Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) is expected to host the South Asia Youth Resilience Summit on Facebook live from April 16-18 as part of their wider response to Covid-19.
The programme will include distribution of food to 2,000 families in the country, mental health support to youth through a hotline, and social media awareness campaign, according to a press release.
On each of the three days, the Summit will feature moderated conversations with a global expert on how youth in South Asia can build resilience and navigate the complexities of present times caused by COVID-19. There will be panel discussions on issues ranging from youth leadership, entrepreneurial ecosystems in South Asia in a post-pandemic world to staying resilient during a crisis.
The keynote speakers are Ronald Heifetz, founder of Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership; Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School and director of Harvard's Mittal Institute; and Omar Ishrak, the Bangladeshi-born chairman & CEO of Medtronic, the world's leading medical technology company, and chairman of Intel. The panel speakers include Anshu Gupta, the Ramon Magsaysay Award winning founder and director of the Indian development organization Goonj, Sonia Bashir Kabir, founder and chairperson of SBK Tech Ventures and SBK Foundation, Runa Khan, founder and executive director of the local development organization Friendship among others.
The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University is the academic partner of the Summit and the outreach partners include Ashoka, Asia Society, Global Shapers Dhaka Hub, Youth ki Awaaz, and Youth Opportunities.