Youth Unemployment & Livelihoods


In the second episode of our podcast series Money Meets Mission, we discuss the topic of Youth Unemployment and the challenges of creating sustainable livelihood pathways for young people across Asia’s developing countries. Join our guests Ms. Abha Thorat Shah and Ms. Veronica Colondam as they discuss with interviewer Teymoor Nabili – Why are existing solutions not translating into employability? In the face of critical unemployment during the pandemic, how can we create sustainable livelihood pathways for youth communities?

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Teymoor Nabili
Founder and CEO

Teymoor Nabili is the founder and CEO of techforimpact.asia. Established in association with the Asian Development Bank, Tech For Impact is a knowledge-sharing, events and engagement platform designed to promote and scale sustainable technologies in the developing countries of Asia Pacific.

Before embarking on the entrepreneurial path, Teymoor spent 25 years as a news anchor, correspondent and producer for some of the world’s foremost broadcast news operations, such as Al Jazeera, the BBC, CNBC and CNN.


Veronica Colondam
CEO and Co-Founder

Veronica has authored several books on youth development and risky behavior. She is also the youngest recipient of the United Nation award called the UN-Vienna Civil Society Award (2001) and appointed as Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum (2006).

She’s also the Fellow of Asia Society’s 21 Young Leaders (2007) and of Global Social Innovator Park Fellow (2008), Globe Asia’s Most Powerful Women in Indonesia (2007), and Channel News Asia Change Maker (2009) & Asian of the Year (2010). The winner of Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2011), Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of (2012), Women of Impact (2020) and Asia’s Top Superwomen (2021). Her leadership brought YCAB to rank 29th of Top 200 SGO by NGO Advisor (2021). In 2014, Forbes named her as 48 Asian Philanthropist and one of Ten Most Inspiring Women in Indonesia.

Abha Thorat Shah
Executive Director

Abha leads the Social Finance work at the British Asian Trust across South Asia. She is a founding member of The British Asian Trust and has contributed to its design and leadership during the start-up years and now to its growth. Abha has over 15 years’ experience working on strategic programmatic solutions, tackling complex issues throughout South Asia. Her expertise and ability to leverage key cross-sector partnerships has led to the development of our flagship programmes in the region. Abha has also been a crucial driver of the development of innovative social finance mechanisms, heightening the Trust’s entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy to meet Sustainable Development Goal targets. In recognition of British Asian Trust’s work in this area, Abha is also a Fellow of Practice 2020 at the Go Labs, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

Abha has extensive experience of creating and nurturing philanthropic, business and cultural relationships between the UK and South Asia and practical experience of both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Before coming to the Trust Abha was the Chief Operating Officer of the UK India Business Council after five years in the Reinsurance markets in London. She grew up in Mumbai, India and graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Mumbai and a BA Hons in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.

This season of Money Meets Mission is made possible with the kind support from our member and partner, Wellington Management.


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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