Chief Executive Officer
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Rijit Sengupta is CEO of the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) – and has over twenty years of experience in various areas of sustainable development policy and practice across Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
His interest lies in the interface of business and society – particularly environmental protection/management, consumer welfare, community welfare, livelihoods/SMEs, business regulation, responsible business and SDGs. He has designed and implemented various projects/programmes on these areas in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South East Asia. Currently, while much of his work on sustainable business/SDGs is focused on India, he has been also advocating for greater North-South dialogue on sustainable business/SDGs at various international platforms, while researching and writing on these issues. He has a Master degree in Agriculture and in Environment Management. He is an Alumnus of the University of Calcutta and the United Nations University (Tokyo). He is Member, Advisory Board of the Trade for Sustainable Development programme, International Trade Centre, Geneva and of the Consumer Information Programme of the One Planet Network.
Director – Programmes
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Devyani Hari is Director (Programmes) at Centre for Responsible Business (CRB). She has a post graduate degree in finance and started her career with JP Morgan. She then moved into the field of sustainability through her work with renewable energy financing. She has tried her hand at entrepreneurship by setting up her own social enterprise and followed this up with a role in the development sector.
In her previous role as a technical expert with GIZ, Ms. Hari was responsible for working with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and SME bankers to increase lending for sustainable investments. At CRB, she continues to focus on issues of sustainability especially pertinent to the SME sector, sustainability through global value chains, and the interface between SDGs and the private sector. When she finds time over and above being Director-Programmes & mother, she likes to read.
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Nandini is Director at the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB). She has over ten years of experience working on governance and industry action in the field of sustainability and responsible business behaviour. In her previous engagement at GIZ, she was responsible for driving different projects and cultivating partnerships/collaborations with multiple stakeholders.
A nature lover, Nandini likes to head off into the mountains to unwind and reconnect whenever she gets time.
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Mr. Vivek K. Singh is an expert in making value chain transparent and sustainable. He has supported more than 147 global apparel & textile brands to make their supply chain transparent and sustainable. In his previous assignments, he has implemented end child and forced labour pilot project in apparel supply chains in India, assisted in drafting voluntary sustainability standards for apparel & textile industry, created compliance tools and framework, conceptualized platform connecting CEE and CIS countries SMEs with GVC, mentored IT start-ups, optimized business processes and effectively managed and implemented 18 IT projects. He gathers more than 13 years of invaluable experience in the private and development sectors and has a graduate degree in science and a postgraduate degree in marketing.
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Nitya Chhiber has completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy and Anthropology from the Claremont Colleges, California in 2012 where she attended Pitzer College. She went on to complete her Master’s in Environmental Policy in 2014 from the Fenner School at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Her 4 years of work experience includes stints at the Centre for Science and Environment, YES Bank and Industree, a social foundation in Bengaluru empowering women in livelihoods. She is currently working at the Centre for Responsible Business on a project funded by the IDRC. In her spare time, she is a fitness enthusiast and dabbles in cooking.
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Bhavya Sharma works as a Programme Officer at CRB. At CRB, Bhavya works on projects related to sustainable palm oil, nutrition security (SDG 2) and youth engagements.
Bhavya holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Development from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Delhi and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (Honors) from University of Delhi. In her seven years of experience so far, Bhavya has worked on multiple projects, looking at various aspects of energy, climate change, agriculture and biodiversity financing. She was also a part of a team that looked after the Public Private Partnership arrangements for implementation activities under the USAID-MOEFCC Forest-PLUS Program.
In her free time, Bhavya loves to read, spend time with her dog, travel preferably to the mountains and watch movies.
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Ramanuj has worked on various projects on diverse work areas like resource efficiency, mining and mineral sector (coal and iron ore), water, rural livelihoods, greenhouse gas inventorying, and quality of life (urban design). He holds a masters in Sustainability from Arizona State University and a dual degree in Mineral Engineering from IIT Dhanbad. He has worked with organizations like the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Walton Sustainable Solutions Initiative, Backroom Inc. and Confederation of Indian Industry. He is addicted to food and Netflix!
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Padmaja holds key interest in sustainability and human rights issues. She holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from Azim Premji University and has completed PDIA training program from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University on designing policy implementation frameworks for development organisations and government line departments.
Prior to joining CRB, Padmaja had worked with global brands in upholding transparency and sustainability across their supply chains both in India and internationally. She is also skilled in Research, Monitoring and Evaluation and has offered her Consultancy services to global development organisations in evaluating and strengthening their targeted programs on contemporary socio-economic issues. Padmaja takes interest in researching on good governance through labor reforms and administration practices. Most of her leisure time is spent in gardening and with her dog, Jackie.
Having completed her graduation from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University with a degree in History, Shreya pursued her Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has previously worked with the Ministry of Education, Ernst & Young (EY) and the National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Hub across domains of research, corporate social responsibility, skill development, higher education, project planning and operations. At CRB, she assists in developing the organisation vertical on Business and Human Rights.
