Seema Rawat

Assistant Professor

Academic Qualification

PhD | Pursuing | NMIMS University- Titled’ Performing Collectivization: Resistance & Mobile Work explored through narrative approach the lived experiences of the Airline Operating Crew

MBA (PT) School of Business Management, NMIMS- 2nd Rank Holder, Dean’s List recipient, Secretary Students Council

MA- English Literature|Mumbai University

LLB | Campus Law Centre, Delhi University

BA-History Honors| Indraprastha College, Delhi University

ITF Women Leadership in Trade Unions Program -| William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Centre, Maryland, U.S

Diploma-Mittlestufe Level Proficiency in the German Language, | Max Mueller Bhavan Certification - Research Quality, Research Productivity and Inductive Approaches| Cornell University

Certification in Qualitative Methodology | IIM A

Certification- Critical Thinking Skills- Watson-Glaser - Pearson

Academic Experience

Chairperson Industry & Alumni Relations |SBM NMIMS| 2018-onwards

Strategize and lead engagement initiatives including fundraising with Corporate and Alumni, Initiated Mentor Program linking more than 200 Alumni from 80+business organizations, streamlined the digital footprint with a focus towards outcome-based engagement

Program Chairperson MBA HR | SBM NMIMS | 2015-2018

Area Chairperson Human Resources -Behavioral Science| SBM NMIMS | 2017

Led the nascent program though industry partnership and academic innovations to 2nd Rank in Economic Times, Awarded the best Academic Institute by Society of HRM(USA), increased Placement CTC by 21%, Applications to the program by 60% thus decreasing acceptance rate to 0.5%

Assistant Professor-Area-Human Resources -Behavioral Science| SBM NMIMS | 2014 onwards

Introduced course industry-led modules and modules in the areas of Industrial Relations & Global HR. Guided students in Dissertation, corporate projects, competitions and internships. Past Member Career Advisory Committee SBM, Member NMIMS University Prevention of Sexual Harassment Committee; Employee Grievance Committee, Member GMAC-USA

Head of Department Pharma Management | SPPSPTM NMIMS | 2012-2014

Assistant Professor Pharma Management | SPPSPTM NMIMS | 2011-2014

Created the course structure of new dual degree programs, led Industry Institute Partnership initiatives, member of Board of Studies

Industry Experience

Dy Chief AH Inflight Service Department (Last position held) | Air India Ltd | 1993-2011

Operated VVIP flights for President and PM of India, Negotiated contracts with Hotels in Singapore, Dubai, London, Member Board Level Green Committee, Uniform Selection Committee

Associate General Secretary | AICCA| 2003-2011

Organized 7000+ the employees of an Indian Commercial Airline to form Trade Union, led protracted Wage Negotiations benefiting 4000+ employees along with Labour Cases in Supreme & High Court, Formulated the first CAR for long haul flights, Member AI Merger strategy for Trade Unions


  • Strategic HRM
  • Industrial Relations
  • Employee Relations & Labour Laws
  • Globalisation & HR, International HRM
  • International Business & Culture
  • Group & Organizational Dynamics
  • Individual Dynamics & Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behaviou

Expertise and Research Interest

ORCID number- https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3722-8709

Selected Publications

  • Rawat S ( 2017) Challenges women face at workplace’- People & Management
  • Rawat S( 2015) Staying Ahead of the Curve through Agility driven by Collaboration Case Study- SHRM
  • Rawat S (2014) - A study of Expatriates through the lens of Cultural Intelligence, SPPSPTM

Conferences and Workshops


  • Rawat S & G Kour ( 2019) 'Women Collectives and Meaningful travel decisions on Virtual Travel Community: A Social Identity theory perspective', IPBA, Volos, Greece
  • Rawat S ( 2017) Air Hostess or Hostage of Gendered Roles: Resistance against law & practice of constructing ‘Mobile Bodies’ in Indian Aviation, Presented in Aviation Studies Conference, University of Sydney


  • Rawat S & G Kour (2019)- ‘Virtual Travel Communities: A perspective on collectivization of women for tourism’, IIMI-NASMEI Summer Marketing Information Systems Conference Rawat S & Gandhi S (2012) A study on Cultural Intelligence: The mediating effect of Job Satisfaction & Cross-Cultural Adjustment on Expatriates Intention to Stay- Presented in International HR Conference by SHRM & IISWBM

Consulting/Research Project

  • Human Resources-BCCI-Capability Building- HR Risk Management
  • Diversity & Inclusion- Study & Advise TA Consultancy; Capability Development - Bridging All Gaps (BAG) programme with VFS Global Services Ltd
  • Negotiation & Strategy- Skill Development- Indian Apparel Brand; BFSI Major
  • Leadership – Capability Development Leadership Acumen for IT Major; ICICI, USV

Contribution to Community


  • Advisor- Appropriate Technologies India( NGO)
  • UNGCN- Core Member ‘Manthan’
  • We-Care- Mentored more than 200 students across 50+ NGO pan-India


  • SANTITI-(2002 onwards) Organized the women workers of aviation into a SHG as support groups to educate on Prevention of Sexual Harassment, exploitation at workplace and socio- legal awareness.

Academic Journal Reviewer

  • Management Labour and Studies
  • Journal of Indian Business Research

Culture -Workshop on Cultural Intelligence at Piramal

POSH -Audit & Advise on Policy & ICC- Paprika Idea Labs;

Employment Law – Advisory Unions & Individuals: Legal & Regulatory matters; Employment policies, Discipline & Unlawful Termination

Industry Bodies: CII- Create Industry wide Competency Dictionary


  • Jury 9th CII National HR Excellence Award
  • Keynote Speaker- “Employee relations - the key to HR success! -Employer Federation of India Guest Speaker- XLRI - ‘Role of Women in Trade Unions & Collective Representations’
  • Jury- SHRM Excellence in HR Awards
  • Member North Zone Team in the Women’s Cricket Nationals

Media and Coverage

  • Business Manager Magazine-‘Eight Thought Leaders Discuss HR Opportunies’ By Vivek Patwardhan -June 2020.
  • People & Management- ‘ HR In the age of Social Media’ March 2017
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