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Our Leadership

Our leadership comes with extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of sustainable development initiatives globally. Their cumulative experience covers the broad spectrum of the social and development sphere, sustainability and climate change issues, and ethical business imperatives. They are further supported by a select team of professionals with expertise in different aspects of sustainable development, such as strategic management, social research, need and impact assessments, EHS and social regulations, resource conservation, supply chain dynamics, etc., thereby, creating a win-win solution for the triple bottom line of business.

Ashok K. Pavadia

Chief Advisor 

Mr. Ashok K. Pavadia has been a career bureaucrat. He retired as Additional Secretary to the Government of India in 2016 after a career spanning thirty four years. He has worked in senior administrative positions in several ministries such as Railways, Agriculture, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Civil Aviation, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and Home Affairs.

He is an alumni of the University of Delhi and the London School of Economics (LSE) and has an academic background in Political Science, Law and Management with a specialization in Human Rights Law, Public Policy and Administration. He holds two Bachelors degrees, two Masters degrees and a Post-Graduate Diploma. He is currently doing his Ph.D. in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

A renowned expert in CSR and Sustainable Development, Mr. Pavadia is among the early crusaders for institutionalizing CSR and Sustainability in the business policies, operations, activities and decision-making processes of Indian companies. He is the author of the “DPE Guidelines on CSR and Sustainability” for the Indian Central Pubic Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) issued in 2012 and the revised edition in 2014.

Mr. Pavadia served as a Member of the Governmental Advisory Group of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) from 2012 to 2015 and he has been a Member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad for 3 years (2012-15).

He has represented India at the UN Global Compact Summit in New York and has been invited by the World Bank, UNIDO, UNEP, Government of Sweden, Government of Norway, Government of South Africa, Harvard University, Waikato University and Ljubljana University to speak on CSR and sustainability related issues.

Parul Soni

Global Managing Partner 

Parul is the founder and global managing partner for TTC. With over 20 years of experience, he has been instrumental in providing strategic leadership to development programs, for national and international organizations, both at the national and regional levels.

He has, with his rich and extensive experience in Social Development and CSR, driven major programs in areas of cross sectoral partnerships and institutional networks, inclusive community participation, social accountability, and social justice. His contribution to the cause of enhancing and enriching the quality of key human development indicators such as child rights and gender equality has been anchored in the core principles of sustainable development strategies and programmes.

Throughout his career, he has been an ardent advocate of women’s rights and has undertaken seminal work in re-scripting the narrative on women’s empowerment though various initiatives. As a member of the Global Advisory Board of WeConnect International, he actively encouraged and supported women entrepreneurs by connecting them to market opportunities. One of his most significant achievements was to bring 109 women’s business associations under one platform of Think Big Asia.

Parul values the role of the government as a major stakeholder in the process of development and strives to, and has successfully created, sustainable tri stakeholder partnerships and networks, with the government, private sector and the not for profit organisations, collaborating together to achieve common goals.

Parul is on the board of a number of reputed national and global organisations. As an Advisor and Promoter Director in India for The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), he has been key in building the ecosystem for philanthropists and social investors within the country. As a Founding Board Member of Save the Children-Bal Raksha, the Indian evolution of Save the Children International network, he has made substantive contributions in the sector of child development and rights. He is also a board Member of SafeLIFE Foundation; and a senior advisor on the Advisory board of Biz Divas, a CSR initiative by Altavis Private Limited.

He was previously a Partner and the Global Co-leader for Not-for-Profit organization in Ernst & Young India LLP (EY) and has during his career lent his expertise and leadership to multiple organizations and associations, within India and globally.

Parul is a Doctoral Fellow from the Department of Commerce, University of Rajasthan.

“Sustainable development today is a central topic of discussion in organizations, academic institutions, offices and in boardrooms across the world, since it has come to define almost every aspect of human endeavour. Given the complex and often unpredictable nature of the risks involved, organizations must use innovative approach to mitigate them. We at TTC, through our cross-cutting solutions and multidisciplinary expertise, are ideally equipped to be a key partner in our clients’ sustainable development journey.”

