WHO WE ARE

We are trained, accredited and experienced coaches – professionals who have rigorously developed capabilities to promote human and organisational development.

In essence we bring our skills in creating coaching conversations for change with individuals and groups to the endevour of organisational development.

THINKING PARTNERS

Jinny Riat

Jinny, from a young age, has been curious about and sought to question the way things are. It is with this proclivity, she has become invested in questioning the prevalent discourse on management and it’s theory and subsequently it’s practice. After causing a major turnaround in her family business of automotive components that had been reeling under financial crises, she moved to the UK where she pursued her Masters in Coaching and Development whilst coaching across various verticals like renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, health and education.
Having been an entrepreneur, an employee and now an organisational coach, she has developed a rich understanding of the dynamics of organisations. She is greatly influenced by social constructivist paradigm and existential philosophies and her Masters study exposed her to various academic disciplines and thought leaders informing the field of Organisational Development, as a result of which she draws from theories and research by academicians and research fellows at universities such as Harvard and MIT. She has also undertaken a year long research project in understanding the development of coaching as a profession in India, in the light of its socio-cultural heritage. She has been invited to present a paper on her research at an international research conference in the UK.
Jinny takes people on self-reflective journey in her coaching and engages people in reflective conversations. In any scenario it is her engaging style that leaves people moved and developmentally inclined.

Sangeeta Chopra

Sangeeta, starting from her school years, has always had people turn to her for support, listening and guidance. After participating in a series of transformational and personal development workshops in 1996, she realised this penchant to assist people in developing themselves to be her true calling. Since then she has dedicated her career to causing people and organisations to develop themselves. She has worked with global organisations and delivered learning interventions internationally in London and South Africa and consulted with large sized Indian companies in escalating their organisation’s performance. In addition to impacting people in large groups, Sangeeta has extensive training and experience in delivering ontological coaching.
Sangeeta draws on rich philosophies of Phenomenology, Ontology and the study of Transformational Learning. Such an approach allows her to develop a deeper insight into the issues faced by organsiations and therefore impact change at a deeper level.
Recently Sangeeta started pursuing her lifelong interest in the Dhrupad tradition of Indian Classical music. This arduous discipline has enriched her practice as a developmental coach as she works on her inner self to master this ancient art form. Sangeeta’s unassuming and yet powerful presence creates a learning space in which people can reflect and are left feeling respected and changed.

EXPERTS

Gaurav Nabh

Specialist Marketing

A problem solver, brand architect and storyteller, Gaurav Nabh is a marketer who has spent the last 15 years in the Indian market, working in startups and helping launch international brands like Virgin Mobile, Telenor and Intel based education programs amongst others. With rich experience across diverse industries such as Fashion Retail & Apparel, Food, FMCG, Consumer Electronics, Finance, Telecom and Software Services; he understands the finer nuances of taking an organisation to market.
Gaurav’s passion lies in understanding consumer behavior and their interaction with products, brands and ideas in a digital & mobile first world. Leveraging diverse needs and insights to create winning brand narratives. His area of expertise is in driving business results through ingenious problem solving.

Neha Kalia

Specialist Business Processes

Neha is a Process Excellence professional and has worked for 5 years in various operational and client-facing roles in retail banking with HSBC. This has given her the unique opportunity to be part of product development, rollout of new products and processes, managing large teams, handling back-office operations as well as directly interacting with customers.
Driven by her desire to leverage her analytical and problem solving skills, she then trained and worked as a Quality Black Belt with Genpact supporting multiple business processes in their Commercial Finance vertical. This included several process improvement projects across a large number of employees. She spearheaded the process excellence agenda as a Master Black Belt for the same vertical. She is trained in Six Sigma and Lean.
After 4 years at Genpact, she went on to work as the Project Manager for a strategic de-merger for American Express in India consequent to the global sale of their banking business to Standard Chartered Bank. She worked with multiple stakeholders and lines of business to ensure a smooth transition and adherence to strict timelines.

Tanweer Alam

Specialist HR

With a management degree specializing in HR, from Jamia Millia Islamia University Tanweer formed a base from which he can create a more contemporary perspective on organsations as an archetype for novel thinking.
After having worked in the corporate arena for over 10 years which also includes a recruiting start up, Tanweer developed a particular inclination towards the way organisations develop themselves. Tanweer has published numerous articles on outsourced recruitment initiatives and recruitment trends, and he is a frequent speaker at universities and colleges.
Tanweer has been a founder at Aastha HR Solutions Pvt. Ltd, a search and staffing firm based in Delhi. He also serves as Asst. Vice President of The Silicon Partners, an IT consulting Start Up. Previously, he has worked with Fujitsu Consulting and R Systems as a talent specialist.

