AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Helping Organizations in their Journey of Inclusion: Perspectives

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and India

Date & time

15 October 2020



15 October 2020


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As per WHO, 15% of the world’s population has some or the other form of disability. India alone has 26.8 million persons with disabilities as per Census 2011 which is 2.21% of the total population. People with disabilities face many challenges, starting from early education to employment to gaining respect in the society. Low education and skills results in just 0.1% getting linked to stable jobs. This has a negative impact of 5-7% on country’s GDP, according to ILO.

Disability sector needs to be looked at holistically. The objective of the webinar is to provide a distinctive opportunity for the leaders across different ends of the disability inclusion spectrum to share their insights on leadership, vision and strategy for diversity and inclusion. The narrative of the disability sector is impacted by several stakeholders and through this webinar we intend to bring them together to weave a story of impact along with best practices from the industry.

Key Takeaways:

  • The key challenges faced by the disability sector in India
  • Best practices from employers on hiring and onboarding youth with disabilities
  • Challenges and opportunities to invest in the disability sector as a funder
  • Interventions and programs on how to make your organization disability inclusive
Meera Shenoy
Youth4Jobs Foundation

Meera Shenoy is a pioneer in job-linked skilling of rural, tribal, and young people with disabilities from underprivileged families, at scale. She set up and led EGMM, India’s first state government skilling mission, then consulted for the World Bank and UN across Southeast Asia. She is now Founder-CEO, Youth4Jobs, which focusses on mainstreaming youth with disabilities in education and the workplace. In just 8 years, Youth4Jobs has become the largest organization in this space and a System Changer. Y4J skills both youth with disabilities with less education from rural areas and educated youth in colleges. And makes the last mile connect to jobs. It has a presence in 28 states of India and works with a network of over 500 companies
Dhruvi Shah
Head- Programs,
Axis Bank Foundation

A professional with 21 years of diverse experience in the Development and the Corporate sectors. In the current role is heading the Programs with Axis Bank Foundation. This includes managing its strategy, governance, business-liaison efforts, research, impacts assessments and communication functions. Additionally, leading a team of ten people, supervising their work in program design and implementation, partner on-boarding and management, employee engagement, communication and events.  Key areas of experience include sustainable development, livelihoods, microfinance, not for profit management, philanthropic investing, stakeholder engagement and strategic communication.
Swati Rustagi
Director- Human Resource,
Amazon India

Swati Rustagi is the Director of Human Resources for Amazon India Operations. Swati’s 25-year of work experience spans across various specialties of Human Resources management such as Employee Relations, Organizational Development, Talent Management and Learning & Development. At Amazon, she has been instrumental in driving people-centric initiatives and strengthening processes to unleash employee potential in line with the organizational vision and business goals. Her passion towards creating an inclusive and empathetic workplace has added tremendous value to Amazon India’s employee initiatives. Swati has previously held leadership positions in Hindustan Unilever Limited, DSP Merrill Lynch and Max Health Care. She holds a Masters’ degree from The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

Silky Sehdev
Head- Corporate Connect Program,
Youth4Jobs Foundation

Silky Sehdev, heads Corporate Connect Program in Youth4Jobs Foundation. She is a Development Professional with 11 years of experience in design, management and evaluation of livelihood and skill development programs. In her current role, Silky works with companies to provide services to start or deepen their disability inclusion journey. Corporate Connect works with companies at multi-levels , based on its hands-on experiencing of working with youth with disabilities and assessing needs of companies.

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