Meet Our Team

Arul Dev

Founder CEO

Arul Dev – an Author, Radiant Universal Leader coach TM and Integral Educator, has been in the field of leadership, education and human resources consulting for the last 24 years. An engineer from BITS Pilani, he founded People First Consultants, a human resources consultancy in Chennai, India in 1995, where he plays the role of Founder CEO. Arul Dev is a specialized Radiant Universal Leader Coach ™ with an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) ™ certification from the International Coach Federation. He coaches select hand picked Radiant Universal Leaders ™ who are a) nearing a state of Universe Centeredness, b) aspiring to create purpose & value centered organizations/ communities that can create some global contribution to humanity through their work and c) intending to accomplish this agenda through transformation of collective culture at micro and macro level. The prerequisite to begin this coaching journey with Arul is that the leader is already at a good degree of competency in their personal mastery and self-awareness. Arul Dev is a masterful Learning & Development facilitator with a rich industry experience of 21 years. His primary work is enabling leaders to master the art of Self Leadership, Team Leadership and Culture Evolution. In his workshops and interventions, leaders learn the art of becoming self-aware, sensing their inner presence, discovering their life purpose, core values and signature strengths and crafting their personal development plans for inner change and evolution. Leaders reflect and learn how to guide/ inspire their team members to discover their purpose, values and strengths and create a team space where the collective strengths are heightened and balanced. He coaches and mentors leaders to sense culture qualities present in the collective, enable team members to discover ‘sweet spots’ between their individual and organizational values and harmonize culture conflicts that may be present in the organization. Arul Dev heads the Talent Acquisition division of People First Consultants, a 21-year experienced human resources consultancy. His specialization here is to enable the company’s hand picked clients to grow, by sourcing competent talent who are an asset to the organization’s culture. He drives recruitment excellence for clients in multiple sectors across India. Arul Dev is a visionary in the field of Integral Education. His mission is to inspire educators and teachers to inculcate Inspiring and Integral Education methodologies in their institutions. He is a guest faculty at IIT Madras for the ‘Self Awareness’ and ‘Integral Karmayoga’ semester courses for the last five years. He is also a guest faculty for SAHGE (Self Awareness and Higher Goals in Education) five-day teachers course in IIT Madras. He coaches and mentors teachers and students to explore the path of Integral Education. His specialty is the experiential labs he conducts on Integral Change, Education and Integral Development. He is a co-founder of Telos Model, an Integral map and tool of inner consciousness. He is the founder of the Integral Inner Presence Model, InPres ™ tool and InStrengths Individual™, which helps people to become aware of and develop their Inner Presence. He is the author of the book ‘Into Great Depth of your Being’, which facilitates an inner experience and exploration in Self Awareness and Integral Development. A visionary himself, Arul Dev is committed to inspiring the purpose and seed potential for visionaries he comes across.

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Dr. Uma Narayanan

Director - Talent Development & Lead Anchor

Passionate about Talent Development & Inner Potential. Facilitator. Coach. Integral Educator.

Since April 2016 Dr. Uma Narayanan (PhD) is a Director at People First Consultants, a 25-year Human Resources Consulting Firm into the talent hiring, life, leadership and group coaching, HR consulting and education spaces. She is the practice lead for the consulting and talent development verticals and anchors several projects including Coaching Services, Team Transformation Facilitation, Organizational Development, Inner Strengths 360-degree profiling and Integral Education interventions. An ardent learner, she is passionate about individual change and transformation that is positive, holistic and aligned to one’s unique self and rhythm.

Prior to People First she has a 10-year stint in the corporate learning and development space for Ford (India & Asia Pacific). Her last held position was Manager - Learning and Development, Asia Pacific, primarily responsible for Leadership & Professional Development strategy and programs where her facilitation/ training experiences spanned across India, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. Her experience here included learning solutions design, delivery and train the trainer - specifically designing blended leadership development interventions over time. She has also been involved in designing solutions from a global perspective that gives both a universal global flavour and yet caters to unique needs of the specific unit or organization.

