Ashu Khanna is the Founder & CEO of Arka Leadership, an institute focused on promoting, developing and inspiring authentic leadership in the world.

An explorer at heart, Ashu trusts her intuition fearlessly and enjoys pushing her boundaries to express innovatively and harness opportunities. Highly perceptive and spontaneous, Ashu personifies the joie de vivre of life. She has been ranked #29 amongst the 100 Emerging Voices in India by YourStory. She is a member of YPO Gold Mumbai Chapter Board, and also Member of Della Leaders Club.

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Our vision is to develop authentic leaders by enabling them to unleash their true potential and redesign their life to be successful and joyful. Arka leadership is a repository of knowledge on the ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of authentic leadership.

The foundation of the work is based on the confluence of ancient Vedic philosophy and modern science of coaching.


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“In group interactions...Ashu helped those group detoxify the relationships between the bosses and the more junior folk...her honesty is just amazing, honesty that she has and forces on you by making you confront things that you may not want to confront about yourself.”

Mr. Frank Hancock

(Country Head, Hakluyt & Co; Former MD, Barclays India)

“Ashu is a very effective coach. Her authenticity coupled with a combination of her candor & pragmatic suggestions makes her a coach par excellence.”

Mr. Sudhanshu Vats

Group CEO, Viacom 18 Media Pvt Ltd

“Ashu is a very effective coach. Her authenticity coupled with a combination of her candor & pragmatic suggestions makes her a coach par excellence.”

Mr. Anuroop (Tony) Singh

Vice Chairman, Max New York Life Insurance Co. Ltd.

“Ashu's approach was very simple conversations coupled with very powerful questioning which led to deep introspection... she awakened the tools that we have within ourselves and put it to good use.”

Mr. Vivek Venkatachalam

(Region Director, Oiltanking(ME & I) and MD, Indian Oiltanking Ltd)

“The way Ashu said ... scratched something on many levels on many surfaces... that thinking really led me to a lot of change. I would thank Ashu on many levels but most of all she made be connect or reconnect with my inner self.”

Mr. Arjun Khanna

Couturier for Menswear

“Ashu has a knack for cutting to the heart of the matter, no matter how complicated it may be. Her direct approach towards stating the issues up front, and then exploring solutions works very well. ”

Mr. Ashok Bajpai

(Group Head of Operations & Integration, IHH Healthcare Berhad; Former CEO & Regional Director, Essar Steel.)

“Ashu has worked as a coach with my team on a few occasions to help improve teamwork and team dynamics. Working with a group of type A investment bankers can be pretty tough. Ashu was able to draw out the team to share their views openly in a constructive manner. ”

Mr. V Anantharaman

(MD & Regional Head - Origination and Client Coverage & Co-Head - Wholesale Banking, South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank)

“I would compare her discussion somewhat like what Lord Krishna had with Arjuna, where Lord Krishna did not teach him how to fight, he merely helped him clear his mind. ”

Mr. Rahul Kanodia

Vice Chairman & CEO, Datamatics Global Services

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Live Life with Awareness


I have shared my journey of inner transformation in my books to provoke inquiry and contemplation into our state of being and to live in alignment with our authentic self. These books serve as a guide to grow into an authentic leader.


Brokers Forum of India
July 01, 2021

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Ride the waves of change gracefully

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Business Manager
June 01, 2021

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Coach is a catalyst of transformation

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Entrepreneur India
May 19, 2020

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Being Self-Reliant: Vocal About Local

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Coaching Clients

  • Hitachi Rail STS
  • Oiltanking
  • Page Industries ltd
  • Viacom18
  • Citi Bank
  • Max India ltd
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Datamatics Business Solutions Ltd
  • S D Crop
  • Lemontree Hotels
  • Barclays
  • EY