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Siddharth Sharma
Group Chief Sustainability Officer
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Siddharth was appointed as the Group Chief Sustainability Officer at Tata Sons in June 2019. Prior to that, he was a civil servant for more than two decades, starting his career with the Government of India (GOI) on 12th October 1992. He has handled important assignments in key ministries of the GOI such as the President’s Secretariat, Finance, Urban Development & External Affairs. After serving as the Internal Financial Advisor to the 13th and 14th Presidents of India for almost six years, he took voluntary retirement from the Government of India in February 2018 and subsequently transitioned to the Tata group in 2019.
Siddharth possesses a deep insight and knowledge of the Indian Financial System, having worked in the Ministry of Finance in different stints. He was a key member of the top management team of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Of India (PFRDA), the pensions regulator, during 2007-09, and in that capacity oversaw the expansion of the National Pension System (NPS) to the unorganised sector, insurance & banking sectors and the State Governments.
He spearheaded a pilot project for transitioning Government of India from cash to accruals, while in the Ministry Of Urban Development (2006), extensively researching the financial systems of the UK and Canada for this purpose.
An avid public speaker and debater, he was Secretary of the Debating Society at Shri Ram College of Commerce (87-88), from where he graduated with an Honours degree in Commerce in 1989. He has also co-authored along with Dr. Urjit Patel, a seminal document on GOI’s Pensionary Liabilities, which laid the framework for the movement from a defined benefit to a defined contribution pension system and led to the eventual introduction of the National Pension System.
Alka Upadhyay
AVP – Environment Services
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Alka heads the Environment Services Team, and is responsible for promoting environmental sustainability across the Tata group of companies by driving various initiatives such as Water Footprint Assessment, Low Carbon strategy and Energy management, Natural Capital Valuation and concept of Circularity. Her work essentially involves providing advisory to Tata companies which entails seeking out and meeting C-suite executives, identifying and developing improvement plans and securing senior-level commitment for their implementation.
She is a metallurgist by discipline, and has spent over 14 years in the steel industry. She has been responsible for conceptualisation and facilitation of technological improvements in the area of iron making in Tata Steel. She has been felicitated with the Young Metallurgist award in 2005 in ferrous category by the Ministry of Steel. Alka is also a Harvard Business School alumna.
She has over 7 years of experience in Climate Change and Sustainability. Before joining the Tata Sustainability Group, she was a part of the Climate Change and Sustainability cluster at Tata Quality Management Services.
She enjoys reading biographies and fiction, and running half marathons.
Ajit Chaudhuri
AVP – Community Services
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Ajit is part of the community services and disaster response teams within TSG. He had earlier worked in the development sector, starting with an NGO in western Rajasthan, and then with donor agencies and consulting organisations. He had also set up a disaster response unit at the India Today group, where he worked on relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of the Kargil War, the Gujarat and Kashmir earthquakes, the Orissa super-cyclone, the Bihar floods, inter alia. His main interests are in the delivery of basic services to communities who are most difficult to reach – the poorest, the most marginalised, the peripatetic, and those in remote locations.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Shriram College of Commerce, a Master’s in Rural Management from the Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy, also at IRMA. He was awarded the Chevening Gurukul Scholarship by the British Government in 2001, wherein he spent a semester at the London School of Economics studying leadership and development.
Shrirang Dhavale
DGM - Community Services
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Shrirang’s roles and responsibilities in TSG include disaster response and social development programme management - - planning, deployment and impact assessment.
Prior to joining TSG, Shrirang has worked with TATA Motors to strengthen CSR, sustainability agenda and affirmative action. He also has experience working on human rights, to bring in community perspective in corporate processes, as well as CSR strategy development.
He has held the post of Secretary for the Sumant Moolgaokar Development Foundation, TATA Motors Employees’ Education Trust and TATA Motors Kalasagar. Shrirang has also held the position of the Chair (2013 – 2015), CSR and Affirmative Action Panel, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Pune. He’s worked for over eleven years with ActionAid International – in Orissa, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh; and on disaster response - Tsunami (Andaman and Nicobar), Earthquake (Gujarat), Floods (Maharashtra) and drought (Rajasthan). He is a member of the National Committee on Affirmative Action (CII).
