Ajai LalNew Delhi, India
Ajai is a recognized expert in coaching and empowering leaders to develop their optimal potential, drawing from his leadership experiences over the past 45 years. He is a dynamic speaker and seasoned global executive, coaching and mentoring rising leaders in the corporate world and military. He has received several recognitions in the Indian military, the United Nations, and numerous corporate awards, including the prestigious ‘Global Leadership Award’.
As an ICF-accredited executive coach, he has been a coach with IMD Business School, Switzerland, for their High-Performance Leadership program (HPL). He has facilitated leadership development programs and coached C-level executives and senior management at various multinational corporations. Some of his clients include Deloitte, Adobe Systems, Edelweiss, Danieli Corus, Thermax Ltd and IMD Business School. At the World HRD Congress 2019, he was awarded the ‘Dr Marshall Goldsmith Achievement in Coaching Award’ and the ‘Best in Class Leadership Coach’ at the Thought Leaders Summit and Awards in 2020.
In his corporate career, Ajai was the Chief Business Officer and Head of International Education Business at NIIT Ltd, a publicly held market-leading global talent development corporation working across 40 countries. Among his various accomplishments, Ajai was responsible for the execution of global education and skill development initiatives that were awarded the ‘World Education Public Choice Award.’
Prior to his transition into a corporate career, Ajai was a Colonel and Commanding Officer in the Indian Army and a Senior Military Observer with the United Nations. He led various strategic and critical operations in the military, where he had a distinguished career of 25 years. As a military strategist, he commanded an armored regiment on a critical border forefront and held the distinction of serving with two overseas missions with the United Nations. He was part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka and with the United Nations where he commanded military observers from 33 countries. Ajai has a post-graduate in Defence Studies from the prestigious Defence Services Staff College.