Get to know our engaging and empowering trainers who bring a wide range of expertise from businesses including banking, finance, hospitality, manufacturing, engineering, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and retail. Our trainers are specialised in leadership, sales performance, customer service, organizational effectiveness, communication skills and cross cultural understanding.
At ELAvate India, we strive to continuously enhance our knowledge, in both training techniques and individual’s specialised areas. With a blend of vast experience, skills and immense passion towards transforming people through training, our trainers deliver the highest quality training possible to each participant at every opportunity.
Michael J. Griffin
CEO & Founder
ELAvate India, Indonesia, Singapore
Mr. Griffin has spent the majority of his 40+ year career in Asia in the field of Leadership Training and Organizational Consulting. His areas of expertise include Cross Cultural Leadership, Senior Executive Development, Sales Productivity, Strategy Mapping and Balanced Scorecard.
His life mission is to equip and inspire young people to be the leaders they have the potential to be as multipliers across Asia Pacific.
In 1976, he arrived as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia serving for over 3 years.
In 1980, he joined Xerox Learning Systems (later called AchieveGlobal and now part of Miller Heiman Group) as their Master Trainer for Southeast Asia. Mr. Griffin has been the franchisee for AchieveGlobal for 20+ years in Indonesia and India.
Since 1995, he has worked with Trompenaars Hampden-Turner Consulting do Asian research and consulting on Cross Cultural Management.
Mr. Griffin is the Master Coach for Dr Tim Elmore’s globally acclaimed Habitudes Training in Asia. This unique training focuses on developing Generation Y leaders’ attitudes and habits of leadership.
Mr. Griffin volunteers for Dr John Maxwell’s EQUIP as an Associate Trainer for over 7 years and as Asian Coordinator for 6 years where he has led a team of 50 volunteer trainers to conduct leaders training across 19 countries in the Asia Pacific Region. He is also the Asian Trainer for Man in the Mirror conducting seminars for helping men be better fathers/husbands and ethical businessmen. He currently coaches men across Asia.
Mr. Griffin is also certified for Jeffrey Gitomer’s Gitomer Certified Advisor Program.
Well over 1,000 profit and non-profit organizations have used Mr. Griffin’s training including Intel, Mattel, Nike, Nokia, Starbucks, Nestle, DHL, Akzo Nobel, American Express, Pall, Essar Group, InfoTech, Temasek Holdings, Honda, Pfizer, Bose, NOL, GlaxoSmithkline, BHP, GE, IBM, Boston Scientific, Abbott, Schlumberger, Reckitt Benckiser, NEC, Jones Lang Lasalle, Monetary Authority of Singapore, 3M, Philips, Unilever, ExxonMobil, CSR, CIFOR, and Petronas. He has trained volunteers at Man in the Mirror, World Outreach and City Harvest Church.
He has probably trained participants of more ethnic groups than any other AchieveGlobal trainer in the world, having consulted or trained people in U.S.A., Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, China, Hongkong, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Qatar and Taiwan.
Mr. Griffin is married to a Malaysian and has two young adult daughters. He enjoys Asia because of its rich diversity of people, culture, and food. He speaks Indonesian/Malay and conversational Mandarin.
Senior Training Performance Consultant
Director of Non-Profit Initiatives
Anne is a distinction holding Post Graduate in Organizational Leadership and Management, administered by Development Associates International, USA. She is also a certified Behavior and Value Analyst by Target Training International, USA, and a certified Master Trainer for Growing Leaders, AchieveGlobal and DISC. She is a Certified Leadership Coach.
Anne has over 25 years of varied and dynamic experience where training helps develop individuals, build businesses and grow organizations. Her experience in training ranges from New Recruit to Top Management Level.
Some clients whom she has trained are Intelenet Global Services, HP, HSBC, DBS Bank, Bank of New York Mellon, IBM, AIG, Aptean, Monsanto, Wipro, Mphasis, Fujitsu, Kennametal, AMCO Saft, Netapp, Pepsico, GE, Edwards Life Sciences, Expedia, Abbott, Essar, Life Technologies, The Marriott, Flowserve, Kimberly Clark, Thermofisher, Pall India, Invensys Singapore, and Perceptive Informatics, among others.
Anne’s training expertise is particularly in the areas of Communication, Leadership and Customer Service.
She is diligent, delivering at a level of excellence, and her ‘never say die’ attitude gives her the dynamics required to stay on par with happenings in the industry. She is a strategic thinker, a team player, able to take the lead when required and equally able to support leadership and be accountable to authority. She believes there is nothing you can’t learn to do, if you set your mind to it! She is able to quickly spot need, and take up the stance to meet it. She is an effective communicator with an excellent command over English, and the skills that are required to be effective in meeting objectives to enhance the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of participants.
