Barun Mohanty joins Plan International Canada’s Board of Directors

TORONTO, ON – January 8, 2021 – Plan International Canada announced today that Barun Mohanty, former Managing Director International of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Barun Mohanty

Barun joins the Board with extensive non-profit experience from his years at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, coupled with a dynamic skillset from his time in the corporate sector. During his tenure at the Foundation, he set up and ran the two international offices in India and South Africa, and led part of the U.S. education portfolio. Utilizing the best of the corporate world’s tools and processes, Barun has worked with top talent to deliver scalable, sustainable and measurably-improved outcomes for underprivileged children and youth. He was deeply involved in setting up consortia and outcomes-driven partnerships with government, philanthropies and impact investors, and pursuing large-scale change management in the social sector, such as through development impact bonds, which delivered accountability-led outcomes.

Previously, Barun was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, and worked in Canada, the Netherlands, India and Portugal. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, and an MBA from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is based part-time in New Delhi, India and part-time in Calgary, Canada.

“Barun’s career shift from the corporate to the development sector underscores his philanthropic mindset and desire to create measurable, meaningful change,” said Patsy Anderson, Board Chair. “His knowledge from the corporate world combined with his international experience in the development sector, global understanding of charities and track record of improving the lives of children and youth in need will be a tremendous asset to our Board.”

Plan International Canada strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. This is done through supporting children’s rights from birth to adulthood and removing barriers that keep children – especially girls – and their communities from reaching their full potential. The Board aids in this mission by protecting the interests of all stakeholders and ensuring that standards of good governance, accountability and transparency are met. Guided by strong principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, the Board takes careful consideration to assess the knowledge, experience, skills and backgrounds of each individual candidate for Director to ensure each member can effectively uphold the Board’s role and commitments.

“Barun’s background reflects the dynamic environment in which Plan International Canada operates and he exceeds expectations in diverse experience and knowledge” said Lindsay Glassco, President and CEO, Plan International Canada. “He will support our organization in leveraging global citizenship to help unleash human potential and end inequality for children, especially girls, around the world.”

At the same time, the organization bids farewell to one of its longstanding Board members, Joshua Liswood. Liswood joined the Board of Plan International Canada in 2006 and was a member of the Board’s Governance and Nominating Committee. In 2014, he was appointed Chair of the Board and Chair of the Members’ Assembly for the Plan International Federation. The organization is grateful for his contributions over the past 14 years and wishes him the best in all of his future endeavours.

About Plan International Canada

Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International has been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and is now active in more than 75 countries.