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Meet the writers: Spotlight on our longest-standing contributors.

Victoria Schoenlaub

18 min Read Time | September 20th 2021

Get to know...

... some of the contributors taking action and holding companies to account by writing for Impaakt, and be inspired by their journey with us.


These analysts have been part of Impaakt's community for over a year.

Let's meet them & celebrate their work!

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Meet Jennifer

Name: Jennifer Tapia Boada
Location: Geneva, Switzerland / La Paz, Bolivia

Tell us a little about yourself: I am an avid learner and passionate about contributing to social endeavours that have a positive impact on society! With a multifaceted background, I proudly highlight my interests and work undertaken in the last couple of years: human rights advocacy, international relations, and corporate social responsibility!

Why have you joined Impaakt as an analyst? Firstly, Impaakt offered me the opportunity to be trained and learn from experts in sustainable development! Once I got certified, I stayed as an active member of the Impaakt community because I understood my contributions were positive in reaching an important goal: making companies accountable! The more I contributed to Impaakt, the more I learned about sustainable development applied to multiple business areas, which has been highly enriching.

What have you learned in the past year? I broadened my knowledge about the importance of implementing an effective ex-ante human rights due-diligence scheme, the positive effects of sustainable finance at the banking sector, the large-scale impact unregulated agribusiness operating in the Amazon have in deforestation, a strategic methodology to analyse gender equality, and the importance of the product-end-of-life cycle! Among others.

Share your favourite analysis/ the analysis that resonates the more with you: Despite corporate policies, Santander made available €3.59bn in the weapons industry since 2015.

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Meet Anshumaan

Name: Anshumaan Krishnan Ayyangar
Location: Chennai, TN, India

Tell us a little about yourself: An alumnus of the University of Cambridge's flagship MPhil in Technology Policy, I am a realistic-optimist and a pragmatic-idealist by belief. I take pride in being the Director of Astral Creations, a techno-creative consultancy focused on design, strategy and verbiage, based in my hometown. Motorcycling, playing cricket and watching movies keeps me elated when I am not glued to my devices trying to be an impact whizz.

Why have you joined Impaakt as an analyst? I loved the idea of the community contributing to the ratings and the scale of impact for each analysis. This participative knowledge-sharing through Impaakt's unique methodology - stemming from the initial certification process - played a key role in me continuing to contribute to the platform. As an aspiring policymaker, I seek to combine my knowledge of science, technology and innovation with SDG-based impact at the 'glocal' level. The learnings and challenges associated with each new topic/analysis still gives me a kick, and I realize that becoming an Impact Analyst is probably one of the best decisions I have ever made.

What have you learned in the past year? It beguiles me how companies, irrespective of size and presence, have a major role to play in the collective health of this planet. While this could be gauged in multiple ways, the past year taught me to quantify things right and bring comparative metrics into perspective for the layman to understand what 'impact' is in a better way. This, I believe, would eliminate the information asymmetry and keep everyone in the loop, and is my major takeaway from this year.

Share your favourite analysis/ the analysis that resonates the more with you:

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Meet Claudia

Name: Claudia Muciño
Location: México

Tell us a little about yourself: I am an architect and have an MSc in advanced sustainable design. I've been interested in working in sustainability since 2018, when I finished my master's degree. Currently, I teach a couple of sustainable buildings classes at the bachelor's level, and I'm trying to improve my work-life balance. This year I found out mental health is very important, and I'm working on it.

Why have you joined Impaakt as an analyst? I found Impaakt by chance on social media, and I fell in love with the idea. I love to feel part of something bigger and to have the opportunity to be part of an initiative that I feel can change how enterprises do businesses.

What have you learned in the past year? During the last year, I learned that the world is huge, and so is the corporate world, but many individuals are trying to make a change, and as a collective force, we can really change things.

Share your favourite analysis/ the analysis that resonates the more with you:
Mccormick's "Flavor for life" initiative has reached 24,000 kids with healthy meals and education. I like it because it shows enterprises can do good things too and impact many people with their products and research.

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Meet Juan Carlos

Name: Juan Carlos Covarrubias Aladro
Location: Mexicali, Baja California, México

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a renewable energy engineer, who is about to join a masters degree in renewable energy in the marine environment in an Erasmus Mundus mobility program across three countries in Europe, who specialize in offshore renewable energy engineering. I have worked for about four years in the solar industry and have been working as an independent project manager and contractor for solar renewable energy projects for the past year. I also work part-time with an insurance company and in my free time, I write Impaakt analyses.