Shrirang holds an MA (Urban and Rural Community Development) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
His hobbies are badminton, long distance driving and listening to music.
Abhishek Goyal
DGM – Environment Services
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Abhishek is a part of the Environment Services team at TSG. He has a Master's degree in Environment Economics and Management from University of York, UK, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Indore University.
Prior to joining TSG, Abhishek was with McKinsey & Company as an Analytics Specialist in their Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice. He has significant experience in the area of greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement cost curves for countries, cities and corporations. He has also worked with Ernst & Young's Climate Change and Sustainability Services, where he was working on developing carbon reducing projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol. Abhishek has also worked on multiple projects related to sustainability reporting advisory, assurance, training and capacity building programmes across varied industry sectors.
Manjula Sriram
DGM - Sustainability & Communications
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Manjula is part of the community services team at TSG. One of her key responsibilities is the Tata Group volunteering program, Tata Engage. She believes that Sustainability is everybody's business.
Prior to joining TSG, she worked as a strategy consultant with Tata Strategic Management Group, addressing top-of-the-mind concerns of CXOs. She has diverse experience across strategy formulation, portfolio diversification & review, organisation redesign, strategic sourcing and supply chain optimisation. While at Tata Strategic, Manjula helped develop a collective CSR agenda for the Tata Group and helped dimension the Tata skill development initiative – Tata STRIVE.
Manjula holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology from SNDT University and a Master's degree in business administration from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.
She enjoys travelling and reading.
Kinjal Jain
Deputy Manager -
Community Services
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Kinjal drives implementation of the group level volunteering programme - Tata Engage, and provides support to TSG’s community services vertical in undertaking research for CSR strategy development for group companies who seek support.
A development sector professional, Kinjal has over five years of experience and expertise in business development, strategy development, project management, volunteer management and stakeholder engagement. Kinjal provided consulting services to many education non-profits, particularly in forming long-term strategies and implementation plans to execute them.
Kinjal holds a Bachelors of Commerce in Banking and Insurance from KC College, Diploma in Advertising and Public relations from Welingkar Institute of Management Studies and a Masters in Commerce from University of Mumbai.
Her hobbies are reading fiction, swimming and travelling.
Aahna Srikanth
Deputy Manager – Community Services
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Aahna is a member of the Disaster Response team at Tata Sustainability Group. Her roles and responsibilities include coordinating response programmes and building company capabilities to respond to disasters.
Aahna holds a BA (Hons) degree in Geography from Delhi University and has completed her MA in Disaster Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She has worked in the field of disaster risk reduction for over five years. Prior to working at TSG, she has worked with RedR India and has disaster response experience in Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Bihar.
Aahna loves to crochet and paint. She also likes the company of a good book.
Siddharth Sharma
Group Chief Sustainability Officer
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Siddharth was appointed as the Group Chief Sustainability Officer at Tata Sons in June 2019. Prior to that, he was a civil servant for more than two decades, starting his career with the Government of India (GOI) on 12th October 1992. He has handled important assignments in key ministries of the GOI such as the President’s Secretariat, Finance, Urban Development & External Affairs. After serving as the Internal Financial Advisor to the 13th and 14th Presidents of India for almost six years, he took voluntary retirement from the Government of India in February 2018 and subsequently transitioned to the Tata group in 2019.
Siddharth possesses a deep insight and knowledge of the Indian Financial System, having worked in the Ministry of Finance in different stints. He was a key member of the top management team of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Of India (PFRDA), the pensions regulator, during 2007-09, and in that capacity oversaw the expansion of the National Pension System (NPS) to the unorganised sector, insurance & banking sectors and the State Governments.
He spearheaded a pilot project for transitioning Government of India from cash to accruals, while in the Ministry Of Urban Development (2006), extensively researching the financial systems of the UK and Canada for this purpose.
