Tue, 15 Jun | Online Event

World Changemakers Cafe

Joining us at the World Changemakers Cafe, we have Shomy Hasan Chowdhury, Founder of Awareness 360 from Bangladesh, Garvita Gulhati, Founder of Why Waste? from India, Ara Kusuma - Serial social entrepreneur from Indonesia and Sanya Sharma, Founder of Scarlet Udaan from UK.
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World Changemakers Cafe

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15 Jun, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm IST
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About our Speakers - 

Garvita Gulhati, India's Water Girl, began her journey as a changemaker at the age of 13. In the year 2015, deeply impacted by the water crisis India faced, she founded Why Waste? with the aim of changing people's mindsets towards the water by building simple solutions to solve the global water crisis.

Their work has reached over 5 lakh restaurants, 10 million people and prevented over 6 million litres of water from being wasted. Most recently the team published "The Sustainability Stories", a for youth, by youth collection of 13 new-age fables that talk about environmental issues and inspire children to be the change.Late last year they also launched the Why Waste? App that helps every individual calculate their water footprint and helps them save at least 100 litres of water every single day through a gamified approach.

Beyond this, Garvita represents the voice of youth and works deeply towards involving more youth in change-making through her work with Global Organizations including Facebook, Ashoka, Google, IKEA and Global Changemakers. With Ashoka, she launched the Lead Young at schools program in India which is now reaching over 800 schools and 2.5 million students across India, inspiring them to be Changemakers through the art of storytelling. She sits on the Youth Board of the State of Youth, a virtual nation for everyone below the age of 24 advocating for the SDGs.Garvita is also a Global Changemaker, Ashoka Young Changemaker,Change.org fellow and EarthDay fellow. Most recently Garvita made it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia-Pacific list of Social Entrepreneurs.

Shomy Hasan Chowdhury is a multi-award-winning Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activist from Bangladesh. Shomy is the Co-Founder of global youth-led org Awareness 360, a Global Changemakers Fellow, a US Dept. of State Alumna, a Global Citizen Youth Advocate, the Asia Representative of the Commonwealth Students’ Association, a Royal Commonwealth Society Fellow, Youth Advisory Board Member of Youth Combating NTDs, a certified Commonwealth Leader, Commonwealth Youth Forum 2021 International Taskforce Member, a Global Youth Ambassador for Theirworld, a TEDx Speaker, a Schwarzman Scholar 2022, and an International Election Observer.

She has addressed keynotes and inspired millions across 5 continents. She has received many recognitions for her social work of over a decade, notably the President’s Volunteer Service Award (Gold) from President Barack Obama and the Princess Diana Legacy Award. Last year, she was titled as a UNDP-Samsung Global Generation17 Young Leader, becoming the first person to hold the recognition from the Asia Pacific. Most recently, Shomy has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 and the Featured Honoree for Social Impact.

Ara Kusuma started her journey as a changemaker at the age of 10 with Moo’s Project, a social initiative that integrates local farmers to develop the resources a cow has in a more sustainable way. In the four years that followed, her team brought together 150 farmers, testing the new approaches and spreading what worked for the benefit of all.

She was elected as a Young Changemaker by Ashoka and featured on Kompas as a Young Pioneer in 2008. Following her vision of Mulya Sesarengan (for the welfare of all), she founded her second and third venture, TeenChanger and URTravelearner, which take teenagers through the stages of change-making in a three-to-seven-day experience to launch their own solutions for social change.

The effort continued as she co-leads the Everyone a Changemaker Movement with Ashoka by enabling young people to find their power in creating changes they wish to see in the world. Today, she is also focusing her work on supporting underprivileged children to get access to creative and quality education at home during this Covid-19 pandemic with Aha! Project. So far, the initiative has reached more than 2200 children in 35 villages across 13 provinces in Indonesia and continues to grow as Ara joined the National Geographic community as a Young Explorer 2020.

Sanya Sharma is the Global Founder and Executive Director of Scarlet Udaan, an organisation working to raise awareness on Female Genital Cutting. She is currently going into her third-year law degree at Durham University in the UK and has worked with intellectual and disability awareness organisations in India for several years. At University, she is a member of a Pro Bono clinic which raises awareness on forced marriages, honour-based violence and female genital mutilation/cutting. Upon interacting with friends and family about these topics, she realised that most people were unaware of what Female Genital Cutting is and the extent to which it is practised around the world today.

She started Scarlet Udaan with the hope that it will pave the way for a world which symbolises the freedom and limitless possibilities that exist for women. The name Scarlet Udaan comes from the word 'Scarlet'- a brilliant red colour which signifies the strength in one's womanhood; and the word 'Udaan'- is a Hindi word which means 'to soar' or 'to fly'.

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