My Story

People always ask me this

"How did you move from Engineering to Human Resources

and then become an Professional Speaker, Author,

Corporate Trainer and Leadership Coach...?".

(Okie, I’ll tell you in detail when we meet. Till then here is my story in brief)

Born in a very small village near Kangeyam in Tamilnadu, India, I had no one to help me, teach me and guide me throughout my education, career and life. My parents were primarily into farming and they did not even know what am I studying other than sending me to school every day.

My life was truly boring in my school until one day I picked up a book “The Life of Swami Vivekananda”. That one book completely changed my life forever and maybe it’s the reason why I developed a great love for books. I went on to read many books on various topics and still love reading more.

In spite of all the difficulties I had to go through in my school and college years, I went on to work in a military research organisation Aeronautical Development Agency and then in some of the top technology companies like Philips Semiconductors and Qualcomm Inc.

After picking up interest in Psychology and Brain Science, with 8 years of Engineering experience, I moved to Human Resources in Robert Bosch. Worked there for 4 years as HR Manager leading University Relations and Campus Recruitment after which I left the corporate world to start my career as an Professional Speaker, Corporate Trainer and Leadership Coach.

If you were next to me on 13th of January 2014 at 2.45pm, I am sure you would have gone amused looking at my crazy emotions, feelings and expressions. Something phenomenal happened to me that day. That's exactly when I received the parcel from my publisher that contained the author copies of my 1st book "Become an Engineer, Not Just an Engineering Graduate". I can't explain that in words. Currently, I am working on my 2nd and 3rd book.

At the outset I am really happy and satisfied that in last few years of speaking journey, I could touch few thousands of young professionals, businesss leaders inspiring them to be a better Personal Leader with Global Business Mindset. 

Subsequently, I've also touched few Lakhs of Young Students across India in various Academic and Institutions I've worked with.

Educational Qualifications:

BE in Electrical Engineering

MBA in Human Resources

Diploma in Counseling Skills

Certified in Nuero Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

PhD in Strategic Management (2019)

Work Experience:

Research Fellow @ Aeronautical Development Agency, Govt of India

Senior Engineer, Project Manager, Program Manager in Philips Semiconductors and Qualcomm 

Senior HR Manager in Robert Bosch Engneering Ltd

Entrepreneurial Speaker, Trainer and Consultant since January 2014

If I could go from a simple farming family to work in Fortune 500 companies, to publish my own book and to become a Professional Speaker and Coach, I am sure you too can become what you want in life.

All you need is the right tools, techniques and appropriate guidance.

Sivakumar Palaniappan

Siva is a highly preferred Keynote Speaker who brings a great blend of Sensible Humour, Inspiring Knowledge and Audience Engagement.

Book him to Speak to your Team and Leaders.


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As I do what I love doing, I usually end up working entire day soon after signing-up on a Speaking Assignment with my Clients. Otherwise, I stroll around in my Home Office Reading, Writing and Creating Videos for my Youtube Channel.

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