An avid public speaker and debater, he was Secretary of the Debating Society at Shri Ram College of Commerce (87-88), from where he graduated with an Honours degree in Commerce in 1989. He has also co-authored along with Dr. Urjit Patel, a seminal document on GOI’s Pensionary Liabilities, which laid the framework for the movement from a defined benefit to a defined contribution pension system and led to the eventual introduction of the National Pension System.
Alka Upadhyay
AVP – Environment Services
view profile
Alka heads the Environment Services Team, and is responsible for promoting environmental sustainability across the Tata group of companies by driving various initiatives such as Water Footprint Assessment, Low Carbon strategy and Energy management, Natural Capital Valuation and concept of Circularity. Her work essentially involves providing advisory to Tata companies which entails seeking out and meeting C-suite executives, identifying and developing improvement plans and securing senior-level commitment for their implementation.
She is a metallurgist by discipline, and has spent over 14 years in the steel industry. She has been responsible for conceptualisation and facilitation of technological improvements in the area of iron making in Tata Steel. She has been felicitated with the Young Metallurgist award in 2005 in ferrous category by the Ministry of Steel. Alka is also a Harvard Business School alumna.
She has over 7 years of experience in Climate Change and Sustainability. Before joining the Tata Sustainability Group, she was a part of the Climate Change and Sustainability cluster at Tata Quality Management Services.
She enjoys reading biographies and fiction, and running half marathons.
Abhishek Goyal
DGM – Environment Services
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Abhishek is a part of the Environment Services team at TSG. He has a Master's degree in Environment Economics and Management from University of York, UK, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Indore University.
Prior to joining TSG, Abhishek was with McKinsey & Company as an Analytics Specialist in their Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice. He has significant experience in the area of greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement cost curves for countries, cities and corporations. He has also worked with Ernst & Young's Climate Change and Sustainability Services, where he was working on developing carbon reducing projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol. Abhishek has also worked on multiple projects related to sustainability reporting advisory, assurance, training and capacity building programmes across varied industry sectors.
Kinjal Jain
Deputy Manager -
Community Services
view profile
Kinjal drives implementation of the group level volunteering programme - Tata Engage, and provides support to TSG’s community services vertical in undertaking research for CSR strategy development for group companies who seek support.
A development sector professional, Kinjal has over five years of experience and expertise in business development, strategy development, project management, volunteer management and stakeholder engagement. Kinjal provided consulting services to many education non-profits, particularly in forming long-term strategies and implementation plans to execute them.
Kinjal holds a Bachelors of Commerce in Banking and Insurance from KC College, Diploma in Advertising and Public relations from Welingkar Institute of Management Studies and a Masters in Commerce from University of Mumbai.
Her hobbies are reading fiction, swimming and travelling.
Ajit Chaudhuri
AVP – Community Services
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Ajit is part of the community services and disaster response teams within TSG. He had earlier worked in the development sector, starting with an NGO in western Rajasthan, and then with donor agencies and consulting organisations. He had also set up a disaster response unit at the India Today group, where he worked on relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of the Kargil War, the Gujarat and Kashmir earthquakes, the Orissa super-cyclone, the Bihar floods, inter alia. His main interests are in the delivery of basic services to communities who are most difficult to reach – the poorest, the most marginalised, the peripatetic, and those in remote locations.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Shriram College of Commerce, a Master’s in Rural Management from the Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy, also at IRMA. He was awarded the Chevening Gurukul Scholarship by the British Government in 2001, wherein he spent a semester at the London School of Economics studying leadership and development.
Shrirang Dhavale
DGM - Community Services
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Shrirang’s roles and responsibilities in TSG include disaster response and social development programme management - - planning, deployment and impact assessment.
Prior to joining TSG, Shrirang has worked with TATA Motors to strengthen CSR, sustainability agenda and affirmative action. He also has experience working on human rights, to bring in community perspective in corporate processes, as well as CSR strategy development.
He has held the post of Secretary for the Sumant Moolgaokar Development Foundation, TATA Motors Employees’ Education Trust and TATA Motors Kalasagar. Shrirang has also held the position of the Chair (2013 – 2015), CSR and Affirmative Action Panel, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Pune. He’s worked for over eleven years with ActionAid International – in Orissa, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh; and on disaster response - Tsunami (Andaman and Nicobar), Earthquake (Gujarat), Floods (Maharashtra) and drought (Rajasthan). He is a member of the National Committee on Affirmative Action (CII).
