We are a Results Driven Team

Our team consists of highly qualified and experienced industry professionals who passionately exhibit and execute Athena’s vision and value system. Their expertise and business acumen in executive search and talent management have allowed various global partnerships to flourish with excellence and a promising future.

Our Team Members

Bhavishya Sharma
Founder & Managing Director
Aparna Ahuja
Principal
Arjun Jolly
Principal
Jigyasa Wadhwa
Operations Lead
Sheetal Saigal
Client Partner
Tshering Dolma Gurung
Delivery Manager
Sudipta Mitra
Delivery Manager

Bhavishya is a tremendously passionate and driven personality, under whose leadership Athena has accelerated to become one of the world’s premier Executive Search and Leadership Advisory organizations. It is through his resilience and perseverance that Athena has been established as the first ever independent retained search firm to be accredited as an AESC firm.

With over two decades of rich experience and a dedicated career in the executive search industry, Bhavishya is a trusted advisor of clients internationally on all aspects of identification, assessment and recruitment for leadership and board roles at both Board and C-Suite levels. Bhavishya’s leading expertise in consulting has enabled him to advise a large portfolio of clients on strategic talent management challenges like Market Entry Advisory, HR Due-Diligence, Board Advisory, Leadership Assessment and Compensation Benchmarking with complete finesse. He is also an exclusive M&A advisor to global organizations in the Technology and Professional Services industry.

Bhavishya has earned an engineering degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and he splendidly delivers corporate solutions, stirred by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a vigour for the industry.

Aparna Ahuja is one of the most devoted talents at Athena. Having close to a decade of experience in Human Capital Advisory, she executes remarkably creative solutions and growth strategies on critical consulting assignments including key HR Consulting and M&A Advisory requirements.

As a founding member of Athena, she has actively collaborated with various global clients across distinct industry sectors & has emerged as a highly trusted advisor by virtue of her deep expertise in managing client expectations through extraordinary account management and delivery fortes.

Aparna is one of the youngest professionals to be elected as a council member representing APAC region at the Association of Executive Search Consultants. She has earned a bachelor’s degree from Delhi University, specializing in Entrepreneurship and Economics. She brings an ardent zeal and a plethora of industry experience to all her endeavours.

Arjun Jolly has profoundly lead a wide spectrum of management consulting services invigorated by his rich experience of over a decade in the executive search industry.

He has been a trusted advisor to CHRO’s and HR leaders for blue-chip companies pan-India and across industries. His areas of expertise include Talent Acquisition and EVP Strategy, Culture Change, HRBP, Capability Building, Identification and Development of HIPO’s, Change Management and more. Arjun has also managed HR membership renewal for Gartner and steered sales and account management for companies such as CEB and SHL.

Business Administration and Management. He is an extremely dynamic, passionate and diligent talent at Athena.

Jigyasa Wadhwa is our exceptionally talented and trusted advisor leading the entire Operations Vertical for Athena. She capitalizes her long-standing wealth of experience in retained executive search to identify and attract superior leaders to her clients. She is adroit at recruiting senior executive talent and executing complex searches for mid to large size organizations, private-equity-backed businesses and non-profit organizations.

Jigyasa engages in end-to-end delivery for CXO searches and partners with multiple Indian and international corporations unconfined to a single industry sector. In addition, she also conducts searches for board members and C-Suite leaders.

Jigyasa has earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from IILM Institute for Higher Education. She is lauded for her unique flair and clarity of vision in the industry.

Sheetal Saigal is a strong pillar as a sales talent at Athena. She is our Client Partner and manages the western region operations from Pune.

Sheetal has earned a Management degree from the Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, Delhi. She is a an extremely competent and spirited professional.

Tshering is a Senior HR Consultant with Athena Executive Search & Consulting and in this capacity, she acts as an advisor for Executive Search, Talent Acquisition, and other consulting services.

She is playing an instrumental role in the research and delivery function of the organization and specializes in executing critical leadership searches for clients in the Digital Technology, IT/ITES, Professional Services, BFSI and Management Consulting Companies. She has successfully placed senior executives in the C-suite in India and global markets for a wide range of companies ranging from Multibillion-Dollar to Niche start-ups. Prior to joining Athena, she has worked in HR function with a world leading car and aero-engine manufacturing company, Rolls Royce.

She has a post graduate degree (PGDM) from IILM Graduate School of Management, India in HR & Marketing and a master’s degree from Fachhochschule Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany in Diverse Market & International Business.

Sudipta is a Delivery Manager at Athena Executive Search & Consulting. She is responsible for managing the execution and delivery of cross-industry senior leadership searches and consulting mandates for a wide range of companies ranging from multibillion-dollar to niche start-ups.

She plays a key role in client management as well. She has successfully placed CXO’s across different industry verticals like Energy, Management Consulting, Technology, Engineering Consulting, Outsourcing & Offshoring, Cyber Security, Financial Services etc. Additionally, she has successfully executed various global mandates and overseas research projects.

She started her career as a Research Associate and has grown to lead delivery and account management on critical assignments. Sudipta completed her PGDM from Jaipuria Institute of Management with dual specialization in Human Resource and Finance. She has previous experience with Tata Internationals Ltd. in Human Resource Department and State Bank of India in Credit Appraisal arm.

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