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Athena Rose Joseph

Development Trainee

Athena has an academic background in Economics and Development Management. She joined PiC in October 2020 and has been involved in projects related to corporate social responsibility and business ethics. She has had previous experiences in areas of education, solid waste management, participatory research, public policy and renewable energy. Her competencies include documenting, reporting, research and data analysis using statistical software’s.

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Ekta Verma
Programme Assistant

Ekta has recently completed her development communications course from Lady Irwin College. Her area of research includes corporate disclosures. She has collated data for the status of corporate responsibility in India report. She also supports the communications unit of Partners in Change.
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Gunjan Kansal

Finance Assistant

Gunjan joined Partners in Change in January 2021.  She engages in responsibilities related to finance and accounting. She has more than nine years of expertise in this field. She is a CA aspirant.

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Jhumki Dutta
Project Manager

Jhumki has been working with Partners in Change since 2016. She brings to the organisation her skills in engaging with businesses and government entities for responsible business practices and advocating for public disclosure. She has facilitated participatory assessment studies, monitoring and evaluation training programmes. An able communicator, she is at ease working with communities at the grassroots level as well as in presenting their issues at different forums. She has worked previously with Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices and United Nations Global Compact Network India.
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Manoj Kumar
Office Assistant

Manoj supports the administration and finance team as an office assistant in their day-to-day activities. He looks after office logistics. He is also interested in issues of disaster, especially in the context of hill communities.
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Narottam Joshi

Finance Manager

Narottam joined PiC in 2019. He has experience spanning more than 17 years in the development sector. His key roles include financial management, budget monitoring, and MIS development. He also periodically reviews accounting guidelines, policies, and procedures, and suggests amendments as necessary for improving accuracy, risk control, and timely reporting. Moreover, accounting, taxation, reporting, and response to statutory authorities under various compliances and to internal management through MIS Teamwork, cooperation, and meeting deadlines are his core skills.


Pradeep Narayanan

Pradeep Narayanan is Director, Partners in Change. His core areas of interest include child rights and business responsibility. As Principal Researcher of the India Responsible Business Index, he has conceptualised and designed the index that measures Indian companies on five parameters of social inclusion and business responsibility including, non-discrimination, inclusive supply chain, community development, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee well-being. Having spent more than two decades in the Corporate, Government and Non-Governmental Sector in India, Singapore and the United Kingdom, he has led the design of several participatory monitoring frameworks on the issue of community participation and accountability frameworks and in several themes within the development space and beyond such as in banking and financial sector. His current focus is contributing to debates around integration of human rights in business operations, where he has done assignment for National Human Rights Commission. He is member, advisory board of the Community Development Journal and is also Visiting and Honorary Fellow, Durham University. He is member of Core Advisory Group on Business and Human Rights, National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi.

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Pragya Shah
Programme Officer

Pragya Shah, a lawyer, has been working with Partners in Change since February 2017. She contributes to projects related to the pharmaceutical sector; gender and decent work; and corporate responsibility. She has previously worked with Human Rights Law Network, Delhi and was a part of fact finding teams and a researcher on certain critical human rights issues.
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Sowmiya Kannan

Programme Assistant

Sowmiya holds her Masters in Development Management. She is competent in community engagement, participatory research, impact assessment, data analysis, documentation and training. She has previous experience of working on a study related to the level of social acceptability pertaining to e-Kranti among general public. She has contributed to projects related to the gender and decent work; and issues of labour rights and practices and corporate responsibility. Her area of interest lies with Labour Empowerment and Digital Transformation.

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Stanley Joseph
Sr. Programme Manager

Stanley, who is based in Chennai, joined Partners in Change in April 2017. He has organised consultations with government, civil society and businesses on labour practices and has facilitated research on the same. He has 17 years of experience in social work practice, participatory research, action research and responsible business assessments. He has extensive experience in community empowerment through participation. He has worked with Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices and INP+ (Indian Network for People Living With HIV/AIDS).
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Viraf Mehta

Viraf has led Partners in Change between 2002 and 2010, before joining the team as advisor. A social anthropologist by training, he has been at the forefront of corporate social responsibility in India since 1988. He is instrumental in making different policy shifts, including that of National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business. He was earlier with Tata Group between 1986-2000, and has served on several International and National Committees, including the Bureau of Indian Standards, the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and the erstwhile Planning Commission. He is one of India’s leading voices for a national business and human rights framework.
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The Programme team is supported by an Administrative and Finance Team and a Communications Team.


Partners in Change

Dheeraj has more than ten years of experience in the realm of community institution building and participatory monitoring and evaluation. He has directly engaged with communities in the area of gender equality, sustainable livelihoods and access to rights and entitlements. For last seven years he had been researching on disclosures and policy commitments of top 300 listed companies in India. He was part of the Principal Research Team of India Responsible Business Index, which assessed top 100 companies in India on key responsible business conduct indicators.

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