Abhishek currently leads Banking Industry Marketing and CSR for Brillio Technology. Abhishek brings with him 10+ years of Marketing and 20+ years of experience in the Social Sector. He was handpicked by his CEO to setup the CSR framework of his company. He started his career with IBM as Business Analyst and later worked for Oracle Financial Services, where he was credited with setting up the Customer Centers and Industry Relations function in India.
He is a Social Media Expert and teaches Social Media Marketing at various institutions. He has run some of the most successful Social Media Campaigns globally, which have contributed to businesses worth millions of dollars. Abhishek is also an avid blogger and his articles have been published by leading global publications.
He has served on the board of various non-profits and CSR/IT committees of CII, BCIC and NASSCOM. He is the Chairman of Rotary JBN Trust and the founder trustee of the Netra Lake Rejuvenation Trust. He was recently awarded for his work in the area of lake and ward development by the Hon'ble Union Law Minister Shri Sadanada Gowda.
He has led community engagement projects to deliver Safe Drinking Water at Railway Stations, e-Learning/Digital Learning, Teach @ School, Stem Cells Registry, Disaster Management, 100+ Heart Surgeries for Children, Mobile Eye Clinic, Mid-Day Meal, Evening School, Comfort Stations, Career Guidance, Girls Glory Project, AIDS Awareness, to name a few.
He has been invited as speaker by IIM Calcutta, Indian School of Business (ISB), Bangalore CSR Roundtable, Christ College, Rotary Club, Narsee Monjee, Symbiosis (SCMHRD), Banasthali University, Institute of Public Enterprise, Jyoti Niwas College, SSMRV College, Vishwa Yuva Kendra and many more such organizations. He has recently been selected as one of the 100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders (Global Listing) by World CSR Day.
Abhishek completed his PGDCA from IMT Ghaziabad, and an executive program on Digital and Social Media Marketing from ISB, Hyderabad.
He is presently heading Sustainability and CSR initiatives for HCC Limited which includes Sustainability, UNGC's CEO Water Mandate, Disaster Response Network and Community Development. He has worked for over 21 years in various fields like Environment, Safety, CSR, Sustainability, Water, Disaster and Legal. He has practiced as an advocate in various Courts of Law including the High Court, Mumbai. He played pivotal role in conceptualization and strategic planning of HCC's sustainability reporting by formulating a robust systems to file HCC's performance under triple bottom line including Environment, Water and Society. He customized and proposed best green energy practices.
HCC's Sustainability Report has been complied with requisition of GRI guidelines since 2010. The sustainability report also includes Water COP as a chapter. While working with Chemical Industry in his previous assignments, he had worked on a microbial process to treat the effluent to reduce impacts of the pollution. This initiative helped to enhance the efficiency of the effluent treatment plant by more than double. He has given a significant contribution in developing Mumbai's first butterfly Garden. He was selected for prestigious 'Environmental law and policy training' program for young advocates of SAARC countries.
Founder of Sustainability Platform Socialbrandinghonoured with the Hungarian Media for Society Award. Author of the books titled"This is Branding – 51 branded dialogues", "This is CSR – 51 responsible dialogues" and Academic Head of CSR Studies in Hungary. András Kőszegi is the founder of BrandTrendKft in Hungary and BrandTrend GmbH in Austria. He is the founder and co-owner of branding and sustainability media platforms of Hungary.
He obtained hisMasters degree in mediatheory studies. He started his professional career and familiarisation with public life at the Hungarian Radio in 1985. He participated in the launch of GazdaságiRádió (Business Radio) as Director of Communication and editor-presenter. He considers brands as one of the key orientation drivers of today's society, therefore they carry incredibly large responsibility in our world. Consequently, the dialogue between stakeholders and variousfurther players of society and their involvement in all the processes are essential in his view. Together with his managing partner he consults companies on responsible brand building and promotes the integration of sustainability values in the brand to increase brand value.
He is one of the few experts who conducted interviews with the highest number of executives and experts in the area of CSR and Branding. He is convinced that the persons are the most important behind the brands. He conducted the interviews to receive answer to the why-questions. His book is a unique collection of the branding and sustainability views of today's brands and shows the wide range of possibilitieshow to integrateand transform sustainability values in brand values. AndrásKőszegi is committed to the education of corporations in the area of sustainability and branding and to the attitude formation of emerging generations. He is member of the jury of Pro Volunteering award at the Volunteer Centre Foundation. Between 2005-2008 member of the Board of the Hungarian Marketing Association. Founding member of the Sponsoration Table.
Member of the "Good CSR " Jury and the Effie Jury since 2007
External lecturer of the branding courses, head of CSR Studies. Guest lecturer at other universities and colleges: BGF, Pázmány, Mathias Corvinus Collegium. Moderator of prominent conference and round table discussions.
