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Darpan Kalra

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Darpan Kalra enjoys engaging with boards, CEOs, and senior management teams on C-suite succession, leadership transformation, board effectiveness, and corporate governance. Based in New Delhi, he leads the India segment of the firm’s Board Consulting, Services and Legal, Regulatory & Compliance practices. As a generalist, Darpan works across sectors and is active in diverse areas such as telecommunications, consumer Internet, digital, IT products and services, professional services, industrials, real estate, and global capability centers. He values being a trusted advisor to family businesses, small to large Indian transnationals, Venture Capital and Private Equity-backed portfolio companies and multinational organizations.

People’s personal and professional journeys fascinate me. We are all travelers and have stories to tell. I believe our triumphs and failures make us unique, and I am fulfilled and energized by my impact on leadership decisions and people’s lives.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Darpan was a Senior Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in India and a Senior Analyst with A.T. Kearney in the United States and India, where he advised on globalization, organizational effectiveness, growth, restructuring, and efficiency themes.

Darpan has a BA with honors in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He has served on the board of the Harvard Club of India.

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The Role of the Board in Crisis

The Role of the Board in Crisis

Egon Zehnder’ Directors Development Program held a session on this topic led by Sunil Mehta, former Chair of PNB and Yes Bank, in which… Read more

Regulators' Perspective for Boards

Regulators' Perspective for Boards

One of the sessions of Egon Zehnder’s Directors Development Program looked at board governance from the perspective of the regulator, as well as how… Read more

Managing Leadership and Transformation in the Boardroom

Managing Leadership and Transformation in the Boardroom

Digital transformation and AI have opened up exciting opportunities for business, but also require board members to execute management strategies. Read more

How Committees Can Effectively Tackle the 'Nitty-Gritty' of Board Agendas

How Committees Can Effectively Tackle the 'Nitty-Gritty' of Board Agendas

Join the discussion on board committees with Egon Zehnder's Directors Development Program. Gain insights on unique responsibilities and maximizing productivity. Read more

Creating Efficient Board Processes, From Agendas to Action

Creating Efficient Board Processes, From Agendas to Action

In July, Egon Zehnder hosted a Directors Development Program session titled “Board Processes.” The event featured Sanjiv Sachar, an Independent Director & NRC Chair… Read more

Best Practices of High Performing Boards

Best Practices of High Performing Boards

In a recent session, Egon Zehnder explored “Best Practices of High-Performing Boards.” Led by Dinesh Khara, chairman of the State Bank of India, the… Read more

Enhancing Board Performance through Evaluations

Enhancing Board Performance through Evaluations

Explore best practices in board evaluation with Egon Zehnder’s Directors Development Program.” In this session, former Egon Zehnder Senior Partner Sanjiv Sachar shares insights… Read more

Building a High-Performing Board

Building a High-Performing Board

Boards hardly succeed by accident. In fact, it takes intentional efforts to construct a consistently high-performing board. This was one of the key takeaways… Read more

High Performing Boards Start with Effective Board Members

High Performing Boards Start with Effective Board Members

As part of the Directors Development Program, Ashley Summerfield, Vineet Hemrajani, and Darpan Kalra, shares what it takes to be an effective director and… Read more

Defining the Board’s Role in Embedding Shared Purpose

Defining the Board’s Role in Embedding Shared Purpose

To learn more about the growing importance of shared purpose in today’s environment, Egon Zehnder’ Directors Development Program held a session on the topic… Read more

Leading the Boardroom: Insights on Good Board Governance and Managing Dissent

Leading the Boardroom: Insights on Good Board Governance and Managing Dissent

In a recent session of Egon Zehnder’s Directors Development Program, the focus was on the nuanced role of the chair and the delicate art… Read more

The Board’s Role in Developing Leadership, Talent and Culture

The Board’s Role in Developing Leadership, Talent and Culture

As part of the Directors Development Program, a session centered on the role boards play in developing leadership, talent and culture, was led by… Read more

Cybersecurity: What Boards Need to Know

Cybersecurity: What Boards Need to Know

One of the sessions of Egon Zehnder’s Directors Development Program addressed the multifaceted challenges of cybersecurity in a world that is becoming more technology… Read more

Expanding the Universe: The Future of Fintech & Insurtech

Expanding the Universe: The Future of Fintech & Insurtech

Egon Zehnder's Directors Development Program held a session with Hemant Jhajhria, career digital strategy expert and current Managing Director and Partner with Boston Consulting… Read more

