Rahul Varma
Full Name
Rahul Varma
Job Title
Board Member
Sapien Labs
Speaker Bio
Rahul currently serves as a board member of Sapien Labs, a neuroscience based organization with the largest database of mental wellbeing in the world. He is a global Human Resources leader whose career has been dedicated to helping people thrive at work and make a positive impact on businesses and society. He has led large, globally distributed workforces and complex organizational transformations.

Previously, Rahul was the Chief HR Officer for Accenture Technology, leading HR for Accenture’s largest business that employed over 375,000 people. From India to Singapore to New York he has previously held various roles at Accenture including Global Head of Talent, Chief Learning Officer, Global Head of HR Strategy and Head of HR, India. During this journey, he crafted a new approach to leadership development, implemented an AI based solution to measuring skills, helped launch and integrate Accenture’s platform business, led the largest scale successful re-imagination of performance management in the world, and created multiple innovations in digital learning and global learning centers. As the first HR Director in India, Rahul led through a phase of dramatic growth as Accenture grew from 200 people to almost 40,000 in seven years.

Rahul has served on the boards of Covenant House International, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating youth homelessness and Madura Microfinance, which provided micro-loans across rural India. Rahul holds a master’s degree in Human Resources from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (Pune, India) and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Delhi.

A known thought leader, Rahul’s work has received wide recognition including as a two-time recipient of the First-Place CLO Learning Elite Award; eight patents in the U.S., Canada, Australia, South Africa, and India; and a Harvard Business School case study on hyper-growth in India. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences and top academic institutions around the world.