President - Group Communications, CSR & Sustainability,
Vedanta Group PLC
Roma Balwani is responsible for driving Sustainability, CSR and Communications as a strategic function at Vedanta Resources plc, a London Listed, globally diversified Natural Resources Company. In this global role, she oversees the key portfolios of Sustainability & CSR and champions best practices for sustainable measures and 'license to operate' community development initiatives which can effect safety, health and the environment that are undertaken by the businesses within the group. Roma in her role at the Vedanta group is also the brand custodian, drives development and implementation of the group's brand value, creating a robust internal communications and external positioning strategy.
Roma is also an Additional Director (Independent) of CMI FPE Ltd. The Indian hub of CMI Industry Metals is the world leader in the conception, manufacture and installation of reversible cold rolling mills.Prior to her 9 year stint at the Mahindra Group as the Chief Group Communications Officer, Roma served as Vice President and Head of Communications at Aptech, a leading Indian IT company. She has wide global experience which covers significant roles such as Communications Director at a UK based travel portal, ebookers.com based in Oslo, Norway.
Roma features in the Global Influence 100, a listing of the 100 Most Important In-House Communicators in the world. The list is created by the renowned Holmes Global Report. Roma has been included in the list both in 2012 and 2013. Roma graduated in Economics with Post-Graduation in Marketing from the University of Mumbai, India. Her thirst for knowledge and her constant focus on self-improvement are evident in the fact that she has successfully attended leadership development programs from Michigan Ross Business School, USA & Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.
She was inducted into the Public Relations Council of India (PRCI)'s Hall of Fame in 2010. PRCI is the national body of Communication, Advertising, Media, Academics and PR professionals in India.
Roma is an active member of The Global Advisory Committee of World Communication Forum (WCF) at Davos, Switzerland which intends to further an intensive development of WCF as a global summit of the communications industry aiming at an annual Davos union of the new digital elite worldwide. She is on the Advisory Board of the Promise Foundation. The Foundation provides education and scholarships for budding PR professionals and also gives them access to mentorship opportunities.
Roma was also the only Indian in-house corporate communicator to be invited to speak at the prestigious 'Communication on Top' forum which follows the World Economic Forum in Davos. This program sees dedicated professionals and skilled trend-makers share best practices, new strategies, insights and creative ideas that will help improve the world of communications.