Seema Arora pioneered the creation of services on Sustainable Development within CII. Her journey with CII began with engaging Indian Industry towards the run up to the Earth Summit in 1992. Seema Arora works on designing innovative products and frameworks to build the business case for industry to invest in Sustainability and CSR. She works with Industry, Government and Community based organisations to develop policy instruments, curate collaborative initiatives across sector and stakeholders and develops innovative voluntary approaches to Sustainable Development. Her portfolios in CII include the CII - ITC Centre Of Excellence for Sustainable Development, CII Development Initiatives, CII Foundation, India@75 and Indian Women Network.
Seema Arora has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Delhi University. She is a member of World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Biodiversity Action Agenda. She has twenty-nine years of experience in the field of Sustainable Development.
Shivani Kumar is a Development design, Implementation and Advocacy professional with over 15 years of experience in NGOs, International organizations, corporates and politics. At CII Foundation, Shivani leads the initiatives around women empowerment and early childhood education. She began her career as part of Child in Need Institute where she worked on development, scale and adoption of the concept of community health workers (now ASHA) in Jharkhand. She continued to work on issues of reproductive health in the Upper Himalayan regions, with Constella Futures. She explored the interplay of Gender, Development and Politics through her work with a member of Parliament in Haryana and then continued to JSW Foundation. She holds a MA in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, USA, a Master’s in social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a BA (Hons) in History from St Stephen’s College.
Sukriti Tolani is a part of the women empowerment team with the CII Foundation. Having worked on capacity building and Women empowerment in rural Uttar Pradesh, Sukriti has rich field work experience. Previously, she has worked for children protection and women empowerment in line with the government officials and rural communities in Basti (Uttar Pradesh). Following which, she extensively worked on menstrual hygiene management practices and breaking the taboos related to menstruation in our society in Lucknow and around. Sukriti completed her Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media (Journalism) from Mumbai University.
Chandrakant has over fourteen years of project management and research experience in the areas of social development and environment. He joins us from the Aga Khan Foundation, India, where he was the livelihoods sector lead. Previously, he has worked with PRADAN; IFMR, Chennai; and UNEP, Geneva. He has experience of designing and executing large community development projects in areas of sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, wasteland rehabilitation, nonfarm livelihoods and financial inclusion. Chandrakant has completed M.A. in International Development Policy from Duke University, Durham, USA and B.Sc. in Agriculture from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneshwar. He has also attended short academic courses at Brandeis University, Waltham, USA (on ecology) and Duke Geneva Programme (on Global Policy and Governance – Environment Track). He was a recipient of the Ford Foundation International Scholarship.
Program Manager – Climate Change Resilience
Kuldeep Sengar Program Manager Climate Change Resilience
Kuldeep Sengar is a development professional with more than six years of experience in program designing and management. He has worked on several projects focused in the areas of water, sanitation, gender equality, housing and land rights etc. In the past few years, he has been responsible for environment programs under CII Foundation and co – created a program for the sustainable management of crop residue and working closely with centre and state governments, corporates (CSR), academic institutions, civil societies and large number of farmers in the northern region of India to stop crop burning and promote sustainable farming practices under 'Cleaner Air Better Life' initiative. He has also worked with SEWA Foundation in Ahmedabad & Ranchi in his previous work assignments.
Kuldeep holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Symbiosis University, Pune and Bachelor’s from University of Delhi.
Lead - Finance
Gauri Mazumdar Lead - Finance
Gauri Mazumdar is a Commerce Graduate from Kamla Nehru College and MBA (Finance) from Symbiosis Distance Learning with more than 10 years of experience in the development sector. She has extensive experience in finance & accounts, management reporting, auditing, and grant management. Prior to joining CII Foundation, Gauri was working with Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Save The Children where she contributed via working on various projects funded by international organizations and donors such as USAID, Unitaid, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other Philanthropic Organizations. She brings with her a strong understanding of financial control, compliance, reporting, and its application in the development sector.