She has travelled and trained widely in India, Thailand, Mongolia, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, the US and UK, and these cross cultural experiences have further enhanced her training style and delivery.
Senior Training Performance Consultant
Nirupama Subramanian has completed her MBA in Finance & Marketing from XLRI, Jamshedpur in 1994, where she was ranked among the top five in her batch.
Nirupama has extensive experience in sales, account management, training & consulting over a career spanning Seventeen plus years.
After a summer project with Unilevers, she joined Citibank in the Corporate Banking division at Mumbai. After a year in Cash Management Operations, she moved to Calcutta to set up a Customer Service Unit for Corporate clients of the Bank. She later moved to Chennai to be responsible for clients in the Southern Region covering Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, managing clients like Ashok Leyland, SPIC, Coromandel Fertilizers, ITW Signode etc. She managed the Trade and Cash Management portfolio for the region and was also responsible for product development. Nirupama has attended and conducted training programs locally and abroad during her stint with Citibank.
In 1999, Nirupama left Citibank to join Achieve Global, specializing in training & consulting. As the General Manager for the Northern Region. Nirupama was responsible for setting up the Delhi operations of AchieveGlobal from scratch. She was a part of the founder group for AchieveGlobal in India and has been involved in designing and implementing the strategy for the company in India. Nirupama was responsible for business development as well as training. She has sourced and expanded business for clients like American Express, GE, Hero Honda, Xerox, Whirlpool, Nokia, Airtel, BD, etc. Nirupama has successfully managed a profit center and a team of consultants. She was made Director of AchieveGlobal in recognition of her superior performance. Nirupama has successfully managed a profit centre and a team of Consultants.
Nirupama has been certified as a master trainer by AchieveGlobal and has attended local and international workshops. She has successfully conducted workshops in the areas of Sales, Customer Service, Leadership, Organizational Effectiveness, Presentation Skills and Cross Cultural management for a variety of clients.
She has extensive experience in conducting need analysis, preparing training design, customizing programs, creating program content and training measurement.
Nirupama is currently based in Delhi and is associated with AchieveGlobal as Training Performance Consultant, where she trains and consults on a freelance basis to spend more time with her family and author books.
She recently authored the book “Keep the Change” A wickedly witty novel, is a rollicking story of every girl’s journey to fulfil her dreams and find her own place in the world.
Nirupama has a “high-energy”, “high-intellectual” training style. Very detailed in her approach which leads to maximizing learning of her participants.
Senior Training Performance Consultant
Kevin Donaldson is an experienced leader with extensive experience in leadership development, executive coaching, training and consulting spanning nearly two decades.
After beginning his career as a journalist and video producer, Kevin served as Vice President of Bethesda Communications, Chennai, where he oversaw the business development of a start up media distribution company.
As founder of India Leadership Institute he established a non-residential leadership-training program for Indian NGO and business leaders.
Later, Kevin served as Vice President of International Operations at Equip, Atlanta, founded by John C. Maxwell, where he facilitated international leadership training initiatives for leaders and business people worldwide.
As President of Mission of Mercy, Colorado, USA, Kevin provided leadership to an international childcare NGO with operations in 21 nations. Kevin led a major strategic and operational transition of the organization, resulting in significant increase in annual revenue and a new strategic focus.
As a Senior Consultant for Injoy Stewardship Solutions, Atlanta, Kevin coached leaders through leadership and communication issues related to their capital funding while helping create a leadership development program for ISS clients.
Today, as Managing Director of Exponent Leadership Coaching Services, he provides leadership development and coaching services to high-performance companies and organizations. A certified executive coach, Kevin provides one-to-one executive coaching to senior business leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs and teams.
As the Training Performance Consultant of ELAvate India, he is involved in implementing the strategy, business development and training for the company in India.
Kevin is certified as a master trainer by AchieveGlobal. He has successfully conducted training in the areas of Leadership, Organizational Effectiveness, Presentation Skills and Cross Cultural management for various clients.
His extensive experience in conducting need analysis, preparing training design, customizing programs, creating program content and utilizing training measurements adds value to each client.
Kevin is an internationally respected trainer and leadership communicator, with an engaging, empowering, high-energy style that transcends cultures.
Training Performance Consultant
Amit is a Training Performance Consultant and Accounts Executive at ELAvate Training, India. His role is Training Need Identification, providing Training Solutions to organizations and Training Delivery.
He is a Biology Graduate with an interest in healthy lifestyle, and a Post Graduate in Marketing and Sales.
