Mr. Hemendra Kothari

Chairman, DSP Investment Managers; Founder, Wildlife Conservation Trust; and Advisory Board – Chair, TNC India

Mr. Kothari, a veteran investment banker, is as well-known for his success in the financial world as he is for his immense contributions to the cause of environment and wildlife conservation in India. A nature lover at heart, he has remained committed to this passion and has guided many conservation organisations and State Wildlife Boards to success. He is the Chairman of DSP Investment Managers; Founder, Chairman, and Managing Trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Trust; and Founder of the Hemendra Kothari Foundation which assists other NGOs in the areas of education, healthcare, art, culture, heritage and sports. He serves as a member of the Rajasthan State Board for Wildlife under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister and has also served on the Maharashtra State Board. Mr. Kothari is the Chairman of The Nature Conservancy’s India Advisory Board and also founder donor to the India Program.

Mr. S. Ramadorai

Advisory Board – Chairman, Tata STRIVE; and Advisory Board - Vice Chair, TNC India

Mr. Ramadorai, recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, is currently the Chairman of the Advisory Board at Tata STRIVE. He was the CEO and MD of Tata Consultancy Services and former Chairman National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). He is currently Chairman of Tata Technologies Ltd and Chairman of the Advisory Board at Tata STRIVE, which is the Tata Group’s CSR skill development initiative. He continues to be an Independent Director on the Boards of Piramal Enterprises Limited and DSP Investment Managers. Mr. Ramadorai also serves as the Chairman of the Council of Management at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) and is the Chairman of the Governing Board at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). In April 2009 he was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the Indo-British economic relations and was also conferred The Economic Times – Lifetime Achievement Award for his glorious contributions to Tata Consultancy Services in 2016. He is involved through various foundations, trusts and philanthropic organisations from Health, Education, Skills and Livelihoods for social impact at scale.

Dr. Ajay Mathur

Director General, The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI)

Dr. Mathur is known for his notable contributions in the area of climate change and energy efficiency. He is the Director General of The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change. He served as the Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 to 2016 and launched several successful energy efficiency initiatives such as the Star Labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code and the Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries. In the past, he headed the Climate Change Team of the World Bank in Washington DC and the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund. He also served as the President of Suzlon Energy Ltd. A key climate-change negotiator for India, he was the country’s spokesperson at the 2015 climate negotiations in Paris.

Ms. Anita Arjundas

Mission Director and Board of Management - Member, Krea University; and Director - Mahindra Happinest

Ms. Arjundas, Mission Director, Krea University and Director, Mahindra Happinest, has blazed a trail in the real estate business where women are scarce, especially in leadership positions. She began her career at the Chennai-based Murugappa Group’s confectionery firm Parry after earning a degree in Business Management. Before joining the Mahindra Group in 2002, she taught at Ahmedabad’s MICA management school, worked in the IT industry for three years and in the consumer goods sector for 10 years. Currently, Ms. Arjundas is the President of the Real Estate Sector in Mahindra Group and a member of the Group Executive Board. She holds an MBA from BIM, India, and is a Wharton AMP alumna. She has figured in the Fortune India list of the 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business” for five consecutive years. Ms. Arjundas is passionate about the environment and has been instrumental in building sustainability in business practices. Under her leadership, Mahindra Lifespaces became the first real estate company in India to release its Sustainability Report, indicating the highest levels of disclosure and transparency.

Ms. Anjuly Chib Duggal

Former Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India

Ms. Duggal, a 1981 batch IAS Officer (Punjab cadre), recently retired as the Secretary of the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. In this role, she was an integral part of the Government’s efforts to speed up the resolution of Non-Performing Assets (NPA), to propel popularisation of a cashless payment system in India and to bring about consolidation in the public sector banking space. In the last decade, she has worked in the areas of finance and corporate affairs. She has served on the boards of the Reserve Bank of India and the State Bank of India. She has also served as Secretary in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Ms. Duggal is a Fellow at LEAD International since 1993 and was also the Executive Director of LEAD India for two years. She was instrumental in getting LEAD India registered as an independent entity.

