International Symposium on CSR in Bangalore at Amrita University Campus on 12-13 December

Corporations in a globalised economy need to undertake a sincere and educated approach to dealing with social responsibility.


BANGALORE: Building a roadmap to higher quality CSR is at the heart of the upcoming INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM on CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (IS-CSR) at Amrita University Campus, Bangalore on 12th – 13th December 2013.

Amrita University and Deakin University are jointly organising this timely event, with the central themes being Sustainability, Governance, and Effective Outcomes.

IndiaCSR ( is the online and CSR & COMPETITIVENESS foremost CSR & Sustainability Magazine, is the magazine partner of the event.

According to Professor Nava Subramaniam Director of the Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO), Deakin University and Co-Chair of the IS-CSR, to gain true success CSR in India has to go beyond mandatory legislative requirements.

Corporations in a globalised economy need to undertake a sincere and educated approach to dealing with social responsibility. This includes having the right knowledge, right attitudes towards CSR performance rather than conformance!  It needs leadership, vision and fortitude.

The IS-CSR will bring some of the best minds together and open up a forum for open and intensive dialogue. The key speakers and experts include Dr. Wayne Visser (Director of Kaleidoscope Futures & Founder Of CSR International), Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee (Director-General And CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs IICA, Prof. Dr. Svetha Venkatesh (Chair in Complex Pattern Analysis, Deakin University), Mr. Ashok Pavadia (Joint Secretary Department Of Public Enterprises), Dr.Prabhat Kumar (CMD- Bhavani), Mr. Chad Kymal (Founder- Omnex), Dr. Bimal Arora (CRB). Mr. Bibhuti Pradhan (IOC) and many more. They will lead discussions and challenge current assumptions and thinking.

Another unique feature of the IS-CSR two-day programme is a special session titled, “2013 CSR PROJECT APPRAISAL FORUM”.

The forum aims to identify and honour CSR projects that are exemplary in design and execution. Organisations are invited to present one CSR exemplary project which will be assessed for its governance. The selected projects shall showcase how these projects can be better implemented through reflecting on the governance guidelines as per the 2013 Companies bill in India. So this session is beyond a show-and-tell – It aspires to provide constructive criticisms.

Another distinguishing feature of the IS-CSR is the announcement of research projects funded by academia and industry. Academics papers will also be submitted, and selected papers will be invited to form part of a book on “CSR Thought leadership in India- A Roadmap to CSR India 2020”.

This is a must attend event for: CSR managers/Nodal Officers/NGO manager/Academics/ MBA & Post-graduate students. Join us and share your thoughts on a variety of CSR thematic issues, and develop professional networks.

The ISCSR takes this opportunity to thank its major Sponsors and Knowledge partners include Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Omnex, Centre for Responsible Business (CRB), Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), India CSR and UN Global Compact (India).

Speakers Profile

Dr. Wayne Visser
Director of Kaleidoscope Futures & Founder of CSR International
Adjunct Professor at Deakin University

Dr. Wayne Visser is Director of the think tank Kaleidoscope Futures and Founder of CSR International. In addition, Wayne is Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and Visiting Professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa. Wayne is the author of eighteen books and a guest columnist for The Guardian newspaper. His work has taken him to more than 65 countries in the past 20 years. Wayne has been ranked among the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior, Top 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders and Top 100 CSR Leaders. He has also received the Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award. Before getting his PhD in Corporate Social Responsibility, Wayne was Director of Sustainability Services for KPMG and Strategy Analyst for Cap Gemini in South Africa. Dr.Wayne Visser has now being appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University (school of Accounting, Economics and Finance).

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee
Director-General and CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs IICA

Dr. BhaskarChatterjee is presently the Director General and CEO of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs. This Institute is an autonomous organization established by the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs and is intended to function as a capacity-building institution and a think-tank for knowledge development/ dissemination and for rendering policy advice to the Government of India on issues relating to Corporate Affairs. Dr.Chatterjee graduated from Hindu College, Delhi and did his Post graduation in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. Thereafter, he completed his MBA from the All India Management Association. He received his M. Phil from the Indian Institute of Public Administration in 1989-90 and his Doctorate from the Chitkara University in 2011.

Dr. Annapurna Vancheswaran
Director, Sustainable Development Outreach -The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Dr. Vancheswaran has a Ph.D in Corporate Social Responsibility from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and a Bachelor of Science from the Delhi University. She is Director, Sustainable Development Outreach Division (SDO) at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The focus of her work is mainly in the area of global sustainable development and includes interactions with international and Indian organisations, Government Departments, NGOs and the private sector with particular application to the diverse problems of India. In addition to her responsibility as the Director of SDO, she is the Vice President of TERI, North America to oversee TERI’s programmes and activities in the region and the Convenor of TERI-BCSD (Business Council for Sustainable Development).

