Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the CEO and Executive Director of the $8.5 billion global enterprise, HCL Corporation. She is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the organization. Roshni is also a Director on the Board of one of the group companies, HCL Technologies and the Chairman of its CSR Committee. In this role, Roshni is responsible for determining the direction of all HCL Foundation initiatives. Under her guidance, the HCL Foundation is working towards creating a source-code for sustainable socio-economic development by making long-term investments in the fields of education, health, livelihoods and environment.
Roshni is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which is committed to the process of nation building by driving transformational leadership through education. She is also the Chairperson and driving force behind VidyaGyan, a leadership academy for the meritorious but economically underprivileged, rural students of Uttar Pradesh.
Roshni is also the Founder & Trustee of The Habitats Trust, a foundation working towards protecting habitats and their indigenous species. Passionate about wildlife and nature, Roshni founded the Trust with the mission of creating and conserving sustainable ecosystems through strategic partnerships and collaborations with all stakeholders at every level.
Roshni is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a unique and diverse community of the world's most outstanding, next-generation leaders. She was conferred the prestigious NDTV Young Philanthropist - Indian of the Year award in 2014. In 2015, she was felicitated with The World's Most Innovative People Award for Philanthropic Innovation by The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WSIE), in partnership with the UN. In 2017, she was conferred with Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Award by Babson College. More recently, in September 2017, Vogue India felicitated her with the 'Philanthropist of the Year' award. She was also featured in The World's 100 Most Powerful Women list compiled and released by Forbes, in 2017.
Roshni is married to Shikhar Malhotra and they have two sons.
Shikhar Malhotra is the Vice Chairman of HCL Healthcare, the first healthcare organization of its kind that aims to address the primary healthcare needs of millions of Indians living in urban India. HCL Healthcare began its operations in 2014 in Delhi and is affiliated with Johns Hopkins International, USA. Shikhar has led the organization since its inception and continues to provide strategic direction to the overall operations of the company.
Shikhar is an Executive Director of the $8.5 billion enterprise, HCL Corporation. In this role, Shikhar is responsible for strategic decisions regarding the overall direction of the Corporation and its new initiatives.
Shikhar is also a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation. He founded the Shiv Nadar Schools in 2012; the Foundation's first foray into urban education. In a short period, the schools have gained an enviable reputation in India's capital with its unique approach to education for life and to equip students with a skillset that will allow them to adapt to the ever-dynamic demands of the world.
He is a Trustee of The Habitats Trust, which aims to secure key habitats and their indigenous species. The Trust envisions India's natural habitats to be secured for future generations, and all species sharing the planet in all fairness and harmony.
Shikhar was born in India and raised in Kuwait. He has an undergraduate degree in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. He resides in Delhi with his wife Roshni and their two sons.
Trisha is the Project Director of The Habitats Trust, which works towards protecting habitats and their indigenous species. She is a part of the strategic team shaping the Trust's activities and engagements. The mission of The Habitats Trust is to create and conserve sustainable ecosystems through strategic partnerships and collaborations with all stakeholders at every level.
An avid lover of wildlife and the forests, Trisha has spent close to a decade working on conservation issues in India. Her love for wildlife began with a childhood visit to Ranthambore National Park, when she spotted her first tiger. Although, she says her greatest and rarest sighting till date is that of an Indian pangolin in the buffer area of Kanha Tiger Reserve.
Trisha is passionate about bringing to the forefront conservation issues that are often overlooked and that she believes if unaddressed could hinder the great work being done by committed conservationists in the field. Over the span of her career she has worked with some of India's premier conservation organizations, including WWF-India and the Wildlife Protection Society of India. Trisha has worked on a myriad of conservation issues including human-wildlife conflict, poaching and illegal trafficking in wildlife parts, habitat loss and fragmentation, conservation awareness generation, and support to forest fringe communities.
This flagship grant will primarily reach out to mid to large sized field work oriented organisations to create a two-way partnership for our common cause of conservation. This grant is directed towards the running costs of on-ground projects. The grant should enable the creation of a sustainable and replicable conservation model to address some of the key conservation issues in India.
This first of its kind initiative aims to secure and regenerate the overlooked and unaddressed habitats of the country that are in urgent need of conservation attention. These lesser-known habitats are home to an array of biodiversity, and serve as important connections between key wildlife landscapes and as havens for dispersal populations from the "celebrity" parks. Through the lesser-known habitats grant, we hope to secure and bring into the limelight these vital habitats.
In recent years, a great deal of attention has been given to the "glamour" species of the country such as tigers, leopards, elephants and rhinos. Unfortunately, several of our equally endangered species have not received the same level of conservation support. This unique grant aims to support conservationists working to secure a future for our lesser-known endangered species.
Across the country there are grassroots conservationists working dedicatedly, with little to no support, to protect our biodiversity. The work they do in their individual capacity has a huge positive impact on conservation in the country. This grant aims to recognize these conservation heroes and provide them a platform to expand their activities and garner further support for their work.
Successfully submitted applications and projects will be screened for eligibility, relevance of answers and authenticity of information. A team of experts, including sector specialists and external auditors, evaluate successful entries on the following parameters:
At the end of the First Level Screening and Shortlisting round 24 applications, 6 in each category, will move forward for Field Level Verification.
The Habitats Trust team will visit the proposed project locations to verify if details provided by the applicant are true to fact. Along with a Sub-Jury, The Habitats Trust team will shortlist twelve proposals, three in each category, move to the Jury Round. The work of all the applicants shortlisted for the Jury round will be published in The Habitats Trust Grants compendium, as a tribute to their efforts and achievements. Disseminated widely by HCL, this provides national and international visibility to the applicants.
The twelve shortlisted applicants, three in each category, will be invited to present their proposed projects in person to our Jury of eminent conservationists at the Jury Round. Recipients of The Habitats Trust Grants will be announced at a Felicitation Event the next day.