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The United Nations Information Center for India and Bhutan hosted its 2nd Annual Young Changemakers Conclave in Mumbai in partnership with the US Consulate, at the verdants consulate lawns on saturday 14th April

Mr Peter Haas, US Consul General and Samyak Chakrabarty, President – Organizing Committee hosted the early evening session with Ms Kiran Mehra Kerpelmann of the United Nations Information Centre, India & Bhutan 200 young individuals between the ages of 18 to 35 were selected from diverse backgrounds out of the 5000 who applied, to attend this day long event to discuss, deliberate and confer on a wide array of topics while engaging with current day leaders.

Inspirational speakers from the various domains of academia, sport, business, technology, politics, music, journalism/media, arts/literature, social change and film were be a part of the 2nd Annual Young Changemakers Conclave in Mumbai. This was followed by a Q&A session and and concluded with a ‘Youth Leaders Dinner’, with a Keynote Address by Anurag Singh Thakur of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Samyak Chakrabarty, Managing Director, Electronic Youth Media Group and also the youngest CEO in India at 23, has conceptualized the idea of this conclave since its inception, he said, “The 2nd Annual Young Changemakers Conclave has been constituted to enable an interaction between diverse leaders and the next generation with the hope that this dialogue will lead to sustainable social change and awareness”

SPEAKERS AT THE YOUNG CHANGEMAKERS CONCLAVE who spoke passionately about their challenges and struggles, with exmaples and messages for the young audience to take back incuded the following -

1. Ms Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi, Transgender Activist

2. Mr Taufiq Quereshi, Acclaimed Percussionist & Composer

3. Mr Arnab Goswami, TV Journalist & News Anchor

4. Mr Leander Paes, Professional Tennis Player & Winner Of Australian Open Mens Doubles

5. Mr Niladri Kumar, Indian Classical & Fusion Musician

6. Mr Vishal Dadlani, Lyricist, playback singer and a music director

7. Ms Shaheen Mistry, Indian social activist and educator. She is a founder of the Akanksha Foundation, an Indian educational initiative in Mumbai and Pune, and is also the CEO of Teach For India since 2008.

8. Mr Agnello Dias, Advertising wordsmiths and co-founder of the independent creative shop Taproot.

9. Mr Anurag Thakur, Leader in the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha

10. Mr Suhel Seth, Managing Partner of Counselage India and founder of Equus

11. Mr Rahul Akerkar, Celebrity Chef known for setting industry trends for uncompromising, passionate approach to his craft

12. Ms Asin Thottumkal, Indian film actress, model and stage performer who mainly acts primarily in Hindi and Tamil films

13. Ms Masaba Gupta, young designer who is constantly working for the betterment of weavers across Southern India

14. Rajeev Samant, established Sula Vineyards, Nasik’s first winery in 1999. Sula is largest wine producer after completing a decade in 2010 with 3 million bottles sold

15. Mr Nitin Paranjpe, EVP South Asia and CEO & MD Hindustan Unilever, India

16. Ms Awista Ayub, Author of “Kabul Girls Soccer Club” and an expert on issues related to Muslim women in sports

17. Shaina NC,Designer & Politician

18. Snjay Nirupam, MP

19 MrAnrag Thakur, BJP YOuth Wing

Each Speacker received a plause since each one of them has had an awe inspiring journey and the courage to stand for their beliefs and convictions. They alo spoke to the young audience on what qualites they must inculcate in order to lead lives of high intelligent, emotional and moral quotint. Presentations by Shaheen Mistry of Akanksha Foundation, Mr Nitin Paranjpe of Unilver, Mr Rajeev Samant, Leander Paes, Vishal Dadlani, Avista Ayub who works wih Muslim women in sports and Mr Anurag Thakur of BJP Youh Wing found a particular resonance with the audience.

Lakshmi Tripthi spoke about ie equal rights for all sexs, Sanjay Nirupm exhored theyouth to vote end even consider Politics as a career, Asin spoke about the challenges of being actress, Rahul Akerkar enlightened all about his days working in a restaurant in the US, Shaina NC spoke about how the youth can come together to take up social issues, Rajeev Samant spoke about how to run an environment friendly business that gives employment in rural areas. Vishal Dadlani, Niladri Kumar and Taufique Quereshi spoke to about following your heart if music be your passion.

Leander Paes’ story about the tough times faced by him an a young tennis pro was truly inspiring, while Nitin Paranjpe and Suhel Seth encouraged the youth to have a questioning, inquisitive attitude to life and Arnab Goswami explained how the world of the media makes a democracy.

All in all, a very positive, energetic evening for the young leaders of tomorrow. Guests and speakers were seen congratulating the young Samyak Chakrbarty for his efforts in bringing this Conclave to the US Consulate lawns in Mumbai.

Peter Haas – U.S Consul General, Mumbai

Mr. Peter Haas assumed the post of U.S. Consul General in Mumbai on August 1st, 2011. Immediately prior to coming to Mumbai, Consul General Haas served as the Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. An economic officer by training, his previous diplomatic posts include London, Rabat, Washington, Port-au-Prince, and Berlin.
Consul General Haas holds a BA in International Studies and German from Illinois Wesleyan University. He was a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics, where he earned Master of Science degrees in the Politics of the World Economy and Comparative Government. 
Consul General Haas is accompanied in Mumbai by his wife and two sons. He enjoys CrossFit and hiking.

Samyak S. Chakrabarty President – Organizing Committee, UNIC YCC 2012

Managing Director of the Electronic Youth Media Group (EYM) Samyak is amongst India’s youngest media entrepreneurs. He had started off his venture at the age of 16. He has organized various national and international youth forums such as The Global Millennium Development Goals Summit in collaboration with The World Federation of United Nations, Indo-Pak Youth Peace Conferences, The Indian International Model United Nations, Youth Leaders Summit and The Young Changemakers Conclave in association with United Nations Information Center for India & Bhutan. EYM is also launching – a web based platform that connects young India for social change. Chakrabarty has setup Concrea – India’s first youth marketing & communications specialist in collaboration with Mudra Max. He has also presented well-acclaimed research papers on youth behavior at the International Youth Marketing Summit such as in New York, Helsinki,Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Kiran Mehra Kepleman – Director, United Nations Information Center for India and Bhutan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman as Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in New Delhi, India. She will assume her new duties on 1 February 2011.

Since August 2004, Ms. Mehra-Kerpelman has served as the Chief of the Web, Information Production and Dissemination Unit for the International Labour Organization (ILO). From December 1997 to September 2003, she was the Managing Editor and Senior Public Information Officer at ILO, where she introduced computer technology into all aspects of her public information work and was instrumental in building the first public web pages for ILO. Prior to that, she served as the Editor and the Production Manager of the World of Work, ILO’s flagship magazine. Before joining ILO, from February 1984 to March 1990, Ms. Mehra-Kerpelman was an Editorial Assistant with the UN Disaster Relief Organization.

A national of the United States, Ms Mehra-Kerpelman has a Master of Arts degree in Public Information from the St. George University International, Oxford, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of New Delhi, India.”









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