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Kshemendra Kumar Upadhyay

Designation: Professor and Chairperson, Centre for Sustainability & CSR

Email: [email protected]

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Dr. K.K. Upadhyay is a widely respected and seasoned development professional, with over 39 plus years of experience across government, not-for-profits, academia and corporate. He has pioneered several innovative and outstanding social enterprises – Safal, Aapni Yojana, Bastar Integrated Development Program and Health of the Urban Poor. An alumnus of GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, and Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), Dr. Upadhyay has been a pivotal part of the CSR journey in India as a thought leader, practitioner, and former head of the FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence. An expert with Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs; has been on board of several non-profits including National Trust (Ministry of social justice, GoI), National Population Stabilisation Fund, UN Global Compact, DNR Foundation and International Institute of Goat Management. Contributed to the sector through several publications and research studies for USAID, UNIFEM and IIED London.

At present,  Professor K.K. Upadhyay is the Chairperson Centre for Sustainability and CSR BIMTECHHe is a motivational speaker, trainer and executive coach. In recognition of the positive impact on the society, for his humanitarian efforts, Dr. Upadhyay has been bestowed with many awards and accolades including titles like Thought LeaderCSR Leader of IndiaMahatma and the CSR Trainer of the Year 2020.

Post-Graduation in Rural Management (PGDRM) Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) in 1982
Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry (Honors) G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Uttarakhand in 1980

  • Sustainability and CSR

  • Over 39 plus years of experience across government, not-for-profits, academia and corporate

  • “Trainer – National Framework on Business Responsibility” IICA, SEBI and GIZ
  • “IICA Certified Trainer in CSR” from Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs in 2014
  • ISO 26000 Trainer – FICCI Quality Forum
  • “Sustainable Business Growth – Co-creating Value with People and Nature, Development Alternatives in 2013
  • Environment Management Systems Auditor/Lead Auditor Training Course (based on ISO 14001:2004) – Nigelbauer IRCA, UK Certified in 2012
  • Creating Shared Value through Corporate Social Responsibility in India – The World Bank, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and FSG in 2012
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Expert from The Centre for the Promotion of Imports, Netherlands in 2012
  • Gender Effectiveness of Co-Operative Organizations Exploring Strategies of Change by Coady International Institute, Canada and ASIAN-WID at Manila, Philippines in 1993

  • Dr. Upadhyay has been conferred titles like Thought Leader, CSR Leader of India, Mahatma and the CSR Trainer of the Year 2020.

  • Key Clients: Aditya Birla Group, ITC, IBM, Ranbaxy, Boeing, Taj Hotels, Chambal Fertilizers, Cairn India, Essar, Suzlon, BASF, Amway, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Ford Motors, ACC, JSW, NIIT, Hitachi, MART, etc.
  • Sphere India, Sr. Advisor (Consultant)- CSR, January-March 2021

  • Sustainable Livelihood Options in Lalitpur & Tikamgarh Districts of Bundelkhand / Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai
  • Regoverning Markets – Ensuring Small Producers Participation in Agri Food Supply System – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London (http://www.regoverningmarkets.org/regions/souh_asia/india.html)
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Research Study – USAID and Microsoft covering E-marketplace, Community based Technology Learning Centers and ICT Initiatives in India
  • Needs Assessment and Evaluation of Health Programs of Jaipur Health and Development Trust – USAID/IIHMR
  • Needs Assessment and Evaluation of Health Programs of SevaMandir, Udaipur – USAID/ IIHMR
  • Technical Assistance to NGOs in Rajasthan as a Consultant – PVOH-II Project – Government of India – Sewa Mandir, Udaipur; Bal Rashmi Society -Jaipur; -Jaipur Rural Health & Development Trust -Jaipur; Social Work and Research Centre, Tilonia and Bhoruka Charitable Trust, Churu
  • Study on Traditional Sources Supply by Public Health Engineering Department, Government of Rajasthan in 44 villages of Churu District
  • Enhancement of Runoff to Traditional Water Harvesting Structures in Thar Desert by Treating Sandy Soil of Catchment Areas with Water Based Non-Toxic Polymer Solutions for Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission – Co-PI
  • Planning for Training Panchayati Raj Institutions Elected Representatives  – Haryana Institute of Rural Development, Nilokheri – Resource Person
  • To Identify Broad Areas JBIC Can Strengthen (with JBIC Officials) in Kolab and Indravati Project Area inKoraput  and Kalahandi, Orissa
  • Study on Implementation Plan of the Sustainability Scheme for Upper Kolab (ID-P56) and Upper Indravati Irrigation project (ID-P57) in Orissa, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
  • Enhancing Rural Livelihood Security for Sustainability through Farming & Livestock Based Integrated Program in 4 Districts of Chhattisgarh (Concept Note No.: 5748) as Lead Scientist with Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, CARD and PRADAN
  • Management Information System for NGOs in Rajasthan with Prof. Udai Pareek in HR and Organizational Development
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Present Technical Input Model with a view to evolve a least cost model for new and upcoming Milk Unions ­ Erode, Surat and Murshidabad (West Bengal) – National Dairy Development Board, Anand
  • Anti-Trafficking and Livelihoods Study on Nepal Border in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand for USAID and UNIFEM
  • Action Research to Development of Proof of Concept for Trafficking Prone Communities – USAID and Friends of Women World Banking on Nepal Border Tanakpur, Uttarakhand
  • HIV/AIDS USAID Programme – Evaluation USAID
  • Empowering Community through Value Addition of Locally Horticultural Produce CFLI Canadian High Commission
  • Livelihood Opportunities through Integrated Livestock Development in Selected Villages of Niwari Block of Tikamgarh District – Department of Bio Technology, Government of India (Co-PI)
  • Community, NGOs and Mining – a Research Study for Rio-Tinto
  • CSR Policy formation for GE (MART)


