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With an academic and development sector experience of 21
years, Upendra Sontakke is presently heading CSR of Astarc Group of Companies,
Mumbai. He started his career with USA based International Development Agency
CRS_USCCB in 1998. During his career he helped 100+ grass root NGOs in
transforming social and economic capacities of people. He was involved in
developing CSR strategic plans while working with corporates like Landmark
Group, EMCO Ltd and Lavasa Corporation Ltd as CSR Head. He has written various
articles on CSR for various Magazines & journals. He has been awarded an
honorary position of Regional Director by CASI New York, an institute of CSR
& Sustainability certification.
In September 2017 he has been selected in the list of Top 25 Sterling CSR Leaders in India by TIMES CSR Magazine.
Upendra has been awarded with CSR professional of the Year by India CSR Network on 27th August 2016 at Annual India CSR Award event in Bangeluru.
He has been awarded citation of 100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders (Global Listing) by World CSR Day & World sustainability in February 2016.
His domain expertise lies in the field of CSR, working closely with Government, Grass root NGOs and other likeminded organizations. He is active member of various knowledge sharing platforms like INDIA CSR, Solution Exchange (UNDP), Maharashtra Government CSR interaction body. He was awarded for “Excellence in Gujarat Earthquake response program and Tamilnadu Tsunami response program” by CRS-USCCB. In 2015 and 2016 he was interviewed by leading CSR magazine, “CSR & Competitiveness” for his work in CSR domain.
He likes to play sports and represented his Engineering College in Cricket and Holley ball. He was active member of NSS during his college days and did various social activities in villages. Reading daily newspapers, magazines and books is his hobby which keeps him updated about happening around him.
He is specialized in developing project management systems and developed various tools for effective project monitoring and evaluation. He has effectively used Pro-pack tool for project planning during Gujarat Earthquake, Rajasthan Drought and Tamilnadu Tsunami relief and rehabilitation programs.
He is B. Tech. in Agricultural Engineering and completed World Bank sponsored course on Disaster Risk Reduction. He is passionate about the development of less privileged people and has contributed greatly through his work.