Amit has over 14 years of sales experience, having started his career as a Sales Executive. He has made product presentations to large audiences.
With ELAvate, he is a certified sales trainer.
In his quest to remain updated with the dynamics to stay on par with happenings in the industry, he is focused and diligent, demonstrating a servant leadership attitude to serve his customers. He is a team player, and works hard to help his team excel.
Amit has an immense passion towards imparting value training for organizations with focused business development and relevance to participants and client industry.
As a Collaborative Influencer, he believes in connecting with people by learning about them and their industry to collaborate better for shared success. Amit is a Delhi based consultant.
Training Performance Consultant
Linnet Dave is a Senior Training Consultant at ELAvate Training, India. She is responsible for delivering training for ELAvate Training.
She is a Mathematics graduate and post graduate in Human Resources. Linnet is a certified NLP Practitioner and Master Trainer. She has earned significant experience in training and consulting across industry verticals.
She has extensive years of core experience in Learning and Development and Organisational Behaviour. In her previous assignments, she has successfully handled large organizational change assignments.
Linnet started her career with the IBM Daksh as a customer service representative and subsequently became a process trainer with the organization. In her experience of more than twelve years, she trained almost 10,000 people in Presentation, Sales, Leadership and Interpersonal Skills. She finds great pleasure in grooming India’s youth into world class leaders.
She has trained and groomed more than 45 organizations across the country such as The Oberoi, Abbott, DHL, Airtel, Max New York Life, Axis Bank, FL Smidth, Wockhardt Hospitals, Interglobe Aviations, Cadbury, Godrej & Boyce, JP Morgan Etc.
Linnet has added value to the organizations she trained and consulted with, because of her focused approach and for her strong belief in continual and progressive learning. She is certified for Presentation and Communication Skills, Sales, Leadership, Customer Service programs.
C. Mahalingam (Mali)
Training Performance Consultant
C. Mahalingam (Mali) is an Executive Coach and HR Advisor and consults in the areas of HR transformation and leadership development. Prior to assuming this role a year ago, Mali was with Symphony Teleca Corporation as its Executive Vice President & Global Chief People Officer for over 7 years. In this role, Mali’s role was a business leader responsible for people function, Innovation program and corporate communication besides being a Director on the Boards of Symphony entities in India, UK, Japan, China and France. Mali established the China operations for Symphony Services and managed this as a profit center for a year.
Prior to this, he was Vice President-HR and member, India leadership team with IBM India/South Asia, Vice President-HR with Hewlett-Packard India and HR Director with Royal Philips Electronics India for their Software Division. Mali was extensively involved for over 15 years in establishing and driving leadership development and building bench strength for each of these companies. Before moving to IBM, Mali was heading the HR function for Nuclear Power Corporation, Mumbai.
With over 30 years of rich experience in HR, Mali’s experience encompasses establishing a robust HR architecture for organizations, building competent HR teams, designing and delivering high impact HR systems and processes and developing HR scorecards to measure the business impact of HR investments. Mali’s strengths include building strategic organization capabilities.
Mali is active professionally. He is the immediate past President of National HRD Network, Bangalore Chapter,President of Karnataka IT HR Association, member of NASSCOM Mentor Panel for the CEO of SMEs and a member of National HR & Leadership Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry. He is one of the 4 architects of the HR Competency Framework designed under the aegis of CII and NHRD. As a certified auditor for European Quality Award, Mali has audited several Philips organizations worldwide during his stint with Philips.
Mali teaches leadership courses at leading B-Schools like IIM-B, IIM-Ranchi and IIM-Tiruchirapalli, Norsee Monjee Institute (NMIMS), Symbiosis Institute (SIBM) besides being on the Board of Studies of many of the leading B-Schools.
Mali is a seasoned certified executive coach and helps successful senior executives become even more successful with focused coaching. He has done CXO level coaching for senior executives in both IT and non-IT companies, one of the big four consulting firms, and a e-business start-up. Mali also delivered Group coaching to 18 Principles / Center Heads of a large Technical training School spread across the country. In the last 12 months, Mali has completed over 20 coaching assignments of CXOs that include CEOs, CFO, Director-Marketing, VP–HR, Director-HR and SVP of Engineering for a product software company.
A thought leader, Mali has published over 320 articles on HR, leadership, Innovation and related subjects in leading journals and newspapers.
Mali has a bachelor’s degree in commerce which he passed with A. L. Mudaliar Gold Medal for the best all round performance in the college and Master’s degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the autonomous Loyola College which he passed out with the Golden Jubilee Gold Medal.