Dr. Vandana Nadig Nair
Vandana holds a PhD in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University. She has 26 years of work experience across the corporate and social sectors. Her areas of expertise include: Support to top teams / Senior leaders to grow and scale organizations and projects; Enabling creation of vision and strategic plans; Design of institution building, culture programs; Design of capacity building programs / initiatives / products; Leadership capability assessment and development and enabling collaborations, networks.
Post a couple of years in teaching and consulting, Vandana returned to India to join Hindustan Unilever Limited in the Human Resources function. She was responsible for introducing some innovative leadership development practices to help leaders understand their strengths and gaps.
She then moved on to head HR for a boutique IT company, Torry Harris Business Solutions where she was part of the core team that helped grow the nascent organization and put in place critical systems and processes in HR.
In 2000, the entrepreneurial bug bit and Vandana moved on to set up CoCoon (www.cocoonconsulting.com), a niche firm that designs and delivers strategic talent-related solutions. At CoCoon, Vandana has played a significant role in growing the leadership development practice. She has been instrumental in designing a couple of leadership development productized solutions that are aimed at Senior leaders including leadership assessments and coaching. She has worked closely with Senior Leaders within organizations in the capacity of a ‘thinktank’ and has co-created custom solutions with them to help them address their most pressing strategic talent issues.
In 2012, Vandana set up Phicus Social Solutions (www.phicus.org), a Section 8 company that focuses on capacity building of key change agents in the social sector eco-system in order to amplify social impact. At Phicus, Vandana works closely with Heads of social impact organizations in charting their growth roadmap, across sectors including Education, HIV Aids, Anti Trafficking, as well as Heads of Foundations and CSR arms of corporates. She anchors the growth and expansion of the Phicus network of associations and collaborations that serve to bridge the corporate and social worlds and drives the Social Innovation Labs practice in Phicus.
In 2015, she co-founded ElderAid Wellness Pvt. Ltd., (www.elderaid.in) a social enterprise that provides at-home services to senior citizens in Bangalore and works to spread awareness about senior wellness.
She divides her time equally between Phicus and ElderAid.
She is also full-time mom to two lovely girls, an avid baker, trekker and Mohiniattam dancer and teacher!