Executive Director of Catalyst India WRC
Shachi Irde joined Catalyst in May 2013 as Executive Director of Catalyst India WRC. Ms. Irde brings a rich background in business development, marketing, human resources and diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices to her new role. Prior to joining Catalyst, she served as the Head of Diversity at Infosys, where she helped develop and manage D&I initiatives across the organization. Her efforts helped launch D&I Councils regionally and within business units as well as the first leadership development program for women. Ms. Irde also played an integral role in launching the organization’s ground-breaking employee resource group (ERG) for India-based LGBT employees. In addition, she conceptualized and delivered successful employee engagement programs focusing on communication, health and safety. Ms. Irde has also held HR leadership roles within Wipro –e-Peripherals Ltd. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council of D&I at NASSCOM. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator at D&I events in India and has been quoted by India’s top mainline and financial publications. Further to this, Ms. Irde has spoken at various renowned events and seminars in India. She was recently interviewed by BBC World News and CNN International on the topic ‘Women on Boards’.