Several corporations follow his speeches and lectures on branding andCSR. In addition to Telekom, E-ON, HP, Mercedes, XEROX, TDK, SIEMENS, COCA-COLA, MVM, DM, BASF, SPAR global players, the hungarian media world also follows his coming outs and revelations.
Anupam Nidhi is the Head of Group Corporate Social Responsibility at Reliance Group. She has been instrumental in managing the CSR operations across all the Group companies for past 8 years. Her involvement spans across large businesses like Reliance Power, Reliance Infrastructure, Reliance Communications, Reliance Capital, Big Entertainment, Reliance Health and its Subsidiaries. Currently, based in Mumbai she has over fifteen years of experience in both the corporate and development sectors with roles spanning from advisory, strategic planning to execution. She has spearheaded a large number of multi dimensional projects across India in both commercial and purely development domains - including in Micro Finance, Project Management, Crisis Management, Employability, Entrepreneurship Development and Environment. Having worked with development sector organizations like Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) and LEAD-India, she has accumulated the grass-root experience which enables her to stay rooted to the brazen realities while strategizing and planning programs in her current position. She has also been assessing corporations on Sustainability excellence for over 7 years and has been recognized as one of the Most Impactful CSR Leaders both at the national as well as global level. A Postgraduate in Management and a Masters in Labour Law, she has done her Honour's degree in Agriculture. She brings with her a diverse educational background and exposure to multicultural and multilingual work environment.
Mrs Debbie Webb is the founder of Greentec Global Consultancy (GGC) Limited with head-quarters based in London. Having over 20 years international experience, bringing experience from the water & waste water industry with the latter years focused purely on renewable Solar PV projects. From commercial rooftop to utility scale ground mount projects. Having been involved with way over 300 MW of developed projects, GGC has now partnered with international developers, EPCs and manufacturers in order to offer investment opportunities and provide expert industry knowledge. Assisting with projects from early development stage, projects ready to break ground, and providing SPV management services. GGC also partners exclusively under license agreements in order to fully represent our partners with the highest standards of turn-key solutions.
Our vision at GGC is focused entirely upon working with all of our professional partners to unite our nations towards a more sustainable, cleaner and efficient world through education in clean energy. By working together to solve our planets problems and investing in healthy communities to improve our planet, together united, we believe we can create a more secure energy efficient future by utilising professional economic strategies to promote renewable energy projects.
Dr. Trevor Mendis
Dr. Trevor is a Senior Management Consultant at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), counting over 30 years of industry exposure as a Strategist, Management Consultant, Academic and a former Banker. His expertise is in areas of Strategic Affairs, Corporate Governance, International Business, Re-engineering, Tertiary Education and Banking.
Dr. Trevor's corporate exposure includes Strategic Planning, Business Development, Financial Analysis, Productivity, Value-Chain Analysis, Market Research, and Re-engineering of Companies, as well as a banking tenure at several local and foreign bank including a Fortune 500 listed Bank in New Zealand.
A recipient of the prestigious "Asia's Education Leadership Award" from the CMO Asia Council (2014) in Singapore, Dr. Trevor has vast exposure in the American, British, Australian and the Sri Lankan education systems as well as possesses broader knowledge of the design and structure of academic programmes meeting Quality Assurance Authority (QAA) Standards of Great Britain. In addition to this, he has written several articles on ramified areas and supervised over 100 dissertations mainly on emerging and evolving arenas
. Dr. Trevor also served tenure as a 'Think Tank' member at the Lakshman Kadiragama Centre for International Relations and Strategic Affairs in Sri Lanka and as a Technical Panel Judge for National Business Excellence Awards (2015) and the Best Annual Report Awards (2015) in Sri Lanka. Dr. Trevor also holds membership in many professional bodies.
In addition to being a fully qualified banker (AIB) and holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Business & Financial Administration from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Dr. Trevor holds two Masters degrees namely Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), Sri Jayewardenepura University, and a M.Sc. in Management, from Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, specializing in Re-engineering of organizations and Strategic Management. His Doctorate (Ph.D.) is on Corporate Governance from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
Dr. Dharma Dharmabalan
Dr Dharma Dharmabalan has been associated with water industry for more than 40 years, having educated in Sri Lanka, United States of America, The Netherlands and Australia with broad experience across a range of disciplines with specific leadership expertise in integrated business planning, capital planning and enterprise based program management.
Dharma recently moved to the state of Tasmania as the General Manager Works Delivery, after working for three regional water corporations in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia since 1989. Currently manages the delivery of $330 Million dollars' worth of assets for TasWater in improving the standards of drinking water and wastewater services to the Tasmanian community over the next 3 Years.
