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“CSR Leader of India” 2017 | Nishant Pandey
Country Director, American India Foundation
“In the history of humanity, the corporate sector has never had so much resources, influence and promise to make a positive difference to the society. If channeled properly, these attributes can make a sustainable and long-term impact in the lives of ordinary people, nations and the global community at large.”
About Nishant Pandey
Nishant Pandey is the Country Director of the American India Foundation (AIF), based at New Delhi. In this capacity, Nishant provides strategic leadership to AIF’s India operations across 23 states and 6 signature programs.
He started his career as a banker but soon realised that development sector was his calling. He joined a global charity called Oxfam as the Programme Officer for South India where he designed and developed value-chain programmes on the theme of ‘power in markets’. Subsequently, he moved to Oxfam’s global HQ in Oxford to lead on programme development and management in 12 countries including Russia, Tajikistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Albania, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Jordon. In his work on Euro-Mediterranean Free Trade Area and its impact on small farmers in European neighbourhood, he demonstrated a rare ability to link policy with programme on the ground and was soon promoted to lead the entire policy and campaigns portfolio for Oxfam in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union region. Before moving back to India with AIF, Nishant led Oxfam’s most complex and challenging country programme in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel as the Country Director. The stint included leading Oxfam’s humanitarian response during two wars in Gaza.
Nishant firmly believes in the power of win-win partnerships. He has forged several multi-stakeholder initiatives over his career spanning 18 years. All of these initiatives have involved governments and corporate partners, big and small, global and local. He believes that in the history of humanity, the corporate sector has never had so much resources, influence and promise to make a positive difference to the society. If channeled properly, these attributes can make a sustainable and long-term impact in the lives of ordinary people, nations and the global community at large.
As a British Chevening scholar, Nishant completed his Master’s degree in International Development & Finance from the University of Leicester, UK. He also holds M.A. in Economics and B.A. in Anthropology and Economics.