Dr. Priti G. Adani is a doctor (Bachelors in Dental Surgery) by qualification and an educationist by passion. She has been spearheading numerous social development initiatives in India as Adani Foundation’s chairperson for more than two decades. Adani Foundation is the CSR-arm of the Adani Group, a diversified organization headquartered in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Under her leadership, a 360-member strong team of development professionals is working towards upliftment of the society’s underprivileged sections. Today, the Foundation’s reach covers 3.7 million people across 16 Indian states, making constructive efforts in the core areas of Education, Health, Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Infrastructure Development.
Nand Kishore Chaudhary, a globally acclaimed social entrepreneur, is the founder of Jaipur Rugs, one of India"s largest manufacturers of hand knotted rugs and is often referred to as ‘Gandhi of the Carpet Industry’. With just two looms and nine artisans in 1978, his journey four decades later stands at Jaipur Rugs becoming a global social enterprise exporting to over 60 countries while providing sustainable livelihood to 40,000 artisans in 600 remote villages across five states in India, out of which 80% of them are women. Management guru, C.K. Prahalad featured his revolutionary business philosophy in his globally acclaimed book -The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Mr Chaudhary has also been termed as ‘father of modern social enterprises’ by Prof. Jagdish N. Sheth from Emory University, USA. He has won awards including E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award, CNBC TV18 Emerging India Award, Social Impact Award conferred by former president Pranav Mukherjee among others. His philosophy of totality, inclusion and for-profit solutions to society are widely discussed.
Managing Director, CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd
Dr. Dinesh Tyagi belongs to Indian Administrative Services, 1981 of Manipur-Tripura Cadre. He worked in the Tripura State in various capacities as Secretary Education and Principal Secretary Finance. He has also worked as Director in the Banking Division, Ministry of Finance. He was Custodian of Special Court, 1992 (Harshad Mehta Scam) in the Finance Ministry. He has been Director on the Board of Syndicate Bank, United Bank of India and Indian Bank. He has also been director on the Board of Financial Institutions such as Small Industries Development Bank of India. Dr. Dinesh Tyagi has worked as Chief Executive Officer (CSC Scheme) with Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited. Presently, he is working as Managing Director (MD) of CSC e-GOVERNANCE SERVICES INDIA LIMITED (a SPV promoted by Department of Electronics & Information Technology).
Over 25 years of corporate experience blended with the in-depth experience with Grass Root Social Organisations. Held Senior Management roles in companies like Kyocera Wireless, Globaledge Software and iSol group. His passion for Community Development triggered as a youth, he was known for his developmental work and Social involvement
right from his College Days, where he had actively contributed his time and leadership in various Youth and Social Development Organizations, his work was spread across the Nation including the North East. Prior to taking over as the CEO, for ONGC Foundation, Kiran was the National President of Youth For Seva. He was a founder member of Centre for Leadership and Management in Public Service (C-LAMPS), where he had held responsible positions for large scale Devolopmental projects in Education and Health. He was in the Project Management Teams of Karataka Knowledge Commission, Member-Karnataka Skills Commission and Executive Council Mambor of Visvesvaraya Technological University He is invited as an Advisor and Mentor for various Civil Societies
Director, Development Monitoring & Evaluation Office (DMEO), NITI Aayog
Urvashi Prasad has extensive experience in health, nutrition, sanitation, gender and public policy. She is currently leading as the Director at Development, Monitoring & Evaluation Office (DMEO), NITI Aayog. Over the last few years, Urvashi has been working as a Public Policy Specialist in the Office of the Vice Chairman at NITI Aayog which is the premier policy think tank of the Indian Government. She is also part of the core team supporting the work of Government of India"s Empowered Group 1 for managing the Covid-19 Pandemic in the country. Urvashi is a member of the task force for overseeing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in India and co-authored India’s first Voluntary National Review presented at the United Nation’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017. Thus far, Urvashi has over 100 publications in leading national and international newspapers, journals and digital platforms to her credit. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and an alumnus of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community. Urvashi completed her Bachelors from University of Birmingham, UK, followed by an MPhil from University of Cambridge and an MSc from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
President, Asia Pacific Global Delivery Centers of Excellence, CGI
George Mattackal is President of CGI’s Asia Pacific Global Delivery Centers of Excellence, where he oversees global delivery capabilities across Asia Pacific. In this role, he partners with CGI’s client-facing business units to help clients accelerate their digital transformation through innovative and high-value services and solutions. Prior to this appointment, George served as Senior Vice President and Business Unit leader for CGI’s APAC Communication and Enterprise Services Delivery Center based in India. He and his team provided end-to-end offshore delivery services for CGI’s global clients in the communications industry and offshore ERP delivery services for clients across all industries, plus ran CGI’s offshore Testing Center of Excellence. They also supported CGI’s own digital transformation, providing application support and delivery services for the modernization of CGI’s internal applications. Joining CGI in 1991, George has worked with leading communications companies across the globe and delivered ERP services for large retail and consumer services, manufacturing and logistic companies. He also played an integral role in building CGI’s offshore capability in the communications sector, expanding it from 180 professionals in 2009 to 2,000 in 2016. Prior to his global delivery leadership roles, George managed several delivery organizations for CGI’s U.S. business, overseeing some of the largest client accounts in the telecom sector. George holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Houston, and a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He currently lives in Bangalore, India
Rema has over 25 years of experience in education and corporate social responsibility, and has worked with organi- zations such as Times Foundation, The Times Group, Smt. Sulochana devi Singhania Trust (Raymonds Group), Ford Foundation and M.S.University(Baroda). She designed low cost pedagogic methods for primary education to impart English language skills to children from disadvantaged communities. She has also been a part of the core team which designed and implemented award winning education programs such as the Teach India, Lead India, and Teach English programs. An alum of the prestigious Fortune – US State Department Global Women’s Leadership program, she believes that education needs to be tailor-made to suit the requirements of communities and that value and ethics need to form the core of the educational system. Her key skills are designing and implementing self-sustainable, low cost, development project platforms that align the synergies of various stakeholders for maximimum impact. Focusing on key developmental verticals of Primary education, Sanitation & Clean Drinking Water and Elder Care, NSE runs large scale programmes across 10 States in key aspirational districts, impacting the lives of more than 8 Lac beneficiaries.
