CSR Leader: Nidhi Pundhir, Director, CSR Head, HCL Foundation

NEW DELHI: Nidhi Pundhir is the Global Head of CSR for HCL. 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 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 Child Rights. She has spent 20 years of her professional life in executing Human 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. Some of the key portfolios she has held have been with Plan International as National Advisor on Child Rights and Protection, with SOS Children’s Villages as Director Programme Development, Asia and with Plan International’s International Headquarters as Global Advisor on Child Protection in Development.

In her pursuit and passion towards her commitment towards social development, Nidhi has travelled almost 40 countries and most of her home country, India.