Our Team


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A doctoral graduate from the University of Western Australia, Grant is a specialist in the behaviours and literacy required for high level business improvement throughout organisations. He is a frequent presenter at International Management Conferences and leads regular management tours to the best performing worksites in Europe and North America.

A skilled coach, over the past 30 years Grant has conducted leadership and business acumen programs globally for over 20,000 people from more than 500 companies.

A small sample of the diverse organizations who have previously used Grant’s services successfully include, Westrac, Qantas, Woolworths, Motorola (US), Assa Abloy, Gulli (China), Centrelink, Gosford City Council, Coca Cola, Caterpillar, Abbott Australasia, Australian Customs

Department, BSTG, Advanced Micro Devices (US), Bristol Myers-Squibb, DEST and RailCorp.

In 2014, Dr Grant joined forces with Sunil Nalinaksha and Akila Raju to set up Paradigm Learning India,The company based in India has the mission of enhancing business acumen in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and the region using experiential learning tools and expert facilitation in the Indian Sub continent. Dr Grant is the master trainer for Paradigm Learning tools which are used extensively for the business acumen training.


- Partner and Chief Learning Facilitator -

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Akila Raju is a creative learning and development professional with over 18 years of workexperience across various industries and diverse workplace environments. She has been instrumental in setting up learning teams in various organizations and brings in facilitation, consulting and project management experience to set up high performing teams.

Her experience has given her a rich contextual knowledge, of people and process to help build proactive solutions, recommendations for people development strategies. In her current role as Director with Paradigm Learning India, she combines her rich and varied experience across various industries to help design organizational development interventions, develop learning strategies and facilitate programs.

Akila started her career worked with the Taj Group of hotels and has worked in the hotel industry for over 8 years with roles in operations, project management, quality and Learning and development. She moved industries and worked with First source solutionsmanaging Training solutions which included both entry level training, process training, transitioning new process across segment like retail, telecom, banking, insurance, customer service etc.

Her last assignment was with Goldman Sachs as VP in the HCM team where she spent 8 years leading learning efforts across business units. She was also responsible for the leadership development function for the India office. In her tenure at GS she also led various leadership and diversity and inclusion initiative including designing internal and external conferences and programs.

Akila is a PCC certified coach and is also certified to deliver and use various tools like Hogan, HBDI, PDA inventory etc. She is a graduate of IHM Bangalore and has a degree in arts from Bangalore University. She has also completed her Executive General Management Programs from IIM Bangalore.

Her interests and passion include reading, gardening, visiting new restaurants and enabling people to do their best

Training and Development

Akila is a facilitator and coach with experience across a broad range of verticals and industries, she designs, develops and facilitates programmes (product, process, management, leadership development topics), experiential training interventions and hospitality management training

Professional Affiliations

  • ICF - International Coaching Federation
  • ICA – International Coaching Association
  • PCC- Coaching Certification
  • Hogan Certified Trainer
  • HBDI Certified Trainer
  • WSET- Wine and spirit Education Trust - Level 1


- Managing Partner -

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Sunil Nalinaksha Kumar is an Electrical Engineer, he started his career as a business development manager for Systems Aids, A company manufacturing Data Acquisitions systems and Add on Cards, he has travelled extensively across the country and has interacted with various defense establishments, technology institutions, manufacturing Industries and research and development laboratories

He brings to the board his expertise across varied industries. Sunil’s foray into entrepreneurship was in the engineering industry where he partnered to set up a powder painting and auto parts manufacturing unit in 1996 to cater to automobile giants such as M/s Maruti Udyog, Hyundai, General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Honda Motors etc.

About 12 years ago he diversified his portfolio and forayed into the hospitality industry. He has investments in Business Hotels and Restaurants in Bangalore and Chennai.

Sunil is an avid golfer who believes that an immersive form of skill and talent development when offered in an experiential way produces impactful results. He has brought to the fore his passion for golf and entrepreneurship with an experiential training company.

The concept of merging leadership with the tenets of golf on the course is a unique offering combining both his passion and his leadership capabilities. This programme designed leveraging Leadership and Golf is being successfully implemented across various industries. Sunil is a member of the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), FHRAI (Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association of India) and TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Network.

Jagadish Subramanian

- Director and Learning Facilitator -

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Jagadish Subramanian has an extensive work experience of 24 years in the Sales and Services industries both in India and The US.

Core Strengths
  • Strategy
  • Account Management
  • Consultative and ROI Selling
  • Leadership and Business Acumen
  • Presentation Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Customer Service for Corporates and MNCs across India and South East Asian Countries
Professional Experience

Post his MBA, Jagadish began his career as a commercial pilot and Trainer / instructor for American Airlines in the US and later moved on to managing his own fractional aircraft ownership company, working with many corporate houses in the US. During this period, he did extensive training for the work force in handling demanding customers in the aviation business including training pilots for American Airlines.

Jagadish moved back to India in 1998 as Country Head for Laser Cheval, a French company manufacturing laser based machine tools. In a successful 5 year stint with this organization, Jagadish ran its business operations and also handled training for his team and channel partners in selling laser based machine tools to various corporate houses in India. Jagadish also partners as a consultant with multiple corporates from the US, UK and Europe helping them establish their market presence in India. He is also on the board of multiple start-ups with investments in IT, Electronics, Precious metal refining, etc.


