Rupal joined the India National Platform, Quality Council of India, heading the communications, documentation and delegate affairs for the International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards – world’s first multilateral convention dedicated to issues in trade, standards and sustainable development, was being organized. She undertook outreach and liaison with more than 4000 stakeholders which included, among others, communicating the objective of the convention to high profile participants such as offices of Commerce/Trade ministers across 14 countries, leading chambers of commerce and industry across India, Embassies and High Commissions of all states with diplomatic presence in India, national platforms of other emerging economies, and dialogue with 8 UN agencies. The outcome of her efforts, supported by the technical team of the Platform, manifested in the Convention in the form of active participation of (among others, again) the Swedish Director General of Trade, EU Director of Trade, ILO India Director, and presence of UNIDO, UNCTAD, ITC, FAO and UN Environment under the umbrella of UNFSS. She also assisted in the shaping of the programme for the Convention in terms of its concept, agenda and annotations and editing of the Handbook of Good Practices towards Sustainable Value Chains, and the report of the Convention. Post the Convention, she has been leading the knowledge product development, private sector financing processes, and sustainable development goals (SDG) mapping service of the Platform. Broadly, it is her responsibility to see that consumers across India become more aware about sustainable consumption, producers are helped to build their capacities, and all these activities to be funded through credible and impartial funding with a strong alignment with the SDGs.

Ms. Verma has previously been a Research Associate at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. She has also represented India at the UK-India Education Research Initiative Green is Global conference at Cornwall, UK. She holds a degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, and is published in the Advanced Materials Journal. Her core research interest is in the area of environment and sustainability.