Shankar Venkateswaran

Professor, Strategy for SPOs

Shankar’s career has been almost equally divided between business consulting, corporate sustainability and social development. His last full-time position was as the head of sustainability of the Tata group. He is currently a part of the founding team of ECube Investment Advisors that focuses on ESG investment, stewardship and climate lending. He also advises several companies and NGOs on sustainability and development and is a visiting faculty to various institutions on these topics.

He serves on the board of several NGOs and corporate foundations and is currently the Chairperson of Oxfam India and CSR Trust for SDGs in India. He also serves as Grantham Ambassador at the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Sheffield, UK

Shankar has advised the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) on matters such as CSR and Responsible Business Conduct. He was very closely involved in the drafting of the National Guidelines for Responsible Business Conduct, released by the MCA in March 2019, and its companion Business Responsibility and Sustainability Report which was mandated for the top 1000 listed companies in India by SEBI in May 2021. He has also participated in the MCA’s initiatives on developing a National Action Plan on Business & Human Rights.

He holds an engineering degree from IIT Madras and is an MBA from IIM Calcutta. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of IIM Calcutta.

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