Dharma has travelled all over the world and aware of the current issues and challenges faced with Water Cycle Management. His interest is to develop affordable "fit for purpose "solutions to deliver safe drinking water and sanitation services to the needy communities around the world. He is considered as an advisory specialist with sound leadership experience in both government and private sector enterprises.
Dharma is also the Director, Water Quality Research Australia Ltd., Past Director, National Centre of Excellence in Desalination, Adjunct Professor, The Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria University, Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Deakin University, Auditor and Skill Examiner Water Quality Management Systems for Exemplar Global.
Dharma is energetic with passion and drive with superior influencing skills. He has a natural leadership skill, confident, clear and open communicator. Possess high integrity, self-motivation and 'can do' problem solving style.
DTech, MEng. (Environ), Dip.H.Delft, Grad. Dip (Comp), BSc.Civl.Hon, CPEng, MACID, MAWA (Aust.), FIE (Aust.), FICE (UK), FASCE (USA)
Dr. Michele Akeroyd
Dr Michele Akeroyd, Director, The Goyder Institute for Water Research, South Australia Michele is the Director of the Goyder Institute for Water Research, a research collaboration that brings together South Australia's leading water expertise to tackle the complex water management issues facing South Australia. Under Michele's leadership the Institute has received numerous awards, most noteworthy being the 2015 Australian Water Association Research Innovation Award and the 2015 Minister's Award for Excellence in Water Sustainability.
Before joining the Goyder Institute in 2012 Michele held executive level roles in the government and not-for-profit sectors managing transboundary natural resource programs, communicating scientific outcomes for decision makers, implementing large scale water research programs and facilitating multi-stakeholder collaborations. She has a BSc specialising in Environmental Science from the Flinders University of South Australia, a PhD from the University of Melbourne, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr Akeroyd is the 2014 winner of the South Australian Women in Innovation, Environment and Primary Industries Award and is the Chair of the Goyder Institute Research Advisory Committee.
Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamyd Dawoud
Prof. Dawoud is water resources advisor with the Environment Agency - ABU DHABI, UAE. He has graduated in civil engineering with honor degree and got his Master and Ph.D. from Ain Shams University through joint program with Colorado State University, USA. Since 1991, he has maintained an active program of research and consulting activities, with particular emphasis on groundwater, artificial recharge, Reuse of TSE, desalination, and water resources management. He attended many training course in USA, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, and France.
He worked as a consultant for World Bank, UNESCO, ESCWA and USAID. His current research includes water supply and demand, solar desalination, groundwater management, aquifer storage and recovery, and Reuse of TSE in many countries such as Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, Oman, KSA, and UAE. He is an editor in three international journals and reviewer for other 7. He has 5 published books and more than 75 published research papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and international conferences. He got the 2009 Abu Dhabi Excellence Award and 2011 HH Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Award. In 2011 he was awarded by the National Academies-USA as one of best four young Arab water scientists.
Dr. Sarika Kulkarni
Sarika has a PhD in Operations Management from JBIMS where she worked as a faculty before switching careers to start her BPO which she ran for 10 years employing over 450 people.Over 150 people in her BPO were school drop out youths from the surrounding rural areas. Thetransformation she witnessedin humanlives through sustainable opportunities not only humbled her but also changed the course of her life forever.She sold her business to begin her stint in the social space by working with an NGO called RAAH Foundation which provides skills to the tribal womenandfacilitates income generation opportunities by connecting them to the market.She continues her association with RAAH Foundation as an Advisor & Trustee.
She took over as the Head of CSR at IIFL Group of Companies in June 2014 and since then has driven,formulated and implemented CSR strategie so fIIFL Group.IIFL has adopted villages in Palghar District and are working on a complete transformation through interventions in Live lihoods,SkillTraining,Water,Sanitation & Education.IIFL also works in Rajasthan and J&K.
A regular speaker on CSR & Social Business, sarika has also written extensively on these topics.She has also published three books on different are as of management.She livesin Mumbai with her husband,two children & one dog.
Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi
V.Shubhalaxmi is an ecopreneur with wide range of experience in education, research, conservation and advocacy of more than 20 years and over 5 years experience in nonprofit management. Through her social enterprise- Ladybird Environmental Consulting (LEC) she provides environmental CSR solutions to corporates and helps forest departments with training, content writing and establishing/revamping of their Nature Interpretation Centres.
She was previously working with BNHS as Deputy Director and heading their conservation education centers in Mumbai and New Delhi. During her 21 years tenure, she has designed over 55 programmes and 35 projects. She developed first online courses in Biodiversity Conservation, Entomology, Herpetology & Ornithology. She continues offer environmental online courses through her company.
