Hon. Minister of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India
Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is an Indian politician from Rajasthan who is currently serving as Union Cabinet Minister in Ministry of Jal Shakti. He is a member of parliament from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) representing Jodhpur in the Lok Sabha. He is also National General Secretary of the BJP Kisan Morcha, the farmers’ wing of the BJP.
Before entering electoral politics, Sh. Shekhawat held positions in many forums and organisations; he was the co-convener of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, the economic wing of the Sangh Parivar and the General Secretary of Seema Jan Kalyan Samiti, an organisation dedicated to strengthen national security by developing border towns and villages. He was elected as member of parliament to the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014, with the highest ever winning margin from the constituency of Jodhpur.
One of his major achievements during his tenure as an MP has been the expansion of the Jodhpur Airport, a demand that had continuously been raised during the last 18 years. As an MP, Sh. Shekhawat has received mention as one of the top five contributors to debate in the Indian Parliament. He is also Chairperson of the Fellowship Committee, member of the All India Council of Sports (AICS) and member of the Standing Committee on Finance.
Hon'ble Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India
Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey is an Indian politician who has been a Member of Lok Sabha for Chandauli since 2014. He is a member of Bharatiya Janata Party and is the president of the party"s Uttar Pradesh unit. He has also served as Union Minister of State for Ministry of Human Resource Development between 2016 and 2017. He is a member of Modi"s second ministry. On 30 May 2019, he was appointed as Cabinet minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India.
Mr. Punit Lalbhai is the Executive Director of Arvind Limited and leads Arvind’s Textile manufacturing, Advanced Materials, Engineering & Agribusinesses. He also spearheads initiatives in sustainability, CSR and Innovation at Arvind. He has an MBA from INSEAD, France and Masters in Environmental Science from Yale University, USA
Mr. Sanjay Kumar Banga is the Chief Executive Officer of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL), a Public Private Partnership (JV) of TATA Power and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi. A power sector veteran with around three decades of experience in power generation and distribution business, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Bangais an alumnus of the NIT, Kurukshetra, He has done his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi.He has successfully completed the Senior Executive Leadership Program from the most coveted Harvard Business School.
Mr. Sanjay Kumar Banga was part of the CoreGroup of Tata Power – DDL, which transformed the ailing distribution company into a benchmark utility. He is now the Director on the Boards of various subsidiary companies of Tata Power Company Limited. He is also a member on the Board of Governance of India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF).
Mr. Banga started his career with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) as an Engineer Traineeand was involved in the Operation & Commissioning of Super Thermal Power Projects (1989 to 1995). Prior to joining Tata Power-DDL, Mr. Banga worked with Reliance Energy (earlier known as BSES Ltd) from 1996 to 2003, where he was associated with the entire spectrum of generation activities.
Dr. Priti spearheads Adani Foundation, the non-profit arm of Adani Group, India’s largest infrastructure conglomerate with six listed companies having market valuation of US $18 billion and assets of about US $29 billion. The Group is India’s largest private sector player in ports, thermal energy, transmission, renewables and a number of other businesses.
Under her aegis and leadership, Adani Foundation works in four core areas: Education, Community Health, Sustainable Livelihood Development and Community Infrastructure Development. The Foundation adopts an inclusive approach towards holistic development of the society by empowering individuals and communities through its participatory and innovative activities. At present, Adani Foundation’s reach extends across 18 states of India helping improve lives of about 3.2 million people. Going forward, Dr. Priti Adani envisages extending the footprints of Adani Foundation across the length and breadth of the nation.
An educationist and a qualified doctor with Bachelors in Dental Surgery (BDS), Dr. Priti Adani focuses on the mantra of ‘Growth with Goodness’ and is helping create sustainable solutions to complex problems.
A veteran with 25 years of experience in General Management, Sales and Marketing, Rajesh Ramakrishnan is the Managing Director at Perfetti Van Melle India, the country’s leading confectionery player. Rajesh is responsible for the overall operations of the company for India and Nepal. An accomplished business leader and a seasoned marketing professional, Rajesh has worked across categories like Personal Care, Household Care, Foods & Beverages, Confectionery and Media. Under his leadership, Perfetti Van Melle, Bangladesh delivered sustained growth and achieved market leadership in 2016.
Prior to joining Perfetti Van Melle in 2014, he was the Marketing Head at HT Media Limited. He has also held senior positions in diverse corporations including Pepsico, Marico Industries and Reckitt Benckiser. Post his graduation in Engineering from BITS Pilani , Rajesh pursued his MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Rajesh is an award- winning photographer. His work has been featured at Cannes and has also been published in several publications in India and outside. He is also passionate about travelling and has been on expeditions to Everest Base Camp, Kilimanjaro and Annapurna Base Camp. Rajesh along with his wife and teenage daughter started an initiative- My Daughter is Precious [MDIP] in March 2015 to raise awareness about gender equality and support the education of the girl child. Rajesh is also a champion for gender equality and is a mentor for the past 4 years with BD foundation and is part of the BD Think Tank in Delhi NCR.
Executive Director & CEO, Kirloskar Systems Ltd. and Managing Trustee & CEO, Caring with Colour
Inspired both emotionally and practically by the accomplishments of her great-grandfather, S. L. Kirloskar, grandfather, Shreekant Kirloskar, and parents Vikram & Geetanjali Kirloskar, Manasi is a keen business person, who believes in innovation, affirmative action, and diversity in perspective. Manasi Kirloskar forges her own path, while taking pride in her legacy and embracing the brand’s values as the fifth generation of the Kirloskar family. Balancing both and growing in each with success, Manasi is moving up rapidly as a young business icon and entrepreneur. She also holds the position of the Director in Kirloskar Technologies Ltd. and Toyota Tsusho Insurance Broker India Pvt. Ltd. She has setup the real estate arm and worked with her mother Mrs. Geetanjali Kirloskar to set up their Financial Services Division and a 310 bed multi specialty hospital.
Ms. Manasi has recently been appointed as the first United Nations in India Young Business Champion for the SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goal’s). As an emerging young business leader she has the unique ability to expand the dialogue on SDG’s and business responsibility among her peers and inspire other young leaders to be proactive in their support and action for the SDG’s. In addition she will focus on the role of business in development and work with the UN on issues such as climate change, use of plastic and women empowerment. At the age of 14 she started community service which now has been registered as her own non-profit venture “Caring with Colour” thus become a social entrepreneur.
Sr. Head-Industry Partnerships, CSR, Media & Advocacy, NSDC
Gaurav heads Industry Partnership and CSR Engagements at NSDC, in particular Business Development, Operations, Finance and Advocacy to setup demand-driven greenfield skill development institutes and upgrade brownfield ones, through CSR and other financing models. In addition Gaurav heads the SSC Engagement for NSDC having a portfolio of the Secondary Sector. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 and has over 18 years of professional experience across Finance and Development Sector. Over the span of his working career, Gaurav has worked in various CXO positions across sectors.
Director, Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)
Reema Nanavaty has been working with the SEWA since over 35 years expanding its membership to over 1.5 million members, making it the single largest union of informal sector women workers. Reema facilitated rebuilding lives and livelihoods of 60000 earthquake affected rural women and 40000 riot-affected members. She is leading the rehabilitation programs in Afghanistan and in Srilanka; providing vocational training in rural livelihood security to war-affected widows.
Reema oversees 4813 self-help groups (SHG), 160 co-operatives and 15 economic federations, pan India including 16 states, and also in 7 South-Asian countries, focusing on women’s economic empowerment by building women owned enterprises, building women led supply chains, introducing modern ICT-based tools and facilitating Green-Energy initiatives and livelihoods. Reema is currently member of the Advisory Council on Gender of the World Bank Group. She was also members of International Labor Organization’s High-Level Global Commission on Future of Work.
Chief Executive Officer, Hindustan Unilever Foundation
Reshma is a business school graduate with over 20 years of leadership experience in mission driven non-profits and social ventures. She started out with a conventional corporate career at Unilever in India in roles including market intelligence, product innovation and brand management. As work took her to rural outposts across India, Reshma decided to shift gears to work on development challenges through market-based solutions. She is the founder of two social ventures including a specialist advisory firm on sustainable social responsibility and an accelerator for agri and artisanal micro entrepreneurs. She has worked extensively with non-profit organizations and donors on strategy design, impact assessment and leadership development. Reshma has anchored efforts to drive informed philanthropy in India through thought leadership, collective funding platforms and collaborations with government. She is an Economics graduate from the University of Delhi, an MBA from IIM-Bangalore, an Aspen Fellow and a TED India Fellow. In her current role, Reshma heads Hindustan Unilever Foundation; a corporate foundation focused on water conservation and community governance. She has a bag packed at all times to take a road trip!
Rajashree is an IT industry veteran with over 28 years of global experience. In her current role as Chief Executive Officer for Cognizant Foundation, she contributes towards evolving an overarching charter for the Foundation, defining CSR strategy and goals, managing operations, communication and relationship with a broad set of 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. Rajashree obtained her master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Head of Asia for Agriculture, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Purvi Mehta is the Head of Asia for Agriculture at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
She has her formal education, upto PhD, from M.S. University, India, Tokyo University, Japan and North Carolina State University- USA. Dr. Mehta has worked with the CGIAR, as head of Asia for the International Livestock Research Institute and also as head of South Asia Biosafety program (IFPRI, USAID), and brings a blend of Asia and Africa experience.
She is on board of several organizations, including, International Alliance for Ecology and Health-Canada, International Centre for Rural Agriculture-Netherlands, Independent Director on Board of National Commodity Derivatives Exchange Ltd (NCDEX), On global advisory board of World Food Prize etc. She is a visiting faculty at Cornell University-USA. She has been closely associated with several agriculture and nutrition policy platforms in India, South East Asia and Africa and serves on several committees and advisory panels. She was the recipient of Agriculture Today Award-2014, for her contributions to agriculture policies in South Asia. Dr. Mehta has two books and over 50 publications to her credit.
Rema Mohan has more than 25 years experience in education and corporate social responsibility, and has worked with various organizations such as Times Foundation, The Times Group , Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania Trust (Raymonds Group) Ford Foundation and M.S.University (Baroda).
She has 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.
She is a firm believer that education needs to be tailormade 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 maximization of resources and impact.
Rema holds degrees in Management and Law, and is an alumni of the prestigious Fortune – US State Department Global Womens Leadership program. Currently she is the CEO of NSE Foundation promoted by the NSE Group.
Theh NSE Group focuses on key developmental verticles of Primary education ,Sanitation & Clean Drinking Water and Elder Care. Today NSE runs impactful large scale programmes in association with various State Governments across 10 States in key aspirational districts impacting the lives of more than 8 Lac beneficiaries.
Ms.Shoko Noda (Japan) is UNDP Resident Representative-designate in India. She is currently the UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Maldives. Since her appointment on 16 October 2014, Shoko has been pivotal in taking forward the development agenda of the Maldives in a politically fluid and charged context. Effectively engaging key national political interlocutors, Shoko has coordinated analysis, engagement and diplomatic action, in addition to strong resource mobilisation at a crucial transitional post-elections phase.Shoko is a strong advocate for gender equality and climate action.
Before this appointment, Shoko was UNDP’s Country Director in Nepal from 2011 to 2014. She was UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Mongolia from2006 to 2011 and Recovery Coordination Advisor to the UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan from late 2005 to 2006. From May to October 2005 Shoko served with the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo as Chef de Cabinet to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General. She worked in the HQ as Programme Specialist to the Administrator from 2002 to 2005. She was Assistant Resident Representative in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (2001-2002) and joined UNDP as a JPO where she served in Kosovo (2000-2001) and Tajikistan (1998-2000). Shoko’s working career began in 1995 when she was Researcher in the Behavioural Sciences Department with Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc. in Tokyo.
Shoko holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science from Keio University, Japan.
Vice President & Global CSR and Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Genpact India
Lavanya is the Global CSR and Diversity & Inclusion leader for Genpact whereshe leads programs that harness the energy and talent of the employees for the economic, social, and environmental betterment of the communities we live and work in. Her role as a D&I leader involves steering initiatives to create a gender balanced organization with 50% representation of women across all levels. Prior to her current role, Lavanya designed and implemented Genpact’s Contact Center Eco System, creating ‘I speak’, CAC and developed the training contact center model.
She has more than 18 years of work experience across Hiring, HR and Learning and Development domain. She specialized in creating hiring tools that map to job competencies; building learning and development plans to bridge the skill gap. In addition to this, Lavanya has also worked in the Luxury Retail and Education sector. She is a graduate in English Literature from Delhi University.
Ms. Priyanka has over 20 years of development experience working with communities in diverse parts of the country. She currently serves as the Head of Interglobe Foundation, the CSR initiative of a large Indian conglomerate, with businesses in hospitality and travel sector.
Her experience includes working as Chief Executive for Seva Mandir. A 50 year old grassroots NGO based in Rajasthan. During her years at Seva Mandir, she added to the program quality, program portfolio, and geographical outreach of the program. She also led many strategic research partnerships with reputed Academic Institutions in India and abroad and forged successful CSR Partnerships.
Priyanka has served on boards of several non profits and her alma mater- Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA).
Professor Rai is an educationist – an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) who has been teaching PG and Doctoral students at Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML) since 2006. He frequently conducts training programmes and workshops for executives as well as bureaucrats around the world. As the Convener of CAT 2010, he successfully led the largest format change in world’s testing history exceeding all global standards of testing. Through his initiatives gender and educational background parity was achieved by IIMs.
His profile includes a stint of over 8 years at Tata Steel, India, where he played a pivotal role in developing Quality Systems for his Departments and the Communication Policy for the Company. He has trained over 20,000 professionals, both in the private sector as well as the government. His personal focus is not just academic excellence but achieving it on the basis of ethics, integrity and a need for self-actualization.
Avadhesh is India Head of Human Resource at Moody"s Corporation. He also is Head-Global HR for Moody"s Analytics Knowledge Services business unit. Avadhesh is HR Leader with global HR work experience across all HR functions. He has extensive International HR experience in UK, Ireland, USA, and Europe. His last assignment before joining Moody’s was Vice President & Head HR for GE Capital (India). Before joining GE, Avadhesh was Head- Global HR and part of Management Team at CMC Ltd. CMC Ltd was part of Tata Group and was a listed IT services and Technology Company with more than 12,000 employees across the globe, Avadhesh has also led various HR functions at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for more than 10 years. He is an MBA in Human Resources from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi with a graduate degree in Economics.
Sangita is responsible for developing and driving CSR strategy and award-winning programs aligned with Honeywell’s global corporate citizenship framework and the Indian government’s CSR schedule. She works closely with the Board of Directors of Honeywell Hometown Solutions India Foundation, a not-for-profit entity, to ensure 100% compliance with Indian law. She takes the lead in planning and developing CSR programs, driving partner selection and end-to-end program management through process rigor and a strong MOS. She is responsible for making financial and operational forecasts, and creating an audit framework to ensure compliance, tracking, measurement, and reporting. She also helps position Honeywell as a socially responsible corporate citizen in the country, through external stakeholder engagement and education, and through employee volunteerism.
