"This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease." — Robert Kennedy.

Young Leaders Collective(YLC) is a year-long fellowship for exceptional individuals across sectors & aims to provide a platform to harness and augment the fellows’ skills while enabling Social Change. This fellowship will run concurrent to the existing vocations of the fellows. YLC will offer curated opportunities & formats for driven, young leaders to leverage their skills & network, beyond their work place, to engineer positive social change.

Why do we need the Program

  • To make social change more inclusive through wider participation from community members.
  • To curate a tribe of youth leaders who are empathetic, creative & committed to bring social change.
  • To provide an effective platform to youth leaders to engineer social change by leveraging their unique skills.

Who is it for?

  • Emerging leaders who are open for immersion into a reflective and socially impactful program to find their True North.
  • Young professionals who have a desire to contribute and leverage their skills & expertise towards social change.
  • Promising leaders who are keen to hone and further enhance their leadership skills.

What will we learn?

  • Empathy: Experience & engage with the world with a new perspective that allows you to understand & connect better with people around you.
  • Creativity: An opportunity to design from scratch and execute a project that channelizes support for impact initiatives serving vulnerable communities.
  • Leadership: Leading a micro movement that calls out for enrolling supporter & resources, beyond the realm of designations & work environment, will help you grow as a leader.

How does it work?

  • Orchestrated engagement for an entire year, concurrent to the existing vocations of fellows
  • Local Immersions to connect & help build a perspective on social change
  • Master Classes with inspirational leaders from varied backgrounds
  • Diverse, cross sectional cohort
  • Ingenious Capstone projects to facilitate positive social change

NOTE: Accounting for public health realities, all engagements/orientations for the 2021 cohort will be in virtual/regional formats.

The Program

  • Phase I: Introduction& Immersion -virtual, and on-site visits, engagement with Akshaya Patra leadership
  • Phase II: Learning sessions through Master Classes with industry leaders
  • Phase III: Sandbox – Define your Capstone project – individually or with fellow leaders
  • Phase IV: Rollout – Bring to life your Capstone project that would mobilize support for impact initiatives.
  • Phase V: Reflection – Review the journey from immersion to action.

Apply for 1st Cohort

We are looking to induct 25 exceptional Leaders in the founding Cohort

All applications are evaluated basis the criterion listed below and the eventual choice is made by a Selection Panel post virtual one-on-one interviews.

  • Eligibility Criterion:
    Age: 27-35 Years of Age by March 1st 2021
    Nationality: Indian
  • Application Start Date: 1st Dec. 2020
  • Application Close Date: 15th Jan. 2020
  • Interviews with Shortlisted Candidates: Till 1st March 2021
  • Final list of Fellows for 2021 Cohort Released: 15th March 2021

For any queries, please reach out to


Aditya Vyas

Aditya Vyas

Aditya is a management graduate currently working with Crompton Consumer. He specializes in Operations and Supply Chain Management. He is married and lives in Mumbai with his wife. He is inspired by the socio economic change bought about by Amul and belives social enterprises are the way forward to lift people out of poverty and bring out a positive societal change.


Akshat Malhotra

Akshat Malhotrar

I currently work in a leadership position at HDFC Life and have previously worked with leading Fortune 500 MNCs and marquee startups. My non-profit experience includes launching a ‘fundraising & resource mobilization’ program at Pratham & managing tie-up between Novartis & St. Jude Childcare centers. I have extensively traveled across India and I am passionate to work on social causes.


Anisha Mishra

Anisha Mishra

I work as Vice-President Human Resources at Fisdom. I have been associated with many Volunteer Organisations, the most prominent one being the art of living. I have been responsible for skill building initiatives as a part of ICICI Skills Academy. I love my work and love giving back to society. I believe in being good and doing good.


Laxmi Krupa Jeyaganesh

Laxmi Krupa Jeyaganesh

Lakshmi Krupa Jeyaganesh currently serves as an HR Head for Education and Stationery Products Business at ITC Limited. She is an Associate Fellow in Talent Management from The Wharton School and has over to 14 years of HR Experience. She specializes in Strategic HR Business Partnering, Top Talent Management, Performance Frameworks, Learning & Development, Organizational Design & Transformation. Lakshmi brings onboard a diverse industry experience across Telecom, FMCG, Captive IT, Global B2B and Automotive Industry domains. Prior to her current role, she has worked with Renault-Nissan, Tata Coffee, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages and Reliance Communications.


Madhuri Chandra Anchuri

Madhuri Chandra Anchuri

Hello! I am Madhuri Chandra Anchuri, Risk Manager by profession working with MSCI for clients located across the globe to onboard risk and analytical solutions. I am also a social entrepreneur at heart, globe trotter by curiosity and mother of a naughty toddler!


Pearl Swahney

Pearl Swahney  

The two words that have always fascinated me are ‘media’ and ‘society’, having followed them till date in life I have been educated and working in fields related to them. I have Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Lady Shriram College and Master’s degree in Media Governance from Jamia Millia Islamia. With 7 years of professional experience spreading across media firms, NGOs and corporates, I have gained expertise in strategic marketing planning, organizing events, communication, media planning & PR coordination, training and monitoring, developing training modules, capacity building, skill training, research and project management.


Ruchi Aggarwal

Ruchi Aggarwal

Ruchi is a former management consultant at McKinsey & Co. She has an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and holds several national level ranks (99.99%ile in CAT, AIR 8 in CA-Foundation, B.Com Gold Medalist). She is now an entrepreneur and has founded her own startup, and is also writing a book.


Santhosh Singh

Santhosh Singh

Santosh is a marketing and customer experience professional with a career spanning over a decade in Manufacturing and Telecom. A graduate from IIM Bangalore, Santosh has keen interest in consumer psychology and socio-economic matters. He believes that access to good education is the most effective lever for community upliftment.


Shreyansh Mehata

Shreyansh Mehata

I am Shreyans Mehta, working as a senior associate at BlackRock. I have more than 5 years of experience in data science, technology and finance. My hobbies include reading, writing, and playing badminton. I have been following Akshaya Patra for more than 5 years now, and am super excited to be starting this journey.


Vaibhav Jain

Vaibhav Jain

Vaibhav works with Visa where he leads fintech engagements to digitise small merchants in India. He has 8 years of diverse experience in consultative sales, strategy, product and operations. With Masters from MIT and MBA from IIM Bangalore, he brings to the table the best of both technology and business worlds. He graduated as an Institute Silver Medalist from IIT Roorkee, and is an aspiring theatre and improv artist.


Varun Govind Raj

Varun Govind Raj

A Deep Generalist with 11 years across Strategy, the integrated Supply Chain & Technology consulting at Tata group companies, IBM & the shipping industry with an innate passion to solve problems in the retail, Supply Chain, Logistics, Infra & Pharma sectors.


YLC Mentor council

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

Celebrity Chef & Padma Shri Awardee

Divya Balagopal

Co-founder & Senior Partner Mundkur Law Partners

Pankaj Chaddah

Co-Founder MINDHOUSE, Zomato.

Sahil Barua

Founders & CEO, Delhivery.


Sandeep Banerjee

EX Managing Director of Compass Group (India)

Sri Rajan

Partner, Bain & Company San Francisco

Vinita Bali

Board Member – IIM Bangalore, CRISIL, Titan Industries

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