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					                                                                             Manish R. Dholakia
‘Vedanta’, Plot No. 1385/1, Sector 2 B, Gandhinagar – 382 002.
(M) 98795 65410      (R) +79 23244179

                                                                                CAREER PROFILE

                        Exposure of 16 years in HR & Strategic Planning


To contribute effectively to the HR and Performance Management functions of a Corporate
Group, as part of its senior management team. I wish to play a creative, supportive role for
top management in attracting and retaining talent, performance management and team
building plans.

Building on my experience of 16 years, within next three years’ time, I aspire to get groomed
for taking upon a leadership role at a reputed corporate house.


-    South Gujarat University, Surat         1988 - 1990            M B A (Marketing)
-    SD Univ. School (full-time), A’bad      1987 & 1991            M.COM (Management)
-    Gujarat Univ. Sahajanand College        1984 – 1987            B. COM (Accountancy)


TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) – Ahmedabad Chapter                                 May 05 onwards
Executive Director                                               

A professionally run global non-profit organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship, through
its presence in 44 cities and 9 countries. Profile: to inspire and guide entrepreneurs by way of
facilitating networking, advice, organizing conferences, project specific guidance and assistance
from successful & experienced mentor entrepreneurs.

TiE ( HQ is based out of Silicon Valley – and is the largest pool of intellectual capital –
it is a global network of entrepreneurs, CEOs and professionals including NRIs who have a strong
desire to ‘give back to society’ – to contribute to the socio-economic development of India. TiE now
has over 11,000 members worldwide.

Some achievements

     •   Built the Ahmedabad chapter from scratch, after it had (earlier) failed to take off.
     •   With help of TiE President, the memberships profile, events, mentoring got stabilized
     •   The Ahmedabad chapter is now put on a growth path – that too, with limited resources.
     •   Conceptualized and executed about 20 events in a space of two years with TiE Ahmedabad.
     •   Positive impact achieved; feedback from members is – excellent value derived
     •   Organised over 30 seminars / conference events to nurture entrepreneurship
                                                                            Manish R. Dholakia
‘Vedanta’, Plot No. 1385/1, Sector 2 B, Gandhinagar – 382 002.
(M) 98795 65410     (R) +79 23244179

Creative Infocity Group (Gandhinagar)                                            Jan.04 – May 05

My stint here saw my involvement in multiple portfolios across the US$300 Million group into Real
Estate & Housing, BPO and Infocity IT Park at Gandhinagar. A most enriching experience of
working with a multilocational, multicultural and large workforce. Working with US timings, my roles
   • Recruitment at Effective Teleservices Pvt. Ltd. : participated in massive recruitment drives,
       building talent across all levels, sourcing talent through different approaches. This company
       is part of a Texas based Call Center.

   •   Secretary, TiE Ahmedabad Chapter (in honourary capacity)

   •   EA to CEO : Directors’ Co-ordination, a senior resource person for Creative Infocity IT Park

   •   Alternate Director : involvement in board meetings, strategic matters, new ventures, PR

National Management Centre                                                         Apr.03 - Nov.04
Sr. Manager (Branch Operations)

Handling Rajkot branch of an HR Training start-up. Set up the Rajkot branch with the Director.
Recruited and motivated the team for designing and conducting customized programmes on
Motivation, Marketing, Business Growth Strategy & Leadership. Sharpened my Training skills here.

Saurashtra Paper & Board Mills                                        Nov’94 - Mar’03; 8 years +
EA to CEO (Managerial Level)

Some Achievements (HR related)

   •   Set up a small HRD Cell with a modest annual budget outlay and training activities’ plan.
   •   Organised Behavioural training programmes for Head Office and for employees of both units
   •   Guide for MBA / BBA students. Guided over 50 students’ projects.
   •   Designed innovative performance appraisal systems; created a written feedback and basic
       communication channel between top management & employees. Proved to be a vital input
       to top management for a fair judgement of their contribution and future potential of
   •   Introduced 360 Degree performance appraisal – with good effect.
   •   Involved with senior level recruitment, drafting of HR Policy, Appointment letters, Placement
       advertisements & Liaison with HR consultants.
   •   Initiated low-budget developmental efforts such as circulating motivational literature,
       inspirational stories, posters, spreading awareness about English Language usage among
       staff members, self-development booklets in Gujarati - for attitudinal changes.

   •   Corporate Communications: Given special charge of strategic communications, in
       acknowledgement of my creative writing and persuasive presentation skills. Drafted press
       releases, MD’s/Board of Directors’ Speeches at National level events, created Corporate
       Brochure, co-ordinated with Ad agencies.
                                                                            Manish R. Dholakia
‘Vedanta’, Plot No. 1385/1, Sector 2 B, Gandhinagar – 382 002.
(M) 98795 65410       (R) +79 23244179

     •   On behalf of state and national level Paper Industry Associations, I drafted the pre -budget
         memorandums to the Finance Minister, justifying the case for excise/import/other duties in
         company’s favour. Created Multimedia / PowerPoint presentations PC for specific events
         like the AGM and for Project presentations to funding partners.

     •   Expertise in presenting and arguing analytical points for key discussions, at times in legal
         matters and meetings with political leaders, board members, and in strategic
         communications / proposals.

