Shivesh Sinha

Senior Executive Coach
“Always be prepared”

Shivesh is our senior most executive coach with a wealth of corporate experience.

Before Stillwater, Shivesh was Lafarge’s Regional Development Director, based out of Kuala Lumpur and responsible for strategy and business development for Asia. Prior to Lafarge, Shivesh worked for a number of years at Unilever and Unilever subsidiaries in various roles:

  • Director – Edible fats, Dairy and New Business development
  • Commercial Director, Brooke Bond Kenya
  • New Business Director at Brooke Bond India
  • Commercial & Exports Director at Lipton India
  • Finance & HR Director at Ponds India
  • Head of Overseas Audit
  • Business development – Central America

Shivesh started his career at PWC as an auditor and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He is an alum of the Wharton Executive MBA, He is a diploma holder in Ontological Coaching from Newfield Asia Coaching Institute.

Kanishka Sinha

Head of Research & Development
“We’re all in this together”

Kanishka’s core area of expertise is in designing customized programs that address strategic HR and business needs of our clients.

His other hat is that of a Trainer & Executive Coach, with experience of coaches from USA, Canada, France, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, etc. Major clients he has worked with recently include the Aditya Birla Group, Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), Kraft Foods, CRISIL, Idea Cellular, Schenker, PETRONAS, Tokio Marine Life Insurance, Teach for India, Akanksha, etc.

Prior to Stillwater, Kanishka worked for Arthur Andersen in their Business Advisory division, in Sales & Marketing at Hindustan Unilever Ltd. and as India Country Head for boutique leadership firm TWP.

Kanishka attended Imperial College (London) where he majored in Materials Science and Engineering with Physics. He then obtained his Chartered Accountancy qualification in London (ICAEW). He has an MBA specializing in Leadership and Change Management from the Indian School of Business (ISB) and is a graduate of Newfield Asia Coaching Institute.

Girish Manimaran

Head of Client Relationships
“Just do it!”

Girish’s areas of focus are building client relationships and business development. Girish is a Trainer & Executive Coach. Girish has been certified as a “Newfield Certified Coach” by the “Newfield Network” after having met the standards established by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for coaching at the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) level. Major clients he has worked with recently include Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), Godrej, the Aditya Birla Group, Tata Chemicals, BNP Paribas, Deloitte, HDFC Life and Teach for India.

Prior to Stillwater, Girish worked across multiple sectors (FMCG, IT, Logistics, Manufacturing) in professional as well as family business enterprises. His last assignment was with HUL, where he worked for over five years across three Finance leadership roles. In his last role at HUL, he was heading the Treasury Team and played a key role in talent acquisition and mentoring Business Leadership Trainees. Prior to HUL, Girish worked with Hewlett Packard, in his family business and with Tata Steel.

Girish graduated in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai and then obtained his Chartered Accountancy qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Girish also has an MBA in Finance from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.

Avantika Sinha

Head of Marketing
“If you can think it, it’s possible!”

Avantika’s area of focus at Stillwater is marketing where she uses her computer programming and cartooning skills in promoting the brand and creating interesting educational materials and videos. In her other role as trainer and executive coach, she draws on her diverse experience in client service (corporate lawyer), teaching and human resources. She is a graduate of the Results Coaching System, the Neuroleadership Group and has coached high potential leaders from companies such as Aditya Birla Group, Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Godrej, CEAT and TVS.

Before joining Stillwater, Avantika worked with the non profit organization Akanksha Foundation, initially as a teacher, and then as the Head of the Human Resources function of the organization. She developed and set up many of the systems at Akanksha including performance appraisal system, recruitment, employee on-boarding, compensation and employee welfare. Before Akanksha, Avantika worked with the Indian affiliate of the international law firm ‘Kelly, Drye and Warren LLP’, where she specialized in laws relating to telecommunications, real estate, intellectual property, taxation and corporate compliance.

Avantika has degrees in Commerce and Law from Delhi University and in software programming from the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT). She has studied Human Development from the Harvard Extension School.