Group Head- CSR, Dalmia Bharat Limited and CEO, Dalmia Bharat Foundation
Vishal Bhardwaj leads the CSR function at Dalmia Bharat Group and is also the CEO of Dalmia Bharat Foundation, who is the winner of 3 CSR Leadership Awards. He started his career with MoRD of Government of India and later worked in the Not-for-profit sector before getting in to the private sector. He has spent a large part of his career spanning around two-and-a-half decades in the Cement sector. He is a certified sustainability assessor of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development and has been on several committees of the Business Associations like FICCI and CII from time to time. Vishal holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and a diploma in CSR from the Swedish Institute of Management, Stockholm. He has also attended several Management Development Programmes at various prestigious Management Institutes like SPJIMR, ISB.
A doctor with 25 years of diversified experience in healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. After 7 years of clinical practice and teaching, Dr. Kavita started her career in Sanofi in the Patient Support Program. Launched the first of its kind program in the pharma industry. Currently, she is heading the CSR function at Sanofi India Limited. Established PPPs to scale the CSR programs. Managing large projects with constant focus on measuring impacts. She is teaching CSR at NMIMS (management school), MUMBAI. In the past profiles, she has worked in the Product Management Team and managed brands for Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and in Nephrology. Dr. Kavita holds a strong experience and expertise in leading large projects and have the ability to adapt while working in cross functional teams. She has designed and executed programs for rural and metro markets.
S.D. Shibulal (Shibu) is the Co-founder, former Member of the Board and CEO of Infosys Ltd. Prior to becoming the CEO and Managing Director, Shibu served as the Chief Operating Officer from 2007 to 2011. Earlier, Shibu held a number of senior leadership roles including: Head of Worldwide Sales and Customer Delivery. From 1991 to 1996, Shibu had worked with Sun Microsystems in the US, where he led the team which designed and implemented Sun’s first e-commerce application. Shibu retired from Infosys on 31st July, 2014. In 2014, Shibu co-founded Axilor Ventures – a new generation platform to improve odds of success of entrepreneurs. With three distinct programmes: accelerator, scale-up and early stage funding, Axilor provides infrastructure, mentoring and capital for high-impact, India–focussed start-ups (in the areas of e-commerce, Healthcare and Cleantech). Driven by his passion for Education and developing the leaders managing the K-12 Government schools across India, Shibu incorporated ShikashaLokam, an Education Leadership Development platform in 2016. Now active in multiple States, ShikshaLokam offers open-source technology capabilities and learning and management resources to more than 300,000 leaders, in partnership with State Governments and leading Civil Society Organizations. He is also affiliated as Trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation - a not-for-profit trust set up by Infosys, Member of the Board of Trustees of Boston University, Member of the Board of Managers of Haverford College, Philadelphia, Chairman of High Power Digital Advisory Committee of Kerala, Chairman of the Tamara.
Samir Sharma is a Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability professional with over two decades of experience with small to large NGOs and National and Multi-National Companies. Driven by integrity and strong ethical principles. A confident leader, with strategic functional output impacting triple-bottom-line growth and profitability. Clearly communicates and reframes complex issues. Effective in orchestrating change using systems thinking. Strong team player and leader; inspires and challenges others to achieve their potential. Samir possess a verifiable track record of setting up, scaling up and heading CSR functions and delivering on organizational/institutional social and sustainability goals and objectives. His efforts have been focused on bridging the gap between business interests, impact and sustainable social development work. Demonstrated operational and management skills across strategy planning, program implementation, partner management, leveraging, process improvements, managing teams of varying sizes, effective reporting and more. A team player and strongly believes in building teams for delivering both qualitative and quantitative outputs. Also, he is deft at developing SOPs , developing framework for monitoring, analyzing status & pitching proposals. Samir loves being in touch with the communities, stakeholders and believes in strong and clear internal and external communication and relationship management
Ms. Anagha Mahajani is the Vice President at Ambuja Cement Foundation, a CSR arm of Ambuja Cements Ltd. Anagha is part of an Executive Committee (ExCom), ACF and a member, Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee, Ambuja Cements Ltd. During the last 11 years with ACF, she has led New Initiatives, Community Development Programs and the Program Research and Monitoring. With over 25 years in development sector Anagha has passionately engaged in holistic rural development, with a special focus on sustainability and evidence based practice.
Ex- faculty at the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, she had the opportunity to bridge the gap between the wealth of field realities and academia focusing master degree in social work. She is a post graduate from the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and qualified management professional from Welingkers Institute, Mumbai. She is trained development research practitioner with certain publications to her credit.
Samar Verma is a Program Officer at Ford Foundation leading the program portfolios on public interest technologies, Future of Workers and Philanthropy. He has 25 years of professional experience in the corporate sector, conducting policy research, leading think-tank, international development and research grant management based in India and UK. As Senior Program Specialist at International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, he managed the global Think Tank Initiative program in South Asia & Myanmar which provided multi-year institutional support and technical capacity building to strengthen think tanks. He was the global head of Economic Justice Policy at Oxfam Great Britain leading their global work on trade, agriculture and climate change. He founded the Consortium of Trade and Development; a policy think tank. As Senior Fellow with the think tank ICRIER, he published widely. His writings on public policy are published by Oxford University Press and Sage. He holds a PhD in Economics and an MBA.
Sanjeev Rohilla joined NABARD in 1992 after doing his post-graduation in Economics from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He has handled key assignments in multiple departments over the last two decades in Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Meghalaya. He has been part of multiple teams within NABARD covering fund raising, HR, credit operations, financial inclusion technology, credit planning and corporate communications.
