technical Resources – a $40M IT and Engineering contract staffing firm and RPO.


Name: Vignesh Seetharaman


Role: People Lead

Company: Mondelez International

Location: Chennai

An authentic HR professional with a proven performance record of being a proactive business partner in building high-performance teams with high levels of engagement-driven through capability development, career growth, and leadership abilities. He has also been recognized as Young Leader by Economic Times.


Name: Vineeta Israni


Role: Sr. Hr Manager

Company: PharmEasy

Location: Mumbai

Vineeta is Passionate in the belief that Human Resource development is essential to the growth and success of an organization that wishes to scale and achieve higher levels of profitability. Aggressive and determined to find the strengths and weaknesses of both employees and an organization’s culture so as to improve the productivity and profitability of a company.


Name: Vipin Arora


Role: Managing Director

Company: InvokHR Solutions

Location: Gurgaon

A multifaceted professional with work experience spanning 25+ years across diverse industry segments – projects organization, manufacturing set-up, and service sector. Has exposure to providing HR solutions in different business cycles – start-ups, expansions, integration, M&A, and close-downs. Led big complex projects of HR Strategy deployment, Policy Framework, M&A, Innovative Compensation solutions, and Benefits harmonization. A National Scholarship holder, an Engineer by qualification, alumni of XLRI, Jamshedpur, Six Sigma Green Belt, certified Profilor® 360Deg Coach, and a Certified Independent Director.

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Author – Nikita Vaswani

Founders office at Xobin