Nidhi Pundhir

Head, HCL Foundation, HCLTech

Ms. Nidhi Pundhir is Director, HCL Foundation, which is the CSR arm of HCL Technologies. In this role she also provides direction to the global CSR agenda of the company. She has set up unique and scalable institutional mechanisms that maximise the utilisation of Corporate Social Responsibility provisions towards achieving sustainable development, thus positively transforming lives of many.
Nidhi is an international social development and management practitioner, with specialization in Health Management. She has spent more than 22 years of her professional life in executing Human Rights of communities, their right to health, education, livelihoods and protection from violence. She has a deep understanding of poverty issues and brings on board realistic approaches towards poverty alleviation. For more than 2 decades of her developmental career, she has worked extensively on actualisation of child rights, including policy and implementation work on child protection. Nidhi has managed grants of significant size, for institutional partners, foundations and corporates.
Some of the key portfolios she has held have been Global Advisor on Child Protection in Development with Plan International’s International Headquarters – UK, with Director Programme Development with SOS Children’s Villages Asia, with Plan International India as National Advisor on Child Rights and Protection, and with Save the Children UK as Programme Coordinator. In her pursuit and passion towards her commitment towards social development, Nidhi has travelled almost 40 countries and most of her home country, India.
Nidhi holds a Masters in Hospital & Health Administration from IIHMR University, Jaipur and an M. Phil. (Health Systems Management) from Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani.

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