Since we opened our doors, the Sunday GD & Debating Club has been helping students fulfill their potential in Public Speaking, Group Discussions, Debating and in PowerPoint Presentations. We do this through personalized instruction, hand holding, and working carefully for the most efficient learning. The Sunday club is normally from 10:30 am to 12.30 pm on every Sunday at our premises in Thane West.
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS -CUM- COACHES AT PERSONA ACADEMY
Dinesh Bandiwadekar worked as GM ( Marketing ) of RAK Ceramics PJSC in UAE ( Dubai & RAK ) for 10 years. ( Global sales in 2010: USD 1 Billion. )
He also worked as Asst Vice President( Marketing ) in RAK Ceramics India Pvt Ltd. Besides that he has worked in Mumbai at V.P. level positions in Pidilite Industries Ltd; TPF Group ( www.tpf.eu) of Europe, and a few other MNCs, after starting his career as a G.E.T. in Tata Electric Companies. He is an Engineer - B.E. (Hons) from the prestigious VJTI ( Mumbai University ) ( 1985) & MBA - from IIFT New Delhi ( 1987) and has 30 years of working experience in the private and corporate sector internationally. He has worked overseas for 10 years and has traveled to over 25 countries on business, especially for Business Development, Sales & Marketing for MNCs.
He has also participated in the Engineering Leadership Program of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) of Rice University in Houston, TX, USA and holds certificates in Personal Leadership Development Planning and Leading High Performing Teams, Relationship Management, and Self Awareness and the Effective Leader.
Back in 1988, he was offered a Ph.D. research position in Developmental Planning at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He also holds a certificate in POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill ( UNC ) in the USA. He also holds a certificate in
certificate in PERSONALITY TYPES AT WORK from the University of Florida.
He also holds a certificate in ADHD: Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students
from the State University of New York ( SUNY ) and the University of Buffalo in
the U.S.A. He also holds a certificate in English for Career Development from the
University of Pennsylvania ( UPenn ), USA.
He has topmost scores in international English testing exams:
653 ( 99 % ) in TOEFL( 1991) & Bands 8's & 9's scores in IELTS ( 2004 ).
He has written for over 20 international magazines, and also for the
Times of India on multiple occasions. He has been a contributor to the
American Marketing Association's ( AMA ) journal - The Marketing Educator.
He also worked as a Hon. Consulting Editor of the ARAB CONSTRUCTION WORLD
magazine published from Lebanon from 2001-2003. He was also a member of the
Construction Writers Association of Illinois, USA. During his college days, he also
compered programmes on All India Radio ( AIR).
In 2002, he was invited to write an article on ''Dubai- An International Hub
for Building products" for a special publication "CONSTRUCTION FOCUS"
from a UK based publishing house on Dubai's then Crown Prince H.H. Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The publication highlighted Dubai's
the construction industry and infrastructure.
He is highly experienced in situations where results matter a lot and where the
competition is cutthroat and where a high level of interpersonal skills are required.
He has also attended several self-development training courses. Handling office
politics is an issue of great concern to him and he attempts to understand and
master the current situations of his client. He has been covered by the Times of India
and several Marathi newspapers for his work.
Rajashree Bandiwadekar has worked at various managerial level positions in
State Bank of India for 12 years in India. She has also worked in the UAE ( Dubai )
at the National Bank of Umm Al Quwain as Manager- Credit. She has interacted with
top-level bankers and finance executives during her 15 years of working experience.
She is a B.Com from the University of Bombay ( 1987 ) ( Podar College, Matunga )
& a Cost Accountant ( AICWA) ( now ACMA) by qualifications. She has trained a
number of working professionals and students in all aspects of Personality Development,
Critical Thinking, Soft Skills, and English Speaking Skills.
Jointly they bring to the table 45 years of high-level managerial working experience
in the corporate business sector which helps students tremendously.
I am Kishor Bagal. I joined Persona Academy in May 2016. I am working in the investment banking field since the past 4 years. My career growth was slow because I was shy and an introvert at the workplace. After attending one to one lectures with Rajashree Ma’ am, I realized my drawbacks. I started working on those areas as per the guidance of Rajashree Ma’am & Dinesh Sir and it started showing positive results
The debating sessions have helped me a lot to speak confidently in public. I have given impressive presentations to my office colleagues and received appreciation for my work from my boss after joining the course.
