Deepak Arora leads Essar Foundation, the CSR arm of the USD 39 BN conglomerate, Essar. He has previously headed the CSR portfolio at Cairn India, a leading oil and gas player in India. While at Cairn India, he pioneered use of the IFC valuation tool. It is a tool that helps in calculating the IRR of social investments. He has nearly a decade of experience of working in prominent positions with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group. He has spearheaded rural development programmes across 12 countries in Asia and Africa. He has recently been awarded with “Responsible Business Leader Award, 2013”. Deepak holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management and serves on several national and international committees