Dipankar Ghosh

Partner and Leader for Sustainability & Climate Change 

Dipankar is Partner and Leader for Sustainability & Climate Change; he is a seasoned sustainability professional, has over thirty years of multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral experience in the domains of environmental services, sustainability and human development, climate change, carbon markets, environment, health and safety (EHS), resource efficiency, sustainable technology and renewable energy. One of the key areas of his work has been managing sustainability and climate change risks and leveraging opportunities in changing times.

Dipankar has led large projects, in India as well as internationally, which consisted of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team from consultant’s end, as well as diverse stakeholders from client’s end. 

He has worked closely with diverse industry sectors, such as oil & gas, power utility, automotive, iron and steel, biofuel, transportation, construction, communication, etc., and also Government and Multi-lateral Funded Institutions. Previously, he was a Partner at EY, leading the Climate Change and Sustainability services of EY in Northern Region of India. He was also part of the advisory team responsible for developing the Climate Change & Sustainability Services in India. Later, he served as the Leader of EY’s sustainability services in the MENA region, strategizing the growth of the practice in the region. 

Dipankar is a B.E. and M.Tech in Chemical Engineering and a Chartered Engineer from the Institute of Engineers India. He also has a Diploma in Sustainability from the Maastricht School of Management, and participated in Leadership Development Programme at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. 

“Resource efficiency and sustainability have become drivers of cost reduction and risk management for organizations. With the cost of the natural resources projected to increase, and availability being scarce, companies which manage their impact responsibly and internalize them effectively through a solid sustainability strategy, stand a better chance of sustaining in the long term. The emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals in the coming years is expected to necessitate fostering the synergy between corporates, government, academia and civil society like never before. Our dedicated and experienced sustainability and climate change professionals help clients derive maximum value from our focused solutions in the domains of strategy, resource efficiency, energy and climate change.”

Vijay Ganapathy

Partner and Leader for M&E and Impact Assessment 

Vijay is Partner and Leader for M&E and Impact Assessment. He has 15 years of rural development programming experience in thematic areas like Child Rights, Natural management, Micro-finance, Livelihood, Corporate and skill development. He has authored a book on the study of KAP of the leprosy affected Gond tribal's of Madhya Pradesh and published papers on a diverse range of topics including CSR, Inter-Cultural Communication Competence, Informal Labour, etc.

He was previously a Senior Manager at EY, responsible for driving the CSR and Social Development Consulting vertical.

Vijay is a Fellow from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata; with a Post Graduate Diploma in Forest Management from the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal.

“A Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) framework provides an understanding of the strengths, weaknesses and bottle-necks of a project. Impact assessments help measure the true impact of sustainable development projects and programs. Taken together, these two aspects are critical to get a well-rounded picture of the actual achievements of programs. At TTC, our experienced team specializes in developing robust M&E frameworks and carrying out thorough impact assessments”

Ajay Pandey

Partner and Leader for CSR, Strategy and Performance Improvement 

Ajay leads the Strategy and Performance Improvement function at TTC. He has deep experience in driving strategy and streamlining operations across domains including natural resource management, sustainable livelihoods, skill development and social entrepreneurship. With over 18 years of experience in sustainable development and corporate responsibility, Ajay has been working with a wide range of multilateral, government, corporate clients and not for profit entities across the Middle East and South Asia to deliver action-oriented, enduring and repeatable results. His strengths lie in his deep understanding and work experience across all spectrums of the sustainable development space - grassroots organizations and rural work, donors perspectives and social sector consulting – and his hands-on approach to working with clients on social impact of operations, stakeholder engagement, and sustainability.

He previously worked with Ernst and Young and during his tenure, led the team to deliver several challenging engagements.

