Colonel Ajai Lal

Leadership and Executive Coach, International Radio Host, Author and Former Senior Military Observer


A recognized expert in coaching and empowering leaders to develop their optimal potential, drawing from his leadership experiences over the past 45 years, Ajai is a dynamic speaker and seasoned global executive, coaching and mentoring rising leaders in the corporate world and military. 

As an ICF-accredited executive coach, he has been a coach with IMD Business School, Switzerland, for their High-Performance Leadership program (HPL). He has facilitated leadership development programs and coached C-level executives and senior management at various multinational corporations. 

Prior to his transition into a corporate career, Ajai was a Colonel and Commanding Officer in the Indian Army and a Senior Military Observer with the United Nations. He led various strategic and critical operations in the military, where he had a distinguished career of 25 years. 

As a military strategist, he commanded an armored regiment on a critical border frontier and was also part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka and with the United Nations where he commanded military observers from 33 countries. 

With over a 15-year corporate career, Ajai progressed to lead as Chief Business Officer and Head of International Business at NIIT Ltd. He was responsible for driving profitable business and market share growth in international geographies.

His clients include Deloitte, Adobe Systems, Edelweiss, Danieli Corus, Thermax Ltd and IMD Business School. 

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Ajai has received several recognitions in the Indian military, the United Nations, and numerous corporate awards, including the prestigious ‘Global Leadership Award’. 

He was also awarded the ‘Dr Marshall Goldsmith Achievement in Coaching Award’ and the ‘Best in Class Leadership Coach’ at the Thought Leaders Summit and Awards in 2020.

Among his various accomplishments, he was responsible for the execution of global education and skill development initiatives that were awarded the ‘World Education Public Choice Award.’

Why Colonel Ajai Lal?

He is one of the leading executive coaches in India and a keynote speaker. He operates with a key focus on leadership, strategy and coaching. His electric narration is loaded with visuals that can get your audiences super motivated like never before. 

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