Division L: Sushil Shah

Candidate’s Name:

Sushil Shah

Candidate’s Office:

Division L Director

Toastmasters member since:



Bachelor of Engineering – Computer Sciences

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service:

PE – Harrovian Speakers Club 2016-17 : 1 Year

President – Harrovian Speakers Club 2017-18 : 1 Year

VP – PR – Harrovain Speakers Club 2018 -20 : 2 years

Area Director – L47 – 2021 – 6 Months

Area Director – L61 – 2022-23 – 1 Year


Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District leader:

Sushil’s involvement in Toastmasters perfectly showcases his exceptional organizational skills, which directly contribute to the organization’s mission of personal and professional growth through improved communication and leadership. As an Area Director, he adeptly coordinated and supported multiple clubs, ensuring their success even amidst challenging circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic. His ability to efficiently manage and navigate these situations underscores his commitment to facilitating growth within the Toastmasters community. Additionally, Sushil’s dedication to organizing successful events, such as Division Contests, not only highlights his adept planning abilities but also fosters a supportive environment for members to develop their communication skills further.

Moreover, Sushil’s commitment to guiding and mentoring clubs, including his corporate club, emphasizes the importance of ongoing support and learning within the Toastmasters community. In his professional role, he utilizes his expertise in data and analytics to help organizations overcome challenges and achieve success, mirroring Toastmasters’ emphasis on personal and professional growth.

Overall, Sushil’s contributions to Toastmasters and his professional endeavors demonstrate a shared commitment to empowering individuals and organizations to reach their full potential, thereby exemplifying Toastmasters’ mission in action.


What experience do you have in strategic planning?

As an IT transformation consultant with more than two decades of experience, Sushil has played a pivotal role in driving the growth of business services. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a track record of success in delivering strategic programs that encompass both people and technology changes, often spanning multiple years.

Sushil’s expertise lies in executing complex projects that follow a structured approach, beginning with the formulation of organizational visions and culminating in the identification of specific projects, outcomes, and governance mechanisms necessary to realize these visions. His method involves working backward from the overarching vision, ensuring alignment between strategic objectives and actionable initiatives.

With his comprehensive understanding of both business and technology landscapes, Sushil has consistently delivered results that not only meet but exceed the expectations of his clients or employers. His strategic mindset, coupled with his ability to navigate intricate challenges, has positioned him as a trusted advisor in the realm of IT transformation.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

Sushi has extensive experience of budgeting and forecasting revenues for large scale programs.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

Sushil manages teams of consultants and customer representatives in a matrix organisations. The collaboration and functioning of teams depend upon robust procedures, and protocol that recognises each entity’s goals and missions. He instituted charter of tenants that define the responsibilities and chain of escalations.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

Organisations are made up of people and not processes.

Why do you want to serve as a District leader?

The Toastmasters has provided me with confidence and motivations to grab opportunities to grow personally and professionally. I completely identify with the Toastmasters mission and I see this as opportunity for me to give back to Toastmasters and personally grow in leadership position.

In your opinion, what are the District mission’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

As a Division Director, I am dedicated to advancing the mission of Toastmasters by fostering personal and professional growth through enhanced public speaking and communication skills. Recognizing the pivotal role that clubs play in achieving these objectives, I am committed to identifying and addressing any gaps that may hinder their effectiveness.

My experience equips me to provide robust support to club officers, empowering them to fulfill their responsibilities effectively. I am passionate about extending Toastmasters’ reach beyond its immediate scope, thereby cultivating greater demand for our support and services.

To achieve these aims, I will work diligently to establish a robust support system for clubs within my division. By facilitating enhanced communication between district officers and club officers through initiatives such as Club Officer Trainings (CoT), contests, and public relations outreach programs, I aim to foster a thriving Toastmasters community that continually attracts new members and promotes the organization’s mission on a broader scale

Additional information about yourself:

Sushil is a distinguished leader in the field of Data and Analytics, boasting a rich professional background with some of the industry’s biggest names, including Amazon, Microsoft, Roche, and Oracle. Hailing from India, he has demonstrated his expertise across diverse regions such as Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Sushil is an avid sports enthusiast, particularly passionate about playing Cricket and Badminton. He also finds joy in exploring new destinations through travel and engaging in outdoor activities like hiking.

In his leisure time, Sushil utilizes his Toastmasters skills not only for public speaking engagements but also to engage in spirited debates with his wife and daughter, showcasing his ability to effectively communicate and persuade even in personal interactions.

Last Updated on 6th April 2024 by Diane Richardson