SRINAGAR: A Kashmiri has made it to the list of 21 young leaders of Asia this year.
Raheel Khursheed, who currently heads news partnerships for Twitter in India and Southeast Asia, has been chosen among 21 youth from Asia who will attend an annual summit in Australia later this year being hosted by Asia Society.
Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is an educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context.
Pakistani women cricketer, Sana Mir, has also been named as one of the young leaders of Asia this year and will accompany 36-year-old Khursheed in Melbourne in November for the ‘Asia 21 annual summit’ where members of the ‘2017 class’ from 20 other countries as well as ‘Asia 21 alumni’ will be present.
In a brief statement issued by Khursheed after this announcement, he said: “Throughout my life, the purpose of my leadership has been located in public service with an emphasis on democratizing information. I have been guided by my passion for organizing information so that it can be used by those who need it the most.”
Khursheed comes from Anantnag district in south of Kashmir.
Currently, he is a 2017 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard in the United States of America. He had also won 2017 Yale World Fellowship during the same academic year.
At Twitter India, he is responsible for providing front-line technical support to news, government, and political users of Twitter, solving problems, and escalating issues to internal support and policy teams as needed and keeps track to expand Twitter’s relationships with journalists, editors and politicians.
He has served as director of communications for India at Change.org in 2013, leading an effective strategy that seeded petitioning as an organizing tool, and organized the “Stop Rape” campaign that helped change rape laws in India.
Khursheed pursued Masters degree in mass communication from Symbiosis Institute in Pune University, Maharashtra.
Besides working with several news channels and newspapers in New Delhi and Kashmir, he worked with Mercy Corps in Kashmir from November 2010 to March 2011.
The Asia Society each year selects a class of 20-25 candidates for the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative.
The Asia 21 class is a core group of young leaders representing multiple countries and a wide range of fields. The group meets during the annual Summit where they explore critical issues and engage with their Action Lab Partner.