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Kelsa Solutions: Making a Difference by Rendering Industry Relevant Products and Services

The Silicon Review
August, 2017

thesiliconreview-r-shantaram-cauvery-devika-dharmaraj-cofounders-directors-k-sridhar-cofounder-md-kelsa-solutions-2017“We focus not on a part, but the whole. We understand your business in its entirety and design interventions drawing on the values and culture of the organization.” 

A name synonymous with innovation and growth, Kelsa Management Solutions Private Limited (Kelsa) over the years has been empowering more than hundred and fifty clients across different industries by offering them a wide range of services and products. With a presence in Bangalore, NCR and Hyderabad, Kelsa has emerged as a prominent name among HR and Consultancy companies in India. 

Headquartered in Chennai, Kelsa’s founders are from different backgrounds who came together and conceptualized it in 2010. Over the past 7 years they have been supporting clients across manufacturing, IT, ITES, FMCG, digital media, hospitality, fashion industries in India and other geographies like Middle East, South Africa and the US. To shed more light on their operations, K. Sridhar, Co-founder & MD, Kelsa Solutions explains, “Our expertise lies in delivering scalable business-leveraging solutions either on a project/module basis or as a combination of tailored solutions to improve ROI. We believe in measuring what we do and hence provide you with metrics to measure the impact of our work”. 

The company today, very well understands the clients’ business and design interventions drawing on the values and culture of the organization. Kelsa produce sustainable competitive advantage for its clients by allowing them to focus on their core business, while strengthening the people functions at operational, tactical as well as strategic levels. Kelsa takes pride in having gained the trust and respect of clients ranging from start-ups and SMEs to well-known global names such as Pepsico, Honeywell, Durr, Wipro, Tata, TVS, Standard Chartered Bank. 

Kelsa Offerings

Widely applauded for developing innovative world-class products and solutions that can serve enterprises across a wide range of business functions, solutions offered by Kelsa are specific to each organization to transform their strategies and operational approaches in such a way that they create a high performing workplace. Their product offering includes:

  • KelsaKonvex (A Comprehensive, Future-driven 360° HR Audit).
  • Kelsa H3M3 (An Innovative Employee Engagement Framework).
  • Kelsa HR University (Beyond Academics to Applied Learning). 

This apart, Kelsa services addresses complex areas of HR Systems & Frameworks enabling business transformation. 

How Kelsa makes a difference in the Domain

“We dwell not on the past or even the present, our Audit is from the perspective of the future - the focus is on ‘What should be’ not on ‘What has been’!” 

Outcome from Kelsa’s audit:

  • Mapping current HR Systems and Processes
  • Defining desired Systems and Processes
  • Documenting the need-gap
  • A road map for the future 

Another product that clients have found indispensable is Kelsa’s H3M3 Employee Engagement Framework the framework has been built on a deep understanding of Employee Engagement drivers; it is a product of Kelsa’s work with a wide range of clients across varied industry sectors. 

And here is what the framework does for the customer:

  • Baseline the current level of Employee Engagement
  • Jointly define the high-level Employee Engagement Framework
  • Monitor improvements in the Employee Engagement levels over a defined time-frame

Adding an academic slant to Kelsa’s work – it’s HR University program that is tailored to be practical and translates theoretical concepts into reality on the ground for the dozens of HR professionals working in organisations, who need a refresher on core concepts. This has also led to the launch of a formal programme- Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management offered by the Madras School of Social Work in partnership with Kelsa. 

Expectations from Kelsa’s HR University

  • Learning modules that include both written material and workshops for a year
  • Application of concepts to actual projects within the organization
  • Measureable review with tests at specified frequencies 

The Wonder Tool; 9 Box Tool

Many of Kelsa’s service and product offerings are eagerly looked for by HR professionals in organizations where they may not have the band-width or the particular expertise to design or implement a certain initiative for the organization-such as the 9 Box Tool that has been deployed by Kelsa to measure the performance and potential of the employees. Kelsa has successfully designed this for a popular 2-wheeler manufacturer. This tool places the employee in a matrix that recommends a plan for the future development of the individual based on current performance. 


  • Measure the performance of employees and recommend plans for development
  • Succession Planning
  • Calibrate compensation decisions 

Future Focused

Under the leadership of its futurist entrepreneurs, Kelsa Solutions is all set to spread its wings of operation to other destinations. With Sridhar at its helm, Kelsa is bound to reach new milestones and empower local and international clients with the ability to grow their talent and ensure robust people practices that will enable high performance. 

Meet the People behind Kelsa’s Success 

K. Sridhar, Co-founder & Managing Director- A visionary, Sridhar has been aggressively driving strategy to position Kelsa Management as a global HR and Consulting solutions provider. He brings over thirty five years of experience working with and growing organisations as a strategist. Prior to assuming the role of MD at Kelsa, he served GAVs Technologies (US and India team), SSI Technologies, Ashok Leyland and Eicher. 

Sridhar has a Post-graduate degree in Management from the University of Madras and has completed a course at Carnegie-Mellon University, USA-and is a certified Carnegie Mellon -PCMM level 3 assessor. 

R. Shantaram, Co-founder & Director- A thought leader, Shantaram has played a critical role in leading this company in scaling new heights. With deep experience of twenty five years in the field of Human Resources and an impeccable track record of success, Shantaram has worked with diverse organizations, ranging from transnational corporations with a workforce in excess of 15,000 to start-up companies with less than 30 employees.

He was a key member of the India leadership team at Sutherland Global Services, spearheading the growth of the organization from ‘proof-of concept’ to becoming one of the top 5 BPO companies in India (2004). He completed his post-graduate degree in Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Cauvery Devika Dharmaraj, Co-founder & Director- Cauvery is also an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur, has been working in the field of Human Resources over two decades. Prior to Kelsa Solutions, Devika has served manufacturing, IT and ITES, social enterprise and the not-for-profit sectors. Devika has worked for companies in UK and US in different capacities, and is also a certified executive coach and an HR competency assessor. 

In the Words of the Customers!!

“HR Solutions provided by Kelsa team are thought through and well-designed. HR initiatives done with the guidance of Kelsa are well accepted by the Leadership Team & the employees.” - V C Chandrasekar, COO, Secova.

“Kelsa over the last three years has assisted Healthware in the strengthening of HR related process and policies. Kelsa’s insight and guidance on strategic and process related issues has permitted scaling up in a sustainable manner, without losing focus on core values of the Organization. Operationally, we are extremely happy and wish to continue our journey in the years to come with Kelsa Solutions.” - Shankar Rao, Director, Healthware. 

“We believe in measuring what we do and hence provide you with metrics to measure the impact of our work.”

“Bringing to your table over 240 person-years of experience”


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