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Frameworks for combining impact with profitability to build a mission driven business

The early days of building ReNew: the journey of finding early believers and operating in a ‘blue ocean’

Nuances of nurturing talent and championing gender and diversity

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Vaishali Nigam Sinha

Vaishali Nigam Sinha is Co-founder of ReNew, a leading decarbonisation solutions company listed on NASDAQ under the ticker ‘RNW’. As Chairperson Sustainability, Vaishali has been responsible for ReNew’s emergence as a global ESG trailblazer, advancing the Net-Zero agenda, and delivering outcome-driven ESG strategies with top global rankings.

Vaishali is the Founding Chair of the ReNew Foundation—the 
company’s philanthropic arm—driving the ReNew India Initiative
 or pathbreaking work in corporate social responsibility. She is also Co-Chair of the Finance and Infrastructure Task Force of B20, the global business forum of G20 Brazil. Initiatives led by Vaishali have had an impact in the remotest corners of India, positively shaping more than 1 million lives across 250 villages in the country. One of the projects designed and implemented under her leadership has been a first-of-its kind program, showcased at the 2022 Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Change Conference (COP27), to train thousands of salt pan women workers in the country, helping them secure more remunerative jobs with significantly better working conditions in the clean energy sector.

Her commitment to social causes such as sustainable and inclusive development has placed her as a key figure in the energy sector from the global south. A member of the World Economic Forum’s South Asia Regional Action Group and a senior advisor at their Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, Vaishali is an active member of their global advisory council for the 1 Trillion Trees Initiative. Further, she is part of the Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy and serves on their Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Energy
Transition Taskforce.

Vaishali sits on multiple boards, including the UN Global Compact Network India, and is the chairperson of their gender committee. She also chairs the Confederation of Indian Industry’s National Committee on Women in Energy. Additionally, Vaishali is on the advisory board of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Columbia Global Centre, Mumbai.

A regular speaker at international forums such as the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, World Economic Forum and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, Vaishali has written extensively on sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and gender parity in India and abroad. 

Vaishali is co-editor of the T20 compendium of essays, Pathways to Equality, which 
explores the social, political, and economic facets of achieving gender equality. She has been listed among the ‘100 People Transforming Business’ by Business Insider in 2022. Vaishali has completed the Owners and Presidents Management Program from Harvard Business School and has a master’s in public policy from Columbia University’s SIPA, where she has been an American Association of University Women scholar.
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