Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, HUL
Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) was established in 2010 as the philanthropic arm of Hindustan Unilever Limited, one of India's largest fast-moving consumer goods companies. HUF’s programmes focus on water conservation, building local community institutions to govern water resources and enhancing farm-based livelihoods through adoption of judicious water practices.
HUF’s vision is to make water security commonplace, help communities thrive.
The HUF Board
The board consists of experienced Unilever leaders who drive the team. Their rich experience, expertise and passion adds immense value to the cause of water conservation.
Rohit Jawa (1 of 4)
Rohit Jawa is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL). He is also the President, Unilever, South Asia, and a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE).
Rohit started his career with HUL as a management trainee in 1988. He has a proven track record of sustained business results across India, Southeast Asia, and North Asia. As EVP North Asia and Chairman Unilever China, Rohit helped transform the business into Unilever’s third largest globally. He developed a distinct strategic agenda for China, championed digitalisation and premiumisation, and steered the business very capably through the Covid crisis.
As the Chairman of Unilever Philippines, he led the business to become one of the top 10 markets for Unilever globally. He is deeply passionate about integrating the strength of traditional markets with digital technologies and future-fit business models.
Rohit has a bachelor’s degree from St Stephen’s College and an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, both at the University of Delhi, India. He is an alumnus of IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he completed the Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives in 2018. Rohit also completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School in 2022.
Rohit served as the founding Secretary for the Food Industry Asia, Singapore, in 2010 and Co-Chair of the 'Grow Asia Philippines' along with the Secretary of Agriculture, Philippines in 2015-16, a World Economic Forum initiative for inclusive business models in agriculture. In addition, he served on the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) China board, a global, CEO-led collaboration for positive change. Since July, 2023 he is an Executive Committee Member of Vikaasa, a coalition that collaborates to accelerate India's progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is also a Trustee of Breach Candy Hospital.
Executive Director, Legal & Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary, HUL
Dev Bajpai (2 of 4)
Dev Bajpai has been a member of the Management Committee of Hindustan Unilever Limited since May 2010 and was inducted on the Board of Directors of HUL as a Whole Time Director with effect from January 2017.
Dev is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and has a law degree from the University of Delhi. He completed an Executive Program for Corporate Counsels at Harvard conducted by Harvard Law School.
He has over 30 years of experience in diverse industries that include Automobiles, FMCG, Hospitality and Private Equity, in the areas of Legal, Governance, Tax and Corporate Affairs.
In the past, he has worked with Maruti Udyog Limited, Marico Limited, Indian Hotels Company Limited and ICICI Venture Funds Management Company Limited. He has been part of Committees of Apex Industry Organisations such as CII & FICCI. Dev has also represented the Industry before Parliamentary Committees.
Executive Director, Finance & IT and Chief Financial Officer, HUL
Ritesh Tiwari (3 of 4)
Ritesh Tiwari is the Executive Director, Finance & IT and Chief Financial Officer of Hindustan Unilever Limited. He is also the Chief Financial officer for Unilever, South Asia.
Ritesh is a global finance leader with rich experience in leading diverse teams across the UK, India, and other Asian markets. He is a future-focused, high-energy, results-oriented business leader driven by his purpose 'Reimagine possibilities and bring value with values.'
Before his current role as the CFO of HUL, Ritesh was Vice President, Finance - Global Performance Management for Unilever and CFO for Unilever International based out of London, where he helped bring together the financial and human capital of Unilever to deliver performance with impact. He also played a pivotal role in Unilever's performance management, leading the strategic scenario planning and response during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ritesh joined Unilever as a management trainee in 1999 and held roles across core finance, demand planning and procurement within India and South Asia early in his career. He then went on to take leadership roles – namely, Global Category Finance Director based out of the UK, Group Financial Controller of HUL and Vice President Finance - Global Supply Chain based in Singapore. Driven by his mantra of 'delivering in the present while building for the future,' Ritesh is credited with bringing digital transformation, simplification, and leading projects with high business impact throughout his career.
Ritesh is an active member of various industry bodies, including President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Independent Director on ONDC (Open Network for Digital Commerce) Board, Chairman of the CFO Council of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and a member of the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Committee for CFOs.
Ritesh is a Chartered Accountant & Cost and Management Accountant.
Executive Director, Home Care, HUL
Deepak Subramanian (4 of 4)
Deepak Subramanian is the Executive Director, Home Care at Hindustan Unilever Limited.
In addition to serving as the Executive Director – Homecare, HUL, Deepak is also the General Manager of the Homecare Business of Unilever for the South Asia region.
Deepak joined Unilever as a Management Trainee in India in 1995, after completing his B.A. (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.
He has had a global career over 28 years with Unilever, working in Sales and Marketing and at board-level general management roles more recently. After stints in Hindustan Unilever Limited as Marketing Manager Kissan and Regional Brand Director Asia Vitality Foods, Deepak moved to Europe, becoming a member of the Unilever Executive Board in Poland & the Baltics as Vice-President Marketing and later as the Vice-President for Foods & Refreshment for Central & Eastern Europe (CEE). He turned around the business and landed a new 1CEE organisation and Talent Strategy, the benefits of which are seen even today.
