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Sustainability Dialogue

January 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$21.25 – $195

Sustainable development is a global challenge. To address them it is essential or us to discuss the challenges faced by each corporate and explore sustainable solutions. “Sustainability Dialogues” is a platform for Corporates to share experiences and apply solutions on the issues faced by them along their journey of Sustainability. We give a platform for engaging and networking with CSR and Sustainability solution providers.


  • We discuss best case studies of multi-nationals based practicing the principals of circular economy and employee engagement. We emphasize the application across the management in the companies.
  • SDG Framework and Rating validation.
  • Presentations: CSR and Sustainability solution providers.


Topics of Discussions Time
Inaugural session

–        Sarah Michelecz – Head of Sustainability North America, Tata Sons – Welcome Address

–        Gabrielle – Indiaspora

–        Ambassador Pradeep Kapur

–        Ms. Smita Siddhanti – President TiE D.C

2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Discussions on Circular Economy and Employee Engagement

–        Sarah Michelecz – Head of Sustainability North America, Tata Sons

–        Ingrid Embree – Managing Director Global Giving

–        Madelkka Mc Calla – Global Stakeholder Relations, The AES Corporation

–        Venkat Kodumudi – Director Innovation, The CGI Federal Services

–        World Bank

Moderated: Mr. Satish Jha

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Sustainable Development Goals Rating Framework Impact Investments

–        Iliriana Kacaniku – Director of Mentoring and Training Program at The Global Impact Club.

–        Vigneshwari – The Impact Club – USA

–        Sanjay Vatsa – Ideas to Reality

Moderated: Dwayne Baraka

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Presentations of CSR and Sustainability Solutions

Harsha Rajasimha – Organization for Rare Diseases – India

Impact Investees from The Energy Club, University of Columbia

Vidya Bharti

Boston Center of Excellence

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm
Closing Remarks – Mr. Satish Jha – Founder and Director IICSR 5:15 pm to 5:30 pm
Networking and refreshments 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm



Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, Former Ambassador of India to the USA and Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Ambassador Pradeep Kumar Kapur is a transformational leader and practitioner of Developmental Diplomacy for enhancing the scope and content of business across continents. He is well-known for his deep interest in theory and practice of political, economic, and cross-cultural diplomacy. He has contributed to effect a paradigm shift in India’s bilateral and multilateral relations in his various assignments in Indian Missions, including in Chile, Cambodia, Nepal, France, Tanzania, and Spain. He did a lot of pioneering work in various assignments in the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Commerce.

He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi from where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree, and Master’s in Management and Systems. Kapur is the author of many articles in various journals and books. Besides being fluent in English and Hindi, he is proficient in French and Spanish languages.


Dr. Smita Siddhanti – President and CEO
After years of working with other government consulting firms, Smita Siddhanti decided to try starting her own back in 1999. EnDyna, a policy, science, and management consulting firm, specializes in six practice areas: training; human capital, policy and program support; communication and outreach support; environmental management, health and safety; emergency management; and conference and meeting support.

In less than 15 years, Smita Siddhanti grew her firm from a solo practice to a business with 40 employees. Her clients have included The U.S. Department of Transportation, FEMA, EPA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and many others. Siddhanti believes the experience she and her team bring to each client is what sets EnDyna apart from other firms in this crowded space. Prior to founding the business, Siddhanti spent 15 years working with some of the top consulting firms as a risk assessment and management expert. She also worked extensively with the other state and federal agencies to develop regulations, policy, guidance, market-based approaches to environmental protection and training. Siddhanti is a published author of Multiple Perspectives on Risk and Regulation: The case of deliberate release of genetically engineered organisms into the environment and she has served on the Virginia Governor’s Air Quality Board.

Satish Jha, Chairman XCube and Founder One Laptop per Child – India (OLPC)

Satish Jha is an early stage investor and entrepreneur who has seeded or mentored over 30 start-ups. He co-founded, along with Prabhash Joshi, a national Hindi daily newspaper in India, Janasatta, for the Indian Express Group and was the fourth Editor of the prestigious newsweekly Dinamaan of The Times of India Group. He also founded the first civil rights magazine in India, namely PUCL Bulletin along with Arun Jaitley, who later became the law minister and finance minister of India. In collaboration with Nicholas Negroponte, he founded One Laptop per Child in India. He started Digital Partners in India that had seeded SKS Microfinance, once the most successful Microfinance organisation in India that had distributed over $3 Billion in micro loans to the underprivileged villagers in southern India. Solvytech he mentored has gone through Round C of funding with a valuation exceeding $500 million and has a brand name Zopper.

Sarah Mihalecz, Head of Sustainability, North America – Tata Sons

Sarah Mihalecz leads Sustainability for North American Tata group companies, 11 in total. She convenes the North America Sustainability Working Committee, promotes group initiatives such as Tata Engage and Tata Sustainability Month, and provides training and collaboration opportunities and direct support to company initiatives and represents the group in public events and speaking engagements. In addition, she leads the group’s Human Resources officers in collaboration efforts. Before joining Tata Sons, she was Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Sustainability for 5 years. At Deloitte and while at ICF Consulting and GHD Consulting, she worked with major retailers, consumer goods companies, federal, state, and local governments, and small start-ups to measure and manage environmental and sustainability issues and conduct carbon inventories, life cycle assessments, and develop public reports. Sarah was also the World Bank Sustainability Coordinator.  Sarah has a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University in Integrated Science and Technology and a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale University with a focus on Industrial Environmental Management. She has served on the alumni board of Yale University and an advisory board for non-profit, The Nature Generation.

