Our Team

Akhila Vijayaraghavan – Founder and Director

Akhila is a graduate in Molecular Biology from the University of Glasgow. She has also studied Environmental Decision Making as well as economics and law. She has worked on projects for the British Council and Oxfam whilst in the UK. Upon her return to India she worked for Greenpeace and then proceeded to work for several companies where she advised on CSR and sustainable business practices. She believes that businesses have the power to change socio-enviro situations and the best way to approach these issues is through systems thinking. She is an IEMA certified CSR Practitioner and currently works with SRI Vietnam and writes for Justmeans. In her free-time she is a voracious reader and enjoys photography, yoga, travelling and the great outdoors.

Akhila’s experience and expertise includes:

  • Sustainability Strategy & Integration for Businesses
  • Environmental Policy, Economics and Law
  • CSR Analysis and Report Writing
  • CSR Communication and Training

Follow Akhila on Twitter @aksvi

Priti Ambani – Core Consultant

Priti is a Professional Engineer (PE) and LEED AP with extensive experience in civil design and engineering, green building technologies, project lifecycle, planning and budgeting. She is presently the Managing Editor at Ecopreneurist, where she writes about eco-business practices and CSR. She has worked with various non-profit organizations developing successful outreach programs and marketing strategies. Priti holds a Master’s degree in Biological Resources Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and believes that strategic sustainable practices on both personal and business levels are not only fun but also profitable to the bottom-line. She lives in Virginia, USA with her husband and son, loves the outdoors and is a Food Network junkie.

Priti’s experience and expertise includes:

  • Sustainability Consulting and Eco-Marketing
  • Civil & Environmental Design
  • Green Building, Ecological Engineering & Environmental Accounting
  • Business Ecology, Project Coordination & Management

Follow Priti on Twitter @envirotarian

Daniel McDonell- Core Consultant

Daniel focuses on environmental economics and policy, project coordination and communications. He has worked with non-profit organizations and governments in the fields of sustainable urban planning, water quality and supply, transportation, and land conservation. Daniel believes that the triple bottom line of sustainability is a necessity both for our continued livelihoods at high standards of living and for a thriving business environment. He holds an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from the University of Glasgow and a BA in Geography and Environmental Policy from Northwestern University. Currently residing in Chicago, Illinois, he enjoys hiking with his dog and volunteering as an urban arborist in his free time.

Daniel’s experience and expertise includes:

  • Spatial Analysis (ArcGIS, Remote Sensing)
  • Quantitative Research and Analysis
  • Cost Benefit Analysis and Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Green Building/Design Research and Analysis
  • Grant Writing and Reporting

Follow Daniel on Twitter @SustainTranspo

Jay Thakkar – Core Consultant

Jay is a CSR and sustainability professional with expert skills in blending science and policy. He has extensive experience in the field of scientific and managerial environmental services, with special interest in strategic and operational sustainability solutions. His work profile requires him to consult large corporations, non-profits, local and state governments on CSR initiatives, strategic sustainability, GHG emissions and organizational change management. Clients he has worked with include Bloomberg, Johnson & Johnson, Novo Nordisk, Princeton University and NJDOT.

Jay’s expertise and experience includes:

  • Development of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for CSR initiatives
  • Project management and resource mobilization for corporate environmental initiatives
  • Strategic Sustainability Consulting for operations and management
  • Analysis and restructuring of Corporate Environmental Policy
  • Consult and facilitate implementation of ISO 14000 EMS

Follow Jay on Twitter @jdthakkar

Juan Villamayor – Core Consultant

GRI-trained Economist and Executive MBA from Barcelona (Spain) with strong connections to Germany and the Scandinavian countries. Consultant of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility with an international approach. Over 16 years experience in sales, marketing and innovation project management, of which 10 have been at the food industry. Juan is completing his Masters in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. He is also leading a project with Economists Without Borders in Barcelona, developing a CSR guide for small and medium enterprises. He is also preparing a dissertation about the quality of sustainability reporting in the food industry.

Juan’s expertise and experience includes:

  • Sustainability and CSR reporting (GRI framework)
  • Social responsibility and business sustainability of small and medium enterprises
  • Corporate social responsibility in the food industry
  • Stakeholder inclusion
  • Master in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (Summer 2012)

Follow Juan on Twitter @juanvillamayor

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