1st and 2nd September, 2018

Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, Janpath, New Delhi

The Summit Experience

Free to attend. Diverse. Inclusive.


Our world is changing dramatically. Faster than we can imagine. Young people are no longer on the fringes of this change - they are leading it. For a young Indian, growing up on their own terms means coming at crossroads with a society that may not accept them for who they are.

Since 2014, Youth Ki Awaaz has brought together the sharpest, most inspiring minds driving this transformation across issues that are shaping our world. Now in 2018, the Youth Ki Awaaz Summit, previously known as Converge, is expanding the dialogue to the next level.

With carefully curated issues that have a day-to-day real world implication on our lives, and an audience that cares - the Summit aims to be the voice of a progressive generation, wanting to go out and change the world for the better. Join us, and 2000 attendees on the 1st and 2nd of September, 2018.

NOTE: The Youth Ki Awaaz Summit is a fully accessible event for persons with disabilities - with a completely accessible venue and availability of sign language interpreters throughout the two days.


Hear from those who attended in 2016



Aditya Gupta

Co-Founder, People for Parity

Anshul Tewari

Founder, Youth Ki Awaaz

Beena Pallical

Director, Economic and Educational Rights - National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)

Chitra Ahanthem

Journalist, Former Editor - Imphal Free Press

Ghanshyam Tiwari

National Spokesperson, Samajwadi Party

Gul Panag

Actor and Social Activist

Iqra Rasool

Cricketer, 'Baramulla's supergirl'

Jayant Chaudhary

National Vice-President, Rashtriya Lok Dal

Jignesh Mevani

Member of Legislative Assembly (Gujarat), Dalit Rights Activist

Kalvakuntla Kavitha

Member of Parliament (Telangana)

Konkona Sen Sharma

Actor, Filmmaker, Writer

Kunal Sarangi

Central Spokesperson, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha

Mahima Kaul

Director of Policy, Twitter India

Mumtaz Shaikh

Social activist and Convenor - Right to Pee Campaign

Pratishtha Deveshwar

Student and Disability Rights Advocate

Priyanka Chaturvedi

National Spokesperson, Indian National Congress

Rema Rajeshwari

IPS, District Police Chief, Gadwal & Wanaparthy (Telangana)

Richa Singh

Former President, AUSU and MLA Candidate (Allahabad)

Ritesh Malik

Entrepreneur, Startup mentor and Founder, Innov8 Coworking

Rituparna Chatterjee

Consulting Editor - Reader's Digest India and Former Deputy Editor - HuffPost India

Sachin Pilot

President, Rajasthan Congress

Samir Saran

President, Observer Research Foundation

Saleha Khan

Child Champion - Save the Children India, and Ashoka Youth Venturer

Shaina NC

Spokesperson - BJP

Dr. Shashi Tharoor

Member of Parliament (Kerala), Author

Shubhendu Sharma

Founder and Director, Afforestt

Swati Maliwal

Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women

Dr. Shelja Sen

Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Co-Founder - Children First

Tejashwi Yadav

Leader of Opposition - Bihar (RJD)

Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju

Proud Trans Woman, aspiring surgeon and YouTuber

Vijayanta Goyal Arya

Deputy Commissioner of Police, South (Delhi)

Ujwala Uppaluri

Constitutional Lawyer, Volunteer - SaveOurPrivacy

Vinatoli Yeptho

Performance poet and law student


We have the pleasure of being supported by some of the best in the business.

Associate Partners

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Beverage Partner

Gifting Partner

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Impact Partner

Radio Partner


What to expect in the two days
1st September
  • 10:10 am: The Year Of The Youthquake by Anshul Tewari
  • 10:25 am: The Real Indian Superpower by Ruben Mascarenhas
  • 10:45 am: A Masterclass On Privilege by Beena Pallical
  • 11:05 am: Ladkiyan Cricket Ke Sapne Kyun Na Dekhe? by Iqra Rasool (Feminist Adda)
  • 11:25 am: How To Create A Forest At The Price Of An iPhone by Shubhendu Sharma
  • 12:05 pm: #MyBodyMyChoice presented by GHS India with Anubha Bhonsle, Insia Dariwala, Anubha Rastogi, and Dr. Suchitra Dalvie
  • 1:05 pm: Police vs. Patriarchy by DCP Vijayanta Goyal (Feminist Adda)
  • 1:20 pm: Lunch
  • 2:35 pm: A Naga Woman's Roar by Vinatoli Yeptho (Feminist Adda)
  • 2:55 pm: The Multi-Million Dollar Story Of Innov8 by Dr. Ritesh Malik
  • 3:15 pm: Can Your Data Swing The Next Elections? By Apar Gupta
  • 3:35 pm: Ending Child Marriage: Talk by young UNICEF changemaker and Dr. Sunil Mehra
  • 3:55 pm: Is India Failing Its Children? by Dr. Shelja Sen
  • 4:15 pm: Journalism on Ground Zero: Neha Dixit in conversation with S. Senthalir, Chitra Ahanthem, and Jisha Elizabeth
  • 5:00 pm: Humari Kahani, Humari Zubani: Rituparna Chatterjee in conversation with Konkana Sen Sharma (Feminist Adda)
  • 5:50 pm: Day 1 closing
2nd September
  • 10:05 am: Welcome To Day 2 by Anshul Tewari
  • 10:15 am: Shattering Myths About Disability, Happiness And Love by Pratishtha Deveshwar (Feminist Adda)
  • 10:40 am: No Child Left Invisible by Saleha Khan
  • 11:00 am: I Vote For Clean Air by Vimlendu Jha
  • 11:25 am: Toilet Nahin Hai Prem Katha by Mumtaz Shaikh (Feminist Adda)
  • 12:00 pm: Introduction to #DemocracyAdda: Twitter & Youth Ki Awaaz Debates by Mahima Kaul
  • 12:10 pm: #DemocracyAdda Can The Centre Hold?: Debate 1 with Priyanka Chaturvedi, Tejashwi Yadav, Jayant Chaudhary. Moderated by Dr. Shashi Tharoor
  • 1:15 pm-2:00 pm: Lunch
  • 2:30 pm: #DemocracyAdda The Three Pillars: Debate 2 with Meenakshi Lekhi and Ghanshyam Tiwari. Moderated by Samir Saran
  • 3:45 pm: #DemocracyAdda Politics Of Protest: Debate 3 with Richa Singh, Swati Maliwal, Jignesh Mevani, and Kunal Sarangi. Moderated by Padmaja Joshi
  • 5:00 pm: Patriarchy Can’t Be Our Culture by Aditya Gupta (Feminist Adda)
  • 5:20 pm: Define Your Own Success by Ira Singhal
  • 5:45 pm: Signing The Youth Ki Awaaz Manifesto 2018
  • 6:10 pm: Closing Of #YKASummit 2018


Artika Raj

Assoc. Director, Impact Communications at Ashoka, South Asia

Mahima Kaul

Director of Policy, Twitter India

Samir Saran

President, Observer Research Foundation

Sonali Khan

Director, Dasra


Anshul Tewari

Founder, Youth Ki Awaaz

Debesh Banerjee

Senior Campaigner

Gurkirrat Sachdeva

Manager - Partnerships

Lipi Mehta

Growth Editor

Megha Mishra

Offline Engagement Manager

Rajkanya Mahapatra

Team Lead, Campus Watch

Rohan Seth

Consulting Editor

There are limited seats available at the Youth Ki Awaaz Summit! Be fair and apply only if you're sure of attending. Once you apply, you'll hear from our team soon.

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