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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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 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.
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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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Nancy is a seasoned public policy professional with more than eight years of experience in research and communications. Her academic background includes a Master’s degree in Gender and Development Studies, complemented by a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science from Jesus and College, Delhi University. She has also earned two Postgraduate Diplomas in Human Rights and Environmental Law and Policy.
Nancy’s professional path has been distinguished by her partnerships with esteemed organizations, including CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), Centre for Policy Research, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, Lok Bharti Education Society, SaveLIFE Foundation, and NASSCOM Foundation, among others. Her extensive experience covers a diverse spectrum of vital domains, such as gender-related issues, social challenges, healthcare, and environmental matters.
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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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