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 Sustainability Excellence Professional (SEP) credential (2022) developed by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals and administered by Green Business Certification Inc.
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.
Mark C. Coleman 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.
Vaishali Kulkarni serves in the role of Engineering Leader, New and ReCon Parts Operations at Cummins in India and has a background in Mechanical Engineering. She has extensive technical and real-world experience in project and product engineering and has previously served at many global companies including KSB Pumps, Textron, and Virgo Valves (Emerson Company).
In her current role, Vaishali and her teams work extensively on how to make remanufacturing a reality, especially in India. She was instrumental in setting up a remanufacturing technical research laboratory for Cummins in India. She is Six Sigma certified and has sponsored numerous projects through her career. Recently, her team’s remanufacturing projects have received recognition for business as well as global impact, especially their contributions to environment and sustainability initiatives.
Dr. Nachiappan Subramanian (Nachi) is the Professor of Operations and Logistics Management & Supply Chains at the University of Sussex, UK. Nachi has published 110 peer-reviewed refereed research papers in the leading operations management journals. His writing on emerging topics has received several hits including his media article on delivery drones published by China Daily and LSE Business Review blog on Social media and successful retail operations in the hyper-customisation era.
Nachi has versatile teaching experience in several countries including UK, China, India and Australia. In addition, Nachi has rich executive education experience and has either taught or convened modules in Victoria & Albert Museum Master Class and China High Speed Rail international talent development programme. He guest-edited several special issues and involved in projects such as sustainable business model development, cold chain network optimisation, eco-innovation in emerging economies, and ambiguous threats in supply networks.
He is actively engaged in developing an E-marketplace for a circular digital supply chain for remanufactured products with a special focus on the Indian market. His study on the viability of remanufacturing practices to develop a strategic decision-making framework for Chinese auto-parts companies has been cited well. He is writing a book on Digital Remanufacturing for Net Zero Carbon Emission. His research areas are technology interventions in the supply chain, sustainable supply chains, risk and resilience, and performance measurement.
Neeraj Bali is an advisor to Re:CREATe. He has rich and diverse international experience of more two decades across media, communications, the development sector, and public-private partnership, including CSR. He has worked in leadership communication roles with the United Nations and USAID-funded programmes. Most recently, he served as the Director, Communications and Fundraising at Smile Train.
He has created best practices in communication for behavioural change, beneficiary engagement and training. While in Afghanistan and Africa he played an instrumental role in bringing together various government and non-government organisations to create campaigns, including one against sexual exploitation in educational institutions, and others to aid refugee resettlement and voter education in a nascent state. His roles have seen him take on strategic communication, managing programmes, outreach and advocacy, editorial leadership, public affairs, stakeholder engagement, crisis communication and media development.
Starting out as a journalist over 20 years ago, Neeraj has also worked with the BBC, NHK – Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Associated Press Radio, among other media outlets. He received the prestigious New York Festivals Award for a radio documentary in 2007. He has lived and worked across South Asia, Afghanistan, Liberia, South Sudan, Sudan and the UK.
Chandrakant Nayak is CEO and Country President of Dow India (including Sub-Continent) and has a dual responsibility as Senior Sales Director for Dow Polyurethanes business. Chandrakant has been closely associated with the company’s rapid growth and has played a key role in establishing Dow India’s business partnerships in major industries like packaging, telecom, automotive, and consumer markets through local business models and innovative product solutions.
Chandrakant joined Dow India in 1995 as Account Manager for Polyethylene business in Mumbai. Over 25 years, he has been in various roles across Sales, Marketing, Business Development, and Business and Asset Management across several company businesses. He has extensive experience in driving value in the growth economies of India, China, South-East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
In October 2021, Chandrakant was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Indian Chemical Council (ICC), the apex national body representing all branches of the chemical industry in India.
One of the foremost ambassadors of gender-parity at work, he is an active sponsor for two employee resource groups (ERGs) – GLAD (Supporting LGBTQ) and Prime (Upgradation of skills for senior members of the corporate community). He has been closely associated in developing the company’s marquee CSR Program – The Polyurethanes (PU) Jaipur Foot since 2006.
With a Master’s in Marketing Management from the University of Mumbai, he is a Bachelor in Polymers Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology (erstwhile UDCT).