Our Team

Arun Asthana, Executive Director

Mr. Arun is a communication professional, creative writer, social entrepreneur and strategist. He started his career as a print journalist from culturally rich and politically vibrant city of Lucknow. Later he spent more than 11 years at senior editorial, creative and corporate positions at brands like BBC World, Star News and Tata Teleservices. Arun helped the launch and operations of around a dozen TV channels and two digital media ventures as consultant and entrepreneur in India, Pakistan & Bangladesh. A Published author and filmmaker Arun has been nurturing a deep urge of being at social sector since long as he wanted to use his experience, exposure and strategic thinking to make this world a bit more livable.

Beroz Gazdar, Senior Associate

Beroz is a Commerce graduate, an Associate Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi and holds a Diploma in Sustainability & CSR from the Swedish Institute of Management. She has a vast corporate work experience of over 35 years in various organizations like Standard Chartered Bank, the Tata Group, the Zee Group and the Mahindra Group. Besides having corporate experience in Finance, Legal and Commercial aspects of business, over the last 8 years, she branched out into the Sustainability domain, mainstreaming non-financial aspects of business in strategy, management and operations. As a ‘Sustainability practitioner’ Beroz has a clear understanding of Corporate Sustainability Management across various sectors and functions. This includes creating policies, processes and monitoring frameworks for Environmental, Social and Governance parameters, to enable voluntary disclosures, and defining action plans for mitigating risks arising from climate change and related business externalities.

Divya Jyoti, Advisor

Divya is a passionate Sustainability and CSR professional with rich experience in the Textile and Apparel sector sustainability issues. Divya works across industry sectors and engages in promoting uptake of responsible business policies and practices across value chains. Divya steers the strategic direction of CRB and has been responsible for conceptualizing and developing the global portfolio of CRB’s services, programmes and partnerships as a member of the founding leadership team at CRB. Divya is a graduate from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi and a post graduate in Social Responsibility and Sustainability from Aston Business School, UK.

Madhuri Nanda, Associate

With an academic background in Botany and Environment Management, Madhuri has spent 15 years working as an environment and sustainability professional, across consultancy firm, corporate entities, a research institution and an auditing firm (for climate change projects) in Germany. During this period, Madhuri worked in various environmental areas including Climate change policy, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under Kyoto Protocol, sustainability management and reporting based on Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) guidelines, Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), legal compliances and Integrated Management Systems (IMS) certification (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and SA 8000). Currently, Madhuri is enrolled for a part-time PhD program with the TERI University, researching on sustainable agriculture practices for India. Madhuri loves reading books, listening to music and traveling.

Margaret Francis, Project Coordinator

Margaret has about 12 years of experience in customer care with her last role being a GHG Support Executive in the Climate Change department. She has completed her PGDBA in Public Relations from Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, and her areas of interest, in her own words, are travelling, reading and most importantly her spirituality which keeps her grounded in all walks of life.

Meera Mitra, Senior Associate

Meera Mitra has a PhD from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. She is a Sociologist and Development Specialist. Dr. Mitra has been in academics and development consultancy in India and the U.S.  She began her career teaching at JMC (Delhi University).  She also held teaching positions at Franklin & Marshall College USA and Millersville University. Dr. Mitra directed several social development implementation projects across India.  She served on two BIS panels (Social Accountability Standards and Good Governance standards). She has authored reports, journal and newspaper articles.

Her books:  ‘It’s Only Business: India’s Corporate Social Responsiveness in a Globalised World’ Oxford University Press 2009  and  ‘BREAKING THROUGH: India’s Stories of Beating the Odds on POVERTY’ (2015 Rupa).

Rijit Senguta, Chief Operating Officer

Rijit Sengupta, hold a Post graduate degree in Agriculture from University of Calcutta, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Systems Management (specializing in Environment Management) from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISW&BM), Calcutta. He is an Alumni of the United Nations University (Tokyo) program on International Cooperation and Development. He has experience of over sixteen years in various areas of Sustainable Development policy and practice.

Sohini Gupta, Project Manager

Sohini has been working in the sustainability domain for the past 7 years with expertise in areas like sustainable consumption and production, life cycle assessment & management (LCA/M), capability maturity models (Life Cycle Management-LCM, Zero Defect Zero Effect-ZED), climate change mitigation, and carbon markets. She has extensively worked with UN Environment. Previously, she has worked with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Ms. Sohini has completed her B.Sc (Hons) Zoology from Miranda House, University of Delhi and MSc. Natural Resources Management from TERI University, New Delhi.

Thounaojam Somokanta, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Thounaojam Somokanta is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in CRB, which is supported by the University of Basel, Switzerland. He obtained Master Degree in Sociology from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and M.Phil/Ph.D Degree in Science, Society and Development from Central University of Gujarat. During Ph.D, he presented his research outcomes in various international conferences held in India and abroad. He was also a STEPS Summer School Fellow, University of Sussex in 2013. He was trained as a student of Environmental Sociology and later worked into the discipline of Science & Technology Studies and Sustainability Transition research. His research focused on risk and politics of hydro power in India, environmental activism, feminist studies of technology, and sustainability initiatives in urban India.

RICHA PRASAD, Programme Officer

Richa Prasad assists as a Programme Office in Centre for Responsible Business. Prior joining in June, 2017, Richa has worked with TERI University as a Project Assistant. She has also worked as Research Associate in Indian Pollution Control Association. Her past experience includes research, organising capacity building and knowledge dissemination workshops and project implementation, assessment and evaluation in waste management and air pollution sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies & Resource Management, from TERI University and Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (Hons.) from Gargi College, Delhi University.

Ankur Rustogi – Manager Accounts & Finance

Mr. Ankur Rustogi has recently joined our Team as Manager – Accounts & Finance. He has an experience of more than 5 years in the field of Accounts & Finance with an expertise in areas like Tax Planning, Finalising Balance Sheets, Cash Flows Projections etc. He has worked with companies like Amrapali Group, D’Gipro Systems Private Limited, Clutch Auto Ltd etc.. He is a commerce graduate from Delhi University and also cleared CA – Intermediate from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has also done 3 years and 6 months articleship training from VADS & Co. ( A Chartered Accountant Firm in Delhi).