Dr. Priya Somaiya
Dr. Priya Somaiya is the Executive Director of Usha Social Services. She is one of India’s leading Organization Development (OD) and HR consultants who has played a pivotal role in crafting and advancing the community development vision and mission of a leading corporate in India. In the course of a career spanning over three decades, Dr. Somaiya has assayed several roles, including that of OD and HR consultant, mentor, Executive Coach to senior leadership (CXO level), Change Interventionist and thought leader in the social development space. She has enabled leading business organizations, from diverse sectors, such as Hindustan Unilever, Sanofi India, ACC, Tata Group, ONGC and Hindustan Times, to deal with intricate organizational complexities through various initiatives such as succession planning, senior leadership team development, potential and talent assessment and coaching and mentoring. Dr. Somaiya has successfully run her own HR consulting practice for several years, in addition to working with organizations such as ITC and Grow Talent. In her current role as Executive Director, USHA Social Services (USS) and USHA Consulting Services (UCS), Dr. Somaiya leads the community development work at USHA International Limited through the USS (USHA Social Services) division. In this role, she spearheads community development initiatives in the areas of entrepreneurship for rural women (spread across SAARC countries) and rural integrated development through non-formal education, arrest of distress migration and poverty alleviation. Under her leadership, Silai schools, which are training centres imparting sewing skills to marginalized rural women and enabling them to train other village girls and women, have grown to become a national movement aimed at women’s empowerment, with 16,806 such schools operating in India and other SAARC countries.