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“CSR Leader of India” 2017 | Upendra Sontakke
“Many companies are moving towards creating sustainable growth models in different ways. Companies are taking longterm projects and not just charity. The future will see more and more companies building deeper CSR strategies which will seek to external impact and not just mitigate internal impacts. Companies will be able to prioritise the issue or problem they want to work on through CSR. In coming days, CSR and sustainability will have greater impact on social and economic development of rural India.”
About Upendra Haribhau Sontakke
With an academic and development sector experience of more than 19 years, Upendra Sontakke is presently heading CSR of Astarc Group of Companies. He started his career with USA based International Development Agency CRS_USCCB in 1998. During his career he helped 100+ grass root NGOs in transforming social and economical capacities of people. He was involved in developing CSR strategic plans while working with corporates like Landmark Group, EMCO Ltd and Lavasa Corporation Ltd as CSR Head. He has written various articles on CSR for various Magazines & journals. He has been awarded an honorary position of Regional Director by CASI New York, an institute of CSR & Sustainability certification.
In August 2017 he has been appointed as member of the Advisory Board of studies of Ramoji Krian University, Hyderabad for its center for E-learning & Development Communication
Upendra has been awarded with CSR professional of the Year by INDIA CSR & BIMTECH on 27th August 2016 at INDIA CSR Award event in Bangeluru
He has been awarded citation of 100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders (Global Listing) by World CSR Day & World sustainability in February 2016.
His domain expertise lies in the field of CSR, working closely with Government, Grass root NGOs and other likeminded organizations. He is active member of various knowledge sharing platforms like INDIA CSR, Solution Exchange (UNDP), Maharashtra Government CSR interaction body. He was awarded for “Excellence in Gujarat Earthquake response program and Tamilnadu Tsunami response program” by CRS-USCCB. In 2015 and 2016 he was interviewed by leading CSR magazine, “CSR & Competitiveness” for his work in CSR domain.
He likes to play sports and represented his Engineering College in Cricket and Holley ball. He was active member of NSS during his college days and did various social activities in villages. Reading daily newspapers, magazines and books is his hobby which keeps him updated about happening around him.
He is B. Tech. in Agricultural Engineering and completed World Bank sponsored course on Disaster Risk Reduction. He is passionate about the development of less privileged people and has contributed greatly through his work.