Dr. Mala Kapadia

Dr Mala Kapadia

Director of Centre for Wellbeing & Wellness , Professor and Resident Mentor at Rashtram


Dr Mala Kapadia is Director of Centre for Wellbeing and Wellness and Professor, Resident Mentor at Rashtram School of Public Leadership. She is the Founder of Human Potential Consulting named ‘Tame the Monkey’. Mala was an Adjunct Professor with S. P. Jain School of Global Management at Dubai, Singapore, Sydney, and Mumbai campuses from 2005 to March 2020. Ph. D. in Literature, her academic journey is through Psychology, Human Resources, Yoga and Ayurveda, Film & Video Production. Her career has been through research, education, journalism, Human Resources and Consulting. Her area of research is Indic Wisdom for the betterment of humanity.
Education Psychology through Ayurveda and Yoga is an integral research area and one of the focus areas of her current work along with creating Indic frameworks and course curriculums for integration into mainstream courses.
 Dr Mala Kapadia has presented and participated in various International Conferences and Journals. She has embraced a sustainable lifestyle for years now and has been passionately involved with the sustainable living initiative by Vaidyagrama Ayurvedic Healing Village, Coimbatore.

Rashtram Wellness Practice offers unique consulting and programs to corporates, NGOs, educational institutes and start-ups in organisational culture, leadership, wellness, well-being and happiness, ‘Train the Trainer’ and facilitation skills based on Indic Wisdom.  These programmes are integrative and cross disciplinary. Her strength is integrating wisdom of India with modern theories and research in the fields of wellness & well-being, emotional intelligence, positive psychology, leadership and women empowerment.


  • PhD (Literature), SNDT (1986)
  • MA, (Literature, Journalism), SNDT (1981)
  • BA (Psychology, Sociology), St Xavier’s College (1979)
  • Diploma in Ayurveda & Yoga, TMV (2012)
  • PGD (Human Resource Management), IGNOU
  • Certification in Satvavajay Chikitsa


  • MBTI Step 1 & 2, CPI – USA (1999, 2004)
  • Emotional Intelligence, 6Seconds – USA (1999, 2011)
  • EQ MAP (2004)
  • Eco-Psychology, Project Nature Connect – USA
  • NLP Basic (1999)
  • Reiki Grand Master
  • Theta Healing Basic
  • Certificate Course in Indian Psychology, IPI – Pondicherry (2011)
  • Certificate in A to Z of Agroecology & Organic Farming, Navdanya (2014)
  • Certificate Course in Pulse Diagnosis, AVP – Coimbatore (2018)
  • Certificate Course in Ayurved Satvavajay Chikitsa, KKSVV – Nagpur, 2019



eTrasforming Educational Practices

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Introduction to Swabhava and Swadharma

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Social Entrepreneurship & Women: Reclaiming the Feminine Energy

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Revisiting Yoga Sutras For Innovative Paradigms

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Revisiting Ayurveda for Health Psychology

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Adhi Vatta Tran (in Gujarati)

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Heart Skills: Emotional Intelligence for Work and Life

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Academic Experience

  • Professor, Resident Mentor & Director Wellness Practice, Rashtram School of Public Leadership (May 2020 – present)
  • Academic Advisor and Mentor, Rashtram, Vision India Foundation (September 2019 – April 2020)
  • Visiting Professor, M S University, Vadodara (since 2018)
  • Visiting Professor, Institute of Leadership & Governance, MSU, Vadodara (since 2019)
  • Visiting Professor, Mithibai College of Arts, Affiliated to Mumbai University
  • Visiting Professor, Mumbai University, Leadership Sciences, MA (2016)
  • Adjunct Professor – Global MBA, S P Jain School of Global Management, Dubai – Singapore – Sydney (2007 – 2020)
  • Adjunct Professor of People & Performance, S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research – SPJIMR (2008 – 2010)
  • Associate Professor of People & Performance (P&P), International Faculty – SPJIMR (2005 – 2006)
  • Coordinator P&P, PGDM Program, SPJIMR (2005 – 2006)
  • Visiting Professor at Wellingkar, MET, IIPM (1999)
  • Part time faculty for language at New Era School and Jr. college (1986 – 1988)
  • Visiting faculty at S. N. D. T. and written course material for D. Ed. (1983 – 1985)
  • Visiting faculty at S. N. D. T. for FYJC (1981 – 1982)

Academic Courses Taught

Visiting Professor (MBA & MMS)

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Development
  • Human Re-sources
  • Gandhian Philosophy (Undergrads, Open certification program)

School of Business (PGPM, PGDM, GMBA & EMBA)

  • Personal Growth Lab
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organization Theory & Structure
  • Leadership
  • Individual, Team & Collective Behavior
  • Mentoring, Coaching & Counseling
  • Human Re-sources
  • PEMS- Personal Effectiveness & Managerial Skills

Executive Education & Consulting Experience

Conducted various OD interventions, MDPs and Certification programs for following organizations:

  • Aditya Birla Group of Companies
  • ICICI Bank Ltd.
  • Welspun India Ltd.
  • Eicher-Volvo India Ltd
  • Eicher Tractors India Ltd
  • HPCL
  • Trident/Oberoi Group of Hotels
  • ABN Amro Bank
  • Radio City
  • Great Eastern Shipping Co.
  • Radio Mirchi
  • Intergold (I) Pvt. Ltd.
  • ISHA Foundation
  • L&T
  • Merck Millipore
  • GSK
  • Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
  • Taj Group of Hotels
  • Bombay Chamber of Commerce
  • Astrum Sercon
  • Reliance Infocomm
  • Tata Special Steel Ltd.
  • Tapovan (France)
  • Nexus EQ (USA)

