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Ms Shaifalika Panda, Trustee & Chief Executive Officer, BIPF

Shaifalika Panda is a Trustee and the Chief Executive Officer of Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation, the social development arm of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd (IMFA; estd 1961). She quit a successful business career to pursue her keen interest in social causes and joined IMFA as Chief of CSR (Special Initiatives) with a mandate to bring about a greater focus to the company's CSR activities, particularly through sustainable initiatives. She spearheaded the formation of the Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation with a vision to engage, educate and empower the most vulnerable communities to achieve socio-economic transformation.

Personifying her profound commitment to improving the condition of women, she is responsible for developing the framework of BIPF's Unnati Project, an integrated self-help approach covering finance, livelihood, health, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene that aims at teaching women to build capacity to handle their economic and social challenges themselves.

Shaifalika graduated with honours cum laude with a dual degree in Marketing and International Management from the School of Management, Boston University, United States. Having followed her calling into the social development field, she then went on to get a Diploma in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability from the Swedish Institute, Stockholm.

Shaifalika is co-chairperson of FICCI Young Leaders and serves on the advisory board of FICCI-Social Economic Development Foundation and The Learning Matters Teachers Training Institute. In her personal capacity she has also set up Awaaz Foundation to do charitable work including in partnership mode with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Credits: Eden