Starting his professional career in the corporate sector with Ispat Industries Limited, Mr. Pooran Chandra Pandey later took a leap into the non-profit sector and has since headed India’s leading professional associations including All India Management Association (AIMA), Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) and later as Chief Executive Officer, Voluntary Action Network India (VANI), New Delhi. He currently works as Director, Times Foundation, a non-profit outfit of the Bennett, Coleman and Company, based in Delhi, reporting directly to the Chairperson, Times of India Group.
Credited with creating an enabling environment for non-profit sector in India, he has chaired and co-chaired a number of committees and sub-committees of the Government of India, including a task force on "Governance, capacity building and training of voluntary sector", which later formed an intrinsic part of the National Policy on Voluntary Sector (2007) and later co-chaired a sub-group on simplification of rules and procedures for the voluntary sector (2008). He continues to be associated with some of key task forces under the Ministry of Programme Implementation & Statistics, Bureau of Indian Standards and Institute of Chartered Accounts of India. Mr Pandey has also served as Jury with the World Bank and India Innovation Awards. He continues to be associated with leading premier academic institutions and think tanks both nationally and globally.
A special invitee to the Commonwealth Foundation’s first-ever Interfaith Dialogue at the Millennium Chapel in Malta (2005) on the sidelines of CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting), Mr. Pandey also played a key role in offering a conciliatory position on the Counter Terrorism Measures` (CTM) policies and peace-building initiatives both at the national and international levels amongst key stakeholders.
Responsible for building community assets worth USD 25 million with public private partnership with various state governments, Mr. Pandey also successfully implemented social components of Times Group’s flagship social campaigns such as Lead India and Teach India. Some other key campaigns that he led include ‘Participatory Governance’ and ‘Donate a Book’ initiatives. Under his leadership, some key publications including ‘State of Governance in State of Delhi’, ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Practises in India’ and ‘Climate Change, Society and Sustainable Development: Agenda for Action’, have been rolled out.
Mr. Pandey holds a postgraduate degree in Philosophy (1992) from University of Allahabad, Allahabad and an M.Phil (1994) from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, besides having received advanced training in Business Policy (1997) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and in Service Excellence (2002) from Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo. Lately, in acknowledgement of his efforts to mainstream sustainability and corporate social responsibility in national development agenda, he has been invited by Swedish Institute for an advanced executive management program in public diplomacy (2010).
Mr. Pandey has travelled widely both nationally and internationally and his views on public policy, politics & governance and corporate social responsibility and sustainability have been adequately captured and carried both by national and international print and electronic media.