Dr. Harini Nagendra

Professor - Sustainability, Azim Premji University

Dr. Nagendra is a professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University and a much-awarded urban and forest ecologist. She is passionate about research and teaching and has authored over 150 research publications. She has taught at multiple institutions and was a Hubert H Humphrey Distinguished Visiting Professor at Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. Dr. Nagendra has been awarded the Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar award for her research and practice on issues of urban commons, the Cozzarelli Prize with Elinor Ostrom from the Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the Clarivate-Thomson Reuters India Research Excellence Award for her research on sustainability. She regularly writes for newspapers, magazines and science blogs and gives public talks to communicate the findings of her research to the public. She has written two well received books, ‘Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future’ (OUP India, 2016), and ‘Cities and Canopies: Trees in Indian Cities’ (Penguin India, 2019, with Seema Mundoli) on human-nature interactions in Indian cities.

Mr. Janmejaya Sinha

Chairman - India, Boston Consulting Group; and Member, Henderson Institute Innovation Sounding Board, Boston Consulting Group

Janmejaya Sinha is the India Chairman and member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Henderson Institute Innovation Sounding Board, which is dedicated to supporting, inspiring, and guiding upstream innovation at BCG. He has been a member of various committees set up by the Government of India, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and a committee for the expansion of digital payment platforms across India. He serves as the Chair of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Committee on Financial Inclusion & Digitalisation. In 2010, Mr. Sinha was named one of the top 25 most influential consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine. He is the co-author of Your Strategy Needs a Strategy and a regular speaker at the World Economic Forum, CII, IBA, FICCI, RBI, and other media events.

Mr. Shantanu Rastogi

Managing Director, General Atlantic

Mr. Rastogi is a Managing Director at the General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the firm’s Financial Services, Healthcare, and Consumer sectors in India and Asia-Pacific. Mr. Rastogi has served as a Principal at Apax Partners and a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company. He serves on the board of several organisations such as Capital Foods, IIFL Wealth Management, Absolute Barbeque, House of Anita Dongre, Karvy Fintech Pvt. Ltd., KIMS Hospital and Rubicon Research. He is the Director at IIT Bombay Development and Relations Foundation; Governing Body Member of Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Bombay; and Trustee of Swasth Foundation. Mr. Rastogi holds a management degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a masters in nanotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Mr. R. Venkataramanan

Advisor, Reliance Industries

Mr. Venkataramanan has over 20 years of experience in finance, business support and strategy. As the former Managing Trustee of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, he was responsible for the management and oversight of all Tata Trusts. He was the Executive Assistant to Mr. Ratan Tata, the former Chairman of the Tata Group. Before joining the Tata Group, he served as the Head of Business Support at the Qatar Foundation (a non-profit based in Doha), worked with Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd., Mumbai (VSNL), and the Gujarat State Finance Corporation. Mr. Venkataramanan holds an MBA degree from the Sri Satya Sai University, Law degree from Mumbai University, as well as an Advance Management Program (AMP) degree from the Harvard Business School. He is a Board Member of Air Asia India Pvt. Ltd., as well as a trustee of several Tata Trusts and Foundations which support various social and environmental causes.

Mr. P.S. Narayan

Head - Sustainability and Social Initiatives, Wipro Ltd; and Managing Trustee and Head, Wipro Foundation

Mr. P. S. Narayan has been instrumental in the creation of Wipro’s sustainability initiative and has stewarded it since its inception in early 2008. Wipro’s sustainability charter is built on the core principle that business and social purpose must reinforce each other in addressing several key challenges around ecology and education. In addition, Mr. Narayan is Visiting Faculty at the Azim Premji University where he teaches in the MA (Development) program. He is also Visiting Faculty at Xavier School of Sustainability, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar. Mr. Narayan conducts learning sessions regularly on Sustainability at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Indore. He is involved in sustainability advocacy as a member of several industry forums. He is currently the Chairman of the Bangalore chapter of CII-Godrej Green Business Center. Prior to his current role, Mr. Narayan was the Global Head of Information Systems for Wipro’s IT business, when he was chosen as one of CIO’s global 25 Ones to Watch. A graduate in Electrical Engineering with a post-graduation in Management, Narayan has more than 27 years of cross-disciplinary experience in Business Development, Enterprise Systems and Corporate Sustainability.