WGF’s Sustainability Council’s mission is to enhance rural economy through co-creating and advancing rural enterprises, using technology innovations and scientific processes, sharing best practices and developing techniques to foster trade and employment for rural populations.

Improving the Lives in Rural India by Technology-enabled Solutions

Vision & Mission

Council Framework

  • S&T Innovations for Rural Applications
  • Training and Skill Development
  • Co-Creating successful Rural Enterprises
  • Scaling to other parts of the country, and thereafter globally


Dr. Raghavan Ramanan

Dr. “Ram” Raghavan Ramanan is the Chairman of the Sustainability Council.

Dr. Ram, Ca Fulbright Leadership Scholar, a globally recognized expert in Sustainability, ESG and CSR through experience garnered over four decades in corporate (ExxonMobil), consulting (AECOM, ICF and Trinity), and academic environments (Illinois Institute of Technology, Desert Research Institute and Indian Institute of Technology). He is an Environmental Leadership Fulbright Fellow (US Department of State) and a Professional Engineer in Texas, UK, and India. He serves as a Board Member and the Chair of the Education Council of Air & Waste Management Association International (Founded 1907).

  • Dr. Ram has presented and published scientific and management papers worldwide. His book, “Introduction to Sustainability Analytics”, CRC Press 2018, one of the first on the subject, provides leaders insight into the value of stakeholder primacy and the process of identifying sustainability metrics that are material and relevant to their establishment. His prior book (co-authored), “Environmental Ethics and Sustainability”, CRC Press 2013 promotes ethics as the 4th bottom line of sustainability.

Dr. Ram is PhD, Env. Sc. (Engineering), University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA, 1989; MBA, Master of Business Administration (Executive), McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA, 2003; MS in Chemical Engineering, Bombay University, University Department of Chemical Technology, Bombay University, Bombay, India; B. Tech. (Honors) in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.

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