Poonam Ahluwalia is a social entrepreneur and the founder and director of Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (YES) based in Boston.
Over the last 18 years she developed two innovative programs that shaped the global youth employment agenda: YES Campaign and YouthTrade. YES Campaign 14 years of tireless work helped place youth employment on the global agenda. Since the inception of YES in 1998, five Global Summits (Egypt 2002, Mexico 2004, Kenya 2006, Azerbaijan 2008 and Sweden2010), 5 Regional Summits and countless in-country forums were organized. Through her innovative low-touch, high impact approach to development over 400 projects have been initiated and implemented by young people throughout the world. The year 2012 marked the final year of the YES Campaign. YouthTrade: Inspired by Conscious Capitalism is an innovative architecture that certifies mission-driven youth entrepreneur’s businesses and provide access to markets, while building demand for their products. YouthTrade products can be found at Whole Foods Market and Nordstrom.
In 2011 she was invited to serve on the World Economic Forum’s Council on Youth Unemployment. In 2013, she was named India New England Woman of the Year.