He was a key member of the team which launched the first ever Aadhar enabled Kisan Credit Cards to Cooperative Banks and RRBs. Microfinance, credit planning, designing of innovative convergence models and organizational communication continue to be his areas of deep interest.
A CSR/ Public policy professional with 20 years of experience in CSR and Development sector. worked with leading Corporate Foundations as Head CSR. Have been involved in implementation and planning of many diverse and challenging projects in remotest and marginalized area of country. have planned and executed development projects in the area of Education, Skill Development, Livelihood support,Health, Sanitation, and women empowerment. is well versed with new CSR guidelines and project formulation for implementation. have experience of working in coordination with Local government and local community issues. preparation of CSR plans as per local needs. Have received various sustainability and CSR awards. I am extremely motivated and self starter in terms of taking challenges in CSR and sustainability. quick learner with an ability to organizational objectives. Good Analytical and communication and leadership skills along with willingness to accept the challenges.
Vice President and CSR Leader | Digital Inclusion & Sustainability Leader, Capgemini India
Anurag brings with him more than 24+ years of diversified experience in CSR, community development, project management / implementation, grant management, capacity planning, and resource management. At present, he anchors CSR at Capgemini India. Over the past two decades, he has worked with grassroot agencies, donor agencies, UN Agency and Corporates.
His core competency lies in long term strategic planning & vision building among diverse stakeholder groups. He specializes in leading organisation towards change and transition management in social development space. Author of various articles on development issues and challenges, Anurag is also recipient of various awards and recognitions. He speaks frequently at various academic institutes, seminars and workshop on social development issues and strategies to address them.
Mr. Saurabh Singh is the President of ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth. In his capacity as the President, Mr. Singh is responsible for ensuring that the activities of the Foundation are executed as per the directions of the Governing Council.
ICICI Group has a long history of partnering with the Country’s growth and development. They have engaged in or catalysed specific activities of social or developmental nature through dedicated teams within the Group. ICICI Group has been allocating considerable resources for social development activities, much before the requirements under Companies Act, 2013 came into being. Over the past few years, ICICI Foundation has been primarily focussing on skill development & sustainable livelihood as its key initiative with an objective of creating direct impact in the lives of the beneficiaries.
Mr. Singh continues to implement the vision of ICICI Group through steering the activities of ICICI Foundation and driving integration with ICICI Bank. He has been instrumental in developing an integrated model for rural livelihood, exploring new markets as well as fostering key Partnerships for market development for the beneficiaries in rural India.
Apart from his role at ICICI Foundation, Mr. Singh is the Business Head Trusts, Associations, Societies & Clubs (TASC) and the Institutional Banking Group at ICICI Bank. He has driven key HR and customer service practices at ICICI Bank in previous assignments. He has been instrumental in various industry firsts and award winning initiatives like ‘Smart Vault’.
Mr. Raju Sharma leads the social initiatives of the Company in areas of Children & Education, Women Empowerment, Environment, and Heritage. An alumnus of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, (TISS) Mumbai, he completed his Masters in 1999 and since then has been working in the developmental sector.
He carries a rich experience of 20 years in which he has worked with NGOs, INGOs, Government, and Corporates ranging from grass-root implementation programs to the strategy and planning level. His strength lies in partnership management, development of sustainable models, project management, CSR, and teamwork.
Mr. Sharma has presented papers on CSR and development forums. He believes in the creation of shared value by networking with professionals from varied fields and experiences and learning and contributing to the growth of all.
Mr. Raju Sharma is an avid reader and loves to explore new places. His pride lies in having completed the Roopkund trek, at an altitude of 17,000 feet. He is a great yoga enthusiast, traveler, and has an ear for music.
Ms. Rajashree Natarajan is an IT industry veteran and a social impact leader with nearly 30 years of global experience.
She is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Cognizant Foundation and plays a key role in evolving an overarching charter for the Foundation, defining CSR strategy & goals, managing operations, communication and relationship with a broad set of diverse stakeholders.
In her two dozen years of service in the IT Industry, she has played diverse leadership roles driving strategic and transformational initiatives. As global head of Process and Platforms in Cognizant, she was responsible for developing cutting edge technology solutions and incubating new product ventures that support global delivery.
She is a passionate learner, trainer & speaker in industry forums. She mentors several startups and has facilitated many interactive workshops for designing lean process and creative technology solutions for complex business and social needs. She is passionate about spending time with non-profit organizations and social enterprises, actively contributing to the field of education. She is the managing trustee of a charitable trust and co-founder for a bilingual reading and learning program that caters to the underprivileged children.
Ms. Natarajan obtained her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a certified Executive Coach.
Ms. Rachana Iyer heads Corporate Social Responsibility at IDFC FIRST Bank. An alumna of Tata Institute of Social Sciences Centre for Disability Studies, Ms. Iyer has worked both globally and in India across social impact models, with non-profits, social enterprises and incubators.
She is also a mentor to Tactopus, an IDFC FIRST Bank funded social enterprise focused on inclusive technology, working extensively with them as a disability and mental health advocate.
Parthasarathi likes to describe himself as a CSR professional with a passion for development and human excellence. A postgraduate in social work from Delhi University and a diploma holder in CSR from University of Geneva he has rich experience of 16 years from both developmental and corporate sector. In his professional career in CSR sector he has worked with GMR Foundation, Cairn India and at AkzoNobel India, where he is currently heading CSR. He has worked significantly in many innovative projects around the area of drinking water, skill training, education and AI based telemedicine projects which have made significant impact in empowering the underprivileged communities. . A firm believer in boons of sharing knowledge he has contributed to various articles published in leading global CSR magazines like Ethical Corp and is also a guest speaker in the area of CSR at IIT Delhi, IMI, St.Xaviers and Delhi University.
