Manasi Kirloskar is first UN in India Young Biz Champion

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Executive Director and CEO of Kirloskar Systems Ltd Manasi Kirloskar has been appointed as the first United Nations in India Young Business Champion for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Pune: Executive Director and CEO of Kirloskar Systems Ltd Manasi Kirloskar has been appointed as the first United Nations in India Young Business Champion for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As an emerging young business leader, Kirloskar has the unique ability to expand the dialogue on SDGs and business responsibility among her peers and inspire other young leaders to be proactive in their support and action for the SDGs. In addition, Kirloskar will focus on the role of business in development, and work with the UN on issues such as climate change, plastic, waste and women empowerment. She will play an enabling role in driving the objectives of the UN-India Business Forum (UNIBF).

“I am honoured and inspired by this opportunity to work with UN as their first Young Business Champion. The SDGs present an unique opportunity for industry to participate in India’s growth story for generations to come. Businesses have the potential to become catalysts and accelerators of sustainable development. Through my work here, I look forward to amplifying this message amongst all young business leaders, whether employed, or employers in start-ups themselves,” said Manasi.
She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in US and has undergone comprehensive training at Toyota Kirloskar Motor for three years, developing a close understanding of technical processes, manufacturing practices, industry-leading quality management systems and business functions. 

After graduation, Manasi’s first project was to set up a 300-bed multi-specialty hospital in a joint venture arrangement with a Japanese hospital chain. She worked to create the interiors of the Sakra World Hospital in Bangalore with specialised materials that could build a vibrant environment and aid the healing process. She is also Managing Trustee and CEO of Caring with Colour, a non-profit initiative that promotes classroom learning through the arts and activities focused on exploration and innovation.

“I am delighted to appoint Manasi as the Young Business Champion for SDGs in India. With her involvement, we can build a deeper understanding of the importance of business in ensuring a more sustainable planet,” said Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator in India.

 

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