Associate Vice President
Vishwa is an environmental planner and a development professional with 11+ years of experience in Environmental and Social (E&S) Assessments, Strategic Planning for CSR, Circular Economy, Eco-entrepreneurship and Water and Sanitation.
Vishwa holds a master’s degree in Environmental Planning and a bachelor’s degree in Civil-Construction (Hons.) from the esteemed CEPT University in Ahmedabad, India. She is a CII Certified Resource Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability Auditor.
At EMC, Vishwa leads the Environmental and Social Diligence (ESDD) related business and has conducted numerous ESDDs for a variety of sectors pan India that include agri-tech and agri value chain, financial institutions, general manufacturing, healthcare, infrastructure, packaging, waste treatment and upcycling, wastewater treatment and reuse, real estate, renewable energy, and logistics. In addition, she has developed Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS) and conducted ESMS audits for organizations across multiple sectors. Vishwa is fully familiar with Indian environmental and social regulations and international reference frameworks such as IFC Performance Standards, World Bank Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines, Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Safeguard Policies of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to list a few.
Vishwa’s field experience also comprises of design and implementation of multiple field surveys across basic services viz., water supply, sanitation, healthcare, education, and livelihoods, liaising with government at local level (city and district level), capacity building and training of field representatives, and progress review and monitoring of development projects as a part of grant management. Armed with this experience, Vishwa contributes to the design, implementation, monitoring, and impact evaluation of CSR projects undertaken by Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation (Ekonnect).
As an initiative of Ekonnect, Vishwa successfully managed a six module one year long virtual course on sustainability, in partnership with National Institute of Industrial Engineering formerly National Institute for Training in Industrial Engineering (NITIE) in India. This pioneering course was the first of its kind that provided training to 50+ participants mainly from the corporates. Vishwa also has experience on creating e-learning modules. She developed six modules on climate risk management for Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) for urban planners, policy makers and practitioners.
Outside work, Vishwa enjoys reading history and fiction and experimenting with nature and macro photography. She finds her daily Zen in gardening.