As a certified coach, she offers her services to organizations and individuals as a Life and Leadership coach enabling personal transformation and manifestation. She provides coaching space to leaders and individuals who want to bring out their best potential at work and in their life. She uses the ‘Coaching with Depth’ framework and Life Fulfillment Coaching Methodology in her coaching and is a Certified Leadership and Life Coach from Coach for Life™.

She holds a doctorate from the Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras specializing in the area of Organisational Behavior and Positive Psychology. Her research topic was on Inner Strengths using an Integral approach applied for leaders and working professionals. Her interest and pursuit are to bring about an applicable holistic development framework/ practice. She has also presented the model in National and International Conferences and received a special mention and an award.  She holds a post-graduate degree in HRD Psychology. She is a certified NLP Master Practitioner, MBTI Administrator. She is the co-author of the Instrengths Insight ™ Profiling Tool and uses it in her personalized self-discovery coaching sessions. She is the creative anchor and product owner of the InStrengths Insight Cards and its related consulting offerings. She also runs individual and team-based sessions leveraging individual and collective profiling of inner strengths applied to individual, team or work contexts.

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Meet Our Associates

Vijayalakshmi V

Department of Management Studies -IIT Madras

I am a faculty with the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) in the broad area of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Development. My current teaching and research themes of interest are in the following areas: a) Building Women Empowerment (Entrepreneurship and Building Empowerment for Women) b) Teaching, Learning, and Education (Holistic Education, Contemporary Teaching and Learning Beliefs and Practices) c) Positive Organizational Behavior (topics include Generating Positivity in the Workplace, Happiness and Work, Finding Meaning in Work Strength-Based Approach to Work, Discovering Calling, Humor in the Workplace, Integral Leadership Development) d) Workplace Emotions (Emotional Contagion, Emotional Social Competence), e) Cross-Cultural Management (Well-Being and Perspectives of Happiness, The Meaning of Work, Holistic Education Across Cultures) f) Creativity, Innovation Capability of Firms, The Learning Organization g) Ancient Indian Wisdom (Spirituality in the Workplace, Indian Perspectives in Management). I am involved in projects that strive to create a positive and transformative ripple effect among Women Entrepreneurs (Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs) and empowering them. I work in the area of Qualitative research (with my research students in the area of Education, Mindfulness, and Positive Organizational Behavior). I am also involved in projects in education: Integral or Holistic Education that connects with the Faculty, the Learner, and the Administration. I also work in close synergy with the Industry in Psychometric Assessment (Transactional Analysis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and understanding the Individual Dynamics in Organizations (through programs aimed at inner reflection and transformation). As part of the larger system, I round off my activities with work in the field of Development and Transformation of the Youth, among others. My goal for this period (2017-2018) is to spend my energies in contributing to the overall wellbeing of women entrepreneurs, school children, Indian Police Force and Indian Armed Forces.
Mobile: 98404 67153 ; Email ID: [email protected], [email protected]

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Anto Vincent

Anto Vincent is an empowerment coach, passionate trainer, counsellor, and youth guide. Gold Medallist from Madras School of Social Work during his PG program in Human Resource Management, Anto Vincent has well over three decades of experience with corporate giants like Union Carbide, MRF, Alsthom India and Ford India. He was the country head for HR in Alsthom India and first Indian Vice President for Ford India. At Ford India he installed HR policies, systems and practices for the green field site and initiated Corporate Citizenship projects. His passion for social work led him to be associated with Community College movement in India, a drive to empower youth. This association, spanning over sixteen years, enriched his knowledge and understanding of curriculum development process. He was instrumental in revamping and re-designing the learning strategies and curriculum development aimed at value enhancement. To gain mastery of these strategies and to experience hands-on practical implications, Anto Vincent took up leadership assignment in an educational venture, wholly innovative. Anto Vincent is associated with Indian Centre for Research and Development in Community Education as Master Trainer of life skills. He was the moderator in a recently held International Conference on Curriculum Development of Indian Community Colleges. He led a campus transformational initiative for a leading University in Tamilnadu, coaching members of faculty and administrators right up to the Chancellor. He is the founder and Principal Servant of Social Empowerment Movement - EYES, Empower Youth, Educate Society. Anto Vincent is the author of the upcoming book, “Leadership, Excellence and You”. He has conceived and developed two original models namely, “Empowering Leadership” and “Leadership Excellence”. He is wedded to his passionate dream of empowering youth, ushering in a joyous world of brotherhood and integrity.

