She 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 SAN, India. She was trained in SROI by Dr. Adam Richards of Social Value International.
Since 2010, Marie Banu has been part of several Social Audit Assignments – for both corporates as well as not-for-profits in India. She audited the social accounts of Friends of Coconut Tree (Coconut Development Board) and Manappuram Foundation in Kerala; ICAI UAE (Dubai) Chapter; SOHAM in Kolkata; CONCERN, a de-addiction home in Chennai, and Vidya in Bengaluru. She has written the social accounts for Cognizant Outreach and facilitated the social accounts for Stella Maris College, Equitas Development Initiatives Trust, and Asirvad Microfinance Limited.
She has also conducted Impact Assessments for over 40+ projects funded by leading Corporate Foundations across India.
Marie Banu pursued her graduation in Sociology at Stella Maris College and Masters in Business Administration (Human Resource Management) at IGNOU. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications. An accredited Social Auditor by Social Audit Network, India and Social Audit Network, UK, she has gained accreditation as SROI and Social Value Trainer by Social Value International.
Marie Banu started her career in the social sector when she was 25. She has worked for International Developmental organizations - DANIDA (Danish International Development Agency) and Oxfam International; National NGOs – ActionAid India, Oxfam India, Indian Social Institute, to name a few.
From 1999 to 2005, she led the fundraising for Oxfam in India. She handled the International as well as the media for Oxfam International's tsunami response program in India and managed their affiliates' - Oxfam Great Britain, Oxfam Novib, Oxfam America, Oxfam Australia, Intermon Oxfam (Spain), and Oxfam in Belgium – media and communication needs during this period.
Since 2013, Marie Banu serves as the Director of Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM) Chennai. She joined CSIM as Head – Communications in 2009 and is instrumental in launching CSIM's tabloid 'Conversations' (later renamed as 'Conversations Today' in 2013). As Chief Editor for this publication, she also writes articles and interviews celebrities in social work. Articles from Conversations Today are compiled and published into a book titled 'Unsung Beacons' every year. She has written several books and research publications and is a trainer in Communication & Fundraising, Media & Advocacy, Social Entrepreneurship, and Social Audit.
Marie Banu has received the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship 2014-15 and Karmaveer Chakra Award, a global civilian honour given by international confederation of NGO (iCONGO) in partnership with United Nations.