Rajita Kulkarni

Rajita Kulkarni
President , Sri Sri University.
Rajita is a humanitarian, an educationist, a writer, a global leader and a leadership coach

President, World Forum for Ethics in Business ( www.wfeb.org ) , President , Sri Sri University ( www.srisriuniversity.edu.in ) , Trustee Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir Trust ( www.ssrvm.org ) , CEO TLEX Europe and Asia (www.tlexinstitute.com) , Board Member , AOL Health and Education Trust ( www.aolhet.org ) , Governor of Finance Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth ( www.vvmvp.org ).


 

World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB) - Brussels, Belgium

As the President of WFEB Rajita leads a global Board of Directors comprising Members of European Parliament, CEOs, and international experts from business and development. In the last 6 years of her presidency she has built and worked with global coalitions of organisations from the public and private sector, government and institutions like the United Nations, The World Bank Group, The European Parliament, The Council of Europe, CERN, The International Olympic Association, FIFA, The Max Planck Institute, Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, Chambers of Commerce and various civil society organisations. In 2016 she steered WFEB to become part of a Global Partnership of 86 Institutions including Harvard, Stanford, UNDP, OECD, OGP, Accenture, GIZ, University of Birmingham among others. WFEB has taken the message of ethics, good governance and transparency in business around the world with annual conferences in the European Parliament, national/regional conferences in London, Singapore, Netherlands, Slovenia, Nepal, Poland, Russia, India, Geneva, Zurich and Mexico.

WFEB is expanding its scope of work to initiatives in the areas of Ethics in Sports and Ethics in Science and Innovation. Two World Summits on Ethics in Sports have been held in partnership with FIFA, Government of Switzerland and representatives from 21 sports in 2014 and 2016.

The World Youth Forum held under the aegis of WFEB, trains youth leaders in transformational, ethical leadership inspiring them to lead their communities for sustainable development. Universities like Nyenrode from Netherlands and Hasselt from Belgium have partnered in this effort.

Her ability to inspire big visions, create collaborative multi culture, multi country teams and energy to drive action oriented initiatives has been instrumental in bringing together global leaders, CEOs, current and previous Heads of States, religious leaders and youth. Rajita is committed to create global advocacy to inspire individuals and corporations embrace the values of ethics, good governance, sustainability and shared value.

Sri Sri University - Bhubhaneshwar, Odisha, India

Rajita took over as the President of the prestigious Sri Sri University in India in April 2017. Before that she served as a member of the Board of Governors of Sri Sri University from 2009. From 2012, she and her team successfully launched the Faculty of Management Studies, A School of Yoga & Naturopathy, A School of Good Governance and Public Policy, A School of Performing Arts and a PhD program in Management & International Business, Bachelors programs in Business Administration, Commerce & Architecture and a first in Asia Masters in Osteopathy program. The University operates 11 schools currently with 850 students and will reach full capacity of 10000 students by 2021. Along with the phase wise launch of the University, she also drives sustainable community development in villages in the vicinity of the campus. She has launched vocational employment oriented programs for youth in collaboration with Larsen & Toubro, tailoring schools for women and young girls, health and hygiene camps for children. Under her supervision homes, community halls and medical care facilities have been built for 3 villages. In the last 3 years Over 550 unemployed young village boys and girls have got vocational training and are now gainfully employed. In the short time since its launch Sri Sri University has already been a recipient of many awards - Most Green campus Award from the Government of Odisha, Most Holistic Education University, Most Innovative University, Award for Synthesis of ancient and modern approaches. The University is also forging international collaborations with institutions from other countries,

Rajita’s keen understanding of the education landscape of the world, her ability to connect with academicians, students and regulators and her unique skill of bringing together diverse groups of stakeholders towards a common goal is taking the Sri Sri University team to build it as a global centre of excellence.

Transformational Leadership for Excellence - Switzerland

Rajita is responsible for global design and roll out of the Transformational Leadership for Excellence program. This program is helping leaders and teams across the world access their full potential and catalyse the process of growth. She has trained and coached leaders of over 50 countries to rid themselves of their stress and live a happy, healthy life. She has worked with close to 25 governments around the world helping them accelerate and catalyse their process of social development and growth. She has worked with CEOs, Ministers, bureaucrats among others to enhance their leadership effectiveness for excellence in life. She is committed to nurturing talent by training trainers to sharpen their skills of facilitation, presentation and communication. (Annexure 2) .