General Manager - Corporate Social Responsibility, Samsung
Experienced Business Transformation, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability leader with two decades across a wide spectrum of industries ranging from banking, consulting, telecom to energy, having held global, regional and country leadership roles. Change management leader, strategic thinker, strong communicator, recognized for bringing business acumen, collaborative mindset and impact focus to CSR programs and sustainability challenges. Extensive experience at leading large cross-cultural teams to deliver high impact programs - which have been felicitated by global awards as well as witnessed keen interest and partnership from government and other like-minded corporates. Passionate about continuously learning, evolving and driving change to build a more sustainable world ! Outside of work Ekta mentors and is on the advisory board of multiple organizations to help create an eco-system for the underserved- that provides equal opportunities to all children and supports women to realize their full potential.
Director General and Board Member, WPP India Foundation
Rama A Iyer, Director General and Board Member, WPP India CSR Foundation, is a true product of WPP. Having started out as a Management Trainee at Ogilvy, India, she returned years later to set up the WPP Foundation. Since the last three years of Rama being at the helm of WPP Foundation, there have been key successes globally that have been recognized for the Foundation at industry and government forums like International CSR Excellence Awards, Asia’s Excellence Awards and Golden Peacock Awards.
Individually Rama has also won the Women CSR Leader of the year award at the ET Now CSR Awards in 2019. She also won the CSR Leader Award at a regional forum of Asia’s Excellence Awards, 2019 and Golden Globe Tigers Awards, 2020. With all experience, knowledge and success, Rama looks to share it all with upcoming generations of social entrepreneurs, actively mentoring them in their CSR strategies at an individual level, and as an Advisory Panel Member.
Ashwini Saxena, CEO JSW Foundation who also serves as a Director of JSW Shakti, a Section 8 company focusing on women livelihoods. Prior to JSW, he led CSR programs of Essar Group in Africa and India. During his tenure in Africa, he contributed as an Executive Committee.
Member of Zimbabwe India Chamber of Commerce (ZICC) & Advisor to Regional Centre of Social Responsibility and other institutions. Mr. Saxena served IFC (World Bank) where he led some strategic CSR advisory programs, besides working on introduction of IFC’s CSR/ Sustainability Tools & WBI programs in South Asia. During his stint with UNIDO he was behind India’s first few Geographical Indication (GI) registries (Community Owned IPRs) for artisan products and he also served as a key expert for UNCTAD for awareness on these issues.
His 30 years" career spans MSME development across a range of sectors, PPPs, skill development etc. across India and Africa. He also contributed to pro-poor industrial development policies of 3 states and has nurtured a number of community–led institutions across the country. He has served on advisory boards for grant making, policy reform and is a recipient of “Global CSR Leader Award”. He holds masters degrees in Geology and Business Management and CSR Leadership from University of Geneva.
General Manager-Sustainability & Lead CSR, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd.
Sagarika is a CSR and social development professional with nearly 20 years" experience. She has worked with leading development sector organizations, government, academia and the corporate sector. She has contributed to a range of thematic areas spanning CSR & Sustainability, Vocational Skills, Information & Communication Technologies for Development, and Special Needs Education. She is currently leading CSR for the Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. in Mumbai. Her role includes design and implementation of CSR programmes to drive positive social, economic, and environmental impact, ensure CSR governance to adhere to internal and external compliance, and lead communications for CSR and sustainability for the Godrej Industries Group. Sagarika has a double Masters from the London School of Economics and is a trained Special Needs Educator.
Mr. Atul Singh is a senior management professional and a new age CSR thought leader with over 30 years of rich national & international experience working with various organizations in Australia, India and Bangladesh. He is currently the Vice President – CSR at Emami Ltd. heading the CSR and sustainability initiatives of the Emami group.
Mr. Singh in his previous role was the Vice President at Piramal Swasthya (part of Piramal Foundation) managing their PAN India operations for the implementation of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects working with 12 State Governments in India.
Mr. Singh was formerly working in Australia for Telstra before coming to India in 2008. He has completed his Graduation in Migration Law from Victoria University, Australia, and also holds a M.Com Degree.
In his previous assignments, he has also worked with international organizations like Pitman Qualifications, NEBS Management and City & Guilds International UK in collaboration with the British Deputy High Commission and British Council to manage and administer their International Vocational Qualifications and other International Examinations in India & Bangladesh. He has also got vast expertise & experience managing and implementing innovative and technology driven education and skill development projects working with the Zee Education group.
In recognition of the positive impact on the society through his innovative and sustainable CSR practices, Mr. Singh has been awarded the “CSR Leader Of The Year Award” during the India International CSR & Impact Awards 2020.
A seasoned CSR professional with close to two decades of experience with hands-on impactful social engagements with corporates, non-profits, and governments in striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Nirbhay has developed effective strategies and built systems for driving the CSR initiatives. He has immense experience in grassroot administration of large scale projects in education, entrepreneurship, and carbon offset. He has also authored a book, "Corporate Social Responsibility in India: A Practitioner"s Perspective",that contributed to reach compendiums and speaker at national forums.
A believer in lifelong learning, Nirbhay has earned many accolades from renowned institutions like Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, KPMG and IIM Bangalore. He has recieved various accomplishments in his professional work sphere. He recieved the "Trend Setter Award 2020" by the United Way of Hyderabad, and the "Award of Excellence" by the ASSOCHAM. He is also the designated "Subject Matter Expert" at the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. He is currently the Director - CSR, Asia Pacific SBU with CGI.
Director and Global Head - Sustainability, Brillio
Abhishek Ranjan heads the CSR, Sustainability, D&I and Employee Outreach at Brillio. He also serves as the Managing Trustee of the Brillio Foundation. He was named as one of the “100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders (Global Listing)” at the World CSR Congress in 2016. Abhishek brings with him 14+ years of experience in Marketing, HR and CSR, and has been instrumental in leading Bringing Smiles, Brillio’s CSR program, and driving an impact in the society. Under his guidance, Brillio’s CSR programs have been able to ignite 40,000 young minds globally.