Why have you joined Impaakt as an analyst? I joined the platform because I found it interesting to be able to have an actual influence on the way company’s impact society and the environment and actually receive some form of economical benefit from it. I found it to be a win-win for me because at that moment, I was unemployed and it helped me maintain my course while contributing to a good cause.

What have you learned in the past year? I have learned that many companies usually try to illustrate a different picture of their actual performance to look like they are having a positive impact on the environment or society when in reality they are doing the opposite. I saw this in many categories, like health and safety, air pollutants, and water usage.

Share your favourite analysis/ the analysis that resonates the more with you: Kajima had 188 work accidents and has not been able to eliminate work fatalities since 2015

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Meet Soumya

Name: Soumya Kalluri
Location: Mumbai, India

Tell us a little about yourself: I believe that the end-of-life of any product is the most important phase in a product’s life cycle, as this is the phase where material can be recovered or lost. Many principles that I have adopted in my personal life also revolve around this aspect. In addition to Sustainability and Climate-change, you would hear me talking about yoga, pranayama and meditation which are an integral part of my life. I have a Master’s degree in Commercial Vehicle Technology from Germany and I am also the founder of a sustainable fashion brand "dwij-upcycled" in India.

Why have you joined Impaakt as an analyst? A famous quote says, “If you can't measure it, you can't improve it”. I am glad to be part of the team that is revolutionizing how we measure things. Each note that I research gives me a better understanding of what sustainability means. These perspectives influence the way I do my business too.

What have you learned in the past year? Certifications are a good way to keep accountability. But the biggest eye-opener for me is how all the major certifications are controlled by the industry leaders. The extent of greenwashing that happens through these certifications can be found only after a good amount of research. These certifications may not have any large-scale meaningful impact.

Share your favourite analysis/ the analysis that resonates the more with you: 86% of the vehicles licensed by FCA in Brazil run on flex fuels, but they are partially sustainable

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Meet Rams

Name: Ramsha (Rams) Qadir
Location: Islamabad, Pakistan

Tell us a little about yourself: Hi, my name is Rams, I have done a bachelor's in Env. Sciences and I'm currently pursuing my Master's degree. I pledge to save the environment and develop a world where people are aware of and concerned about environmental issues and know how their actions can really make a difference on the planet. I am a nature-loving person who likes to hear the music of nature, explore different places, and admire the natural beauty.

Why have you joined Impaakt as an analyst? I am looking for an opportunity where I can make people/companies accountable for their wrong actions, and raise a voice against wrong dowers. Impaakt gives me the opportunity, as well as a platform where I can hold companies accountable for their wrong actions and share the information globally.

What have you learned in the past year? I've learned about businesses and how they have a beneficial or negative influence on society and the environment. I learn about firms that are committed to environmentally friendly practices and products, which helps me make more informed purchasing decisions.

Share your favourite analysis/ the analysis that resonates the more with you: There is a whole list of analyses that are my favorite, I can't pick one.

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Meet Ayushi

Name: Ayushi Bhatt
Location: Uttarakhand, India

Tell us a little about yourself: A postgraduate in Chemistry, hoping to become a Climate Scientist one day. I also enjoy researching and writing to raise awareness about Climate Change and Sustainability. In my dreams, I am sitting on top of a hill with snow-covered peaks in front of me. In my free time, I am flowing (more like trying) with my hoop, even if it keeps on hitting me.

Why have you joined Impaakt as an analyst? The pandemic halted my plans to pursue higher education in Environmental Science but I discovered Impaakt which gave me an opportunity to make a difference with my actions to improve life on this planet and the planet itself, an opportunity to put my passion for research to good use. There was no way I was missing this experience.

What have you learned in the past year? I learned about things I didn’t even know existed. I was always more focused on the science part of Climate Change with superficial knowledge about Sustainable Development and Climate Action by corporates. The whole domain of measuring impact and impact investing was new to me and I enjoyed learning every bit of it. Analyzing everything from a critical point of view has been a key lesson.

