Vaishali Nigam Sinha is the Chief Sustainability, CSR and Communication Officer at ReNew Power, which is India’s largest renewable energy IPP (Independent Power Producer). Under the ambit of ReNew India Initiative (RII), Vaishali drives the company’s engagement, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability initiatives.
A strong advocate of equal participation of women in economic activities, Vaishali is also passionate about Climate Change, Women’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership. She has been a speaker at international forums like the California Governor’s Global Climate Action Summit, Clinton Global Initiative and United Nations Global Compact Network. She is a President’s invitee to Columbia World Projects – a high-level forum at Columbia University created to tackle major global challenges. She also serves on the President’s Advisory Council at Wellesley College.
Vaishali is deeply engaged with industry bodies, think tanks and educational institutions. She is the Chairperson of the UN GCNI Gender Committee; Member of the Steering Committee of CII Foundation Woman Exemplar Program; Chairs the CII Northern Region Committee on CSR and Affirmative Action and the CII Task Force on Making NCR Less Polluted and is on the Advisory Council of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of Centre of Excellence for Research on Clean Air (CERCA) at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Vaishali is a recipient of the CSR Leadership Award 2015 at the National Awards for Excellence in CSR and Sustainability; and is a jury member of India Impact CSR – Business Awards (IICBA) 2017 that recognizes and awards grassroots NGOs and innovators. She was also a National Finalist at the NITI Aayog Women Transforming India Awards 2018, amongst top 2% women from across India.
Vaishali has a Masters’ in Public Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she was an American Association of University Women (AAUW) scholar. She is currently pursuing the Owners and Presidents Management Program at Harvard Business School. After a decade on Wall Street and then London as an investment banker, she returned to India, where after several years in banking, she is now a social entrepreneur.