JAN 2020  
Social Entrepreneurs: 'Symbiotic Measures Can't Operate In Silos', Luis Miranda

I’ve never been busier before! I connect dots and spend my time with some amazing not-for-profits and driving my wife nuts. I am clearly having more success with the latter!’ Luis Miranda’s LinkedIn profile opens with this interesting line, laced with humour, and serves as a synopsis of his multifaceted personality and remarkable professional journey. When asked about the essence behind ‘connecting dots’, he elaborates: ‘The term is synonymous with bringing people from all walks of life together, for a greater good - this is what I like to do, am apt at doing, and how I add value to any given professional scenario. We all can’t be experts at everything, so there is no point proving the same, but instead doing what you do, and doing it in the best possible way, is how one can add meaning and value.’

Luis Miranda is Chairman of Centre for Civil Society (CCS) and CORO. He has been involved in setting up two highly successful companies-HDFC Bank and IDFC Private Equity. He is also on the board of Educate Girls and co-founded Take Charge-a mentoring programme for Catholic youth in Mumbai, besides having been Chairman of ManipalCigna, and Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley; he is currently on the Advisory Board of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth. Luis writes extensively for Forbes and Thrive Global and teaches at the Accelerated Development Program of Chicago Booth.
Luis counts the type of organizations he has been associated with as his milestones achieved-HDFC Bank, IDFC Private Equity, Indian School of Public Policy, CCS, CORO, 17000 Ft Foundation (Ladakh), Sunbird Trust (North-East), SNEHA, Collective Good Foundation, Operation ASHA, Medha, Youth4Jobs and SBI Foundation, amongst others. In some cases he was actively involved, and in some less.

Like most things in life, challenges are part and parcel of the journey. ‘Challenges fly at you all the time-funding, personnel, administration, compliance, and many others. The crux remains in finding solutions and not harping on the problems. When I look at recruiting or promoting people, I check out their ability to get things done.  People need to be creative and find customized and feasible solutions.’ Luis stresses on the need for balance: balance in every domain of life. He cites a very relevant example pertaining to the need for balance between the environment and development. ‘The preservation of our environment and its conservation are crucial for our present and, more importantly, for our future. Development has to go hand in hand with this important aspect. If, for example, we protest again the cutting of trees on one hand, then we should also focus on how we can reduce the amount of paper we are using today. More tress are being cut to print documents for courts, that are, in most cases totally unnecessary. A recent report in The Quint talked about the courts in India using up to 1.3 million trees and 109 billion litres of water annually just for the documents filed. A lot of that may not be necessary, but we could make a start by allowing printing on two sides. That will save over half a million trees a year!  Measures can’t operate in silos, especially if they are symbiotic in nature.’

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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India’s CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to [email protected]

Matt Carr
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