ADVISERS

Martin Vogel

Martin worked for 20 years in broadcasting, mainly in the BBC. Beginning as a reporter and news producer, he moved into strategy and digital media development and became an internal leadership coach.
Martin gained a Master’s with distinction in coaching from Oxford Brookes University, where he developed a research interest in the influence of stories on our sense of self. He also has professional coaching qualifications from the BBC’s coaching network and an MBA from the London Business School. Martin is a member of the Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision and subscribes to its code of ethics.
Martin has consulted with clients ranging from small entrepreneurial companies, through NGOs such as Amnesty International and Action Aid, to large corporations including the BBC, Telegraph Media Group, Amgen, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and media clients overseas.
Martin creates a reflective space in which clients can connect with their values. He enables people to be more aware of their influence and to exercise leadership effectively and ethically. People appreciate the openness and candour that Martin brings and the sensitivity with which he enables people to face up to difficult issues.

Dr Tatiana Bachkirova

Dr Tatiana Bachkirova is Co-Director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK, and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. Her passion and expertise is in coaching psychology and supervision and she is engaged with this field in various roles.
As an academic, Tatiana is a Reader in Coaching Psychology at Oxford Brookes, teaching and supervising on the MA and Doctoral programmes in Coaching and Mentoring in the UK and Hong Kong.
As a coaching practitioner Tatiana supervises coaches, external and internal to various organisations, as individuals and in groups. She designs and delivers many consultancy projects nationally and internationally and is a regular speaker and keynote presenter in various conferences in the UK and abroad.
As a researcher and writer Tatiana is an author of many articles and three books: the Complete Handbook of Coaching (2010), Coaching and Mentoring Supervision: Theory and Practice (2011) and Developmental Coaching: Working with the Self (2011).
Tatiana’s national and international reputation has been recognized on various levels. In 2011 she has received an Achievement Award from the British Psychological Society SGCP in recognition of Distinguished Contribution to Coaching Psychology. In 2013 she has been invited to join the Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) at the Institute of Coaching at Harvard. In 2015 she won Coaching at Work Award as External Coach Champion.

WHAT CLIENTS SAY

“Thinking Partners have delivered several team coaching assignments at Vardhman. The interventions positively impacted team effectiveness and performance and helped generate a culture of dialogue.”

– Sachit Jain, CEO, Vardhman Industries

“…there are no diagrams, no matrix and no pattern. This is about real attempts to find solutions to genuinely complex and tangled issues. And so they listen carefully, unpick and unravel knots and difficulties, restate and summarise, ask questions and ask again, then reflect back. They’re demanding and relish a challenge – they work with you rather than for you, they engage, collaborate – and ensure clarity and precision prevail. And crucially they’re perfectly comfortable navigating different and seemingly contradictory worlds… “

– The BBC on Martin Vogel’s work

“Week after week, Thinking Partners created sessions where we could challenge ourselves, learn to dialogue at different levels, enhance our quality and productivity using thinking tools such as systems thinking… We are seeing changes in our culture and fundamental way of working.”

– Sudhir Rana, VP, Sandhar Components

“Jinny’s honesty, integrity, exemplary expertise in her field, compassionate nature to empathise with my thoughts and feelings without getting enmeshed in them have been the hall marks of our sessions. Jinny is warm, generous, forgiving to a fault and dependable to the core….She has worked with big companies and high powered executives. Yet, She has never lost her humility nor her capacity to empathise.”

– Doctor, NHS, UK

“Jinny is a coach with a difference. I approached her with an objective goal. The journey for that objective was exciting because I was never very clear how that objective could be reached. It was an adventure in which I discovered my strengths and limits. When I acknowledged my strengths, which I had never done earlier, I gained selfconfidence. Then I looked at my limitations. I immediately took effective actions that took me beyond my limits…. I was able to see my situation from all possible angles and choose whichever took me forward. The coaching was not based on giving advice or direction; rather with her I could explore all aspects of my situation. I rediscovered my self.”

– PW, Private Client, India

If this approach even mildly makes you curious, we are interested in being in a thoughtful conversation with you. It is only in conversations that the real value of our work comes alive. .

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