While doing the course, I was asked to attend an interview at Nomura Services India Pvt Ltd. I consulted Rajashree Ma’am; and she helped me a lot to prepare for interview . It resulted in my clearing all the three rounds of the selection process and I got an offer letter with hike of 35% on my current package and also a much better job profile. The learning at Persona Academy is also helping me a lot in my day to day working. Thanks to Rajashree Ma’am and Dinesh Sir for creating a great change in me.
Dinesh Bandiwadekar at a presentation in a Press Conference in Dubai, sharing the dais with the CEO of RAK Ceramics PJSC, UAE - a US $ 1 billion sales multinational
Have we made a monster out of the English language in India?".....Read this in
Dinesh Bandiwadekar's BLOG at
Testimonial from a Specialist - Senior Chartered Accountant from Mumbai - Senior Management Leadership Training
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is well written, informative, and easy to understand. The book provides many methods and strategies to improve your communication skills, written as well as oral. In this day and age of multi-continent meetings, conference calls, and email communications, this book will prove to be an invaluable resource for new employees as well as experienced managers.
Dr. Girish P. Kelkar, Director, WJM Technologies-L.A., USA
I am Aishwarya Kolte. I joined Persona Academy in April 2016 and that was perhaps the best thing I did in my life. It has changed me a lot inside out, and from being a shy & introverted girl into someone who can now participate in several social activities and can easily address a gathering of people. The confidence gained by me, thanks to Dinesh Sir & Rajashree Ma'am, made me contest and win the post of Secretary for the year 2016-17 of the Rotaract Club of Dombivli Industrial Area -Rainbow. My heartfelt thanks to my mentors.
I am Damini Choudhari. I joined Persona Academy in May 2016. It was a life changing experience for me. I have realized my full potential and have developed terrific confidence. The personalized training did all the wonders. A lot of effort was made for me and is made for all the students. When I completed the course, I was selected as the main Anchor for the student festival of my college in Thane. I also was selected to intern with SAAM Marathi channel as Anchor. Recently I have acted in 2 Marathi serials- "Anjali'' on Zee Yuva and ''Choti Malkin'' on Star Pravah. My heartfelt thanks to my mentors- Dinesh Sir & Rajashree Ma'am. Rajashree Ma'am is like another Mom for me.
A student from University of Missouri, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMYE5dteJUQ
Dinesh Bandiwadekar with H.H. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, an Emirate of the U.A.E., before a presentation.
Next Generation -Young Owners Leadership Programme
Personality Development, Soft Skills Training & Business Leadership programme for children of business families
Our course is based on real-time situations for the young owner in a one- to- one training for handling complex interpersonal situations, diplomacy, decision making, business etiquettes, time management, avoiding the hype, avoiding procrastinating, and being practical businessmen with the ability to handle your managerial staff. We will get the next generation going
I am Amar Dalvi, and I am a Chemical Engineer working for a very reputed and well known company in Mumbai at a senior managerial level. I had a lot of issues with my personality and one of them was fear of speaking in public. By the time I had finished half the course at Persona Academy, most of my issues were resolved. One day, suddenly I was sent as a replacement speaker by my company at a conference on safety in Chennai. To my own surprise and my delight I spoke with great confidence in front of 300 important delegates and received an applause at the end. I give full credit to Persona Academy for changing me so quickly.
Rajashree Bandiwadekar ( AICWA/ CMA ) conducting a Group Discussion session.
Special focus on I.T. and I.T.E.S. managers
We have trained managers and executive from several IT/ ITES companies in various areas of personality development, soft skills, critical thinking, and expression skills and in advanced spoken English. We have trained IT professionals from other companies too.
Cognizant Wills Towers Watson
ATOS Paramount Health Services
Lanxess Infodrive Analytics
L&T Infotech Aurion Solutions
Sungard Sterling Information
Morningstar Aarav ITES
TechMahindra Linedata/ Gravitas
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There is no greater honour than supporting someone's growth & evolution in life.
Dinesh & Rajashree Bandiwadekar are veterans from the Corporate Sector with more than 45 years of cumulative senior management & international experience . Scroll down to the end of this page for their profiles
We have helped a lot of students to
succeed in interviews . We have also saved
the jobs of many others which they would
have normally lost due to poor communication skills & low confidence.