Leadership and Advising Activities

  • Board of Studies, Mithibai College of Arts. 2017-2020
  • Founder Member FEIL: Forum for Emotional Intelligence Learning, 2008
  • Coordinated & participated curriculum revamp and strategic planning effort, Department of People & Performance, PGDM program launch, SPJIMR 2005
  • D. synopsis & Thesis evaluator, Banasthali Vidyapeeth
  • Quality Assessor, Associated with Malcolm Baldrige Award, Voltas Ltd. 1996

Corporate Experience

  • Founder/Director, Tame The Monkey (2001- present)
  • Learning Partner ICICI Bank (2002 – 2008)
  • Vice President Human Resources, SAB TV (2000)
  • Head, Human Resources, McCann Erickson India (1997 – 2000)
  • Manager – Learning & Development, Voltas Ltd. (1996 – 1997)
  • Manager – Human Resources, Otis Elevator India (1995 – 1996)
  • Sub & later Assistant Editor – Illustrated Weekly of India & Femina, Times Group, Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd. (1989 – 1994)


Keynote Addresses and Invited Talks


  • Emerging Challenges of Human Resources- Asia-Pacific HR Conference (1999)
  • Managerial Effectiveness and Raja yoga, Shankara Darshana Conference (1999)
  • Emotional Intelligence through Yoga, Nexus EQ Conference, Orlando, USA (2004)
  • Messages in Management from Aadi Shankaracharya at 15th Shankara Darshana conference at Cochin (2004)
  • Women in Management & Development, WISDOM, Banasthali, Rajasthan (2006)
  • Chaired the session & presented paper on Spirituality at Workplace, IBA Bangalore and Greater Noida (2007 & 2008)
  • Chaired the session & presented paper on “Management Wisdom from Mahabharata – Mahabharata to Copenhagen”, IBA Bangalore (2009)
  • Lessons from Vipassana for OB, presented paper at OBTC, 10th conference at Charleston, USA  (2009)
  • Global Impact of Indian Management, Oxford Engineering group of Colleges, Bengaluru (2011)
  • Business Governance in Global Economy: Patanjali Yoga Sutras, IBA, Bangalore (2012)
  • Nature, Mind and Technology Insights from Patanjali Yoga Sutras, IBA Bangalore (2013)
  • Human Re-sourcing, Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute of Financial Management, Mumbai University (2014)
  • Bridging Western Efficiency with Eastern Ethos, Sustainable Leadership Summit, Mumbai (2014)
  • Aligning Cosmic Intelligence with Leadership, IBA Bangalore (2014)
  • Case study – Sustainable Business through Heart Intelligence: Mumbai Dabbawalas. FLAME Case Conference, Pune, India (2015)
  • Permaculture leadership & Lokasangraha, International Conference on Advances in Management & Leadership- Merging eastern & Western Perspectives, IBA -School of Applied Psychology, Zurich University collaboration, Bangalore (2017)
  • Chair, National Seminar on Gandhian Way of Life for Human Perfection, M S. University, Vadodara (2018)
  • National Policy on Health through Education Insights from Vedas, Strategic Management Forum, Bengaluru (2018)
  • Corporate Spiritual Citizenship, International Conference -IBA -School of Applied Psychology, Zurich University collaboration, Bangalore (2019)
  • International Conference on Management Education 2025, MLSU, Udaipur (30

Ayurveda, Vedic Sciences and Yoga

  • Emotional Intelligence & Ayurveda at World Ayurveda Congress 2002, Kochi
  • Yoga and Value Education at International Yoga Conference at Kaivalyadhama, 2002.
  • Globalization of Ayurveda, 4th International Conference, Jamnagar, 2003
  • Chaired the first session & presented paper on Obesity, Psychology & Ayurveda at 1st International Ayurveda Conference, Tapovan, France, 2003
  • Ecology Yoga at 1st International Ecology Conference, Normandy, France, 2003
  • Universal Psychological Health (Dhatu, Agni & Mental Health), Tapovan, 2nd International Ayurveda Conference, France, 2004
  • Atharva Veda as Applied Science for Emotional Intelligence, World Vedic Congress, Bangalore, India, 2004
  • Indian Insights on Health, Conference at University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 2005
  • Possibilities of Ayurvedic Professionals in Corporate, Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, Centenary Celebrations and International Conference, Coimbatore, 2008
  • Spiritual world conference 2012, Revisiting Ayurveda and Yoga: 9 Possibilities, Indian foundation for Vedic science (India), In collaboration with Higher Education Dept. Govt. of Haryana, India
  • Rastre Jagruyam Vayam, Education in Atharva Veda, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, April, 2018
  • Integrating Ayurveda in Interdisciplinary Research in Education Management, International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research, M S University, Vadodara, February, 2020


  • Maharashtra Gujarati Sahitya Academy Second prize for novelette ‘Selfie’ 2017
  • Maharashtra Gujarati Sahitya Academy First prize for Essays ‘Bhitar No Ujaas’- The Light Within- 2015
  • Maharashtra Gujarati Sahitya Academy First prize for poem collection Adhi Vatta Tran, 2014
  • Maharashtra Gujarati Sahitya Academy grant for publishing collection of essays, Bhitar no Ujaas
  • Kala Gurjari First award Adhi Vatta Tran, 2014
  • ISTD Award for book Heart Skills – Emotional Intelligence for Work and Life, 2009

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