Dr. Manish Pande is a quality professional specializing in the fields of agriculture, food, forestry, environment, business, and trade, and skilled in development and management of large-scale standards-based schemes.

He is currently engaged as Joint Director at Quality Council of India, an autonomous body set up by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, where he is leading flagship initiatives of the Government of India such as the Yoga Personnel Certification Scheme, India National Platform on Private Sustainability Standards, City Ranking of the Swachh Bharat Mission, AMRUT etc. to name a few. With a progressive experience of over 15 years in the field of conformity assessment, he is responsible for formulation and implementation of various private, voluntary and international standards along with providing technical support, assistance, and stakeholder management with numerous industry associations, and governmental and intergovernmental bodies. In addition to these, he also leads initiatives for outreach and cooperation relating to these areas of responsibiity with international organizations and governments across the world.

Dr. Pande is an expert member of various technical committees and working groups of Schemes that are run by the Government of India and its associate bodies. He is also a trained and empaneled technical expert for two national accreditation boards, viz., NABCB and FSC. He is now being trained to be an assessor to assess organizations for accreditation as per ISO 17020 and ISO 17065 standards.

He has conducted several audits for agriculture based standards such as Organic as per NPOP (India), NOP (USDA – USA), EU; Good Agriculture Practices (GAP), Round Table on Responsible Soy and forestry standards such as FSC and PEFC. In addition, he has conducted various second party audits that are focused on workers’ health and safety for leading global brands.

In the past, he has worked with the Worldwide Fund (WWF) for Nature – India, SGS – a Swiss based MNC, and as independent consultant with the UNCTAD, FAO, and SAARC.

He holds a Ph.D. in forestry from the Forest Research Institute, and has received a Gold Medal for Masters in Forestry.