Profile – Dr. Madana Kumar A

Profile of Dr. Madana Kumar A

Dr. Madana Kumar is an experienced professional with more than 33 years of experience in various madanaindustries at senior levels. He is currently balancing two leadership roles in the Corporate and Theological Education fields. In the corporate role, he is currently the Senior Director and Global Head of Learning and development at UST Global, an IT services company serving clients in the Global 1000 list. In this role he is working on shaping the learning strategy of the growing organisation to create and nurture a Learning culture in the organisation and to make learning strategic by impacting business in a significant manner. His leadership has brought many laurels to the organisation, including the inclusion in the Global Learning Elite list published by the Global CLO magazine and a Brandon Hall Award for Learning Strategy. He also designs and delivers high impact programs at senior and mid management levels. Prior to joining UST he spent several years as Associate Director at IBM Corporation, streamlining the Learning organisation and processes to achieve high operational efficiencies. He played a key role in making the Global Shared Services Model of Learning delivery successful, there by contributing significantly to reduced costs and increased effectiveness of Learning. His role involved training senior and mid-level managers and influencing Learning and Development of IBM employees in 170 countries across the globe including India.

In his role in the Theological Education field, he is currently the Director – Center for Leadership, at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), a premier Theological Institute for Post Graduate education and Research. In this role he is impacting the Christian Leaders at various stages (Students, emerging leaders, experienced leaders) and organisations through formal and informal education, seminars, workshops, mentoring, consultation, curriculum creation etc.

During his career, Madana has held many leadership positions, in Manufacturing, Technology Management, Total Quality Management, Project management etc. He is a passionate teacher of Servant Leadership and speaks on the topic at various forums. He is a regular speaker at national events like the NHRD, HR summit, CLO summit etc. His thoughts are sought after and published by the student publications in some IIMs, and other first tier Management institutes. He is also a guest speaker at few management institutes and Bible Colleges.

Dr Madana Kumar was named the “Chief Learning Officer of the Year” for 2014, and again in 2015, for his leadership in transforming the L & D function of UST Global. He was named the Talent Development Champion of the year in 2015 by Skillsoft Corporation USA for his innovative leadership in UST.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Business Administration. He has dual bachelor Degrees, a B.Sc (Physics) and a BE in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Science , Bangalore. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration (with HR specialisation) and two Certificates on Leadership awarded by the Cornell University, USA.

For his Doctoral work, Madana Kumar studied the application of Servant Leadership in Indian NGOs.