Team

Rajiv Ramchandra is the founder of Re:CREATe. He has previously served as Assistant Vice President of a consulting firm in India specializing in corporate sustainability and policy research. He has also served as the Business Manager, and in engineering roles for nearly seven years at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) housed at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS).

Rajiv holds an ME in Mechanical Engineering (2006) from the University of Sussex in England, an ME in Engineering Management (2009) from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and an MBA (2014) from the Saunders College of Business, both at RIT. He is also a graduate of the Business Sustainability Management (2017) program from the University of Cambridge in England, holds the ISSP-SA credential (2020) from the International Society of Sustainability Professionals and the AIEMA credential (2020) from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.

He has previously blogged for the Huffington Post and the Good News Network, and briefly served on the editorial board of the magazine ‘SQ – Raising the Sustainability Quotient’ published by the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), one of the oldest chambers in India, established in 1836.

Rajiv is one of the primary authors of a white paper released by the Indian federal government in early 2019 titled “Resource Efficiency & Circular Economy: Current Status and Way Forward” which was developed in partnership with the European Union Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) and the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog).

His interests include the evolution of business models and the power of systemic changes in economic systems towards greater circularity, as well as the meeting point of science and spirituality and how it shapes our approach to problem perception and problem solving. He engages in secular practices like meditation, fasting, and self-inquiry.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rajivramchandra


Advisors

Mark C. Coleman is an advisor to Re:CREATe. He is an award-winning author and a recognized voice, business advisor, entrepreneur, and consultant on sustainable enterprise and the convergence of energy, technology, environmental stewardship, and innovation. In 2017, Mark was recognized by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World (TAA-TAW) as a Top Thought Leader in Trust.

In 2014 Mark’s second book, the award-winning title, Time to Trust: Mobilizing Humanity for a Sustainable Future, was published by MotivationalPress. Time to Trust was awarded a Silver Medal by the Axiom Business Books Awards in the Business Ethics category and in 2015 was also an Award-Winning Finalist in the Social Change category of the 7th Annual International Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

Time to Trust followed his 2012 seminal book release, The Sustainability Generation: The Politics of Change and Why Personal Accountability is Essential NOW! published by SelectBooks. Mr. Coleman’s books highlight his perspective on holistic systems-level logic and theory for advancing humanity beyond the status quo toward more integrated models of sustainable development.

Mark’s career has encompassed leadership positions with applied research, energy infrastructure, engineering, academic, management consulting, manufacturing, and government organizations. He has advised hundreds of organizations in the areas of sustainability, risk, innovation, operational effectiveness, change management, and business strategy and development.

Mark has been an active blogger with the Huffington Post, Impakter, and IntelligentHQ and has published numerous articles with leading organizations and journals, including the American Public Works Association (APWA), GreenBiz.com, Environmental Leader, Triple Bottom Line Magazine, NOVA Holistic Journal. He also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University where he teaches classes in Sustainable Enterprise.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markcolemannow


Researchers

Jude Conway has been involved at the highest levels of seed and venture financing for more than thirty years.  In December 2019 Jude Conway retired after almost six years as Ag Ventures Alliance’s CEO. Jude served as the Interim Director of the Iowa Seed Capital Corporation in the late 1980’s.

From 1988-1991, he was the President of the Iowa Business Development Finance Corporation, a regulated investment company. From 1991-2001, Jude served as fund manager of the Iowa Capital Corporation (ICC), a seed and venture capital fund that financed nineteen businesses during his tenure. During his tenure with the ICC, investors realized an annualized internal rate of return exceeding 24%, which was confirmed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) in 2003.

After leaving the ICC, Jude and four other individuals from Chicago began a $107 million venture capital fund, Hopewell Ventures. Jude was a managing partner of Hopewell Ventures for five years, and remains a financial partner in the firm. Although Hopewell Ventures has not performed to the partners’ expectations, few other firms that formed from 2003-2008 met expectations, due to the great recession. Since leaving Hopewell Ventures, Jude was self-employed advising small businesses and not-for-profit organizations through his firm, Entrepreneurial Advisors, Inc.

He has also served on dozens of public and non-profit boards, committees and task forces including:  The University of Illinois Agriculture Innovation Program Task Force; The Iowa Secretary of Agriculture’s Task Force on Value Added Agriculture; the Board of Venture Network of Iowa; Technology Commercialization Strategy Group for the Economic Development Council of Central Illinois and the Investing in Rural Iowa Task Force where he served until November 2019.

Jude received his BA political Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of South Dakota.


Ambassadors

Shashi Kiran, Regional Manager, Corporate Facilities – India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, Dow

Yorien de Ruijter, Director, Remanufacturing Events, RAI Amsterdam

Dr. Pradeep Panigrahi, Dy. General Manager, Corporate Sustainability, Mahindra & Mahindra

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