The Employee Outreach program, under Abhishek’s leadership has been awarded as India’s best Employee Volunteering Program in the year 2018. He also leads the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) at Brillio which has seen a Carbon footprint reduction by 25% since inception. He started his career with IBM as a Business Analyst and later worked for Oracle, where he is credited with setting up the Customer Centres and Industry Relations function in India. Today, he is also an active advocate on Sustainability and Responsible Business and lectures B-Schools globally, and is an Adjunct Professor at Christ University, Bangalore. He is an alumnus of IMT Ghaziabad and has studied CSR and Sustainability from several leading institutes such as IIM Bangalore, ISB and GRI.
Ashish is a CSR Practitioner who believes in ‘Creating and offering one fair opportunity’ to every disadvantaged human being through need-based and sustainable CSR projects. Ashish is a Law Graduate from University of Delhi and Social Work Post-Graduate from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). He has also completed “E-certificate on Competitiveness and Corporate Social Responsibility" from the World Bank Institute (WBI) and “e- certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): A Strategic Approach” from School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania.
He has worked with reputed NGOs, Multinational Corporations and as Consultant managing over 150 community initiatives focusing on Education, Skills development, Health, Agriculture, Disaster response, Environment, Women empowerment and Community development etc. in 15+ Indian states. Currently, he is the Associate Director - CSR at EY Foundation. In his current role, he has established well-defined standard operating procedure for CSR, developed time-bound and result-oriented community projects in the field of Education, Disaster Response and Environment with measurable impact.
CSR Business Partner – Strategic Projects and Stakeholder Engagement, Bayer Prayas Association
Dhanalakshmi Ramachandra is a Plant Physiologist by training and comes with 15 years of rich experience in the corporate world. After twelve years of active research in Biotechnology and data sciences, she shifted her domain to carve out a niche in the field of CSR. With her passion for the community, she brings with her a deep understanding of issues related to smallholder farmers, women empowerment and livelihood challenges amongst others. Through her collaborative spirit, she has nurtured successful partnerships with multiple stakeholders in the industry and other organizations. She has effectively executed projects on Early Childhood Development, Science Education, Sustainable Agriculture, Integrated Community Development and WASH initia- tives in diverse geographies across the country. She is living her dream while working with the farm- ing community, women and students.
Lead, Education and Skilling Initiatives, SkillsBuild, India/South Asia at IBM
Joyeeta Das, Lead education and skilling initiatives at CSR, IBM India Pvt Ltd, is a corporate citizenship professional with a unique experience of over 20 years of working with government and Non-governmental organisations, multilateral funding agencies and corporates. Her focus has been on primarily improving the quality of education in both K-12 and Higher Education leading large scale public private partnerships. She is deeply passionate about improving individual lives and whole communities of practice through education and nurturing talent through focused and inno- vative collaborations with experts in nonprofits, school and university systems and industry partners. Being entrepreneurial in her outlook, she is a problem solver, with emphasis on producing significant results and measurable impact. At her current role at IBM, she leads education and skilling initiatives driving digital citizenship and integration with multiple education stakeholders, to improve 21st century learning and professional development skills to build a talented workforce pipeline in India and across the world.
Dr. Anupama Shetty has over 20 years of experience in varied roles and currently lead CSR initiatives for Biocon Foundation. As a Ph.D. student from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), her work revolved around the strategic change in healthcare organizations, accreditation, and safety culture. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Mysore University and a Masters in Hospital Administration from TISS. The experience she has as a physician, administrator, and researcher has helped shape her perspective towards CSR, combining a systems-based approach with a focus on scalability and sustainability of interventions.
Global CSR and Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Genpact India
Lavanya is the Global Corporate social responsibility and Diversity, equity, and inclusion leader at Genpact. She is leading programs that harness the energy and talent of Genpact employees for the economic, social, and environmental betterment of the communities we live and work in. As the diversity, equity, and inclusion leader, she is involved in steering initiatives to create a gender balanced and inclusive organization with 50% representation of women across all levels. She has more than 18 years of experience across talent management domain - Hiring, HR, and Learning and development.
Priyaka is a champion for change in the social sector and is passionate about an ecosystem approach to enabling on-ground impact. She is driven by a deep sense of purpose and she aspires to sustainably move the needle in transforming the lives of people & communities at the bottom of the pyramid. Her profile has been recently featured in Rockefeller Foundation’s Women Leadership in Development Sector’ report chronicling her professional journey. She started her career in Corporate Banking with BNP Paribas in Hong Kong / India and transitioned to the social sector driven by her deep interests during volunteering stints. Her 15 years" work experience is broken-up equally between Banking and Social Impact. In Asian roles, she has been an Advisor with Essilor Singapore for their Social Finance project and was a member of the Senior Advisory panel for Ashoka Changemakers’ regional accelerator programme. She is currently an Advisor with Asia Philanthropy Circle, a platform for a core strategic group of Asian philanthropists to learn, collaborate and catalyse new national and regional social interventions. Founded by Laurence Lien (Singapore"s legacy philanthropist family and ex MoF Director), it acts as a convenor, capability builder, advocate and catalyst for action. She also spent a large part of the last decade managing philanthropic portfolios of (Chairman) Bain Capital & Forbes Asia Hero of Philanthropy and set up their Family Foundation ATECF, as Head Program and Ex-Com member at the Foundation. She was also privileged to be a part of Country"s Public Policy initiatives - Drafting Committee member of the National Social Stock Exchange (Min of Fin) and the National CSR policy reforms (Min of Corp affairs). She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Management Development Institute, India and has done executive education from Harvard Business School in Nonprofit Management and Oxford University in Social Finance.
