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Key Speakers & Panelists*


Chief Executive Officer, CRB

Shombi Sharp

UN Resident Coordinator, India

Licypriya Kangujam

10 years old Environmentalist & Climate Activist and Founder
The Child Movement


Former Executive Director, UNEP

Suresh Prabhu

Chancellor, Founding Chancellor of Rishihood University
Guest Professor of London School of Economics, Former Union Minister with 10 Portfolios and 6 Times Member of Parliament

Shri Upendra Prasad Singh

Ministry of Textiles, Government of India

Prof. Dirk Matten

Professor of Sustainability,
Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility

Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada

Arun Maira

Former Member,
Planning Commission, Government of India

Atul Satija

Founder & CEO
The Nudge Institute

Jenny Costelloe

Executive Director
Ethical Tea Partnership

Chetna Sinha

Manndeshi Foundation & Manndeshi Bank

Nidhi Bhasin

CEO, Nasscom Foundation

Cecilia Ekholm,

Ambassador for International Sustainable Business
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden

Dr. Leena Srivastava

Former Deputy Director (Science)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Dr. David Nabarro

UN Global Crisis Response Group & 4SD

Joseph D’Cruz

CEO, RSPO(Lead Partner)

Rhea Mazumdar Singhal

Founder & CEO, Ecoware

Franck Viault

Minister Counsellor
Head of Cooperation Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

Jagjeet Singh Kandal

Country Director (India), IDH

Moderator: Vasanthi Srinivasan

IIM Bangalore
Co-Chair CRB Governing Body

Sheshagiri Rao

Joint MD,

Praveen Kumar

Director General and CEO

Dibirath Sen

Managing Director, Head - North India
Global Banking, India Lead for Sustainable Finance, HSBC India

RK Singh


Ricky Kej

Indian musical composer

Shri R C Kesar

Chairperson, CRB

George Gray Molina

Head of Strategic Engagement and
Chief Economist at United Nations Development Programme

Naina Lal Kidwai

Senior Adviser & Member of Board,
Rothschild & Co India

Erinch Sahan

Business & Enterprise Lead, Doughnut Economics Action Lab

Jayant Sinha

Member of Parliament

Seshagiri Rao M.V.S.

Joint Managing Director & Group CFO, Non-Independent Executive Director
JSW Steel

Dr. Lorho S. Pfoze

Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha (Manipur)

Shri Bhubaneswar Kalita

Member of Parliament (Assam)
Rajya Sabha

About ‘India and Sustainability Standards’

India and Sustainability Standards 2019

‘India and Sustainability Standards: International Dialogues and Conference’, is the annual flagship conference of the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB). ISS 2021 convenes international and Indian businesses, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss, deliberate and develop roadmaps across key sustainability issues and industry sectors – in supporting the momentum towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

India and Sustainability Standards: International Dialogues and Conference (ISS) was conceptualized as a dialogue platform by CRB in 2012. ISS has received continued and overwhelming support and encouragement from Indian and international partners, standard setters, large companies, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), civil society supporters, policymakers, government agencies, media and its diverse participants. Through its dedicated engagement, ISS has evolved into a truly international multi-stakeholder dialogue platform.

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CRB believes in the value of sustainable business principles for future oriented and purpose driven businesses. These principles must ultimately inform their strategies and operations to align with the Sustainability Agenda.

In the eighth edition of ISS, our endeavor is to bring together a diverse set of stakeholders to facilitate a discussion on the opportunities and challenges of adopting transformative pathways for societal resilience.


Key Speakers & Panelists*

Chief Guest

Member of Parliament

Prof. Mervyn King

Senior Counsel and former Judge
The Supreme Court of South Africa

Esteemed Special Guest
Jamshyd Godrej

Godrej & Boyce

Janez Potočnik

International Resource Panel

Dr Sally Uren OBE

Chief Executive
Forum for the Future

Eva Zabey

Executive Director
Business for Nature

Anshu Gupta

Founder Director

Kirti Poonia


Richard Howitt

Strategic Advisor on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Business and Human Rights

Arun Maira

Former Member - Planning Commission

Inke Van Der Sluijs

Director, Market Transformation
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Rijit Sengupta

Centre for Responsible Business

Bimal Arora

Nadia Rasheed

Deputy Resident Representative
UNDP India

O P Agarwal

WRI India

Rajeev Dubey

Group President (HR & Corporate Services) & CEO (After-Market Sector)
Member of the Group Executive Board Mahindra & Mahindra

Karanraj Chaudri

Advisor, SDG & Innovative Finance
UNDP India

Neha Kumar

India Programme Manager
Climate Bonds Initiative

Donal Cannon

Head of Regional Representation
South Asia, EIB

Shubhashish Dey

Director, Climate Policy
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation


Country Head, India and Deputy Director, Market Transformation (Global)
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil


Director- Sustainable business

Namit Agarwal

Asia Policy Lead
World Benchmarking Alliance

Madhuri Nanda

Director - South Asia
Rainforest Alliance

Isabel Hoffmann

Capitals Coalition

Silvia Mera

Director, Apparel Program
GoodWeave International

Chacko Purackal Thomas

Managing Director and CEO
TATA Coffee

Edgar Hertwich

International Resource Panel member

Reid Lifset

International Resource Panel member

Ms. Nusrat Khan

Business and Human Rights Specialist
UNDP India

Amitabh Behar


Anup Vikal

Chief Financial Officer
Nayara Energy

Vasanthi Srinivasan

Prof. IIM Bangalore and Governing Body Member,

Shubha Sekhar

Regional Director, Human Rights and Sustainability,
The Coca-Cola

Viraf Mehta

Member Advisory Committee, NVG and NGRBC;Member Advisory Committee-NAP on Business and Human Rights

John Morrison

Institute for Human Rights and Business

Martin Malmros

CEO and Co-founder

Rajeshwari Chandrasekar

Chief Field Office

Minor Ganesan

Senior VP - HR, Admin & CSR
Jockey India

PK Goswami

Director: Occupational health and Safety, Labor Department,

Neeraj Duggal

Owner/ CEO
Innovative Global

Rajiv Dewan

Owner/ CEO
Ma'am Arts, Jaipur

Shankar Venkateswaran

Advisor - Sustainability, Business, Society
Interim Director - CDP India Co-Founder, ECube Climate Finance Chairperson, Oxfam India Chairperson, CSR Trust for SDGs in India

R C Kesar

Director General
OGTC (Okhla Garment and Textile Cluster)

Prabhat Kumar

Deputy Director,
Save the Children

Nirmala Pandey

Child Protection Specialist

Pawan Gupta

General Manager
Genus Apparel

Ranjeeb Sarma

Head of Compliance
CSR, Marks and Spencer India

Animesh Saxena

Managing Director
NeeTee Clothing

Dr Ashwin Naik

Healthcare Entrepreneur

Dr S Majumdar

Sustainability Professional

Prof. Sapna A Narula

Professor & Dean
Nalanda University

Vedita Agarwal


Saksham Nijhawan

Senior Strategist
Forum for the Future

Neha Simlai

Program Manager - IDH
The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Michiel van Erkel

Agricultural Counsellor for India
Sri Lanka, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Sudhakar Desai

Emami Agrotech Ltd

Sougata Niyogi

CEO-Oil Palm Business
Godrej Agrovet Limited

Mr. G.K. Singh

Joint Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs
Government of India

Ms. Renita Bhaskar

Head of Trade and Economic Section,
EU Delegation to India

Ms. Seema Arora

Deputy Director General
Confederation of Indian Industry

Simon Goff

Founder & Director
Floor Story

Geentanjali Master

Partnerships Specialist
Private and Public Sector Engagement UNICEF

Marco Dubbelt

Officer in Charge
Global March Against Child Labour

Saurabh Gupta

Managing Partner

Arindom Datta

Executive Director, Head of Rural & Development Banking/Advisory

Parthasarathi Changdar

CSR Lead
AkzoNobel India

Kumar Anurag Pratap

Vice President & Head-CSR,

Indras Ghosh

Sustainability Manager and Acting Head of Sustainability Projects
Indo-German Chamber of Commerce

Kunal Shekhar

General Manager- Raw Material
Bilt Graphic Paper Products Ltd

Kanika Pal

South Asia Head
Community Investments & Sustainability Programmes, Unilever

Dr. Ashwini Chhatre

Associate Professor
Indian School of Business (ISB)

Dr. Deep Narayan Pandey

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Rajasthan

Rakesh Supkar

Business Head, India
Traidcraft Services India Private Limited

JB Ekka

Principal Secretary
Tea Tribes, Assam

Ranu Bhogal

Director - Policy
Research & Campaigns, Oxfam India

Ranjana Das

Lead Specialist - Private Sector Engagement
Oxfam India

Prabhat Bezboruah

Tea Board of India

Ashok Batra

Consultant- Markets Transformation
Rainforest Alliance

Srishti Tamanna

Youth Representative

Wioleta Burdzy Seth

Founding and Steering Committee Member,
Youth for Sustainability India Alliance

Punyasloka Panda

National Coordinator
Youth for Sustainability India & Founder of Blueyard Education

Aashish Beergi

Aashish Beergi, Co-Founder and CEO
Mash Foundation Project

Padma Parija

Youth Representative

Abhishek Mazumdar

Co-founder & CEO,
The Logical Indian

Chacko Thomas

Managing Director & CEO
Tata Coffee

Achalender Reddy

Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS)

