Akanksha Sharma is an internationally acclaimed CSR & Public Policy Specialist on a mission to empower people. She is a ‘Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum’, Writer and TEDx Speaker.
She is a notable voice in the socio-economic development space and is noted amongst '100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders Globally' by World CSR Congress; 'Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen List of Honour' by CSRWorks International; ‘Young CSR Leader’ by India CSR and is also conferred with the “Sustainability Leadership Award” by World Sustainability Forum.
Sharma has more than a decade of experience in leadership roles at both large corporations and UN agencies, where she led change for development through strategic decision-making and policy discourse on CSR, sustainability, business responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and impact investments. She currently leads CSR and Sustainability for Sterlite Technologies and has worked with UNICEF and other large MNCs in the past. Her role with the corporates is to advise Boards on Responsible Business and Impact Investments through Sustainability & CSR along with developing organizational approaches to establish strategic partnerships for development ranging across public, private and civil society.
She has mentored non-profits and has served on several boards and policy committees.
Sharma has worked extensively on international development issues such as poverty alleviation, health, education, environment, climate change, gender issues, post conflict development, governance, disarmament and more in diverse regions of the world. She initiated livelihood projects for women and the training of over 10,000 young girls for income generation activities. During her stints with various corporates as the CSR Head, Sharma worked in the areas of primary healthcare, education, agriculture, inclusion and mainstreaming of differently-ableds and women and child development. She pioneered initiatives on Digital Literacy transforming the lives of 6 lac people in rural districts of Maharashtra, Orissa, Telangana and MP. She has successfully led notable development initiatives on SDGs developing a sustainable convergence model between the business and the government and has worked for the upliftment of female sex workers, displaced communities and transgenders.
In her leadership role with businesses, she has established valuable alliances for development ranging across public, private, NGOs and civil societies helping the organizations leverage the policy context governing the contribution of the private sector to development through CSR, Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Investing & Strategic Philanthropy.
After completing her Master’s in Business Administration, Sharma has done her specialization from Harvard Business School in CSR.
She is a member of notable national/ international CSR and Sustainability Policy Making Forums of the UN, CII and others. She has been advocating for integrating CSR with SDGs with the UN and the Government.
Sharma is widely recognized for writing a Peace Series between India and Pakistan that was published in the Dawn, Pakistan and earned a huge fan following in both the countries. Later, she became a “Peace Ambassador” of an international organization, Postcards for Peace, a UK based organization for her contribution on issues related to peace and conflict. Besides, she is a regular writer for Forbes, Times of India, Economic Times, Huffington Post and Dailyo (India Today) amongst many others.
She is a “Global Climate Force Ambassador” and was chosen to represent India on “International Expedition on Climate Change at Antarctica” in 2017.
She has been a notable speaker at various national and internal forums on issues related to Public Policy, Business and Government.