She has a Ph.D. in Entomology from University of Mumbai, certificate course on conservation education and nonprofit management from Boston University, certificate course on nature education centres from University of Montana. She is recognized Ph.D. guide at University of Mumbai. She is two time Fulbright Fellow and two time winner of U.S. State's Alumni Innovation Engagement Fund from India . Her enterprise is chosen for the Business Accelerator programme by TechnoServe.
Leader of the Global Environment Practice at Frost & Sullivan which offers market intelligence and advisory services in various vertical and application sectors of the Global Water and Waste Management Markets. More than 10 years of Environmental Management research and consulting experience with specific expertise in market assessment/due diligence, geographic expansion, technology and competitive strategies and partner/merger/acquisition identification. Tracking the Water and Waste Management Markets as an analyst for more than 10 years and worked on advisory assignments for diverse range of customers from Tier 1 water and waste recycling technology/service companies, OEM's, water utilities and start-ups.
Passionate about innovative means of delivering strategic market knowledge and identifying new market opportunities and business models that deliver impact on the businesses of clients. Proficiency in water & wastewater treatment technology markets and its trends across geographies and application segments with a strong interest in sustainable opportunities linked to the synergies between water, energy and material resources. Was the 2001-02 Shell Scholar at the University of Edinburgh and completed my Masters in Environmental Management and also have a first bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Bangalore University.
A result oriented "WATER EXPERT", who has a over 25 years of direct practical experience of water taste & water quality development. A water researcher and an expert in designing and setting up world class state of the art Mineral Water Plant, which involves robotic water plant. My professional experience has also been in sales & marketing specifically bottled water.
My goal is to progress into the top management end of the International Organizations where ethics and human resources are well respected and can continuously evolve. I look for new ideas and am proud when I generate or find them. I always look for sources of inspiration and am a person who needs to act and to move forward.
Holy RANAIVOZANANY is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Huawei. In this role, she is responsible for philanthropy and social initiatives supported and implemented by Huawei in its whole footprint – more than 170 countries, including the strategy, communication and profile-raising initiatives as well as the engagement with stakeholders.
Prior to joining Huawei in 2011, she was in charge of CSR in Africa, Middle-East and Asia for Orange, a French-headquartered telecommunications operator. She held several positions at Orange, including as a Culture Change and Human Resources project manager and as a Marketing Analyst for Orange UK (currently Everything Everywhere). Holy Ranaivozanany holds a Master's Degree in Marketing Management from EDHEC Business School in France.
Jaideep N. Malviya
Jaideep Malaviya is a professional in solar energy since 1995 and is the founder and Secretary General of Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI).
He is a Research Analyst for Global Solar Thermal Energy Council, EU and Sun & Wind Energy, Germany and also and accredited trainer in Solar PV System Designing & Engineering, Upkeep and Maintenance. He is associated in his expert capacity with IREDA Ltd., State Nodal Agencies of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; Solar Promotion GmbH, Germany and solrico, Germany. Recently he was awarded by the World Sustainable Council as the 50 most influential personality for renewable energy development. Mr. Malaviya has published over 50 papers in Indian and International Conferences.
Leslie Heyer is the founder and president of Cycle Technologies, a social-impact company focused on reproductive health. Since 2002, under the company's Solutions for Unmet Need in Family Planning (SUN-FP) program, Cycle Technologies has successfully made available innovative family planning options that meet the needs of women around the world. These family planning options are distributed through health programs in 60+ countries with particular focus on populations with the most unmet need for contraception. As a result, approximately 5 million unplanned pregnancies have been prevented.
The company has been honored by the Global Health Council with an Award for Business Action on Health; its family planning options have been included in the WHO's medical guidelines and named a "Top 5 Innovation in Contraception" by USAID.
Ms. Heyer has 20+ years experience in business development, strategy, and entrepreneurial management.
Prior to her life as a social entrepreneur, Ms. Heyer was on the founding management team of two software companies and managed advertising accounts for global brands. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Georgetown University. Ms. Heyer was named one of the 50 Most Talented Social Entrepreneurs in 2015 by CSR World Congress.
Liam McKay is Head of CSR and Public Affairs at London City Airport. Liam is responsible for campaigning and political engagement at the airport, managing links with relevant political and regulatory audiences in Westminster, City Hall and beyond.
Liam also runs LCY's community engagement, managing engagement with local business, schools, as well as running and executing the airports employment strategies. In 2015 the airport was named as the UK's National Responsible Business of the Year by the UK parliament.
Liam has over ten years' experience in campaigning and communications, and previously was responsible for Transport for London Communications and Engagement in Central London during the 2012 Games, was the London Regional Manager for the BBC's Switchover Helpscheme and promoted the 2011 Census on behalf of the London Mayors Office.
M S Rao
A Nature Lover, Mr. M S Rao believes in contribution beyond the obvious savings and value adds.
