The various categories of the awards are Healthcare, Administration, Tourism, Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship to name a few

The Young Leaders Connect is an annual conclave where young change-makers and leaders from diverse fields like business, politics, academia, sports, music and culture come together, put their heads and hearts together to plan where they would like to see India vis-à-vis Northeast in the future, plan a roadmap, and strategize on interventions at the grassroots and policy level.

This year, Leaders Connect is honouring people who in their specific line of work excellently continued to inspire leadership, instil hope and faith for the society amidst the pandemic situation, and the nominations have already started! Here’s a chance for you to ensure that either you or a person you closely follow, is duly acknowledged and rewarded for their work.

But who will judge the efforts and achievements of the deserving candidates, you ask? We are glad you did! Before we go any further, allow us to share the jury list. We have also added their short bio, although, as you will see, our jury hardly needs an introduction.

Conrad Sangma

Conrad Sangma became the Chief Minister of Meghalaya in 2018 at the age of 40. He completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration in entrepreneurial management from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and completed his MBA in finance from Imperial College London. He became active in politics just after his completion of studies in 2004, when he was just 24 years old. In 2008, he was elected to the Meghalaya Assembly. Conrad is the National President of the National People’s Party (NPP). Under his leadership, Meghalaya has witnessed many youth-friendly policies and programs that focus on employment generation, livelihood and entrepreneurship. Apart from politics, Conrad has been associated with social work, as president of the PA Sangma Foundation, which functions for the betterment in sectors of education and environment, and also runs four colleges in rural Meghalaya.

GG Kamei

GG Kamei is a civil servant. She is from the 1994 batch of the Indian Revenue Service and is currently posted as Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals), Guwahati, NER. A scholar of the prestigious Gurukul Chevening Scholarship, she holds diplomas from LSE, London for Leadership and Excellence and Duke University, U.S.A. on International Taxation. GG Kamei, was born and raised in Nagaland and keenly follows development. She does what she can to encourage, educate and promote entrepreneurship as also sustainable and environmentally viable industrial ventures. She looks forward to witnessing much needed successful entrepreneurial ventures from the NE Region that not only imbibe and showcases the spirit and values of making this world a better place but also lead by example. Kamei is a founding member of Leaders Connect and brings along not only with a rich experience of the government sectors but her passion to contribute in making NE a resource-rich region.

Hekani Jakhalu

Hekani Jakhalu is the Founder of YouthNet. She is a lawyer by profession and has an LLM, a degree from the University of San Francisco, and trained extensively at Harvard University, American University, Amnesty International- San Francisco and the United Nations HeadQuarters in New York. An alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College and the Law Faculty in Delhi University, Hekani worked both at the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court. After quitting as a Partner of a New Delhi law firm in 2005, she returned home to Nagaland to start YouthNet with a group of young professionals to address the challenges of youth employment and livelihood. Since inception, YouthNet has worked with almost one lakh young people across Nagaland (and North-East) on various advocacy programs, skill-building, employment and entrepreneurship. In 2019, Hekani was awarded the Nari Shakti Puruskar, the highest civilian award for women, by The President of India for her work on youth empowerment. Hekani is a founding member of Leaders Connect and YouthNet is the host organization for Leaders Connect.

Bhaichung Bhutia

Bhaichung Bhutia is an Indian sports icon from Sikkim and is considered the torchbearer of Indian football in the international arena. Bhaichung joined professional football at the age of 16. He played for various clubs like East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, JCT and United Sikkim. In 1999, when he joined English Club Bury, he became the first Indian footballer to sign a contract with a European club and only the second to play professionally in Europe. His international football honors include winning the Nehru Cup Nehru, LG Cup,SAFF Championship thrice and the AFE Challenge. Apart from contributing to sports and football, Bhaichung wanted to work on up-lifting the youth of North-East and founded Young Leaders Connect (now Leaders Connect) as the Chair in 2011. Many young leaders and achievers joined on board believing in his vision and today making it one of the most powerful platforms for the NE.

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Last date of nomination – 12th December, 8 AM

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