Sangita brings in more than 20 years of experience in content management and corporate communications roles, including external and internal communications across traditional, digital, and social media, branding, and CSR. Sangita began her career at Honeywell in 2012 as Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, India, where she was responsible for developing and driving, refining and implementing a wide range of cross-discipline corporate communications programs for the region. Sangita joined Honeywell from the Avantha Group, where she was Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communications, architecting the new brand identity and digital presence of the conglomerate. She has also served as Assistant Editor with Encyclopædia Britannica, India, and worked for The Tobacco Institute of India to drive various public affairs initiatives, before which she has had significant international trade experience.
Sangita holds a post graduate diploma in Journalism from the Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Miranda House, University of Delhi, India.
A PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Srinivas has been working in the development sector for the last 28 years in the areas of research, development, implementation, policy, and programme management. At present he is the Chief Executive Officer of REC Foundation, CSR arm of REC Limited, a Government of India enterprise. Prior to joining REC Foundation, he was CEO at Clean Energy Access Network, New Delhi.
During his long tenure in the Development Sector, he has worked in area of clean energy, technology, society, training, climate change, sustainable development at various institutions such as United Nations Development Programme, The Energy and Resources Institute, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Bapuji Institute of Engineering and Technology. He has published over 100 books, papers, and reports to his name.
Group Head- CSR, Dalmia Bharat Ltd. and CEO, Dalmia Bharat Foundation
Vishal has been in the Social Development and CSR circuit for the last 20 years and during this period, he has worked with the Government of India, a leading NGO and 2 leading Cement companies before joining the Dalmia Bharat Group. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Diploma in CSR from the Swedish Institute of Management, Stockholm. He has also undergone a Management Development Program at the prestigious SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.
He is a Certified Sustainability Assessor of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. and has been awarded the Responsible Business Leader Award at the Responsible Business Summit.
Senior General Manager, Head-Bosch India Foundation, Bosch Limited
Dr. O. P. Goel is an insightful leader with a strong track record of performance in the areas of customer service, channel management, vocational training, sales force development, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). He has over 30 years of experience in the automotive sector, now serving as General Manager, CSR & Head, Bosch Vocational Training (India). At Bosch, Dr. Goel spent 17 years in Automotive Aftermarket in various functions. During this time, he established the Bosch Sales Force Academy, which trains over 500 Bosch Sales officers and managers in 20 countries across the Asia Pacific region. Spearheading Bosch’s vocational training initiatives, Dr. Goel has been instrumental in raising the standards and visibility of Bosch Vocational Center (BVC) and launching various skill development programs for Bosch employees with industry-institute tie-ups.
Niraj heads CSR function of the company, responsible for conceptualisation, formulation of strategies and management of the programmes aimed at addressing the societal issues in Urban India. The present engagement is in an ambitious Educational programme aimed to improve quality of education for the poor children in Ahmedabad and influence positively their future earning streams with the help of local industry and the government.
As a senior development professional, Chetan has a deep understanding of and significant experience in the Education and Skill Development sectors. Part of my journey has been entrepreneurial, which has helped me develop a comprehensive perspective on everything that leads to success in project implementation. In his current position as the Chief Operating Officer at Tech Mahindra Foundation, he is responsible for the implementation of over 150 projects in Education and Skill Development across 12 cities. Chetan has conceptualized and helped set up the Foundation"s flagship Skill Development programme called SMART, which is now among the largest CSR-led urban Skill Development programmes in India.
Prior to this, Chetan ran his own resource and consulting company Edulever which he had founded in 2009. He is also the co-founder of Agrasar, a developmental organization working for Skills, Social Security, and Education in Gurgaon. An early-childhood and primary education program that he has started and is closely associated with is Sahpathi - an experiment in improving the quality in low cost private schools in urban India.
Chetan has an MBA in International Buisness from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, and a Bachelor"s degree in Commerce from Delhi University.
Abhishek Agrawal is Chief Regional Officer (CRO) for Accion in the Asia region. Abhishek serves on the boards of many leading companies, Dvara – KGFS, Dvara – Solutions, SubK (Basix Group Company), FT Cash, Aye Finance, Saija Finance and Vindhya E-Infomedia. Abhishek comes with extensive experience investment, governance, financial management, strategy & business planning, and microfinance operations.
In his current role as CRO, Abhishek leads the business development, technical services and industry engagements. In earlier roles, Abhishek worked with FINCA International as CFO and before that acted as an advisor to the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI), where he worked on number of projects in Municipal reforms & financial management for Local Municipal bodies.
Abhishek is a Ph.D. in Municipal financial reforms and Chartered Accountant (FCA) from ICAI. He did his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in finance at Rai International University. He is very passionate about digital financial inclusion, financial capability building and missing middle inclusion; and leading the work of Accion in India & region.
Dr. Aparajita is an advocate and crusader for health and rights of women and adolescents. She is the Executive Director of an Indian NGO, Centre for Catalyzing Change (formerly CEDPA India) which works to improve the lives of girls and women by empowering them with skills to build better lives. She is also the National Coordinator of The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, India. She has over 25 years of extensive experience in defining approaches and implementing strategies for issues around women’s and girls’ health and rights in India through advocacy, social mobilization and social accountability campaigns. She holds a PhD (International Politics) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been accorded recognition for her work in various forums- on 8th March 2011, Guardian, UK, marked International Women’s Day by selecting 100 of world’s most inspiring women, and Aparajita was named as one of these 100 women.
Country Manager, Oracle Academy, Oracle Corporate Philanthropy, Oracle
Anuradha has more than 16 years of work experience across CSR, Business Development, Sales & Operations in industries ranging from IT, Education and Insurance.
She has successfully led several large-scale CSR projects in India and South Asia in Higher education segment. She has expertise in creating and improvising business models in CSR domain that are replicable, scalable & sustainable with a metric driven approach. She has a proven track record in conceptualizing innovative idea and transforming them into real life programs.
In her past she has worked with organizations like NIIT, Max Life Insurance, Cisco etc. She recently joined Oracle as Country Manager for Oracle Academy which is a philanthropic initiative of Oracle to advance computer science globally to drive knowledge, skill development, innovation and diversity in technology fields.
Saurabh is part of the Senior Management team leading several functions at the Bank. He takes keen interest in economic, social, rural and regulatory issues. He possess indepth knowledge & experience of processes and development practices in Government &Institutional Banking, Customer Service, Human resources and Corporate Social Responsibility.
ICICI Foundationunder his leadership has aligned Skill Development & Livelihood Developmentto socio-economic needs of the country. It is amongst the large participants in the country in the sphere of skill development.Currently Foundation runs 26 Skill Academies and conducts Livelihood programs in more than 1000 villages covering more than 125,000 adults every year. More than 125,000 unemployed have been trained and placed and more 250,000 people have been trained on livelihood.
Saurabh has extensive general management experience of profit centre management, Human Resource, Customer Service & Quality. He is credited with several large scale project implementation and successes in the Bank. His work has been acknowledged in the form of Best Foundation of the Year Award, Best in Skill Development Award, Best in Livelihood Development Award and more than a 100 awards for energy conservation initiatives.
Nidhi is an international social development and management expert with specialization in Child Rights. She has spent 20 years of her professional life in executing Human Rights of girls and boys, their right to health, education and protection from violence in particular. She has travelled extensively across the globe and brings on board an in-depth global experience of working directly with underprivileged, isolated, remote and poverty struck communities through rights based approach in development and emergency settings.
Currently, she is leading the HCL Foundation globally including HCL Grant. Nidhi has built her career from grassroots levels, working directly with poor and marginalized rural-urban communities. She has a deep understanding of poverty issues and brings on board realistic approaches towards poverty alleviation. She has a proven track record in conceptualizing innovative idea and transforming them into real life programs while ensuring that communities and children are able to participate in what is designed and implemented for them.
Director-Communications and CSR, Alstom India & South Asia
Shilpashree has diverse experience in driving CSR and communications programmes of Fortune 500 companies. She has impacted lives of thousands of beneficiaries throughcommunity assistance programs. Her 16 years of expertise in directing organisations in envisioning marketing & communications strategy, creating and positioning brands has established her reputation as an astute professional revered for outcome-focused approach.
An engineer-MBA by education, she brings pragmatic thinking to campaigns. Her track record demonstrates creativity and initiative with strong persuasion skills and ability to execute impactful strategic decisions.
She has lead brand and communications programmes for Renault-Nissan and Volvo. In her current role with Alstom India, a world-leader in mobility, she drives the mandate for corporate communications and CSR. Under her leadership, the company has touched the lives of many for which Alstom India has won several industry-acclaimed awards.
Rishi has around 17 years of rural development experience in different parts of the country. Prior to joining UPL, he was in charge of CSR at Tata Chemicals, Mithapur, District Jamnagar. Earlier he was based in Tata Chemicals Limited, Babrala (UP) and was transferred to Mithapur to take higher responsibility. Rishi has worked with a small NGO based at Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, and with a multinational NGO based at Ranchi, Jharkhand. He has focused mostly around improving livelihood in rural areas. His experience of working with NGOs has given him an opportunity to understand the issues in rural development.
José leads a team of professionals that provide leadership and support for United Way"s international network -- engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. He and his team facilitate the adaption of a set of Global Standards that make United Way organizations unique and successful wherever they are in the world.
José joined United Way Worldwide after serving as COO and SVP of Marketing at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (Boston) for three years. Portuguese by birth, José grew up in Mozambique and South Africa and has a wealth of international work experiences spanning many decades. He has worked in South Africa & Europe and Middle East in senior management positions including serving as the President, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Carlson Marketing Worldwide.
José brings a set of experiences from three diverse yet connected worlds:
Classical sales, product development and brand management for leading national corporations
Customer-focused transformation of leading international organizations
Strategic and operational leadership of professional services organizations and a local United Way.
In his role as Executive Vice President, International Network, José has responsibility for leading the development of the framework and strategies that support the United Way Worldwide Regional Offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa. He is also the primary relationship manager, in collaboration with the Regional Vice Presidents, interfacing with the national and local partner organizations in ways that will drive their success in building better communities and advancing the common good.
Zarina Screwvala is a Co-founder of the Swades Foundation & works full time as its Managing Trustee/Director. The Swades Foundation operates with the single-minded focus of empowering rural India through holistic and sustainable growth by engaging with and empowering village communities, executing multiple programmes on the ground and working towards an exit strategy. Believing strongly in creating partnerships between Rural India, Corporates, Young India, the Government and other NGO’s for an irreversible change for good.
The Swades foundation has created a unique 360-degree model of development with nearly 300 full time staff who work in 2000+ hamlets impacting over half a million people across drinking water & sanitation, nutrition, health, education as well as a huge focus on progressive farming, animal husbandry, skilling & other livelihoods. Zarina is especially interested in Education that is Joyful and empowering.
Zarina is also a member of the UN Women Business Sector Advisory Council (BSAC). She pursues her passion for philosophy at New Acropolis (India North), which is a school of philosophy in the classical sense of investigating universal truth through a comparative study of ancient cultures and working to apply these principles to our own lives in order to help make the world a better place. Zarina was also one of the Founder-Directors of UTV (now a part of the Walt Disney Company India), one of India"s foremost media and entertainment conglomerates, where she led the creation and launch of leading broadcast brands including UTV Bindass, UTV Stars, UTV Action
Dean of International and Alumni Relations, IIT Madras
Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula serves as Dean of International and Alumni Relations at Indian Institute of Technology Madras since September 2018.Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, is an alumnus of IIT Madras (B. Tech.), and completed his higher studies (M.S. and Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engg. from Purdue University.
He is a Faculty In-Charge and Director of IITM Incubation Celland has been in teaching and research for over 20 years.Prof. Mahesh served as Associate Professor, Assistant Professor at Tennessee Technological University from August 2005 to July 2010.Prior to joining Tennessee Tech, Prof. Mahesh gained holistic research experience in Lehigh University.Also, he served as a General Manager of Excel India since August 2002 until March 2004 and as a senior research engineer with Goodrich Aerospace.
He expertise is in spray nozzle design, drying, atomization, combustion and experimental fluid dynamics. He has worked with students from different geographical regions and premier organizations to build next-generation solutions for problems in the broad area of Fluid Dynamics.
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
Dr. Manish Kumar is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of National Skill Development Corporation. He is responsible for providing a strategic vision to NSDC in ensuring that the team moves cohesively towards achievement of Skill India Mission.
Prior to joining the NSDC, he was working as Country Coordinator and Senior Institution Development Economist, The World Bank. He was Task Team Leader for USD 1.5 billion Bank’s loan to India for “Swaachh Bharat”. He earlier worked for the Bank in Middle East and North African countries covering Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, etc.
Manish earlier served in the Indian Administrative Service, occupying many responsible positions, his last being Secretary to Government of Tripura, Power & Home Departments. As a field officer, serving as District Collector and Sub Divisional Officer, he was responsible for conceptualizing and implementing economic development tools for overcoming insurgency in Tripura. He was selected as a Mason Fellow at Harvard University for his leadership in empowering tribal women from remote hills of Tripura.
Head (Circular Economy), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Prabhjot is Program Head, Plastic Waste Management, in the United Nations Development Program UNDP at Delhi. He has diversified experience in drafting and implementing projects in a range of areas – plastic waste management to climate change, natural resources, land development to livelihoods of poor, and marginalized in the tribal areas for the last 36 years. Prior to his current role, he was Country Program Manager for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNDP Small Grants Programme (SGP), for 14 years. In 2012, he was awarded by The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA with the ‘Talented Conservator Award’. He has travelled across more than 40 nations and facilitated numerous studies, meetings, workshops and conferences at national and international levels, and published works, in international and national journals. He co-authored ‘Low Carbon Lifestyles’ which was released in COP 20 at Paris by the Hon’ble Minister Sh. Prakash Javdekar.
Mr. Atul Singh is a senior management professional and a new age global leader with over 30 years of rich national&international experience working with various organizations in Australia, India &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 Swasthyamanaging the CSR &PAN India operations of Public Private Partnership (PPP)projects in healthcare service delivery of 12 State Governments in India. He was formerly working in Australia for Telstra before coming back to India some time back. He is a Graduate in Migration Law from Victoria University, Australia, and also holds a M.Com degree from Calcutta University.
In his previous assignments,he has also worked with international organizations like Pitman Qualifications, City & Guilds International UK and the Zee Education group.
Kavita Anand leads Adhyayan, an education movement of school leaders transforming the quality of their schools and the learning opportunities of their students. In the last six years Adhyayan has enabled nearly 400 schools to adopt stakeholder-inclusive self-review for evidence-based improvement. Adhyayan Foundation has partnered with DCPCR for its school quality index for 5800 schools and the Goa government, for evaluation based improvement of 827 schools. Adhyayan has had an impact on the lives of a million students.
Kavita has had an illustrious career working with organisations like Aga Khan Education Services, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, National College of Teaching and Leadership, Nottingham, Open University’s ‘English in action’ (EIA) programme in Bangladesh, TISS, being the hands-on director of a school, setting up schools and developing curriculum across various states. In 2015, Kavita was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship for her single minded determination to change the quality of education in the country. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, (RSA) UK.
