Davinder Sandhu

Co-Founder India


Davinder Sandhu is a Co-founder and Chairman at Primus Partners. He brings in 35 years of experience across Government, World Bank and the private sector in leadership roles. A veteran in policy formulation, infrastructure development and advisory, he has held senior positions including being Sector Director (Transport & Disaster Management) at Prime Minister Office (Government of India), Country Representative at the Executive Board of the World Bank Group, and Head of Network Operations at the Indian Railways in the past.

He is well versed with the mechanics of governance, and the process of making national laws, laying down of policy frameworks, and the working of regulatory mechanisms. He has assisted State and Central Government in PPP policy formulation and operationalization, designing and driving large transformational project, project management and monitoring, policy, laws, regulatory regimes, PPPs, and international collaboration.

He also holds strong experience of international bilateral and multi-lateral policy dialogue, as a delegate at UNGA, ASEAN, BRICS, IBSA, ASEM and SAARC, with exposure to the G-20, G-24, and Commonwealth. He brings strong international experience of having worked in more than 10 countries namely India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Mongolia and Sri Lanka; countries in South Asian region and African region, and U.S.

Areas of Expertise

  • Governance
  • Public Policy
  • Infrastructure Project Planning
  • Finance
  • Procurement
  • Operations & Maintenance


University of Pennsylvania

Center for the Advanced Study of India

Pennsylvania, USA

Hitotsubashi University

Macro- Economic Policy, Macroeconomics

Tokyo, Japan

Punjab University


Chandigarh, India

Honours and Certification

  • Multiple awards and recognition from Government of India
  • Executive Vice Chairman, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID)
  • Strategic Advisor to Deutsche Bahn Engineering and Consulting (DBECIL)