Rajita is a certified Integral Associate Coach by Integral Coaching Canada

( www.integralcoachingcanada.com )

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir - India

Rajita was the Trustee of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir from 2009-13 and again from April 2017. In this role, she is responsible for over 100 educational institutions in India, Nepal and the Gulf, reaching education to over 29000 students (including 90 schools, 1 junior college, 1 college of Ayurveda & 1 college of Computer Science). As a member of the Board of Trustees, Rajita guides the strategy, academics and administration of these institutions ensuring value based, holistic and stress free education to children and young adults.

Ved Vigan Maha Vidya Peeth - India

As the Governor of Finance she oversees the administration of 425 educational institutions in India that reach free education to over 55000 children 20 states of India. These schools also offer free mid day meals, uniforms, extra curricular facilities and transportation to the children. She supports and guides the team in forging collaborations, fund raising and financial governance.

Art of Living Health and Education Trust - Washington, USA

As a member of the Board of AOLHET, Rajita is involved in supporting the mandate of holistic education around the world.

Citibank, N A.- Asia Pacific Region

Before committing her life to the full time service of society in 2010, Rajita was a banker for 18 years with Citi. She held many international leadership positions in her career, last of which was Asia Pacific Head for Customer Advocacy & Training for the Retail Assets Business of Citibank. Her portfolio responsibility was annual revenues of 750 million US dollars, 16000 employees and over 800 branches across 12 countries.

Public Appearances, Awards, Books

*    Rajita travels the world extensively addressing various international fora to advocate the message of excellence, ethics and human values. She has participated in and addressed over 100 international conferences and seminars. (Annexure 1)

**    She has won 17 awards for professional excellence in her field and has clocked over 1 million man-hours in training and development of over 100000 participants.

***   Considered an expert in the field of leadership training, she has designed 85 management exercises and learning tools released in a book "Focus Forward".

Rajita has authored a book “The Gift of Life” an anthology of poems and co authored two books “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - One World Family” and “The Great Women of India”. Thousands of readers find inspiration in her writings on life and leadership on her blog rajitakulkarni.blogspot.com

Rajita’s articles and interviews have been published on various websites( The World Bank Group, United Nations TV) , blogs and newspapers in the world, including The New Europe, Times of India, Odisha Dairy, Chitralekha, Femina, The New Woman among others.

Personal

Rajita lives with her husband Ajay Bagga a global Financial /Capital Markets leader and expert in Mumbai, India. She is a certified teacher of the Art of Living Happiness program and The Art of Meditation course. She loves to read, write, sing, meditate and treasures the simple joys of life.



Annexure 1 – Important public appearances

    Contribution at the Global Leadership Forum hosted by The World Bank Group, Washington, USA, March 2017

    Live stage at the United Nations Global Festival of Ideas, Bonn Germany, March 2017

    Keynote speech at the United Nations Global Festival of Ideas, Bonn Germany, March 2017

    Panelist “The Alchemy of Leadership” – Leadership Insights from the World Culture Festival, Bangalore, India, January 2017

    Panelist “Communication and Conflict Resolution” at the Abhinav Gupta Annual Convention, Bangalore, India, January 2017

    Keynote address at the 3rd Convocation of Sri Sri University, Bhubhaneshwar, India, November 2016

    Inaugural address at the 2nd World Summit on Ethics and Leadership in Sports, FIFA Headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland September 2016

    Launch of Global Interdisciplinary Think Tank on Ethics in Sports, FIFA Headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland September 2016

    Keynote address at the launch of the book “She Walks, She Leads” – a book on the lives of 24 Indian Women Achievers, Bangalore, India August 2016

    Address on “Communication & Building Connections” to 700 budding Leaders, Bangalore, India, August 2016

    Technical Session Delivery at The Project Management Institute of India Bangalore Chapter Annual Convention – “World Culture Festival – a Successful Project Management Case Study”, Bangalore, India, July 2016

    Speaker at the Horasis UK conference – Panel discussion on The People, The State & The Democracy, Liverpool, United Kingdom June 2016

    Chief Facilitator of the Action Planning Agenda of the Global Partnerships at the World Bank Global Leadership Forum, Washington DC, June 2016

    Moderator of session on “Strengthening Individuals & Institutions “ at the World Bank Global Leadership Forum, Washington DC June 2016

    Inaugural address at the Global Leadership Forum organized under the aegis of the World Culture Festival, New Delhi, India, March 2016

    Moderator for 2 of the 3 days of the World Culture Festival which brought together 3.75 million people from 155 countries, New Delhi India, March 2016

    Key Note address on “Sustainability Approaches for the Future” at the World CSR Congress, Mumbai, India February 2016

    Session on “Unleashing True Inner Potential” for women leaders of FICCI Flo Pune Chapter, Pune, India, January 2016

