Navpreet Kaur is the Director of HCL Samuday, a unique initiative of HCL Foundation for integrated and sustainable community development in rural areas. Samuday, started in Uttar Pradesh, aims to build model villages in partnership with the Central and state governments, local communities, NGOs, knowledge institutions and allied partners. Navpreet played a significant role in the conceptualization and creation of Project Samuday in 2014 and now oversees the strategy and working of the project.
With a team of over 500 people, Samuday is focused on development in six sectors, including education, health, water and sanitation, livelihoods, agriculture and infrastructure across three blocks of Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh. The project covers 164 Gram Panchayats, consisting of over 90,000 households impacting around 6 lac people.
Navpreet is also an Officer on Special Duty at HCL Chairman Shiv Nadar’s office. As OSD, she is on the advisory committee of New Vistas project (HCL’s strategic initiative to source local talent and create employment opportunities in Tier II and III cities), Shiksha Initiative (ICT-based program which is working towards the mission of eradicating illiteracy) and Antara Foundation (NGO dedicated to delivering innovative public health solutions).
Navpreet joined HCL in 2011 in the marketing strategy team where she liaised with industry bodies and embassies on policy issues. She has previously worked with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and with Pixel Digital Systems in Dubai, U.A.E. She holds an MBA in HR and Management from Sikkim Manipal University and a B.E. in Computer Science from Nagpur University.
Navpreet has a keen interest in governance and development issues. She also works towards social entrepreneurship through innovation and drives women’s engagement into livelihood promotion. Navpreet lives in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Head– HCL Foundation
Nidhi is an international social development and management expert 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 travelled extensively across the globe and brings on board an in depth global experience of working directly with underprivileged, isolated, remote and poverty struck communities through rights based approach in development and emergency settings.
Currently, she is leading the HCL Foundation and globally including HCL Grant. Nidhi has built her career from grassroots levels, working directly with poor and marginalized rural-urban communities. She has a deep understanding of poverty issues and brings on board realistic approaches towards poverty alleviation. She has a proven track record in conceptualizing innovative idea and transforming them into real life programs while ensuring that communities and children are able to participate in what is designed and implemented for them. She believes in working with people, for them.
Nidhi holds a Masters in Hospital & Health Administration from IIHMR University, Jaipur and an M. Phil. (Health Systems Management) from Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani.
Simi is currently leading the Urban CSR portfolio at HCL Foundation, the CSR arm of HCL Technologies. Hailing from Jammu & Kashmir, Simi has over 15 years of experience in the development sector through her stint in the NASSCOM, UNICEF and now, in HCL.
As the lead of the Urban CSR Projects, she is involved extensively in CSR strategy formulation, program management, strategic planning, capacity building Government liasoning, partnership development, and sustainability. Her specialties include community development, urban slums development, education, skills development, healthcare, infrastructure and women empowerment. Simi is also spearheading the Power of One, the corporate volunteering and payroll giving program at HCL which has enabled over 25,000 employees to engage in humanitarian and development activities.
Her key strength is her ability to enable and motivate people to bring out the best in them. Ms. Suri is also a mentor to young CSR professionals in the organization and in the sector.