Testimonial from a Specialist - Core Engineer from Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
"Just a fantastic book for all working professionals and a practical guide for students to get prepared for working in offices anywhere in the world"
B.E. MS Ex- AECOM Engineer- N.Y.
Aishwarya Kolte, one of our star students. Aishwarya became the Secretary of the Rotaract Club of Dombivli - Rainbow at the age of 23 , just a year after she finished our Intermediate course. A year later she became the President. Hailing from a typical middle class family from a far flung central suburb, she worked on her personality and achieved what people achieve much later in life. Currently works at a well known KPO as a Team Lead. Hats off to her determination
We will develop in you
Critical Thinking & Expression Ability
High Levels of Confidence
High Self Esteem
High level of Assertiveness
Group Discussion Skills
Ability to handle office politics
Ability to face difficult people
Ability to tackle career issues
Persona Academy is a Registered Trademark of PERSONA SKILL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
Head Office: B 53 Pereira Nagar Bldg 7 CHS, Khopat, Thane (West ) PIN 400601 (Mob 9619545460 ) Branch: Green City,Bhata / Pal, Surat
We are experienced in turning around the personalities & soft skills of 1000+ candidates, out of which 600 + were working executives ranging from President, Sr. VP, VP, GM, to Managers and Executives in various functions, from large & medium-sized companies. In addition, we have trained 100+ MBA, Engineering, Pharma, Law, Accounting and other students.
ARE YOU NOT IN THANE OR MUMBAI? OR CANNOT TRAVEL TO THANE? YOU CAN DO OUR HOMEWORK COURSE.
Buy our Course Material and Book Combo for Rs. 2500 / USD 40
( Emphasis on Advanced Spoken English and Personality Development )
This Combo package includes
A) A 30 to 60-minute Phone call/ Skype interaction for detailed directions on usage & guidance for improvement
B) Course material ( 100 + pages with exercises & tests ) sent as a hard copy, PDF & PPT files, with a detailed explanation on phone as to how to use this material very effectively
C) The published book of mine.
( The course material is based on my personal experiences in coaching 700 candidates )
Call / What's App: Dinesh Sir on 91-9619545460 OR email on PersonaAcademy7@gmail.com
I am Dr. Shraddha Kode, a dentist by profession.
Till I completed my BDS, I was a shy person with a lot of stage fear, fear of speaking in public and fear of group discussions. My first memory of public speaking is that of a “shloka competition” in school wherein I ran away to escape from the stage. Next, in my elocution competition I just rushed through my topic. That fear was inbuilt in me for long. Even during graduation days -though I did well in academics- when it came to clearing the viva’s, I used to be left with no words to express myself. After my graduation, I decided to go to Persona Academy. That day onwards, my life has changed. It has brought about a revolutionary change in my life. Ma'am and Sir found out where I lack and decided to work on it.
All thanks to Persona Academy that I now participate in competitions without anybody forcing me into it ! Immediately after my course, I have participated in a number of medical conferences where I have presented to audiences.
Kshraa24@gmail.com Mobile: 9773752150
I am Pankaj Mishra and I am a Chartered Accountant. The profession of Chartered Accountancy is known for its rigorous & comprehensive curriculum in the domain of finance which has made it one of the most sought-after career choice. Role of a CA varies from that of an auditor to an investment banker, a fund manager, a risk assessor /manager or a financial controller. These roles need a very high standard of technical skills as well as soft skills.
Today's corporate world needs polished soft skills which include critical thinking, debating and negotiation techniques, presentation skills, public speaking, collaboration & influencing techniques etc.
The CA curriculum & training provides the requisite technical expertise but one needs to develop other skills too to succeed in today's corporate world.
I have always tried to develop these skills but I needed a good trained & experienced professional to help me. It is said that learning should never stop and I found Persona Academy on the internet & thought it suitable to enhance my skills set.
My learning at Persona Academy has been simply a great experience & I started seeing improvement in the way I spoke at meetings or at any public speaking forum.
Mr. Bandiwadekar had been at senior positions in the corporate world in India and abroad and his experience helped me extensively to hone my skills set.
I would strongly recommend any Chartered Accountant and students of Chartered Accountancy to visit Persona Academy and go through the tailor-made courses for enhancing soft skills and for developing their personalities.
Thanks to Persona Academy !!
