Abhejit leads the Sustainability and CSR vertical at Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector Bank. In his role, Abhejit leads a team of ESG and CSR professionals to deliver on Axis Bank’s vision and action across diverse sustainability mandates and towards achieving the Bank’s CSR priorities.
Prior to his current role, Abhejit held leadership roles in the sustainability domain at YES Bank and at the Essar Group, where he was instrumental in achieving several industry-firsts in India.
Abhejit is a member of the CII Climate Change Council and CII Net Zero Council for 2023-24 and on the FICCI National Task Force on ESG for 2022-23 and 2023-24. He is also a part of key industry initiatives focused on sustainable development and climate action and speaks extensively on these topics.
Abhejit is a postgraduate from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and has a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and daughter, and enjoys being a father, travelling and gardening.
Deputy Country Representative, UN Women India
Kanta has over 25 years of experience in the management of pro-women development programmes. Kanta has worked with national and international organisations to promote women in formal economy, sports and politics. Kanta’s last assignment was with UNDP where she spent 9 years.
Currently, Kanta is the Deputy Representative with UN Women India. She is a former national level Volleyball Player. Kanta is a Chevening Gurukul Fellow from University of Oxford.
Shri Krishna Kumar Singh is an Electrical Engineer from IIT, BHU and holds PG Diploma in Human Resource Management. Shri Singh joined Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) in 1987 as Management Trainee (MT) and has served for more than 11 years on the shop-floor at Bhilai Steel Plant, gaining hands-on experience in steel manufacturing processes before switching over to HRD. Rising through the ranks, Shri Singh became Executive Director I/c (P & A) in SAIL before taking charge as the Director (Personnel) of the Company. He possesses vast experience of more than 36 years in diverse areas including management & administration of Operations, Human Resource, Education, Vigilance, Personnel & Industrial Relations.
During his stint as Chief of Education (CoE), Bhilai he was instrumental in several initiatives like merger of Schools and outsourcing of education services. He also successfully served as a faculty for subjects related to microplanning, MDP, Leadership etc. He has designed several contemporary training modules for addressing the core people and productivity related challenges on the shop-floor; leading to development of agile workforce teams. In his present role as Director (Personnel), of Steel Authority of India - the Maharatna steel maker to the nation, Shri Singh has taken several progressive initiatives in area of Performance Management, Succession & Career Progression Planning, Manpower Planning, Compensation & Benefit Management, Training & Development, Industrial Relations Management and Employee Engagement. He has also been instrumental in formulation & adoption of progressive HR policy framework in the Organization which primarily nurtures higher productivity levels, employee engagement levels, and a futuristic talent management framework in the Company.
Shri Singh is a seasoned Human Resource professional with a proven track record in fostering a culture of learning & development and leading high-performance teams. He has a great knack for analyzing complex organizational issues to devise innovative solutions. He has initiated a number of HRD interventions for identifying and resolving age-old HR challenges to make the Organization future ready.
IAS, Government of Rajasthan
With over 16 years of dedicated service in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Rohit Gupta is a distinguished public servant who has made significant contributions to different fields spanning across his illustrious career. He is an IIT Delhi graduate and has completed Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University, USA. He is also pursuing Ph.D. in Public Affairs in the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy program at the School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, adding another academic dimension to his accomplished career.
Rohit Gupta has held the pivotal position of District Collector in six districts, demonstrating exemplary leadership and administrative skills. His tenure in these districts saw remarkable advancements in various government projects, especially in the areas of environmental protection, rural livelihood, water and sanitation, and smart city mission. His strategic vision and commitment to community empowerment have left a lasting impact on these regions reflected in the tangible improvements in the lives of countless individuals and communities. His innovative approaches and effective implementation strategies have been recognized and appreciated by colleagues and stakeholders alike.
As a strong proponent of sustainability, he has been actively involved in bringing the state-of-the-art technological reforms in the power sector of Rajasthan. He has championed path-breaking energy transition innovations, especially promoting smart grid and renewables to make electricity sector financially sustainable and energy efficient. As Secretary (Finance), Government of Rajasthan, he has led changes to reform the archaic financial and accounting rules and procedures, and making the Financial Management Systems technology-driven and human-centric.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions and tireless efforts, he has been honoured with multiple awards and commendations, further underscoring his commitment to excellence in public service.
He is not only a seasoned civil servant but also a prolific writer and researcher. He has authored and published several academic papers, shedding light on critical issues in governance, development, and policy. With an impressive track record and a passion for improving the lives of people, he continues to be a driving force in the realm of public administration and development, inspiring others with his dedication and vision.
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