India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Attend Inaugural Meeting in Delhi

The Asia Society’s India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Forum met in New Delhi for its inaugural summit between July 20-22 to discuss its agenda and decide a work plan for the fellowship year.

This group of 12 select next generation leaders from India, Pakistan, and the U.S., representing diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise discussed agenda that are focused on leadership, public service, and the India-Pakistan relationship. The opening session of the inaugural meeting was also addressed by Forum advisers MP Baijayant Jay Panda and Banker Dr Haseeb Drabu.

With an eye toward broadening the dialogue on India-Pakistan relations through a focus on next generation leaders, the fellows will now:

  • Work on a cross-border public service project, as part of the community-building process;
  • Actively communicate via a specially dedicated section of the Asia 21 Young Leaders social networking site;
  • Develop a broad media outreach strategy on the challenges of leadership for India and Pakistan that also highlights the profiles and work of the young leaders; and
  • Be connected to Asia 21 sector groups which link leaders from across Asia within particular sectors (media, government, business, arts, etc.)
  • Participate in the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit, December 7-9 in Dhaka.
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    The India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative (IPRYLI) seeks to help nurture a community of next generation leaders in India and Pakistan committed to coming together across borders and boundaries to address issues facing these two countries. The Jinnah Institute, a non-profit public policy organization is our local partner in Pakistan, and Asia Society’s India Center, based in Mumbai, is our local partner in India.

    The Asia Society believes that making a long-term investment in the development of a regional next generation leadership network can help lay a foundation for the kind of long-term change that can ultimately help stabilize the region. With its seven-year track record, the Asia 21 program is a model vehicle to foster and sustain such leadership in the region.

    The IPRYLI will be closely associated with the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, the Asia Pacific region’s leading next generation leadership initiative. Asia Society launched the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative in 2006 to develop next generation leaders across the Asia-Pacific region.

    In seven years, Asia 21 has become the leading next generation network in the Asia-Pacific, with over seven hundred active members from 30 countries and economies and across all sectors (see Established with support from Founding International Sponsor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Asia 21 Initiative annually convenes a pre-eminent gathering of Asia’s most dynamic young leaders from the Asia-Pacific region, from every sector including business, government, media, culture and civil society.

    To date, the network counts more than 700 of the most accomplished young leaders in the Asia-Pacific among its members, including businessmen, documentary filmmakers, environmental activists, human rights advocates, members of parliament, military personnel, performance artists, and social entrepreneurs.

    Inaugural Class of Fellows is comprised of: Ahmad Rafay Alam, Advocate, High Courts, Lahore; Ziad Bashir, Director, Gul Ahmed Textile Mills; Zafar Iqbal Choudhary, Journalist & Policy Analyst; Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker; Sarath Babu Elumalai, Founder & CEO, FOODKING; Menaka Guruswamy, Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Abid Hussain Imam, Assistant Professor of Law & Policy, Lahore University of Management Sciences; Sehar Iqbal, Chairperson, Nasheman Welfare Society; Munizae Jahangir, Associate Executive Producer & Special Correspondent, Express News; Mekhala Krishnamurthy, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania and Sabeen Mahmud, Founder and Director, PeaceNiche

    The Advisory Committee Members are: Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society

    Haseeb A. Drabu, Former Chairman and Chief Executive, Jammu & Kashmir Bank

    Jamshyd N. Godrej, Chairman & Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd.

    Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan Director, Human Rights Watch; Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History and Director, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University; Ali Jameel, Chief Executive Officer, TPL Holdings; Najeeb Jung, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia; Radha Kumar, Director, Peace & Conflict Program, Delhi Policy Group

    Baijayant “Jay” Panda, Member of Parliament, India; Moeed Yusuf, South Asia Adviser, United States Institute of Peace and Frank G. Wisner, Foreign Affairs Advisor, Patton Boggs LLC


    The Asia Society is an international organization dedicated to strengthening relationships and deepening understanding among the peoples of Asia and the United States. It seeks to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture. Founded in 1956, the Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Washington, DC. For more information, contact the Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021.

    For more information about the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, including details about previous conferences and Fellows, please visit