Top He for She for She Women Trailblazers

5 min readMar 13, 2023

Men championing the DEI charge as allies and agents of change

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | Women’s Day

Welcome to the world of DEI champions, where men are stepping up as allies and agents of change to create a more gender-balanced workplace. At WeAce, we are proud to present our Top 12 He for She Trailblazers, a list where we feature and celebrate the spirit of leaders who are at the forefront of driving DEI at their workplaces or with the work they do with organisations as allies and champions of change.

This list has been curated based on our experience of working with, and following the work of, influential leaders who are making a real difference. Our board has carefully considered leaders from over 100+ companies and their efforts towards development through mentoring and coaching, culture driving initiatives that they’ve led, and their contribution towards shaping conversations and ideas around balancing workplaces to progress this agenda.

Here is the list in alphabetical order:

Anthony Vinoth | HR Lead — Business Partnering, Talent Management, C&B and HR Ops at Transunion

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | Anthony Vinoth

Passionate, dedicated, and driven — these are just a few of the words that come to mind when describing Anthony Vinoth. With a ton of corporate experience, Anthony holds a well rounded expertise in People Management function.

Binu Philip | Chief Human Resources Officer, Greater India at Schneider Electric

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | Binu Philip

With a career spanning more than three decades, Binu is a shining star in the HR world. Through his work in the corporate world, he has become a leading voice in the movement for greater diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Jacob George | Senior Director, Human Resources Leader, India Global Capability Centers at Transunion

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | Jacob George

Jacob George is more than just a leader and role model — he’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of DEI. He believes in nurturing companies’ values and beliefs to enable an inclusive one-team culture.

M.S.M Sundaram | Senior Finance Executive , Business Partner driving Digitisation, Productivity at Citi

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | M.S.M Sundaram

With over 25 + years of experience, M.S.M is a seasoned BFSI professional and has influenced meaningful outcomes. He is also leading the charge as an ally and agent of change for diversity and inclusion in workplaces.

Nitin Sabharwal | Talent Aquisition Head — APAC at Beam Suntory

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | Nitin Sabharwal

If you’re looking for a role model in the fight for DEI, look no further than Nitin Sabharwal — a true champion who’s using his voice and his platform to make a real difference in the world

Prasad Kurian | Head-Leadership Development at Bajaj Finserv Group

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | Prasad Kurian

He’s a trailblazer, a visionary, and a leader who is pushing boundaries and ensuring diversity and inclusion are the needs of the hour. Introducing Prasad Kurian — a man who’s using his voice and his platform to create a more inclusive and equitable world.

Pradeep Irwin | Associate Director — Human Capital at Arcesium

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | Pradeep Irwin

There are changemakers, and then there’s Pradeep Irwin. A seasoned speaker and orator, Pradeep is a working tirelessly in championing DEI as an ally and agent of change.

Rajeev Tupsakri | Life Coach, Founder & CEO — Rama Consulting

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | Rajeev Tupsakri

Rajeev is an accomplished professional with over 26 years of rich transformational and change management experience. And when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Rajeev Tupsakri isn’t just talking the talk — he’s walking the walk.

Saurabh Wadhwa | Executive Vice President & Head Organisation Learning at Kotak Mahindra Bank

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | Saurabh Wadhwa

Saurabh is a man with a plan. He believes in adding value & become the change you want to see in the world. A trailblazer in every sense, Saurabh Wadhwa is a unifying force for good.

Sanjay Uppal | Founder & CEO at Finbots.AI

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | Sanjay Uppal

With over 25 years in financial services spanning 7 countries, Sanjay is a second-time founder. He has also been recognised by the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) for “Entrepreneurial Excellence and Outstanding Leadership”.

Thirukkumaran (Thiru) Nagarajan | Vice President & HR Head at IBM India/South Asia

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | Thirukkumaran Nagarajan

Looking for a DEI champion who’s the real deal? Look no further than Thirukkumaran Nagarjan. He is a huge inspiration to many upcoming professionals and has had a monumental impact on ensuring a gender-balanced workplace.

Venki Jayaraman | Senior Director Engineering at Walmart Global Tech India

Top 12 He for She Trailblazers | Venki Jayaraman

A tech wizard through and through, Venki is all about everything tech. He’s someone who’s inspiring many future leaders by his passion, his dedication, and his unwavering commitment to DEI.

These Top 12 He for She Trailblazers are the real MVPs of the DEI movement. Their tireless efforts to support gender equality and promote inclusivity in the workplace are changing the game for everyone. We can’t wait to see what they’ll do next and are grateful for their leadership and inspiration. Here’s to together making every day a Happy Women’s Day!

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Author: Radhika Pandere (Radhika is a social media enthusiast and works as a content creator and write at WeAce)




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