Team - Asia Pacific & India Region

Nagaraja Rao Padavala

L & OD Professional, Coach, and Technologist Facilitator & Consultant, TAC Global

Nagaraj is a L & OD professional and a Technologist with over 26 years of experience with over 11 years in designing, developing and delivering learning interventions for all levels including senior executives and developing role-based competency development frameworks and learning solutions.

He is the founding partner of Pragna Services (2014), which specializes in capability development initiatives for corporations as well as Rural Alive Ventures, a social venture that focuses on Rural education and employability skills.

Prior to founding Pragna Services and Rural Alive Ventures, as a technologist, he has managed large scale ERP implementations globally, built an integration technologies practice from ground-up to profitability, and lead large multi-cultural and globally dispersed teams. He also led change initiatives impacting large teams in excess of few thousands in multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions through success.

Nagaraj has over 11 years Learning & OD experience – delivering end to end capability development solutions both in professional development areas as well as in leadership development areas. He has successfully facilitated mind-shifting interventions for senior executives, hard core technologists as well as banking professionals using unconventional and out of the box solutions. He has also designed and delivered business transformation initiatives for country leadership teams in both services and retail sectors.

He has lead and facilitated global initiatives focusing on diversity and inclusion such as Taking the Stage, Different Strokes, and Perceptions & Paradigms at global IT product and services organizations. He has introduced, using optical illusions and mind conditioning puzzles, initiatives to unmask perceptive errors in human relationships for executive leadership teams.

He has masterfully implemented a combination of neurolinguistics practices and traditional questioning paradigms into his coaching practice to address behavioral challenges at core values and beliefs level for long lasting results.

In his illustrious carrier that spans over 26 years, he has travelled across geographies, led team and worked across cultures including USA, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Philippines, Brazil, Sweden and Paris. Bringing those experiences, and business context to learning interventions is his forte.

Nagaraj has a bachelor’s in engineering from Andhra University and Masters in Technology from IIT-Delhi. He is accredited with MBTI-Type II suite of instruments, and DiSC. He is a certified Scrum Master and was a certified PMP till 2012. He is also an authorized Executive Coach & Results Coach using whole brain thinking methodologies by Neuro Leadership group, certified NLP Master Practitioner by NFNLP, Florida, certified NLP Coach, certified Instructional Designer and certified in Outbound & Experiential Interventions.

Christie Caldwell

Global Leadership Consultant

Christie Caldwell is a consultant, designer and facilitator with over 11 years’ experience in global talent development. She collaborates with clients to design and deliver highly bespoke talent solutions in the areas of global leadership, global teams, learning agility and diversity and inclusion. She is committed to research, writing and thought leadership in her field and has published extensively, particularly on the area of high-potential leadership development in Asia’s fast-growth markets.

Christie’s previous experience includes consulting for The Harvard Program on Negotiation, focused on track-two peace initiatives in the Middle East. She also served in a public relations role for the Taiwanese Ministry of Education and as a researcher and writer for The Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and for The Southern Center for International Studies, a think tank in Atlanta.

Highly collaborative and creative, Christie works closely with clients to deeply understand their needs and create solutions that exceed their expectations. She is energetic and experience-oriented in the classroom, facilitating learning from the live dynamics at play. With over 20 years’ working experience in Asia and EMEA and a previous role as Director of Consulting for APAC, Christie is equipped to address business challenges from a truly global perspective.

Christie has co-authored two books in the global leadership space: Leading Across New Borders: How to Succeed as the Center Shifts and Global and Culturally Diverse Leaders and Leadership. She also writes regularly on these topics, publishing articles in Human Resources People and Strategy, Society for Human Resource Management and In addition to her thought leadership, Christie has designed and delivered long-term, holistic change initiatives for global clients across the world, including Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola, Novartis, TE Connectivity and Lenovo. She is committed to the authentic and sustainable growth of both individuals and organizations.

Christie holds Masters Degrees fromHarvard University and from Johns Hopkins University.

She speaks fluent Mandarin and is currently based out of Bangalore, India.

Pooja Shahani

Equity and Inclusion Strategist, TAC Global LLC

Pooja Shahani, partners with TAC Global as a global diversity, equity and inclusion strategist with experience working with multinational organizations and non-profits across the globe including in India, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US.

In her previous roles, she led Diversity and Inclusion for Goldman Sachs India and was the Country Manager for Community Business in India, a D&I consulting practice headquartered in Hong Kong.

Pooja has received the Global Diversity Leadership award by the World HRD Congress for her contribution in the diversity space in 2015 and 2016. She is the co-author of a publication called Diversity & Inclusion: Building the Business Case - Stories from India.

Pooja holds degrees in English and Economics from Middlebury College and is an alumnus of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Ignite Program. Pooja is also a certified coach and employs a range of methodologies to serve CXO clients across geographies.