Meenakshi Batra is an accomplished and widely recognised professional with over 24 years of experience in the international development, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and not-for-profit sector. Her skills include a wide range of development sector approaches, institutional donor programme management, organisational development and management, and budget and strategic planning. Meenakshi has served in various leadership roles with international development and humanitarian agencies in South and Southeast Asia. In addition, she has successfully led large country programmes in India, Afghanistan and Indonesia working with leading international development NGOs.
Currently, Meenakshi is the CEO of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India, which is part of a Global Alliance of CAF organisations. Operational in India for the past 18 years, CAF India focuses on promoting ‘giving’ in India. It has a robust system for end-to- end CSR management, including a well-recognised corporate advisory, NGO due diligence and programme implementation portfolio. CAF supports all causes and some of its key focus areas include education, health, water, environment, livelihood, women, children and disability. It has one of the largest and most dynamic payroll-giving programme in India, customised to donor needs for maximum impact. Since joining CAF India Meenakshi has successfully led the organization to triple the size of philanthropic funding for the not-for-profit sector and has put in place a dynamic team to focus on future growth of philanthropy in India.
Meenakshi holds a Post Graduate degree in Child Development and Family Welfare. She has undertaken advanced studies in the areas of environmental education (Centre for Environment Education), gender and social development (London School of Economics and Wye College UK) and leadership development.
Meenakshi also serves on the Boards of prominent institutions like VANI (Voluntry Agencies Network of India) and Resource Alliance. She has served on various committees as a Member such as CII Regional Committee on Affirmative Action, CII Core Group on compendium on Industry-NGO Partnership Models, CII Core Group on CSR-CSO Bridge, CII pro-bono task force and CII Chennai CSR group.
She is associated with BNHS, SPJIMR, Mumbai, Asia Venture Philanthropy Network, British Business Group, and India NGO forum. She is also an ASPIRE Founder Fellow.