Metaverse, AI, and Robotics: A Glimpse into the Future of Finance

Metaverse, AI, and Robotics: A Glimpse into the Future of Finance

To address critical questions related to the increasingly complex worlds of modern finance and insurance, Egon Zehnder’s Directors Development Program held a session for… Read more

The Board’s Legal Environment

The Board’s Legal Environment

A new installment of Directors Development Program with Sharad Abhyankar, a Senior Partner at Khaitan & Co., unpacked legal principles and liabilities for board… Read more

The Rise of the India Stack: Addressing India’s Digital Public Infrastructure Revolution

The Rise of the India Stack: Addressing India’s Digital Public Infrastructure Revolution

Egon Zehnder’s Directors Development program hosted an insightful session with Dr Pramod Varma, former Chief Architect of Aadhaar, India’s digital identity program and former… Read more

Building a High-Performing Board

Building a High-Performing Board

How corporate directors can create a culture of collaboration in the boardroom that drives results company-wide. Read more

The Board's Role in Embedding Shared Purpose

The Board's Role in Embedding Shared Purpose

Examining board and corporate responsibilities in an era of pressing global challenges Read more

A Board's Role in Developing Building Talent and Culture

A Board's Role in Developing Building Talent and Culture

Kalpana Morparia speaks about best practices for board culture, and reflects on her experience as a leader who is constantly improving. Read more

Designing Effective Board Processes

Designing Effective Board Processes

Corporate directors exchange on optimal processes for an effective board operation before, during, and after the meeting Read more

Role of the Chairperson, Good Board Governance and Managing Dissent in the Boardroom

Role of the Chairperson, Good Board Governance and Managing Dissent in the Boardroom

A wide-ranging discussion of important issues that impact the successful functioning of a board Read more

The Role of the Board in a Crisis and Dilemmas in Corporate Governance

The Role of the Board in a Crisis and Dilemmas in Corporate Governance

Managing crises from the board’s perspective, and how the chair and members can play a role in mitigating negative outcomes. Read more

Overview of Fintech

Overview of Fintech

Banks Must Prepare for a Customer-Driven Future Read more

Cybersecurity and the Role of the Board

Cybersecurity and the Role of the Board

Banks urged to assess cybercrime risks Read more

ESG and the Role of the Board

ESG and the Role of the Board

Shailesh Haribhakti speaks about the current state of ESG and what a board should do to ensure ESG goals are met Read more

Board’s Legal Environment in India

Board’s Legal Environment in India

Lawyer and board member Haigreve Khaitan shares what directors should be aware of. Read more

Fintech: a Founder’s Perspective

Fintech: a Founder’s Perspective

Panel members provide their perspectives on what trends are driving India’s fintech revolution Read more

Best Practices of High-Performing Board

Best Practices of High-Performing Board

Lessons learned and the future of board governance Read more

Structure & Rationale of Committees

Structure & Rationale of Committees

How directors can understand the strengths and weaknesses of their board’s committee system and use committees to advance company goals. Read more

The Fundamentals of Corporate Governance

The Fundamentals of Corporate Governance

One of the sessions of Egon Zehnder’s Directors Program looked at the “Fundamentals of Corporate Governance,” examining a broad set of recommendations and challenges… Read more

Achieving Long-Term Strategic Alignment Between Boards and Management

Achieving Long-Term Strategic Alignment Between Boards and Management

A new session of Egon Zehnder’s Directors Development Program looked at executive strategy in the boardroom and how companies can best prepare themselves as… Read more

How Boards Can Own the Company Strategy Without Acting on It

How Boards Can Own the Company Strategy Without Acting on It

“What is strategy?” asked Ashish Nanda to board members attending Egon Zehnder’s Directors Development Program. Read more

The Great Board Refresh

The Great Board Refresh

Egon Zehnder hosted board roundtables in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to discuss the significant transformation being faced by boardrooms today. Read more

Becoming a Highly Effective Board Member

Becoming a Highly Effective Board Member

A discussion on the “what” of a high-performing board (i.e., understanding the role of the board and its agenda) and the “how” (i.e., the… Read more

The Fundamentals of Corporate Governance

The Fundamentals of Corporate Governance

A discussion exploring the changing landscape of corporate governance for board directors of India’s top public sector banks. Read more

Leading in These Uncertain Times

Leading in These Uncertain Times

Top IBM executives in China share lessons from the COVID-19 crisis with Indian counterparts. Read more

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