Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Human Resource Development (HRD)
- Vedic Recitation
Sudheesh has the mandate to effectively communicate the work at Azim Premji Foundation to multiply the overall effect of what it has set out to achieve through its three Operating Units — Field, Philanthropy, and University. He is also responsible for Publications.
He was previously the Chief People Officer at the Foundation (2010 – 20). He has worked earlier at Tesco as its Shared Services Lead for the People & Payroll programme in the UK and as Head-Human Resources, India.
Sudheesh started his career with Asian Paints and set up the training function. He has also worked on an assignment on ‘Organisation and Strategy’ with Booz Allen & Hamilton (now part of PwC).
He was the Regional President of the National HRD Network (NHRDN) 2019 – 21 and served on its National Board for three terms. He co-edited the NHRD journal on ‘Education, Employability, and Employment’. He is often invited to speak on education, people, and policy matters, and he regularly writes for the mainstream media.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE) and a postgraduate degree in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), India.
His hobbies include fitness and Vedic recitation.
Chapter in Edited Book
Agrawal, N., Rao, M., Venkatesh, S. (2016). Labour Market and Recruitment: Education and Employability – Learning from the Indian IT/ITES Industry. In Pilz, M. (Ed.), India: Preparation for the World of Work (pp. 311 – 329). Springer VS, Wiesbaden. https://doi.org/10.1007/978 – 3‑658 – 08502-5_15
Venkatesh, S. (2010). HR practices in a rapid growth environment. NHRD Network Journal, 3(3), 33 — 39. https://doi.org/10.1177/0974173920100306
Venkatesh, S. (2022, October 25). Eight forms of leadership tyranny people encounter. Financial Express. https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/eight-forms-of-leadership-tyranny-people-encounter/2737056/
Venkatesh, S. (2022, October 14). Retirement announcement: What’s the right time? Prajavani. https://www.prajavani.net/op-ed/analysis/retirement-announcement-whats-the-right-time-980007.html
Venkatesh, S. (2022, September 28). Prudent investing and career planning – the parallels. Financial Express. https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/prudent-investing-and-career-planning-the-parallels/2693828/
Venkatesh, S. (2022, June 12). ‘Giving’ need not follow a playbook. Deccan Herald.
Venkatesh, S. (2022, May 30). Exemplars of a positive work ethic. The Pioneer. https://www.dailypioneer.com/2022/columnists/exemplars-of-a-positive-work-ethic.html
Venkatesh, S. (2022, May 04). Mechanics of Learning in journey of life. The Pioneer. https://www.dailypioneer.com/2022/columnists/mechanics-of-learning-in-journey-of-life.html
Venkatesh, S. (2022, March 05). Going from mind-full to mindful. Deccan Herald. https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/in-perspective/going-from-mind-full-to-mindful-1087999.html
Venkatesh, S. (2018, November 26). Let’s bring women back into workforce. Deccan Herald. https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/edit-page/let-s-bring-women-back-705101.html
Venkatesh, S. (2018, June 11). Public education key to equitable society. Deccan Herald. https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/panorama/public-education-key-equitable-society-674476.html
Venkatesh, S. (2018, April 02). A job can solve complex societal issues. Hindustan Times. https://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/a‑job-can-solve-complex-societal-issues/story-kn2EPlGiUUYqJ0wyV8hdcK.html
Venkatesh, S. (2018, April 02). The Social sector is willing to bet on young talent. Hindustan Times. https://www.pressreader.com/india/hindustan-times-amritsar/20180402/282067687494003
Venkatesh, S.(2017, November 03). Diversity in social sector: Working towards elusive ideal. Deccan Herald. https://www.deccanherald.com/content/640897/diversity-social-sector-working-towards.html
Venkatesh, S. (2017, July 26). Engineers in the social sector. Deccan Herald. https://www.deccanherald.com/content/624860/engineers-social-sector.html
Venkatesh, S. (2009, November 08). Emerging stronger at the end of recession. Financial Express. https://www.financialexpress.com/archive/emerging-stronger-at-the-end-of-recession/538219/
Venkatesh, S. (2008, December 08). Mapping human capital. The Economic Times. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/liveitup/mapping-human-capital/articleshow/3806572.cms
Venkatesh, S. (2008, August 04). Got fair salary hikes? The Economic Times. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/liveitup/got-fair-salary-hikes/articleshow/3322322.cms
Venkatesh, S. (2008, June 16). Simple success, Warne’s way. The Economic Times. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/liveitup/simple-success-warnes-way/articleshow/3132528.cms
Venkatesh, S. (2008, April 11). Corporate Guideline: Values that drive a company. The Economic Times. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/liveitup/corporate-guideline-values-that-drive-a-company/articleshow/2943050.cms
Venkatesh, S. (2022, May 30). Teachers should enable students to relentlessly pursue truth using Mathematics as an ally. At Right Angles. https://azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/news/2022/math-and-truth
Venkatesh, S. (2014, November 08). Sharan, the real hero. Businessworld. https://www.businessworld.in/article/Sharan-The-Real-Hero/08 – 11-2014 – 60917/
Venkatesh, S. (2021, April 02). “HR to work with the organisation’s collective intelligence,” Sudheesh Venkatesh. HR Katha.
Venkatesh, S. (2021, January 27). Top 7 HR trends in 2021. HR.com. https://www.hr.com/en/magazines/hcm_excellence_apac_middle_east/january_2021_hcm_apac_middle_east/top-7-hr-trends-in-2021_kkf0heau.html?s=cM8HXm1FmKMUwdhk
Venkatesh, S. (2019, February 27). ‘Managing employee performance’: Why it’s time for companies to rethink. The News Minute. https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/managing-employee-performance-why-it-s-time-companies-rethink-97473
Venkatesh, S.(2019, January 22).“#MeToo can end up as #NotHer & organisations can be wary of hiring women.” Sudheesh Venkatesh. HR Katha. https://www.hrkatha.com/special/hrkatha-2019-forecast/metoo-can-end-up-as-nother-organisations-to-become-weary-of-hiring-women-sudheesh-venkatesh/
Venkatesh, S. (2022, August 19). Is there a perfect time to hang up one’s boots? The Times of India. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/voices/is-there-a-perfect-time-to-hang-up-ones-boots/
Venkatesh, S. (Speaker). (2021, February 27). Education, employability & employment: Understanding the intersection [Video]. IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ8vXK12fEo
Venkatesh, S. (Speaker). (2021, February 3). Conversations of Change: Sudheesh Venkatesh, Azim Premji Foundation [Video]. Arthan Careers. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCTz5PHEBp4
Venkatesh, S. (Speaker). (2020, December 22). NICE Aarohana: AMA 11: Building & Managing Teams by Sudheesh Venkatesh [Video]. Network of Indian Cultural Enterprises (NICEorg). Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzyAhYDqCpQ
Venkatesh, S. (Speaker). (2018, June 29). In Conversation with Sudheesh Venkatesh, CPO, Azim Premji Foundation | Learngage Knowledge Series [Video]. Learngage. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GikJP7nAD4Q
- Venkatesh, S. (personal communication, October 14, 2019). ‘Millennials will constantly challenge an organization’s belief system’. India Employer Forum. https://indiaemployerforum.org/2019/10/14/millennials-will-constantly-challenge-an-organizations-belief-system/