8, Feb 2024
Collective efforts, frontline leadership, technology and innovation can give to achieve SDGs and Climate Justice

New Delhi, February 08, 2024: The world has crossed the midpoint timeframe of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation, only to face a grim reality that it is falling short of meeting most of the SDGs by 2030.

Recognizing that SDGs are not isolated objectives, but a cohesive and interconnected framework designed to tackle the multifaceted challenges confronting our planet, the 23rd edition of the World Sustainable Development Summit, organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), hosted a series of sessions on sustainable development, energy transitions and climate justice today.

In this backdrop, the proceedings started with a session focused on climate action, peace, and spirituality. Highlighting the need to connect self with nature, BK Shivani, Rajyog Teacher, Brahma Kumaris, World Spiritual Organization during the invocation session pointed out, “Somewhere something has not gone the right way, otherwise a lot of efforts, results should have been a happy planet, and a happy planet would have been a healthy planet. But a stressed, depressed planet cannot create a happy and healthy environment.”

During the session on ‘Integrating Sustainable Development for Collective Action,’ experts on the panel deliberated on the tools that can further vertical and horizontal integration of sustainable development goals. The panelists called for global solutions, collaborations, and partnerships to advance SDGs and climate action at all levels, emphasizing the need to translate policies into ground-level projects.

H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, and President, Global Green Growth Institute, through a video message appealed, “Science has made it clear that political will is urgently needed. I encourage major economic powers to show leadership. Industrialized countries have historical responsibilities in addressing climate change, thus they must equitably lead the charge in solving this deepening global crisis.

“Without robust global action and elevated global will, the climate crisis will only worsen further. No one nation can combat climate change or accomplish green growth alone no matter however rich and powerful he may be,” he added.

COP29 President Designate, H.E. Mr Mukhtar Babayev, Minister, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Republic of Azerbaijan through a video message reaffirmed his commitment to better global climate. “Our focus is on a clear and actionable roadmap outlining steps to triple energy capacity and double energy efficiency. I am dedicated to securing strong commitment from nations and stakeholders translating ambitious targets into tangible realities,” he averred.

“Our decision to host COP29 arises from our strong belief in the power of international collaboration to address complex global issues. We recognize the interconnected nature of climate challenges and firmly believe that by fostering cooperation and dialogue on a global scale we can collectively work out impactful solutions.”

Prof Hoesung Lee, Former Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warned, “The Global Stocktake of last year laid bare the stark reality of our insufficient progress in limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“While the prevalence of gaps in policy, ambition, implementation, finance, and technology is not new, what is truly surprising is the economic opportunity that lies in closing these gaps. Recent studies suggest that taking additional actions could yield a net economic benefit of up to 7 per cent of world GDP by 2015.”

Ms Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action Federal Foreign Office of Germany felt, “To pave the way for a sustainable future, let’s abandon the notion of a climate versus economic dynamic. Embrace the potential of climate-efficient and renewables-based energy systems, ushering in new industries, technologies, and ways of living.”

Dr Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme, emphasized, “With key partners like India, UNDP is working to support digital public infra across the globe, which is becoming the basis of new digital solutions, could accelerate progress on 70% of the SDG targets and indicators.”

Addressing the audience through a video message, H.E. Mr Andreas Bjelland Eriksen, Minister, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway said, “Investing trillions of dollars, particularly in sectors like solar and transmission signifies our commitment to fostering climate resilience. Prioritizing talent, channeling funds through initiatives like the Climate Investment Fund, with India playing a crucial role, exemplifies our collective effort.”

Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, The International Solar Alliance, said, “There is also need for advocacy, providing information for countries to make an informed choices based on what their own projected roadmaps are.”

Lord Adair Turner, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission, opined, “The biggest single thing we need to do is to improve energy efficiency across the world and to reduce the energy demand to electrify.”

Dr Prodipto Ghosh, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, emphasized, “The main point is realizing that the SDGs must not be a peripheral activity for the collectives. It should be part of the main agenda.”

India’s development trajectory matters globally: Mr Martin Raiser

Complimenting India’s development record, Mr Martin Raiser, Vice President for South Asia Region, The World Bank, during a session on ‘Financing Climate Action and Sustainable Development’ said, “India’s track record puts it on a much lower carbon emissions path than other major economies. Its climate vulnerability, deep domestic capital markets and its domestic innovation capacity may also position it as a leader in developing and funding smart climate adaptation.