In her spare time, Shreya is an amateur baker and enjoys reading, exploring cuisines and photography.
Admin & HR Officer
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Rich experience of work in entire North India. Cultivated Effective Interpretation & implementation of strategies; clear dissemination to the Team members for better comprehension of objectives and to ensure successful achievement goals. A team player & ability to handle IR challenges .Tens of my team members are currently promoted as Senior Managers. Always believe in achieving the maximum out of major Constraints like Resource Crunch & Timeline. Connoisseur of Music, be it Hindustani Classical, (VOCAL/Instrumental) Sufi & Performing Arts.
Finance and Admin Officer
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Dheeraj is a CA aspirant and currently he is a Semi qualified Chartered Accountant with more than three years of professional experience in Financial planning & analysis, Accounting Taxation, reporting and response to statutory authorities under various compliances and to internal management through MIS.
He carries good experience in Implementing and Testing Internal Control which he used in managing an organization and auditing in CA Internship. He always gains faith wherever he works in little time.
He is a good learner and keeps himself busy with exploring new ideas to keep him ahead in his profession and motivating others in spare time. Teamwork, Cooperation and meeting deadlines are his core skills.
He believes to give importance to both Profession and Family.
Manager – Marketing & Outreach
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Siya C. Batra is a communications and campaigns professional with over 6 years of expertise in marketing – with a focus on campaign strategy, corporate communications, social media marketing and event management, She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from Purdue University, USA where she also received academic specialization in International Business, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources. She brings these skills to her most recent role at CRB. Prior to joining CRB she worked at Infogain, where she successfully worked with teams across geographical boundaries. An avid animal lover, Siya is a well-rounded and creative individual, with interests ranging from traveling to art and design.
Communications & Outreach Officer
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An avid traveler and foodie, Ms Sonali Paikaray has a background of Life Sciences with a professional degree in MBA in Business Sustainability from the renowned Teri School of Advanced Studies. She has entrepreneurial experience and she applies the same learning and practical approach towards the work she handles.
Apart from food hunting and explorations, she likes to read and learn and practice about the sustainable approach towards life.
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Devosmita has completed her Master Degree in Human Rights from the University of Calcutta and has since worked in the field of Social Work extensively. She has previously worked at the National Human Rights Commission of India both as an intern as well as an employee in the Policy Research, Projects and Programmes Division as a Research Consultant. She also has experience working at the grassroot level in India while working with different NGOs and doing volunteer work. Her interests include Business and Human Rights, Sustainability, Sustainable Development Goals and gender Equality. She is a true Bengali at heart, she loves Bengali cuisine and Biryani. She is also an avid animal lover and loves to go on impromptu trips and explore different cultures whenever she gets time.
Ziaul Haque holds MBA from Aligarh Muslim University and Entrepreneur Certificate from ISB Hyderabad. He is having 5 year’s experience in various roles from Corporate to Social Development. In his previous role as a Research Analyst with Global Opportunities he was responsible for Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting the data and collaborating with Foreign Universities from USA, UK and Canada
He is a Poetry Lover and passionate about Monitoring and Evaluating the Public Policy and studying about Governance.
Ravinder is CRB’s oldest employee. He has been with the organisation since 2013. He ensures that the Office is always well stocked and all office staff and guests are well taken care off. Ravinderji assists in administrative tasks. In his spare time he can be seen pouring over Newspaper. He enjoys watching and talking about cricket.
Ribhya has a Master of Laws(LL.M) in International Law from University College London. Passionate about human rights with an interest in progressively contributing towards the SDGs, she has been working in the development sector on ensuring responsible business practices for corporates, and human rights and social sustainability within supply chains.
She has been involved in research; in policy and legal analysis and drafting; and in dealing with vulnerable clients/beneficiaries in a human rights context through a wide range of placements at organisations that deal with: Fair Labour practices(Association for Stimulating Know-how), Women’s rights and child welfare (Human Rights Law Network, National Women’s Commission); Refugee Protection and Community Services (UNHCR) and Sexual and reproductive health rights (Marie Stopes International).
Ribhya has worked at micro and macro level, been part of international dialogue,policy making and knowledge management. She engaged with International Development Institutions, Multinationals, Indian Government Agencies and Business federations as part ofmulti stakeholder engagement.
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Shubham is an MBA (Sustainable Development & Management) student at the historically acclaimed Nalanda University.
An engineer by training, he has worked with various team sizes with varied capabilities in significant infrastructure projects.
He is passionate about sustainability and has interests in capital markets and environmental economics.
In his spare time, he can be found in the kitchen trying out unadulterated recipes.
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Having completed her graduation from Lady Shri Ram College in Political Science, Tania pursued her Masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has since worked for five years at the intersection of research and communications in the development sector and with political consultancies. She has recently completed her MSc in Food Security and Development and is keen to work towards communicating and disseminating valuable research so as to make a difference in the field of sustainability.
