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Shaheen Mistri

Managing Director and Founder
Akanksha Foundation
Mumbai, India
Shaheen Mistri
Managing Director
and Founder
Akanksha Foundation
Mumbai, India
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1. What does it mean to you to have been selected as a "Global Leader for Tomorrow"?

I think having been selected as a GLT is of importance at a time when I am developing a model to roll out quality education to make a substantial impact on the lives of India's less privileged children. As I spend most of my time involved in grass-roots work in Bombay, it gives me an opportunity to interact with people who have exceled in diverse areas and who have a host of differing challenges facing them.

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2. You have been selected by the World Economic Forum for what you have already done in your life, "holding positions of considerable power, influence and responsability". What are the 3-5 things you are most proud of?

1. An ability to be a practical visionary

2. The ability to see mobisiling resources as an effective strategy and to demonstrate through the Akanksha model a concrete way to bring together resources to effect social change.

3. The ability to inspire others to excel.

3. The World Economic Forum is "committed to improving improve the state of the world". You will participate in shaping tomorrow's world. What impact would you like to have?

I think my impact will be in developing a sustainable model that will substantially impact the lives of a significant number of less privileged children in India.
Shaheen Mistri
Managing Director and Founder
Akanksha Foundation
Mumbai, India

Nationality: India

Professional Profile: It is a non-profit organization that educates less privileged children from slum areas. It gives the children some time each day away from the harshness for the slum in a structured, safe environment where they can gain self-confidence and be shown love and dignity

Personal Profile: Graduated in Sociology from St.Xavier College, Mumbai. She went on to get a Masters in Education at the University of Manchester

The organisation began when a group of college students, headed by Mistri S. began eteaching a small group of children in the slums at Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. They soon felt the need to bring the children out of the slums and approached schools in the neighbouring area for space for 2 hours each day.

Until today the idea remains the same: to bring together the children that need education, underutilized space and volunteers who can devote time.
Dieser Artikel ist erschienen am 31.01.2002