Asia Launch of the 2016 Global Youth Development Index |

Asia Launch of the 2016 Global Youth Development Index

Panel Discussion


The first ever Global Youth Development Index (YDI) and Report, produced by the Commonwealth Secretariat, provides an evidence-based overview of the state of development of young people between the ages of 15 and 29 in 183 countries, including 49 of the 52 Commonwealth countries.

 The YDI is a composite index that measures and monitors the multi-dimensional nature of youth development at the national level. The ultimate purpose of the YDI is to help governments, policy makers, decision-makers and other stakeholders develop more evidence-based youth development policies and programmes, and to help track progress over time using comparable data and indicators.

Mr. Abhik Sen

Head of Policy and Research (Youth Affairs) at Commonwealth Secretariat

At the Commonwealth Secretariat, an inter-governmental organisation for 53 countries spread across Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean and Europe, Abhik oversees policy-relevant research and helps member states develop policies and plans that are critical to the empowerment and development of young people – who constitute more than 60% of the Commonwealth’s population of 2.3 billion. In this role, he supervises research on issues related to education, health, employment, entrepreneurship and inclusion. He also works in partnership with other international organisations to improve policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation at the national and international levels. Previously Abhik was a managing editor at The Economist Group. He has also been a newspaper editor in India. Abhik is a trustee at Apples & Snakes, the leading national organisation for poetry and spoken word artists in the UK, and Theatre Rites, a London-based charity dedicated to enriching child education through the arts. He was educated in India and the UK and is a World Fellow at Yale University.

Mr. David Chua

Chief Executive Officer, National Youth Council

Mr David Chua graduated from Imperial College, University of London with a Master of Engineering, and subsequently a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. David was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Council in July 2015, becoming the autonomous agency’s first CEO. NYC was restructured to an autonomous agency under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth in January 2015, to its role as the national body coordinating holistic youth development. It also houses Outward Bound Singapore and Youth Corps Singapore. Under David’s leadership, NYC aims to ensure greater coherence and coordination in youth development efforts. It will deepen partnerships with the people, private and public sectors to drive holistic youth development. It aims to better feel the youth pulse, coordinate youth well-being issues and inspire young people to make a difference in their communities.

Dr. Namrata Chinarkar

Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Dr. Namrata Chindarkar is an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS) and a faculty associate at the Institute of Water Policy, NUS. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland concentrating in international development policy. She holds a M.A. in Development Studies from the University of Manchester, U.K., and a M.Phil. in Social Sciences from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has previously worked at McKinsey & Company, Asian Development Bank, and the Global Development Network. Her research interests are in development and social policy with a focus on infrastructure, energy, water, poverty and inequality, food security, gender, policy analysis and evaluation. Her methodological approach is applied econometrics using primary, secondary, and administrative policy data.

Chair Person:

Prof. M Ramesh, UNESCO Chair on Social Policy Design in Asia, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Thursday, 01 June 2017

3.00 pm - 4.00 pm


Seminar Room 3-5,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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