Azam Bakeer Markar
Azam Bakeer Markar
Head of Sustainability and General Manager- Group Business Development
Aitken Spence PLC
PROFILEAzam Bakeer Markar is the Head of Sustainability and General Manager, Group Business Development of Aitken Spence PLC. He manages the sustainability, communications, branding and new ventures functions of the Colombo-listed diversified business group with operations in three continents.
Aitken Spence is the only company in Sri Lanka to be recognized as a 'Best Corporate Citizen' by the country's leading business chamber for ten consecutive years. The team led by Azam is credited with conceptualizing and developing the company's sustainability strategy and the policy framework, which was ranked 'Best in Class' by the STING Corporate Accountability Index.
He is a member of the Board of Management of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations & Strategic Studies that functions under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka. Azam was a founding Director of the United Nations Global Compact Network Sri Lanka, which advocates the adoption of corporate sustainability practices and alignment with global development goals amongst the country's corporate sector.
He holds leadership positions in several civil society organisations focused on youth, community relations and political mobilisation. Azam holds BSc (Hons) in International Economics from Loughborough University (UK) and a Diploma in International Relations.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager
PROFILETomiwa is currently the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager for Sahara Foundation, a subsidiary of Sahara Group Limited. As the Foundation Manager, he focuses on facilitating the identification, development and implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives for the Group within and outside Nigeria while working with staff, Government institutions, partners and other local, national as well as international agencies, business neighbours and stakeholders towards achieving Sahara Groups overall CSR objectives.
Tomiwa received a B.Sc with honours in Sociology from the University of Ibadan and MSc. in Public Policy from the University Of Bristol, UK.
Tomiwa is married with two children. He is an avid Manchester United fan and also enjoys swimming, table tennis and travelling.
He is extremely passionate about Social Reconstruction particularly in Nigeria and plays an integral role in promoting the welfare of the underprivileged in the society through partnerships with various Foundations and like‐minded individuals.
Director of Corporate Affairs
Afriwave Telecom Ghana Limited
PROFILEDonald Gwira is a professional with a strong background in development and corporate communications, advocacy and project management. He joined Afriwave Telecom in 2015 as Director of Corporate Affairs from Airtel Ghana where he was the head of Corporate Communications, External Affairs and CSR. In 2014, he was awarded the PR Discovery of the Year at the 3rd Public Relations Excellence Awards.
Passionate about CSR, Donald drove award-winning initiatives that were sustainable, empowering, "Green" friendly and is aligned with the values of the business which he advocates are essential for sustainable CSR. Before joining Airtel, he managed the Corporate Communications function at Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd for three years where in his last year, he drove the Water of Life project providing potable water to over 100,000 people. Prior to Guinness and for a decade, he managed development projects in Guinea – Conakry, Mali and The Gambia as well as being the Communications Manager and Advocacy Champion for West Africa for Sightsavers International (Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind). In 2004, he was recognized as part of 36 exemplary leaders in a book entitled Leading Coherently: Reflections from Leaders around the World. "As communications expert, he led the public relations effort across West Africa to get the word out about the prevention and cure of blindness. His creativity and "way with words" was effective in making the gift of sight a high priority for those within reach of his information campaigns". Authored by Nancy Stanford-Blair and Michael Dickmann, this book has become one of the reading materials for students of communications and leadership across the world.
Donald holds a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs from American University in Paris, France and a Master's degree in Political Science, majoring in International Relations and a minor in Comparative Politics (Africa) from Howard University in the USA.
Dr. Fareed Ali
Dr. Fareed Ali
Eitopper Eductech Pvt. Ltd.
PROFILEDr. Fareed Ali is HEAD CSR an Experienced Strategy creator with demonstrated track record Driving Growth, Reducing Costs, Improving Operations, and successfully creating solutions for complex business problems at both listed and start-up organizations in domestic markets. Adept at managing comprehensive review and analysis of Organizational Operations, Performing Financial Analysis and Modeling, and Developing and Implementing Strategies and Solutions that achieve consensus among key stakeholders across organization. Able to Develop, Manage, and Execute CSR, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development Plans. Expertise in Restructuring, and Divestitures. With a mix blend of timeshare & insurance industry for 17+ years along with dedicated field work with leading NGO. The Directors/Promoters of Eitopper Edutech Pvt. L.td have shown trust & appointed Fareed to make a better India as visualized by our PM Shri. Narendra Modi.