    Address on “Spirituality and Ethics’ at the ASSOCHAM India annual conference – Sach Bharat, New Delhi India, December 2015

    Opening address at the WFEB Annual International Leadership Symposium, ”The Double Bottom Line- How rich we really are?” European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, November 2015

    Opening address at the WFEB symposium, “Leadershift for Transformation”, London, United Kingdom November 2015

    Opening address at WFEB Ethics in Sports Symposium, Union Berlin, Berlin, Germany September 2015

    Address at 2nd Convocation of Sri Sri University, Bhubhaneshwar, India, September 2015

    Talk on “Spirituality Ethics and Business” – MBA and BBA students of MIT group of Institutions- Pune, India July 2015

    Keynote address, Sri Sri University Commencement Day, Bhubhaneshwar, India, July 2015

    Speaker at Horasis India Summit- Geo political trends & risks for India, Interlaken, Switzerland, June 2015

    Moderator for Dialogue of global women leaders with HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on “Ethics & Leadership” at the 7th International Women’s Conference joined live by 41 countries. Bali, Indonesia, April 2015

    Keynote address at the Sri Sri University H R Conclave- “Harnessing HR for Sustainable Development”, Bhubhaneshwar, India, February 2015

   Opening Address at the Sri Sri University Marketing Conclave “Concourse” Bhubhaneshwar, India, February 2015

   Keynote & valedictory speech at conference on “Corporate Culture & Spirituality” hosted by World Forum for Ethics in Business along with the Art of Living Foundation, Bangalore, India, February 2015

   Moderator & Host of an international event “We Chant for Global Peace” in the presence of HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar where 3 million people from over 125 countries joined online along with over 200000 people in Mumbai, India, January 2015

   Opening Address at the 1st World Summit on Ethics in Sports at FIFA headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland, September 2014

   Opening Address at the G-20 Global Integrity Summit at Griffith University -Brisbane, Australia, September 2014

   Welcome address at Sri Sri University Convocation Ceremony - Bhubhaneshwar, India, September 2014

   Welcome address at Sri Sri University Commencement Day Ceremony, Bhubhaneshwar, India July 2014

   Keynote address at Institute of Chartered Accountants of India –Muscat Chapter, 6th Annual International Conference, Oman May 2014

   Launch of Charchika - Women’s Leadership Forum at Sri Sri University, Bhubhaneshwar, India, March 2014

   Session lead at the 6th International Women’s Conference – “Role of Media in creating Harmony in the World” Bangalore, India Feb 2014

   Keynote address at The World Forum for Ethics in Business conference- “Ethics for a prosperous Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal, Jan 2014

   Lead Speaker on “Work-Life Balance for Effective Leadership” for Business Leaders and CEOs, Bahrain, Dec 2013

   Session Lead on “Stress Free Living for Better Results” to Chartered Accountants, Bahrain, Dec 2013

   Keynote address at The World Forum for Ethics in Business conference- “ Shared Valued- The role of Business in tackling societal problems”, European Parliament, Brussels, Nov 2013

   Keynote speech at the Asia Innovation Summit, India September 2013

   Keynote address at The World Forum for Ethics in Business conference- “Good Governance and Transparency Through Shared Values”, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, June 2013

   Keynote address at The World Forum for Ethics in Business conference- “Ethics – The time is right now”, Slovenia, March 2013

   Keynote address at The World Forum for Ethics in Business conference - “Corporate Culture and Spirituality” Bangalore, Feb 2013    Keynote address at The World Forum for Ethics in Business conference- “Rethinking Capitalism” European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, Nov 2012

   Keynote address at Tony Robbins Platinum Partners Program, India October 2012

   Keynote address at The World Forum for Ethics in Business conference - “Changing Paradigms for Leadership’ KPMG Global Headquarters, Amstelveen, Amsterdam June 2012

   Speaker at the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership, Amsterdam, June 2012

   Keynote address at The World Forum for Ethics in Business Asia Pacific conference “Ethics imperatives for businesses in Asia”, Singapore, April 2012

   Lead Master of Ceremonies at the International World Culture Festival, Olympic Stadium, Berlin July 2011

   Speaker at The Humanizing Globalization Summit, Zermatt, Switzerland, June 2011

   Speaker on “Ethics in Business”, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, April 2011

   Speaker at the FICCI Annual Conference on Wellness, India 2010

   Chief Moderator and Conference Lead at International Leadership Symposiums on “Ethics in Business”, European Parliament, Brussels Belgium, Nov 2010

   Moderator at the Guinness Book of World Records event Antarnaad, in Pune, India where 2750 singers performed on one stage, India, 2010

