Our Team

India GHG Program Secretariat 


Lead Partner: WRI India 

Pankaj Bhatia
Deputy Program Director ( Cliamte and Energy ) & Director, GHG Protocol, WRI

Pankaj Bhatia is the Deputy Director of WRI’s Climate and Energy Program (CEP) and Director of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol). As Deputy Director, he helps manage one of WRI’s largest programs and oversees three work-streams – GHG Protocol, Major Emerging Economies objective, and Vulnerability & Adaptation objective. In addition to his role within CEP, Pankaj is one of the leading experts and authority on the GHG Protocol standards and tools, particularly in the areas of corporate, scope 3, mitigation action, and city accounting. Read More 

Vivek Adhia
Head - Business Engagement, WRI India

Vivek is currently Head-Business Engagement at WRI India working with the private sector to promote stewardship and innovation and an alternate response to climate change.Having started out as Senior Associate within the Climate & Energy Program – he has lead the initiative to set-up a voluntary, industry led National GHG Program, to facilitate profitable, competitive and sustainable businesses in a carbon constrained world.. Vivek has extensively worked with the corporate sector, through his earlier employment with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu – on climate strategy, carbon footprinting and abatement, and other areas, across multiple industries including - chemical/process industries, cement and steel, oil and gas. Read more 

Chirag Gajjar 
Managing Associate - India GHG Program, World Resources Institute

Chirag Gajjar is a Project Associate for India GHG Program, a part of WRI’s Climate Program, at the India Liaison Office in Mumbai. He works in the field of climate change mitigation. His areas of work include promotion of GHG inventories with corporations and small and medium organizations; capacity building, tool development, and mitigation goal setting through the India GHG Program. Prior to WRI, he worked with the climate change division of Deloitte and Perry Johnson Registrars Carbon Emissions Services, Inc. He was primarily involved in GHG emission reductions projects and GHG inventory projects. His other areas of works included development of audit protocols for GHG emission reductions projects under various schemes. He holds a keen interest in developing tools to inventory GHG emissions. Read More 

Karishma Shelar 
Research Analyst, WRI India

Karishma Shelar is a Research Analyst with WRI India. She provides research assistance to the CEO, helping to cultivate WRI India as a thought leader in the space of sustainability. She also supports online communications for WRI India. Previously, Karishma served as a Senior Analyst to Director – Projects at WRI India. Karishma provided coordination, research, and scheduling support to the Cities and Transport and the Climate and Energy teams and assisted in collaborating online media engagement, communications and events for WRI India. While in School, Karishma was associated with the Xavier’s Resource Center for the Visually Challenged and the Xavier’s Institute of Social Research. Read More 

Pankaja Balaji 
Associate Research and Communications - India GHG Program, World Resources Institute

Pankaja Balaji is a Research and Communications Associate with the India GHG Program, part of WRI India’s Climate Program. She provides research support to the team across various areas of work, which includes creating presentations and graphics based on research findings. She is also responsible for content creation which includes – writing blog pieces, executive summaries of events, press releases, newsletters etc. She coordinates website updates, as well as external communications. Prior to working with India GHG Program, she interned with WRI Communications, before which she completed a fellowship with Teach For India.  She is a post graduate in Sociology from Mumbai University.  Read More 

Support Partner: CII

PV Kiran Ananth
Senior Counselor, CII Godrej GBC

Working on the climate change initiatives of CII - Godrej GBC, Kiran helps various companies inventorize their Green House Gas (GHG) emission, establish the baseline and facilitate companies set targets for GHG emission reduction in near future.  He is associated with various cement, chemical and engineering companies in establishing their GHG emission inventory baseline, setting targets for reduction and identifying areas for GHG reduction. He has undertaken 35 Corporate GHG studies, 3 State Carbon footprint studies and more than 30 GHG studies for cement plants.   He has also played a key role in bringing out the "Corporate GHG Inventorization Guide for Indian industry" in partnership with US EPA & WRI. He has played an instrumental role in bringing out the “Low Carbon Road Map” for Indian cement industry and several publications, manuals, case study booklets, training programs, etc for the industries. Apart from assisting the corporates in GHG inventorisation, Kiran Ananth has also been assisting companies in their energy efficiency endeavors. He has been involved in more than 220 detailed energy audits and over 75 training programs on energy management across various industrial and service sectors. He is also a member of the Indian team of Asia Pacific Partnership Cement Task force. Kiran has been involved in conceptualizing, submission and execution of various energy efficiency and climate change related projects with several national and international agencies such as USAID, World Bank, IFC, US DOS, US EPA, WRI, IREDA, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, etc. Some of the projects include Post Commissioning Evaluation Study of Energy Efficiency equipment installed in various industrial sectors, Preparation of Investor's Manual for financing energy efficiency projects, Fostering GHG emission reduction technologies in Indian cement industry, etc. Kiran is associated with CII for the last 15 years and holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Energy Management. He is a Bureau of Energy Efficiency accredited energy auditor. 

