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Avasant CEO Kevin S. Parikh Chairs Panel on Sustainable Development and Impact Sourcing at the United Nations GS3 3S Awards

New York, NY - September 17, 2015 - On Wednesday, September 16th, Kevin S. Parikh, CEO & Senior Partner of Avasant and Chairman of the Avasant Foundation was invited to chair a featured panel on the eve of the United Nations 70th General Assembly Session at the 2015 GSC 3S Awards in New York City. An event hosted by the Global Sourcing Council, the GSC 3S Awards ceremony serves as a platform to highlight and celebrate those at the very forefront of the social and impact sourcing movement. Following a keynote address by Atefeh Riazi, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Chief Information Technology Officer, Parikh led the panel discussion on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers included Paul Dougall, Corporate Vice President, Head of Corporate Development, Grupo ASSA, Daniel Lang, Senior Vice President Worldwide Customer Relations & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sutherland Global Services, and Cheryl Pinto, Global Values Lead Sourcing Manager, Ben and Jerry's. "Avasant is a strong proponent of sustainable sourcing practices and pioneers of impact sourcing. As members of UN Global Compact, CGI, and Rockefeller foundation, we are supporting GSC in its mission of spreading the benefits of sustainable sourcing," said, Kevin S. Parikh, Global CEO & Senior Partner, Avasant. "Through Avasant Foundation, we launched our digital youth employment initiative to educate and employ deserving youth in emerging regions such as Jamaica, Haiti, Columbia, South Africa, and India," said Chitra Rajeshwari, Executive Director, Avasant Foundation. "Our vision is to cultivate a world where our youth are afforded opportunities to become productive and contributing members of the global community." On an annual basis, Avasant Foundation organizes the industry's largest charity golf event to fund programs that support sustainable and socially responsible sourcing. About Avasant Foundation Avasant Foundation (AF) is a private, not-for-profit organization, which aligns corporate social responsibility initiatives for Avasant and its affiliates by leveraging its expertise in globalization, rural economic development, skills development, and technology services. AF's mission is to identify and support programs that empower and create opportunities for at-risk youth in underdeveloped and emerging economies. Learn more at About Avasant With its headquarters in Los Angeles, California, Avasant is a leading management-consulting firm providing digital transformation, sourcing advisory and governance services to Fortune 1000 clients around the globe. Our talented team of consultants, technologists and lawyers average over 20 years of industry-honed experience and have conducted 1,000+ engagements in over 40 countries worldwide. Avasant drives customer value through the use of its proprietary consulting and advisory methods, which have been refined over decades of real world transaction and engagement experience. The combination of world-class resources and cross-industry experience enables Avasant to yield superior business outcomes for its global clients across four primary domains: Digital, Business & IT Transformation, Strategic Sourcing, and Globalization Advisory. Learn more at Follow news, photos and video on Twitter at, Facebook at, and LinkedIn at For complete event details, please visit For further information, contact: Jemie Sae Koo Vice President of Marketing Avasant