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Priyanka is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Responsible Business. She has completed her doctoral studies from IIT Kanpur, with specialization in CSR. As a part of her thesis, Priyanka has undertaken extensive fieldwork to get an insight into various perspectives of CSR interventions. She holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi. Priyanka is always on a lookout for meaningful connections and likes to practice meditation and yoga.
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Divya is a passionate Sustainability and CSR professional with rich experience in the Textile and Apparel sector sustainability issues. Divya works across industry sectors and engages in promoting uptake of responsible business policies and practices across value chains.
Divya steers the strategic direction of CRB and has been responsible for conceptualizing and developing the global portfolio of CRB’s services, programmes and partnerships as a member of the founding leadership team at CRB. Divya is a graduate from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi and a post graduate in Social Responsibility and Sustainability from Aston Business School, UK.
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Mr. Ashok Juneja B. Text., MIE, Chartered Engineer has 38 years of textile industry experience with companies like Vardhman, Mahindra & Mahindra, Birla, Inarco, Kirloskar Toyota, and Saurer. After his last assignment as Director – Sales and Service at M/s. Saurer India, he is now an independent Management Consultant. Ashok is also the National President of The Textile Association (India) for the term 2019-2021.
He has previously been awarded with Service Memento (1999) and Service Gold Medal (2008) by TAI for enormous contributions during All India Textile Conferences.
Business and Human Rights, CRB
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Viraf Mehta is a social anthropologist who has been at the forefront of corporate responsibility issues for nearly three decades, notably with pioneering companies and NGOs, including Tata Group and Partners in Change. Between 2002 and 2010, Viraf led Partners in Change before joining the team as an advisor. He has also served on the boards and committees of various Industry, Government and Civil Society organisations, including the Bureau of Indian Standards, Global Compact Network-India, the South Asia Forum for Responsible Business. From 2006 – 2011, Viraf has been focusing attention on Business and Human Rights and has worked closely with SRSG Prof. John Ruggie’s mandate. Viraf was also the rapporteur at the 1st UN Asia Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights as well as a Regional Advisor to the Institute of Human Rights and Business in the UK.
Viraf has been instrumental in making different policy shifts, including that of National Guidelines on the Responsible Business Conduct. Currently, Viraf is also a member of NHRC’s core group on Business, Environment and Human Rights.
With more than 39 years of PSU experience in the areas of Governance, Business Responsibility, Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Resettlement & Rehabilitation Dinesh has special interest in Institutional Strengthening, Stakeholder engagement, negotiation & conflict resolution, Social & Environmental Impact Assessment, Socio Economic and Need Assessment Survey, training and capacity building. A Mechanical Engineering graduate from GB Pant University and undergone Leadership Programme at IIM, Lucknow, LEAD International, UK and ICH, Norway, he provided leadership for formulating Standards on “Social Accountability at Work Place” & “Guidance on Good Governance” for Bureau of Indian Standard, “National Voluntary Guidelines on Economic, Social and Environmental Responsibilities of Business” and “National Policy on Rehabilitation & Resettlement” for Government of India.
Dr. T. R. Manoharan is a sustainability professional based in New Delhi. He is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International Member and visiting faculty in School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. He holds Master’s Degree and M. Phil in Economics from University of Kerala and PhD in Forestry Economics from Forest Research Institute University, Dehradun. Dr. Manoharan occupied senior positions in both national and international organisations and his experience include development and management of projects, stakeholder engagement, research, teaching and policy analysis in the area of environmental economics, forest conservation, trade and environment, environment regulation and forest certification.
Yukti has a degree in history and law from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi and Harvard Law School. She has more than five years of work experience across various sectors including Mining Regulation, Climate Change, conducting Human Rights Due Diligence, Corporate Social Responsibility, Stakeholder Mapping and Community Engagement. She has previously worked with Centre for Science and Environment (New Delhi), Centre for Responsible Business (New Delhi) and Context Consulting (London). She is an elected member of the Zila Parishad from Fatehabad, Haryana. She is the founder of Sustaim Consulting, a boutique consulting firm for conducting Human Rights Impact Assessment.
Rajnish has studied Economics at St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi and Management at the IIM Calcutta. Before deciding to set up a textile export company, Rajnish did a stint at the Tata Steel. He is credited with growing the export company into India’s leading design houses for home textiles for European and American specialty stores in a span of two decades. Later years, Rajnish assumed the role of Resident Representative at Delhi for MJunction Ltd and as Advisor at Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd, handling relationships with senior government officials and ministries. He has served as an honorary visiting fellow with Observer Research Foundation. At present, he teaches Energy Law and Policy as a Visiting Faculty member at OP Jindal Global University’s law school. Rajnish researches the strains of India’s transition from a socialist to a market economy. He was awarded a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy in 2018.