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Inspirational Woman: Harsha Mukherjee | MD, International Institute of CSR, CSR Development Stories, Ekjaa Foundation

Hasha MukherjeeTell us about yourself, your background and what you do currently

I’m an evolving human trying to make a dent in universe with my endeavors. I’ve studied Computer Engineering, have completed an MBA and been on entrepreneur journey since management graduation. Presently, I am focusing to promote, implement and execute sustainability and social responsibility in India.

Tell us about any current projects or initiatives you wish to promote

Make in India is an excellent campaign by Indian Government, which desires large number of skilled workers to clean manufacturing and sleek infrastructure. I believe this is the best time in the era that we need to work in coherence and realize India’s potential.

What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?

Being an entrepreneur learning to register and following compliances in the Indian system to be an ethical company is a challenge. Apart from that, the challenge to convince angel investors who are tip of the pyramid, as compared to Venture capitalists (VC), who form the base of the pyramid in India. I strongly believe we need to invert the pyramid and have larger number of angel investors for the entrepreneurial drive to continue and strive in India.

What has been your greatest achievement personally?

Personally, ability to be independent is an achievement.

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?

I would be an actress like Audrey Hepburn.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Mrs Indira Gandhi, Mrs Margaret Thatcher, Mrs Hillary Clinton and my mom.

What does the future hold for you?

Contributing my potential towards developing India.

About Harsha Mukherjee:

Ms. Harsha Mukherjee, an entrepreneur, studied engineering and management in India and the US. After starting her venture, “Pearls and Pashminas” in the US and working in the Middle East she started her first Social Venture – Ekjaa in India. Ms Harsha Mukherjee was awarded National Social Entrepreneur Fellow (NSEF – 2011) and selected as one of the “Top 10 Indian Women Entrepreneurs” by DELL Women Entrepreneur Network (DWEN-2012).

She has contributed towards CSR and Sustainability via CSR consulting, communication and training organizations. She has been awarded CSR Visionary of 2012 by Lakshya Bhartiya Foundation (LBF) and CSR Women Leader – 2012 by Institute of Public Enterprises (IPE), GIANTS International Award (2013) for committed work in noble services and Women Excellence in CSR (2014) by Lala Management Institute – Mumbai.

In 2012, she founded “CSR Development Stories Pvt Ltd”, in 2013 co-founded “CSR Advisors” both the businesses are in CSR Consultation. In order, to fill the gap of CSR knowledge, she has launched “International Institute of CSR” in 2015. Ms. Mukherjee has authored book “Sustainable CSR (CSR Basics)”.

She has consulted on CSR Projects to NGOs such as Empower people (Haryana) working on human trafficking issue, Each One Teach One (Mumbai), Shekinah Foundation and Network for physically disabled Organization (NPDO) (both working in Differently abled), Naandi Foundation, Omkar Builders – Corporate House, Living Guard – Water purification social venture and other similar organizations. At Ekjaa Foundation, she supports women self-defence and empowerment programs under project Shakti and project Swabhiman. She supports education by means of running public libraries “Achala Library” in the slums of Mumbai. At present the library has 7000 books and regularly conducts books donation camps in schools, colleges and public places such as malls.

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