From a global perspective, the outlook of India as the HR capital of the world has revealed a wealth of increasingly viable opportunities in the HR Industry. As a forward-thinker, the HR fund is leading the transformation of the Human Capital space and its portfolio companies by institutionalizing HR entrepreneurship. With a marquee network of leading business professionals from HR, Technology and Finance space – the HR fund acts as a catalyst and a success partner, guiding the HR entrepreneurs to bring the best in them. Supporting the portfolio companies through funding, wide reach (people network) and process based governance, the Fund truly transforms the success stories and fortunes of the companies it invests in.
The HR Fund is India’s first HR focused Investment Fund. Set up in 2011, its vision is to transform the Human Capital space by institutionalizing HR entrepreneurship.
The HR Fund’s current focus is on Recruitment, Learning & Develpment, Workforce Management and Performance Management. We invest in seed to series a/b opportunity
At The HR Fund, our core strategy is to invest in companies that we believe can be market leaders in HR. We work with these companies to help implement strategy and create processes.
Varun Talwar is founder of the Withya Group. He is a serial entrepreneur and has established companies in HR, IT, Digital Media and Real Estate.
His strengths are strategy, business development and investor relations. He has multi-country experience in Fortune 500 companies like AT&T, HP/EDS, and TCS. He has a B. Tech in Computer Science from PEC, Chandigarh and has taken MBA courses at George Washington University.
Varun is Founder and Promoter of The HR Fund.
Arvind Agrawal is the President – Corporate Development and Group HR in the RPG Group – a company he has worked with since 1999. His current responsibilities in RPG comprise HR and TQM.
Prior to this, he was Chief Executive at Escorts responsible for the two construction equipment business companies – Escorts JCB and Escorts Construction Equipment Limited. In addition, he was a member of the HR function in companies such as Escorts and Modi Xerox. He is an IIT Kharagpur and IIM Ahmedabad alumni and also holds a PhD from IIT Mumbai.
Arvind is an investor in The HR Fund. He is also on the Board of Directors.
Archana Bhaskar is currently Head Talent & Development, Downstream Businesses for Shell and is based out of Singapore.
Prior to her current role at Shell Singapore, she was HR Director at Shell India. She was earlier HR Director UFS Europe at Unilever. She is an IIM Bangalore Alumni and also holds a degree from Lady Shriram College, New Delhi.
Archana is an investor in The HR Fund.
Varun Bhatia is Human Capital Strategist and Business Enabler with extensive global HR experience. Currently, he is the President of Growth Outcomes LLC.
Prior to this, Varun was CHRO and SVP with Levi Strauss & Co. Prior to Levis, he has worked with global majors like Kraft Foods, Gillette and P&G. Having more than 25 years of experience, Varun has performed a variety of in-country, regional and global HR roles across India, Singapore, US and UK. Varun holds a bachelor’s degree from SRCC and a PG in business administration from XLRI Jamshedpur. He is also an alumnus of executive development programs at LBS and Harvard University.
Varun is an investor in The HR Fund. He is also on the board of Directors.
Utkarsh Joshi is an investment professional with Advisory, Strategy & Planning experience across sectors.
With direct reporting to the board, Utkarsh manages the day to day activities of the fund and is primarily responsible for Fundraising, Operations and Governance activities. Prior to this, Utkarsh was part of a boutique setup and provided Finance, Strategy & Planning advisory to entrepreneurs and businesses across multiple domains. His earlier experience includes consulting and technology roles with global majors Cognizant and Accenture. Utkarsh holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore and an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad
Utkarsh is Principal at The HR Fund.