Skilled technical experts with rich international experience who work really hard for clients.
The Sustain Labs Core Team
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
JOSEPH RAJINI ASIR
Dr. Miniya Chatterji was Chief Sustainability Officer of Jindal Steel & Power group of companies 2014 - 2017. Prior to that she was working at the World Economic Forum 2011-2014 in Geneva where she managed the WEF’s Young Global Leaders Community in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Before that, Miniya was managing a Euro 200 million hedge fund in Paris for a few years. She started her career in finance at Goldman Sachs in 2006 in London. Earlier, Miniya worked as policy analyst with Jerome Monod, the Chief Counsellor to the President of France Jacques Chirac 2003 - 2006. Miniya is a Jury Member for the Million Dollar Global Teacher Prize and for The Circulars award that is given away each year at Davos. Miniya is a member of the parliament of Francophone writers. She is a columnist for The Indian Express and The Pioneer newspapers. Indian Instincts - essays on freedom and equality in India was Miniya’s first book. The book was published by Penguin Random House and launched in India in March 2018, then in Switzerland, Singapore and Sri Lanka and is translated in Bengali and French languages. Miniya has a PhD from Sciences Po Paris. She was a research fellow at Columbia University and Harvard University. She is a Global Leadership Fellow alumna of the World Economic Forum.
Joseph Rajini Asir is a visual artist and communications designer specialising in photography and illustration. He has over ten years of experience in the various fields of project management, photography, branding and visualisation across large and small organisations such as Amazon.com, Buzzfeed, The Ladies Compartment etc. Before Sustain Labs, he worked with the external communications department at Anant National University where he also taught courses on photography, light and visual journaling. He is currently the creative director at Sustain Labs and is responsible for designing both internal and external communication materials along with
conceptualising and visualising ideas for in house research and development.
Beyond creative direction, he is engaged in researching about setting up spaces and engagements that enable free thought and self reflective engagements. He has a post graduate degree in photography from National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar, India and a bachelors degree in commerce from Loyola College, Chennai, India.
INNOVATION FOR IMPACT
Praanjal has earlier worked at Reliance Industries Limited and the National Innovation Foundation-India (Government of India), where he gained diverse and extensive experience in clean energy, IPR, policy research and grassroots innovations. He specialises in the field of core Biotechnology with a Masters in the subject from Manipal University and in Business Sustainability for which he has earned a MBA from TERI School of Advanced Studies. He is a wildlife lover, cartoon enthusiast, ardent photographer, sustainable traveler and a gastronome.
Akshaj Sundar is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Design at Anant National University. He has earlier worked as content creator for the university's marketing team. While being a cross-fit enthusiast with a black belt in martial arts, he is also a student of music recognised by the Trinity College of London. He is passionate about movies, filmmaking and loves exploring different mediums of storytelling.
OPERATIONS & RESEARCH
Sattiki has worked across financial audit, education and travel industries. She has worked at Ernst & Young for three years before shifting her focus to the Himalayas by living and working in Ladakh, a rugged mountainous terrain in India where she started an outdoor education programme, The Duluwa Project to promote leadership in young girls of high school age. She has a bachelor's degree in commerce from Delhi University and a Postgraduate diploma from The Naropa Fellowship, Ladakh.
Rhea Mukerjee has a decade of experience working across organisations that include the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development and E3G in France, and Tata Consultancy Services in India. Rhea is a self-confessed hoarder of house plants, a yoga enthusiast and a strong believer of the fact that e-books can never replace real books. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Delhi and a master’s in public affairs from Sciences Po, Paris, where she studied environmental policy.
Vinayak Nambiar has pursued research and implemented projects related to environmental health in resource-poor settings in India and the Maldives. He has a MSc Public Health specialising in environmental health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a MSc Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London, and B.Engg. Mechanical Engineering from The University of Nottingham.
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
SLP STARGAZERS FOUNDATION
Priya Rajagopalan, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience teaching economics, public policy, quantitative methods, and marketing at Purdue University, Krannert School of Management. She has received the highest honor from Purdue University for the undergraduate excellence in teaching. Prior to arriving at Purdue, Priya lectured at Pomona College and was also the Assistant to the President of Williams College. In 2014, she joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Industry Relations as a business solutions director to support the recruitment, curriculum development, and mentorship for new businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Priya’s strongest contribution to UNL was establishing partnerships with government agencies and companies and acquiring the prestigious Association of Public Land Grant University designation (APLU). She received her BA in Economics from the University of Madras and MA and PhD in Economics from Wayne State University, Michigan. She currently serves as a team member for UNL human trafficking and migration initiative.
We Teach What We Practice
We set up a course in 2017 on Creating Sustainable Businesses for Masters level students at SciencesPo Paris, which our founder, Dr. Miniya Chatterji has been teaching since the past 3 years. This course is taught at 2 prestigious schools at SciencesPo - Paris School of International Affairs and the School of International Management and Sustainability. Till date, Sustain Labs has taught and trained 300 international students on how to create sustainable businesses.
As part of the Naropa Fellowship in Ladakh, Sustain Labs trains local entrepreneurs every year on how to create sustainable businesses. Since 2019, we have trained more than 120 local entrepreneurs in the Himalayan Region.
We Work Globally
M-611 Jal Vayu Towers
Gurgaon, India - 122011
Villa 136, Golf Links, Emaar South, Emirates Road, Dubai, UAE.
1346 Dominion Road
Auckland, New Zealand 1041