WORK PROFILE also included co-ordination with managers and liaison with various parties, being a
resource person for Directors, corporate planning, keeping track of project implementation, strategic
communications, policy-making, e-mail management, handling his meetings/schedule, travel, MIS,
managing the MD’s office during his prolonged overseas visits, getting work done by managers,
handling sensitive Board matters, strategic agenda of group concerns, nurturing key relationships.

DALAL CONSULTANTS (Dec93- Sep94)                   Consultant (Marketing Division)
Based at Ahmedabad, the job included Data-sourcing, segmenting prospective clients, preparing
Techno-Economic Feasibility Reports. Prepared project profiles, executed market surveys. Assisted
Sr. Consultants in marketing various business projects to prospective clients.

GUJARAT VIDYAPITH (June92-Dec93)              Lecturer (Management). HQ : Ahmedabad.
Taught Marketing, OB, Management, Advertising. Introduced new courses, placed students.

GRUH Finance Ltd. (May90 - Jan91)                   Credit Officer (Marketing). HQ : Ahmedabad.

An HDFC group company. Job comprised Credit Appraisal of applicants, marketing Housing Loan
services in Junagadh, Ahmedabad, Billimora, Bharuch, Mehsana, Rajkot & Morbi.    Underwent
technical & behavioural training at HDFC’s Lonavla Training centre.

Training Interests

1) Leadership
2) Motivation
3) Team Building
4) Creativity
5) Personal Growth Programmes
6) Communication Skills
7) Non-Profit Management

                                                                                  Manish R. Dholakia
‘Vedanta’, Plot No. 1385/1, Sector 2 B, Gandhinagar – 382 002.
(M) 98795 65410        (R) +79 23244179

     •   Birth Date: 19 June 1967.
     •   Married, one child
     •   Other activities and interests:
                - Visiting Faculty at Management Institutes
                - Speaker / Trainer for Personal Growth / Development
                - Helping friends, music, singing, family life

5.       RELEVANT INFORMATION (HR & Training Related)

List of Training Workshops / Events Conducted

•    Led a one day Marketing workshop on “Sharpening your Sales Skills” at Rajkot, for Owner-Directors (of
     small to medium scale businesses) and Marketing Executives.
•    T sessions in Sales Effectiveness & Communication for a reputed Foods and spices company.
•    Conducted “Personality Development” and “Achievement -Motivation” T-sessions for more than 100
     graduate & undergraduate students at NMC, Rajkot. Feedback was quite encouraging.
•    Training sessions on Team Building, Communication Development, Time Management, Brainstorming for
     Mangement Improvement” for a reputed pharmaceutical company. Batch included 37 officers & staff
     members, including the Directors.
•    Conducted a one-day Training workshop for 12 servicemen & mechanics of a reputed Motor-Garage (in
     the local language) on Productive Work Habits, Customer Service and Work Quality.
•    T-sessions in Ice-Breaking, Stress Management, TA and Sensitivity training to students when I was
     Lecturer in OB/HRD at Gujarat Vidyapith (1992). Conducted individual counselling sessions with students.
•    Conducted Training Seminar on "Women Entrepreneurship" at village Sadra, took the lead session
     amongst a team of faculty - the batch comprising illiterate rural traditional women.
•    While at Gujarat Vidyapith, as part of NSS programmes in villages, scripted and developed rural
     development Drama Themes alongwith students to spread social awareness messages like health &
     hygiene & literacy awareness – also participated actively in the dramas.
•    Motivational Training to boost Sales performance of sales Agents of LIC of India – Bavla (1993).
•    Coached a blind (gifted) boy for one year (1992), prepared him through hours of tape/voice recorded
     learning sessions in Management, Marketing & Advertising for his Masters degree in Commerce.
•    On the Interview Panel of IIPM for selection for admission to MBA and BBA Courses
•    On Judges Panel for Business Plan contests (ICFAI Business School, IIPM)
•    Visiting Faculty for courses in HRD / OB / Management at IIPM (ongoing), IFCAI and SMU
•    Organised over 30 workshops, training events and conferences for developing entrepreneurship over a
     two year period during my association with TiE.

List of Training Workshops Attended

     •   Attended HR Workshop (3 days) on Behavioural Effectiveness, Sensitivity Training, Customer
         Management, Grievance Handling and Housing Finance at HDFC's Training Centre, Lonavla (1990).
         Practical interpersonal games conducted by Dr. Arun Waklu (IIM)
     •   Attended many in-house training, time management and motivational sessions at Core Parenterals,
         conducted by Mr.Sunil Handa, Mr. Sushil Handa, Ms.Bina Handa and by various senior managers.
         Underwent detailed Marketing-cum-technical Induction training for 15 days, on Human Anatomical
         Systems, product/drug related training at Core (1992).
                                                                               Manish R. Dholakia
‘Vedanta’, Plot No. 1385/1, Sector 2 B, Gandhinagar – 382 002.
(M) 98795 65410      (R) +79 23244179

   •   Attended a one-day "Couple Workshop". About 25 couples attended the session at a farmhouse
       outside Rajkot; on Love in Marital Relationships (1997)
   •   Organised HR Effectiveness Training sessions conducted by an expert Psychologist for separate
       batches of employees while at Saurashtra Paper, Rajkot
   •   Have attended the Art of Living Basic Course, twice, during last 6 years.
   •   Have been enriched by over atleast 60 separate Conferences and Training events (about half of which
       I have organised, the rest I have participated in) and workshops on various themes and formats in
       major Indian metros (TiE Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad).

                                                                                     Manish R. Dholakia
                                                                                            March 2007

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