Dr. Yogendra Saxena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Bio-chemical Engineering from Harcourt Butler
Technological Institute, Kanpur and a Master’s in Fermentation Technology from the prestigious
University Department of Chemical Technology, Bombay. He has also earned his Doctorate in the field
of Environment Management.
With more than four decades of experience in the area of EHS and Corporate Sustainability, Dr. Saxena
has led the sustainability agenda at leading Indian Corporates Tata Power, Jubilant Life Sciences,
Ambuja Cements as well as multilateral organisations such as United Nations Development
Programme and Central Pollution Control Board. A sustainability leader of international repute, Dr
Saxena has been instrumental in several key policy advocacy initiatives, leading a diverse stakeholder
base, representing businesses, governments, academia, civil society, etc.
Dr. Saxena superannuated as the Chief Sustainability Officer of Tata Power, wherein he led
Sustainability, Corporate Environment, Biodiversity and CSR functions for the organisation including
it’s major national and international subsidiaries. He also served as a Director on Board of Chemical
Terminal Trombay Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Power, a Trustee on Board of Tata Power
Community Development Trust (TPCDT) and as the Managing Trustee of the Mannat Foundation.
Post his superannuation, Dr. Saxena is supporting and hand-holding corporates and other non-profit
organisations in an advisory capacity. With a lot of passion for volunteering, he is focusing on greater
awareness about the ‘Swatch Bharat Abhiyaan’, primarily targeting school children on Me & My
SwaachBharat as well as on Why CSR & Sustainability? to various Business Schools.
His professional association includes membership of various national / international bodies.
Dr. Saxena has served as a Stakeholder Council Member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), The
Netherlands, from 2003-08 and also as a Member of the G4 Working Group on Governance and
Remuneration in 2012-13. Dr. Saxena has also been instrumental in the development and release of
the G3, GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards, through his active involvement with GRI.
Dr. Saxena has authored two books(Environment Explained and Eclipsed or Illumined – A Biography)
and more than 155 papers in various national / international journals / seminars and/or conferences.
Besides many awards, Dr. Saxena was recently adjudged the “CSO of the Year” by Sustainability
Outlook at the Parivartan Sustainability Trailblazer Awards 2014. In 2003, the Centre for Science &
Environment (CSE) adjudged him as the “Best Environment Manager” of the nation, under its Green
Rating Project in association with UNDP. Recently, Dr. Saxena was bestowed with the Mahatma
Award, 2020 for Leadership in Sustainability, an initiative of Aditya Birla Group.