While he was serving as transmission Business Head in one of the leading utilities in Mumbai, he was encouraging to go beyond the conventional designs & contribute at bigger extent in sustainability of the environment.
Few examples are reducing the land required substations to 10% of the conventional size, popularizing underground EHV cables in case of overhead lines avoiding the deforestation etc. These are innovations to regular activities like compulsory water harvesting, LED lighting, controlled water consumption, planting number of plants etc.
With this enthusiasm, he moved from a top position of a leading private company to a renewable sector by founding a new company with a view to provide quality products & policy advocacy for the growth of the sector. Now he is the Managing Director of Vema Solar Pvt. Ltd., doing his contribution for the growth of green energy.
He was working as a Senior Executive Vice President with Reliance Infrastructure, before which he was with NTPC Power Grid Corporation. At these places, he received Golden Peacock Innovation Management Award & Golden Peacock Award for OSHAS and Certificate of Merit under the prestigious Ramakrishna Bajaj National Quality Award (RBNQA) etc.
He holds B. tech & MBA in finance. He has widely travelled in India as well as Europe
Pallavi is the founder and Managing Partner of Desiderata Impact Ventures, a specialist intermediary that is working to create transformative impact in underserved communities by bringing in innovative sustainable approaches to solving critical development challenges. She has over a decade of experience in corporate and development sector. Prior to Desiderata, Pallavi worked with the World Bank Group, where she was focusing on surfacing, funding, scale up and replication of innovative development solutions in South Asia and Africa. She has led several systemic interventions and key publications for the inclusive business industry. She was also instrumental in setting up and leading a very successful multi-million dollar regional Inclusive Business Program for the South Asia region at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Pallavi has been awarded with World Bank Vice-Presidential Unit Award in 2013 and the Africa Social Innovation Leadership Award in 2015. She has been listed among the top "50 Most Impactful Social Innovators" globally in 2016 by the World CSR. Pallavi holds an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and an undergraduate degree in computer science and engineering.
A Marketing and communications professional with over two decades of rich experience, spread across financial services, telecom, NBFC, FMCG and cement. Hands on experience in product and corporate branding, go-to-market strategy, advertising, media planning & buying, digital & social media and PR with a mix of experience of working with both corporate as well as communication agency.
Building a purpose-led organizational brand and aligning product brands to the corporate purpose has been the fundamental scope across my career span. I have been responsible for initiating, overseeing and executing marketing campaigns, product launches, promotional events/activities, sponsorships/alliances, development of positioning / messaging and provide PR counsel to internal clients, manage expectations and educate as necessary.
KEY DOMAIN STRENGTHS
Brand strategy (Positioning, portfolio and architecture)
Marketing strategy and communications
# Marketing strategy development and implementation
# Digital marketing
# Online reputation management
# Social media & new age media
# Consumer research and insights
# Corporate Communications and PR
# Crisis Management
# Media Planning
# Strategic focus
# Inspirational Leadership
# Result orientation
# Entrepreneurial skills
# Out of the box thinking
# Managing matrix environments
Experience Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (DFPCL) (January 2014 – till date) – Head Corporate Communications
DFPCL is one of the leading fertilizers and industrial chemicals manufacturers of the country. The company produces products that are vital to the key sectors of agriculture, mining, infrastructure and pharmaceutical that directly impact the Indian economy. In business since the past three and a half decade, the company is at a crossroad of redefining its purpose, values and brand attributes.
As the head of corporate communication, I have been instrumental in developing the brand architecture and defining product hierarchy that has enabled businesses to build category brands and also build an umbrella brand for each business.
I have been instrumental in building the reputation of the organization and its management team through appropriate media opportunities and also creating a thought leadership positioning for them. Crisis management has been at the heart of the company in the recent past given the hostile takeover of Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers Limited, discontinuation of natural gas and import policy of ammonium nitrate. Over the past one year and a half, there have not been any negative news that could impact the company adversely.
Innovation and customization is at the core of the company which has led to launch of many pioneering products and concepts.
Ketchum Sampark (April 2010 – December 2013) – Co-Head Finance Practice, Executive Vice President (Promoted from Senior Vice President)
Ketchum Sampark is a leading PR agency of the country. Ketchum, a leading Global communication agency and a part of Omnicom Group, took majority stake in Sampark PR in August, 2011. Ketchum has operations across 65 countries.
Finance Practice at Ketchum Sampark services some of the most reputed brands in the financial services space spread across banks, insurance, mutual funds, stock exchange, broking & distribution, private equity and NBFC. Responsible for developing media strategies to build corporate and key executive profiles in conventional as well as new age media, managing crisis, online reputation management and innovative out-of-the-box non-media outreach programs.