Joe Phelan

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), India

Bhavya Sharma

Product Manager
Sustainable Investing, Robeco

Arindom Datta

Executive Director and Head of Rural & Development Banking/Advisory

Dr. Sunil Rai

Vice Chancellor

Ajit Parulekar

Goa Institute of Management

Dr. Harivansh Chaturvedi


Dr. Ranjan Banerjee

Dean and Professor
BITS School of Management

Deeksha Vats

Chief Sustainability Officer
Aditya Birla Group

Dr. Bimal Arora

Faculty, Manchester Metropolitan University,
UK Honorary Chairperson, CRB

Joseph Wozniak

Head, Trade for Sustainable Development – T4SD

Rajiv Nath

Managing Director
Hindustan Syringes & Medical Devices Ltd

ReneVan Berkel

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Santiago Wozniak

Senior Economist

Vidhya Rangan

Senior Manager

Dr. Sandip Chatterjee

Director/ Scientist 'F',Ministry of Electronics
Information Technology

Corey Dehmey

Executive Director

Clare Hobby

Purchaser Engagement (Global), TCO Development

Prasanna Narasimaiah

Associated Director
Applied Materials (Bengaluru)

Ritu Baruah

India Program Manager

Prashant Pastore

Solidaridad Network

Roshan Lal Tamak

Executive Director and CEO
DCM Shriram Limited

Chandan Kumar

Executive Committee Member
Rashtriya Hamal Panchayat

Dev Nathan

Institute for Human Development

Ioannis Kampourakis

Postdoctoral Researcher
Erasmus University

Namita Vikas

Founder and Managing Director
auctusESG LLP

Edgar Hertwich

International Resource Panel Member,
Lead Author of the Resource Efficiency and Climate Change Report

Reid Lifset

International Resource Panel Member
Lead Author of the Resource Efficiency and Climate Change Report

Merlyn Van Voore

Head, Secretariat
For the International Resource Panel

Bethan Laughlin

Consumers International

Vimlendu Jha


Saroja Sundaram

Executive Director
Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group

Vishnu PR

Change can Change Climate Change Foundation

Eva Eiderstrom

Head of Good Environmental Choice Program

Rajiv Kumar

Dhampur Bio-Organics Limited

Ajit Chougule

Executive Director

Seema Kulkarni

National Facilitation Team Member
MAKAAM and Senior Fellow SOPPECOM

Prof. Hila Shamir

Tel-Aviv University

Rajeev Kher

Former Joint Secretary
at MoEFCC and Former Commerce Secretary at Government of India

Dheeraj Talreja

AAK India

Bhawna Yadav

Regional Social
and Human Rights Manager (South Asia and ASEAN), Reckitt

Jyoti Sharma

Founder and Chairperson
FORCE Non-profit

Dr Sanjeev Chopra

Former Director

Natasha Salgia

Visiting Faculty Member
MIT Institute of Design

Ankur Bisen

Senior Partner & Head (Consumer & Retail)
echnopack & Co-author of the book - ‘Breaking the Mould’

Muhammad Junaid

IAS Officer

Karan Garg

Vice President
Brick Kiln Owner Association

Dr Saumen Maity

Senior General Manager
Development Alternatives

Varun Kappal

Regional Manager
Tata Trust

Dr Debolina Kundu

National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)

S Karthikeyan

Principal Counsellor
CII - Indian Green Building Council

Sachin Joshi


Thomas Van Haaren

Senior Manager
Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI), Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)

Marie Claude Quentin

Senior Technical Manager
Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), The Consumer Goods Forum

Eva van Heukelom

Technical Manager
Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)

Hitesh Bhatt

Director, Marketing and Communication
Retailers Association of India

Arindom Datta

Executive Director
Head of Rural & Development Banking/Advisory, Rabobank

Daniel Hachez

Minister Counsellor
Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to Bhutan, China, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Thailand

Laurent Le Danois

Team Leader
International Partnerships, EU Delegation to India and Bhutan

Nikesh Raj

Environment Program Manager,
Hennes and Mauritz India Pvt. Ltd.

Jaideep Gokhale

Vice President Sustainability Asia-Pacific
Director Sustainability South Asia Markets, Tetra Pak

Srinivas Prasad

Navabharat Limited

Anoop EV

Dean - College of Forestry
Kerala Agricultural University

Vijay Anand

Knit Gallery

Shovon Islam

CEO/Managing Director
Sparrow Group of Industries

Simmi Sareen


Arpita Pal Agrawal

Managing Director

Sachin Sharma

Vice President & Head - Channel Operations

Sridhar Easwaran

Head - Institution and Capacity Building

Aruna Rangachar Pohl

Chairperson, Advisory Committee
India Foundation for Humanistic Development

Ravi Chandra

Livelihoods & Value Chain, UNDP

Anil Nadig

TraceX Technologies

Anish Kumar

National Association for Farmer Producer Organisations (NAFPO)

Sandeep Roy Choudhury

Director & Co founder
VNV Advisory Services

Dheeraj Mutreja

Assistant Vice President - Rural & Development Banking

Hans Brattskar

Special Envoy
Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway

Mr. Hem Kumar Pande

Secretary Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Government of India

Mr. Ramesh Abhishek


Dr. Arpita Mukherjee


Jyotsna Sitling

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
Van Panchayat, Uttarakhand

Caitlin Peeling

Senior Manager
Membership and Services, ISEAL

Joshua Wickerham

Membership and Engagement Manager


Senior Manager – Landscapes
IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

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