Making the Leadership
Programs work for you

The Young Talent Management Team (YTM) is responsible for every aspect of the Aditya Birla Group Leadership Programs. From hiring and campus engagement to careers, learning and development; the YTM team is tasked with ensuring the best possible experience for all ABGLPs.

ARWA ZAKI

Lead - Year 1 Young Talent Management and Branding
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Arwa kickstarted her career with ABG in 2017 as a Management Trainee for Group HR Technology Team where she was handling Technology Capability Building for the entire Group. In 2018, she joined the Group HR Shared Services Centre (Seamex) where she was responsible for handling the Group HR Portal for enhanced digital employee experience. In 2020, she joined YTM and she currently handles Year 1 for the ABGLPs. Apart from her diverse experience in capability building, employee engagement, and stakeholder management, her curiosity to explore newer territories and build required skills, her drive to invest in work relationships, and her dependable nature are what she brings to the table.

AVANDE VAKIL

Lead - Careers, Development And Learning
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Avande joined the Aditya Birla Group in 2013 after completing her Masters in Management Studies in Human Resources from Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai. Her journey with the Group began in HR Technology as a core team member to design, execute and implement the online recruitment and e-on boarding platform for the Group globally. She then transitioned to the Young Talent Management in 2017 to lead Year one management and subsequently lead Careers, Development and Learning for the Aditya Birla Group Leadership Programs (ABGLP). She resides in Mumbai with her husband. In her free time, you can either find her doodling, travelling or listening to music.

BHAVNA KOTAK

HR Operations, Lead – Engineering Leadership Program
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Bhavna joined the Group in 2014 and has been with Group Human Resources – Young Talent Team to look after HR Operations and Administration for ABGLPs. Since 2019, she has taken up leading the Group’s Engineering Leadership Program (ELP) in addition to HR operations. Her core areas of expertise are Payroll Management, Employee Engagement, Employee On boarding, Induction & Orientation, and Stakeholder Management.

KAUSTUV BHATTACHARYA

Portfolio Head – Young Talent Management
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Kaustuv joined the Group as a LEAP in 2012. He has spent time with the Group’s Corporate Strategy and Business Development Team, Aditya Birla Private Equity and more recently as EA to CEO Birla Carbon & Director CFI in addition to which he also leads the Young Talent Management Portfolio. Prior to joining the Group, Kaustuv was part of the KPMG's IARCS Practice in Philadelphia, USA and later a member of RBS’s Investment Banking practice in Singapore. Kaustuv obtained his B.A. from Ursinus College (Pennsylvania, USA) and his MBA from The College of William and Mary (Virginia, USA). He resides in Mumbai with his wife, son, and 2 dogs.

SOMA BANIK

Lead - Campus Recruitment, Engagement and Branding
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Soma joined ABG in 2016 as a Management Trainee at Vodafone Idea Ltd. She worked in Employee Engagement and Young Talent Management at Maharashtra and Goa circle. In 2018, she joined ABMCPL as Business Centre of Excellence – Rewards, Performance Management and Job Evaluation. She joined YTM team at Group HR in the fall of 2019 as a Campus Recruiter. Being an execution specialist, she brings her strengths into the team, which include project management, stakeholder management and process excellence. She is an MBA from IIM Indore and a graduate from IIT Mandi. She hails from Kolkata and resides with her husband in Mumbai.