Mr. Chad Kymal
Chief Technical Officer & Founder – OMNEX

Omnex was founded in 1984 by Chad Kymal. Kymal later founded Omnex Systems and AQSR, which is now an independent corporation, operating out of the scope of Omnex consulting. One of the early tasks Omnex staff undertook was co-writing Ford Motor Company’s QOS technique, which monitors management system success, quality, and customer satisfaction. That was followed by a roll-out of QOS worldwide and co-writing QS9000, the automotive standard. Omnex Systems, the software arm of Omnex, offers the following products: AQuA Pro, Audit Pro, BOSS, Document Pro, HR Pro, MSA Pro, Process Pro, and TPM Pro. These products are contained within the all encompassing product named Enterprise-wide Quality Management System software. Kymal is also an expert in organizational transformation and the role of leadership, as well as developing sustainable and innovative practices through quality standards .

Ashok Pavadia
Joint Secretary Department of Public Enterprises

Expert Panel Members

Bibhuti Pradhan
Chief Manager (HR), CSR Cell, Indian Oil Corp. Ltd., Corporate Office, New Delhi

Bibhuti Pradhan, passionate about Sustainability/CSR, has 20+ yrs experience in areas viz. renewable energy, petroleum, sustainability, CSR, etc. He is a core-committee member of Government of India’s CSR & Sustainability guideline drafting committee for PSUs. He was instrumental in launching IOC’s largest Mobile Medical Unit scheme (52 MMUs running in UP & AP). He conceptualized & implemented the Solar Charging Station project of IOC in UP & Odisha. He steered & implemented the solar powered gas station project of IOC. He completed IOC’s first ecological foot-printing exercise & initiated the concept of carbon neutrality of events in IOC. He is an acclaimed teaching faculty on topics viz. ‘Environment-Sustainability’, ‘CSR’, ‘Renewable Energy’, ‘Solar Lantern: A Revolution for Rural India’, ‘Carbon Credits’, etc. He has many articles to his credit viz. ‘China-The Growth Story’, ‘What is PPP GDP’, ‘Carbon Trading’, ‘Sustainability’, ‘Brazil’s AADHAAR-BolsaFamilia’, etc. He has an MBA (PGDM) from IIM-Ahmadabad and Diploma in Sustainability & CSR from Swedish Institute, Stockholm.

Matthew Tukaki
Executive Chairman and CEO, Sustain Group & UN Global Compact, Australia

Sustain is a social investment and social impact business working with clients across Australia, Asia, Africa, the sub-continent and South America. Matthew founded the Sustain Group in 2010 and he is active in leading Sustain teams into the field, working directly with clients on mapping social investment returns and sustainability initiatives.In 2013 Matthew was appointed by Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon, to occupy the ex-Officio Director of the Board Role of the United Nations Global Compact. His role is to represent the views and aspirations of the United Nations Global Compact’s more than 100 outposts around the planet.

Matthew is Australia’s Representative to the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest Corporate Citizenship. He has held that role since 2010 and having been re-elected in 2012 to serve through until 2014. In that role Matthew represents Australian signatories when it comes to Anti-Corruption, Human Rights, the Environment and Labour.Matthew is considered as an expert in the field of social and collective impact and has led major reviews across the Asia Pacific when it comes to the development of programs and strategies to develop frameworks that measure and evaluate company performance.

In 2012 he developed the Social Impact Index, an evaluation framework that measures the depth to which social impact is being achieved off the back of a company’s (or industry) social or sustainability investments. At the beginning of 2013 Matthew was appointed to Head the Australia India Leadership Forum and is active in furthering trade and investment in the Asia region. He was appointed Chairman of the Pacific Energy Corporation in 2012 and is a leading advocate when it comes to sustainable development.

Dr. Sapna Narula
TERI University

Dr. Sapna A. Narula is working as Associate Professor in the Department of Business Sustainability at TERI University and is currently teaching courses on sustainable business strategy, sustainability Reporting, CSR and marketing management. She holds around 16 years of experience in teaching and research in the area of agribusiness, sustainability, CSR and technology dissemination and has been very closely involved with rural and farm communities at the grass root level. Her current research interests include ICT for development, sustainable business strategy and agribusiness and supply chains.

Her research explores impact of climate change on agricultural supply chains and how ICTs can be used to benefit target communities in light of changing climate. Besides this, her work is concentrated towards exploring sustainability practices of Indian corporates in different industries and is currently working on a similar project for Indian Hotel Industry in collaboration with Deakin University, Australia.Prior to that, she has worked on a number of research projects including Decentralized off-grid electricity generation in developing countries: Business models for off-grid electricity supply (in collaboration with University of Dundee, funded by EPSRC, EU and DFID,UK; Revisiting the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture ( funded by the Government of India); Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategies for Maharashtra State.

