Namita Vikas

Senior Group President & Global Head,
Responsible Banking at YES BANK

A senior business leader with 29 years of diverse global experience in climate strategy & sustainability across Banking, Technology & FMCG, with particular focus on Sustainable Finance, Climate Action, Design Thinking & Innovation, ESG Risk Management, Public Policy & Corporate Citizenship.

Namita was ranked one of the “Leading Women in Business Sustainability” by World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and was globally recognized as “Sustainability Leader of the Year” by Ethical Corporation, UK in 2017. In 2018, she was named one of “Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen” by CSRWorks International. In 2019, she was featured in the list of “India’s Top 100 Women in Finance” by Association of International Wealth Management of India.

Her well-rounded global experience spans specializations in climate finance, responsible & green banking, triple bottom line accounting, and large scale sustainable development projects. She has a strong track record of leadership development and institution building aimed at deepening understanding of green banking, and mainstreaming sustainability across verticals, including setting up of Responsible Banking unit at YES BANK Ltd. Among other feats, under her able guidance, the bank was nominated as “National Implementing Agency” for Green Climate Fund (GCF) by Ministry of Finance in India and got accredited by the GCF in 2019.

A certified independent director, a prominent speaker at influential national & international platforms such as UN General Assembly and G20 amongst others, Namita holds a number of key positions. She has been elected as Chairperson of UN Natural Capital Finance Alliance and as member of Global Steering Committee of UN Environment Programme – Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and Steering Group of UNEP FI Positive Impact Initiative. Namita serves on advisory councils/boards of YES FOUNDATION, We Mean Business (a global nonprofit climate action coalition), International Capital Market Association’s Green Bond Principles & Social Bond Principles Executive Committee, Black Jaguar Foundation, Brazil and Green Capital Study. She is also an active member of key councils & committees of industrial bodies in India including Bureau of Indian Standards, IMC, BCCI and MIT-WPU.

Served in management positions with Marico, Microsoft and Confederation of Indian Industry and been on jury of several national and international awards.

Namita is an alumna of THNK School of Creative Leadership, the Netherlands, Columbia Business School, Svenska Institutet, Sweden, and Mumbai University.