Education india topper (EIT), along with its Partners has pioneered the setting - up of Audio Visual E-learning classrooms with more than 9,500 schools. We along with EIT Partners are entrusted to set up Infrastructure, Conduct Training and Maintain/Upgrade e-learning systems along with a 3 year maintenance commitment. All these schools are running successfully and stand testimony to product quality and unmatched service of Education India Topper.
Over the years, EIT Partners have received many awards and accolades endorsing its initiative which is Measurable, Sustainable and Visible. Some of the reputed awards :-
Our framework can be seen on csr.eitopper.com
Foundation for International Human Rights Reporting Standards
Sustainability Implementation Division
Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology (SMART) Tbk
PROFILELINDA GURNING, Sustainability Implementation Division, Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology (SMART) Tbk
A practitioner on Social Performance, Socio-Environment dan Sustainable Development with 15 years experience within Multi Industry (Mining, Oil and Gas, and Palm Oil industry) from grass root level of Community Development to Strategic Level of CSR Policy. Some projects handled are ranged from Social Initiatives to Socio-Environment projects such as:
1. Build the concept on Education Strengthening in Conflict area,
2. Public Content and Disclosure Plan (PCDP) and ESMS (Environment and Social Management System),
3. Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Social Investment Part,
4. Sustainability Reporting,
5. Build and monitor the Risk Register,
6. Education initiatives such as English Education for Students and Socialization on Wild Fire Prevention for Schools,
7. Sustainable Livelihood Assesment and Baseline Survey for family and village Food Security at PT SMART Tbk,
8. Integrated Ecological Farming to strengthen Food Security,
9. Build the concept of Prosperous Fire Free Village,
10. Build the concept of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development)
11. Design the Impact Measurement through Impact Life Cycle of Social Initiative Projects,
12. Involved in Participatory Conservation Plan (PCP) which is a community based conservation project and
13. Build the concept of Sustainable Livelihood for Community based Conservation.
Achievement on the academic level :
Graduate with Cum Laude from Magister Management of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from University of Trisakti, Indonesia with GPA of 3.96.
Ruhi M. Ahmed
Ruhi M. Ahmed
Head of CSR
PR & Communication, BSRM Group of Companies
PROFILEMs. Ruhi Murshid Ahmed, Head of CSR, PR & Communication, BSRM Group of Companies, Bangladesh - the first and pioneering steel rolling mill of the country operating since 1952. BSRM produces high-strength reinforced steel that confirms to 10 global standards under the brand name Xtreme-5OOW.
After receiving Master Degree in Business Administration from Dhaka University, Bangladesh, Ruhi eventually built professional career as Corporate banker/analyst, a job of her choice involving structure project finance, a deep-rooted desire to help facilitate industrialists to generate employment. She worked in Canada Scotiabank, in Bangadesh Dhaka Bank Ltd, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC), ANZ Grindlays Bank Limited, Banque Indosuez, in USA East –West Center and School of Public Health, University of Hawaii, Honolulu.
A life transforming opportunity came when BSRM offered Ruhi to create its CSR desk. She left her banking career, returned to Bangladesh in 2013 and has been partnering with many NGOs and Funding Agencies such as TMSS, VSO, UNDP, Handicap Intl, Uttaran, ADORE, NDP, CLP, British Council, CRP, Autism Welfare Foundation for BSRM CSR sustainable programmes, touching as many lives as possible with limited resources.
Ruhi loves music, read books, likes to travel, meeting people at home and abroad.
Group Head, Strategy & Communications
Sterling Bank Plc.
PROFILEShina Atilola is currently the Group Head, Strategy & Communications of Sterling Bank Plc. Nigeria, one of the fastest growing and most capitalized financial institutions in the West African sub region. With almost two decades of professional experience, Mr. Shina Atilola has established himself as a reputable banker with bias for promoting the sustainability tenets in the organizations he has worked at.
An erudite strategist in the Nigerian banking sector, Mr. Atilola has in his role enabled the Bank develop innovative approaches to doing business as well as in fulfilling her Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) priorities.
A first class graduate of International Relations from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun state, he has led the Bank's efforts at forging collaborative partnerships with various state governments and agencies to ensure environmental sustainability across the country. Other initiatives spurred by his visionary leadership include youth empowerment projects, financial literacy for children and financially excluded adults and tree planting to curb the desertification menace in the North East of the country.
An alumnus of Wharton Business School, Mr. Atilola is adept in the area of Strategic Thinking, Credit Analysis and Brand Management.