Center for Excellence in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CECRAS)


To create an institution which fosters excellence in research, thought leadership, teaching, professional training and curriculum development in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development towards creating a more socially, economically and environmentally inclusive world.

To develop relevant research, academic & training programs which incorporates the latest thinking on sustainability through participation in events, scholarly publications and policy networks.


  • Campus Sustainability- to create a university community who cares inclusively about People, the Planet and shared Prosperity;
  • Research, Training & Capacity-building- to foster excellence as a center for research, training and capacity-building;
  • Curriculum Development and Academic Programs- to develop and deliver academic content relevant to societal sustainability and human capital development needs;
  • Sustainability Knowledge Portal- to create a collaborative culture by bringing together diverse stakeholders bonded by a common passion for sustainability;
  • Sustainability Collaborative Networks- to forge partnerships with higher education, industry and development sectors to impact on policy.

Umbrella Programs

  • The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)-   [read more]
  • Knowledge for Change (K4Change)- UNESCO Chair for Social Responsibility in higher Education [read more]

Founding Executive Director: Amit Lahiri
Chief Sustainability Officer, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU)
Associate Director, International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd)
Masters in Environmental Studies (York University, Canada)
Graduate Diploma in Sustainability (Schulich School of Business)
M.Sc (Bombay  University)

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Sustainability for Breakfast 8.0 – Amit Lahiri

Amit Lahiri 
Chief Sustainability Officer, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU)
Associate Professor, International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd)

Amit is the Chief Sustainability Officer at O.P. Jindal Global University in India, and an Associate Professor at the IIHEd (International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building)-a preeminent research institute at the university. He is the founding Executive Director of CECRAS (Center for Excellence in Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability). He combines about ten years of experience in the global life sciences industry with about twenty years in the higher education sector. His career has spanned working across Canada, France, Germany, the U.A.E. and India. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies (Sustainable Development) from York University, a Graduate Diploma in Business & the Environment from the globally ranked Schulich School of Business, Canada and a Master’s degree in the Life Sciences from Bombay University, India. He has been awarded the Board of Governors Award of Excellence in 2015, the highest award in the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology in Canada. He was a featured speaker the same year in the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) panel ‘Tech for Good’ at the prestigious NASSCOM’s National India Leadership Forum (NILF). He was invited to speak at the plenary panel at the eminent Tata Institute of Social Sciences-the National CSR Conclave in November 2017 on ‘Driving SDGs through CSR in India’. He was a featured speaker amongst industry experts at the Mahindra & Mahindra Sustainability Forum in 2018 on ‘Environmental & Social Governance’. In 2019, he was invited to present a model to incorporate SDGs as a way to measure the impact of CSR spending at the High-Level Committee of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the apex body of the Government of India responsible for the formulation & governance of the CSR law. He has presented at numerous conferences and workshops in India as well as abroad and is a regular contributor to industry and scholarly publications on CSR & Sustainability. Since joining the Jindal Global University in 2017, Amit is mandated with developing the institutional capacity for research, teaching and professional training in CSR and Sustainability.