Megha Milan is a corporate engagement & partnership professional with over 19 years of experience. She has worked with both Multi-National and Indian companies in the corporate sector. As a Development Sector professional, using her cross-sectoral approach she specializes in driving partnerships, mobilizing resources to unlock financial and non-financial opportunities, developing and executing engagement & outreach plans, managing multi-stakeholder relationships for bridging the gap between non-profit and for-profit worlds in order to facilitate corporate alliances on high impact models that are solving socio-economic challenges of the country. She holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science from Lady Sri Ram College and is a Post Graduate in Marketing Management from Times School of Marketing.
Project Coordinator, J&K
Tariq Ahmad Project Coordinator, J&K
Tariq Ahmad looks after the implementation of the initiative towards enabling Early Childhood Education in J & K. He is Development sector professional with experience in implementing projects to achieve goals in the development and humanitarian sector. Tariq has worked on several cross-sectorial projects while being associated with NASSCOM Foundation, Avant Learning Centres-Delhi, Aman Public Charitable Trust-Delhi, and Bridge Foundation among others. He holds a BSc and MSW from University of Kashmir.
Abdullah Siddiqui is part of Crop Residue Management Initiative, looking after the project implementation in Ludhiana, Punjab. His role primarily includes working with farmers, cooperative societies, district administration, agricultural department and other concerned departments. Abdullah has previously worked with IIPA as a Research Assistant, where he audited two Central Government schemes. These projects gave him a micro-level understanding of the implementation of government schemes on ground Abdullah holds an MBA from Jamia Millia Islamia.
S M Tahir Hussain is a part of the Climate Change Resilience Team. He looks after the crop residue management project in Punjab and Haryana. His role primarily involves working with farmers, cooperative societies and district administration in order to create sustainable farming solutions for all stakeholders. He has an experience of about 3 years of on ground project implementation. He has also previously worked with BloodConnect, NIIT Foundation and Shanti Sahyog in different capacities. He is a commerce graduate and also holds a postgraduate degree in Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, as well as an M. Com in Finance and Marketing from Jamia Millia Islamia.
Prakash is mainly responsible for implementation of Crop Residue Management Initiative in Haryana. His area of work includes local participation, community mobilization, stakeholder engagement and collaboration with relevant government departments to execute programs efficiently on ground. Prior to this, he managed a centre for underprivileged children to provide them with primary education, mainstreaming in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, and skill development with placements for unemployed youth in ANK NGO, and was a part of Fundraising team in WWF India. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Dr K N Modi University, Rajasthan.
Hitesh is part of Crop Residue Management Initiative, looking after the project implementation in Patiala and Sangrur districts of Punjab. His role primarily involves working with farmers, cooperative societies and district administration in order to create sustainable farming solutions for all stakeholders. He has an experience of more than a year on ground project implementation. He is a commerce graduate and holds a certification in interior designing.
Project Coordinator, West Bengal
Sambaran Ganguly Project Coordinator, West Bengal
Sambaran Ganguly, looks after the implementation of the initiative enabling quality Early Childhood Education in West Bengal, working in close coordination with the Women and Child Welfare and Social Welfare department of State government. He has vast experience in different verticals of social development like Child Education, Child Protection, HIV intervention among Transgender & MSM, Nachni Tribe and Sex Workers. Sambaran holds a Masters in Sociology.
Jacob Jose a passionate social worker with more than 8 years of experience in the field of Disaster Management, Educational initiatives and community development projects. He is part of the CII Foundation team in implementation of Kerala Flood Rehabilitation initiatives and other Relief works. Jacob Has previously worked with BPCL as their CSR Consultant and with several NGO’s and was instrumental in their growth. He has completed Masters in Social Work from Loyola College, Chennai and Bachelors of Social Work from Rajagiri College of Social Sciences. He has also completed short-term course in CSR from Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs.