Akbar Khan

Actor, Director, Producer, Writer
Chairman, Abraiz Group

The journey of Akbar Khan Films is a legendary and inspirational journey that started with the dream of one man to create movies that touch lives, inspire and entertain. It is a story of inspiration and passion.

Akbar Khan started his film journey at the age of 15, working with renowned film maker Mr. Mohan Bijlanani as his junior most assistant director. He started as a young boy who would dust the sets. His perseverance, dedication and passion has today brought him to such great heights.

Since then, he has created blockbusters like “Haadsaa”, epic series like “The Sword of Tipu Sultan” and “Akbar The Great” and National Award Winners that have been admired by Royalty, World Leaders, Presidents, Business Tycoons like the Mangum Opus – “Taj Mahal… an eternal love story”.

Yeh Bombay Sheher Haadaso Ka Sheher Hai…. continues to remain a cult favorite which all of us just heard and enjoyed. With this please give a standing ovation and welcome Mr. Akbar Khan on stage.



Roberto Taiariol

Roberto Taiariol
CSR Head and Chief Audit Executive
Benetton Group 

Roberto Taiariol – CSR Head and Chief Audit Executive of Benetton Group will deliver a keynote talk India CSR Leadership Summit & Awards being organized by India CSR Network on May 26, 2016 at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai, India.

He will share his experiences and practices in building sustainable organization as well as his vision and values of Benetton Group towards global leadership. The day long India CSR Leadership Summit & Awards will witness vibrant political leaders, CSR think tanks, thinkers, social reformers and Govt. officials. It would be one of the biggest CSR knowledge and idea sharing forum in the year 2017.

Roberto Taiariol is the CSR Head and Chief Audit Executive of Benetton Group. As CSR Head – a role he has taken on at the beginning of 2017 – he works in coordination with the company management and its Sustainability Committee to define and implement the company’s sustainability strategy, to coordinate sustainability projects and activities, to assess, prevent and manage the risks associated with sustainability issues and to ensure the diffusion of a corporate culture on sustainability.

Taiariol has also had the role of Chief Audit Executive of Benetton Group since 2003. In this capacity, he has lead the “Detox Programme” launched by Benetton Group in 2013 and he has been the CSR Audit Responsible, implementing a CSR audit program to ensure the compliance of Benetton Group’s supply chain with the environmental, social and ethical principles set out in the Group Code of Conduct. As Chief Audit Executive his main activities and responsibility also include the building of the Internal Audit function and the deployment of the relevant methodologies; the risk assessment, the risk and control matrix of the processes, and the assessment of the adequacy of the internal control over financial reporting.

Benetton_GroupBenetton Group is one of the best-known fashion companies in the world, present in the most important markets with a network of about 5,000 stores; a responsible group that plans for the future and lives in the present, with a watchful eye to the environment, to human dignity, and to a society in transformation. The Group has a consolidated identity comprised of colour, authentic fashion, quality at democratic prices and passion for its work: these values are reflected in the strong, dynamic personality of the brands United Colors of Benetton and Sisley.



Vikas Sharma

Vikas Sharma
CEO & Director
Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd (BALCO)

Vikas Sharma, CEO & Director, Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd (BALCO) will deliver a special talk at India CSR Leadership Summit & Awards being organized by India CSR Network on May 26, 2016 at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai, India. Vikas Sharma will speak on wider spectrum of innovation, CSR, and community relations at BALCO in Chhattisgarh.

Sharma is known as a result-driven individual in the industry with experience of over 28 years in various national and multi-national companies. He holds the experience of serving HMT, Praxair, JSW and AMP in various key positions.

He is a mechanical engineer graduate from Kota Engineering College, Sharma took over as Location Head of Chanderiya Unit of Hindustan Zinc Limited in 2012 and was gradually elevated to the position COO Smelters. During his tenure, he played integral role in the growth of the company and made significant contribution in smelter production besides building harmonious relations with stakeholders.

Sharma also holds MBA (Marketing) degree from Sikkim Manipal University.

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Dr. CS Kedar

Dr C.S Kedar,
Retired Additional Chief Secretary,
CEO, CSR wing of JSW, Ballari

Dr C.S Kedar, retired Additional Chief Secretary, belongs to IAS 1979 batch, Karnataka Cadre, is currently working as CEO of CSR wing of JSW at Ballari will deliver special talk at India CSR Leadership Summit & Awards being organized by India CSR Network on May 26, 2016 at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai, India. Dr Kedar will speak on wider spectrum of Innovation and CSR.

Dr Kedar, having PhD from the University of Mysore, he has a unique capability of blending research, advocacy and public administration for conceptualising and executing sustainable developmental initiatives.

He has had 34 years’ of rich work experience in public administration before joining JSW in 2013. He started his career as Assistant Commissioner of Ramanagaram in 1981 and served in various capacities both in GOK and GOI including Deputy Commissioners of Bengaluru and Ballari, Director of Watershed Development Programme, both at GOK & NABARD,   and many more positions at Commissioner, Principal Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary levels.

He has a tradition of leaving behind legacy. As Secretary, Finance, he rolled out the biggest IT project ‘KHAJANA’ digitising the financial transactions of Government treasuries; Yeshasvini, the health insurance was digitised benefitting 20 lakh members of rural cooperatives while working as Principal Secretary, Co-operation; Working as Joint Secretary at Cabinet Secretariat Rastrapathy Bhavan, handled policy issues at highest level. As Director General, ESI Corporation, handled health insurance and health service provision to 62 million Indians through its own chain of 150 hospitals and 1500 dispensaries. Started post graduate courses in Medical education at 6 locations and initiated 8 medical colleges. Set up 8 new modern hospitals and modernised 22 existing hospitals. Rolled out one of the world’s biggest IT project with an out lay of Rs 12,000 million involving business process reengineering and training 65,000 officials. Issued smart cards to more than 15 million insured persons and creating Clinical Data Records of 62 million Indians.

As honorary member in the past he was on Board of Governors of IIM-Ranchi, and presently on the Boards of Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwaraa Dharmothana Trust, a revered and respected NGO in Karnataka and advisor to Ramaseva Mandali, Bengaluru, one of the highly reputed cultural organisation. As JSW Foundation, he conceptualised the Mission Against Malnutrition and is leading the Mission team from the front.


Ramdas Athawale

Hon’ble Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment
Govt. of India

Ramdas Bandu Athawale (1959) is an Indian politician from Maharashtra. A Dalit Buddhist, he is the founder–leader of the Republican Party of India (A), an Ambedkarite party. Currently, he is Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in the PM Narendra Modi led government, and represents Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India’s Parliament. Previously he was the Lok Sabha MP from Pandharpur.




Amar Shankar Sable

Amar Shankar Sable
Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha, Govt. of India

Amar Shankar Sable is a powerful parliamentarian in present Modi led Govt. He belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is a Member of Parliament (MP), representing Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha the upper house of Indian Parliament. He is from Pimpri, Pune.



Prof. V. Reddappa Reddy

Renowned Author
Ph.D. in Rural Development

Prof. V. Reddappa Reddy had his Masters in Economics from Sri Venkateswara University and Ph.D. in Rural Development from Sri Krishnadevaraya University. After a five-year stint in Government service he joined the University in 1989 and was elevated as Professor of Rural Development in 1997 and has served in the same position till his retirement in June 2016.

While in University he also served in different administrative positions including Head of the Department, Chairman, Board of Studies, Director, Distance Education, Convener, SVURPGCET, Convener, PECET and Coordinator, Special Assistance Program supported by University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

His books include Social Satisfaction Survey: A Practical Help line in Techniques and Methods, Toolkit for Conducting Base Line Survey, Six Essential Steps in Implementing CSR, Participatory Forest Management: Theory and Practice-A Field Level Assessment and Rural Glory. His 35 papers appeared in National and International journals.

Government of Andhra Pradesh has conferred on him the Best Teacher award during 2013. His areas of interest include Corporate Social Responsibility, Natural Resources Management and Monitoring and Evaluation. He served as Consultant to National and International Agencies like FHI, CARE, SOCHURSOD, UltraTech, CAPART and SERP.

He currently lives at Anantapuramu, Andhra Pradesh often moving outside depending on offers of consultancy and fieldwork.


Ratan Somani

Ratan Kumar Somani
President & Plant Head
Mahan Aluminium Project, Hindalco

Ratan Somani is a Mechanical Engineer from Regional Engineering College, Suratkal, Karnataka. He has a rich experience of over 25 years in the Indian manufacturing industry, of which he has spent more than 20 years with Hindalco Industries (a flagship company of $41 billion Aditya Birla Group).

By virtue of his wisdom, conceptual understanding, technical proficiency, valuable contributions, and significant achievements in the metal business operations, he was assigned the job of heading Mahan Aluminium, a mega Greenfield project of Hindalco Industries in 2011.

Inspired by leaders, like Aditya Vikram Birla & Kumar Mangalam Birla & Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Mr. Somani devoted valuable time of his career in the CSR domain, working untiringly for more than a decade in executing and managing developmental programmes at Mahan. He has been driving CSR projects catering to sectors like Education, Healthcare, Sustainable Livelihood, Infrastructure Development, and social issues including handling one of the largest rehabilitation and resettlement project of 3,000 families at Badgawan in Madhya Pradesh.

Mr Somani has been instrumental in developing more than 12 villages in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh and has contributed towards:

  • Watershed management projects by construction of 15 harvesting structures like small check dams & lift irrigation projects for agricultural development.
  • Girl child education projects like skill training, computer training, Mahan Jyoti Scholarships, coaching centres and career guidance aimed at helping the girls build their career and become self-reliant.
  • Green energy and natural resource management project where he created awareness on the use of eco-friendly energy efficient and health friendly devices like biogas units, solar lamps, etc.

Sir Dr Huz

Sir Dr. Huz
Chief Executive Officer
Wockhardt Foundation

Sir Dr. Huz (Huzaifa Khorakiwala) is the CEO of Wockhardt Foundation, a not-forprofit organization which runs several programmes in health, education, water and sanitation across the country, benefitting & touching millions of lives every year.

An MBA from Yale University, USA, Sir Dr. Huz is also the Executive Director of Wockhardt Limited and is part of the promoter family of the Wockhardt Group – a leading pharmaceutical and healthcare group.

He is the Founder of The World Peacekeepers Movement, an online movement comprising of more than a million peacekeepers, forming the world’s 2nd largest army.

Sir Dr. Huz is also the Chairman of The Peace Mission Pvt. Ltd. which sells Peace Chocs – chocolates spreading peace. For his contribution to society, he has received many prestigious awards & titles, the most recent being – Knighthood – which was bestowed on him by the Ecumenical Medical-Humanitarian Order Knights of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights of Charity).

He can be reached @ Sir. Dr Huz


Rusen Kumar

Founder and Managing Editor
India CSR Network

A science graduate and an MBA in Marketing, Rusen Kumar (40) has diversified experience across CSR, media, marketing, finance, public relations, brand and planing mega knowledge forums. He is a seasoned entrepreneur having very strong inter personal skills with strong professional ties across the globe. His passion towards CSR motivated him to conceptualize and promote India CSR Network as India’s maiden and largest online portal to further the upliftment of social issues of the country. Save