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Dr. Sumathi Narayanan

President, Creative Communication and Management Center, Chennai

Dr. Sumathi Narayanan, President of Creative Communication and Management Center, Chennai ( ) a Centre for Personal and Professional Excellence, has been in the field of training and development for four decades.

Professional Experience: Dr. Sumathi Narayanan’s professional experience spans four decades in designing and conducting training programs for public, in house training programs for companies and educational institutions. An ardent learner, she is a powerful speaker, trainer and leader. She enjoys conducting her workshops and her strength lies in innovating and customizing programs to suit organization’s culture and needs. Her workshops are highly interactive. She has the flexibility to build rapport with all levels of participants, draw them out and motivate them to realize their potential. Her training extends right from Basic Entry level to middle management and senior management and she conducts workshops on behavioral/ soft skills (Communication Skills, Speaking and Presentation Skills, Effective Listening Skills, Fast Reading and Memory Efficiency, Building Effective Teams, Interpersonal Relations using Transactional Analysis (TA), Personal Effectiveness Program using TA, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Coaching and Mentoring ; supervisory and leadership development and Change Management. Given her decades of training experience she conducts Train the Trainer workshops focusing right from Design to Delivery and Quality Teaching Skills. She also uniquely offers specialized 1:1 train the trainer programs that provide customized support for trainers and facilitators.

She is a Master Trainer for Certification for Basic and Master Practitioner in NLP for NFNLP, USA. She is also a Life coach and a counsellor. With decades of experience in counselling, Dr. Sumathi Narayanan has an eclectic approach using several methods like Transactional Analysis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Gestalt, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Healing Inner Conflicts, Metaphors of Movement and so on to enable clients to overcome their personal issues. She does honorary work for schools, colleges and Charitable Organizations / NGO’ s in and around Chennai and takes up every opportunity to contribute towards the success of aspiring individuals / students. She is passionate about bringing about self-development in young people. An area she offers help is in Career Guidance. She is a certified counsellor for using MCMF tool (My Choice My Future) for scientifically guiding career choices. Her mission in life is to share Life Skills to the lesser privileged students or institutes serving them. She strongly believes in helping people develop and realize their potential. Background:

She has a doctorate (Ph. D) in HUMAN DEVELOPMENT from the Department of Psychology, University of Madras. She is a Certified NLP Practitioner & Trainer under NF NLP – USA, Silva Mind Control. She has had Advanced training in the application of Transactional Analysis in organizations with ITAA – International Transactional Analysis Association and is currently undergoing training in applying T A for Counselling with Ms. Julie Hay, Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis, U. K. She is also a certified for Counselling Skills by Dr. Emma Gonzalves and an ACA Certified Supervisor (Australian Counselling Association) for counsellors. She has been given the Best Senior Faculty Award thrice by the Elite School of Optometry. She has received the “Life time Professional Excellence” award by the Alumni of SIET Women’s College(JBAS College for women, her alma mater and a “Life Time of Achievement and Services to Elite School of Optometry” by ESO, Unit of Shankara Nethralaya, Medical Research Foundation. She was also recognised as an “Eminent Woman Achiever” in Training and Communication by Rajalakshmi Institutions.

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