About Us

Leadership Centre is dedicated to building a world class institution in thought and practice of leadership. We believe that leadership is more than skill and style. Our framework on leadership development believes that leadership is a personal resource which each one has.

By making individuals aware of their leadership resources, gain insights on the enablement or limitations it places on their leadership abilities, can one develop leadership abilities. This is a personalised model. Leadership is the assertion of a person’s orientations and its fit to a context. The broader the fit of one’s orientation, the more versatile a person is to exercise one’s leadership to a variety of contexts.

Our work is guided by the works of several scholars filtered through the practitioner’s lens. Leadership Centre’s model of learning works on the ‘Orientation Toning process’, using ‘Restraint and Release’ of thought, emotions and actions. This release is moderated according to demands of the context, without being tied down by one’s default settings.

Leadership Centre’s invests in understanding our client institution’s specific context, leadership vision and life stage of the organisation to customise and co-create interventions. The approach offered is through a blend of methods as the context demands which includes, classical facilitation, fire side chats, domain expert perspectives sessions, one-on-one personalised sessions and online tools.

The online platform is designed for those seeking to develop their leadership abilities independently. The platform enables a wide range of learning experiences - exposure to leadership thinking, concepts and experiences via Podcasts; broaden perspectives through interactions with accomplished leaders using Webinars and a bouquet of proprietary online leadership profilers providing a reflection of an individual’s leadership orientations.

Leadership Centre has access to Kautilya Leadership Services - a world class learning space abounding in greenery dedicated to building thought and practise on leadership. Kautilya has 48 residential rooms, 2 large modern state of the art learning spaces, an amphitheatre where a whisper can be heard all around without a PA system, 10 internationally themed discussion rooms, a 2,500 sq. feet Gym and sports lounge. Kautilya has also a 5-bedroom villa to supplement the 48 residential rooms. Thereby, a residential capacity for over 100 people focussed on creating a learning experience.

Kautilya is a learning space made to order for those who seek a space to reflect, debate, renegotiate, gain insights and discover. At Kautilya every one of us will find a space, which will make us feel that it is our space. Kautilya is located just off the Mumbai-Pune express highway at Dhamani, about 70 kilometres from Mumbai.

Come, engage with Leadership Centre, experience Kautilya and discover more of your leadership abilities.



K. Ramkumar

Founder, Leadership Centre

Mr. K. Ramkumar is the founder of Leadership Centre, an organisation dedicated to building world class thought and practise in the domain of leadership consulting, research and development. Leadership Centre believes that leadership is more than skill and style based approach to understanding and developing leaders. It has its proprietary model on leadership development which believes that leadership is a personal resource which each one has. It is by making individuals aware of their leadership resources and the enablement or limitations it places on their leadership abilities, one can develop leadership abilities. This is a personalised model.

Mr. K. Ramkumar retired as the Executive Director on the Board of ICICI Bank. He was on the Boards of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance and ICICI Ventures. Prior to his retirement, he was the President of ICICI Foundation, ICICI Groups CSR arm.

Ram as he likes to be called has worked for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Hindustan Unilever Ltd and ICI prior to his 15 years long innings at ICICI Bank.

Ram’s work over the last 32 years has been across a wide range of roles in HR and Business; yet his passion has been with respect to leadership development with specific emphasis on how to help individuals expand their leadership capabilities and organisations to strengthen their leadership pipeline. He led this mission at ICICI Group which is widely recognised as the leadership factory for building a world class leadership pipeline.

Ram jointly envisioned with Manipal Global Education and established the ICICI Manipal Academy for Banking and Insurance a project centred on discovering and grooming young leaders from tier three and beyond towns and villages of India. This today has become the model which a large number of banks have adopted to resource their first level leadership roles. During the last 8 years ICICI Bank has inducted 12,000 young leaders from this program.

He envisioned and established the ICICI Academy for skills an ICICI CSR initiative for skill development. The academy on last count is present in 23 locations and skills 35,000 youth in 15 skills.

Ram has published his first book titled, “Leveraging Human Capital: A Practitioner’s perspective” published by McGraw Hill Education Pvt Ltd.


Satish Pradhan


Mr. Satish Pradhan is currently an Independent Consultant. He retired as Advisor, Tata Sons Limited in 2015. He was the Chief of Group Human Resources at Tata Sons from April 2001 to May 2013. Prior to joining the Tata Group in 2001, he was with ICI Plc in London at their Head Office leading the Organisation Design & Development function.