Jayant is an industry veteran with over 28 years of extensive experience in setting up and driving successful and scalable businesses for MNCs and startups. An entrepreneur for the last three years, with a strong corporate background, Jayant has diverse experience of working in the technology, distribution & enterprise segment. He has comprehensive exposure to operations and business development, both in strategy formulation as well as at the implementation level. In his recent entrepreneurial avatar, he has co-founded two ventures. Both these ventures are strongly technology led, one is a social venture focused on providing affordable healthcare for the less privileged and the other is an aggregator platform for commercial transportation. During his corporate stint, he has worked with MNCs namely Motorola Solutions (Enterprise Mobility biz) and Novell as the CEO for India and ASEAN region. Jayant is a mechanical engineer, with a flair for scaling up and driving large business operations.
Chief Executive Officer, Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund
Samit Aich is currently the CEO of Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund, an international organisation that focuses on building inclusive market systems to promote equitable economic and social development. He has over 25 years’ extensive experience in international development, management consulting and corporate sectors in India. Prior to joining S3IDF, Samit spent over 10 years with Greenpeace India, including nearly 8 years as its Executive Director and was instrumental in making the organization not just financially self-reliant but also a prominent environmental campaigning player in the country. He also sat on the International Steering Committee of the Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency, hosted by the International Budget Partnership based in Washington, D.C. Samit holds an M.Sc in Environmental Sciences and MBA in Marketing. In addition, he has studied Strategic Management at the Harvard Business School in Cambridge, US.
Head, National Foundation for CSR, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs
Dr. Garima is a faculty at Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) since five plus years. She is also heading National Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (NFCSR) and Centre for Business and Human Rights at IICA, a think-tank and capacity building institute under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.
She has also worked as Assistant Professor of Law at National Law University Jodhpur for five years from (Jan 2009 to March 2014) and has taught several courses under corporate and commercial laws. She also practiced as an Associate Advocate before the High Court of Judicature in Jaipur, dealing mainly in the matters related to banking and corporate laws. Has around 12 plus years of industry, academic and development sector experience. She is a certified trainer on "Managing Disputes and Difficult Conversations on the Board" by Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). She is a university topper in B.Com. (Final) Examination. She completed LLB from ILS Law College, Pune. She then pursued her Mastersprogramme in Commercial and Corporate Laws from Queen Mary University of London, London and qualified ‘LLM degree’ with Merit. She has obtained an “International Legal English Certificate” from University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research concentrates on Corporate Governance. She has published research papers in referred academic journals and presented paper in several conferences, seminars and academic workshops.
At IICA, She has conducted several CSR project Assessments and Real Time Monitoring of CSR Projects. She has trained various Directors/Independent Directors from various Public Sector Units and Private Companies for improving board effectiveness and governance of CSR. She has also conducted programme for CEOs/Managers of Incubation Centres. She is a regular faculty for the programmes on corporate governance, Corporate Social Responsibility for ministry officials and corporate executives. She has undertaken various consultancy assignments and has also completed the project, ‘Strategy Document of Ministry of Corporate Affairs’ and ‘Strategy Document of National Foundation of Corporate Governance’. She is also visiting faculty for SCOPE- Academy of Public Sector Enterprise (APSE), NHPC Ltd. (NationalHydroelectric Power Corporation), NBCFDC (National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation), ICSI (The Institute of Company Secretaries of India) and various National Law Universities etc.
Public Health Specialist & Commissioner (Incharge) (Child & Adolescent Health), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Dr. Ajay is a Medical Graduate with Post Graduate Qualification in Public Health and with more than 25 years of experience in Public Health Programme at National level. He is presently serving as Commissioner (MCH) and Public Health specialist in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. He has served in the capacity of Assistant Director General and Technical Programme Manager in National AIDS Control Organization, Government of India for five years and also served as Technical Programme Manager in the National Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme. He has experiences of working as an epidemiologist in Sultanate of Oman and teaching field epidemiology at National Institute of Communicable disease, New Delhi. He has investigated a number of outbreaks of communicable diseases and published more than 50 articles in National and International journals. He is also a member of various technical bodies of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, WHO ,UNICEF and UNAIDS.
Anjalli Ravi Kumar is a Brand Purpose Consultant to several brands in Unilever. She partners with Marketing teams to unlock the potential of Mass Brands like Clinic Plus and Fair & Lovely to create both social impact and long-term business value. She sets up and runs branded programmes that fight gender inequality, improve public health and reduce environmental pollution. Anjalli is responsible for creating the Fair & Lovely Career Foundation for which she won Unilever’s Global Hero award in 2017. In the past, Anjalli worked with social impact and sustainability advisory firms Dalberg and KPMG and spent the early years of her career with Naandi Foundation. Anjalli is an alumnus of FMS, Delhi and Harvard Kennedy School.
Abhishek has over 24 years of experience in Development Sector particularly in Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Governance, Project Management, Corporate Communication & External Affairs, Public Relation, NGOs Functioning, Strategic Alliances, Management System Review, Social Audit, Foundation Management etc. He has sound understanding of Public/Privet sector management reforms & governance, public expenditure management, human resources development, public-private partnership etc in local, national & international context. He has absolute capability of Networking, Representation, Laisoning, Collaborative and Collegian Relationships with Corporate, Government Officials, Ministries, Bureaucrats, Embassies, Media and Various Institutions and Regulatory Authorities. . He is guest lecture in various management institutes on the topics of CSR, Strategic Management, Micro-finance, Rural Marketing, BOP Market, Social Audit, NGO Management etc.
Head- Corporate Communications, CSR & Sustainability, Havells India Ltd.
Creative, versatile and dedicated professional, Anil has more than 20 years of experience in the roles of a trusted adviser, business leader and an Industry thought leader. Presently, working with Havells, he set up the domains of Corporate Communications, CSR and Sustainability and heads them
Anil has strengthened the brand equity and works closely with various stakeholders to deliver strategic PR initiatives. Today, Havells is ranked amongst the top companies in the country. He conceptualised the 360 degrees approach to CSR and the concept of “Sustainable CSR”. The sanitation project in the government schools in Rajasthan has positively impacted millions of children in the area and has received the highest State government award for the past four consecutive years.
In 2012, Anil envisioned Sustainability at Havells and introduced various initiatives that not only saved costs but also turned the company into ‘Water, Wood & Paper Positive’. Anil’s efforts positioned Havells as 7th most sustainable one in its sector as per Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2018.
Head- CSR, Sustainability and Corporate Communication, Marelli India
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 120 community initiativesfocusing on Education, Skills development, Health, Agriculture, Disaster management, Environment, Women empowerment and Community development etc. in 15+ Indian states
Currently, he is leading the CSR, Sustainability and Corporate Communication initiatives at Magneti Marelli India. In his current role, he has established well-defined standard operating procedure for CSR, developed time-bound & result-oriented community projects in the field of Education, Skill Development, Community Development and Disaster Response with measureable impact.
Chief-Corporate Comm.& Sustainability, The Tata Power Company Limited
Shalini Singh during her tenure in Tata Power has launched and spearheaded several social brand properties to reinforce Tata Power’s commitment to Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. These include initiatives like Club Enerji, Greenolution, Act for Mahseer and Be Green . She is a TEDx speaker and has presented the social brands-Club Enerji & Greenolution at IIMA TEDx. She is a trustee of Tata Power Community Development Trust and has been served as a Women Director and a board member on few key subsidiaries of Tata Power.
Shalini is an integrated Communication professional with 20 years of experience in the industries such as Power, IT, Telecom, Textile & Garments and has been heading Corporate Communications at Tata Power since October 2004 and has a lead responsibility for External and Internal Communications. Her focus areas include brand & corporate identity management, media relations, financial communications, crisis management, internal communication, & event management. Under her leadership, Corporate Communications function of Tata Power has won several national and international communication accolades for Tata Power.
Prior to this, she was leading Marketing and Communications for consulting business of Accenture, India. Shalini started her career with Arvind Mills in Ahmedabad and has set up and institutionalized Corporate Communication function in leading organizations of India namely Arvind Mills, Kale Consultants, Airtel and Tata Power.
Shalini is a member of International and national communication organizations- International Association of Business Communications and India Forum of Corporate Communicators & Association of Business Communicators, India. She also represents Tata Power on the "Media Committee" of BMA for the last 5 years.
Anurag brings with him more than 21+ years of diversified experience in CSR, community development, project management/implementation, grant management, capacity planning, and resource Management. Over the past two decades, he has worked with grassroot agencies, donor agencies, UN agency and Corporates. In his present role, his focus is on designing an overarching strategy and charter for Capgemini CSR and for crafting relevant goals, policies for all programs, develop and manage the annual budget for CSR programs and operations, communication with and manage relationship with a broad set of stakeholders including Board, Location CSR committees and leadership, NGOs, Partner communities, Industry bodies and Local/ national level government agencies. His core competency lies in long term strategic planning & vision building among diverse stakeholder groups Author of various articles on development issues and challenges, Anurag is also recipient of several awards and recognitions.
Head- Corporate Social Responsibility, L&T Financial Services
Richa comes with a rich experience of 15 yrs of working in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. She has worked across diverse industry sectors which include -Automobile, Pharma, Telecom and Financial services. Her expertise includes conceptualising CSR programs that deploy management strengths and skill sets to deliver high impact, value driven social programmes. Her work extensively captures shared value in Healthcare, Skill Development and Digital Financial Inclusion.
A passionate believer in power of collaboration, her assignments have always seen multi-sectoral partnerships covering diverse stakeholders including corporate, suppliers, civil society, employees, social enterprises, chambers of commerce etc.
One such programme she conceptualised at L&T Finance is Digital Sakhi. A Digital Sakhi is a rural woman who imparts with Digital Financial Literacy through an in house developed Digital Financial Literacy module to rural communities. She is equipped with a tablet. Along with this she also teaches women entrepreneurs (agri-agri allied) on conducting business using Digi Modes of payment. The up skilling and Enterprise development training is done by grassroot NGO partner. This enables women entrepreneurs to expand her business therefore helping her credit taking ability to increase.
She has done her Masters in Social Work from University of Delhi and General Management programme from IIM (Luck now). She holds a Diploma in CSR and Sustainability from Swedish Institute Management Program (SIMP), Stockholm. She is recipient of prestigious Nuffic Fellowship for course on Program Management for Development sector Professionals by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has been invited to various academic institutions including- NITIE, XIMB, IIM ( Ranchi), TERI, K J Somaiya and various management and technical institutes for delivering sessions on Sustainability initiatives, Strategic CSR, Shared value approach and importance of Sustainable development education.
In her spare time, she enjoys listening & singing to semi-classical music and bolly-wood retro numbers. She is a member of voluntary association where her role is to take classical music
Head – CSR and Sustainability, Jubilant FoodWorks Limited
Aparna has experience across sectors linked to CSR & sustainability with specialization in corporate strategy, business advisory, program design, collaborative intelligence and stakeholder engagement. A Graduate in Economics, she pursued MBA Finance and started her career with HSBC Global Research where worked with Global Fund Managers and recommended equity investment proposals in the renewable energy sector. Thereafter, she joined as a core member of the founding team of cKinetics - a sustainability consulting and innovation capital firm head-quartered in New Delhi. Aparna has conceptualized and led several strategy consulting projects in across sustainability finance and impact investing, decentralized renewable energy, energy and water efficiency and waste management projects. In her current role at Jubilant Foodworks, she is responsible for all the CSR and Sustainability linked programs of the firm.
Samir is a Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability professional with over 19 years of experience. He is currently associated with Dalmia Bharat Group as General Manager handling CSR operations. Samir"s journey into this domain started with the development sector, working at the grass-root level for NGOs. He was involved in planning and execution of diverse projects related to health, women empowerment, traditional rights advocacy, rehabilitation and resettlement, poverty alleviation programs, child rights and natural resource management and more. From here, he transitioned into the corporate space and worked with large organizations such as LNG Bhilwara, Ambuja Cement Foundation and Lafarge. On the academic front, Samir has a master’s degree in social work from HPU and is also a CII sustainability assessor.
Head - Corporate Communications and CSR-South Asia, Signify India (Formerly Philips Lighting)
Natasha Tandon is a Communications and CSR Professional with more than 13 years of diverse experience in Corporate Communications, Marketing and CSR across Consumer and Enterprise industries in Consumer electronics, Mobile Devices, Manufacturing and Industrial Goods sectors. She is currently heading Corporate Communications and CSR for Signify’s (previously known as Philips Lighting) operations in India and South Asia.
In her previous role, she was the Global Head of Marketing, Communications and Product Management for a European MNC, based in Germany.
She has extensive experience in helping organizations drive theirdevelopment narrative through multi-sectoral partnershipsand thought leadership, in alignment with the company’s vision, purpose as well as the UN SDGs. As part of her current role, she has successfully led several large-scale CSR projects in India and South Asia.
Rupali is a competent development professional having more than 12 years of intensive work experience in the development sector with leading NGOs, and Corporates. Along with this, she has strong multidisciplinary academic background including MA in Social Work, M. Phil Sociology and Master of Public Health from University of Liverpool (as a Commonwealth Scholar). She started her career as Women and Child Development Program In-charge with Udaipur based grass root level organization SevaMandir. There she worked with the tribal women on the issues of gender, maternal & child health, local self-governance, and micro finance. After that, she worked as Project Manager in the Plan India supported International Grant Project on Adolescent & Youth Health. From here she entered in the CSR domain with GMR Varalakshmi Foundation and worked there for nearly three years. She had a small stint with Charities Aid Foundation- India as Manager Program. At present she is spearheading the CSR at Relaxo Footwears Ltd.
Ekta has two decades of business and social impact experience. She is a continuous improvement and change management expert and is passionate about leveraging her skills to make the world a better place. Her credo is to bring about sustainable, scalable development by helping society continuously improve and embrace the change.
Ekta is a management post-graduate and has done an executive program on Strategic CSR from ISB, Hyderabad-India. She has worked across a wide spectrum of industries such as Banking (ICICI), Consulting (Deloitte), Telecom (Airtel) and Energy (Shell) where she has held global and regional leadership roles. Ekta does pro bono advisory for several non profits and is also on the jury panel of many social impact awards sponsored by NGOs and Corporates. She is convinced that change begins with each of us to build a sustainable world and every such effort deserves to be supported and recognized.
Head - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Partnerships, Samunnati Financial Intermediation & Services Private Limited
Sowmya heads Corporate Social Responsibility & Partnerships at Samunnati, a specialised Agri value chain enabler that provides innovative financial and non- financial solutions to the agriculture last mile. She brings over a decade of experience in working at the intersection of socially responsible business, social development and philanthropy. At Samunnati, she is responsible for setting up and managing the Foundation to advance Samunnati’s philanthropic work with specific focus on the agriculture sector in India. Prior to this, Sowmya has led the Corporate Social Responsibility practice at Societe Generale GSC and set up the function and streamlined the CSR policy, grant management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of programs. She has also structured the employee volunteering program to create awareness and encourage high participation of employees in corporate citizenship activities. She has also analyzed and recommended growth of inclusive business models across critical sectors such as education, clean energy, agribusiness, financial services and healthcare across South Asian and East African countries for global foundations and DFIs such as the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Shell Foundation, International Finance Corporation (IFC), NABARD and GIZ. Sowmya has participated across platforms as an expert speaker and authored several thought leadership articles on social development sector in India and on CSR. She holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Madras University.
