Nikhil Pant

Honorary Advisor

“Nikhil Pant, Former Chief Programme Executive, National Foundation for CSR, IICA, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, GoI, has played a key role from government side in formulation and nation-wide rollout of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as per Section 135, Companies Act 2013 – Legislation, Rules, Policy, Strategy, Compliance (Accounting, Audit, Taxation, Reporting); he also specializes in CSR Grant Management, Monitoring & Evaluation Frameworks, Impact Assessment, Project Management etc., and is currently involved in “Compliance to Impact with Sustainability” advising to governments, corporates, NGOs and Academia on CSR and Sustainable Development.”

Nikhil has more than 27 years of experience in implementation, training, advocacy, grant management, strategy & policy formulation of development programmes. In his own way, Nikhil presents unique, practical need-based solutions that are individual specific, and community and organization based, meeting key people-centric development requirements at the very core. With his teaching, civil society, corporate and government experience and networks, he also develops meaningful partnerships to achieve desired outcomes in quick time.

As an Advisor and CSR Consultant Nikhil specialises in conceptualization, design, development, delivery and measurement of Sustainable Development Models. Through his work he seeks to bring in meaningful and engaging convergence of governments, corporates/CSR, civil society, entrepreneurs, social business, academia and communities in a participatory mode of collaboration, co-creation and creativity, for impact and scale, leading to need based social change. He emphasises on the never say die spirit of positivity towards life, living and co-existence, and takes up assignments and embeds this spirit as a cross-cutting horizontal, thereby bringing in a fresh, lively approach towards human development and environmental conservation issues that the world faces. People, Planet and (Non) Profit remain central to Nikhil as he engages deeply for social change.

Since 1992 Nikhil is Principal Consultant and Chief Development Officer, REACHA, a one of its kind grassroots, community based voluntary organisation that is today bringing innovation in CSR implementation, impact and reporting in the country. Here he is delivering transformative CSR projects: a) in a Conflict Zone – Kashmir, with Indian Army and b) with a Member of Parliament in rural UP to strengthen grass-roots participatory democracy.

He was Managing Partner, Shaktishi, a CSR and SDG Advisory, Consulting & Training firm from April 2017 to August 2019. The firm assisted corporates and non-profits in 360 degree CSR Advisory, Consulting and Training.

He was Member, Tata Power Sustainability Advisory Council from 2016-2018, where he advised Tata Power Board on Compliance, Global Best Practices and Impact.

From 2012-2017, at national level as part of rollout of Section 135, Companies Act 2013 on CSR, Nikhil led formulation of CSR Policy, Strategy, Rules etc., and their country-wide deployment through Advisory, Advocacy, Consulting, Research and Training as Chief Programme Executive, National Foundation for CSR, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Ministry of Corporate Affairs, GoI. He also engages with IICA today as Visiting/Guest Faculty.

He led key strategic grant-making projects as Principal Consultant, Tech Mahindra Foundation from 2010-2012 that strengthened the NGO partnership model in a participatory mode of co-creation and development.

As a School Teacher and Student Counsellor with Manava Bharati School India International School, New Delhi from 1997 to 2010, Nikhil developed student-centric learning-by-doing education projects of child and youth development that led to community based positive change. These were shared with CBSE through Sahodaya School Complexs and Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) of school children with focus on learning outcomes, and are today embedded in various Education/CSR projects across the country.

Under Nikhil’s leadership, effective and outcome-based CSR and Sustainable Development projects have been undertaken at government, corporate, institutional and civil society level. These projects cover Policy, Strategy, Compliance, Grant Management, Training, Advocacy and Implementation with organisations like HCL Foundation, Indian Army, ONGC, Genpact, REC Foundation, Tata Power, North Delhi Power Limited, Tata Teleservices, Yes Bank Foundation, Bombay Stock Exchange, Deshpande Foundation, OIL, HPCL, Indian Oil, Coal India Limited, NTPC, IGL, EIL, Smile Train, Dhampur Sugar Mills, IIMs (Bangalore, Calcutta), ISB, Narsee Monjee etc. to name a few.

Mohan Sankar

Honorary Advisor

  • Managing Partner, Sankar Group of Companies, Coimbatore, a group of firms involved in the distribution of consumer & healthcare products, and property development
  • Chairman, Coimbatore Consumer Products Distributors Association
  • President, Consumer Products Distributors Association, Western Zone (7 districts)
  • Member, Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Coimbatore
  • Vice Chairman, Coimbatore District Welfare Association
  • Member, Divisional Railway User’s Consultative Committee, Salem Division, Indian Railways
  • Apex Committee Member, Siruthuli
  • Vice President, Humour Society, Coimbatore
  • Vice President, Friends of Tribals Society, Coimbatore Chapter
  • Secretary& Trustee, Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple, Ramnagar, Coimbatore
  • President, Tamil Nadu Power lifting Association
  • Patron, Power lifting India
  • President, Bharathi Paasarai, Coimbatore
  • Rotarian for the over forty years

Vanitha Mohan

Honorary Advisor

  • Smt.VanithaMohan officiates as the Chairperson of Pricol Limited, manufacturers of automotive products. Pricol is one of the few organizations in the region having more than 25% women amongst their work force.
  • She spearheads the CSR activities of Pricol.
  • Pricol Rural Development Program under her leadership has initiated several community development activities such as water harvesting,afforestation, tribal welfare and health care for the community in and around Perianaickenpalayam. The invaluable experience gained in the areas of water management and afforestation in the rural areas has enabled her to play a key role in putting together the concept of Siruthuli.
  • She is the Managing Trustee of Siruthuli, an NGO which works towards a clean and green environment with special focus on the restoration and protection of water bodies of Coimbatore. Increasing the green cover of the region by involving the community in afforestation activities has yielded significant benefits to the landscape of the Kongu region.
  • Her passion for children and their holistic development has resulted in the initiation of programmes to create large scale awareness amongst the student community on the need to protect and save Mother Earth for posterity.
  • She is also the Vice President of RAAC( Residents’Awareness Association of Coimbatore) whose aim is to create an Azhagana Kovai through effective garbage management initiatives.
  • Mrs.Vanitha Mohan is the Immediate Past President of the 90 year old Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Coimbatore. During her tenure, she initiated a CSR platform under the aegis of the Chamber to help Industry to channelise their CSR spend.
  • She is the recipient of many awards in the sphere of women achievers. Most noteworthy of them is the “AbdulKalam Seva Ratna award”for her contribution in the sphere of water conservation from the Dalai Lama.
  • She was conferred with“Nanneri Chemmal”award by Sri P.Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala and former Chief Justice of India under the aegis of Nanneri Kazhagam.Close