Mr Pradhan has a Masters in History from Delhi University and has worked in several Public & Private Sector companies over the last 30 years. The companies that he has been associated with are - Steel Authority of India, CMC, ICI India, Brooke Bond Lipton India Ltd (now Unilever India) and ICI Plc in various capacities in the HR area.

He started his career in Human Resources on the shop floor of an integrated steel plant in Raurkela (SAIL) from where he went on to looking after the Western Region HR of the Marketing Organisation at SAIL. He then moved to CMC as the Head of HR and partnered the development of CMC from a small public sector organisation to a full range IT firm in 4 years. His first stint with ICI was based in India as the Head of training for Asia Pacific.

Mr Pradhan’s experience with Unilever was at the time when two tea companies - Brooke Bond and Lipton got merged, and he was responsible for Human Integration as the Head of Management Development. After this association with Unilever, Mr Pradhan returned to ICI as Vice President of Human Resources and was deputed to the global headquarters at Millbank, London in the UK in the role of Organization Design and Development Head.

Mr Pradhan is a Non-Executive Director at TAL Manufacturing Solutions and a member of the Remuneration Committees.  He serves as an Independent Director on the Board of the National Payments Corporation of India. He serves on the Advisory Board of IIT Roorkee. He is the Convener of the National Conference for Social Innovation. He has served as a Non-Executive Director at Tata Services Limited at the Headquarters of the Tata Group and as a Non Executive Director on the Board of Tata AutoComp Systems Limited (TACO) and Non Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Tata Green Yuasa (TGY).

He is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD, and was awarded a DLitt ( honoris causa) in Human Resources Development and Environmental Conservation in 2016. Mr Pradhan is an avid naturalist and has been on the Governing Council of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) for a decade. He has also been on the Governing Council of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) from 2002, and is Adjunct Faculty. He is also a co-founder and mentor of Leadership Centre.


Paulus DeLima

Mr. Paulus DeLima has 36 years of experience, having worked in both public sector and private sector banks, and in India and abroad. He has served in various roles in corporate banking, retail banking and human resources; and the gamut of his responsibilities during the course of his career included business development, customer service, operational efficiency and people development.

He has been instrumental in forging various initiatives in industry-academia partnerships and was involved in the learning and development function both within the bank, and externally with learning partners, colleges, universities and business schools.

He has expertise in program designing, content development and delivery of training courses covering functional and behavioural aspects, in the facilitation of leadership mentoring programmes, and in designing and conducting trainer and faculty development programs. He has also developed and designed gaming and e-learning modules for enabling building of skill through practice.

Some of the initiatives undertaken under his guidance in the area of learning and development have been recognised and awarded by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD). He is a certified trainer under the International Teachers Programme, conducted by The International Schools of Business Management.


Rafiya Mukadam

Rafiya Mukadam is a young HR professional working with the Leadership Centre team. She is currently supporting in managing and designing of Leadership Development programs. She is also in charge of Leadership Centre’s social media management.

Prior to her association with Leadership Centre, Rafiya has contributed in content development in the domain of digital exams. In her stint with an HR consultancy, she was responsible for lateral recruitment.

Rafiya has a master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources. She has graduated with a Bachelor’s in Engineering.

Rafiya has been an active member of the HR community. She has championed the cause of expanding the practical knowledge of aspiring HR professionals by connecting them with industry experts.


Aparna Nair

Aparna Nair brings forth value through her experience in design, development and facilitation accentuated by her understanding of business as a practitioner. Her experience spread over 15 plus years comes from roles essayed in large institutions and from being a first generation entrepreneur who has successfully worked with reputed names across industries.

She is an accredited trainer from SMR, Malaysia, and is a qualified user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator with extensive experience of the OPQ (Occupational Profiling Questionnaire developed by Saville and Holdsworth Ltd.). Her understanding of business comes from the hands-on exposure she has in field sales, team management, credit operations, project management and branch operations. She has worked in areas of performance management, human resource planning and instructional design for e-learning.

Aparna has held key responsibilities in establishments like ICICI Bank and the erstwhile Blue Dart-Fedex prior to starting her consulting practice where she engaged with organisations like Godrej & Boyce, National Collateral Management Services Ltd.(NCML), ICICI Prudential, Citi WAI, Wealth Advisors (I) Pvt. Ltd., WNS, I-mint (erstwhile) and Thyssen Krupp.