Dr. Somnath Singh

Deputy Director

Dr. Somnath is a thorough development Professional as well as an academic practitioner with over 23 years of demonstrative experience working with different sectors which include, Government, Corporate, CSOs, Academia, and the UN system; His innovations and initiatives brought positive changes in the organization’s operations, Govt machinery as well as in target communities which he worked with.

In 23 years of service in the development sector, Dr. Somnath worked in different roles and capacities. His area of expertise lies in Public Health, ESG, Women and Child Development, Gender Equality, Livelihood, UN Ten principles (Human Rights, Labor, Environment, and Anti-Corruption), SDGs, and City development programmes like Climate Smart City, AMRUT City and Smart City Mission of Govt of India.

Dr. Somnath has been recognized for his various initiatives and innovations while working with Ministries and National Programmes (NHM, RNTCP, NACP) and legal bodies (National Legal Service Authority- NLSA, State Legal Service Authority-SLSA, and District Legal Service Authority-DLSA) and UN organizations like USAID, UNAIDS, UNDP, FHI, and The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).

He specializes in developing and executing strategic interventions through multi-stakeholder engagement and is skilled at Organization Leadership, Project designing & management, Resource mobilization, Stakeholder management, Training, and Research.

Currently, Dr. Somnath, in the capacity of Deputy Director is heading the Anti-Corruption & business integrity Projects for Healthcare, MSMEs, and Private Sectors, Resource Mobilization, Communication & branding portfolios along with the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at UN Global Compact Network India (UN GCNI).

Dr. Somnath believes that Public Private Partnership and collective action are the keys to the success of each development initiative /issue and hence he practices it and gains success in his professional and personal endeavors.

Regarding academic background, Dr. Somnath has completed his graduation and Master degrees in Social Work from Delhi University. Though he stepped into the service sector in 2000 he continued with his ambition of learning and enhancing his knowledge about society and business behavior, he added more relevant master’s degrees to his academic strength like Sociology from Annamalai University, Rural Development from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), and Business Administration (MBA) from Sikkim Manipal University, in India. In December 2020, he was awarded a doctorate degree in Management by OPJS University, Rajasthan/India.

Email idsomnath.singh@globalcompact.in

Srishti Gautam

Programme Officer

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.

Email idsrishti.gautam@globalcompact.in

Nazneen Shekh

Programme Officer

Nazneen is a development professional with over two years of experience and a diverse background spanning advocacy, communications, evaluation, research, networking, and partnership building. Prior to her current role at UN GCNI, she held significant positions in reputable organizations.

At the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) in Delhi, Nazneen spearheaded communications efforts, focusing on media outreach to raise awareness about the lived realities, challenges and aspirations of persons with disabilities. Her work significantly contributed to enhancing the visibility of the organization and issues related to disability rights.

She has also worked with Ideosync Media Combine as part of the research team, where she worked on projects related to digital and media literacy, as well as gender and technology. Her contributions included presenting research papers at academic conferences, notably on topics such as ‘Contextualizing a gendered digital divide: Learning from girls in peri-urban Delhi’ and ‘Digital Divide and Media Literacy: Contextualizing Disruptions, Learnings, and Practices’.

Nazneen holds a Master’s degree in Sociology with a specialization in Gender and Media from Delhi School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Maitreyi College, University of Delhi. With her rich academic background and professional experience, she holds a critical understanding of various issues such as Gender, Media, Technology, and Disability.

Currently, she is working as a Programme Officer at UN GCNI.

Email idnazneen.shekh@globalcompact.in