Rohit Kakar

Head of HR at Kiron Open Higher Education


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I am a passionate multilingual HR Professional with a structured, independent, proactive working style, strategic understanding, detail-oriented mindset with 10 years of experience in different fields of HR across corporate and non-profit sector. I have a passion for enabling and empowering leaders to tackle people-related challenges to achieve overall business success. I do this with a keen eye for detail and continuous improvement whilst applying a human-centric approach.

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Work experience

May 2018 - Present

Kiron Open Higher Education

Head of HR

Kiron Open Higher Education (gGmbH) is a non-profit, EdTech organisation founded in 2015 with a mission to remove the barriers refugees face in accessing higher education. Through an innovative model of blended learning, Kiron offers tailor-made curricula of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) through renowned educational platforms like coursera and edx so that refugees can start studying, regardless of their asylum status. Courses are mostly provided in English, completely free of charge for the students and all accessible via our learning platform Kiron Campus. Through strong partnerships with accredited universities worldwide, students have the opportunity to finish their program with a regular bachelor’s degree.

Jul 2017 - Apr 2018


HR Operations Manager

MEININGER is a unique hotel product that combines the service and comfort of an international budget hotel with hostel-like facilities, such as a guest kitchen and a games zone. The central location, high quality furnishings and fair prices appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. 23 hotels in 13 European cities offer the ideal accommodation for city breaks, business trips, journeys round the world, family holidays or school class trips.

Jan 2014 - Jul 2017

E.ON Business Services

Expert HR Controlling & Planning

• Leading the migration of HR Controlling & Planning Services from Nottingham/Munich to Berlin • Delivering of standard and ad-hoc monthly and quarterly reports • Calculating HR provisions on a quarterly basis and year end closing activities • Providing HR midterm and planning forecasts and finalising HR Analytics and HR Tracking reports used by board members • Harmonisation and standardisation of HR Processes and implementing continuous improvement initiatives


Jun 2013 - Nov 2013


HR Assistant

• Lead the transition of TNS to adopt HR Operations’ shared services by Kantar by accurately capturing the detail of all relevant processes undertaken • Managing the on-boarding process for starters at all levels, including contract issue, right to work, induction, reference requests and probationary period administration • Responsible for improving working methods and streamlining processes • Ensured that all new processes are aligned to HR Operations Standards & Templates


Feb 2013 - May 2013

British Transport Police

HR Officer

• Provided end-to-end HR processing for all areas of the employee lifecycle including: personal detail changes, sickness absence entries, maternity leave and grievances • Offered business focused policy and procedural advice to managers and staff ensuring consistency to ensure risk is managed

Sep 2012 - Nov 2012

Aris Personaldienstleistungen

HR Coordinator

Aris Personaldienstleistungen is a temporary employment agency based in Berlin, Germany. • Offering advice, support and preparing HR related documentation. • Conducting telephone interviews and carrying out face-to-face interviews. • Gained international HR experience and understood German HR policies and procedures.

Sep 2011 - Aug 2012

Bombardier Transportation

HR Administrator

Bombardier Transportation is the global leader in the rail equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. Its wide range of products includes passenger rail vehicles and total transit systems. It also manufactures locomotives, bogies, propulsion & control systems and provides rail control solutions. Key responsibilities as part of its Human Resources Team: • Act as the first point of contact for HR queries within the business. • Maintaining HR information system records on SAP. • Preparing HR related documentation, such as offer letters, contract amendments, leavers; whilst liaising with the HR Business Partner, recruiters and the Compensation and Benefits team. • Collate monthly reports for distribution within Managers and Directors for inclusion within Board meetings. This includes headcount reports, absence analysis and Ad-hoc reports. • Liaise with Payroll to ensure contract changes and changes to benefits are made. • Responsible for reviewing and updating current company policies.

Apr 2011 - Aug 2011

Bombardier Transportation

Recruitment Coordinator

• Worked as part of a project team responsible for 150 professional hires to implement TALEO applicant tracking system liaising with the German HQ. • Liaised effectively with recruiters, managers and candidates using business level German • Provided a timely and effective administrative service to the local and global HR function. • Developed recruitment workflows, producing bespoke reports for management and carried out varied transactional tasks including data entry, correspondence, and job postings for international positions and managing international travel for candidates.

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