GTL Ltd. (September 2005 – March 2010) – Associate Vice President Corporate Communications (Promoted from Senior Manager)
The largest telecom ancillary company with business operations spread across 44 countries providing network services and passive telecom infrastructure to leading telecom services providers. The group (Global Group) has 6 operating companies, out of which two are listed on the Indian stock exchanges.
Lead brand and marketing programs' conceptualization, creation, development and execution. Responsible for brand, communication, activation and media across conventional and new-age media (specific focus on internet) for all brands. The role included managing marketing, communications, synergies in brand identity and building a corporate brand across all the group companies of Global Group and its associate companies.
Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Limited (April 2003 – July 2004) – Assistant Manager Communications and Sales Promotion A leading name in life insurance and part of the Aditya Birla Financial Services Group.
The role encompassed managing the communication, sales promotion, developing relationships with industry associations and creating visibility platforms, internal communications, events and incentive programs for their key business segment, the direct sales force which had presence in 44 cities and target group of 15,000 agents.
Motwani Enterprise (Jan 2001 – Apr 2003) – Brand Manager
This was the holding company for Roofit Industries, Vivita and Nestler Ltd. Businesses were spread across plasters & building materials, beverages like fruit drinks, single use sachets of ice tea, coffee & hot chocolate and first time ever in India, pre-mixed mocktails.
Lead brand and marketing programs' conceptualization, creation, development and execution. Responsible for brand, communication, activation and media. Product launches, new market entry strategies, large scale events, strategic partnerships with other leading brands, in-film advertising, BTL activities and PR were some of the key responsibilities.
First venture of Mr. O P Lohia Group (Indonesia based group) in India and first time ever manufacturing unit of slag cement in Western India.
Responsibilities included product launches, advertising, dealer promotions and incentive programs, outdoor campaign, developing marketing collaterals and event management
April 93 – Jul 99 - I started my career by a self-owned marketing and advertising agency "Maestro Communications" providing creative and promotional solutions to some of the leading brands of the country including Standard Chartered Bank, J L Morison, Reliance Communications, General Motors, Hindustan Pencils etc.
A commerce graduate from Mumbai University with a certificate in MDP from IIM Ahmedabad
Ruth P Briones
Ruth P Briones, a Filipino Engineer-Lawyer and considered as policy, regulatory and project development expert in the field of environment and energy. She has more than 20 years working at the Philippine Government and was International Expert Consultant at the Asian Development Bank and National Consultant at the Philippine Government's Public Private Partnership Program. Her works are focus in waste management, sustainable forest and mineral resources development, clear air, and renewable energy. Under her direct supervision and leadership she has initiated and is in direct supervision of the following projects in the Philippines and some Southeast Asian Countries : Zero Waste Philippines 'Project, Integrated PPP- Material Recovery Facility Projects.
Ruth was one of the Contributing authors of Volume VII, China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability on the Sustainable Public Private Partnerships. She is also currently working on the plan for development of Renewable Energy project in Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Loas, all countries of Asia
Sajid Ali Social Innovation Danone India The seeds for Sajid Ali's career in social innovation were sown in the year 2003 with a degree in Agriculture from the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar followed by the degree with a rural management from the prestigious Institute of Rural Management, Anand and began his journey in social development sector.
His efforts have made their profound impact felt in the world of Micro-finance, Teacher Education, Skills Development, Vocational Training Education and now, Sustainable Agriculture, Dairy and Nutrition. A sincere, astute and hands-on learner, he can translate challenges into opportunities. He has worked with a number of organizations ranging from MNC's to grass-root NGO's. Currently he is in the advisory panel of five young NGO's working in different geographies of the country. He has been instrumental in launching and establishing In-Service Teacher Education Institute and Toll-Free helpline of Government school teachers in Delhi.
Currently he is leading Social Innovation flagship Programme for Danone in India which includes promoting Sustainable Agriculture, Good dairy practices and Healthy Nutrition in Rural Areas of Punjab. What makes Sajid a wonderful resource in the world of development is his constant desire and ability to mentor the local resources and mould them into change agents.
Sharon M. Jackson
Sharon Jackson, Founder and CEO of European Sustainability Academy, Crete (ESA).
Sharon built ESA in 2011, as a genuinely sustainable, off- grid, international training and research academy. ESA training programmes and executive retreats use transformational, experiential leadership and management teaching methods. ESA evolved from Sharon's extensive global experiences as a director in business boardrooms and teaching in business school academia over 24 years. In 2016 Sharon was awarded at World CSR Day in recognition of her global work.