Ajay is a Post Graduate in Rural Development from XISS, Ranchi.

“With enforcement of Section135 of the Companies Act 2013, companies are looking to optimize resource efficiency and enhance social impact through strategic CSR initiatives. Organizations worldwide continue to grapple with strategic management choices, approaches and practice for creating sustainable impact. We assist organizations in accelerating organizational growth through visualizing and planning the growth road map.”

Amit Phull

Partner and Leader for Grant Efficiency 

Amit is Partner and Leader for Compliance and grant efficiency. He has more than 15 years of experience in the development sector, working on projects supported by various international donor agencies, Government, corporate foundations, etc.

His areas of expertise include finance strategy, auditing and compliance, financial process development, budget development and management, procurement and bid process management, and development of standard operating procedures.

He was previously Senior Manager with EY. Prior to which he was Associate Vice President with Grant Thornton.

Amit is a Chartered Accountant, ICAI, and has a Diploma in Financial Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.

“Donor agencies face several challenges in ensuring that funds are used for intended purposes, as they often find it difficult to partner with credible organizations who share their vision. Community Based Organizations need the requisite expertise as well as robust systems to improve transparency and credibility. We at TTC offer a range of services aimed at finding innovative solutions for these concerns.”

Rajiv Nagpal

Partner and Leader for Research and Documentation 

Rajiv is a Co-Founder & Partner and Leader for Research and Documentation.

He specialises in strategic planning, policy development, project management, capacity building, social research, impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation, and market landscaping. Rajiv has worked extensively on issues of education, child protection, child rights, disaster management and natural resource management.

In his career spanning over 26 years, Rajiv has worked with International and National NGOs, bilateral organizations, UN agencies, government departments, corporates etc. to deliver sustainable solutions through stakeholder engagement and community participation. He is extremely rooted and carries profound understanding of social development, which he has leveraged beautifully in the social sector consulting arena.

Prior to Thinkthrough, Rajiv worked with Plan International, Save the Children (India, Finland and UK) and Rajiv Gandhi Foundation where he led Child Rights programs across multiple levels.

Rajiv is a Post Graduate from Meerut University.

"There is a greater need to identify the gaps in accessing development programs and understanding people’s perspective. We at Thinkthrough aim to create a feasible environment for progressive social development programs through social research, market assessment, market landscaping, program documentation, process mapping and scoping/feasibility studies."

Komal Malhotra

Partner and Leader for HR Advisory 

Komal is Partner and Leader for HR Advisory. She has over 18 years of experience in Human Resource Consulting and has successfully led and executed recruitment assignments from middle to CxO levels across various functions both for multinational corporates as well as I-NGOs and has also conducted workshops on psychosocial issues. She has also conducted HR evaluations, HR Policy Benchmarking surveys and specialises in trainings on prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace. 

She has developed Human Resource Policies and Procedures for several development organizations.

Previously, she was running her own HR Consultancy, Scope International, catering exclusively to the Not-for-profit organizations. She has also worked with GE Capital International Services and Omam Consultants.

Komal has a Masters in Counselling Psychology and PGD in Personnel Management from IMT Ghaziabad, besides a PGDBM in Marketing.

“Human Capital is the backbone of every organization. Sourcing, retaining, assessing, training and motivating workforce is a key challenge to progress in today’s dynamic business environment. Establishing and maintaining effective and efficient HR systems and processes is critical to organizational sustainability. We support development sector organizations in meeting these critical requirements.”

Devashish Banerji

Partner – Health Supply Chain & Procurement 

Devashish has over 20 years of experience in providing consulting services in addition to his experience of 12 years in the Automobile/Engineering Industry. His key areas of expertise have been programme management of multi-stake holder large projects, fund management, programme design and review, institutional assessment, strategic business planning and institutional development, capacity building and training.

