Group President & Global Head, Climate Strategy & Responsible Banking, YES BANK LTD. Chair,
Namita Vikas is a distinguished Indian business leader with over 27 years of expertise in Climate Finance and Business Sustainability. Under the visionary guidance of Mr. Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES BANK LTD, Namita leads the green finance, climate strategy, and environmental sustainability verticals, at India’s 5th largest private sector Bank. Her astute guidance has led YES BANK to emerge as a global front-runner in climate finance.
Her well-rounded global experience also spans specializations in triple bottom-line accounting, ESG performance, and CSR. She is also involved in climate action and advocacy efforts in India and at the global stage. A prominent speaker at influential national and international platforms such as the UN General Assembly and G20 amongst others, Namita has been associated with key global institutions such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, International Finance Corporation and the United Nations, through her active role in mainstreaming climate action and green economics, globally. Namita serves on the Board of YES FOUNDATION, and guides its overall strategy. She holds advisory board positions for Asia Venture Philanthropy Network, World Resource Institute - India GHG Program, and the Indian Centre for CSR (ICCSR), and serves on the Governing Council of the UN Global Compact Network in India. In the past she has successfully held leadership positions with Marico, Microsoft Corporation and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). For her exemplary efforts at integrating sustainability into business strategy and aligning it towards achieving global SDGs, Namita was awarded the WBCSD Leading Women Award by The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), in March 2017.