(Funding Agency: Department of Environment, Maharashtra, India); Designing Climate Change Adaptation Responses for IFADs Project in Jharkhand (Funding Agency: International Fund for Agricultural Development). Her research work in the area of use of ICTs (information and communication technologies) for sustainable development has won many accolades including Prosper.Net Scopus Young Scientist Award for Sustainable Development, 2011 delivered jointly by German Ministry, United Nations University & Elsevier and a Young Scientist Award (2009) from Uttarakhand Council for Science and Technology, Government of Uttarakhand. A gold medalist from Delhi University, she holds a Ph.D. in area of sustainable business strategy from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Dr. Rupal Tyagi
Manager – CSR India

Dr. Rupal Tyagi is Lead-Research and Reporting, CSR Intelligence Unit, CSR India Management Services LLP, a project management and a CSR consultancy firm in India. She holds a Ph.D. in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India. She is a gold medallist for her outstanding academic endeavour in Masters of Business Management. Her research focused on the challenges and critical factors of CSR that are faced by the corporation in determining CSR into their core business model which impacts their strategic decision making and also measured the much debated CSP – CFP relationship of Indian firms through participatory research approach, interviews and analysis of socioeconomic data in India. She is incessantly publishing articles, papers and books on CSR, sustainable development, competitive advantage, social and environmental reporting and so forth. She is passionate about addressing broader and sensitive issues relating to sustainable development towards civil society and community development especially towards empowering marginal and destitute women.

Dr. Svetha Venkatesh
Deakin University

Prof. Svetha Venkatesh is Professor of Computer Science and Director of Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics ( PRaDA) at Deakin University. Venkatesh was elected a Fellow of the International Association of Pattern Recognition in 2004 for contributions to formulation and extraction of semantics in multimedia data. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. She is on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and was on the board of ACM Transactions on Multimedia (2008-2011). She is a program member of several international conferences such as ACM Multimedia.

Venkatesh has developed frontier technologies in large scale pattern recognition exemplified through 346 publications including 2 books, 12 book chapters, 78 journal and 254 conference publications. She has won over $12.1 million in competitive research funding since 1992. Venkatesh and her colleagues have filed 9 patents, of which 3 are full patents. One start-up company, spun out of these patents is Virtual Observer and based on the paradigm shifting methods that leverages mobile cameras to deliver wide area surveillance solutions. The technology won the Runner up in both the WA Inventor of the year (Early stage) and Global Security Challenge (Asia-Pacific) in 2007. A recent spin-out company is iCetana and is based on novel methods to find anomalies in video data. iCetana won the Broadband Innovation Award at the prestigious Tech23 in 2010.

Pooran Pandey
UNGC, India

Pooran Chandra Pandey is currently Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network India based in New Delhi. Prior to this, he served leading non-profits, large companies and media at senior leadership positions, pioneering the notion of setting up of community infrastructure in India in public private partnership. He also contributed significantly to framing of public policies on voluntary sector, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, satellite accounting, volunteering, philanthropy and social enterprise.During his stint at the Times of India group as director of its Foundation, he initiated and led some of the largest public service campaigns- ‘Teach India’ and ‘Lead India’, – earning appreciation from the Secretary General of the United Nations in 2008 for innovation, creativity and visibility of initiatives. Pooran has been jury member on a number of social initiatives led by Yes Bank, Nokia, CRY, World Bank, UNDP, and John Hopkins University. A social strategist and public policy expert, Pooran writes regular columns and lectures on public policy issues both domestically and internationally.

Upahar Pramanik
Airports Authority of India

Upahar Pramanik is a development professional with more than 15 years of proven experience in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Sustainability, public health, gender, disability and tribal development. He is currently the CSR Coordinator with the Airports Authority of India at the level of the rank officer equivalent to Deputy General Manager. His professional career includes extensive grassroots level work to strategic planning, research, programme management, advocacy and communication work with a range of organisations including United Nations agencies and its Government counterparts, International NGOs and Public Sector Company in India.

He plays a key role in shaping the CSR & Sustainability agenda within the organisation- bringing innovations to integrate CSR & Sustainability with business goals. He has pioneered several strategic projects on CSR, which has been successful in building paradigms for making good commercial sense of doing CSR in a sustainable manner. He is a visiting faculty member on CSR in Indian Aviation Academy and significantly involved in conducting orientation programmes for a wide groups of stakeholders. He has been involved in conducting several research studies on public health and development and has authored several books and published several articles in reputed publications. He is a pragmatic and passionate professional and has positively contributed in the CSR campaign within his organization and beyond.

Dr. Bimal Arora
CEO, The Centre for Responsible Business (CRB)

Dr. Bimal Arora is a Sustainability and CSR expert with over 22 years combined experience working in India and overseas in practice and research with diverse sectors ‐ private sector, not- ‐for-profits (civil society) and academia. In the last fifteen years he has been a practitioner and scholar of business responsibility and accountability, popularly referred to as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He is currently working as CEO of “Centre for Responsible Business (CRB)”. The CRB is being incubated in India by GIZ, Social Accountability International (SAI) of US and the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) of Brussels.

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