 Ingrid Embree, Managing Director – Global Giving

Ingrid oversees corporate partnerships for Global Giving, a US-based non-profit that identifies and supports development projects around the world. She has a history of helping organizations meet their operational objectives, develop fundraising capacity, and achieve legislative victories. As the child of refugee immigrants from Latvia, Ingrid brings an international perspective and special empathy for families seeking to build a better life in challenging circumstances.

Sanjay Vatsa – Ideas to Result

Sanjay Vatsa is a senior C level executive and leader with extensive global and domestic experience in top tier banks, asset management & servicing service providers, software services as well as consulting firms. Sanjay is a thought leader who applies “out of the box” thinking; designs and innovates solutions to solve complex business issues. He has helped business evolve and thrive in an environment where “Disruption is the new norm”.

He has applied an “incremental approach” principle in building sustainable models & capabilities that effectively leverages talent and technologies, resulting in enhanced client experience & optimized business models making them “Competitive, Better, Faster and Cheaper”.

A strategic thinker who solves difficult problems, coverts big ideas into results by building consensus & aligning global teams to business objectives. In collaboration with world-renowned digital expert, he has developed a comprehensive nine dimension Digital Maturity Model that provides organizations strategic insights, relevancy, and implementation roadmap for “Being Digital”.

Sanjay has been active for over 30 years in leading, supporting & participating in building various sustainable & social responsibility programs that have focused on education, skilling and women empowerment. He is currently building out a nine dimension “Sustainability and Social Responsibility” Maturity Model that will provide the same “rigor” as a commercial entity. It is a framework for givers & donators to quickly score to assess the effectiveness of their donations from sustainability and impact. This will ensure a “Portfolio” style investing to ensure maximum impact and social uplift. The model will also help programs and projects to assess their programs to attract giving and donations.

Madelka Mc Calla, Global Stakeholder Relations – The AES Corporation

She is a foreign policy and Stakeholder Relations professional with the ability to manage a team, multi-task and deliver positive results in a fast-paced as well as a challenging environment. Madelka is an Alumni of the Global Competitive Leadership Program at Georgetown University (; Washington, D.C. – 2010) , the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance (; Hamburg 2017) as well as an Aspen Institute Fellow and Alumni of the Central American Leadership Initiative – CALI ( Class 13) ( 2017-2019).

Venkat Kodumudi, Director of Innovation – CGRI Federal Services

Seasoned IT executive and AWS accredited Business, Technical Professional excelled at aligning business priorities with cloud and technology strategy, driving end-to-end integrated business solutions: data analytics, enterprise strategy, solutions architecture, technology integration, and team leadership to harness IT strategy to the company’s mission on delivering superior solutions.

 Iliriana Kacaniku, Director – Mentor and Program Design at Global Impact Alliance

Iliriana Kaçaniku directs the Mentoring and Training program at the Global Impact Alliance (GIA). Passionate about the human empowerment, Iliriana designs and leads human-centered mentoring programs that respond to the impact entrepreneurs’ pressing needs and helps them take their SDG solutions to the next stage. Prior to GIA, Iliriana designed and launched signature projects that empowered government officials and nonprofit leaders to solve for post-conflict development challenges. In 2017 she graduated MBA (Hult International Business School) in order to integrate the for-profit sector input in solving for impactful development solutions. She served with the world’s leading development organizations including IDEO, the Open Society Foundations, the United States Agency for International Development, the United Nations Development Program, among others. Prior to MBA, she earned MALD Fletcher School, Tufts University, and MA in International and Security Policies at Bradford University, Great Britain. In 2000, Amnesty International nominated her for Media Award, for the BBC Radio 4 story in which she documents the emotions, insights, and experiences of returning to the war-devastated Kosovo, her home-country, after having been sheltered in a refugee camp in Turkey during the war.

Harsha Rajasimha, Co-founder Organization for Rare Diseases – India (ORDI)

A social entrepreneur committed to applying my 15+ years of distinguished experience in healthcare and life sciences consulting, precision medicine, genomics of rare diseases and cancer to help accelerate drugs R&D and digital therapeutics. He is a Founder and CEO of Jeeva Informatics co-founded the non-profit Organization for Rare Diseases India and serve as a Board Member. In collaboration with the Rare Genomics Institute, he has received the Sanofi Genzyme’s Rare Diseases PAL Award in 2016. As a scientist, he has authored 15+ peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and participated in 30+ talks, events, and conferences as a keynote speaker, invited speaker, delegate, invited vendor, and/or host.




January 25, 2019
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$21.25 – $195
Event Category:


International Institute of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (IICSR)
Global Impact Alliance


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