Sneha Balasubramanian

Sneha Balasubramanian

Career Interests

Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability Reporting and Certification, Circular Economy, Waste Management
Employment Sought:
Internships

Education

Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke Unversity, Durham, NC
Concentration in Business and Environment 
 
Bachelor of Science, June 2017
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Environmental Management and Technology Major
Minor in Business

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, United Nations Global Compact: Principles of Responsible Management Education, Duke University
Studying the performance of the food and beverage industry in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals under Professor Deborah Gallagher. Present
 
Final Year Project, Research Project, HKUST and REWE Far East Limited 
Provided recommendations on a social and environmental responsibility program for Rewe’s supply chain to enhance their environmental performance in Asia. Recommended the Business Environmental Performance Initiative program for the same. September 2016- May 2017
 
Intern, Tetra Pak, Delhi, India
Prepared a social impact analysis on the slum-dwelling waste pickers’ role in Tetra Pak’s recycling chain to determine their current status and the changes in incentives required. July – August 2016
 
Intern, Business Environment Council (BEC), ESG Research and Policy Advisory division, Hong Kong
Conducted research on the value of imposing carbon tax versus carbon trade for businesses in Hong Kong for use in a recommendation paper by BEC. Initiated the updating of the company’s website on climate change for businesses to increase the relevance of the data. June 2016
 
Volunteer, Waste Ventures India, Hyderabad, India
Developed leads for the municipal solid waste management service offered by the company. Resulted in securing partnerships with two companies and expanding the waste management program in Hyderabad, India. Designed promotional material for the company’s volunteer program to increase citizen participation in waste segregation and composting efforts. December 2015-January 2016
 
Intern, HKUST Sustainability Unit, Hong Kong
Implemented new marketing and promotion strategies to further university involvement in campus sustainability. Submitted and edited articles for the various affiliated publications of the Sustainability Unit. September - December 2015
 
Intern, Mars Incorporated, Hyderabad, India
Assisted in designing the Rain Water Harvesting and Treatment set-up at the Pedigree factory to improve water management. June – July 2015
 
Intern, Access Health International, Hyderabad, India 
Collected information on water and sanitation conditions in Uttar Pradesh, India to add to a proposal for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. July 2014 – August 2014

Additional Information

International Student Representative, Duke Sustainability Board, Duke University 
Facilitate meetings of student and faculty groups at Duke to enhance collaboration on sustainability initiatives on campus. Present
 
Corporate Relations Executive, APAC Ideas for Action Youth Initiative, Wharton &World Bank Group, Hong Kong
Engaged in event planning to conduct conferences and workshops for the competition. Four teams from Hong Kong were selected for the final competition. Conducted interviews of university students in India and forged relations with various universities to build an Ideas for Action committee in India. September 2015- May 2016
 
Ecological Representative, Sustainable Campus Leadership Program, HKUST 
Initiated and improved sustainability on campus through large scale development and engagement projects. Received Award for Outstanding Leadership and won external funding for the project from the university. October 2014 - May 2015
 
Organizing Committee Member, Environment Student’s Society, HKUST
Organized a week-long event to promote an environmentally-aware lifestyle, targeted at the university community. Activities were in the form of barter trade and up-cycling workshops. Creative Writing. June 2014- Dec 2014
 
Board Member, Eno Magazine at the Nicholas School, Duke University
Editing and event planning. 
 
Published in annual university-wide magazine: Wings HKUST, 2014 and 2015
 
Editor of Envision, annual university wide magazine on environmental issues, 2015
 
One of the authors for Humans of HKUST, September 2014- May 15
 
Languages: English (Native), Hindi (Native), Mandarin (Beginner)

Skills

business development
survey design
sustainability
waste reduction and management

Graduation Date

May 2019

Additional Resources

Languages

English
Mandarin

Preferred Location

International
Mid-Atlantic
Midwest
Northeast
Southeast
West

Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Consulting
Entrepreneur / Start-up
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank