Ratnesh has more than three decades long experience at the National, State and District level in designing, financing, implementing, and evaluating development interventions to reach out to the unreached social groups in challenging geographies in India. His domain expertise include financial inclusion, enterprise promotion and development, poverty alleviation, women empowerment and inclusive growth. He has provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Finance, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Rural Development, and NITI Aayog, Government of India as well as social sector departments in UN focus states.
He has successfully built multi stakeholder platforms for improving access to development sector policies and programmes through Enterprise Development, Microfinance, Financial Inclusion, and Public Finance Management across Small Industries Development Bank of India, United Nations Development Programme. He joins UNGC NI from India’s leading think tank on Public Finance – National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, where he worked as a Senior Fellow.
Ratnesh has completed his Master’s degrees from University of Manchester (Development Finance) and University of Delhi (both M.A. and M.Phil in Sociology). He completed his graduation in Economics and Mathematics from Delhi University.
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Suman has over 25 years of work experience in the corporate and development sector. She has worked with bilateral and multilateral donor agencies and national and state governments in India and Southeast Asia. She has worked on projects focused on governance, climate change, human resource management and Sustainable Development Goals. She has successfully lead teams for UNDP, The World Bank and The Verulam Group. This entailed substantial work with Government of India (Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, and Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change), and State governments (Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Haryana).
Her areas of expertise include strategic planning and management, multi-agency coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and team management. Suman has completed her Master’s degree in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi and is a Graduate in Sociology from Miranda House, University of Delhi.
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Deep Chandra Papnoi
Mr. Deep Chandra Papnoi is a Postgraduate in Social Work from Indore School of Social Work, DAVV, Indore. He has more than 20+ years of professional experience in the development sector and has diverse experience of working with NGOs, UN Agencies, Business Chambers and Corporates for developing their sustainable agenda through aligning 17 SDGs and 10 Principles of UNGC into their core business practices. He has a wide experience in all SDGs goals and expertise in Gender Equality, Quality Education, Clean Water and Sanitation and Partnership for the Goals.
He has a rich experience in Corporate Governance, Project Management, Resource Mobilization, Monitoring & Evaluation, Human Resources Development, Networking, Liasoning with government agencies/civil societies/corporations, coordinating board meetings along with strategic partnership management with several local chapters. He has excellently contributed to sustainability trends implementations. His skills also include mobilizing corporate sponsorships, business development and efficiently coordinating major national and international-high level events.
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Dr. Somnath Singh
Dr. Somnath is a thorough development Professional as well as an academic practitioner with over 22 years demonstrative experience of working with different sectors which include, Government, corporate, CSOs, Academia and UN system and his innovations brought positive changes in organization’s operations, Govt machinery as well as in target communities.
In 22 years of service in the development sector, Dr. Somnath worked in different roles and capacities ranging from the position of program Officer to the Program Director and Head of the programmes. His area of expertise lies in Public Health, ESG, Women and Child development, Gender Equality, Livelihood, UN ten Principles (Human Rights, Labor Standard, Environment and Anti-Corruption), SDGs and City development programmes like Climate Smart City, AMRUT City and Smart City Mission of GoI.
Dr. Somnath was recognized for his various initiatives and innovations while working with Ministries and multiple national programmes of Govt of India and UN organizations like USAID, UNAIDS, UNDP, FHI and The Union.
He is specialized in developing and executing strategic interventions through multi-stakeholder engagement and skilled at organization leadership, Project designing & management, Resource mobilization, Stakeholders management, Trainings and Research.
Currently, at UN Global Compact Network India (UNGCNI) Dr. Somnath, in the capacity of Programme Manager for India, is leading the Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) and heading diverse initiatives of the organization around Corporate Governance, Health Governance, Environmental Governance, Urban Governance, Anti-Corruption and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr. Somnath believes that Public Private Partnership and collective action are the key for the success of each development initiative /issue and hence he practices it and gains success in all his professional and personal endeavors.
Regarding academic background, Dr. Somnath has completed his graduation and Master in Social Work from Delhi University. Though he stepped into the service sector in 2000 he kept his ambition of learning and enhancing knowledge about society and business behavior live, he gained master degrees in Sociology from Annamalai University, In Rural Development from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and In Business Administration (MBA) from Sikkim Manipal University in India. In December 2020, he was awarded a doctorate degree in Management by OPJS university, Churu, Rajasthan/India.
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Arya Dev is a law graduate from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. He possesses a legal experience of over 7 years and has appeared before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the Delhi High Court and the Patna High Court. He has previously practiced as an Associate Advocate in the chambers of Late Mr. Hari Shankar (Advocate – on –record, Supreme Court of India) and as a Junior Counsel to Mr. Dhruba Mukherjee, Additional Advocate General in the Patna High Court. He has rendered his professional services mainly in cases relating to criminal, service, and constitutional matters.
