ICF Chennai
Charter Chapter

The Chennai Charter Chapter of International Coaching Federation is the leading organization for coaches and coaching, in Chennai and its surrounding regions. It came into existence with a membership of 20 coaches, and in merely a few years of its existence, has grown sustainably to become a thriving community of 90 members & associates. It is a not-for-profit registered under the Societies Registration Act that exists to advance the art, science and practice of professional coaching, and to empower the world through coaching. It is a young chapter, known for being vibrant, inclusive & happening, and growing over the years from strength to strength. It has been at the forefront of creating awareness about coaching and supporting the professional coaching community in the region through its varied and regular efforts.

It was recognised as a Charter Chapter of ICF in January 2021 – which is a testament to the stability, governance and growth of the Chapter.

About ICF:

ICF stands for International Coaching Federation. It’s the leading global organization for Coaching & Coaching. ICF is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification & building a worldwide network of training coaching professional.

In 2020, ICF Celebrated its 25-year anniversary. ICF continues to lend instant credibility to its members by setting high standards across the board for the coaching industry & all its facets. ICF is consistently recognised among coaching professionals worldwide for:

  • Developing coaching core competencies
  • Establishing a professional code of ethics and standards
  • Creating an internationally recognized credentialing program
  • Setting guidelines through accreditation for coach-specific training programs
  • Providing continuous education through world-class events, Communities of Practice (CPs) and archived learning
  • Leading and informing conversations about the future of coaching.

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Our Purpose

The Purpose of ICF is - Coaching is an integral part of a thriving society and every ICF Member represents the highest quality of professional coaching. Guided by this, we have articulated the ICF Chennai purpose as below.

The purpose of ICF Chennai Charter is GROW.

Namma ICF Chennai is

Bold, Bright, Beautiful & Booming.

We shall
GROW by:

Our Values

Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, Excellence are core values of ICF. ICF Chennai Charter Chapter is committed to upholding these values. In addition, we have articulated seven values that are an integral part of our Chapter, and guides everything we do. These values also have paved the way for the Culture of our Chapter.

The Seven Values of ICF Chennai:

Board of Directors 2022-24

The Board of Directors of ICF Chennai Charter Chapter for Nov 2022 – 24, assumed responsibility on November 2022!

This team that is made up of coaches from diverse backgrounds, is bound by its commonality of shared energy and commitment of intent, towards making a difference through GROW. The Board members are volunteers from the members of the ICF Chennai Charter Chapter, and positions voluntary in nature.

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Raj Dharmaraj, PCC


Vijayalakshmi S, MCC

Immediate Past President

Shiva Subramaniam, PCC

Secretary & Director Strategic Initiatives

Poorna Pushkala Chandrasekaran, PCC

Treasurer & Director Finance

Baburaj Nair, PCC

Director - Membership

J. Lakshminarayanan (JL)

Director - Member Experience

Vani SuriaPrakash, ACC

Director - Technology

Suba Lakshminarasimhan, ACC

Director - Marketing and Communication

Sriram T, ACC

Director - Conferences and Events

Dr. K R Subrahmany, ACC

Director - Corporate Engagement & Partnerships

Kishore Kumar Thakur, PCC

Director - Community Service Partnerships

Natarajan B, ACC

Director - Learning & Development

Check out who we really are and our lighter side beneath the serious work we do!

President’s Message

Hello and welcome to ICF Chennai Charter Chapter! It’s a privilege to share this message with you – ‘namma’ ICF Chennai Chapter as we fondly know it, is one of the most vibrant, welcoming and active and chapters in the ICF ecosystem. We’re proud to have been one of the 11 chapters worldwide chosen to receive the ICF Chapter Excellence Award in 2022 – we believe this is a recognition of our growth, stability and good governance, and builds on our attaining the status of a Charter Chapter in 2021. It is a testimony to the volunteer leadership that’s so much a part of our culture, and the efforts and support shown by our members, associates, and the close-knit network of professionals in our community.

Mission & Vision 2022-24

When we set out to outline our Chapter’s plans for 2022-24, we were clear that we wanted to keep the essence of our original GROW vision – a clear focus on our 4 pillars: Coaching – our shared profession & body of knowledge, Coaches – anyone engaged in or interested in Coaching; Chapter – our members & associates who are our key constituents, and Community – all of our stakeholders, internal and external.

“GROW – Coaching, Coaches, Chapter & Community”

is deeply engrained within the DNA of our chapter, and is accordingly our new Mission - our overarching purpose that guides all our plans and activities.

ICF Chennai’s Vision 2022-24 builds on this for the next 2 years:

“To be a Global Coaching Hub,
that creates Abundant GROWth
for Coaching, Coaches, Chapter & Community,
Thought Leadership, Focus on Excellence & Enhanced Impact,
the Collective Power of our Stakeholders”

Our vision extends our GROW theme to the next aspirational level - to create Abundant growth for all our stakeholders, become a global hub for all things coaching, by demonstrating thought leadership, excellence and positive impact in all we do, and harnessing the collective strength across our ecosystem. This vision for our Chapter translates into key initiatives that we will undertake, mapped across 3 growth horizons, over the next two years.

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ICF Diversity & Inclusion Statement

In July 2020, the ICF Global Board of Directors approved the ICF Statement of Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Justice. Staff and volunteer leaders from ICF’s six family organizations subsequently cosigned this statement. This statement of principles reflects a position we invite every ICF Member, Credential-holder and accredited training provider to subscribe to.

ICF Members and Credential-holders live and work in more than 140 countries and territories. ICF is a vibrant global community committed to the shared vision of making coaching an integral part of a thriving society. Our mission is to lead the global advancement of coaching. To do this, we must reflect on our blind spots and be aware of opportunities for improvement. We cannot ignore the challenges that many coaches and coaching clients face due to systemic problems in their communities.

As members of the ICF community, we ascribe to the core values of integrity, excellence, collaboration and respect. The foundation of these values is a shared commitment to diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice.

We will place diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice at the forefront of every decision we make within our Association. As we continue the journey toward our vision, we will recommit ourselves to valuing the unique talents, insights and experiences that every coach and client brings to the world.

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