Founder & CEO of Arka Leadership, an organization committed to develop authentic leaders in the world. Founder President for International Coach Federation Mumbai Chapter; pioneer leadership coach in India; first woman professional to be recruited by Arthur Andersen, Delhi; Author and Motivational Speaker who shares her insights from her journey of transformation.
During her tenure, the Chapter launched various initiatives for coaches, corporates and NGO’s to enhance the awareness of coaching. The Chapter also published a book, The Power of Professional Coaching and won an award for pro bono coaching at NGO’s. Ashu served on ICF’s Global and Regional committees on strategic matters and as a jury member for selection of Chapter awards and Speakers ICF Converge Speakers.
With a rich professional experience of over 28 years, she has partnered with Founders, Entrepreneurs, CEOs and empowered them to lead authentically and successfully. She conducts customized workshops to align and develop senior management teams to help them achieve their vision collaboratively and effectively.
The very essence of her workshops and programs are self-realisation, potential maximization, positive state of mind and embracing joyfulness. A mentor for coaches, she has guided many coaches to enhance their understanding and effectiveness of coaching and established a community which believes in authentic leadership.
Ashu has shared her journey of transformation in her books, I Am Freedom, Live Life with Awareness; I Am…Life Is…Live Life with Mastery; To That…with love and reverence; I Am Perfection, Live Life Joyfully.
She has been regularly featured in reputable publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Times of India, YourStory, The Inc, The Hindu, Thrive Global India, Business Today, Economic Times, People Matters and several blogs.
Books have been my comforting friends and given me courage during challenging times. Writing each book has helped in the emergence of insights that have helped me take on the journey of inner transformation and understand how to be authentic. I realise this is a journey which all of us have to take to provoke inquiry into how to live in alignment with our authentic self. It is my humble endeavour for these books to serve as a guide for you to grow into an authentic leader.
Ashu is a well-sought after professional and motivational Speaker and has delivered Keynotes, sessions and workshops for global audiences on Leadership, Self-awareness and Coaching. Her expert views have been appreciated at various corporate Leadership Summits, Human Resource Development and Coaching conferences. Her engaging and experiential style of speaking have inspired and transformed the lives of thousands of professionals, students, women leaders and more.
Ashu volunteers her time at various not for profit organizations such as Knowledge Guru at Ascent Foundation, ICF, Mentor for Sheroes women, Annamrita Foundation, Akanksha Foundation, Give India Foundation, SNEHA Mumbai, Jai Vakeel, Acumen India, Times Foundation. She also conduct Self Awareness sessions for the residents at the Imperial, Mumbai.
A chartered accountant, she has worked with Arthur Andersen, India; Coopers & Lybrand, India; PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hong Kong; Pepsi Foods Singapore; Executive Access, Singapore; Kotak Bank, India.
A learner at heart, Ashu constantly adds freshness to her life by experimenting and experiencing new dimensions of life year on year.
Ashu was born in New Delhi and has lived in Hong & Singapore. She now lives with her husband and two sons in Mumbai. She enjoys travelling, singing, reading, watching movies, fitness, and writing.