Neelima Khetan, Managing Partner of Nous Consultants, is a senior CSR and Social Sector expert, with over 3 decades of experience in this space, having worked both with leading for-profit and non-profit organizations in the country.

She was the Group CSR Head for Vedanta Group till August 2019, where she provided oversight and guidance to the CSR efforts of 11 business units of the Group, located across India and Africa. She was also (concurrently) Vice President, CSR at Hindustan Zinc (part of Vedanta Group). HZL is a world leader in zinc production, as also lead and silver, and is among the Top-20 CSR spenders of the country. Neelima joined Vedanta in November 2015.

Prior to joining HZL, Neelima was the Director, CSR and Sustainability for Coca Cola India and South West Asia – where she worked for 3.5 years and led the company’s CSR/Sustainability programs across 6 countries in South Asia.

Neelima has long experience of the social sector, having held leadership positions like – India Country Director of the American India Foundation and Chief Executive of Seva Mandir (where she worked for over 2 decades leading a variety of rural development initiatives in the field of education, health, environment, women’s empowerment and community institutions). She was also the Acting Director of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), from June 2006 to May 2007.

Neelima has served on the Boards of many NGOs (Gram Vikas, Ibtada, CAF, RIM, WASSAN, Utthan, Seva Mandir) and Academic Institutions (IRMA, IFMR, IIHMR, Xavier School of Rural Development). She has also served on many Central and State Government Committees, including the Land Reforms Committee of the Government of India and the Task Force to suggest Decentralized Funding Mechanisms to the Planning Commission.

Neelima holds a Master’s in Rural Management from IRMA and a Bachelor’s in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University.


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