The Index (The Finals were presented “live on Youtube” 30 March, 2021)

Welcome (Ms. Sreerupa Sengupta) 0:00

Program Introduction (Mr. Atul Kanuga) – 0:03:10

Judges and Student Presentation Rules (Ms. Divya Singhal) – 0:07:26

Final 6 Student Case Study Presentations:

Plastic Benders (Akshar Foundation) – 0:13:10

Aquasquad (Shayna EcoUnified) – 0:31:23

DTU Scholars (Rudra Environment Solution) – 0:44:06

Nature Nurturers (Kabadiwalla Connect) – 0:55:07

The Polytopes (Bharat Petroleum’s Plastic to Road) – 1:07:02

Team Terra (Rudra Environment Solution) – 1:16:30

Panel (Moderator: Mr. Rob Steir) – 1:25:00

Mr. Ganesh Kumar, COO, Kabadiwalla Connect

Ms. Parmita Sarma, Co-Founder, Akshar Foundation

Dr. Medha Tadpatrikar, Co-Founder & Director, Rudra Environment Solution

Dr. Mahesh Kasture, Chief Manager R&D, Bharat Petroleum

Mr. Nitin , Chief Marketing Officer, Shayna EcoUnified

Question 1: Panelists asked to briefly introduce themselves, their organization

and role, and most importantly, why they do what you do? 1:28:50

Question 2: Do you think India (its people, companies, local and national governments) is going in the right direction in treating/preventing plastic waste?  Can you also briefly share one positive highlight and one area you’d like to see improved? 1:36:57

Question 3: A key reason for creating the Make the Case Competition was to bring global awareness to initiatives like all of yours. Let’s assume, by snapping my fingers I have the power to instantly create 100 similar initiatives of yours in the world and all with proper funding. What would be the impact and how would this make a difference against plastic waste? 2:03:49

Question 4) Briefly summarize your experience with the “Make the Case” Competition, what you learned and the value of working with students – 2:09:55

And the Winners are... (Mr. Doug Woodring) – 2:17:00

Vote of Thanks (Mr. Sameer Joshi) – 2:22:00

Team: Aquasquad

L.D.College of Engineering

Team: DTU Scholars

Delhi Technological University

Team: Nature Nurturers

First Place Winner

SIES Graduate School of Technology

Team: Plastic Benders

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore

Initiative: Akshar Foundation

Team: Polytopes

2nd Place Winner

Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, Delhi University

Team Terra

3rd Place Winner

Indian Institute of Management, Visakhapatnam

The Final Presentation Judges

Anand P. Mahajani

Education and Philanthropy Head

The Chellaram Group

Anand Mahajani currently heads Education and Philanthropy for the Chellaram Group, with business interests in international shipping, and manufacturing. The Chellaram Group is involved with Philanthropic activities founded since 70 years. The Philanthropic direction includes Education, Environment and Health among others. Within the group, Anand has been supporting causes including education and green energy.

Earlier Anand was head of Corporate Sustainability, CSR and Health and Safety functions for a leading Indian company, that was part of a large renowned corporate group. Anand is an engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi and Masters in Marketing Management from Mumbai University. Social and Environmental work is close to his heart.

The Chellaram Foundation is the sponsor of this competition.

Doug Woodring

Ocean Recovery Alliance Founder

CAPP Co-Founder

Based in Hong Kong, Doug is the Founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, a non-profit organisation focused on bringing innovation solutions, technology, collaborations and policy together to impact positive improvements for the health of the ocean.  He was the winner of the prestigious 2018 Prince Albert Prize for Innovative Philanthropy for his work with the ocean.

Doug is also a co-founder of CAPP!

Professor Ajit Parulekar


Goa Institute of Management

Professor Parulekar has been with GIM for 20 years; prior to which he worked in the pharmaceutical industry in Brand Management. He did his B. Pharm from Goa College of Pharmacy, M .Pharm from LM College of Pharmacy, MBA from NMIMS Mumbai and MSc in Health Economics from the London School of Economics. He has completed his PhD in

Marketing from the University of Pune. He has taught in various esteemed institutions such

as SP Jain Mumbai, MICA Ahmedabad, IIM Rohtak, University of Antwerp in Belgium, Kansas University in the US and Southampton University in England. He has consulted with various organisations including Govt of Goa, UNDP, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Cummins

Auto Services, ACGL, Astra Zeneca and Indiapost.

Vijay Merchant

Past President IPI and AIPMA

Indian Plastics Institute

Mr. Vijay Merchant has been a senior member

of the Indian plastic industry with over 5 decades of rich experience. Due to his sincere

commitments to the processing sector and also plastics and the environment he has been a spokesman and representative of the industry for almost 3 decades . He has been at the helm of Environment Committee of Plastindia Foundation and one of the main founders of Indian Center for Plastics in Environment. He has delivered scores of lectures in India and overseas , travelled across all continents and invited as Guest Speaker, participated in debates, worked on several government appointed committees and

task forces. He has helped steer projects on recycling and waste across India working with NGOs , Start ups, Recyclers and Entrepreneurs . He was President of All India Plastic Manufactures Association, President of India Plastics Institute besides working on Advisory Boards and an Independent Director in several companies and bodies during his long career.


Phone #: 91 22 66950347

Kind attn: Mr Sandeep Shinde


Indian Plastics Institute

30 Sarvodaya Industrial Area

Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East

Mumbai 400093 India


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