As the Country Head in Crown Agents and Principal Consultant in PwC, he has managed multiple projects in the Government/Development Sector. He has been involved in projects, in the Health and Family Planning, Urban and Industrial Infrastructure and Social Development, funded by WB, ADB, DFID, USAID and UN agencies. 
Prior to joining TTC, he has led many assignments and recently he completed the highly successful DFID funded Joint Donor Technical Assistance Fund (JDTAF) programme in MOHFW Bangladesh as the Team Leader.

His responsibilities in all these projects included Stakeholder Relationship Management, Delivery Management and Quality Assurance. Over and above he has significant experience of leading teams comprising multi-disciplinary professionals internationally. 

Devashish is a Post Graduate Mechanical Engineer from IIT Kanpur.

“The healthcare sector is a one of the building blocks of any nation’s development, but it is especially central to India’s development given the widespread socio-economic disparity present in the country. To ensure the sustainable growth of the economy it is not only critical to create jobs but to also create a workforce unencumbered by nagging illnesses and injuries which can be prevented by providing basic healthcare. The healthcare sector in India has challenges across its value chain, and at TTC we have experts with functional experience and scientific expertise in this sector and who can deliver insights and solutions to critical stakeholders such as the government, not-for-profits, companies and donor agencies.”

Indra Guha

Partner - Sustainability & Climate Change 

 

Indra is Partner - Sustainability & Climate Change; has more than 22 years of experience in the domain of sustainability, EHS and climate change.  
Worked extensively in advisory and implementation of sustainability and climate change strategy, building roadmaps with targets aligned to business goals, indexing sustainability performance and impact assessment, sustainable sourcing, sustainability reporting and assurance, carbon footprint mapping/GHG accounting, monitoring and verification, due-diligence, carbon transaction, risk mapping, low carbon transformation. He is an expert in EHS studies involving compliance management, due diligence, risk assessments, policy framing and review of governance structure.  

Indra has worked across diverse industry sectors, such as metal and mining, oil & gas, chemical, pharma, power utility, automotive, fertilizer, etc. Worked extensively with the government, funding agencies like ClimateWorks/Shakti Foundation, DFID, GIZ and with NGOs like WWF on climate policy related assignments.

Before TTC, Indra has spent a major part of his professional career with Ernst & Young (EY) for 14 years where he led the north team as Executive Director prior to his stint with Jubilant as Chief Sustainability Officer.
 
Indra is a graduate in Civil Engineering from BE College, with a masters from IIT Kharagpur and has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from IIM Kolkata.

"Sustainability has become the tool for future readiness. An assessment of the baseline scenario of material sustainability aspects, a look into the potential future scenarios from risk and opportunity point of view, and identifying the interventions that ensures sustainability in a longer time horizon is the key. Our outlook at TTC is aligned to the same with our expert professionals equipped with the vision, the psyche and the tools for delivering the same to our clients."

Rajan Bahadur

Partner - Advisory Services 


Rajan is a strong leader and mentor with over 30 years of experience across Social and Corporate Sectors. He is a highly motivated individual accompanied with sharp business acumen, people leadership skills and an ability to build high performance teams. A post graduate in business management from Calcutta University and a graduate from St Stephen’s college New Delhi, he has an excellent understanding of business development, marketing, new service/product development, Finance, Legal & other business activities that helps to ensure there is linkage with the overall strategy and vision.

During his expanse career, he has developed strategies and policies - conceptualized, managed and supervised intensive programmes.

He has also mentored and managed large cross cultural teams across national and global platforms covering a wide range of senior positions in general management, sales, marketing, hospitality, travel & tourism and financial services. He has interacted closely with a spectrum of bilateral donors, UN partners, print and electronic media, NGOs, Corporate and the Government institutions. Successfully set up Greenfield projects; gained market knowledge, acquired negotiation skills and nurtured relationships across diverse sectors and Industries. His strong analytical skills and ability to adapt to diverse situations has helped him in executing successful business and operational strategies with complex distribution channels. He has a good knowledge of South Asia and Far East markets and their culture.

