Shabbir Merchant is the founder and Chief Value Creator of Valulead Consulting, a boutique consulting firm based in Bengaluru, India.
His work experience spans over 30 years, having a unique blend of Line HR and Consulting Services, which enables him to quickly connect with Business, Talent & Leadership imperatives in an organisation and recommend customised & practical solutions.
Shabbir has worked with employees and clients across the globe including India, China, Singapore, Australia, Germany, Malaysia, Middle East, Turkey, Philippines, Hong Kong, Canada, Thailand & Sri Lanka.
His consulting experience spans across projects such as: Organisation Transformation; Top Team Synergy & Effectiveness; Culture Rejuvenation; Leadership Succession; Leadership Development; Leadership Assessment. He is also an Executive Coach & Advisor to several Boards and CEO/CXO level leaders in Asia, Middle East & Europe.
His past experiences include being the Partner & South Asia head of Heidrick & Struggles, a NASDAQ listed Leadership Advisory consulting company, and earlier as the Executive Vice President of
Right Management-Grow Talent. His Line HR experience included a well-rounded stint with the automobile major Eicher group and subsequently with Wipro Corporation, where he had a meteoric rise to become the youngest General Manager and Human Resources Head at Wipro Infotech, responsible for their talent in India, Asia Pacific and Middle East.
Shabbir believes in giving back to the community, and has been associated with the Aga Khan Development Network in India for over a decade, giving his time & services on a pro-bono basis to various institutions in their India Network. He is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of DCB Bank Ltd. He has also served earlier as Trustee of Prince Aly Khan Hospital, Mumbai.
Shabbir is a graduate in Commerce from H.R. College, Bombay University and completed his Masters in Personnel Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management. He has done a certificate course in ‘Complex Change Management’ from NTL, USA and is also an Executive Education alumnus of ISB Hyderabad.