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Forging Futures: International Coaching Federation and Indian Society for Training & Development Announce Strategic Partnership

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Lexington, KY / New Delhi, India - February 19, 2024 - The International Coaching Federation (ICF), a leading non-profit association dedicated to advancing the coaching profession, and the Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD Delhi), an esteemed autonomous organization focused on evolving and improving HRD/Training practices in India, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This collaboration aims to cultivate coaching cultures within organizations across India.


"We are thrilled to partner with ISTD to foster coaching excellence and cultivate coaching cultures within Indian organizations," stated Magdalena Mook, CEO of ICF. "This collaboration reaffirms our global commitment to advancing coaching standards and empowering professionals worldwide."


The strategic alliance between ICF and ISTD Delhi is poised to leverage their respective strengths to promote thought leadership, educational initiatives, and coaching practices within organizational learning and development frameworks. Together, they aspire to elevate coaching practices and nurture L&D professionals across India.

“As we embark on this transformative journey with the International Coaching Federation, we are thrilled to expand our horizons and enhance our commitment to nurturing talent and fostering excellence. This collaboration signifies a significant step forward to empower individuals and organizations”expressed by Anita Chauhan, National President of ISTD. 


Dr. Anubha Walia, National Council Member & Chairperson of ISTD Delhi, stated, "As leaders in the field of training and development, it is imperative that we embrace innovative approaches such as coaching to drive organizational growth and employee development. This partnership with ICF underscores our commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions to our stakeholders."


Steve Weiss, VP of Professional Coaches at ICF, added, "By pooling our expertise and resources with ISTD, we aim to create impactful development opportunities for our members in India. Together, we will unlock the full potential of individuals and organizations through coaching."

About the International Coaching Federation:

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the world’s largest organization, leading the global advancement of the coaching profession and fostering coaching’s role as an integral part of a thriving society. Founded in 1995, its 50,000-plus members and credential-holders located in more than 160 countries and territories work toward common goals of enhancing awareness of coaching and upholding the integrity of the profession through lifelong learning and upholding the highest ethical standards. Through the work of its six unique family organizations, ICF empowers professional coaches, coaching clients, organizations, communities, and the world through coaching. For more information, visit

About the Indian Society for Training & Development:

The Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD), established in April 1970, is a national level professional & non-profit society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It has a large membership of individuals and institutions involved in the area of training and development of Human Resource from Government, Public and Private Sector Organizations & Enterprises; Educational and Training Institutions and other Professional Bodies. For more information, visit


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