Pooran Chandra Pandey, Executive Director
Pooran Chandra Pandey
Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network India
Pooran Chandra Pandey is currently Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact India based in New Delhi. He is a member on the Global Working Group on Human Rights and Labour of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), New York besides advising UNDP, Maldives and Kenyan Network of the United Nations Global Compact. He is also a Climate Reality Leader personally trained by Al Gore, the former Vice President of the USA and the noble laureate and an advisory committee member of a joint research project on ‘sustainable development’ between St. Gallen University and Yale University as a part of Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS).
Prior to this role, he served leading non-profits, large companies and the largest media house in senior leadership positions including Ispat International and Times of India, contributing significantly to framing of public policies on voluntary sector, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, satellite accounting, volunteering, philanthropy and social enterprises in India and internationally. During his stint at the Times of India group as its Director, he initiated and led some of the largest public service campaigns such as ‘India Poised’, ‘Teach India’ and ‘Lead India’, and ‘Social Impact Awards’, earning appreciation from the United Nations Secretary General for his thought leadership.
Pooran also led the launch of the world’s largest CEO Survey on sustainability and first India sustainability report with Accenture, the largest such report to date besides leading regional cooperation project in Dhaka, leading the setting up of the Asia Pacific Resource Centre on Responsible Business Practices and launch of the Global Compact Awards among other initiatives. He is also a reviewer of a training pilot on global guidelines on child rights principles.
An M.Phil from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in International Affairs, he has been educated at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) in Business Policy, Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo in Service Excellence and Swedish Institute in Stockholm in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. Pooran is also a British Chevening Scholar at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, a visiting professor at the UTS, Sydney, a visitor at the Deakin University in Melbourne, project adviser at the John Hopkins University and a visiting Professor at the Management Development Institute, Gurgoan. He has also been a jury member on a number of social initiatives initiated by Yes Bank, Nokia, CRY, World Bank, ICAI, UNDP and John Hopkins University.
He also sits on boards of a number of credible non-profits and academic institutions in India and overseas and speaks frequently on public policy issues at national and international forums and platforms including at United Nations and its systems.