ESA executive education programmes make meaningful sense of the human relationship with the natural environment. She has written about ESA as an action research, case study for 'biophilia' and the positive impacts on human learning and health : Jackson, S.M. , Maleganos, J.K. and Alamantariotou, (2016). 'Lessons from Sustainable Entrepreneurship towards Social Innovation in Healthcare.' Routledge
WISE INDA: ESA is co-designer of Women Innovators in Sustainable Enterprise (WISE) blended learning programme, launched in Greece, Croatia and Spain in 2015. In 2017 Sharon is launching WISE 2.0 for women in India and Greece. Each September, E SA hosts a Women Empowerment (WE) annual awards gala. This is attended by high standing change- makers from across the globe. In 2017 WISE women from India will be invited.
Also, Director of Carlton CSR Ltd. UK, Associate Faculty at Cranfield School of Management (since 2003), Associate Scholar at University of Cumbria, Institute for Sustainability and Leadership (IFLAS), Visiting Lecturer at Murray Edwards College- Cambridge University (Gateway Programme) and Visiting Research Fellow at Athens University of Economics and Business.
Shikha Shabdita is Head CSR of Reliance Communications Limited and responsible for driving the Company's CSR initiatives. She has over 14 years of comprehensive experience in CSR. She has an expertise in planning and implementation of CSR projects in diverse sectors and geographies. She has extensively worked on various social issues with a special focus on Health, Education, Employability, Economic Empowerment, Environment, Water, Disaster and Humanitarian Response etc. She has been instrumental in formulating and implementing company's CSR project in line with its vision which looks at the sustainable social programmes to support the community. She is passionate and committed in putting continuous efforts on developing plans and process to achieve impactful results in every CSR intervention which is undertaken by the company for ensuring adoption of best practices that are sustainable, ensure prudent use of natural resources, minimize the impact on the environment and preserve the eco-system.
Owing to her rich experience and continued success in her ongoing journey in CSR, she has been recognized at different national and International platforms for her insistent efforts in supporting the community. She won an award for "Top 50 Most Talented CSR leaders" for last two consecutive years 2015 and 2016, from World CSR Day.
Sunita Singh Exec, Vice President, Wadhwani Foundation Co-founder, NEN
Sunita is the Exec Vice President of Wadhwani Foundation and a Co-founder of its earliest and largest initiative, the National Entrepreneurship Network. She has lead the launch and development of social and private enterprise initiatives across several Asian and African nations. Currently she is responsible for the Foundation's Global Expansion with a vision of creating impact across 20-25 emerging economies around the world. Under Sunita's leadership, the Foundation has expanded its global footprint operating out of Indonesia, Malaysia and East African countries apart from India.
Previously, she was part of a startup team of a PR company helping establish the Mumbai branch of a national agency. She went on to head the Mumbai branch leading business development, strategic and tactical public relations campaign for several multi-national brands and clients. Sunita has acquired experience and expertise in setting up new initiatives and brings a rare combination of strategic, conceptual and operational skills to her work. She is deeply passionate about sustainable and systemic social impact and change. She has served or is serving on the advisory boards and steering committees of several governmental and private organizations including IEDC – Department of Science & Technology of Govt. of India, ANDE India Steering Committee, Sidbi Innovation & Incubation Centre – IIT Kanpur, and Idobro.
Tanya's work has been focused on new and emerging technologies. She has worked in the BioTech industry and Electronic Education Industry before entering the solar industry. She was earlier working with Bridge To India, a leading solar consultancy where she established the very first models to organize the rooftop solar industry in India. She has now joined hands with Sunkalp to work on a similar model and raise consumer awareness about rooftop solar in India. She is an expert in National and State level policy & regulatory advisory for the Rooftop Solar Sector in India. She also contributes articles to leading magazines such as Electronics For You in the Renewable Energy section.
Vanessa Tobin is the Senior Technical Adviser for Water Supply, Sanitation and Water Resources Development for Catholic Relief Services, Baltimore, USA since 2013 where she provides lead support for the sector to CRS country offices.
Until December, 2011, Ms. Vanessa Tobin led the UNICEF Country Office in the Philippines as Representative which included planning and implementation of programs for children and women; advocacy and resource mobilization; and emergency response.
Prior to her assignment in the Philippines, Ms. Vanessa Tobin served as Deputy Director for Program Division at UNICEF New York Headquarters from July 2006.
Ms. Tobin served as Chief, Water, Environment and Sanitation (WES) in UNICEF New York (2001–2006). During this period, she was responsible for the global guidance and support to UNICEF's water, environment and sanitation programs and was responsible for the development of the UNICEF WASH strategy (2006-2015) in support to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, leadership of the WASH Emergency Cluster, the initiative for WASH in Schools (2002) and the expansion of the Joint Monitoring Program (WHO/UNICEF).
Prior to this, Ms. Tobin was the Deputy Chief of Health (1999-2001) at UNICEF New York, supporting programs including the integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI), the Global Alliance of Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Polio Eradication.
