Marie Banu is the Director of Social Audit Network, UK (SAN,UK), a not-for-profit organisation based in the UK which facilitates the exchange of information and experience between practitioners of social accounting and audit in the social economy and voluntary sectors.As a member of the Institute of Social Auditors of India and a recipient of Social Auditor certification from the National Institute of Securities Market (NISM), she exemplifies her dedication to the field. She has also obtained accreditation as an SROI (Social Return on Investment) and Social Value Trainer from Social Value International
Marie has conducted social audits for various organizations, including Friends of Coconut Tree (Coconut Development Board) and Manappuram Foundation in Kerala, ICAI UAE (Dubai), SOHAM in Kolkata, CONCERN (a de-addiction home) in Chennai, and Vidya in Bengaluru. She has written social accounts for Cognizant Outreach and facilitated the same for Stella Maris College, Equitas Development Initiatives Trust, and Asirvad Microfinance Limited. Furthermore, she has conducted Social Impact Assessments for over 45 CSR projects in India. Her expertise is further utilized as a resource person for the Master Class in Social Accounting & Audit and Social Impact Practitioner Training conducted by SAN India in both India and the UAE.
Education and Training
She has attended the Master Class in Social Accounting and Audit conducted by Mr. Patrick Boase and Mr. Alan Kay of Social Audit Network, UK and was mentored by Mr. Mike Swain of SAN, UK and Mrs. Latha Suresh of Social Audit Network, India . She has been trained in Social Return on Investment by Dr. Adam Richards of Social Value International.
With a Master's degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management, along with a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications, Marie possesses a solid academic foundation. Her expertise extends to multiple domains, and she has authored several books and research publications. Additionally, she excels as a trainer in areas such as Social Accounting & Audit, Social Impact Assessment, Communication & Fundraising, and Social Entrepreneurship.
Journey in Social Sector
Throughout her career, Marie has worked with renowned organizations such as DANIDA (Danish International Development Agency), OXFAM International; OXFAM India, ActionAid India, among others. From 1999 to 2005, she led fundraising efforts for OXFAM India and managed international and national media relations for OXFAM International's South Asia Tsunami response program, in collaboration with various OXFAM affiliates worldwide.
Award & recognition
Marie's outstanding contributions to society have earned her prestigious recognition, including the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship 2014-15 and the Karmaveer Chakra Award. The latter is a global civilian honour presented by the international confederation of NGOs (iCONGO) in partnership with the United Nations.