Mr Raiser was optimistic that despite the challenges of decarbonizing India’s industrial sector, investment in green technologies could help the country achieve its energy goals. “We project industries alone will account for 50 percent of India’s carbon emissions by 2050. But here too, building on the success in renewable energy India’s policy could further encourage investments in green technologies to de-carbonise its industrial sector to advance towards net zero.

“The right policies could help accelerate India’s energy transition,” Mr Raiser stressed.

The day also saw the release of the policy brief titled, “SDG Blueprint on Sustainable Agriculture”. The study finds that 135 out of 169 targets of SDGs have synergies with sustainable agriculture, making the sector vital to fast-tracking the sustainable development agenda. The publication provides cross-cutting recommendations such as addressing data gaps, strengthening policy coherence, and considering systems’ approaches in decision-making.

24, Jan 2024
IndiaFirst Life Insurance Strengthens Key Leadership Roles

New Delhi, 24th January 2024: IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Ltd (IndiaFirst Life), one of the fastest-growing private life insurers in the country has further strengthened its key leadership. With Sunder Natrajan taking charge as the as the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), IndiaFirst Life has appointed Amrish Maheshwari as the new Chief Risk Officer (CRO).


Commenting on the leadership announcements, Vishakha RM, MD & CEO, IndiaFirst Life, said, “I am happy to announce the strategic leadership appointments of Sunder Natrajan as our CHRO and Amrish Maheshwari as the new CRO. Their proven expertise and dedication align seamlessly with our vision. Together, we embark on an exciting journey to further elevate our organizational excellence.”

Sunder, who was the Chief Risk Officer at IndiaFirst Life, has taken on the important role of the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). His strategic insights and diverse experience make him well-suited to lead IndiaFirst Life’s human resources initiatives, aligning them with the company’s overall growth objectives. Sunder is now responsible for talent management, performance management, organisation development, training, infrastructure, and procurement.

Amrish brings a wealth of experience to oversee the risk management, internal audit, and information security functions. He will play a pivotal role in further strengthening IndiaFirst Life’s commitment to sound risk practices. Amrish is dedicated to fostering a strong risk management culture, enhancing the Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) function, and implementing robust information security protocols.

Sunder Natarajan, Chief Human Resources Officer, IndiaFirst Life, said, “I am thrilled to lead the human resources function at IndiaFirst Life. It is a privilege to shape the company’s people strategy and foster a Happy-Passionate-Connected culture. With a sharp focus on our #PeopleFirst philosophy, we constantly endeavor to C.A.R.E. for our employees while creating a great place to work for each of them.”

Amrish Maheshwari, Chief Risk Officer, IndiaFirst Life, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I am honored to join IndiaFirst Life Insurance as the Chief Risk Officer. It is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the organization’s risk management strategies, augment good governance, and enhance its resilience in a dynamic market environment.”

IndiaFirst Life is confident that the wealth of experience and leadership qualities that both Sunder Natarajan and Amrish Maheshwari bring, will significantly contribute to the continued success of the organization.

18, Jan 2024
Credgenics adds renowned banking industry veteran Mr. Ravindra Pandey as Strategic Advisor to the leadership team

India, January 18th, 2024: Credgenics, a leading provider of advanced loan collections and debt resolution technology solutions for Banks, NBFCs, ARCs, and Digital Lending firms worldwide, announces the appointment of Mr. Ravindra Pandey as a Strategic Advisor. In this role, he will be an invaluable asset to Credgenics, contributing with strategic guidance and leveraging his deep understanding of the banking industry to enhance the company’s market presence. He will guide the executive team in driving the business growth plans ahead for the company.

R. Pandey

Ravindra Pandey’s illustrious career of 37 years at the State Bank of India speaks volumes about his deep understanding of the banking industry and expertise in shaping complex digital transformation initiatives. His success as Dy Managing Director & CIO and Dy MD (Corporate strategy) & Chief Digital Officer at the State Bank of India, showcase his proficiency as a banking strategist, passionate leader, and flag-bearer of innovation. As Digital Banking strategist, he has led adoption of several emerging, disruptive, and innovative processes.

