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In Conversation with Ms. Ingrid Srinath, Founder - Director, Center for Social Impact and Philanthropy

By auther pic. CSRBOX

May 3, 2022

Ingrid Srinath has been a passionate advocate for human rights, social justice and civil society for over two decades. She is presently the founder and Director of the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP) at Ashoka University in India. CSIP is South Asia’s first academic centre focused on philanthropy and social impact. Following her PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management - Calcutta in 1986, Ingrid worked on some of India’s greatest brands at Lintas and Grey Worldwide before transitioning to the non-profit sector in 1998. She has served as CEO with CRY (Child Rights and You), as Secretary General at CIVICUS, as Executive Director of CHILDLINE India Foundation, and as CEO of HIVOS India. Ms. Srinath was a member of SEBIs’s technical committee on the Social Stock Exchange and of NITI Aayog’s Sub-Committee on the Voluntary Sector and has served on multiple nonprofit boards. In 2021 Ingrid received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from her alma mater, IIM Calcutta, in recognition of her contributions to civil society and philanthropy.

She answered the following questions during the interview:

  1. Tell us a little bit about your transition from 12 years long career in advertising to the development sector and how has been your journey ever since.
  2. How did this idea of creating robust and strategic philanthropy for social impact emerge?
  3. How do companies in India approach their CSR mandate and what can they do to make their approach more coherent while also covering multiple SDGs?
  4. Lastly, what do you think are some of the possible avenues for future CSR investment and engagement for the companies?

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