Harshwardhan Wagh is a Senior Vice President at South Asia Advisors, a sub-advisor to GEF Capital Partners. Mr. Wagh joined the firm in the year 2022 and is based in Mumbai, India. He supports the firm in implementation of its ESG strategy and is also responsible for engaging with portfolio companies to advance their ESG systems, policies and procedures, including the monitoring of action plans over the term of the firm’s investment.

Mr. Wagh has over 13 years of experience in the environment, health and safety & sustainability domain across consulting services and banking.

Prior to joining South Asia Advisors, Mr. Wagh was Assistant Vice President, Environmental & Social Risk Management, Wholesale Banking at YES Bank where he was responsible for implementation of Environmental and Social Credit Risk Policy, integrating ESG and climate considerations in credit underwriting and for supervising the ESG performance of the portfolio comprising of real estate, renewable energy and infrastructure projects.

Prior to Yes Bank, Mr. Wagh was a senior member of Transaction Services and Impact Assessment teams at ERM, India. As a sustainability consultant, Mr. Wagh has successfully led and delivered cross-sectorial ESG due diligences, audits, performance reviews, and intrusive soil and groundwater investigations for multiple private equity firms, legal firms, and multinational clients.

Mr. Wagh holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master’s in Environmental Science from Mumbai University. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law and Policy National Law University Delhi, India. He is IRCA certified Lead Auditor for ISO 14001: 2015 Environment Management System.