In 2015, he moved to the Homecare Division and had done various roles based in Singapore. He has been the Divisional Vice-President for Homecare for South-East Asia / ANZ and General Manager for the Homecare Business Unit in the Philippines. Most recently, he was also the Global Head of the Fabric Enhancers Category. In SEAA, Deepak significantly improved the profitability whilst improving top-line growth and helped strengthen the business through highly challenging business conditions during the COVID pandemic.
In his global role, Deepak has helped transform the Fabric Enhancers Category to become future-fit and in line with the Home Care Clean Future Mission, strengthening the fundamentals of growth and driving the turnaround in key markets like Brazil, Turkey, Vietnam whilst accelerating growth in India and China.
Deepak is a Global Trustee (Member of the Global Board) of Forum for the Future, an international sustainability non-profit. He is also a non-executive Director of the Hindustan Unilever Foundation, a Member of the Global Advisory Board of Insider (a Global Growth Management Platform), The Web3 Marketing Association and an Advisor /Mentor / Investor in deep tech and sustainability start-ups and Venture Capital Funds like Antler and 500.
He is a graduate of the Executive Programme at Singularity University and a Certified Chair from the Advisory Board Centre, Australia.
National Advisory Council Members
The National Advisory Council (NAC) comprises of respected industry leaders. NAC members guide the HUF team navigate uncharted waters, and help move the needle on water security.
Kalpana Morparia (1 of 3)
Kalpana Morparia is an Independent Director on the Board of Hindustan Unilever Limited. She is the former Chairperson of J. P. Morgan, South and Southeast Asia and a Member of J. P. Morgan’s Asia Pacific Management Committee. Prior to joining J. P. Morgan India, she served as Vice Chair on the Boards of ICICI Group Companies. She was a Joint Managing Director of ICICI Group from 2001 to 2007. She had been with the ICICI Group since 1975.
A graduate in law from Bombay University, she has served on several committees constituted by the Government of India. She has also been recognised by several International & National media for her role as one of the leading women professionals.
She also serves as an Independent Director on the Boards of Dr. Reddy’s Lab. Ltd., Philip Morris International Inc. She is also a Member of the Governing Board of Bharti Foundation.
Ireena Vittal (2 of 3)
Ireena serves as a Board Member and a member of the Audit Committee of Titan Company Ltd., The Indian Hotels Company Ltd., Godrej Consumer Products Ltd., HDFC Ltd., Compass Plc, and non-profit organisations such as Vidhi Legal, Wateraid, and Educate Girls.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in BS Electronics from Osmania University, holds an MBA degree from IIM Calcutta, and has profound experience in emerging markets, Indian agriculture and urbanisation.
She has co-authored several studies related to agriculture and urbanisation which have helped the government and public institutions design and implement solutions for urban development and sustainable rural growth.
Geetu Verma (3 of 3)
Geetu is a Non-Executive Independent Director with Philips India Limited, United Breweries India Limited, and TruCap Finance Limited, and a strategy advisor to start-ups in the nutrition and social impact space, both in the Netherlands and India. She is a global management consultant helping businesses with innovation, strategy and new business models to create sustainable growth.
She has partnered with OxfordSM, a global strategic and marketing consultancy headquartered in the UK. She has also chaired the Sub-Committee on Food Regulation with CII from 2015-2018. Geetu is an immensely respected FMCG industry voice, an ardent advocate of authentic leadership and a strong proponent of an inclusive culture that helps diversity thrive.
She actively supports causes related to underprivileged children’s health and education.
HUF’s core team consists of environment conscious and impact focussed individuals, who partner with grassroots agencies to deliver innovative and pioneering programmes. They work to catalyse effective solutions on India’s water challenges involving government, communities, experts, and mission-based organisations.
Chief Executive Officer
Shraman Jha (1 of 11)
Shraman’s role is to ensure that HUF delivers on its mandate, translating the aligned strategy into impactful outcomes.
Starting his career in 1993 with Unilever, he worked in diverse roles before moving on to other reputed organisations over the past thirty years. Shraman is passionate about the environment. Before joining HUF, He worked with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), helping drive their conservation and sustainability agenda. He also serves on the Board of GALVmed, an Edinburgh-based not-for-profit organisation working with the small-scale livestock producers of sub-Saharan Africa.
He is a Salzburg Global Seminar-21st Century Trust Fellow and a Chevening Senior Scholar to LSE. Shraman’s core degrees include an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Pune, and a B.A.(Hons.) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
Senior Manager - Portfolio and Partnerships
Anantika Singh (2 of 11)
Anantika leads the Foundation’s portfolio strategy with an aim to tackle issues around water conservation, use in agriculture and governance.
Anantika’s work aims to raise the profile of India’s water challenges and solutions through strategic government engagement and private partnerships. This involves designing programmes for success, leading collaborations and transfer of best practices and learnings across partners, evidence generation and amplification, and codification of processes for enabling adaptation and scaleups.
