Nishant Pandey, CEO, American India Foundation

Nishant Pandey, CEO, American India Foundation

CEO, American India Foundation

Nishant Pandey is the CEO of the American India Foundation (AIF). In this capacity, Nishant provides strategic leadership to AIF’s operations spanning the US and India. Nishant began his career as a banker but soon realised that development sector was his calling. He joined a global charity called Oxfam in India. Subsequently, he moved Oxfam’s global HQ in Oxford to lead on programme development and management in 12 countries. He then moved to Jerusalem to take over one of the most complex and challenging assignments as Oxfam’s Country Director for the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel. In 2014, he moved back to India as AIF’s Country Director, a role he performed for 3 years before moving to New York for his current role.

Nishant speaks routinely on development issues and has appeared on prominent India channels like NDTV and CNN. Most recently, he authored an op-ed on public private partnerships in the Economic Times and participated in townhalls organized by CNN on rural healthcare. As a British Chevening scholar, Nishant acquired his Masters in International Development & Finance from the University of Leicester, UK. He also holds M.A. in Economics, B.A. in Anthropology and Economics.