About us

Meera Shenoy - CEO, Founder of Youth4Jobs

What We Do

Youth4Jobs Foundation is South Asias’ largest organization focussing on education and employment of youth with disabilities. This work is globally important as 80% of worlds’ disabled population lives in developing countries like India. Youth4Jobs has evolved to be a system changer and has partnered with governments, 1300+ companies, educational institutions, NGOs, youth with disabilities and their parents. It focuses on training the youth and placing them in jobs. Simultaneously, it supports companies with a range of services to ensure business benefits. Recently, Youth4Jobs launched a fully accessible job platform for youth with disabilities called SwarajAbility, in partnership with Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA), the Government of India, IIT Hyderabad, CII-IBDN, NIMHANS and Kotak Mahindra Bank. 21 disabilities recognised by the RPwD Act will be represented.

We believe youth with disabilities are a talent pool. To sensitise civil society, we hold an annual Global Ability Photography Challenge through NotJustArt global, a digital platform of Youth4Jobs, created to support visual artists with disabilities in India and promote their work to a global audience of art lovers, collectors, museums, and galleries.

Our Team

Founders
Meera Shenoy - CEO, Founder of Youth4Jobs

 Meera Shenoy

Meera Shenoy, Founder-CEO, is  an acknowledged pioneer in market- linked skill trainings for rural, tribal and disabled youth and linking them to sustained livelihoods, at scale. She is one of the few in the country who work  on policy, strategy and implementation of large projects, integrating technology and markets ,for supporting livelihoods of the vulnerable. Her most recent work was supporting the Advisor to the Prime Minister in his capacity as Chairman, NSDA. She was also Senior Advisor, UNDP, Youth Skilling where she focussed on integrating rural girls into government schemes.  She worked as the World Banks  specialist  in their poverty alleviation projects . She has written several learning notes for the World Bank, which were circulated globally. Meera Shenoy began her work in skilling as Executive Director of EGMM, the countrys’ first job mission for rural and tribal youth, which she helped set up from scratch for the Andhra Pradesh government in 2004. She took it to scale, influencing policy.


 

 

Anila Mathur

 

Anila Mathur, Co-Founder, is a professional with around 25 years of cross cultural experience in Banking, Human Resources, Administration & Co-ordination of district & state level activities in the development sector. She has vast experience in the Banking sector. She is a B.Com graduate from Osmania University and holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and Finance.

 

 

Board of Directors
Meera Shenoy - CEO, Founder of Youth4Jobs
Meera Shenoy

Meera Shenoy, Founder-CEO, is  an acknowledged pioneer in market- linked skill trainings for rural, tribal and disabled youth and linking them to sustained livelihoods, at scale. She is one of the few in the country who work  on policy, strategy and implementation of large projects, integrating technology and markets ,for supporting livelihoods of the vulnerable. Her most recent work was supporting the Advisor to the Prime Minister in his capacity as Chairman, NSDA. She was also Senior Advisor, UNDP, Youth Skilling where she focussed on integrating rural girls into government schemes.  She worked as the World Banks  specialist  in their poverty alleviation projects . She has written several learning notes for the World Bank, which were circulated globally. Meera Shenoy began her work in skilling as Executive Director of EGMM, the countrys’ first job mission for rural and tribal youth, which she helped set up from scratch for the Andhra Pradesh government in 2004. She took it to scale, influencing policy.


 

Ravi Kolathur
Ravi Kolathur

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Vijay Kumar Wadhi
Vijay Kumar Wadhi

Vijay Wadhi is an Entrepreneur at heart, having worked on his own startups right after completing his graduation. He completed his post graduation in Management, post which he ventured into the then nascent IT industry as a partner of Wipro. Thus began the professional journey 35 years ago, with the first startup named Silicon Business Solutions Pvt Ltd.

IT industry is known to disrupt itself every few years; and that has been the challenge which kept Vijay on an ever learning path. He has seen the major IT technology waves right from Mainframe to Client Server to Central Data Centres and now moving to the Cloud. The first company – Silicon Business Solutions – was sold and he founded a new company in 2000 in the name of Locuz Enterprise Solutions Limited that is into the leading edge of IT infrastructure technology services, offering consultancy and services around Digital Transformation, Cyber Security, Hybrid Cloud and Super Computing serving global clients. Vijay has been serving as its MD and CEO since inception, conceptualising and driving its strategic initiatives and fiscal discipline.

Being an entrepreneur, he has vast experience in Strategy & Planning, Partnering, Sales, Support, Contracts & Agreements, Service Delivery, Finance, HR, Quality Management and Legal & Compliance. The qualities that would best describe him are Multidisciplinary, Honest, Candid, Frugal, People friendly and Apolitical, with reading and learning as his main hobby.

Board of Advisors

Sudipta Bhattacharya

Sudipta Bhattacharya

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Jayesh Ranjan

Mr. Jayesh Ranjan

Jayesh Ranjan | LinkedIn

 

 

Rajsekhar Budithi

Rajsekhar Budithi

(Budithi Rajsekhar | LinkedIn

 

 

Amala Akkineni

Amala Akkineni

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Luis Miranda

Luis Miranda

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Deenadayalan S.

Deenadayalan S.

S. Deenadayalan | LinkedIn

 

 

Gopinath C. S.
Gopinath C. S.

Gopinath C. S.

Gopinath C S | LinkedIn

 

 

Suchitra Shenoy

Suchitra Shenoy

Suchitra Shenoy has over a decade experience in social sector. She was the founding member of the Monitor Inclusive Markets team at the Monitor Group, where they examined market-based business models solutions to issues of poverty. She has co-authored a book Infinite Vision on the Arvind Eye Care System.

Awards

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