Vijay has over 19 years of working experience in different capacities in the voluntary sector, humanitarian as well as the private sector. During his professional career Vijay has developed strong relationships and partner networks at the national and international level. Vijay has been part of various important campaigns leading to the change in the national policy for addressing the cross-cutting issues of poverty alleviation, environment, human rights, education and health.
Vijay holds Post Graduate Diploma in CSR & Sustainability from Swedish Institute, Stockholm. An M.A in Public Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Human Rights Law from The Indian Academy of International Law & Diplomacy.
Vijay has extensively worked with voluntary sector in Canada, U.K and India. In CSR Domain Vijay has worked as Lead CSR with Bennett & Coleman Co Ltd, DLF Ltd and Sahara Group as CEO for Sahara Welfare Foundation and now with PI Industries Limited which is into the business of Agchem value chain from R&D to distribution providing innovative solutions to farmers.
Dr. Preeti has been working on corporate responsibility, community development and environment conservation issues for more than 10 years. She has led large-scale social projects on preventive health care, environment education, digital learning and sustainable livelihood, showcasing her strong impact research and business acumen credentials.
In her current role at Landmark, she spearheads its Social Initiatives in India, creating value for its employees, customers and community at large. Her last role at American Tower Corporation India (including Erstwhile Viom Networks) was instrumental in adopting "inclusive growth among undeserved communities through digital education" as a social strategy.
She is an avid researcher and has completed her doctorate research from TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi - with the focus on environmental impact and public health.
HR, Communications and CSR Advisor, Sledgehammer Oil Tools Pvt. Ltd.
Disha, after pursuing her profession in banking started her career in the development sector. She has worked for NGOs as well as corporate houses for CSR before starting as a consultant for Business and CSR. She is passionate for interventions related to education, woman and sports. Her strengths are team building, innovative business ideas, strategies and communications. She also holds a counselling certification and consults for mental health as well. She is also an endurance athlete in marathons and triathlon.
Dr. Anupama Shetty currently oversees CSR activities for Narayana Health Ltd. She is a physician with a Master’s in Hospital Administration and gained her Ph.D. in Health Systems Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her work revolved around the strategic change in healthcare organizations, accreditation, and safety culture with a focus on complex adaptive systems. Her experience as a physician, administrator, and researcher have helped her in analyzing CSR activities from a deeper perspective, combining a systems-based approach with a focus on scalability and sustainability of interventions. It’s her strong belief that CSR programs should be led by an amalgamation of responsible corporate governance, sustainable development goals, inclusive growth and importantly innovation! An eternal optimist, her personal credo has been to trust the journey.
Akanksha is an internationally acclaimed CSR & Public Policy Specialist on a mission to empower people. She is a ‘Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum’, Writer and TEDx Speaker.
She is a notable voice in the socio-economic development space and is noted amongst "100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders Globally" by World CSR Congress; "Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen List of Honour" by CSRWorks International; ‘Young CSR Leader’ by India CSR and is also conferred with the “Sustainability Leadership Award” by World Sustainability Forum.
Sharma has more than a decade of experience in leadership roles at both large corporations and UN agencies, where she led change for development through strategic decision-making and policy discourse on CSR, sustainability, business responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and impact investments. She currently leads CSR and Sustainability for Sterlite Technologiesand has worked with UNICEF and other large MNCs in the past. Her role with the corporates is to advise Boards on Responsible Business and Impact Investments through Sustainability & CSR along with developing organizational approaches to establish strategic partnerships for development ranging across public, private and civil society. She has mentored non-profits and has served on several boards and policy committees.
Nirbhay Lumde has donned a variety of interesting work profiles in the last seventeen years of his career – as a social researcher in assessing impact of nutrition on children in the early school education; as a program coordinator in executing large scale tech education projects; processes and systems for strategic Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and an author of a book titled, "Corporate Social Responsibility in India: A Practitioner"s Perspective". Nirbhay Lumde manages CSR interventions for Asia Pacific Region for CGI.
In 2017, Nirbhay had an overseas stint in Boston, United States, to support Fidelity’s CSR and employee volunteering programs. It provided him an opportunity to oversee various aspects pertaining to CSR, corporate charity, and philanthropy.
He also has authored a book titled, "Corporate Social Responsibility in India: A Practitioner"s Perspective". Nirbhay is a columnist with several CSR journals such as CSRTimes.Com, IndiaCSR.In and TheCSRJournal.In
Nirbhay is a firm believer that CSR and sustainability initiatives makes a huge impact in social development landscape, can speak and write about CSR and provide thought leadership around strategic CSR, including Employee Volunteering Programs. He is a Post Graduate in Political Science and an alumnus of IIT Bombay.
Chetna leads corporate social responsibility, CSR for Publicis Sapient pan-India, primarily focussing on the requirements under Indian law but also facilitating linkages of CSR to multiple stakeholders across the business within India and globally. She brings to her present role the expertise she gained as Chief Programme Executive of the National Foundation for CSR at the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs. She was closely associated with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for five years relating to CSR and business responsibility policy making and advocacy.
In the last twenty four years Chetna has lived and worked in India, the UK and Australia and therefore possesses a global perspective on CSR which is further enriched by her being a tri-sector athlete, having worked in the commercial, social development and government sectors. She was one of twenty professionals selected from across India, for the CSR and sustainability focused Swedish Institute Management Programme 2013, undertaken and fully funded by the Government of Sweden. She holds a MSc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, for which her dissertation focused on the status of CSR in India.
Vice President & Regional Director, Asia, Smile Train
Mamta Carrollis a development professional with extensive experience across several sectors ranging from healthcare, and socio-economic development, to paralegal aid for theunderprivileged,to women’s empowerment and developmental communications for local communities. In her present brief, Mamta Carroll serves as Vice President &Regional Director for Smile Train (www.smiletrain.org) with end-to-end responsibility for Asia.
Her earlier appointments have been with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Africa, and tenure at New Delhi with the Centre for Science & Environment (CSE). Her corporate experience has been with Amway India and Motorola Inc. For more than 25 years she has worked at the intersection of community development, public diplomacy, CSR, corporate and brand communications, besides government affairs. In the area of public service, Carroll has been active for close to two decades across corporate, direct intervention, as well as NGO platforms. A practitioner of linking CSR with corporate personas, brand promise and business, she promoted the Amway Opportunity Foundation which enabled blind people turn successful entrepreneurs. Crafted a model on evangelizing education of underprivileged children using real time, scalable VOS technology for Motorola. A speaker and panelist at peer reviewed fora, Mamta Carroll is a member of the Guardian Global Development Professionals Network, CSR Asia and Forum For the Future. A keen environmentalist and animal rights activist, Mamta Carroll serves as member of the managing committee for the Gurugram chapter of India’s largest animal NGO: People For Animals.
Mamta Carroll was educated at Loreto Convent, Lucknow. She studied Economics at the Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow University, National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT), New Delhi, besides training in Reputation Management and Media with the Stern School of Business, New York and Shandwick Inc.
Regional Head (Asia) - Impact Investments, Solidaridad Network
Dr. Ayan is currently the Regional Head (Asia) – Impact Investments for Solidaridad Network and oversee the impact investment portfolio. His main interest in the last few years has been driving inclusiveness through technology, management and investment advisory. Ayan enjoys working at the confluence of public policy, business and social development. He has been a Director and /or CEO to several grassroots, network and policy organizations. Prior to Solidaridad, he was the CEO – Asia Pacific for Fairtrade.
His core areas of interest are in management, leadership and organisation development for SMEs, which are his source of energy. As an angel investor, he co-founded seven social enterprise initiatives to address some of the ingrained socio-economic problems to drive inclusive growth with 5 failures, 2 sell-outs.
CEO, Village Social Transformation Foundation (under Government of Maharashtra)
Ramnath Subramaniam is a Management graduate, who started his career as an Equity Research Analyst & went on to become an Executive Director with Goldman Sachs Asset Management, managing India dedicated funds of ~1.7bn $ for close to 5 years.
His larger dream was to participate in Nation Building. He joined as Exec. Director Nagpur Metro & coordinated fund raising activity of 630m Euros & implemented various innovative strategies i.e. Digital Project Management Platform, use of solar energy from inception, etc. He is now working on raising close to 850m Euros for the Pune Metro Project & replicating similar innovative strategies.
He was selected by the Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis to lead a Section 8 company of GoM - Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Foundation to transform 1000 low HDI villages in Maharashtra through collaborative action with Government & private entities. He has leveraged commitments to the tune of $20m from CSR. He is confident that the success of this model would pave way for replication across the country by all the state governments.
Corporate Leader and Independent Director, L& T Finance, Future Lifestyle
With over four decades of experience in developing and leading one of India’s most respected and diversified Chartered Accounting firms – Haribhakti & Co. LLP Chartered Accountants, Mr. Haribhakti stepped away from the Company’s management in 2018, while now pursuing the establishment of high quality auditing globally through a not-for-profit initiative surrounding his recently authored book – ‘Audit Renaissance’.
Currently, the Non‐Executive Chairman of L&T Finance Holdings Limited, L&T Mutual Fund and Future Lifestyle Fashions Limited; alongwith serving as the Chairman on the board of United Way India, he is also the director at number of pharmaceutical, media, appliances, developers, cement firms. He also serves on the advisory Boards of Doha Bank and Excellence Enablers Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Haribhakti has a passion for teaching, writing and public speaking. He was associated with IIM‐Ahmedabad as visiting faculty from 1981‐83. He has led BMA, IIA (Mumbai), ICAI (WIRC), IMC, FPSB and Rotary Club of Bombay over the last several decades. For two years, he served on the Standards Advisory Council of the IASB in London and was Chairman of NPS (National Pension Scheme) Trust from 2015‐2017. He frequently contributes his views on public forums, to the press and to the electronic media.
Associate Vice President and CSR Head- Godrej Group
Gayatri heads Corporate Social Responsibility for Godrej Industries and Associate Companies. She drives the Group’s sustainability agenda that works towards skilling 1 million young people to help them become more employable. She has 13 years of experience working in the development sector across a range of roles and organisations including academia, the private sector and non profits.
Prior to Godrej, Gayatri was part of the Corporate Sustainability team at HSBC India where she played a key role in driving the bank’s portfolio of community investment programmes across the three strategic pillars of HSBC’s global Corporate Sustainability strategy - future skills, sustainable networks and entrepreneurship and sustainable finance. She has also worked at Dasra, and led their advisory research and business development teams.
Gayatri has consulted for several multi-national corporations, leading Indian companies and Harvard University’s South Asia Institute. She holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from University of Westminster, London. In her free time Gayatri enjoys painting, reading and travelling. She mentors a young college student who is a first generation learner in her family, and also sits on the board of Bansuri Foundation, a family philanthropic initiative.
Navpreet is the Director of HCL Samuday, a unique initiative of HCL Foundation for integrated and sustainable community development in rural areas. Samuday was launched in Uttar Pradesh with a commitment of Rs.100 crore a year, aims to build model villages in partnership with the Central and state governments, local communities, NGOs, knowledge institutions and allied partners. Navpreet played a significant role in the conceptualization and creation of Project Samuday in 2014 and now oversees the strategy and working of the project. Navpreet joined HCL in 2011 in the marketing strategy team where she liaised with industry bodies and embassies on policy issues. She has previously worked with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and with Pixel Digital Systems in Dubai, U.A.E. She holds an MBA in HR and Management from Sikkim Manipal University and a B.E. in Computer Science from Nagpur University. Navpreet has a keen interest in governance and development issues. She also works towards social entrepreneurship through innovation and drives women’s engagement into livelihood promotion.
Pratyush is a CSR & Sustainability professional with 19 years of experience in CARE and ACC Limited (A Leading Cement Company in India). He has done MBA (Rural Management) from XIM,Bhubaneswar, and Masters of Sociology from S. V. University. He is also an Aspire Circle Fellow. Presently he is serving as Corporate Head CSR at ACC Limited, Mumbai and serving a million lives every year through 32 NGO partners, 07 corporate and personal voluntary services. In addition, he is a member of CII National Committee on Education, CII National Committee on Public Health and CSR. He is also a proactive volunteer of Global Compact Network of India. Pratyush is very innovative and is passionately working on CSR online Monitoring & Impact Evaluation Tools, Anti corruption, Policy Advocacy, and he is a pro-NGO Partnership person.
A professional having 23 years of experience in the areas of Human Resources, Industrial relations, Administration, Safety, Security, Legal & CSR. She currently serves as the Head for CSR for Honda Cars India Ltd. and has been instrumental in leading CSR and giving it a different makeover altogether. She has been responsible for defining and developing the strategies which underpin a company’s CSR objectives. Has conducted research, come up with ideas, developed policies, created detailed plans, built relationships with partner organisations, and then implemented and coordinated a range of activities and initiatives which are designed to have a positive impact on the environment and local communities.
Supriya Singh heads Corporate Social Responsibility and employee volunteering globally for Tata Communications and its subsidiaries. She has spent the last 14 years in academia, civil society and business. She has worked extensively with organizations like TERI, Going to School, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Reset Berlin, SECMOL, UNICEF and UNESCO. Recipient of the 2011 German Government scholarship for ‘Leadership Program on Education for Sustainable Development’, she is an active member of its 4-country (South Africa, Mexico, Germany, India) ESD Expert Network since 2012. She is an alumni of Sir Robert Swan’s 2041 International Antarctic Expedition and traveled to Antarctica in 2012. Supriya is on the 2017 global listing of 100 most impactful CSR leaders, and recognized by the Women Economic Forum in 2018 in the ‘Exceptional Women of Excellence’ category. She has MPhil and MA degrees in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Bachelor’s in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune.
Chief Human Resource Officer, Hero FinCorp and Head CSR, HeroHousing
Preemita is a seasoned HR leader with more than twodecades of rich experience in leading HR in BFSI, IT and Consulting sectors. She has assisted businesses in organization design and restructuring, has led integration of HR practices in M&A situations and is adept at driving enterprise HR agenda in group businesses.
She is a strong professional with a proven track record of delivering results, driving transformation and running large scale operations. Prior to her current role at Hero Fincorp, she has worked for organizations like ICRA, Max Life Insurance, RBS and CSC; defining and executing effective talent strategy.
Preemita has been a pioneer in HR transformation interventions and people capability building. Recognized as a trusted advisor, Preemita has been of key influence to the Leadership teams and a proponent of driving HR through innovative ways.
With a foundation of deep rooted values, grit and a passion to serve the people; Preemita has carved a niche in People development in the HR domain, extending to CSR initiatives. Her journey from grassroots to an established leader is a source of inspiration for many.
Professor Department of Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
A Professor at the Department of Energy Science and Engineering, Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki is hailed as “Solar Man” for his remarkable work in the solar sector. He is currently leading two projects of national importance -- The National Center for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE) and the Solar Urja through Localization for Sustainability (SoULS). He is also the founder of Education Park, an initiative in school education, which provides “high quality and affordable education & training in rural India”. With over 100 research papers in reputed international journals and 4 US patents to his credit, Dr. Solanki believes in practicing yoga, and promotes “being happy under all situations.”
