Bhavana Issar

Organization Development, Change Management and Business HR

Passionate about working with individuals, teams and organisations, who want to change, grow and make a difference, I believe that we thrive in organizations or environments that are co-created, are based on trust and are, gently challenging with honest and direct communication. Such environments allow us to gain diverse perspectives and when this happens, we create new possibilities (and this has inspired the name “Sambhaavna” which is “possibility” in Sanskrit/Hindi).

With 20+ years of experience in diverse global companies either as the founder of Sambhaavna, an HR leader or as a consultant and coach, I bring practical experience of accomplishments inside organisations along with a depth of professional knowledge which I continue to challenge and build. Some roles held during the corporate tenure:

  • General Manager – HR at Castrol India with role of business partner for Marketing teams across Asia & Pacific for the BP/Castrol teams.
  • Head Training & Org Effectiveness at Texas Instruments India, Bangalore
  • HR Relationship Manager with Standard Chartered Bank

Other organizations that I have been a part of, are Seagram’s, Tata Teleservices and PepsiCo.

Academic credentials include:

Post-graduation in Human Resources from XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur (

Graduation in Computer Science from Delhi University.

Fellow and practicing facilitator in Process Work with Sumedhas Academy for Human Context (

Certified OD Practitioner from Sumedhas Academy for Human Context

Certified in various psychometric tools like MBTI, Saville Wave, Thomas Profiling, McQuaig and Existential Universe Mapper (EUM) – I.

Gestalt OD Practitioner

My areas of interest include Change and transitions, Innovation, Creative expression, group dynamics, transpersonal psychology and Yoga. I have a trans-disciplinary approach and like to combine Eastern and Western philosophy and frameworks. I partner with other consultants to support organisations in areas of Transformation for organizations, teams, individuals and communities. I have founded Sambhaavna, a consulting firm and Caregiver Saathi which is an enterprise providing support to family caregivers of those who are terminally ill or with chronic medical conditions. I am currently based in Mumbai with my husband and soon-to-be-teen daughter and I enjoy traveling. My hobbies include poetry, motorcycle riding, electronic gadgets, digital media and crochet.

While there are many ways of describing me – ranging from a romantic poet to a cynical activist, what I would relate to the most would be a curious learner and an adventurous motorcycle rider. Being a motorcycle rider has helped me discover myself by pushing the boundaries of mind, body and soul and creating new possibilities for myself, something I passionately believe in and wish to live.


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