Masters in Business Administration, Michigan State University

Clients Closely Worked With

Essilor, E&Y, Airbus, IBM India, Fidelity, Airtel, Titan Industries, Volvo, Toyota Motors India, Volkswagen, Daimler, Aricent Technologies, Visual Graphics, Cognizant, Aditya Birla, Bharti AXA, Johnson & Johnson, Milipore, TA Instruments, SRF, Olam and others.

Cheryl Samtaney

- Lead Learning Facilitator -

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Cheryl Samtaney has a total of 20 years of work experience of which 12 years have been in training. She strongly believes that her role as a facilitator helps individuals to unleash their untapped potential, which in turn enhances their efficiency and productivity, in her last role as a Master Trainer with Dale Carnegie Training India; she was instrumental in developing strategic alliances and partnerships and endorsing workforce to represent internationally acclaimed training standards.

Having trained around 20,000 people so far, her core expertise lies in the areas of Leadership development, Communication & Presentation Skills, Business Etiquette, Team Dynamics and Train the trainer programs, her varied experience gives her deep insights into how humans learn and apply learning, some of the industries Cheryl has worked with include Finance, Consulting, Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Logistics, Energy, Manufacturing, IT, FMCG, Hospitality and Telecom. Being passionate about training, Cheryl constantly looks at ways to innovate and bring an element of fun, relevance and creativity into her workshops.

Her Unique professional background includes the following

  • Facilitator and Coach on the panel of international training organizations such as American Management Association (AMA), Mind Gym and Development Dimensions International (DDI)
  • Local Training Director for Dale Carnegie Training, India.
  • Guest lecturer for one of India’s leading business schools.
  • Regional Training Head for First Source (formerly ICICI OneSource, the IT arm of ICICI) overseeing soft skills training Pan India.
  • Project Manager for Wolff Olins, one of the world’s leading Corporate Identity specialists.
  • Cabin Crew Director for Gulf Air, The airline of the Middle East.


Project Management from Millennium Institute, Bournsemouth, UK

Dale Carnegie & Associates - licensed Trainer in all programs offered

Local Trainer Director Certification from Dale Carnegie Training

Certified Coach at The Mind Gym

Certified Leadership Trainer at Development Dimensions International(DDI)

M.A. in Sociology from Mumbai University

Preeti Agarwal

- Business Associate and Learning Facilitator -

Priti is a versatile professional with interests ranging from sales, consulting, business development, learning and development and building organizational capability. She founded the Catalyst in 2009 with the dream of offering unique skill enhancement opportunities to individuals across various kinds of institutions and organizations at various levels. Her interest in people development started very early in her career, even before the entrepreneurial bug bit her, when as a sales manager and a leader at HUL, she pioneered and rolled out various learning forums for her team. She continued to mentor and coach peers and subordinates in her role as a strategy consultant at Accenture. The journey of self actualization for self and others continues unabated as she passionately believes that learning is the only path to progress –

both personally and professionally. She spends considerable amount of time enhancing her own skills as a facilitator and assessor through various certifications, webinars and coming up with new strategies and approaches to develop effective and engaging learning techniques . She has conducted a number of consulting projects, assessment centers and training programs on sales effectiveness, leadership, communication, team building, time management etc. with various clients and locations.

Priti is an MBA from XLRI and an economics graduate from St Stephen’s college, Delhi University. Apart from pursuing her dream (The Catalyst), Priti loves to spend time with her kids and read books across various subjects.

Ashish Bhuwania

- Learning Facilitator -

Ashish Bhuwania has a work experience of 11 years in the manufacturing industry and the learning and development sphere.

Core Strengths
  • Strategy
  • Presentation Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Time Management
  • Theatre based workshops
Professional Experience

Ashish began his career as Business Associate for a manufacturing and export unit. After working for 2 years, he found his real passion of training and hence started his career as a learning and development consultant at Accord Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Post his stint with Accord, Ashish joined Siksha Training and Development Pvt. Ltd., where he worked for 2 years as a core member of the learning and development team.

He built his expertise in content development and experimenting with different methodologies at Siksha, which helped him achieve better results for workshops. Currently, he is the Managing Partner of Skill Labs. Over the last 8 years, Ashish has also been a theatre actor by being part of close 200 plays and 10 short films.

  • MBA, XLRI Jamshedpur
  • Master Practitioner, NLP
  • NLP Coach
Clients Closely Worked With

3DPLM, Accenture, Airbus, Analog Device, ANZ, Ashok Leyland, Berlitz, BITS Pilani, Broadcom, Cisco, Daimler, EMC2, Enzen Global, Ernst & Young, Fidelity, Genpact, GKN Aerospace, Goodrich, HR College of Commerce, Headstrong, Honeywell, IFIM, Infosys, Madura Garments, Mindtree, Neovia, Novozymes, Olam, Oracle, SAP Labs, Sonata Software, Symantec, TVS Motors, Volkawagen, Volvo, Wipro, Wellcome Trust and others.

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