Dhrubaa Ghosh

Senior Advisor, Healthcare Sector 

Dhrubaa specializes in public health issues with more than 20 years of research experience - both nationally and internationally - especially in the field of infectious diseases (molecular epidemiology & pathogenesis) and molecular diagnostics, and recipient of several International awards for her research work and publications.

As a scientist, she has worked on a wide range of diseases from malaria to various viral outbreaks (encephalitis, hepatitis, HIV/TB, dengue and Viral Diarrhoea) at the national level. She also developed diagnostic strategies on high-throughput platforms with her International collaborators for detection of bacterial and viral infections. 

Prior to joining TTC, Dhrubaa was a Senior Scientist at the International Centre for Genetic engineering & Biotechnology (a UN facility), and led the pathogen detection and discovery team. She was also a faculty and Head of the Department at the core facility at the National Institute of Virology, Pune, MoHFW, Govt of India.

“Health plays a cross-cutting role across the three elements of sustainable development which are economic, social and environmental. The disease burden, for both communicable and non-communicable diseases, still remains high in countries like India. Adequate attention is required towards healthcare and poverty alleviation, which would address the issues of malnutrition; health risks and determinants beyond communicable diseases; impact of strategies, policies and practices on health. An in depth understanding of the public health issues allows us to think through on innovative approaches and solutions.”

Gaurav Bhargava

Senior Vice President- Advisory 

Gaurav is a Senior Vice President for M&E, Impact Assessment and Social Research. Gaurav has more than twelve years of experience in designing, deploying, monitoring and evaluating social sector initiatives in the domains of public health, gender, education, child and adolescent rights and livelihood. Through his work, Gaurav has enabled UN agencies, international financial intuitions and corporate foundations in realizing the objectives of their program operations. His works ranges from supporting micro-pilots to structuring and assessing institutions long terms strategy and country partnership frameworks.
Having worked across more than fifteen countries and covered conflict affected areas; Gaurav has delivered on sensitive engagements centered on aspects such as violence against women in South Asia, Middle East & North Africa and South East Asia; human trafficking in India; women’s economic empowerment in Afghanistan; HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh and India; multiple vulnerable groups in Bhutan; child rights in Cambodia; and adolescent health in India.
He was previously a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young, responsible for managing projects with UN agencies and international financial intuitions.
A Post Graduate in Public Health from Indian Institute of Health Management and Research, Jaipur. He has contributed to research work carried out by UNICEF, World Bank and IFC.

"Social research has three distinct facets to it. ‘Research for a Program’ that can critically inform the design of an initiative; ‘Research on a Program’ that analyzes an initiative’s performance and provides necessary course correction and/or inputs for future endeavors; and ‘Research as a Program’ where the research piece is an initiative directed at identifying new approaches to policy formulation and program design and implementation. At TTC, we understand these facets to social research and are geared up to strategically align our advisory to the clients’ needs."

Foyzul Bari Himel

Country Coordinator, Bangladesh 

Himel is a sustainable development enthusiast, a strategic planner and a systems thinker. He has got more than twelve years of experience in delivering consultancy to government, development agencies and private sector entities in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. His areas of interest include health system strengthening, entrepreneurship development, value chain enhancement and making market work for poor. His clients include DFID, USAID, SDC, WFP and World Bank. He was the consultant for Planning Wing of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in Bangladesh and was involved in the development of Government of Bangladesh’s fourth five year Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Program. He is also a development training master trainer for government planning cadre officials in Bangladesh. 

Himel has got his Masters in Business Administration degree from University of Dhaka and Bachelor in Industrial and Production Engineering from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet.   

“In this dynamic world of changing funding mechanism, the only way to achieve sustainable development while addressing the resource scarcity is systems thinking. In TTC, we provide sustainable solutions so that your vision is not truncated for shortage of resources.”

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