AWA’s India Chapter

More than 40 million square feet of grade A office space is created every year in India, which demonstrates the huge potential of the country’s dynamic workforce. We aim to share our wealth of knowledge about workplace innovations with local businesses and multinational firms expanding into this space.

By doing so, we can ensure they are best placed to deliver their growth strategies.

Hybrid working in India

Hybrid working does not represent a silver bullet for every business. However, analysis of the latest academic research and our own studies has shown that on average hybrid working employees deliver nearly two extra weeks of work annually for their employer, among a number of other benefits.

Some organisations in India who reneged on promises to retain hybrid working policies after the pandemic have experienced mass resignations. For example, many women left the workforce when hybrid working policies were axed as they could not fulfil family commitments when mandated to work from the office.


Our operation in India covers the following locations:

  • Bengaluru
  • Mumbai
  • The National Capital Region
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Pune

Our team

Our team are an integral part of AWA’s global community and work alongside our network of associates across the globe.

Shashidhar Sharma: Shashidhar is a senior associate at AWA. He has more than 30 years’ experience and is leading strategy and change roll-out assignments in India.

Parthajeet Sarma: A senior associate at AWA, Parthajeet is a Chevening Scholar from Oxford University who has spent more than 25 years operating in the changing landscape of workplace transformation.

Harika PV: Harika is highly experienced in marketing and client relations.

Chaithra K: Chaithra is an engineering graduate with a passion for sustainability.

The Institute

The AWA Institute is a members-only community dedicated to supporting leaders of all disciplines as they journey to a future model of workplace management. We create valuable networking opportunities, provide access to the latest scientific research and insights, and offer unparalleled leadership training and development. The arm of the Institute in India is already one of the largest in the AWA global network.

Get in touch

If you lead corporate real estate, facilities management or human resources at your organisation and would like to learn more about how we can support your business in India, please email Harika:

We’d be delighted to hear from you.


“We have worked with AWA for more than five years and value the collaborative partnership we have with them. They have supported the ongoing evolution of our workplace, providing deep insights and extensive expertise. With their help, we’ve been able to create a transformational space which supports our hybrid working approach and transforms our culture and ways of working to become more agile and innovative. This helps us recruit and retain the best talent, which supports our core purpose of funding research to save lives. None of this would have been possible without the help of AWA.”

Kerry Smith Chief People Officer, British Heart Foundation

“Leading a major change management project in complex international organisation is challenging undertaking. I knew it would involve multiple stakeholders, take wide-ranging collaboration and that we would need some expert, confident experience to help steer and deliver it. AWA has provided that, not by steaming in and dictating how things should be based on their ideals, but by listening to us, learning, understanding and advising. I have enjoyed working closely with them on this project. I have felt supported, they have always been available to discuss challenges and options and have always responded promptly, constructively and positively with solutions and alternative ideas for consideration.”

Tom Crame Head of Global Workplace, Amnesty International

“Mintel has worked successfully with AWA for over a decade on several major projects. We chose them for their expertise and experience at the cutting edge of understanding workplaces. They lead the industry with well-crafted research to understand the dynamic workplace landscape and help solve the real-world issues of operating successfully in a changing world. Along with data and insights they bring practical processes that involve everyone from grass root team members to the most senior executives, developing effective change to meet all parties’ goals. They have become trusted advisers around not only workplace matters but in behavioural change.”

Peter Haigh Chairman, Mintel

“AWA has been a great resource of global data and research for us regarding agile, hybrid and the world of working. They are responsive, willing to question assumptions, and work as a partner to help us make good decisions.”

Neil Austin VP Real Estate Portfolio Management and Transaction Services, Omnicom Group

“We were really keen to understand how the learnings and behaviours of Covid enforced home working would affect the post-pandemic return of staff and in particular to our Sheffield campus as we have plans to restack and refurbish the office space. AWA’s detailed and in-depth engagement process allowed us to reach out to all levels of occupants and really understand staff perception on what will be needed to create a new working environment that would align with business requirements and where changes in behaviour, management style and space might be appropriate. Their insights also allowed us to create a blueprint of alternative space types that we’ve used to inform the repurposing of space across our nationwide estate.”

Steve Chapman Interim Head of Estates ICF Security, Estates and Information Directorate, Home Office