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Dr. K. K. Upadhyay is a widely respected and seasoned development professional, with over four decades of experience across government, not-for-profits, academia and corporate. He has pioneered several innovative and successful models that exist in the development sector today including — Mother Dairy’s ‘Safal’, ‘Aapni Yojana’ an integrated rural water supply & sanitation project for 1000 villages and 10 towns in Rajasthan. Bastar’s Integrated Development Project for the Royal Danish Embassy, and Health of the Urban Poor Program for USAID/PFI.

As an alumnus of GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, and Institute of Rural Management, AnandIRMA〉he’s propagated the social entrepreneurship model of amalgamating business with social responsibility, based on the AMUL model. He has been a pivotal part of the CSR journey in India as a thought leader, practitioner, and former head of the FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence. As an expert with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs was on board of several non-profits including National Trust, Jan Sthirta Kosh, UN Global Compact.


An experienced moderator and speaker, he’s organized numerous workshops, seminars and awards. Is a certified trainer 〈by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, CBI – Netherland, ICRA and SEBI〉, and has conducted several pieces of training for clients including FICCI, Institute of Chartered Accountants, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Development Alternatives, Danida, KfW, USAID, IIHMR, Times Foundation, BIMTECH, MDI-Gurgaon, NFI and many more. He’s been lucky enough to contribute to the sector through several publications as well. He’s also conducted and commissioned research studies for USAID, UNIFEM and IIED London.

Recognized with various awards like the recent ‘Lifetime achievement award’, and many others along this exciting journey, with titles like ‘Thought Leader’; ‘CSR Leader of India 2017′; ‘Mahatma’.

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