  • The Changing Landscape of Corporate Social Responsibility in the book “Corporate Social Responsibility 4.0” Edited by Sandeep Simon Behera and Dr.K.K.Upadhyay.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility is the bridge between Civil Society and India Inc. in the book – Global CSR Conclave & Awards-2021.
  • India, that is Bharat… will be Atmanirbhar in the book “CSR and its role in making Atmanirbhar Bharat” (Self-Reliant India).
  • “Collaborative Approach for CSR Project”, Foreword: Padam Bhushan Mrs. Rajashree Birla. A Manual for Project Development in CSR with examples from 23 Projects of Corporates, 148 pages, December 2014,
  • Shaping India’s Development Story – CSR Ideology and Investment” To help companies and other stakeholders get an understanding on the trends and current practices in the CSR space in India. Research Paper, March 2014, Rs. 500 (http://www.ficci.com/publication-page.asp?spid=20379)
  • Handbook on CSR for Corporates & Not for Profit Organizations”; Dr. Manoj Fogla, by FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence and Credibility Alliance, 529 pages, Rs. 1,195 (www.credibilityalliance.org), August 2014
  • CSR Made Easy Series (with Credibility Alliance www.credibilityalliance.org)
  • Overview of CSR Law in India
  • All About CSR Reporting and Disclosures
  • Confusing and Debatable Issues under CSR
  • Income Tax Setback on CSR Expenditures (Impact of Budget 2014)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility – The Changing Paradigm” Dr. K.K. Upadhyay, © 2013 ISBN: 81927373-2-4
  • Acknowledging the best” stories of 45 corporate CSR programmes, 2013
  • CSR: Sport, a Catalyst to Social Change with Australian” Sports Commission
  • CSR: Sport, a Catalyst to Social Change”, Dr.K.K.Upadhyay with Australian Sports Commission
  • CBI Capacity Building Programme on CSR –  Building Sustainable Business Chains”, Published the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (internationally known by its Dutch acronym CBI), Netherland, 2013
  • Corporate Resiliency: Managing the Growing Risk of Fraud and Corruption A holistic Approach” with Deloitte (http://www.ficci.com/publication-page.asp?spid=20310). Published by CSR Times Magazine as a series
  • Stories of Winner – 12 Years of Awarding Excellence”, Smart Aqua Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Tata Steel Limited, MSPL Ltd., Elin Appliances Pvt. Ltd., MCX, Jaipur Rugs and Bharti Enterprises, 2012
  • Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility” –  Dr.K.K. Upadhyay, © 2013, (e-book)
  • Basics of CSR” – a Handbook on CSR, August 2012
  • Business Sustainability – Path to a Green Economy – Institute of Directors

  • FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence Newsletter Volume 1-5
  • Editor – ISAP Newsletter
  • Editor – DA Newsletter

