Keynote Speakers / Resource persons (partial list) accepted so far...


Mark Cropley is a Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Research for the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey and a global expert in how people unwind and recover from work. He organised the first ever international academic conferences on recovery from work, and has consulted on this topic across major corporations, the Metropolitan Police, the NHS and various primary and secondary schools. His Research Interests are Stress, health and Fatigue particularly the relationship between psychosocial factors and disease (cardiovascular disease and infectious illness), and how individuals recover from work demands and illness (Detailed profile will be updated soon)
Michelle Tuckey is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of South Australia. Her program of research on well-being at work focuses on understanding the mechanisms involved in workplace bullying and occupational stress. Michelle is working to advance the risk management of bullying as a work health and safety hazard and develop practical evidence-based tools to prevent bullying before it occurs. Her other research interests relate to psychosocial safety climate, leadership and mental health, and mindfulness at work. Michelle serves on the Editorial Boards and as Guest Editor for Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and International Journal of Stress Management, the Board of Brodie’s Law Foundation, and the Management Committee of Crisis Intervention and Management Australasia. She has published over 80 scholarly journal articles, edited books, book chapters, and research reports and her research has been translated into policies and practices to prevent bullying and stress in organisations.

Brian Hughes is a Professor in Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway, with a specialism in stress psychophysiology. His research and publications have focused on psychological stress (particularly its impact on cardiovascular psychophysiology, immunity, and health) and on psychosocial moderators of stress processes (such as social support, cognition, and personality). His work on how the human cardiovascular response habituates across repeated stress exposures has been extensively cited. He received PhD and BA degrees from NUI Galway, and an Ed.M. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has held visiting academic appointments at the Universities of Missouri (USA), Leiden (Netherlands), and Birmingham (UK), at King’s College London (UK), and at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is the current (2014-2016) President of the international Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), and sits on the editorial boards of a number of international journals of psychophysiology, health psychology, and behavioural medicine. He is the author of Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (Delhi: Pearson/London: Prentice Hall) and Rethinking Psychology: Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience (London: Palgrave)

Peter Vlerick is presently working as a professor in the Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium. He obtained his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Ghent University. He was a PhD Fellow at the University of Nottingham (UK). His scientific research has been dealing with work psychological themes arising in particular groups (e.g. disabled employees, consumers, healthcare workers,...) and industrial sectors (e.g. education, health care, ICT, food processing, aviation, nuclear medicine,...).  He is currently involved in research projects regarding the digital assessment of human competencies, job stress, authentic leadership, food-safety climate, self-compassion, disability management and human manufacturing. Peter has (co-)authored papers in a variety of scientific journals and serves on the editorial board of scientific journals such as "Stress and Health", and "International Journal of Stress Management". He has been consulted as an expert by (inter)national governmental/public agencies.

Ian Shakespeare is now CEO of SMG Health from 2015 after 16 years successful assignment as CEO and Senior Vice President APAC for PPC Worldwide/Optum (a division of United Health Group). Ian is also Director for Judgment Index APAC. He is a specialist consultant in managing workplace conflict, work stress, organisational cross-cultural complexities, and fitness for work issues, particularly those pertaining to fatigue, emotional stress and alcohol and other drugs. Ian has also provided services to organisations undertaking major change management projects by assisting them in mitigating the emotional impact of that change on its employees. He has BSc (Psychology), Grad Dip Counseling Psychology, Grad Dip Education, MBA and is a Board member of the Asia pacific Employee Assistance Roundtable (APEAR) and a full member of the APS (Australian Psychological Society).

Dr. B.Udaya Kumar Reddy had two decades of post-doctoral experience in the areas of stress training, research, consultancy and counseling and is presently strengthening Stress Management Lab Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad, India in the capacity of Director (Training & Consultancy). Dr. Reddy worked as Professor in Dr. MCR HRD Institute, Govt. of A.P., Hyderabad, India. He also worked as Stress Management Consultant (Hon.), Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, Mediciti & Care Hospital, Hyderabad, India.  Dr. Reddy is the founder of International Stress Management Association (ISMA), India chapter (1999). He worked extensively in the area of Organisational Stress Audit, interventions and stress management policy at workplace. He has given keynote addresses and presented several papers at national and international conferences in the areas of stress and positive psychology in India and abroad. Dr. Reddy had his Masters Degrees in philosophy, psychology and management; he took his Ph.D. in the area of stress management. 

Dr. Manju Agrawal works as a Professor and Director, Amity Institute of Behavioural and Allied sciences, Amity University since 2005.  Former Director of Mahila Samakhya UP, A program of HRD, GOI on women empowerment, Associate Director in USAID-supported training organization PPRC and  Lecturer at Allahabad and Lucknow Universities. She has 37 years’ experience of management, teaching, training, research, social change initiatives and therapeutic interventions. Masters and Ph.D in Psychology from Allahabad University. Diploma in Child and Youth Development (ISS, The Netherlands); Certificate courses in Training of Trainers in experiential training techniques (USA); Women in Management ( USA), Life Coaching (USA), and Hypnotherapy (CHI, USA). Received ICPD advancement award in 2004 for providing leadership for pursuing UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Bill Gates’ Women’s Leadership Award, USA (2000), Represented India twice at United Nations for development issues. 

Dr. Sujata Satapathy works asa faculty member in Clinical Psychology at the Dept. of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029, India. With a vast work experience of more than 15 years in the core area of Psychosocial Stress and Trauma assessment and Intervention for children and adult, she is interested in working with Sexual and Gender Based Violence victims/disaster trauma survivors, patients of common mental disorders, dissociative disorders, stress-adjustment disorders, PTSD, and children with ADHD. In addition, stress management skill training, conflict management, and team communication-leadership workshops for health professional are also few of her key expertise areas.  More than 40 key scientific papers and chapters published in national and international journals and books are there in her credit.  

Dr. Nov Rattan Sharma is working as a professor of Psychology at M. D. University, Rohtak (Haryana). With a teaching and research experience of more than 32 years, Professor Sharma has contributed 132 research articles to various journals and books of international repute. In order to participate in academic programs of National and International levels, he has traveled extensively and so far one hundred and two seminars, conferences and workshops are to his credit. He has edited ten books with a variety of applied research areas. Around  25 research scholars have successfully completed their doctoral thesis under his supervision.  At present, he is the Secretary of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology.  In addition to researches on Indian Psychology, his broad area of research is Personality and Positive Health. Prof. Sharma is the Editor of Indian Journal of Health Psychology since its inception.


Dr. Jamuna Rajeswaran
Addl. Professor
NIMHANS, Bangalore

Dr. G. Venkatesh Kumar
Mysore Univ., Mysore

Dr. M. Jayashankar Reddy
Christ Univ., Bangalore

Dr. R. Rajesh 
Group Medical Advisor
Reliance Industries, Mumbai 

Dr. K. Chandraiah
Professor, S.V. Univ., Tirupathi (presently on deputation to Y.V. Uni. )