Ms. Tobin worked as Project Officer, Water and Health in Peshawar, Pakistan from 1988-1990. In September 1990 she was reassigned to New York as Senior Project Officer, WASH. From 1994 to 1998, Ms. Tobin worked in Egypt as UNICEF Deputy Representative. Ms. Tobin also worked in Nepal (1979-84) where she was responsible for planning and development of sanitation programs for rural and peri-urban areas. She worked for the UK-based NGO, Accord in Juba, South Sudan from 1985 until 1986 and the British Government in Lesotho as Technical Cooperation Officer for Rural Sanitation from 1986 to 1988.
In 1978 she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Birmingham University, United Kingdom, followed by a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1985. In 1999, she gained a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Summary: Vikas believes in creating systems and processes for delivering consistent results rather than administering 'short term' steroid shots to boost performance. He likes to work in an environment laden with challenges and ambiguities.
Experience: Vikas Shah is currently working as the Chief Operating Officer of WaterHealth International (WHI). Based in Hyderabad, Vikas manages the global operations of the Company, WHI is a community water purification company (based in USA) that provides clean and safe water to underserved communities around the world. With a footprint of over 500 plants and serving a population of five (5) million consumers, WHI runs operations in India, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Bangladesh and purifies over sixty (60) million litres of water every month. WHI is pursuing an audacious goal of serving about 100 million customers (in the underserved areas) by 2020.
WHI has been the pioneer of Public Private Community Partnership [PPCP] model in the world. The Company has developed this model to a high degree of sophistication from a regulatory, legal, construction, operational, marketing and sustainability standpoint. During his stay at WHIN Vikas grew the operations from 150 to over 500 plants in a span of six  years. Vikas was instrumental in launching brand dr. water in 2010 which today is the only 'branded' community water play in the world. Apart from expanding the Company Vikas developed robust back end systems of WHI, which are benchmark applications and tools, developed and used for the first time in the water industry.
Vikas also played an important role in launching operations in West African region i.e. Liberia, Nigeria and Bangladesh, he was instrumental in ensuring alignment of operations in these regions based on the best practices developed in India.
Prior to WHI, Vikas worked as President - Tata Teleservices. He was one of the oldest employees of TTSL and joined its Marketing Services Group in 1998 in Andhra Pradesh. In his last role, Vikas managed the Access Business Unit (ABU) which comprised of Rural, Point of Sales (PoS) Calling Card and Payphone businesses for Tata Teleservices. From 2002, Vikas and his team grew the Business Unit revenues from a mere ` 30 to over 1,700 crores in a span of 6 years i.e. from 2002 to 2008.
Vikas started his career as an Associate with PSi Inc., a consulting cum venture capital firm located in USA. From 1992 to 1997 Vikas worked for some of the major Fortune – 500 companies i.e. John Deere, Amoco Chemicals, Con Agra and others.
Education: Vikas has a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's in Business Administration specializing in Finance.
Dr. Ramesh Daryapurkar
Dr. Ramesh Daryapurkaris a Water & Wastewater Management specialist with 30 years of field experience of overseeing more than 350 projects from 'concept-to-commissioning' in India and abroad in his highly successful professional career.
He has done his graduation in Civil Engineering in 1985,post-graduation in Environmental Engineering and doctoral research in wastewater engineering.
Gold medallists at both B.E. and M.Tech. levelsduring his academic years, Dr. Ramesh Daryapurkar is one of very few experts in South-East Asia who are credited with the unique experience of designing and commissioning more than 250 full scale renewable energy generating anaerobic reactors. He supervised many wastewater-recycling projects aiming at drastically reducing water footprint - a subject close to his heart.
He has widely travelled outside India and acquired a good exposure of working with various International Consulting Organisations, associates and Clients from more than 25 countries.
He has been nominated as an expert member on Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Technical Committee CED 24. He is an expert member of CII WR Sub-Committee on Sustainability & Green Business and also on India Business & Biodiversity Initiative Western Region (IBBI WR) Chapter. He has been nominated as an Expert Member on NaWaTech Internal Monitoring Committee for Indo-European Research & Development Initiative through NEERI, Nagpur, India. He serves as a member on Editorial Panel of few industrial journals.
He has about 25 publications to his credit in National & International journals / symposiums and presented his papers based on his practical experience in many Conferences. He has also co-authored a Hand-book on Common Effluent Treatment Plant published by Govt. of India and contributed chapters in few books.
He takes keen interest in academic activities and guides M. Tech. & Ph. D. students for dissertation work. He has been nominated on Board of Studies of few Engineering colleges.
He is a passionate reader and writes articles for newspapers. He likes classical music and travelling to explore the World and meet new people is his hobby.
He is heading Lars Enviro Pvt. Ltd.as CEO. Lars Enviro is a leading expert in Environmental Engineering in India with its footprint across the World.