V J Rao

V J Rao, an alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences has been an operational HR professional for over 41 years with experience in a wide range of industries such as Engineering, Projects, FMCG, IT and  ITES.

He was head of HR of GE’s largest joint venture in India, Godrej GE Appliances Ltd and later head of HR of India’s largest IT Company, TCS. He helped TCS obtain a PCMM level 4 rating in 2001 which was a first in the world. He was the Director of the Tata Management Training Centre, also headed TAS and senior level recruitment in the Tata group and was responsible for several initiatives in leadership development at the group.

VJ Rao was a Member of the Board of Tata Auto Plastics and Country Head HR and head Global Talent Management at Suzlon Energy.

He is currently a Leadership Coach and Executive Director of totus HR School.

He has recently co-authored a book titled” HR here and Now” along with Ganesh Chella and Harish Devarajan.

VJ Rao leads totus HR school’s HR capability building engagements


Harish Devarajan

Harish Devarajan is a Leadership Coach and Consultant. He is known for his vivacious, inspiring style of engaging with people and lives by his personal credo – “committed to making a positive difference”.

An alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur, Harish was CHRO in Hindustan Unilever, after which he led the HR transformation journey for Unilever across 40 countries in Asia, Africa and Australia. He then founded ‘People Unlimited’, a consulting practice that focuses on Organisational and Leadership effectiveness.  

Harish has been accredited by the International Coach Federation, USA as a Master Certified Coach (MCC). He has also been honoured with numerous recognitions for his leadership and professional accomplishments. As President of the National HRD Network, Bangalore Chapter and the convenor of the XV National HRD Conference, he has made meaningful contributions to the HR fraternity. He is also the co-author of the best-selling book- “HR Here and Now”, along with Ganesh Chella and VJ Rao.

Currently, he is an Independent Director on the board of Bank of India and serves on the advisory board of other companies.

Harish Devarajan leads totus HR school’s HR capability building engagements


Deepa Bhat

Deepa is an Organization Change and Development consultant and a Leadership Coach and facilitator. Deepa has over 20 years of experience across areas of HR design, organization effectiveness and talent development. She has worked with various organizations including- Wipro, A.F.Ferguson, Price Waterhouse, SAP, Mercer and ANZIT. She has also been associated with consulting firms- totus Consulting, Mercer, and EY.

Her areas of expertise include- Organization Change, Talent Development, Organization Transformation, Capability Building, Leadership Coaching and facilitation. Deepa holds a post graduate degree from XLRI. She is a certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centred Coach, certified in Hogan Psychometrics and trained in the GROW model of coaching and Large Scale Interactive Process (LSIP).

Deepa Bhat partners with totus consulting in our OD consulting engagements


Vidya Santhanam

Vidya Santhanam is an Organization Development practitioner, Executive Coach and learner at heart. She has recently set out on her entrepreneurial journey as the founder of a start up in the HR Tech space. Vidya has over 16 years of experience and headed the OD and Leadership building team at Mindtree Ltd. until October 2017. Her areas of expertise include- Culture and Leadership building, Organizational Development.  Her expertise is around designing Leadership building practices, performance management and institutionalizing Global Recognition programs.  

Vidya is a graduate in Commerce from Ethiraj College Chennai and a PG Dip in Human Resources from Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore. She is also a certified coach by the Coaching Foundation of India (CFI).

Vidya Santhanam partners with totus consulting in our OD consulting engagements


Vaishnavi Chella

Vaishnavi Chella is a Human Resources professional with 3+ years of experience in the IT/ITes and professional services industries. She is an MBA graduate from TAPMI, Manipal where she majored in Human Resources. Vaishnavi has experience in a variety of talent acquisition roles ranging from lateral to campus hiring and employer branding. She has been with organizations such as Infosys Limited, Titan, EY and currently supports totus consulting as a Lead Consultant.


While Ganesh Chella leads all engagements, based on need, he partners with a network of highly competent, deeply committed and passionate professionals. All these professionals share the totus style and spirit of consulting.