Maya is responsible for looking after CRISIL’s initiatives pertaining to financial inclusion, women’s empowerment, environment conservation and education. She is responsible for the company’s public affairs agenda and has played an instrumental role in conceptualising and developing CRISIL Inclusix, India’s only comprehensive index for measuring progress on financial inclusion. She is also a key proponent of women’s empowerment and is a member of the advisory board of ‘FemPower’, the women’s wing of Bombay Chamber of Commerce, focusing on networking, mentorship and advocacy to empower women. She has a degree in commerce from Mumbai University and an MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune.
Parthasarathi likes to describe himself as a CSR professional with a passion for development and human excellence. A post graduate in social work from Delhi University and a diploma holder in CSR from University of Geneva he has rich experience of 15 years from both developmental and corporate sector. In his professional career in CSR sector he has worked in more than 12 states of India with GMR Foundation, Cairn India and at AkzoNobel India, where he is currently heading CSR. His passion for excellence and innovation has driven him to work in difficult geographic conditions of the country to help people lead a better and improved life. His work in community based potable water project in Rajasthan was covered by many national and international newspapers of India and Middle East.
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 and Delhi University.
Dr. Sara graduated from CMC Vellore, India is also a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. She has done her Master in public eye health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She started her career as an ophthalmologist with a focus on public and community health. She has experience of health systems in developed countries (UK), middle income (South Africa) and developing countries (India, Nepal, Bangladesh).
She has served the World Health Organisation (WHO), South East Asia Regional Office as programme Manager in disability & rehabilitation for 11 countries of South East Asia.She also served as Medial Advisor for CBM South Asia Regional Office-North dealing with cross disability programs. She was the president of national vision 2020-the right to sight India, a forum of 150 national and international organisations working closely with government of India on prevention of blindness & visual impairments programmes & policy
Divya is a visionary and charismatic leader with over 19 years of experience ; Divya has created a special niche for herself in the Education industry. Passionate about providing access of quality education to all, she strives towards creating innovative solutions which drastically improve the teaching and learning outcomes. Her abilities in the domain of customer relationship management are exemplary and she nurtures these relationships with dedication. At Ebix Smartclass Educational Services, her role as Managing Director provides her the unique opportunity to bring all her skills on board as she leads a team of over 700 people. In the process, managing 7000 schools and impacting over 3.5 million students.
Divya feels strongly about bridging the digital divide that currently exists in the Indian Education system and is happy to work towards creating 21st century Future-ready schools. For her, the purpose of technology in Education goes far beyond just utilizing existing tools to augment learning. Technology needs to blend in with a comprehensive approach to learning that includes application of scientific knowledge as also leveraging assistive devices in the classroom. She looks at Education as an opportunity to not just contribute to but to shape the future of the country.
Awards & Accolades–
Ted X Speaker
Women Achiever Award 2019 under the category “Women Achiever Awards for Excellence Enabling Education through Technology”
ET NOW Education Leadership Award 2018 for Excellence in Education
Exemplary Contribution in K-12 Digital learning at 13th World Education Summit, Mumbai‘
Woman of the Year – Smartclass Education’ at Global Leaders Awards 2018 ‘Innovation In Education Awards’ at Inspiration Festival 2018 by Mindmingle
Ejaz Rashid is the CEO & Founder of GivingForce Limited and has been one of the early advocates of using technology for social good. He created the GivingForce employee engagement portal which allows major corporates, such as Barclays, HSBC, and many more to run and report on their CSR programmes.
Ejaz has always been fascinated with the idea of using technology for social good. What started off as an interest became an obsession, and that is when he decided to create GivingForce. GivingForce is at the forefront of removing the barriers that would otherwise hold back a business or an individual from engaging more. Some of the largest companies in the world rely on Givingforce’s technology and services to ensure they are able to safely, transparently and accurately donate both time and money worldwide. He is always interested in learning, helping and doing more and is now on a mission to leverage the power of technology, businesses and their workforces to accelerate the pace of social change.
When not on his mission, Ejaz is a husband, dad, skater, cyclist, part-time footballer and occasional runner.
25 years of organizational development, strategic leadership and management experience with national and international humanitarian development agencies, Universities, Research Institutes and corporates in India. She is skilled in ensuring regional and country organizations remain contextually relevant, and are successful amidst uncertainty defined by changing circumstances and trends. She has proven capabilities in managing complexity and, innovation in bridging the ‘humanitarian -development divide’. She has also involved in effective problem solving through sound analysis, "ideation", conceptual thinking, and prototyping through "systems approaches".
Capable of defining approaches for coordinating and managing organisational relationships, Praveena is experienced in managing and working with diverse, cross-cultural regional and country teams. She has operational knowledge and practice in the design of strategy to drive programme delivery for results, supported by resource mobilization and implementation.
Praveena is an accomplished CSR professional with immense experience in the varied developmental sectors such as Livelihoods, Education, Health, Rural Development, Water & Sanitation and Women Empowerment. She has diversified experience in Framing CSR policy, Stakeholder Engagement, Capacity Building, CSR Concepts & Trends, Strategic Partnerships & Networking, Liaison & Coordination.
Head CSR and Trustee Founder, Angelique International and Angelique Foundation
Grew up in South Delhi, attended Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Jaishree Goyal graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Hindu College.
She set up Angelique Foundation for improving the status of women and children and making a difference in the community. Her first project under the aegis of Angelique CSR was when she took over Harbilas Goyal Inter College, Ujhani, ten years ago. She managed to transform the school into becoming the best Hindi medium school in Badaun District. Built 175 toilets in the homes of the girl students to booth their self-esteem and hygiene.
Pioneered the ‘Pustakalaya’ project, installing innovative libraries in low income group primary schools and is giving back to nature by the ‘Flower to Compost’ initiative. The ‘Flower to Compost’ initiative is a project that converts the bio degradable flower and food waste in especially in religious spaces into useable odour free compost. 9 such locations in Delhi NCR have are running successfully with over 2 Lakh kgs of waste converted to 65 thousand kgs of compost.
She not only has a knack of picking out relevant social projects but has also successfully planned and implemented them. Keeping a track of time, scope and quality, her sincere involvement in all her projects is highly commendable.
Sandeep Kumar has aProgressively responsible and rewarding career with over 22 years of working experience of managing and leading the CSR and Sustainability Functions of reputed Fortune 500 Corporate agencies as well as International Development agencies. His Major Milestones or Key achievements in career as as follorws: was responsible for and managed tree Plantation program aimed at developing saplings from seeds to transplant in waste land and increase green cover. (more than 10 lakh Trees), construction of more than 1000 Rain water harvesting structures, conserving in situ gallons of water, piloted successfully the Skill Development Program and Job placement of 5000 unskilled youth and directly influenced more than 10000 youth with Workshops/camps, Sports for Development Program, Training ,Exposure and Seminars on various developmental issues afflicting their lives.
The illustrious Chronology of Working experiences of last more than 22yearsof Sandeep Kumar have been with ActionAid International, USAID supported -Environmental Health Project, Tata Motors Ltd., Reliance Foundation and many more
Founder, India Welfare Trust and Ex-Founder, GiveIndia
Venkat Krishnan N. graduated from IIM-Ahmedabad in 1993 and started his career with the media, working first at "The Times of India" in various corporate and brand management functions. He then helped set up Sony Entertainment Television in India as part of the core management team.
In 1996, he co-founded Eklavya Education Foundation along with 3 other IIMA alumni. Venkat set up and ran the Eklavya School. The school used innovative pedagogical approaches to help children learn rather than be taught. The school also ran a novel programme integrating children from the slums and from some of the wealthiest families of Ahmedabad city into the same classrooms. In 2001, he co-founded Educational Initiatives, a company that works on improving quality of school education in India.
Venkat set up GiveIndia in 2000, to create a "giving culture" in India by providing people with opportunities to contribute to good causes, with very high standards of transparency and accountability. GiveIndia pioneered marathon fundraising, crowdfunding, payroll giving and credible online giving in India, besides creating the largest platform for HNI philanthropy. GiveIndia helped set up CSR departments or design CSR strategy for over 15 large corporates between 2001-2005, working closely with promoters and CEOs, long before CSR became the “in thing to do”.
In 2009, Venkat, along with several other volunteers, launched the DaanUtsav, also known as the Joy of Giving Week- a festival that aims to bring India together to celebrate giving. Held from October 2-8 every year, the “festival” is a platform that allows everyone from India"s poor to its wealthiest to give back to society. The 2018 edition of the Week saw over 6 million people giving millions of hours of their time, and several crores in money or materials. It also saw the launch of LivingMyPromise, an initiative where ordinary Indians pledge half their wealth back to social causes. More than 27 people have made the promise so far. Venkat spends 90+% of his time and money on promoting philanthropy in India.
Head of Corporate Services, Tata Power-Delhi Distribution Limited
With a career spanning to 3 decades in Power and Infrastructure Sector, presently, Piyush is working as Head (Corporate Services). As a part of his role, he is looking after Corporate Strategy, Business Excellence and Corporate Social Responsibility in Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. His career has been with Group of Tatas except for a short stint with Infrastructure Group. He did his graduation in Electrical Engineer from IIT Roorkee and Post-Graduation in System Management from Jamna Lal Bajaj Institute of Management, University of Mumbai.
As a result oriented person, he has followed an inclusive approach for competitor benchmarking, industry intelligence, consumer knowledge and development of strategic initiatives. Apart from this, he has rich working experience and knowledge in wide arrays of Corporate Functions viz. Change Management, Total Quality Management,Corporate Governance, Organizational Re-structuring, Business Process Re-engineering, Distribution Operation, Revenue Cycle Management, Assurance, Performance Management and Regulatory Affairs. He has professional strengths in the areas of leadership, team building, corporate acumen, analytical power of evaluating effectiveness of business process, customer relationship, corporate sustainability,administrative capabilities and Tata Core Values of business.
AVP and Lead - Corporate Social Responsibility, IDFC FIRST Bank
Rachana Iyer is a social impact specialist with over a decade of experience of having worked across non-profits, social business incubators and corporate social responsibility programs. An alumna of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, she has led programs across India, Nairobi, Uganda and U.S.A in the sectors of Health, Tech for Impact, Mental Health, Disability, Digital Literacy and Entrepreneurship.
Rachana currently leads the India-wide CSR mission and portfolio at IDFC FIRST Bank.
Director Programs, Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) and CEO, Sakhi Unique Rural Enterprise (SURE)
Upmanyu has been working with Swayam Shikshan Prayog since 1994 and he is a trained civil engineer with management background. He is responsible for the organization’s strategic planning, operations, corporate partnerships, training, and business development.
His experience includes strengthening large scale interventions that involve community institutions and PRIs in water, environmental sanitation, energy and rural development. He has been associated with state and district technical assistance plans and interventions that call for designing frameworks. From 2005-2012, Upmanyu steadily shifted to setting up a social enterprise SURE with the SSP group to take advantage of the large scale opportunities for sustainable “livelihoods and incomes” to women in the clean energy sector. Upmanyu was the Program Director of the wPOWER program awarded by USAID.
Sachin comes with 21+ years of rich and diverse experiences within and outside India. Prior to Leading United Way Delhi, he has served in leadership positions in two of the largest child focused organizations in India where he managed large and diverse program portfolios (education, health, livelihood, water and sanitation, disaster response etc.). He has an experience of working with diverse stakeholders and partnerships, which include civil societies, governments and for profit corporations, managing large programs using diverse sources of funding and has deep exposure to programs across several thematic areas and several countries. He is a Postgraduate from The Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) and an Aspire Social Leadership Fellow.
Archana Raghuram is the executive director and CEO of United Way Chennai. Previously, she was the global head of Outreach, Cognizant’s CSR program focused of providing access to quality education to underprivileged sections of the society. A Cognizant veteran with over 21 years of experience, Archana has been instrumental in setting up the Outreach program in over 20 countries and taking its growth to over 100,000 active volunteers across the globe. Under her leadership and guidance, these volunteers have made an impact to the lives of over 4,00,000 underprivileged children and clocked more than 20,00,000 volunteering hours making it one of the largest corporate volunteering program in the world.
Archana has won international recognition for the work she has done. She was awarded the prestigious Forbes India Philanthropy Award in the ‘Good Samaritan’ category by the Forbes India Magazine.She was honoured as “one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2015” by Fast Company magazine. Brew magazine honoured,Archana as an ‘outstanding women achiever in her chosen field’ in 2016.
Archana has completed an executive management program on sustainable business and corporate responsibility from Swedish Institute. Archana is a B. E. Computer Science graduate from Dr MGR Engineering College and a rank holder from the University of Madras.
Sudhanshu is the Founder & Director of Sportseed, a unique sports education & consulting company focused on developing Olympic sports through school sports education and sports talent identification & development programs.
In a short period of 7 years, Sudhanshu built Sportseed into a leading company in this space, operating in over 11 states, 100+ schools, across 40+ cities and training more than 50,000 children. Sportseed is the only company in the country to have worked with governments to implement sports schools for developing talent in Olympic sports, both under Public Private Partnership and Government funded models. 40 such sports schools implemented by Sportseed are grooming over 6000 young athletes. Sudhanshu pioneered a non-competitive format development league for Olympic Archery in schools; called the Junior Archery League it provided exposure to over 25,000 kids in Delhi/NCR regionPrior to founding Sportseed, Sudhanshu worked as an Associate Director with KPMG Management Consulting and with Ernst & Young – Risk Advisory Services, for over 10 years.
Sudhanshu has also been a National Level Badminton Player between 1990-1996 He is an MBA from NITIE (National Institute of Industrial Engineering), Mumbai and B.E. from M.S.University, Baroda. Sudhanshu has been a speaker advocating sports education and sports for development, in several forums like CII, FICCI, PHD Chamber of Commerce, Indian Civil Service Officers Forum, ET Education summit, NDTV Marks For Sports, CBSE National Conference on Vocational Skills, World Schools Resources Expo, etc
CEO, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park & Startup Evangelist
Subhrangshu is a passionate Startup Evangelist and currently the CEO of IIM Calcutta Innovation Park. He is working on creating a comprehensive ecosystem that would promote entrepreneurship and nurture innovation and has deep interest in the Social Entrepreneurship space.Subhrangshu has rich experience in process and systems consulting in the banking and financial services domain. He worked with leading companies in multiple geographies and was involved in end to end implementation of several large strategic projects for global organizations. He is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta.
A High-Performance Management Executive with an experience of over 20 years in Corporate Affairs, Stakeholder Management, Media Management, Marketing, Partnerships, Shaping Policy, Strategy Development, News-Setups, Profit Centre Operations, Corporate Communication, Thought Leadership & Corporate Social responsibility. Kanupriya worked for more than a decade at NDTV 24x7, initially as an anchor cum correspondent and later as Senior News Editor. In 2012 she moved on from journalism to being a Public Affairs strategist for global agribusiness, Syngenta- a world leader in crop protection and seeds, with the responsibility for managing the company"s Brand reputation across South Asia. She shaped the media and advocacy function and through strategic partnerships supported Syngenta’s License to operate, innovate and grow.