Pankaj Mishra, ACA
Mobile: 91-902 90 80378
We have had students coming in from Abu Dhabi and Singapore for our Intermediate &
Engineering Leadership Programmes
Testimonial from a Director of an American Multinational -Senior Management Leadership Training
Here's what an old acquaintance has to say.....
"I am Fanny Alcocer Nunez, now settled in Rome, Italy. I worked with Dinesh for more than 6 years in RAK Ceramics UAE, where I was the Chief Architect & Designer, and I directly reported to him when he was the AGM / GM (Marketing) .
He could be one of the best guys that I ever worked with in my career spanning 30 years within Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He knit a fantastic team of managers, staff & workers and we executed many deadline oriented projects in several countries including high profile, large sized exhibitions in the ceramic industry. I found his leadership skills, communication skills and his ability to get diverse people from different nationalities to work together
amazing ! Knowing his abilities, I am
not at all surprised that he has been
so successful in running such an
All the best to Persona Academy !"
Fanny Alcocer Nunez
Mob: + 39 338 580 2595
I am Ankit Agarwal from Kalyan. I hail from a struggling middle class family and my father works as a salesman in a shop. When I & my father first met Dinesh Sir and Rajashree Ma’am after finishing my B.Com , I never thought that Persona Academy will bring a huge change in my life in just about 2 months.
All through my school and college days, I struggled to speak in English, and couldn’t make friends with those who spoke good English. I always kept away from an English speaking crowd. Not only I had great problems with the language, but I had a number of inhibitions . I also wondered what my future will be.
Within 2 months time of joining Persona Academy, that was history. I not only overcame all my problems, but I got 3 jobs within 2 months of joining the course , all in multinational BPO/ bank related voice processes. I took a job finally in a very well known ITES company. Out of 43 persons I was the only one to be shortlisted for a final round. For me Rajashree Ma’am and Dinesh Sir are the most wonderful people on earth. They did a number of exercises on a 1 on 1 basis and in groups to change my personality, improve my soft skills and of course my English.
Thank You Sir & Ma'am. I am most grateful to you.
Mob: 8888 663781 email@example.com
"Did you want to tell your boss in office that he is wrong, or he is not
treating your properly, or is taking a bad decision, but you could not ?"
CUSTOMISED TRAINING FOR CORPORATES
We have trained senior management personnel from
companies on a one to one basis and in small groups in several aspects of personality development & soft skills and advanced spoken English. The training is conducted at our premises only. I am also a management consultant for SME enterprises.
Nexus Malls (Blackstone Group USA )& Krishnapatanam Port are our clients
Call for a discussion 9619545460
I am Afaque Usman Katil, working as a design engineer in a well known company in U.A.E., manufacturing state-of-the-art armored vehicles for various armies around the world . I traveled to Thane for the specialized course in "Persona for Engineers'', and it was a great experience for me to learn many aspects of personality development and soft skills, presentation skills, group discussions and debating in a very effective manner.
I also learned to coordinate meetings like kick-off meetings, engage in arguments and negotiations, compere office programmes, and present to teams of clients- all with the unique techniques Mr. Dinesh has skillfully developed from his personal experiences.
I highly recommend this course to all engineers and also others who wish to improve their personalities, soft skills and critical thinking in an accelerated mode of learning. The skills that I learned are highly effective in the modern office environment, specially for engineers aiming at top techno-managerial positions.
Er. Afaque Usman Katil ( Abu Dhabi )
Here's what another old acquaintance has to say.....
"I know Mr. Dinesh since 2000 ( for more than 15 years ).We worked in the same company in the UAE, where I was a production ceramist in a large manufacturing plant producing ceramic & porcelain tiles. I was doing well for myself, but one day Mr. Dinesh, after interacting with me for a few months & knowing my problems at work & after gauging my personal skills, advised me seriously to move into sales & marketing. I did that soon, and that advise has proved so beneficial to me that now I am at the top position ( General Manager ) in a large multinational group in the Sultanate of Oman in just about 10 years of joining the company. The career advise was fantastic and it came at a right time for me. Mr. Dinesh has a great knack for understanding a person very quickly and his advise for your career enhancement is just fantastic"
GM ( Zubair Group )-Sultanate of Oman
Mobile: + 968 9911 0564
Debating / GD's
100+ pages of practical exercise material with
for self training
I want to tell every young person who is interested in developing his or her personality, to simply enrol in Dinesh Sir & Rajashree Ma’am’s Persona Academy. They can work wonders on anyone. I am highly indebted to them for helping me get confirmation in my job after excelling in a grilling interview by my employers ( a multinational BPO ) . Sir & Ma'am improved my spoken English Skills, Interview Skills, GD skills & Presentation Skills tremendously in a short time. I saw a huge change in myself in just 1-2 months and I made an impressive presentation to my bosses and colleagues in office, very soon after joining the course. Today I am a confirmed employee of a large BPO and I can speak well, excel in interpersonal relations and I can handle any client worldwide, or any office situation confidently……and believe me, I am from a vernacular (medium) school.
firstname.lastname@example.org ( Mobile number can be requested ).