Anantika is a senior professional with over 20 years of diverse experience across corporate, government and development sectors. In previous roles, she has worked extensively in health, WASH and social protection, fostering several successful government and philanthropic collaborations.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Delhi University.
Portfolio and Operations lead
Praveen Prakash (3 of 11)
Praveen aims to work towards water security by building system and scale enablers, and forging networks for cross-learning at the Foundation.
He is an expert in building programmes, managing vital organisational functions with other business partners, and leveraging knowledge outcomes across the entire portfolio.
Praveen has over 20 years of experience in the development sector that covers a wide spectrum of the environment, social and governance agenda. He is passionate about climate and in his previous roles, he has explored various issues pertaining to energy, chemicals, waste and climate.
Praveen has been awarded the International Visitors Leadership Fellowship of the US Dept of State and is an alumnus of Leadership Accelerator Programme of the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore.
Praveen holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Economics and a Master’s Degree in Ecology and Environment.
Subject Matter Expert
Kumud Joshi (4 of 11)
Kumud is a subject matter expert in watershed and natural resource management for the Foundation.
He helps team members and partners conduct geographic analysis and apply remote sensing technologies for science-led water infrastructure creation and management.
Kumud has over 20 years of diverse experience in natural resource management, climate change, watershed, water resources, GIS/RS applications and project execution.
Kumud holds a postgraduate degree in Geoinformatics.
Lead, Water Conservation
Rishu Garg (5 of 11)
Rishu supports water conservation initiatives of HUF in Northern Gujarat, Bundelkhand and Punjab.
He is also responsible for developing water governance understanding and perspective among different stakeholders. He is an ardent environmentalist who has championed the cause for community empowerment and local governance in sustainable development.
He has over two decades of experience working in development sector. He has worked across different geographies in India focussing on natural resource management- water, forests, agriculture, and environment. Prior to joining HUF, he has worked with the United Nations, DFID, and civil society organisations. He was also part of the national team at the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, GOI, that was responsible for rolling out Gram Panchayat Development Planning (GPDP) across the country.
Rishu is a postgraduate from the Indian Institute of Forest Management.
Senior Coordinator, Environment Sustainability Pillar, Prabhat
Vidur Shresth (6 of 11)
Vidur is the Coordinator for environmental Sustainability at Prabhat, HUL’s flagship factory prgramme, across multiple locations in India.
Vidur works with civil society organisations in partnership with communities in the vicinity of Hindustan Unilever Limited’s (HUL’s) factories, on solutions to improve groundwater, undertake water conservation, and support farmers to adopt regenerative agricultural practices.
In his previous role as a Zila Swachh Bharat Prerak, he anchored the progress of Swachh Bharat Mission - Rural in Munger District of Bihar.
Lead: Innovations and Social Entrepreneurship
Nivedita Ghonge (7 of 11)
Nivedita leads a large government supported programme in Chhattisgarh and manages the Data Management System at HUF.
She also manages a portfolio of start-ups, that work on viable solutions for water conservation and water use efficiency in agriculture. Her work with the Foundation’s Data Management System (DMS) enables real-time monitoring of programme data and season-wise tracking of key impact parameters for better insights and timely decision making.
Nivedita has over 12 years of experience across corporate and social sectors.
She completed a postgraduate program in Development Leadership and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Technology.
Assistant Finance Manager, CSR
Angela Wood (8 of 11)
Angela handles all the finance-related functions at the Foundation and is responsible for compliance, monitoring, audit, governance, and reporting.
She is a veteran of the Unilever ecosystem, with an experience of more than 25 years across teams and sub-functions. Angela is passionate about sustainability and water conservation initiatives.
Team Assistant, Administration
Shilpa Gupta (9 of 11)
Shilpa supports the Foundation’s CEO and Programme Leads in ensuring that organisational goals are met, programme priorities are on track and there is no deviation from the approved progress plan.
She has over 8 years of work experience across corporate sectors. She has worked extensively in education and hospitality.
Priyanka Rawat (10 of 11)
Priyanka Rawat is the Communications Consultant at Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF). Through her experience and expertise, she aims to highlight many narratives that surround water in our country. She believes community driven efforts are bound to make an impact and change the fabric of development solutions in India.
Priyanka has 13 years of experience working in the social sector supporting government, civil society, communities, media and various other key stakeholders. As a communication specialist she has successfully helped stakeholders build a better response to issues such as bonded labor, sex-trafficking, labor issues, migration, child nutrition, livelihood for women, health, and gender.
She holds a master’s degree in history from Delhi University.
Sagar Suri (11 of 11)
Sagar is the Programme Consultant at Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF). He brings over a decade of dedicated experience in the development sector. His journey commenced at the Centre for Environment Education, where he managed the Youth Programme and collaborated extensively with UNEP for the South Asia Youth Environment Network.
Transitioning through diverse roles, Sagar has made impactful contributions at organisations like the India Health Action Trust, ADRA India, and WWF-India, showcasing his versatility in various capacities. Throughout his career, Sagar's dedication has been pivotal in driving initiatives across multiple domains within the development sector.
An MBA graduate from Liverpool Business School, he combines his academic acumen with practical expertise, contributing significantly to innovative strategies in sustainable development.