In 2016, while still at Syngenta, she set-up a social start-up BeePositive++ to create sustainable livelihoods for rural women. The social project was selected by IIT Delhi for a prestigious mentoring program and Kanupriya was awarded a grant by the Department of Science and Technology for her efforts in rural India. After Syngenta, Kanupriya joined National Commodity and Derivatives exchange Limited (NCDEX), a leading agri-commodity exchange, as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and drove various functions at the organization.
Kanupriya specializes on "Investments for Sustainable Development" and carries a rich experience of building valuable partnerships for development ranging across public, private, NGOs and civil societies. In her current role, Kanupriya is directly working with the Company’s Board and the Chairman & Managing Director and advising them on CSR, Sustainability and Policy related matters.
She is interested in the world of social media, apps and technology as they play a big role in shaping opinions. In 2015 she cofounded SalaryMuscle- a "Salary Predictor" tool which could predict a person’s salary based on their qualifications, experience, industry etc.
Aakash has over 17 years of experience in Education & Youth Development programs. He has served in leadership roles in organizations like AIESEC, Ambuja Cements, Microsoft and International Youth Foundation where he designed, implemented and monitored multi-¬stakeholder partnerships. He has been engaged in developing networks for knowledge creation and policy advocacy in education, corporate responsibility and technology for development. He is the Executive Director of QUEST Alliance that promotes the use of ICT in schools & vocational training to develop self learning pathways for children and youth.He is an Asia 21 fellow and serves on the board of Science Meets Dharma –a Tibetan not¬for¬profit trust promoting science education for Tibetan monks. He has a graduate degree in Economics from St. Xaviers College Ahmedabad.
Suja, is a post graduate with diploma in management from Symbiosis, Pune. She works with Infosys limited as a Leader CSR and Employee Volunteering with Corporate Sustainability Reporting and Governance Team along with her role in Diversity and Inclusion, HRD, she has over two decades of experience in corporate functions and community interventions. She anchors various CSR initiatives both within and outside the organization and received Infosys excellence awards many times for her contribution to the social sector initiatives, She had taken sabbatical for 2 years to work with tribal community in Bodoland near Indo Bhutan boarder in the state of Assam. She also worked on the ground level for relief and rehabilitation for Tsunami in Nagapattinam, Uttarakhand flood and Bodoland violence. Suja advocates sustainability and CSR through her lectures at universities including IIT’s and BHU . She also represents many NGO panels in an advisory capacity including CSR panel for Confederation of Indian Industry, Karnataka chapter. She is a certified DNV auditor for sustainability and also a qualified social auditor from social audit network.
She is a speaker in various national and international CSR conferences, the last one to her credit is Indian Science congress at LPU Punjab as an invited speaker.. Recipient of many national and international award for her contribution in social space, she supports parents with child adoption through CARA. Single parent with a 15-year daughter Ameya, Suja loves to work on ground level to promote sustainability initiatives of organization and the community around. Picked up as 101 Most Impactful CSR Leaders in the global listing by World CSR Congress in the year 2019.
Director General and Board Member, WPP India CSR 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. Between this times, her career has seen her go many places and take up various roles. From heading Planning for Unilever India to helping set up a content management company that was later sold to a US based content company, to joining Lowe Lintas as Senior VP Strategic Planning for Unilever Asia Pacific. Along the way, she also bagged the prestigious Asia Pacific Planning Award.
But despite the accolades and high positions, Rama’s true passion has always been that of a serial entrepreneur, someone who loves the thrill of a start-up and ever excited at the prospect of doing something that’s never been done before. Coupled with her nature and belief in creativity with a conscience, it became the base upon which she ventured into the social development sector, setting up her very own firm— White Kettle Consulting Pvt. Ltd. The company’s philosophy reflects Iyer’s sensibilities and skills, partnering Corporates, the Government and civil society in developing CSR Policies and Strategies. Her work has seen her identified among the top “15 Emerging Leaders in India” in the social sector in 2013, by Dishaa, a platform initiated by the then British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Rama has won the Women CSR Leader of the year award at the ET Now CSR Awards in 2019. With all of this wealth of 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.
Mr. Rajesh R. Singh is a social entrepreneur, public health, civic participation and Non- Profit sector specialist, with close to three decades of management and programmatic experience. He currently is the Chief Functionary of WISH. Prior to joining LEHS/WISH, Rajesh was working as a Chief Operating Officer for a Non-profit institution active in South and South East Asia and South East Africa. His professional experience is founded in multi-sectoral responses to community development, public health, education and livelihood issues in Asia and Africa. Before returning to India, Rajesh worked in southern and western Africa and has led various institutions in leadership positions including that of Deputy/Country Director. He excels at developing new partnerships and building stakeholder relations and has proven success in mobilizing resources and managing grants. He is committed to critical self-reﬂective practice, love facilitation and learning, and has a wealth of experience in monitoring and evaluating international development programs. He has been part of various national core committees developing strategic guidelines and framework on public health issues.
Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Access Network
For over a decade now, Adwait has delivered in setting up new ventures, organizational development, and market development through strategic leadership roles. Before CLEAN, Adwait was Associate Director at Samhita Social Ventures Pvt. Ltd. He has been instrumental in the growth of the organization from its start-up stage to the position of the trusted and leading CSR Consulting firm in India. He led a team to secure grants and investments, build synergistic relationships with companies, philanthropic foundations, social organizations and bi-lateral / multi-lateral agencies.
Prior to Samhita, Adwait started with co-founding a waste-to-energy startup, CH Four, which grew to a $200,000 revenue in just 3 years. Problem-solving for sustainable solutions in society and for the environment has been at the core of Adwait"s professional journey. In leisure time, he enjoys exploring mountains, casual photography and learning a new language or a board game.
Senior Advisor-Gender and Governance, Centre for Catalyzing Change
Madhu leads interventions in advocacy and implementation that are focused on political empowerment of women in the Panchayat system, addressing gender-based violence, and ensuring accountability and quality of care in reproductive health services. She has worked with international agencies including Oxfam GB, UN Women and CEDPA at the South Asian and national levels. Her thematic expertise extends across a range of gender issues, including violence against women, women’s political empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and gender and social inclusion.
SVP – Global Corporate Communications, CSR and D&I, Hinduja Global Solutions
Shilpa Sinha Harsh heads the Global Corporate Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) teams at HGS. Her key responsibility is to strengthen the HGS brand across strategic areas such as media and industry relations, employee communications, digital communications, corporate branding, recruitment marketing, community relations and diversity & inclusion.
Shilpa brings nearly 20 years of experience in corporate communications, corporate marketing, sales enablement and talent acquisition branding, with core strengths in driving integrated marketing campaigns across geographies. Prior to joining HGS, Shilpa headed the Marketing & Communications function for 7.ai India and was part of the India Management team. Her earlier leadership stints have included with Accenture, Adfactors PR and LinOpinion, where she has handled strategic communication campaigns.
Shilpa holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Honors) degree from the Delhi University, India and PGDM – Advertising and Communications from National Institute of Advertising, Delhi, India.
Nilay is an executive Leader with over 2 decades of rich and extensive experience in Corporate Citizenship/CSR across Private Sector, UN agencies, Government, Non-Profit Organization with focus on high Social Impact & Empowerment and Technology and create Scalable Models. He has led effective implementation of the strategic vision & streamlined the organization’s mission, goals and matrix and has achieved notable success in directing a broad range of CSR operations entailing regulatory compliance, needs assessment, proposal development, project formulation, resource mobilization and donor management. He has led various socio-economic, educational and health projects entailing evaluation, impact & SWOT analysis, resource planning, estimation, scheduling, tracking and implementation.
He has facilitated grass-roots advocacy, tactical, strategic & operational direction for the delivery of Community Development Projects in coordination with multiple departments at all levels across geographies, donor agencies, employee volunteerism, funding organizations and NGOs. Nilay has spearheaded largest Financial Inclusion and Employment Generation Program across Indian states, that impacted billions of Indians
Dr. Amit Walia is a seasoned sustainability leader with more than 15 years of work experience. He holds a Ph.D. in Forestry and also a post-graduation in management. He has addressed sustainability issues through the management of environmental and social impacts of large oil and gas projects, CSR and developmental projects, innovations, partnerships and policy advocacy. He has worked on environmental and social projects in several countries like India, China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Iraq, Netherlands and Russia. He is Shell’s global Subject Matter Expert in Social Performance and Impact Assessment.
Presently, he is Social Performance Manager for Shell in India. He is responsible for Shell’s Social Investment/CSR Strategy in India. He provides steer and support to Shell’s CSR program in areas of STEM education, biodiversity conservation, livelihoods enhancement, Food Water Energy nexus and disaster rehabilitation in India. He also works closely with Shell businesses in India on enhancing the social sustainability.
Anjali has over 25 years of experience in leading grassroots teams and building capacities on themes related to rural development, women empowerment and governance. She plays a key role in strategic building, sustainable growth and people management at Sehgal Foundation. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi University and a bachelors’ degree in Economics (Hons).
Anjali is a member of the advisory committee on outreach program of MaharshiDayanandUniversity (MDU), Rohtak and an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) member of Mother Dairy Fruits and Vegetables Ltd.
She was a former Chairperson of the Gender Committee of Sehgal Foundation (2013-15).She has also held advisory positions with several organizations, including member of “expert group panel” to develop position paper on “work and education”, NCERT, 2014; former member of ICC in Li and Fung and Super Group PLC; invited member of Right to Education Protection Authority (REPA), Haryana Education Department in 2011; member of Network Training Sub-Committeesat UN Global Compact in 2010; and an invited resource person for curriculum designing for newly elected representatives in Haryana Institute of Rural Development (HIRD).
Executive Director, Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)
Narendranath is the Executive Director of Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN). Joining the organisation in 1989,he started his career of a rural development professional,working with marginalised tribal communities in remote regions Jharkhand, the then Bihar. He is one of the first to develop and put the SHG model into practice. Over the years, he has served in many senior management positions, including leading the embedded cell with the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). He received a degree in mechanical engineering from Kerala University and a PGDRM from the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). He lives in NOIDA with his spouse and daughter.
Monisha holds a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Physics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and is an alumna of the Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley. She has spent over two decades in the area of education management donning various hats of academics, quality, product, business development.
Her first involvement with the development sector was with LabourNet, where she established the Consulting, Quality and CSR Solutions teams. Prior to LabourNet, she led The Princeton Review (South Asia), a prominent player in the overseas education test preparation and advisory services space for 12 years. During her stint with The Princeton Review, she set up an employability skills vertical to cater to engineering graduates. Earlier, she was appointed by Educational Testing Services to conduct Train the Trainer workshops across India for the TOEFL test. Monisha is a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Education Growth and Research.
Co-Founder and CEO, Karadi Tales and Karadi Path Education Company
C.P. Viswanath is an educator, musician and entrepreneur. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Karadi Tales, India’s pioneering children’s audiobook and picture books venture and Karadi Path Education Company,an enterprise that is changing the way language is being taught in classrooms in over 3500 schools. He is also the Director of Pedagogy, Isha Vidhya Rural Schools which runs 9 schools and provides academic intervention in over 3000 Government schools. He has an international business experience of over 25 years, and is an accomplishedCarnatic classical vocalist and mridangist, having given over 1000 public performances.
As a proponent of alternative and creative education in India, Viswanath has been rethinking entrenched systems and faulty pedagogies. Mr. Viswanath writes and speaks on education, publishing and music. He has spoken at TEDx, CII and FICCI conferences, ICSE and CBSE National meets, and at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Karadi Tales has been an integral part of thousands of childhoods in India and across the world.The products have consistently set new standards of excellence and have been acclaimed and awarded internationally. Karadi Path’s radically unique approach to language learning has demonstrated significantly higher outcomes and learning efficiencies. This has led over 3200 schools and 750,000 children to adopt Karadi Path as a superior alternative to conventional methods.
Kunal leads the Digital practice for Edelman India. Prior to this, Kunal has worked in the capacity of Business Head, Hungama Digital Services (WPP Company) where he was responsible for setting up the digital practice for the agency.
He has also worked as Regional Sales Head for North and East India with Yahoo! and Digital Lead-LG Electronics India Private Limited.
In his 17+ years of Digital experience across agency, publisher and client, he has vast experience in team management, integration and Digital first campaigns.
National Head- Strategy and Planning, Edelman India
A graduate in economics with Post Graduation in communication, Sumeer has over 19 years of experience. He has worked in both Mumbai Delhi, for leading agencies including Lowe Lintas, JWT, DDB and Y&R. He has led Regional and Global strategic responsibilities for Unilever brands (Fair &Lovely, Lifebuoy Shampoo, Clinic All Clear) for South Asia South East Asian markets. This entailed understanding different cultures from a consumer perspective and market perspective, and understanding communicationworks in differentgeographies.
He has also worked across categories that range from telecom (Airtel Aircel), automobiles (Tata Motors, Royal Enfield), FMCG (Unilever, Colgate Palmolive, Mcvities Marico and Unicharm), household appliances and home electronics (Microsoft, Midea), social sector campaigns (USAID, CHAI,UNICEF), airlines (Kingfisher airlines, Spice jet),hospitality (Taj Hotels resorts), and sports (Adidas) and beverages (Bira Beer).
Dr. Binita Verdia heads the United Way Baroda, overseeing the administration, programs, strategic planning, communityoutreach, fundraising and branding. She holds a Ph.D in Tissue culture and has published 12 research papers in national/international journals. She has also completed MBA in Operations Research, and PGMSM in Marketing and Sales management.She has undertaken Leadership and Management in Health Research course from INCLEN New Delhi and has a rich working experience of 21 years across the Corporate and Development Sector.She is the Vice- President of Jain International Women Organization. She has served in GSFC Science Foundation for 7 years, post which she joined SevaMandir, Rajasthan as Head Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Cell.She continued to work in the CSR space at Deepak Foundation as Senior team member in CSR and HNR-CS before joining United Way of Baroda. Her experience is in the areas of fund raising for the organization, proposal development, Monitoring&Evaluation of various sectors like health, education, women and child development, occupational health, and clinical services.
The wind beneath the wings in the literal sense, Manjeet is the driving force behind the robust scholarship search engine that Buddy4Study takes pride in. An Engineer from MERI, Kolkata, his proven expertise in software technology is the backbone of the portal. In a career spanning more than a decade, Manjeet has held prime positions across leading technology companies in India.
He is now on a mission to help and empower students facing financial challenges. He has been relentlessly working with CSR bodies in designing and managing their education-related CSR schemes, especially scholarship programmes, focussed on holistic development of kids from the economically lower section of society. With his dynamic leadership, Buddy4Study has facilitated Rs 75 crore+ worth of scholarship fund to more than 65,000 students so far.
Technology-led solutions at the core of his ideas, he is committed to making Buddy4Study the world"s most sophisticated tech-based scholarship portal.