Rishabh Goel, Co-founder, and CEO of Credgenics said, “We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Ravindra Pandey to Credgenics as a Strategic Advisor to the team. His extensive knowledge and leadership in digital banking, credit management, and technology transformation will be instrumental in steering Credgenics towards new heights of success. This appointment underscores our commitment to delivering unparalleled tech solutions and reinforces our position as a leader in the financial services industry”.

As a senior banker, Ravindra has also served on the board of several large and highly reputed organizations, demonstrating his ability to provide valuable strategic directions, and set highest standards of corporate governance and compliance culture. He is, at present, on the boards of several highly reputed organisations as an independent director. His rich leadership experience covers all facets of banking, including Digital Banking, Credit Management, SME Banking, Risk and Compliance, International Banking, Rural Credit, Financial Inclusion, and operational expertise.

Ravindra Pandey, Strategic Advisor at Credgenics said, “I am very excited to be a part of Credgenics at a crucial time when the financial services industry is witnessing a significant transformation powered with collaborative approaches by the Government, Regulator, industry players and technology providers. Credgenics, with its innovative tech approach and commitment to excellence, is well-positioned to lead the transformation in the debt management space. I look forward to contributing to the company’s journey of sustained success and innovation”.

Credgenics looks forward to leveraging Ravindra’s expertise as the company continues to drive innovation and excellence in the BFSI sector.

15, Dec 2023
InfoVision secures prestigious ‘leadership’ ratings in Zinnov Zones 2023

Pune, 15th December 2023: InfoVision, a global leader in IT services and digital transformation solutions, is excited to announce its prestigious recognition in the Zinnov Zones for ER&D and Digital Engineering Services 2023 Ratings. For the second year running, InfoVision has been named a leader in five key categories, solidifying its position at the forefront of technological innovation and digital engineering.

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In the comprehensive Zinnov Zones ER&D and Digital Engineering ratings, which evaluated around 60 Global ER&D Service Providers, InfoVision’s capabilities shone brightly. The company was recognized as a ‘Leader’ in the following ER&D services segments for mid-tier organizations:

· ER&D Services Service Provider (Small & Medium Service Providers)

· Digital Engineering Services Ratings 2023 (Small & Medium Service Providers)

· Data & AI Engineering Services Ratings 2023 (Small & Medium Service Providers)

· Experience Engineering Ratings 2023 (Small & Medium Service Providers)

· ER&D Services – US Ratings 2023

Moreover, InfoVision’s vast and robust portfolio in the telecommunications sector garnered acknowledgment as a “noteworthy player.” This recognition underscores InfoVision’s comprehensive expertise in the telecom space, from network design and operations to deployment and maintenance.

“We are truly honored by this recognition from Zinnov,” said Sean Yalamanchi, President, InfoVision. “Our commitment to innovation is unwavering, and we strive to consistently deliver pioneering solutions to our global clientele. Our focus on advancing gen AI technologies, coupled with our expertise in AI/ML, extended reality, IoT, and 5G, empowers us to redefine the benchmarks of digital transformation.”

Zinnov’s annual ratings are highly regarded for their rigorous assessment of service providers’ proficiency, especially in emerging areas like generative AI. This year’s ratings emphasized investments, client success, and delivery capabilities in engineering services across various horizontals, verticals, and micro-verticals in the US and Europe.

Sidhant Rastogi, Managing Partner at Zinnov, commented, “InfoVision’s leadership position in the Small and Medium Service Providers category in Zinnov’s Zones Digital Engineering and ER&D Services 2023 ratings stems from it having strategically augmented its expertise in IoT, Data Analytics, Cloud, and Security. This has helped the firm secure substantial deals, and expand its clientele across Telecom, Industrial, and Retail verticals. Furthermore, InfoVision’s MoU with IIT-Hyderabad, a leading university, reflects a strong learning culture, while enabling the firm to continually access top-quality talent, firmly cementing its position as a Digital Engineering services player to watch out for.”

InfoVision’s success in the Zinnov Zones ER&D Services 2023 is a testament to its technology expertise, confidence, and thought leadership in the realm of digital engineering and AI. The company continues to be the preferred partner for global customers embarking on digital transformation endeavours, driving innovation with quality, agility, and integrity.