   Keynote speech at The World H.R Congress in Warsaw, Poland, 2009

   Chief Moderator and Conference Lead at International Leadership Symposiums on “Ethics in Business”, European Parliament, Brussels Belgium, 2009,

   Chief Moderator and Conference Lead at International Leadership Symposiums on “Ethics in Business”, European Parliament, Brussels Belgium, 2008

   Chief Moderator and Conference Lead at International Leadership Symposiums on “Ethics in Business”, European Parliament, Brussels Belgium, 2006

   Moderation and Speeches at 6 International Women’s Conferences 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010, 2012, 2014 (India and Indonesia)

   Moderator at The Art of Living Silver Jubilee Celebrations with 2.5 million people in attendance in 2006 in Bangalore India

   Session Leader at The International Conference on Human Values Bangalore, India in 2005



Annexure 2 - Global Transformational Leadership Interventions for Individual and Organisational Development

    Leadership Team of The World Bank Institute (Washington DC, March 2010)

   Collaborative Leadership for Developmental Impact, offered by the World Bank Institute for current and emerging heads of states of Haiti, South Sudan, Liberia, Kenya, Kosovo & Yemen (Washington DC, June 2010)

   DARE program offered by the World Bank Institute and the Lee Kwan Yu school of Public Policy for Mayors, Governors and City Councilors of Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Mongolia (Singapore, June 2010)

   World Bank Institute team (Washington DC, July 2010)

   Senior management team for one of the leading education companies in India (New Delhi, October 2010)

   World Youth Forum for Youth Leaders from 10 countries (Brussels, November 2010)

   DARE program offered by the World Bank Institute and the Lee Kwan Yu school of Public Policy for Mayors, Governors and City Councilors of Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam (Singapore, May 2011)

   Consultants of a global top Management Consultancy (North America, August 2011)

   TLEX Innovation for CEOS/VPs/Senior Managers from 14 countries in the Middle East of a leading Oil and Gas MNC (Dubai, Jan 2012)

   4 TLEX interventions for the leadership team of an international NGO (Bangalore April-May 2012)

   World Bank Institute Leadership and Governance Group (Washington, Nov 2012)

   Governments of 4 countries - Albania, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines (Seoul, Dec 2012)

   TLEX for the Leadership team of a leading Software company (Bangalore, May 2013)

   UNICEF Mind Matters (Geneva, July 2013)

   International World Youth Forum for Youth Leaders from 7 countries (Brussels, Nov 2013)

   Open Leaders TLEX (Brussels, Nov 2013)

   250 leaders from private sector (Bahrain, Dec 2013)

   Open Leaders TLEX (Nepal, Jan 2014)

   Regional World Youth Forum for 65 youth leaders (Nepal Jan 2014)

   Open Leaders TLEX (Bahrain, March 2014)

   World Bank Group Self Mastery Train the Trainer (Washington April 2014)

   World Bank Group – Self Mastery for Global Practice Senior Directors (Washington, May 2014)

   Meditation workshops for World Bank Group staff (Washington May 2014)

   “Synergise – Collaborating for Success” for World Bank Leadership, Learning and Innovation Management Team (Washington, October 2014)

   “Synergise for Organisational Success” for Leadership team of a leading Foods company, Sofia, Bulgaria (Nov 2014)

   Synergise- Collaborating for Success – World Bank Group160 members of team Learning Leadership & Innovation (Washington, December 2014)

   Communication Effectiveness workshop for 930 participants from 18 countries (Bangalore, India, February 2015)

   Workshops on Personal Effectiveness for Professional Excellence (Bangalore, India & Berlin, Germany, March 2015)

   Synergise - Collaborating for Success – 80 member leadership team of an International Not for Profit Foundation (Germany, March 2015)

   TLEX- Trainer of Trainer workshop (Germany, March 2015)

   Communication Effectiveness workshop (Singapore, April 2015)

   Synergise – Collaborating for Success for global leadership team of the Finance & Markets group of World Bank Group (Washington April 2015)

   Workshop on Personal Effectiveness for Professional Excellence for 350 Industrialists & business owners (Bangalore, India, May 2015)

   Transformational Leadership for Excellence for 165 IAS/IPS/IFS officers of the Uttar Pradesh Government (Lucknow, India, June 2015)

   Synergise – Collaborating for Success for global leadership team of the Governance group of The World Bank Group (Washington June 2015)

   World Bank Group Collaborative Leadership for Development global meet, Washington, USA, September 2015