A Fellow of IIM Bangalore with a PhD in Supply Chain Management, Divya has been a Consultant/SME for various engagements across industries such as FMCG, Industrial, Life Sciences, Environment, IT and Hospitality. She had joined Saahas in Jan 2014 and is presently the CEO of Saahas NGO. Saahas was founded in 2001 with a focus on developing and propagating sustainable waste management practices. The organisation, by executing various waste management programs for urban and rural areas in different parts of the country is building knowledge base on various aspects of waste management such as Community and Stakeholder Engagement, Design and Technology, Processes and Systems, Policy Framework and Impact Analysis.
Impact Investor & Lead – Government & CSR projects, Villgro
Azhar is on a mission to sustain 160 innovative social enterprises that has been funded through Government and CSR funds. He is a development professional with an experience of investments in 100+scalable social businesses and 500+ women owned micro businesses. He has previously worked with the multiple projects funded by Government of India & UK Government. At Villgro, he has been responsible to replicate Villgro’s incubation model in different technology business incubators for strengthening the startup ecosystem in India. He has an MBA in Rural Management & Entrepreneurship.
Project Director, SHIKSHA Initiative, Shiv Nadar Foundation
Robin has been associated with the Shiv Nadar Foundation for over 11 years. He has been an integral part of Shiksha Initiative from the conceptualization stage and has successfully led it from the initial pilot stage. He has been involved with all Shiv Nadar Foundation institutions and initiatives providing him a unique and deep understanding of the Foundation’s philosophy, which he has channeled towards developing the Shiksha Initiative. His innovative ideas coupled with strong focus on execution have helped Shiksha expand and achieve desired results within a short period of time. Robin graduated with Honors in Physics and has an MBA in advertising and branding roles with HCL and advertising agencies.
Lead - CSR Public Affairs and Social Performance, Schlumberger
Suman is a CSR and Social Sector Professional with more than 17 years of experience. He leads the CSR portfolio of Schlumberger in India as the Lead-CSR and Social Performance. He has also led CSR teams in companies like Rio Tinto and worked for Cairn India, BP (British Petroleum) and for Indian NGOs like CRY-Child Rights and You.
Suman completed his schooling and college from St. Xavier’s School and St. Xavier’s College Kolkata. He also did his Diploma in Business Administration from Symbiosis- Pune. He has been trained in Corporate Sustainability by Two Tomorrow’s- London and International Council of Mining and Metals- Brisbane Chapter. Suman has worked in various parts of India including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, NCR, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Assam. His key skills include designing CSR strategy for corporates, measuring and setting social performance indicators, designing high value social programmes, monitoring and evaluation, budgeting etc. Suman is also associated with various NGOs and is the Director of a Not For Profit Company working with Panchayats and Natural Resources Management.
Chief Executive Officer, Lila Poonawalla Foundation
Priti is a dynamic young leader, who believes that investing in Girls Education creates strong Women Leaders for the organizations and for the society at large. She carries over 19 years of experience in leading Non-Profit operations, Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Resources, Sales and Consulting.
Priti currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Lila Poonawalla Foundation (LPF), a seasoned non-profit organization established in 1995 with a mission of ‘Women Empowerment through Professional Education and Employability readiness’. LPF empowers meritorious and economically challenged girls through scholarships and skills building programs.
In her earlier role as Head- Corporate Social Responsibility at Amdocs, many significant positive outcomes were achieved in the Education, Employability and Women Empowerment and Employee Volunteering space. Priti holds a management degree in Human Resources from Mumbai University. She is a certified CSR Professional and a Leadership Coach. She is a recipient of Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards.
As the Director of Strategic Partnerships, Sheena provides strategic leadership to Give2Asia’s business development work to grow Give2Asia’s services and programs in better meeting the needs of beneficiary communities in Asia.
Sheena also leads the disaster philanthropy and climate portfolio at Give2Asia including managing the NGO Disaster Preparedness Program – a 5-year program channeling private philanthropy to local NGOs in disaster prone countries in the Asia-Pacific region and strengthening their resilience to a changing climate.
Sheena comes to Give2Asia with an extensive background in international development programming. Prior to joining, she worked with USAID-funded projects in a variety of sectors including civil society strengthening, peace-building, and environmental management. Most recently she was in Thailand supporting a USAID- and NASA-partnered climate change program that worked with local actors to integrate space technology into environmental decision making and disaster preparedness for the Mekong region. Previous companies she has worked for include Spatial Informatics Group, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, and DAI. Sheena has a Master’s Degree in International Development from American University in Washington, D.C.
Director - Policy, Research & Campaigns, OXFAM India
Ranu has been working in the development sector for more than three decades. She has extensive experience on issues related to Gender, Natural resource management, Sustainable development with a special focus on rural development. She has several years of hands on field experience of working with Dalit and Tribal communities. She has been involved in Policy analysis and dialogues on issues of rural livelihoods, environment, and forest rights. She has worked with several multilateral and bilateral donors as well as the State and Central Governments. Ranu Holds a Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and a Post graduate diploma in Rural management from IRMA (Institute of Rural Management Anand). She is a Hubert Humphrey Fulbright fellow.
Santosh is a development professional with 15+ years of hands-on experience in Public Relations, Fundraising, Project Management in International and National NGOs and Industry trade bodies. As the Vice president of NASSCOM Foundation, he leads and manages corporate CSR investments in major verticals, the Digital Literacy Mission, Skills Initiative, and the Technology for non-profits program, looking at creating a lasting impact in the lives of underprivileged communities and the youth of India. He also currently leads the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum looking at Social investments for accessible and scalable projects in the social development sphere. He has Extensive experience of working in the areas of Youth & other at-risk communities, Livelihoods & Employability, IT Skills & Skill Development
Co-Founder & Director, Kaivalya Education Foundation
Manmohan Co-founded Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF) which works in education leadership development at school, block, district and state level in 14 states of India. He currently leads the Aspirational District Transformation Program in partnership with NITI Aayog in 25 districts of 7 States in India as Director of Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership (PFEL). He has been instrumental in building Strategic Government Partnerships for KEF/PFEL. Manmohan enjoys developing partnerships through collaborative effort to deliver quality at scale. He is a part of multiple government committees at State and Central Government of India. Manmohan has 20 years of experience in Public System Transformation in India. He has worked previously with WHO, Unicef, Pratham, MSF before KEF / Piramal Foundation. He is an Acumen India Fellow and an Aspire Fellow. Manmohan holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Conflict Analysis and Peace Building from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Lead- Corporate Responsibility & Sustainable Development India, Cargill
Garima Singh is the Lead for Corporate Responsibility & Sustainable Development at Cargill in India. She is responsible to position Cargill’s strategic CR vision in the country, build and managerelationships with key stakeholder and drive meaningful impact in the field of food security, nutrition, sustainability and community development initiatives.
Before Cargill, she has spent over 8 years in the development sector strategizing, restructuring and ideating newer ways of implementing development initiatives. In her various engagements, she has been involved in setting up skill development center, advocating for human rights in urban slum and tribal communities of the country and education supportive initiatives for children. She has also represented country in an International Antarctica Expedition 2016 organized by Robert Swan’s 2041 Foundation
She is post-graduate from Delhi School of Social Work and management graduate from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, University of Delhi. Being a management grad, she started her career with media, marketing and advertising and hence a strong believer in synergizing business way of doing social work for holistic growth of the society.
Lead – Sustainable Community Development (Prabhat), South Asia, Hindustan Unilever Ltd.
Kanika is an award-winning CSR and sustainability professional with over 14 years of experience. She is presently leading the sustainable community development programme across South Asia – called “Prabhat” – at Hindustan Unilever Ltd. 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. She has deep interest in exploring the inter-connectedness between conserving the environment, developing sustainable handicrafts and enhancing livelihoods of artisans. As a change maker, for this work in Delhi and Barmer, she has been awarded the ‘Most Influential Sustainability Leader’ and ‘Wommenovator’ citations in 2018, among others. She is a LEAD Fellow and an alumnus of South Asia Leaders programme by Common Purpose, UK. An avid potter, in her spare time she like to conduct pottery sessions, helping participants practice mindfulness while being (re)connected with Earth.
Brigadier Mrigendra Kumar, Sena Medal, Secretary, Kendriya Sainik Board was commissioned into the illustrious Rajput Regiment of the Indian Army in June of 1988. During his career spanning over three decades he has been a principal staff officer in Siachen Glacier, company commander of infantry battalion in the North-east, commanded a Rashtriya Rifle Battalion in intense counter insurgency and militant infested areas of the Jammu & Kashmir and has commanded an Infantry Brigade on the active western borders. He has also been an instructor at the prestigious Indian Military Academy at Dehradun where he has groomed many young men to become officers of the Indian Army. He holds unique distinction of being deputed for United Nations assignments twice at Lebanon and Abidjan. For his diligent service he has been awarded with the Sena Medal and is now heading the Kendriya Sainik Board.
Kachina, MPH, is the Senior Strategic Information Advisor at USAID/India responsible for Technology and Inclusive Development across the health portfolio. She is a public health professional who has spent the last 20 years working extensively across India in the areas of maternal and child health, family planningand infectious diseases across three continents.Prior to joining USAID, Kachina was a founding partner at Lighthouse Health Solutions LLC, an international consulting firm that servicedclients like BMGF, the Packard Foundation and the Public Health Institute. She also launched gharkamai.com an online portal that allowed women to find project work, which was eventually sold to sheroes.com, India’s largest platform for women and work.
Kachina received her bachelor’s degree in History and Science from Bennington College, Vermont, and a master’s degree in Public Health, specializing in Monitoring and Evaluation from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University, New Orleans.
Chief Operating Officer, Population Foundation of India
Krishnan has over 20 years of progressive experience in humanitarian, climate resilience and sustainable development sector with expertise in formulation and implementation of Strategic Business Plans. Krishnan is a people"s person and strongly believes in the strength of human capital and participatory leadership.
Bidisha is a brand strategist who has worked on marketing communications with some of India"s top non-profits, including CRY-Child Rights and You, Magic Bus and Save the Children-UK. Her approach towards marketing has always been based on its endgame -- to gain new supporters and retain the old. She acknowledges the roles her old organizations have played in sharpening her learning curve and, on occasion, offering her never-before "dream teams" to work with. She currently works as a Managing Partner with her startup, Athena Initiatives, where she helps new brands plan and embark on the journey to build their brands.
Kinkini, a Principal, based out of the Mumbai office, currently leading Accenture Development Partnerships team in APAC. She heads the ADP business development and delivery efforts (US$ 1 Mn portfolio currently) across India, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore, Australia and Philippines. She directly manages a team of 6 country leads for business development and ~10 project team members spread across projects at any given time
With 13+ years of multilateral, nonprofit, donors/ foundations, Corporate CSR and commercial consulting experience, Kinkini supports a range of diverse clients. Her industry experience spans commercial (Auto, Insurance, Telco) and development (Sanitation, Agriculture, Nutrition, Education) sectors - mainly in the domains of on digital for development, innovation management, corporate/ organization and operational strategy, sales and distribution, corporate finance and value realization.
Senior SBC & Capacity Strengthening Advisor, Johns Hopkins University CCP
Uttara Bharath Kumar has over 26 years of experience in health communication and behavioral science. Currently the Senior Social and Behavior Change (SBC) and Capacity Strengthening Advisor, she has been with Johns Hopkins University CCPsince 1997, based in the US, Africa and India. Currently based in Chennai, she provides regional technical expertise and support to JHU’s Asia and Africaprogrammes.
She has spearheaded health communication initiatives globally involving multiple health and social issues. Some of these initiatives have won international recognition-Red Ribbon Award 2006, Silver Medal New York Film Festival 2007, Africommnet Award for Best Multimedia Campaign in Africa, 2009. An experienced trainer, she has led and co-facilitated several Leadership in Strategic Communication (LSC) workshops globally on behalf of JHU’s Training and Capacity Strengthening Division. She has numerous conference presentations and publications to her credit. She has supported programmes in over 20 countries.
She co-founded Nalamdana (Are You Well?), a Chennai-based health communication NGO, in 1993 with a seed grant from the Echoing Green Foundation and was its executive director until 1996. She continues to actively serve on Nalamdana"s Board of Trustees.
Ms. Bharath Kumar is a graduate degree in Public Health from the John"s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, USA) and from Wellesley College. (Massachusetts, USA).
Kaustubh is Regional Head - Asia at Medtronic Labs. A computer engineer by training, Kaustubh completed his management education before starting a career in Healthcare. Medtronic Labs is the social business incubator of Medtronic, where Kaustubh currently leads implementation and scale of Labs businesses and partnerships across multiple public health priorities. He has over 14 years of experience in sales and marketing, strategy and leadership roles across med-tech industry in the Asia Pacific region. Kaustubh enjoys sports and cooking for friends and family.
Senior Manager – Strategic Investments and Youth, Centre for Catalyzing Change
Anuragini comes with over 20 years of experience in corporate as well as development sector. At C3, she is working closely with the state teams in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to strengthen delivery of the RKSK program. This includes integrating best practices (from within C3 and other experiences) into program strategy and enhancing uptake and use of content by adolescents (especially those out of school), through multiple media platforms. She has experience in strategizing, designing and delivering large-scale, multi-sectoral programs. In the past few years, she has lead projects which specifically focused on understanding the impact of community lead behaviour change for young children. She holds a degree in History, diploma in Journalism and in 2012, she attended the Integrated Marketing Communication for Behavioural Impact in Health & Social Health (IMC/COMBI) conducted by Steinhardt College, (NYU) & World Health Organization.
Abhishek Dubey is leading a Social Impact organization "Muskaan Dreams" which he started along with his co-founder Rishi Raj in 2014 with the aim to support children belonging from rural backgrounds. Born & brought up in a very small village 50 km from Gwalior, he completed his graduation BE from ITM Group of Institutions Gwalior. His aim is to change the way of learning through audio-visual aid so that every child can learn through visual content and perform well in the classroom. Although we have reached on the moon and using AI everywhere but still, 80% of the population don"t have access to digital tools and basic computer skills. Their goal is to reach 1 million children by 2025 through digital learning classroom (Easy usable, sustainable, low cost, zero maintenance, repeatable model).
He has several achievements to his hat, a few of them are: Being listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list 2019, Social Entrepreneur category, awarded by Hon’ble President of India during “Ram Manohar lohiya vyakhyan”, awarded by Indian youth forum, India’s 100 Under TOP youth influential leader in New Delhi, being awarded under 100 social start-up awards by Scale Venture and being a DASRA social Impact leadership program fellow.
Ruby is C Suite executive with a track record of 25 + years of leading the Corporate Affairs and Sustainability agenda in complex environments and sensitive sectors including chemicals and extractive industries. Ruby began her career with teaching child and human development to undergraduate students, before joining “Save the Children, India” a non-profit organization, followed by 3 stints in the corporate world in different capacities - as General Manager, Corporate Communications, at the Aditya Birla Group; VP and Group Head, CSR at Vedanta Resources Plc and with Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd, as Director Public & Government Affairs & Crisis & Issues Communication Lead for India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey.
