Our Advisory Panel

Professor Arun Kumar Chaudhuri : He is popularly known to the world as AKC. He has more than 35 years of experience in Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore (1968-1984 & 1989-2008). He has carried out training and implementation programs on Lean Six Sigma, Balanced Business Score cards, Business Excellence Models, Quality Assurance in Design & Development, Quality in Marketing & Sales, Market Research including Customer Satisfaction Surveys, Revolution in Purchasing, Small Group Activities, Taguchi Methods, and Quality Management Systems among many others. He has trained about 15000 engineers and managers and guided more than 10000 improvement projects. He has worked with Dr. Genichi Taguchi on Orthogonal Array and Robust Design on real life problems in India and abroad. As a lead assessor for ISO 9001 and TS 16949 Quality systems, conducted more than 600 audits in India and abroad on behalf of KEMA, Netherlands/ Dekra (Germany). He has provided consulting in Quality and Business Excellence areas for more than 40 Companies worldwide. 

Padmaja Nair: Padmaja Nair has 36 years experience in all aspects of Banking having worked during this time with India’s premier Bank, State Bank of India (SBI). She was heading the Corporate Communications & CSR department for SBI and was responsible for allocating the CSR budget and selecting the programs for CSR spending. She helped create customized CSR strategies aligned with company’s values, expertise, products, stakeholder expectations and long-term vision inclusive of employees and networks. As Head of CSR in the Bank, she leveraged the knowledge and experience of CSR to design effective standalone programs for community assessment, reporting, employee engagement, cause marketing and rural outreach. She implemented the systems for preparing the BR report for the first time for the Bank which formed part of the Annual Report. She is a GRI Certified sustainability professional and an expert on Social Return on Investment & Measurement of CSR. She has represented SBI in various seminars and panel discussions on CSR including the one held by Dun & Bradstreet. Prior to her CSR role, she has worked both in retail and corporate banking, having worked extensively in the credit area. She has worked with both large corporates and SME’s assessing risk, quantum, and structure and obtaining sanctions, of the credit requirements of the corporates. She has worked for six years in the Bank’s investment banking arm, SBICAPS, as head of both Bangalore and Chennai Regional Office. She is an alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. Ms. Nair is leading the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vertical at ISSPL, while also bringing in her experienced insight during engagements with our clients in the Banking and Finance sector.

Shrikrishna Joshi: He has unmatched experience of 25+ years in Business excellence and strategy deployment, manufacturing excellence, TPM, lean management implementation, business and manufacturing consulting, supply chain building assignments done with CII clusters. He has good exposure for lean in retail and provided ample support for creating lean factories. He has provided sustainability and risk management assessments as well. He has executed various assignments like NPI - new product introduction, manufacturing excellence, capability assessments, business planning and Business continuity management, Breakthroughs in complex processes and technology absorption, developing best practices in manufacturing, retail, FMCG and packaging. He has provided services for risk management, sustainability, CSR, GRI preparation G3.1/ 4 assessments, BCM model implementation, Quality management - six sigma training - DFSS implementation, DFA/ DFM projects assignments, Value stream mapping - VSM. He was an EX PRINCIPAL COUNSELLOR CoE - Quality, manufacturing services.