Shrirang holds an MA (Urban and Rural Community Development) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
His hobbies are badminton, long distance driving and listening to music.
Manjula Sriram
DGM - Sustainability & Communications
view profile
Manjula is part of the community services team at TSG. One of her key responsibilities is the Tata Group volunteering program, Tata Engage. She believes that Sustainability is everybody's business.
Prior to joining TSG, she worked as a strategy consultant with Tata Strategic Management Group, addressing top-of-the-mind concerns of CXOs. She has diverse experience across strategy formulation, portfolio diversification & review, organisation redesign, strategic sourcing and supply chain optimisation. While at Tata Strategic, Manjula helped develop a collective CSR agenda for the Tata Group and helped dimension the Tata skill development initiative – Tata STRIVE.
Manjula holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology from SNDT University and a Master's degree in business administration from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.
She enjoys travelling and reading.
Aahna Srikanth
Deputy Manager -
Community Services
view profile
Aahna is a member of the Disaster Response team at Tata Sustainability Group. Her roles and responsibilities include coordinating response programmes and building company capabilities to respond to disasters.
Aahna holds a BA (Hons) degree in Geography from Delhi University and has completed her MA in Disaster Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She has worked in the field of disaster risk reduction for over five years. Prior to working at TSG, she has worked with RedR India and has disaster response experience in Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Bihar.
Aahna loves to crochet and paint. She also likes the company of a good book.
Global Sustainability Contacts
Yogesh Chauhan
Director, Corporate Sustainability
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Yogesh oversees the company’s sustainability and corporate affairs operations across UK and Ireland. As Director of Corporate Sustainability, he delivers a range of external engagements, diversity, environmental, innovation and thought leadership initiatives designed to embed sustainability across the company and build trust in the brand.
He also convenes the Tata Europe Network Forum’s Corporate Responsibility Working Group, which brings together Tata companies operating across Europe, to share and develop best practice as well as build the Group’s sustainability profile.
Prior to this, Yogesh was the BBC's Chief Adviser on Corporate Responsibility and Environment. He worked for the corporation from 2001 including political and parliamentary affairs, public policy and taking on a leadership role in the BBC’s ethical, sustainability and corporate citizenship activities.
He serves as a non-executive member of Walgreens Boots Alliance Advisory Panel for Sustainability and was Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Group, the UK's practitioner network and emerging professional body for those working in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability. Aligned to this he was also a board trustee director at Business in the Community, the UK’s leading business-led issue-focused charity. Yogesh also served as a Trustee of BBC Children in Need and BBC Wildlife Fund.
Educated at the London School of Economics, Yogesh enjoys cycling, current affairs and long country walks.
Yogesh Chauhan
Director, Corporate Sustainability
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Yogesh oversees the company’s sustainability and corporate affairs operations across UK and Ireland. As Director of Corporate Sustainability, he delivers a range of external engagements, diversity, environmental, innovation and thought leadership initiatives designed to embed sustainability across the company and build trust in the brand.
He also convenes the Tata Europe Network Forum’s Corporate Responsibility Working Group, which brings together Tata companies operating across Europe, to share and develop best practice as well as build the Group’s sustainability profile.
Prior to this, Yogesh was the BBC's Chief Adviser on Corporate Responsibility and Environment. He worked for the corporation from 2001 including political and parliamentary affairs, public policy and taking on a leadership role in the BBC’s ethical, sustainability and corporate citizenship activities.
He serves as a non-executive member of Walgreens Boots Alliance Advisory Panel for Sustainability and was Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Group, the UK's practitioner network and emerging professional body for those working in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability. Aligned to this he was also a board trustee director at Business in the Community, the UK’s leading business-led issue-focused charity. Yogesh also served as a Trustee of BBC Children in Need and BBC Wildlife Fund.
Educated at the London School of Economics, Yogesh enjoys cycling, current affairs and long country walks.
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