Youth Inclusion in Systems: I have been vocal about youth rights, enabling physical safe spaces...
Sehaj Sahni is a social entrepreneur and youth rights advocate from Chennai. A mechanical engineering graduate who worked with Cognizant from 2012-15 as a quality analyst and organizational blogger before he parted ways to start, Indian Youth Cafe- an experiential project designed to bridge the offline disconnect among youth. He has been an active advocate for Youth rights and freedom of expression and has worked relentlessly to create Safe spaces for Youth to talk about youth politics, civic engagement, climate action, etc. Through his surveys and research into youth, he initiated a social space, Urban Desi house( India’s only Youth Cafe) in 2015 which has acquired a regular user base of more than 50000 youth from Chennai till date and have consulted with various coworking brands to offer them placemaking services such as Cowrks, India.
He has personally led highly acclaimed social experiments such as young weirdos meetup- a congregation of creative people from the local community and personally involved in more than 250 collaborative cum creative jams, meetups, and workshops across the city. He has supported many start-ups across the city by providing them with spaces to them jam, co-work, and hangout.
Since 2017, he has been aggressively working for UN SDGs specifically for SDG 11, SDG4, and SDG17. In 2018, He was awarded Youth Volunteer VAwards by United Nations Volunteers, Ministry of youth affairs and sports, UNDP India for working tirelessly to address social and development issues. He has also worked for many global online campaigns like #Youth440, # NotTooYoungToRun, #ThisisZeroHour and currently, #MyMarkMyCity to galvanize the global climate action. His start-up, Yowan food, and beverages private limited got government recognition as a Start-up in 2017 and ranked as one of the top 3000 start-ups in India by GOI, Department of Science and technology and IIM KOLKATA.
Male, 32 years old
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, IN
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