Badrinath Gulur: Badrinath Gulur has been associated with Four-D consulting since its inception in India. He has consulting & auditing experience in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa, North & South America and Europe. He primarily spearheads new initiatives in the CSR and sustainability arena. Badrinath Gulur has been recognised as a leading conformity assessment and Sustainability expert in the world. Being a Certified Sustainability professional, he has successfully led Four-D Consulting since 2001 and established leadership in auditing, consulting and training business in over 60 countries. The main areas of expertise relate to interim management, conformity assessment auditing, management training and consultancy services worldwide. His international experience spans over 69 countries having lived and worked in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Asia and Africa on several assignments. He is currently based out of Bangalore, India. With an array of technical and project management skills, he has worked on developing, auditing and sustaining management systems across a wide spectrum of companies and organizations in the Government, Non-Government, Multilateral and Private sector in over 60 Countries. With an environmental management specialist background and expertise, he has worked with the international certification bodies and accreditation bodies across various sectors. Majority of the training and consultancy clients in the area of Environmental and Social sustainability management for the organizations such as IFC, ILO, ENOC (UAE), DEG (Germany), FMO (The Netherlands), USAID, Standard Chartered Bank, GIZ, Responsible Jewellery Council, GBF, World Bank, Oxfam, Unilever, Nestle, GE, Tata Group etc. In the accreditation arena, Gulur has done extensive accreditation work witnessing, accrediting and evaluating the work of major certifying bodies like SGS, BVC, DNV, Intertek, TUV Nord, TUV Rheinland, BSI, ABS, Eurocert, UL, TUV Sud, LWCS, ALGI, Latu Sistemas, Additionally, Gulur has advised certifying bodies like The Global Group (Scotland) on their accreditation for Energy Management (ISO 50000) and OHSAS 18000 certification programs. He has also worked extensively as an advisor for FLO (Fairtrade Labelling Organization) on their certification programs. He has been involved in consulting, training and auditing of more than 200 companies in various sectors across 35 countries for a multitude of clients. Mr. Gulur was formerly the Lead Auditor and Tutor in ISO 9000, ISO 14000, OHSAS 18000 and the Country Manager for SA8000 for BVQI India and has carried out more than 500 audits worldwide. Other experience includes working for organizations such as KPMG (India) Pvt. Ltd., USAID, Intervention (India) Pvt. Ltd. and the Waste Wise Project. He received his Master of Science in Urban Environmental Management from the Centre for the Urban Environment and his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Bangalore University. In addition, Mr. Gulur is also a Lead Tutor and Auditor for SA 8000 and is a member of the Board of MAYA (Movement for Alternative and Youth Awareness).Badrinath is a Masters Degree Holder in Environmental Management from The Netherlands and also a lead auditor & trainer for SA 8000, ISO 9001, ISO 14001&OHSAS 18001 and BS 7799.

Raghunatha KM: Raghu works with a cross section of industries ranging from Agriculture, Apparels, Chemicals, Textiles, Foods, Paper, Pharmaceutical and Power plants. He regularly conducts CSR trainings for Corporates as well as grassroots organizations. Raghu is adept at carrying out Social and Environmental due diligence for international development agencies and drives the management systems approach while carrying out social compliance audits for international brands. He has been developing and delivering Customized Training modules for various organizations on various facets of Business excellence. He is conversant with Quality, Environment, OH&S and Energy and Food safety Management systems besides being an advanced auditor for Social Accountability. He has been involved in Environmental and Social due diligence for clients of renowned international funding organizations such as IFC, DEG (Germany), FMO (The Netherlands), Standard Chartered Bank and Grass root Business fund (USA) in India, Bangladesh and Maldives and Indonesia. He has assisted in implementation of various Management systems in over 150 Organizations and assisted in setting of CSR initiatives for organizations such as Café Coffeeday, JK paper Mills, Ambuja cements, etc. Raghunatha has a Masters in Agricultural Economics from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, and an auditor, trainer and facilitator of the management systems approach by profession.

Vasudevan: He has more than 30 years of experience in Supply chain having worked in various industries like Print Media, Courier, Multi modal Express cargo, Warehousing, Transportation & in Retail Operations. In Retail, he has worked in all functions of Store Operations, Supply chain planning, Merchandising, Space planning, Sustainability practices and software developments. He worked in Apparel, Food & Grocery retail industry and having experience in Product life cycle management and sales operations. He has 7 years of consulting experience, worked in leading software companies for Retail and Supply chain management Vertical. He is currently heading Global Apparel Brand Licensing and Distribution in India. His core areas of Sustainability Consulting include: Environment compliances (Recycling, Product life cycle, Reverse & forward logistics), Sourcing and Merchandising: Social Responsibility and Facilities & Properties Management(resourcing, waste and energy management)