Introducing Our New Board Chair

We envision a world in which all young people lead creative, purposeful lives.

We are thrilled to introduce Deepa Narayan, the new chair of our Board.

Deepa Narayan is an internationally-recognized poverty, child development and gender expert, author, and former Senior Advisory at the World Bank. She has served on expert advisory groups of international organizations and NGOs including the World Economic Forum, the Global Development Network, and others. Her new book Chup: Breaking the Silence about India’s Women has earned critical acclaim for sparking critical conversations on gender equality in India and around the world. Deepa brings expertise on global issues of power and inequality, and a sharp strategic mind that will help PYE enter into a new phase of deepening our impact.

We also want to thank Partners for Youth Empowerment co-founder Ian Watson, who stepped down as Chair after ten years of service. A tireless advocate for youth empowerment, Ian has invested his passion, commitment, connections and funding to make Partners for Youth Empowerment what it is today. We are deeply grateful  for all that he has contributed, and we are happy to report that he will remain on our board.

In June, three extraordinary changemakers joined our board: Kelly Terbasket  (Sylix/Okanagan Nation,Canada), is the Founder and Director of IndigenEYEZ, our partner organization that serves First Nations Youth; Vishal Talreja (Bangalore, India) is Co-Founder of Partners for Youth Empowerment’s Partner Dream a Dream dedicated to providing life skills for underserved youth. Peter Evans (Seattle, USA) is an advisor, consultant, and speaker for intergenerational family businesses.

We also have five new members of our Advisory Board: Connie Chung (Boston, USA), Education Researcher; Victoria Watson (Cortes Island, Canada), Philanthropist and Fundraising Coach; Gail Davenport (Washington DC, USA), Strategy advisor; Nawtej Dosanjh (London, UK), VP at the Canada Research Centre and Education 4.0 expert; and Larry Black, (Barcelona, Spain) retired corporate finance and change management professional. It takes a village to keep a dream alive. You are all vital members of our village.

We also want to thank Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who has stepped down as the  Founding Chair of our Advisory Board. We are deeply appreciative of Archbishop Tutu for his contributions to Partners for Youth Empowerment, and we wish him the very best in his retirement.

Get to know the extraordinary people on Partners for Youth Empowerment’s board and advisory board who contribute their invaluable expertise to Partners for Youth Empowerment here.

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