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Leading with Head

Should you use your head or heart as a Leader? ✓ Leaders Business Results to deliver ✓ Conductive Culture, Foster Courage and Clarity among Teams.

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In this turbulent and dynamically shifting business climate, leaders have business results to deliver, handle competing priorities, a need to sustain a conducive culture and foster courage and clarity among teams. But leadership gurus also preach taking an approach of vulnerability, empathy, and care. So, should leaders use their heads or hearts to be effective?


  • Nizar Darweesh, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Fawaz Alhokair Group Fashion Retail

Nizar Darweesh is the Chief Human Capital Officer of Saudi Arabia’s leading franchise retailer, Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Co. He is responsible for developing and executing HR strategies, programs and initiatives that are directly aligned with the Company’s business plans and strategies.

Nizar is experienced in developing business partnerships with leaders and executives, while driving employee engagement and building the corporate culture. Prior to joining Alhokair, he led HR functions focusing on developing and executing strategies in the areas of Succession Planning, Talent Management, Learning and Development, Workforce Planning, Diversity, Organizational Development and Rewards. Nizar is a Champion of Transformation projects with a great passion for building & improving people’s and organizational capabilities.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia. Nizar is also a certified Targeted Selection Interviewer (STAR) and Thomas Personal Profile Analysis Practitioner.

  • Anil Kumar Misra, Chief Human Resources Officer, JioMart – New Commerce Grocery, Reliance Retail

A Human Resources leader with over 25 years of experience across diverse industries, from Manufacturing to Hospitality, IT, E-commerce, Insurance, Retail and Consumer Internet Services. I have been the CHRO of both Fortune 500 global listed companies and Indian promoters-led consumer Internet start-ups.

As a CHRO, I have driven companies to the list of “Most Preferred Companies to Work For In India.” I have also gained significant global exposure to all facets of HR and organizational effectiveness, especially large scale organisational transformations in Talent Transformation, value based culture, Performance Management and leadership development space all throughout my professional journey.

My professional goal is to bring a positive change to the lives of my colleagues and act as an enabler in their journey to become a better professional. I am also a strong believer of giving back to the society and hence make it a point to share my professional experiences with all budding managers across B-schools through Dr HR,my YouTube channel.

I have consistently proved my mettle in the spheres of Strategic HR Leadership, Talent and Culture Transformation, Start-up HR , Change Management, Leadership Development, HR Business Partnering in the era of work from anywhere and building great places to work.

My past associations have been with top organisations like Times Group- magicbricks,Fidelity National Financial, Just Dial Limited, Tesco, Patni Computer Systems Limited (CapGemini), Oberoi Hotels and Denso. I have a proven track record of building startup organisations and also managing scale, complexity of about 40,000 plus employee base organisations with a team of 250 plus HR colleagues.

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