Group President & Global Head – Climate Strategy and Responsible Banking, YES BANK LTD
Namita Vikas spearheads YES BANK’s Version 2.0 Vision & Strategy of further strengthening the bank as a commercially viable financial institution with sustainability principles incorporated within its core operations. Mainstreaming sustainability and creating stakeholder value through sustainable development and finance are her key focus areas. Her work involves overall Sustainability Management, Research, Triple Bottom-line Accounting, Responsible Finance/Investing and CSR. In her current role, she also serves as a Member of “YES FOUNDATION”, which she set up and now guides its overall strategy. She is elected to United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Steering Committee and is the Vice Chair of UN Natural Capital Declaration (NCD).
Given her in-depth understanding, she is often invited to speak on sustainability and CSR at large international and national platforms. She was a part of the committee set up by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India in drafting the CSR rules for India.
With a well-rounded experience of 24 years in Sustainable Development, CSR and policy advocacy, she has successfully held leadership positions with Marico, Microsoft Corporation and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Prior to joining YES BANK, she was the CEO of Marico Innovation Foundation.
A lateral thinker and strategic in her approach, Namita has an Advanced Management Degree in CSR and Leadership from Swenska Institute, Sweden, Bachelor degree in Economics from Mumbai University. She is a certified Independent Director.
Namita lives in Mumbai with her husband, Vikas Phadnis, a successful entrepreneur, and one of the promoters at Eurokids and Euroschools in India.