  • Paradigm shift in CSR due to Coronavirus, CSR Vision Magazine, Jan’2021
  • Sustainability Reporting … journey to BRSR, CSR Vision, Oct’2020
  • Economic Philanthropy Journal, CSR a Space for Building Trust and Engagement (IOD – Business Sustainability)
  • Basics of CSR (Booklet)
  • Bribing in Foreign Markets Will Soon Be a Big Crime (BD)
  • National Conference on Livelihood for Persons with Disabilities (BD)
  • Business Sustainability – Path to a Green Economy (IOD)
  • Bribery Curbing Initiatives Sans Implementation (CSR Vision), The new Agenda on The Corporates Priority: Inclusion and Empowerment Initiatives (BD)
  • ISO 26000: Social Responsibility and National Voluntary Guidelines (NVGs) on the Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business (BD)
  • CSR in Companies Bill 2012 (BD)
  • 12 BusinessWorld FICCI CSR Award (BD)
  • Indo Korean CSR Forum (BD), Training on Strategizing and Reporting CSR (BD)
  • Training on Strategizing and Reporting CSR (BD)
  • Private Sector Engagement: Prisoner Reformation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (BD)
  • Sport as a Catalyst to Social Change in Corporate Social Responsibility (BD)
  • Sport CSR is Vital for Development (CSR Vision)
  • Larger Goals can be Achieved with Mandatory CSR (Hospitality Biz)
  • Towards a New Paradigm of Inclusive Growth – Governance Now – 16thMay’14
  • CSR the New Paradigm – Corporate Social Focus – Apr’14
  • CSR in the Companies Act – CSR Times Magazine – Apr’014 & CSR Tree (http://www.csrtree.com/csr-companies-act/)
  • CSR: A Space for Building Trust and Transparency – CSR Times, Oct’14

  • Chairman, Development Network Research Foundation since 2nd October 2018
  • Chairman, Credit Union Promotion Committee – India, National Federation of Credit Unions from Aug’92 – Jul’93
  • Vice- Chairman, All India Pantnagar Alumni Association from Apr’91 – Mar’94
  • Vice- Chairman, Professional Management Association, Delhi from Sep’93 – Sep’94
  • Honorary Advisor – Sanitation Consultancy Services, New Delhi (1993-94)
  • Executive Member, Jaipur HRD Network from September 1994 to August 1998
  • Member Consortium of 5 NGOs for Community Participation Unit, KfW Water & Sanitation Project from Oct’93 –Aug’97
  • Member Management Committee – B.R.J.D. Public School, Bhorugram, District Churu, Rajasthan from Aug’93 – Jun’96
  • Member Project Selection Committee – Youth Reach
  • Member CAPART – Training Committee
  • Represented FICCI (Board Member) – Global Compact Network, India
  • Expert Group Members, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India
  • Member the India Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria for Global Fund, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India till 15thMar’13
  • Board Member, National Trust, Ministry of Social Justice
  • Member Governing Board Jansankhya Sthirta Kosh (National Population Stabilization Fund) Ministry of Health and Family Planning
  • Member – Social Responsibility Sectional Committee (MSD10), Panel on “Code of Practices for Civil Society Organizations, Subcommittee with ISO/TMB/WG SR – Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
  • Member Group on United Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, GOI
  • Member UNODC Group on Transparency
  • Member High Level Expert Committee – Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Expert the Committee for Training Institute Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence
  • Expert USAID/India Funded PIPPSE (The HIV/AIDS Partnership: Impact through Prevention, Private Sector and Evidence-based Programming) Project
  • Expert, Board of Studies, TERI University
  • Participated as Expert – Independent Directors, Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon/ Sharda University/ Asia-Pacific Institute of Management
  • Member Academic Committee of STRC, Department of Social Work, University of Delhi
  • Capacity Development Working Group GIZ
  • Member Post-Disaster Management Efforts, Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI
  • Jury Member – National Award for Senior Citizens – Vayoshrestha Sammans, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, GOI
  • Representative to the “Parliamentary Standing Committee” on The Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public Interest Organizations Bill 2011 headed by Mr. Manu Singhavi at the Parliament House
  • Advisory Board Member – “CSR & Competitiveness” Monthly Magazine of India CSR
  • CSR TIMES- Editorial Board
  • Expert – Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of a project entitled, “Critical Dimensions of Indian Investments in Africa in 4 Countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia) in 2 Sectors (Mining and Agriculture) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Pradeep S. Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International
  • Member – ILO Facilitated Consortium for Expansion of the Jobability Portal (NHFDC/ Loenard Cheshire Disability – Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment)
  • Honorary Advisor, Sanitation Consultancy Services, Delhi from 9-Jul-1993