Poonam Ahluwalia

Poonam Ahluwalia
  • Executive Director
    Youth Employment Summit (YES) Campaign

Since 1998, has worked with Youth Employment Summit Campaign (YES) to place the issue of youth employment on the global agenda. Organized global YES Summits: Egypt 2002, Mexico 2004, Kenya 2006, Azerbaijan 2008 and Sweden 2010; and YES Regional Summits: India 2003, Paraguay 2005, Panama 2008 and Brazil 2010. Produced over 120 documents on youth employment, a global knowledge resource of 1,000 effective practices, and initiated/managed over 400 local programmes through YES Country Networks. Recently founded YouthTrade, an architecture that certifies mission-driven youth entrepreneurs and places them at premium markets such as Whole Foods Market and Nordstrom. Winner, India New England Woman of the Year (2013).