Smita Affinwala

Smita Affinwalla

Founder & Managing Director - Illuminos Consulting Pvt. Ltd

Smita is the Founder and Managing Director of Illuminos Consulting Private Limited. Illuminos is a consulting firm focussed on the areas of Leadership Evaluation and Development, Talent Management, Succession and Strategic HR. Illuminos is also the business associate of Cerebyte Inc. in India and the Middle East. Smita serves as an Independent Director on the Board of HDB Financial Services Limited, a subsidiary of HDFC Bank. She is a member of the Executive Committee of NHRD Mumbai Chapter, and Co- Chairperson, HR Committee, Indian Merchants Chamber.

She is also a Senior Fellow, Human Capital with The Conference Board, USA

Smita’s career of 29 years has been divided between the Financial Services Industry and HR. During her Financial Services career she has set up and grown businesses both in the Retail as well as Wholesale sectors. She has also been a consultant in this space, helping her clients to structure and raise capital, through both debt and equity instruments.

In her career in HR Smita has run businesses as well as consulted with over a hundred organisations including many of India’s marqee names. She has also played an internal HR role for a mid -size Financial Services company.

Smita was previously Head of Consulting with Development Dimensions International (DDI) India. She left DDI India in March 2013 to set up her own consulting practice. While in DDI India she was responsible for the design and execution of all consulting projects and services that DDI delivers in the India market, including large global projects. She led a team of over 65 full and part time consultants.

Prior to joining DDI, was Group Director HR&OD for Motilal Oswal Financial Services Limited for a period of year. She was responsible for HR & OD across five companies and approximately 2500 employees that comprise the group. Her primary responsibilities were to design and build the HR function for the group, to enable business success through people and related organisational managing systems. To manage the cultural transformation from a mid size proprietor driven organization to a large professionally managed corporate, was Smita Affinwalla also a key mandate.

At the start of her HR career Smita set up and ran the BFSI SBU for the erstwhile Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt) in the Talent and Organisational Consulting practice. She managed large HR & OD consulting projects in the BFSI sector both in India as well as South East Asia and the Middle East. In fact one of her projects went on to become a global case study for Hewitt.