   Session on Meditation and Music, Indian Embassy, Berlin, Germany, September 2015

   TLEX Trainer of Trainers, London, United Kingdom, September 2015

   Session on WFEB Global Impact and Initiatives for Art of Living India Full Time Teachers, Bangalore, India October 2015

   World Bank Group – Collaborative Leadership for Development, Client Partner Dialogue, Colombo Sri Lanka, November 2015

   TLEX on Leadership and Wellbeing for 50 member leadership team of Kaefer Middle East, Bahrain December 2015

   Online Workshop on “Secrets of Effective Leadership” accessible by 15000 teachers of Art of Living India, December 2015

   TLEX Trainer of Trainers, for participants from China, Singapore, Australia, Argentina, India, Lebanon, USA, Nepal & Hong Kong, Bangalore India, March 2016

   Workshops on Adaptive Leadership, Principles of Effective Communication, Service Quality & Client Satisfaction for Leaders and front line teams of a Not for Profit, Bangalore May 2016

   TLEX for a start up, Sofia Bulgaria, May 2016

   TLEX Synergise for Private Sector Leadership team, Sofia, Bulgaria, May 2016

   TLEX Synergise for Leadership & Management team of Open Government Partnership, Washington DC, June 2016

   TLEX Synergise for Sri Sri University Leadership Team, Bhubhaneshwar India, July 2016

   TLEX Synergise for Leadership Team of Art of Living International Centre, Bangalore, India August 2016

   TLEX Synergise for Leadership Team of Sumeru Software, Bangalore, India October 2016

   “Building Competencies for Personal Excellence” 5 day TLEX Leadership Program for IAS/IPS/IRS/IFS officers of Government of India, Bangalore, India, November 2016

   “Building Competencies for Personal Excellence” 5 day TLEX Leadership Program for IAS/IPS/IRS/IFS officers of Government of India, Bangalore, India, January 2017

   Session on “Effective Feedback Culture” with senior trainers of Art of Living Foundation, Bangalore, India, January 2017

   TLEX Synergise for Leadership Team of Vyakti Vikas Kendra (I), Bangalore, India, January 2017

   “Building Competencies for Personal Excellence” 5 day TLEX Leadership Program for officers from Defence Ministry of Government of India, Bangalore, India, February 2017

   TLEX Synergise Train the Trainer, Bangalore, India, February 2017

   TLEX Mind Matters Train the Trainers- Expertise levels 1 and 2, Germany, March 2017

   Teachers Refresher Meet for 520 teachers of Art of Living from 38 countries , Germany, March 2017

   In her banking career, she has addressed, facilitated and attended over 75 conferences and workshops globally



Annexure 3 - Awards and Recognitions

•   2006 “Global Growth Forum Award”- Orange County USA Award for leading the training effort in Consumer Finance Asia Pacific. This was the first and only recognition for a function other than direct sales •   Certificate of Excellence-Singapore “Catalyzing Accelerated Learning” by Citibank Learning University

•    Feb 2009 Vishalakshi Award- Bangalore India - By Art of Living Foundation for service to humanity in the fields of ethics, education & empowerment

•   2006 Regional Training & Development Champion- Bangkok Thailand - For successful launch of Citifinancial University by Citibank

•   “Outstanding Contribution to Training & Development” - Singapore. Individual Certificate of Merit for contribution to Training & Development in Citibank Asia Pacific

•   Certificate of Excellence- Singapore - For "Establishing the Learning Culture” in Asia Pacific Consumer Finance by Citibank Learning University

•   Certificate of Appreciation- Manila Philippines - For being the “True Ambassador to The World “of Citifinancial Philippines by Citibank Philippines

•   Country Business Manager Award - New Delhi, India -For contribution to success of “CitiPhone Cross Sell Initiative” by Country Business Manager - Citibank India

•   Country Business Manager Award -Mumbai India- For contribution to success of “Indian Oil Citibank Debit Cards” by Country Business Manager- Citibank India

•   GCB India Service Quality Team Award - Mumbai India - For contribution to success of “Clearing Team Performance Challenge by Citibank India

•   Certificate of Appreciation - For successful CitiPhone Banking migration into Year 200 by Citibank India

•   Country Business Manager Award- Mumbai India - For winning the ‘Loan on Phone” Contest by Citibank India

•   Country Business Manager Recognition Certificate - Mumbai India -For pioneering commitment to Customer Satisfaction& Quality by Citibank India

•   Winner Citibanking National Sales Contest, Singapore - For topping the National Liabilities Sales Contest by Citibank

•   Winner Citibanking National Sales Contest, Dubai - For topping the Citibanking National Liabilities Sales Contest by Citibank India