Though having a considerable legal experience in areas of litigation and other juridical matters, his heart lies in legal research, policy advocacy, and stakeholder strategizing. He is a strong advocate of a principled approach to sustainable and socially responsible corporate policies. United Nations Global Compact Network India provides an apt platform for his aspirations by catalyzing corporate sustainable actions into UN Goals like Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Subha Kawatra is a development professional with more than 4 years of experience in the domain of local governance, social welfare schemes, and rural development. In the past, she worked with Kudumbashree- National resource Organization as a State Project Coordinator in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Kerala and oversaw the implementation of a national-level project; Panchayati Raj institutions- Community based organizations (PRI-CBO) Convergence. The project aimed to increase the participation of members of the self-help-group in local governance to improve the service delivery of various government programs and schemes. After an enriching field experience, she worked with Prof. Puja Guha at Azim Premji University as a Research Associate on a project to map the rights and entitlements of three Indian states across themes of livelihood, social protection, health, and education.
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Seerat holds an Engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology Srinagar in Electronics & Communication. In her role as a student, she has worked on projects with core emphasis on the use of Technology in Sustainability. She has a wide research experience in the field of Precision Agriculture with JNU. Her Qualifications are reinforced by an MBA (Sustainable Development & Management) from the noted Nalanda University, Rajgir Bihar.
She is working with academicians from HBS & World Bank on research related to Climate Change in the megacities of India and its affect on mental health. She has also worked with IOCL on the research themed over ESG evaluation.
She specializes in Climate Change & Management, Sustainable Urbanization & Development, Agriculture & Technology, Sustainable Business Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability, Wireless & Data Communication. She has a standard understanding of Public Administration & International Relations. Apart from this, she has volunteered for various social organizations and spearheaded various social- scientific programs specially related to Education of underprivileged students in the valley of Kashmir. Currently at Global Compact she is working as a Membership Officer therefore, supporting the vision, mission & aims of GCNI.
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Neeta is a Public Health professional with over four years of experience in the development sector in project planning and implementation, program management, evaluation and research, networking and partnership. She is also a practicing lactation and nutrition counselor.
Prior to GCNI, she has headed all programs in Adharshila NGO, Delhi and worked with Govt. of Madhya Pradesh as Chief Minister’s Fellow, where she has worked as part of the district administration in Damoh, on the Aspirational Districts program by NITI Aayog and various Govt. schemes and policies covering issues of Good Governance, Education, Health, Public Service Delivery, etc.
She holds a Masters degree in Social Work with a specialization in Public Health from TISS, Mumbai. She also holds certificates in Rural Development (IGNOU), Lactation education (BeginEd India), Maternal and Child Nutrition (IIPH) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (GGSIPU, Delhi).
Currently, she is working as a Programme Officer at UN GCNI.
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Srishti holds a Master’s degree in Diplomacy, Law and Business (MADLB) from OP. Jindal Global University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science honors from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She has wide research experience in the field of Gender Equality, Water and Sanitation, Human Rights, Foreign Affairs and Tribal Livelihoods.
Prior to GCNI, she has worked with UNESCO on Sustainable Development Projects and Peace and Conflict Resolution, along with having a 1.5 years’ experience with the Peacebuilding Projects and Rohingya Human Rights Initiative in imparting early childhood development education, refugee crisis and mitigation. Her qualifications are reinforced by virtual courses such as ‘Global Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility: Be Sustainable”. Driven by interest in the development sector and international affairs, she has published five articles in reputed journals such as International Journal of Political Science and Governance.
Apart from this, she has volunteered for street children and underprivileged community in imparting Quality Education and Livelihood through organizations such as Salaam Baalak Trust, UTSAH NGO, Smile Foundation and ‘Project Rakshan’ on Anti-Child Labor Campaign.
Hailing from the Northeaster part on India, Srishti has worked for the Rabha Tribal community and other social issues and implementation projects in the area such as ‘Clean Water Availability and Sustainability in the smart city of Guwahati’, along with conducting primary research on the practice of Witch-Hunting and the Stigmatization of Women in Assam.
Currently at Global Compact, she is working as a ‘Programme Officer’ in providing support to the members in implementing the 10 principles of SDGs in India.
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Hari Raj Singh joined UN Global Compact Network India (UN GCNI) as an Administrative Assistant in December 2011. Prior to this, he worked as Operations Executive in AEGIS, a leading BPO in Gurgaon, and as an operator for 7 years at Spatter Cure Enterprises in New Delhi. Mr. Raj completed his formal education in Welding and Fabrication (Diploma) from Jamia Millia Islamia University in 2006 & graduated from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi in 2018.
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