Dr. Y. Suresh Reddy, CSR Lead – SRF Ltd ( www.srf.com ) and Head of a Not-for-Profit Organization namely SRF Foundation ( www.srf-foundation.org ). He took his Ph. D. in Public Administration from SV University, Tirupati (India) in 1995 and has a vast experience of 24 years by associating with Academic, Government, Not for Profit and Corporate Foundations. He has so far worked for Byrraju Foundation, Hyderabad; Dr. Reddy’s Foundation, Hyderabad; CARE India (International NGO), New Delhi and State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), New Delhi. Dr. Reddy is a specialist in school education, vocational skills and a very practical CSR leader. He has skills in the entire Project Cycle Management and building institutions. He has also authored couple of books entitled “Co-operatives and Rural Development” and “Child Labor in India” and has many research papers to his credit. His areas of interest include CSR, School Education for deprived, ICT for development, Public Private Community Partnerships for Education, Child Labor, Vocational Skills and Rural Development. As the head of SRF Foundation, he built a team of 152 professionals and 9 CSR Champions supported by 145 CSR Council Members, collaborated with various State Government Education Departments and like-minded corporate and civil society agencies – Capgemini, IBM, Coca Cola, Tetra Pak, Schneider, HP, IndiGo Airlines, Brillio, Sunrise, CARE India, Times of India, NDTV, PNB Housing, Signify, Amway and UN Habitat and designed and executed the educational programs spread across 12 states in the country. With his impeccable contribution, SRF Foundation stands today as one of the respectable developmental agencies in the country with its contributions in areas of school education and vocational skills impacting lives of 1,52,874 students directly and 250,000 students indirectly and more than 5,000 youth spread across 12 states of India.
Sujata is the Founder Director of 17000 ft Foundation, an organization that has been working relentlessly in remote mountainous hamlets of Ladakh, with a primary objective to enhance education, strengthen the Government School System, and sustain the villages that are facing a desperate migration of young families and children to faraway towns in search of good education. Sujata has over 25 years of time spent in various leadership roles in corporate IT and as an educator and facilitator working with young children. A trekker and an outdoor enthusiast, a particularly difficult solo trek into Ladakh brought home the challenges faced by the people of remote Ladakh which then led her to found 17000 ft Foundation in 2012 to improve the lives of communities in Ladakh. Frequently mentioned in the media for her work, Sujata was awarded the prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskar 2015 by the ex- President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, an award constituted by the Ministry of Women and Children and presented to her for her work with disaggregated children of Ladakh. She has also been nominated as an Amazing Indian by Times Now in 2013. She is a TedX and Josh Speaker and speaks at multiple forums to carry the incredible story of a remote, ignored and inaccessible region that she has now brought to the forefront through the power of people and technology.
Aman Pannu is Head of Communications and CSR at DCM Shriram Ltd. She comes with 21 years of experience working across various sectors: Retail, Agriculture, and Chemicals & Liquor. She started her career in Public Relations with TBWA Anthem in 1999 handling clients across sectors, followed by a move to the Corporate Communications role at Ebony Retail Holding Ltd. She also looked after the marketing communications at Radico Khaitan Ltd. She has been with DCM Shriram Ltd. for the past 11 years in the role of Head - Corporate Communications & also handles the CSR functions. The company set up an Archives, in which Aman played a pivotal role in building the company"s Archives and Heritage Gallery in Kota, Rajasthan to preserve the 136 years history of the DCM group. She is a mass communication postgraduate from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune and has undertaken a Leadership program at IIM, Bangalore. A strong believer in the concept of storytelling, she uses it across her various roles in Communications, CSR & Archives.
Mr. Sujay, Founder & CEO at iKure, has worked with IBM & Oracle for over 12 years, before founding iKure in 2010. Realizing that there will never be sufficient doctors to treat patients in India individually, iKure was incepted with the vision to create zero mortality in primary healthcare. iKure has impacted more than 14M population across 10 states in India and offers technology solutions in MENA Countries, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South-East Asia.
South Asia Head - Community Investments & Sustainability Programs, Hindustan Unilever Ltd.
Kanika Pal is an award-winning CSR and sustainability professional with over 16 years of experience, presently heading community investments and sustainability programmes for Unilever South Asia. Holding a master"s degree in CSR from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, she is currently pursuing advance management in public policy at Indian School of Business. A TEDx speaker, she quit the corporate sector from 2015–17 and founded Solutions for Clean and Healthy Environment or SoCHE Foundation, to influence behaviour change for a cleaner planet. Through her work, she has been exploring the inter-connectedness between conserving the environment, enhancing livelihoods and improving the health of communities. Awarded ‘Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen 2020’, she is also the recipient of ‘Most Influential Sustainability Leader’ and ‘Wommenovator’ citations in 2018, among others. She is a LEAD Fellow, an alumnus of South Asia Leaders programme by Common Purpose, UK, a part of EY Women Business Leaders Network and AL Gore"s Climate Reality Leadership Corp. She is also a member of USAID"s SAWIE - South Asia Women in Energy and an advisory committee member of Global Institute of Sustainable Development.
Mr. Rishi Pathania is working as Head of CSR for UPL group. He has spent 24 years in the development space largely around CSR and Sustainability. He has also worked with grassroot NGO and multinational NGO in one of the most backward areas of India, often without proper amenities. He was selected for the Common Purpose International Leadership Development programme for future leaders of India (Only 20) & UK, which was launched by British Prime Minister David Cameron at Bangalore, India and London, UK. He has attended prestigious Tata Group emerging leaders programme (A three phase module for leadership development). He is also a Certified Achievement Motivation Trainer (On Achievement thema based on human process lab), a Sustainability Assessor for CII-ITC Sustainability Awards, a trained on GRI sustainability reporting during G3 launching and GRI conference Reporting: a Measure of Sustainability at Amsterdam, and recipient of many CSR/Sustainability Leadership awards. Furthermore, his active interest in policy advocacy has earned him a position in different National and International forum. Being an active participant at different forums has greatly helped him in integrating community needs with project planning at macro level.
Head - Corporate Social Responsibility, Lupin Ltd.
Tushara Shankar has a master’s in social work from TISS, Mumbai with specialisation in Urban and Rural Community Development. She has 17 years of diverse experience with corporate entities, international non-profit and consulting organisation. She has played a crucial role in a Government- Corporate- Non-profit collaborative Health initiative, which marked the commencement of NRHM in Jharkhand. She has been a resource person for CINI’s 6 month programme on NGO Management and Reproductive Health and a faculty for IGNOU’s rural development graduate programme.
She has to her credit a women’s empowerment programme in the Kashmir valley. She has been associated with many bilateral, multilateral, UN and government programmes in a monitoring and evaluation role. She has been instrumental in formulating CSR policy, strategy and leading implementation in the corporates she has been associated with. Her experience of working with multiple partners across varied geographies has culminated in implementation of major Water Conservation projects and safe drinking water projects across different states in the country. She is currently the CSR Head for Lupin Limited.
Head, Asia Pacific CSR & Philanthropy, Lenovo Foundation (APAC)
Pratima Harite heads the Asia Pacific CSR & Philanthropy, at Lenovo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lenovo. She is responsible for building strong charitable partnerships across Asia Pacific’s diverse markets, increasing employee engagement in alignment with the new global volunteer benefit and evaluating the impact of Lenovo’s strategic charitable investments in Asia Pacific underscoring Lenovo’s global philanthropy and Foundation’s mission of smarter technology for all. She brings a gamut of experience to Lenovo. Having worked for two major Indian conglomerates (Reliance Anil Ambani Group and Wadia Group), she led the CSR wing with various lines of businesses ranging from financial, power and FMCG to name a few. Prior to that Pratima worked for over 15 years at a senior level in varied global financial institutions one of which was Standard Chartered India where she was responsible in building the CSR function from the ground up leading to several of her initiatives being integrated at a corporate level. She is a subject matter expert in the areas of women empowerment, education, financial literacy, vocational training, and healthcare. During her spare time, she works pro bono with non-profit organizations supporting them in developing communication strategies and fundraising.
Sudarshan Suchi is Save the Children’s Chief Executive Officer. He is a seasoned civil society leader leader and an authority in Participatory Practices to empower communities to lead transformation.He has rich local & global experience in academics, development and in corporate environment. An alumnus of St. Stephens College, Delhi University, and Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, UK, Sudarshan is a leading development professional, with exceptional strength in conceptualising development based programs and business models efficient resource mobilisation, instituting partnerships, and effecting collaboration towards issues that impact children’s access to basic human rights. A few that stand out amongs his myriad professional achievements are: Successful advocacy for reforms in cooperative laws and the Producer Company Act Enactment; turn-around of AP Dairy cooperatives; launching of largest Bio-Diesel cultivation initiative in India; and executing one of the largest rural transformation initiatives – ‘bij’ as a corporate CSR initiative . Sudarshan’s journey is an outstanding amalgamation of grassroots implementation experience at micro level & perspective building and strategic thinking at macro level. Over the past three decades, Sudarshan has held leadership positions with distinguished organisations like Reliance Foundation, Reliance Life Sciences, and National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). Prior to joining Save the Children, Sudarshan was the Secretary General at SOS Children’s Villages of India. He also brings in academic experience having teaching experience at IRMA; IIHMR etc. Sudarshan also serves on Governance platforms – being on Board of Udyogini (NGO) and Academic Council of IIHMR’s Rural Management Program. A self-professed and self-trained farmer; Sudarshan is also the co-founder of Udayan Centre for Collaborative Learning - a grassroots NGO in Central India.
Amit Kumar Singh is an agribusiness and market development expert with more than 20 years of experience conceptualizing and executing agriculture and livelihoods development programs in a wide range of value chains. He has been phenomenal in providing team leadership and direction for Tanager’s portfolio of supply chain strengthening activities, with a focus on women and landless farmers in India. Amit has dedicated his career to strengthening communities and has been responsible for projects that organized more than 100,000 small holder farmers into self-help and producer groups. Amit has also developed an expertise of conducting large-scale research studies, including baseline and end-term assessments for USAID, DFID, the Ford Foundation, and UNIDO, among others with a passion for developing new tools using Participatory Rapid Appraisals (PRA). Being the Country Representative of Tanager in India, Amit is responsible for designing and executing several projects which changed the lives of smallholder farmers and women across states like Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat and Odisha. With a master’s in agricultural economics from National Dairy Research Institute, Amit has co-authored 2 books on value chains and has 11 publications in national and international journals of repute. He has also participated as panelists in several forums representing Tanager. Recently, he has been conferred with the Tanager Presidential Award for excellence in program management, thought leadership and partner relationship management in India. He has also received the Indian Achievers Award for Industry Development in Agribusiness at the National Leadership Summit and Awards 2019. Under his leadership Tanager has also won the Krishi Bhushan (Pioneers in Agriculture) Award at the National Agribusiness Summit 2018 for its contribution and excellence in agriculture.
Neha Verma – CEO & Co-founder, Intelehealth. Neha is an entrepreneur and medical information engineer. She earned an MA in Applied Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University and is wrapping up her PhD in Health Informatics. Neha is also an active contributor for Women@Forbes, writing about women in tech, product development, organizational strategy, social impact and nonprofits.
Head - Corporate Social Responsibility, Hindustan Zinc
Anupam Nidhi currently heads the Corporate Citizenship (CSR) at Hindustan Zinc Limited- a natural resources company. In her previous stints she has served as Head CSR for Siemens India. and has worked with Reliance Group as the Group Head for Corporate Social Responsibility. She was instrumental in extending strategic direction and managing the CSR operations across all the Group companies for past 9 + years. Based in Udaipur, she has over twenty years of experience in both the corporate and development sectors with roles spanning from advisory, strategic planning to execution. She has spearheaded a large number of multi dimensional projects across India in both commercial and purely development domains - including in Micro Finance, Project Management, Crisis Management, Employability, Entrepreneurship Development and Environment. Having worked with development sector organizations like Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and LEAD-India, she has accumulated the grass-root experience which enables her to stay rooted to the brazen realities while strategizing and planning programs in her current position. Early this year she was recognized as a “Young Leader award” for her contributions in the sphere of CSR and Sustainability. She has in the past won “Indian CSR Women Leader” by India CSR and awarded the “Emerging Leader” by ASSOCHAM, India. She has been acknowledged as one of the Most Impactful CSR Leaders both at the national as well as global level. She has also been assessing corporations on Sustainability excellence for over 7 years. A Postgraduate in Management and a Masters in Labour Law, she has done her Honour’s degree in Agriculture. She brings with her a diverse educational background and exposure to multicultural and multilingual work environment.
Head - Aspirational Districts Collaborative (ADC), Piramal Foundation and Co-Founder, Kaivalya Education Foundation.
Manmohan Singh is head of Aspirational Districts Collaborative (ADC), Piramal Foundation & Co-Founder of Kaivalya Education Foundation. Aspirational District Collaborative is an initiative of Piramal Foundation in partnership with NITI Aayog. ADC aim is to build hyper collaborative with local NGOs, Volunteers, SHG, Panchayats, Media, Faith Leaders to improve lives of 180 million people living in 112 aspirational districts across 26 states in India. Manmohan believes in bringing together Sarkar, Samaj and Bazar at panchayat, block, and district level to leverage each other strength for collective impact. Manmohan is Co-Founder of kaivalya Education Foundation. KEF works across states to improve quality education through system transformation. KEF also runs Gandhi Fellowship Program to develop young leaders for India. He has 20 years of experience in transforming public schools and public health in India. He has led design and implementation of various education transformation programs of the Foundation in last 14 years. His interest and expertise in building long term partnerships with state and central government is widely acknowledged. He has previously worked with WHO, Unicef, Pratham & MSF. Manmohan holds a postgraduate diploma in Conflict Analysis and Peace - Building from Jamia Millia Islamia University, NewDelhi. He is an Acumen India Fellow, and an Aspire Circle Fellow.
Ms Seema Pawaskar heads Corporate Social Responsibility at Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals Limited (CGCEL). She is also member of CSR Committee of the Management at CGCEL. She has over 15 years of career success in CSR and Sustainability functions at Social Impact Organizations and Corporate firms like Save the Children India, Tata Power Community Development Trust, Wadia Group and YES Bank. Seema has passionately engaged in interventions like water conservation, employment and entrepreneurship, education and healthcare. Seema holds MBA degree in Social Entrepreneurship from NMIMS, Mumbai.
Gouri leads Central Square Foundation’s work in the area of Education Technology. Her work focuses on building capacity of early stage EdTech organisations that cater to the low-income segment and creating evidence around the efficacy of EdTech solutions. Prior to joining CSF, Gouri was part of the early leadership team at the National Skill Development Corporation, a PPP created with the objective of funding private sector initiatives in the skill development space. At the Corporation, Gouri worked on identifying opportunities for investments, developing the research base for skills and conceptualising and implementing state level projects. Prior to the NSDC, Gouri was a Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group and did extensive work in the Financial Services domain across areas of strategy, operations and transformation. Gouri is a rank holder Chartered Accountant and a MBA from IIM Bangalore.
Professor & Chairperson, Centre for Sustainability & CSR (BIMTECH)
Dr.K.K.Upadhyay"s is a widely respected and seasoned development professional, with over 39 plus years of experience across government, not-for-profits, academia and corporate. He has pioneered several innovative and outstanding social enterprises - Safal, Aapni Yojana, Bastar Integrated Development Program and Health of the Urban Poor. Dr. Upadhyay has been a pivotal part of the CSR journey in India as a thought leader, practitioner, and former head of the FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence. An expert with Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs; has been on board of several non-profits including National Trust (Ministry of Social Justice), National Population Stabilisation Fund (Government of India), UN Global Compact, DNR Foundation and International Institute of Goat Management. Contributed to the sector through several publications and research studies for USAID, UNIFEM and IIED London. At present Professor K.K.Upadhyay is the Chairperson Centre for Sustainability and CSR BIMTECH. He is a motivational speaker, trainer and executive coach. In recognition of the positive impact on the society, for his humanitarian efforts Dr. Upadhyay has been bestowed with many awards and accolades including titles like Sterling 25 (CSR Times), Thought Leader, CSR Leader of India, the CSR Trainer of the Year 2020 and Mahatma.
Balakumar Thangavelu, heads the multi-pronged efforts of Outreach, Cognizant’s Employee- Volunteering program for India. Bala is the key strategist for volunteering efforts of Cognizant Outreach that spans over 13 cities and 7 states in India with a vision of improving everyday life. Balalso heads the Cognizant Foundation committe for Coimbatore, facilitating eligible proposals from NGOs with Cognizant Foundation and anchors implementation of the project using CSR funds. Bala also leads the UN SDG integration initiative within Cognizant, Supply chain and Human righttransformation for Cognizant as part of Environment Social Governance (ESG) Program. Bala played a key role in program management, audit and publishing of the first ESG Report of Cognizant. He leads the United National Global Compact (UNGC) partnership for Cognizant and drives actions around the 10 Principles of UNGC. Sep 2021, Bala was recognized as Forty Under 40 ESG Leaders of India award by India CSR. Bala is passionate and committed about ‘doing’ as well as inspiring others to ‘do’ their bit. On a personal level, Bala also comes with over 12 years of experience in volunteering and has designed and executed various volunteering programs spanning across learning level intervention to career guidance and a comprehensive scholarship program for students. Bala holds Bachelor of Engineering, MSc. Applied Psychology and MBA in Human resource management, and has a career spanning over 18+ years in the IT sector, with extensive cross functional experience in technology, strategy and consulting.
Manish is a social development practitioner with over 16 years of experience working in India and other parts of the globe. He currently heads Centum Foundation. The foundation is the CSR arm of Centum Learning Ltd. (Bharti Group Company) and works in the area of skill development, entrepreneurship, education & rural development. It also works as an implementing partner with CSR entities. Over his 16+ year of impact journey, he has played diverse roles. This ranges from implementation to research and strategy; contribution to policies and change models, consulting and advisory services. He has worked with CSRs, UN agencies, ministries, Tata Group and with Ernst & Young. He is also mentor to few start-ups & social impact organizations. Manish obtained his Post Graduate in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi. His learning continues through his thought notes/publications, IPs and participation in various knowledge sharing sessions.