Dr. Preethi Gopalan Deshmukh
Counselor, CII Godrej GBC

Preethi is involved with the GHG inventorisation activities of CII-Godrej GBC. Preethi has previous experience in methane mitigation strategies in livestock waste management systems. She has been involved with the Australian chapter of the Global Methane Initiative. She worked as a research scholar at the Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) for a project that was jointly funded by the Australian Pork Limited (APL), Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA). She also has research experience in Bioenergy systems, specifically bioelectricity from waste. She has also worked with the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI-Chennai) on a project focusing on bioelectricity from tannery waste. She worked in the capacity of an IT analyst for HSBC HDPI. Preethi holds a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology (Engg.) from SRM University (Chennai) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)

Dr. Shalini Sharma
Senior Counsellor, CII Godrej GBC

Shalini is involved with the climate change team at CII- Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad since July 2014 and has been actively working with India GHG Program since July 2015. She has 8 years of professional experience gained while serving as Founder & Head, Centre for Climate Change, ESCI; as Senior Manager- Environment in  an Environmental Consultancy and while working as Team Leader, Eco-Tox Team, leading a project from Elsevier, Frankfurt, based in a software company in Hyderabad. During her career path she worked on Environment impact assessment & management plans (EIA, EMP); Capacity building, Policy Impact Analysis and Climate Change. She served as Designated Contact Point (for Observer Organization - RINGO constituency) to UNFCCC. She is a certified ISO 14001:2004 Lead Auditor (LA), OHSAS 18001:2007 LA, ISO 9001:2008 Internal Auditor, CDM Lead verifier, Six Sigma Green belt (for experiment designing) and trained on Green Reporting Initiative (GRI). She is an achiever of three international prestigious fellowships viz. DAAD Fellowship (2009) Germany; Fulbright-Nehru Environment Leadership fellowship (2012), Columbia University, USA; and Chevening-Rolls Royce Science, Innovation, Policy and Leadership Fellowship (2014), University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

She has 16 publications to her credit and a technical proceeding i.e. an outcome of International conclave on climate change ICCC-1 on theme Clean Energy & Energy Security published in 2011. An Oxford Alumni, Dr Sharma is a doctorate in Environmental Sciences, having 6 years of experience in R&D gained while working at National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) - CSIR. She qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET) for Lectureship in year 2000 (ICAR, Government of India) while at the verge of completion of Master's with specialization in Eco-toxicology and Environment Management & Policy.

Atik Sheikh
Engineer, CII Godrej GBC

Atik Sheikh is actively involved in climate change and energy efficiency activities of CII - Godrej GBC. He is currently assisting various industries for achieving their GHG inventorisation and energy efficiency endeavors. He has undertaken several GHG inventorisation studies for corporate clients and has also contributed to a State Carbon footprint study. He is also an IRCA certified Lead Auditor for Energy Management System (ISO 50001) and a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPMA®, PMI). He has also prepared case reviews and a policy review for Eco-Industrial Parks under UNIDO project which includes understanding and assessment of current practices relating to Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP), management of parks and common services. Atik holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Nirma University (Ahmedabad) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in Energy & Environment from Symbiosis International University (Pune). He is recipient of Certificate of Merit and Director’s trophy for excellence in academic during his post-graduation. During his college days, he has delivered presentations at various National & International conferences and also has an international publication on Sustainability to his credit. He had short internship tenure with Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and has been associated with the organisation since 2013. Apart from work you can find him travelling, listening music and reading fiction & management books 

Support Partner: TERI

Arupendra Nath Mullick
Associate Fellow, TERI - Business Council on Sustainable Development

Arupendra Nath Mullick has more than 10 years of professional experience in the fields of environmental management and sustainability assessment. He joined TERI-BCSD about 6 years ago, and has led several engagements with our members, including the India GHG Program; value chain of chemical industry; white papers on Business Role in NAPCC and Harnessing ICT Potential for Sustainability; side events on impacts and opportunities for businesses at Climate Change COP 15 and 16 in Copenhagen and Cancun respectively, Biodiversity COP-11 in Hyderabad and many more. With a Masters degree in Environment Management and advanced trainings from IIT, Delhi and World Bank Institute, he participates in issues on climate change, GHG management and Corporate Social Responsibility in various industry platforms.

Nimisha Pandey
Associate Fellow, Centre for Global Research & Environment, TERI

Nimisha Pandey has around 9 years of experience in the sphere of environment management and climate change both at policy and field levels. Currently, she is an Associate Fellow at the Center for Global Research and Environment, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). She works on the international climate policy and climate negotiations with a focus on mitigation issues. Her primary thrust is on understanding and assessing international and domestic climate policy dialogue in the context of existing and emerging carbon markets at the international and national levels; nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs); and opportunities and barriers to international technology sharing and its implications for promotion of low carbon/sustainable development. Prior to this, she was with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as Assistant Director in the Environment and Climate Change Division. Nimisha has a Masters Degree in Environmental Science from Banaras Hindu University, BHU, Varanasi, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law from National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India.