Shachi Irde joined Catalyst in May 2013 as Executive Director of Catalyst India WRC. Ms. Irde brings a rich background in business development, marketing, human resources and diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices to her new role. Prior to joining Catalyst, she served as the Head of Diversity at Infosys, where she helped develop and manage D&I initiatives across the organization. Her efforts helped launch D&I Councils regionally and within business units as well as the first leadership development program for women. Ms. Irde also played an integral role in launching the organization’s ground-breaking employee resource group (ERG) for India-based LGBT employees. In addition, she conceptualized and delivered successful employee engagement programs focusing on communication, health and safety.
Ms. Irde has also held HR leadership roles within WeP Peripherals. She is a member of the steering committee on D&I at NASSCOM. As a strong advocate for women’s empowerment, she works with voluntary organizations supporting under-privileged women in her spare time. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Master of Business Administration from Pune University. She is married with one son.