Asia 21 Young Leaders

Now in its 10th year, the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative has become a robust network of more than 800 young leaders from 30 nations.  —Photo Courtesy:

NEW YORK: Two Pakistanis are among 32 `young leaders’ named on Wednesday as Asia 21 Young Leader Class of 2015 by the Asia Society in New York. They are Mohsin Mustafa of the Strategy and Programme Development, Aman Foundation, and Muhammad Sabir, community worker and founder of Slumabad.

Now in its 10th year, the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative has become a robust network of more than 800 young leaders from 30 nations.

They are all in their own ways focused on shaping a brighter future for the Asia-Pacific region, and confronting the most vexing challenges facing the region today.

Asia 21 young leaders are selected through a highly competitive process based on outstanding achievements, commitment to public service and a proven ability to make the world a better place, a press statement issued here said.

The 32 young leaders represent 22 countries and are divided almost evenly between men and women.

“The new class of Asia 21 Young Leaders is a remarkable group. We are excited to introduce these leaders of the Asia-Pacific region to the Asia 21 Network, where they will find mentors, potential collaborators, and, we hope, new friends,” said Asia Society president and CEO Josette Sheeran.

The list of Sub-continent leaders are :-

  • Mohsin Mustafa (Pakistan), Strategy and Program Development, The Aman Foundation
  • Muhammad Sabir (Pakistan), Community worker and Founder, Slumabad
  • Mishi Choudhary (India), Executive Director of, Legal Director of Software Freedom Law Center
  • Manish Dahiya (India), Executive Director and Global Head of Energy Complex, Noble Group
  • Sanjay Vijayakumar (India), Chairman, Startup Village; Chief Executive Officer, MobME Wireless Solutions
  • Aarti Wig (India), Co-Founder and Country Director, Yunus Social Business India
  • Abdul Ghafar Nazari (Afghanistan), Manager of Training and Development Human Resources, Roshan Telecommunication Development Company
  • Narayan Adhikari (Nepal), South Asia Representative, Accountability Lab
  • Umanga Pandey (Nepal), Founder and Director, KG Nepal
  • Korvi Rakshand (Bangladesh), Founder, JAAGO Foundation
  • Chatrini Weeratunge (Sri Lanka), International Development Specialist

Published in Dawn, July 9th, 2015


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