Do watch this one hour discussion for youngsters and students on career planning, personality development, soft skills development, methods for improving spoken English Skills, and many other aspects of working & business, held through a ZOOM meeting hosted by Anand VIshwa Gurukal. Sharda Education Society, Thane W.
Speaker: Dinesh Bandiwadekar
WE HAVE TRAINED WORKING PROFESSIONALS AND STUDENTS FROM:
Technicas Reunidas Toyo India St. Xavier's College
Ernst & Young and PWC Fortis Hospitals IIT Mumbai
Larsen & Toubro Lanxess VJTI
TCS HDFC Ergo BITS Pilani
Tech Mahindra Thokeim India BITS Pilani Goa
Capgemini Airtel MIT, Manipal
Accenture Godrej NIT, Surathkal
Yaskawa India( L&T) Tata Capital Pillai Group (Panvel)
Reliance Industries Ltd. Flipkart R.A.Podar ( BBA )
Cognizant Reliance Capital
Reliance Telecom Morning Star INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Reliance Life Sciences Ltd TISS Ipsos Asia Pacific (Singapore )
UBS Jones Lang LaSalle NIMR AUTOMOTIVE ( UAE )
Wipro Morgan Stanley Pixel Digital Systems ( UAE )
Shapoorji Pallonji New Zealand Consulate
Nokia Palladium Networks Infodrive Analytics
Airtel D Mart Merce Technologies
Ingenero Technologies Netmagic ( A NTT Communications Co )
Burns & McDonnell India IndiaInfoline Herbalife
ICICI Bank Willis Towers Watson SVC Bank
Sewells Group ( Australian MNC ) Majesco ( Part of Mastek earlier )
Sungard ( US I.T. Multinational) Kotak Mahindra Prime Saraswat Bank
ACC ( Holcim ) Paramount Health Services-TPA
MSEDCL O.P. Jindal Univ. Narela - BBA
Mumbai University Colleges Engg. Colleges in Mumbai /Thane/Navi Mumbai
Pune University Colleges NMIMS- MBA AXIS BanK
Hewlett Packard Sydenham College Sterling Information Resources
Lechler India (German Multinational) SIES Management VFS Global
Linde (German Multinational ) JK Singhania School XIIth
Alembic (Pharma ) eClerx ( KPO/BPO) BS/MS Students headed to :
K. Raheja Group Saujanya Chemicals Texas A&M University
Chartered Accountants- 15 nos Mahimtura Consultants University of Delaware
SGS India DY Patil Univ. University of Texas at Dallas
Prothious Engineering Kohinoor Hotel Mgmt. Queensland Institute of Technology Mahindra & Mahindra
JSW ( Dolvi Works ) Aurion Solutions
SAP & I.T. Hardware consultants MYG Engg Services Foreign University Students:
Doctors & Dentists K-LINE(Shipping) University of Missouri (MS Student )
Pilot/ Aviation Engineer ( Qatar Airways) Curtin University, Malaysia
Kotak Mahindra Prime IIFL
Director of a Pvt Ltd Refrigeration equipment company GS Medical College (KEM)
Director of a Pvt Ltd Architectural Firm VG Vaze ( Kelkar )College
VKL Seasoning Pvt. Ltd. VIT- Vellore Institute of Technology
Devatech Engineers Pvt. Ltd. Somaiya College BBA students
Precihole Machine Tools Pvt. Ltd. Director of School Toppers Institute
Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd. Hallmark Automotive
IL&FS Westerly Retail (Blackstone Group )
Voltas International Ltd. Genrui Biotech Inc.
BRENNAN IT ( Australian Company ) National Stock Exchange ( NSE )
HDFC BANK AECOM USA
Federal Bank EMU Lines