Nidhi Pundhir

Global Head, HCL Foundation (India)

Nidhi is the Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for HCL Foundation. She heads the HCL Foundation, which is the CSR arm of HCL Technologies. She leads the Urban Community Development Projects for HCL Foundation as well as the prestigious path-breaking initiatives of Power of 1 and the HCL Grant. She has set up unique and scalable institutional mechanisms that maximise the utilisation of CSR investment towards achieving sustainable development, thus positively transforming the lives of many. Nidhi is an international social development and management practitioner, with a specialisation in Child Rights. She has spent much of her professional life advancing the rights of girls and boys – their right to health, education and protection from violence in particular. She has a deep understanding of poverty issues and brings on board realistic approaches towards poverty alleviation. Nidhi has conceptualized fund-seeking proposals for millions of dollars of grants, for institutional partners, foundations and corporates.  She has previously held positions with Plan International and SOS Children’s Villages Asia.  In her pursuit and passion towards her commitment towards social development, Nidhi has travelled to almost 40 countries and throughout 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. A mother of two, in her free time Nidhi loves to revive her hobby of painting oil on canvas as well as dancing Kathak. She also holds a Visharad in Kathak from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai.