G100 Circular Economy Scotland
Regional Chair, United Kingdom
Niharika Gautam is a multiple award-winning, qualified, and certified ESG and Sustainability business leader with experience working across diverse business sectors in the UK, Europe, and Asia. She had done MBA from Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, and received the prestigious FT Dean’s Excellence MBA Scholarship award. She has been supporting organisations’ ESG, sustainability, carbon and net zero emissions targets and meeting the needs and expectations expressed by stakeholders through ESG integration in business policies, strategies, sustainability practices, and stakeholders and community engagements. She has led cross-functional, multicultural, and international teams and attained awards such as Karmaveer Chakra 2019 Award by United Nations, Exceptional Women of Excellence 2018 award by Women Economic Forum (WEF), and was nominated for ESG 2023 award, Strathclyde Women in Leadership 2022 award and Her Rising 2019 Award for Women in Diversity & Inclusion. She has managed multiple sustainability and ESG projects, from integrating ESG factors into investment strategies to assessing stakeholder interest or salience in different ESG factors and reviewing methods to improve stakeholder relations and increase value. Her areas of expertise include sustainability, ESG, sustainable & climate finance, climate change, sustainability, and ESG reporting and frameworks (GRI, TCFD, CDP, SBTi, GHG, UN SDGs). Niharika has also conducted wide-ranging research and analysis projects on the S&P Global ESG index, Gartner DX (Digital Transformation) index, and BoF sustainability ratings of Deloitte 2022 top luxury companies. Through her research, she has presented a theoretical framework – the “Sustainable Luxury Model”, using a deductive approach. She has delivered keynotes at the conferences around the world in countries including the UK, India, UAE, Paris and Sri Lanka. She represents G100 in Scotland, UK on Circular Economy, and advises institutions on ESG and sustainable finance policy matters.