Thought Leadership acknowledgment is CauseBecause saying ‘thank you’ to these extraordinary individuals for being who they are. Since Team CauseBecause has been privileged to meet, interact with, and exchange ideas with these individuals, it was a natural next step to honour and felicitate them.

These Thought Leaders have been moving and inspiring people with innovative social ideas; turning these ideas into reality; and proving how belief, commitment, and effort can bring about the desired change that each one of us wants to see at the grassroots, embracing communities across the country.

The editorial team at CauseBecause constantly interacts with central and state governments, UN agencies, social arms of businesses, non-profit organizations, and social entrepreneurs to identify individuals to be felicitated as Thought Leaders. 

Thought Leaders at Coffee for Cause

Felicitated between Edition 1 and Edition 6

Jairam Ramesh
Former cabinet minister, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Dr Atul Bagai
Country head, United Nations Environment Programme - India
Bhaskar Chatterji (IAS) CEO, Anil Agarwal Foundation
BS Bonal (IFS)
Ex DG, National Tiger Conservation Authority (Project Tiger)
Mary Kom
Six-time boxing world champion
Dr Pragnya Ram
Group executive president Group head - CSR, legacy documentation & archives Aditya Birla Group
Bharatendu Kabi
Head corp. comm & CSR Hero MotoCorp
Chetan Kapoor
CEO, Tech Mahindra Foundation
Sanjay Khajuria
Director, corp. affairs & sustainability, Nestle India
Nidhi Pundhir
Vice president and director HCL Foundation
Dr Umang Mathur
Executive director
Dr Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital
Karnam Malleswari
Vice-Chancellor, Delhi Sports University (DSU) First Indian woman to win a medal at Olympics
Sheetal Mehta
Executive director, KC Mahindra Trust
Sr VP - CSR, Mahindra Group
Naveen Soni
President, Lexus India
Former VP, Toyota Kirloskar Motor
Anirban Ghosh
Chief sustainability officer
Mahindra Group
Vikram Gulati
Country head & Sr VP (EA, PR, CSR & CG)
Toyota Kirloskar Motor
Rishi Pathania
Head CSR
UPL Group
Vivek Prakash
Vice president & head CSR
Jubilant Ingrevia
Brig. Rajiv Williams
Corporate head, CSR
Jindal Stainless Ltd
Deepak Arora
President-Public Affairs Nayara Energy
Abhishek Ranjan
Director & head of sustainability, CSR and D&I
Dipanwita Chakraborty
Regional director, CSR & Sustainable Development
Cargill, Asia Pacific
Dr KK Upadhyay
Chairperson, Centre for Sustainability
Gayatri Divecha
Godrej Industries
Lt. Gen Rajender Singh
Former CEO
DLF Foundation
Lt Gen. SM Mehta
Former CEO
The Hans Foundation
Shamik Trehan
Chief executive officer
Dr Reddy's Foundation
Mohini Daljeet Singh
Trustee and advisor
Max India Foundation
Sushama Oza
Former CEO
Adani Foundation
Vikas Goswami
Head, consulting Boundless Environment Resource Solutions
Suresh Reddy
Lead CSR & director
SRF Foundation
Vijay Sethi
Former CIO, CHRO & head CSR, Hero MotoCorp
Gunjan Patel
Director & head - philanthropy
Microsoft India
Yashashree Gurjar
Chief executive officer
Sulochna Thapar Foundation
Urja Shah
Setco Foundation
Priyanka Singh
Chief - rural transformation
Reliance Foundation
Shalini Singh
Head Corp Comm, Adani Cement
Col Prakash Tewari
Ex-group president-CSR Jindal Steel and Power
Brinda Malhotra
Former Head-CSR
Aircel India
Anuradha Bhavnani
Former regional director
Shell Foundation
Madhu Sirohi
Former CEO
Vodafone Foundation
Rita Soni
Former CEO
NASSCOM Foundation