Sanjay was employed for 15 years at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC, where his last assignment was at the Sustainable Development Department. He has worked in over 50 countries notably on projects such as the initial “Conditional Cash Transfer” program in Peru; Design of indicator “Access To An All-Season Road (% Of Rural Population)” for IDA-14, a $33 billion fund disbursed over three years; Developing a Location Based Decision methodology for rationalization of health care facilities in former Soviet Union.
After his return to India, Sanjay joined Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 2014 leading the Gamma team in Asia Pacific for Location Analytics. He has also supported the ‘Social Impact’ practice area of BCG. He is presently Advisor at Sociometrik, a data driven advisory, analytics and research firm active in the field of Public Policy. Sanjay also serves as Director, Road Safety of AAUI (Automobile Association – Upper India)
Saurabh is an accomplished & knowledgeable professional with work experience in management of Partnerships / Distribution / Sales & Marketing / Business Development, Development sector Project Implementation with organizations of repute. He is a Post Graduate Diploma holder in Business Administration from T.I.M.S and a Bachelor of Science from M.S.University, Baroda. A competent professional with over 21 years of experience spreading across corporate world and development sector, he was the first to join the SATO – India team and initiated implementation in 2016.
Suarabh was the founder member of a social enterprise and functioned as governing body member of a National level “not for profit” society . Adept in executing strategies to drive business growth & achieve desired target and monitor competitor activities to retain market share, he is experienced in creating distribution network in Rural and periurban areas for sanitary hardware, FMCG, Life and Non-Life Health Insurance Company in National and International Markets. He is proficient in networking with civil society organizations, financial institutions & lead banks of the implementation partner’s geography.
Saurabh is a creative story-teller with over 12 years of rich experience in marketing and communications, technology strategy and operations and volunteer management. Starting as a broadcast engineer at Network 18, he changed his career path and was one of the first social media practitioners in the IT industry. Having worked at multiple IT companies like Zensar, Campus Consortium, and Happiest Minds, he is well adept to technology transformation lifecycle, its current trends and possibilities. At NASSCOM Foundation, he heads the communications department, manages a 15000 people strong volunteering initiative - MyKartavya and also performs the function of the Chief Technology Officer.
Anurag leads Strategic Initiatives for MSC global offices. He works closely with the founder to plan organization growth and strategy.Anurag is also focussing on the applications of Blockchain, AI, IoT and other emerging FinTech solutions.
MSC (formerly known as MicroSave) is a global consulting firm that enables social, financial, and economic inclusion for everyone in the digital age. MSC has been at the center of the digital finance revolution since its early days.MSC facilitates transformations, support strategy and implementation, uncover insights, and improve efficiency and create impact. The advisory services help clients achieve sustainable performance improvements and unlock enduring value.
Earlier, Anurag worked in a leadership role in IBM, PwC and Accenture Strategy. He was also a faculty member for Accenture Management Consulting University in Chicago and Kuala Lumpur. Anurag has worked in Asia, USA, Middle East, and Africa.
Sriram Shankar Heads Goodera"s Enterprise Business in India and the Global Delivery function. A large part of his role involves ongoing capability building within Goodera to ensure superior value realization and experience for clients. He continues to look for ways to drive up technology adoption in the areas of CSR and Sustainability. Sriram"s areas of expertise include consulting, solution development and global delivery across industries such as Fintech, e-commerce and Technology Enabled Services.
Manisha leads CSR engagement for Amazon India. She has contributed 13 plus years to development of CSR and sustainability initiatives in large multinational corporations. She is an Alumni of TISS Mumbai and, has worked with Unilever and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative before joining Amazon. With her rich programmatic experience and vision, Manisha drives Amazon Care’s mandates in Education, Health & Hygiene, Women Empowerment, Livelihoods & Entrepreneurship and, Disaster Response
Partner, Not-for-Profit Group, Grant Thornton India LLP
Rohit comes with over 25 years of experience in advisingclients on Governance related matters includingproject audits, CSR advisory, pre-grant and post-grant assessments,partner evaluations, fund raising advisory and impact studies.
Rohit set up the Not for Profit and CSR Advisory vertical as a separate business unit within Grant Thornton six years ago and has worked with several marquee Corporate Foundations and International NGO as a strategic advisor. He has been a speaker at various panel discussions and seminars, written articles on the impact and trends of CSR, has conducted workshops on NGO Board Ethics, is on AMCHAM’s CSR Committee, Grant Thornton’s Global Not For Profit group and supports and mentors NGOs focusing on children& youth.
Gaurav leads Sports & Skills verticals at Salaam Bombay Foundation (SBF). He has been associated with the skill development ecosystem since inception of the National Mission in 2009. He played a key role in innovating a portable, cost-effective "Skills-in-A-Bag" model at SBF for integration of skills with secondary education. He was invited for "Olympism in Action Forum" organized by International Olympics Committee held in Buenos Aires in 2018 for SBF"s contribution towards engagement of adolescent girls from urban slums in Sports. Previously working with both the Corporate and NGO sectors, he has pioneered several pilot projects that were scaled up later to benefit a large number of youth, such as employability for visually impaired persons, drivers" training for Commercial Vehicles and vouchers for skills development. He is also a visiting professor for CSR at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
Sai Krishna Pulluru is an MSc Sport Management graduate with experience in the fields of sport for development and event management. Over the past five years, Sai has been involved with projects utilizing sport as a tool for holistic development of children and youth in tribal and rural regions. Currently, he is leading Anantapur Sports Academy, an award-winning sport for development initiative committed to utilize sport to achieve social change among rural children and youth. Prior to joining ASA, Sai worked with Pro Sport Development in its projects based in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. In the year 2016, Sai participated in a Youth Leadership Program in Japan organized by United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP). He has also worked in a number of prestigious international sporting events in the UK and Russia, including All England Open Badminton Championship, Rugby 7’s World Cup and ICC Champions Trophy.
Abhishek is an Associate Director with Grant Thornton India, driving Advisory Engagements on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)and Social Impact. He has played a pivotal role in establishing and strengthening the capacity and credentials of the firm in the CSR space. Apart from being an active speaker & writer on CSR Law and CSR Lifecycle at various forums like CII, IICA, among many others, Abhishek is also the SPOC for CSR related queries within the firm.
Hisenriching work experience spans over 12 years and has gotten him to travel extensively to the deepest jungles and almost all the cornersof the country. He has been deeply involved in driving social change for over 2 decades and has spent considerable time volunteering for and with rural and urban communities.His unique ability, to create a strong bridge between the board room agenda and grassroots needs, has earned him recognition and acknowledgment from many clients.
Abhishek has a knack for strategic thinking, driving new initiatives and connecting the dots, and has qualities of an innovator, troubleshooter, and is a go-to person.
Associate Director and Global Head - Sustainability, CSR & Employee Outreach, Brillio
Abhishek brings with him 12+ years of Corporate and Development Sector experience. He is currently leading Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR) at Brillio Technologies with a vision to help 100,000 under-served young minds through STEM Education. As part of the global leadership team, he started the CSR programs in India and Americas, and Brillio received some of the top social impact honors including, Microsoft– YouthSpark Partner of the Year 2017, at Washington D.C. and Bronze Stevie Award for CSR at American Business Awards 2017 at New York.
Abhishek is an alumnus of IMT Ghaziabad and has done executive management program in Digital and Social Media from ISB, Hyderabad and Strategic CSR from IIM Bangalore. He started his career with IBM as Business Analyst and later worked for Oracle FSSL, where he was credited with setting up the Industry Relations function in India.
He advocates CSR through his lectures in B-Schools and he is an Adjunct / Visiting Faculty at Christ University and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management. He does pro-bono advisory for several non-profits and industry bodies like TC4A, FKCCI, UNGC India and Rotary. For his valuable efforts in strengthening the CSR ecosystem in India, he received CSR Professional of the Year Award at India CSR Award 2016, awarded as India’s top 10 CSR Thought Leaders in the year 2018 by CauseBecause and was chosen as one of the 25 Impactful CSR Leaders in the year 2019 by India CSR.
Regional Manager - India, Middle East & Africa, Fieldwork Education
Priyamvada Taneja is currently the Regional Manager – India, Middle East & Africa for Fieldwork Education . At Fieldwork Education, she is responsible for strategy and strengthening the growth of International early years curriculum (IEYC), International primary curriculum (IPC) and International middle years curriculum (IMYC) in these key regions.
Prior to this, Priyamvada was the Regional Manager for International Baccalaureate (IB) in India responsible for managing relationships with potential and existing IB schools and facilitating the recognition of IB programmes.
Passionate about education, with 20 years of experience working in national and international schools in India and with international organisations offering international curriculums", she has presented at national and international conferences and has led workshops for students, parents, teachers, college counsellors, heads of school and universities officials. She believes in lifelong learning and has completed a certificate course in College Counselling from UCLA and more recently Senior Management Programme from IIM, Ahmedabad.
GM - Corporate Social Responsibility India, Schneider Electric
Manisha Singhhas 13 years of diverse professional experience in the CSR,Social enterprises, strategy consulting in development sector. At Schneider Electric, she heads India CSR, wherein the focus is on improving lives of people through Energy Access and skilling in space of energy. In her past roles she has managed incubation and funding to social enterprises, strategy consulting, Impact Investment and haslead India operations of an international social enterprise. She holds an MBA degree from IIM Indore & engineering from NSIT, India. She also attended an Executive Leadership program in JM Katz Business School, USA.
Associate Director, Consulting- S&O: Social Impact (COE), Deloitte India
Dr. Rohit has more than 12 years of core development sector experience including Strategy & Operations, Consulting, M & E and CSR advisory roles. He has cross functional CSR experience across skill development, primary education, water and sanitation, health care delivery, financial inclusion and rural development sectors. He provides advisory support in strategic and technical areas to private and public sector companies, aid agencies, government departments, and NGOs.
He has structured, managed and led primary research studies including Needs Assessment, Social Impact Assessments, CSR Audits, Evaluations and Baseline studies for various corporate entities, across varied CSR verticals with a focus on marginalized sections of the population and backward districts in India, allowing companies to adopt an evidence based approach in planning their CSR and sustainability initiatives. In earlier roles, he was associated with a leading social science institute of the country, and a large corporate foundation.
Director, Consulting- S&O: Social Impact (COE), Deloitte India
Dr. Swaminathan co-anchors the social impact practice at Deloitte. He has extensive experience in the development, corporate and academic sectors. He has provided services for a wide range of companies, philanthropies, foundations, academic institutions and governments in the development sector. He has supported with strategy setting, programme design and management, monitoring and evaluation, organizational development, reporting and capacity building for philanthropic foundations, companies and CSOs.
In his earlier roles, Swaminathan was Chief Strategy & Programme Officer of Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI), led a multidisciplinary research programme on cities, sustainability and resilience for Uppsala University, Sweden and architected social business models for hyperlocal milk procurement, storage and processing for Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). Swaminathan has a PhD and is the author & editor of five books and several peer reviewed publications that have been published in both national and international research journals.
AGM and Head-Corporate Social Responsibility, Valvoline Cummins Private Limited
Sunil is having 12+ years of experience, working in different domains of development sector. During these years, he has led global initiatives on sustainable farming practices, community health, youth and women empowerment programs. He has represented Indian-civil societies in global council of Better Cotton Initiative, Geneva.
Currently, he is heading CSR of Valvoline Cummins Pvt. Ltd, where he is steering initiatives for improving the quality of life of truck drivers and road-side mechanics in India. In his previous assignment, he was the key member of global sustainability team of aFortune 500 global company. His stint remains in CSR and Sustainability with some of the big corporates in India.
He is rural management graduate. He has completed a PG diploma in Business Sustainability Management from University of Cambridge, UK. As a student of agriculture, he understands the distress and developmental needs of rural community. He has strong knack on formulation of strategy for betterment of underprivileged.
Niloufer Memon is a manager in Bridgespan’s India office. Since joining Bridgespan, Niloufer has advised philanthropies and nonprofits operating in India and the United States across a number of issue areas, including education, healthcare and land rights. Her clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Omidyar Network, Landesa, Tata Steel CSR and National Geographic Society. Prior to joining Bridgespan, Niloufer worked at Dalberg Global Development Advisors where she was primarily focused on a multi-stakeholder engagement designed to accelerate digital payments in India for financial inclusion. She has also worked in for-profit consulting at Deloitte and KPMG where she advised clients operating in the healthcare and pharmaceutical space.
Kashyap Shah is the India Education Lead in Bridgespan’s India office. His experience includes policymaking, strategy and operations advisory, program management and impact investing in a variety of sectors including Education, Governance, Urban Development and Financial Inclusion. Prior to Bridgespan, Kashyap led Michael & Susan Dell foundation (MSDF) efforts to pioneer systemic education reforms in multiple Indian states with an endeavor to improve learning outcomes of over 15 million children in K-12 space. Kashyap played a pivotal role in building large scale data frameworks and ecosystem for education programs across India. Kashyap has also worked as an Officer on Special Duty with Chandrababu Naidu Government in Andhra Pradesh where his role was to conceptualise and design industrial and sector policies (2015-20) with an objective to draw in investment of USD 35 billion and generate 1 million new jobs. Kashyap has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from London School of Economics along with a dual degree in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore. He is a Graduate in Business Management from University of Mumbai. He is a recipient of the British Council Scholar award.
Barbora is the Executive Director, Investor and Mentor, based in India, experienced market leader and project director striving to build value and deliver positive impact solutions. Over the past 15 years, she has been developing solutions working with corporations, governments, foundations, communities & investors to formulate and implement strategies for breakthrough results in Europe, India and Middle East. Her experience include complex and innovative design of the transformational strategies, development programs and sustainable financing options for ecosystem development.
She pioneered the India Positive Impact Community in 2017 and Qatar Strategy Execution Community in 2012. She started her professional career working in international development institution, global telecom & IT companies and was a partner in a successful start-up company in Slovakia. She holds a dual Master’s degree in Strategy & Finance (Hons) at Comenius University, MBA program at Ghent University and Executive Education at Harvard Business School.
Sujata Sahu 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. Having worked in various Indian and American firms to lead their large technology systems, Sujata Sahu gave up her corporate career to move back to India and pursue her passion to work with 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 there, focusing on bettering the Govt. School Education System in the most remote and ignored of villages of Ladakh.
Frequently mentioned in the media for her work, Sujata Sahu was awarded the prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskar 2015 by The Hon’ble President of India, ShriPranab 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.
Amit heads Strategic Alliances at AgroStar and closely engages with Governments, Funders & Donors, PSUs, NPOs and large private institutions to design social collaborative models to make AgTech accessible for marginal and poor farmers.
He has also handled multiple consulting assignments and commercial partnerships across India, South East Asia and Latin America and contributed to social development through financial inclusion, clean energy and agritech for the poor and marginalized using Human Centered Design. It includes clients such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Airtel Money, Idea, Vodafone M-Pesa and other financial inclusion organisations across geographies.
At AgroStar, his core focus lies in bringing marginal farmers in mainstream agriculture by developing social program with pro poor focused institutions to deliver AgTech benefits. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal. His core strengths lie in Social Development Consulting and Strategic Program Management for Financial Inclusion, AgTech and CleanTech.