Share your favourite analysis/ the analysis that resonates the more with you: There have been a number of analyses that I found very intriguing and outstanding. It is very difficult to pick one. So, I will choose my very first published analysis as the answer to this question. It was about the negative impact of Altria on financial stability due to the consumption of its tobacco products. It is titled “Altria is a leading producer of tobacco products whose consumption increases financial stress”. It was an unexplored topic with no similar analysis on the platform then. Doing the research for the first time to prove a link, finding studies as proxies and facts to quantify the impact was very exciting and fulfilling. It was a truly joyous moment when it got published, my FIRST published analysis!

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Meet Ebenezer

Name: Ebenezer Adekunle
Location: Ilorin, Nigeria

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a skilful quantity surveyor with experience in construction measurement, cost estimation, construction management and construction law and contract. Besides, I am also a researcher with a special interest in construction health and safety design and management, and building information modelling.

Why have you joined Impaakt as an analyst? I strongly believe the natural environment is worthy of care because it generously supports the existence of both living and non-living things, and I am a custodian of this care. But, how do I care? This is a question I found Impaakt providing an answer for through its platform, so I became impressed and motivated to join in order to know how I can make the environment sustainable in a pragmatic way.

What have you learned in the past year? I have learnt so much about impact assessment methodology and application, which is now beyond assessing the company listed on the Impaakt platform, but understanding the impact of my activities on the environment and keeping it positive.

Share your favourite analysis/ the analysis that resonates the more with you: 1.7M tonnes of waste in 2019 equivalent to the waste generated by 4.2M Russians in a year

Meet Philip

Name: Philip Budgen
Location: London, United Kingdom

Tell us a little about yourself: I'm currently working in the wildlife conservation and environmental sector.

Why have you joined Impaakt as an analyst? I joined Impaakt both to get involved in work related to the environment and climate change, as well as a way to supplement my part-time work.

What have you learned in the past year? Aside from learning details about various industries and their different impacts on different aspects of the world, I've also improved my research abilities and writing skills, especially at condensing data into easy-to-understand text.

Share your favourite analysis/ the analysis that resonates the more with you: To be honest I'm not sure I have a specific favourite analysis. I can say that I like ones that maintain an impartial tone, only giving the figures without passing any sort of judgement or using one-sided adjectives to describe the data.

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Meet Olu Omo

Name: Oluwatobi Omotayo (Olu Omo)
Location: Nigeria

Tell us a little about yourself: I am an electrical engineering student at the undergraduate level. I am an inquisitive person that is majorly concerned about personal growth and development. I enjoy learning new things and keeping up with what’s going on across the globe. I value getting adequate sleep since it allows me to be productive during the day and I love to eat good foods. My passion is instilling enthusiasm to things that worth my time.

Why have you joined Impaakt as an analyst? I joined Impaakt when I discovered that I would be able to hold companies accountable for their activities. I reside in a region where we rely only on authorities to keep organizations accountable for their conduct, so I was excited to learn I would be able to do just that.

What have you learned in the past year? I've honed my critical thinking skills, learned how to assess a really sustainable business and improved my research abilities.

Share your favourite analysis/ the analysis that resonates the more with you: Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine's safe clinical trials would lead to the vaccination of 1 bn people

Meet Rameen

Name: Rameen Qadir
Location: Islamabad, Pakistan

Tell us a little about yourself: Hi! My name is Rameen. I have done my bachelor's in Environmental Sciences and planning to do a Master's in ES. I am an empathic person, a nature enthusiast, and love to travel.

Why have you joined Impaakt as an analyst? I always wanted to raise my voice against human activities/companies degrading Nature, just to benefit themselves. Impaakt gives me the perfect opportunity. It provides me a platform where I can write about big companies, how their products & services/actions & investments are having a positive or negative impact on the society and environment.

What have you learned in the past year? I have learned a lot, and it has changed my perspective about different companies.

Share your favourite analysis/ the analysis that resonates the more with you:
https://app.impaakt.com/analyses/25347/john-wood-projects-helped-in-preserving-wildlife-and-water-scarcity-in-2020
https://app.impaakt.com/analyses/18676/royal-caribbean-is-one-of-the-three-major-cruise-lines-found-to-poorly-treating-its-foreign-workers
https://app.impaakt.com/analyses/29986/walt-disney-is-a-source-of-eustress-and-joy-to-its-157-dot-3-million-annual-visitors-globally

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