Padmasini Dayananda

An Electronics and communication engineer by qualification, started as a programmer analyst with Cognizant in 2001.

My first project was to test and debug a complex credit scoring algorithm. This was the beginning of my fascination for understanding customer needs and relating it to accurate technology. The past 19 years, has been an exciting journey, developing cross-regional and cross-functional experience, with roles in consulting, business development, IT project delivery, product development, sales and marketing of homegrown products.

Delivering large scale, complex technology programs has been my forte and I thrive on problem solving and assuring customer satisfaction.

Sustained learning through upskilling and reskilling has been the secret sauce in keeping my career interesting and open to new opportunities. At every turn along the way, I got certified in the domain I was engaged in.

In my current role as the CSR Outreach Lead for Cognizant UK and Continental Europe, my focus is on social digital empowerment; bridging the gap in digital education for primary schools, enabling youth with employability skills, alleviating loneliness among elderly and pro bono services to charities, enabling them to use digital capabilities to increase their reach and service their beneficiary better.
In January 2019, I won the UK CSR Excellence Award for the impact delivered through Outreach in the region.

My program of pride “Social Digital Empowerment Program” won the Industry award by Employee engagement for Social Responsibility.This aims to bridge the gap between educational curriculum and market demands. Aimed at improving social mobility and providing a level playing field.

I take pride in the distinction of being one of 30 women to be selected for Cognizant’s Women’s Global Leadership Programme: a prestigious programme for women leaders in the organisation.

I am a certified Life Transformation Coach passionate about supporting people to respond to life changes with clarity or plan changes to pursue their ideal state of being.