Full Name
Madhu Rajesh
Job Title
Senior Director - Water & Agriculture
Current Employer
The Coca-Cola Company
Speaker Bio
Madhu Rajesh is Senior Director for Water & Agriculture at Coca-Cola. In her role, Madhu helps
drive progress against the company’s Environmental, Social & Governance goals focusing on its
2030 Water Security Strategy and Sustainable Agriculture strategy globally
Madhu joined Coca-Cola from Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, where she was the founding Chief
Executive Officer leading pre-competitive collaboration across hospitality industry companies, and
developing public-private partnerships to address social and environmental issues. Madhu spent ten
years working in operations, sales and marketing with leading companies, including Marriott International,
Hilton, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Emirates Airlines across the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the
In addition to her corporate experience, she has not-for-profit expertise engaging on a range of social and
environmental issues globally, including Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Climate Change,
Responsible Consumption, Circular Economy, Green Buildings, Ethical Recruitment, Women’s
Empowerment, Agri-livelihoods, and Inclusive Employment, including as Director for Partnerships &
Development for WSUP (Water & Sanitation for Urban Poor), where she worked with Coca-Cola
programmes in Africa. She also worked at St. James’s Palace for nearly five years, leading the
Partnerships and Development function for British Asian Trust, a charity founded by HRH The Prince of
Wales. Madhu has volunteered as a business coach with Cartier’s Women’s Initiative Awards, as well as
served on several not-for-profit boards, including the CEO Water Mandate’s Steering Committee,
Executive Committee of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform, WASH4Work Steering Committee,
Partnership Council for Toilet Board Coalition, Chairperson of Clean Team Ghana, and Trustee of
Halcrow Foundation.
She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from INSEAD.
Madhu Rajesh