UNICEF Appoints Special Representative for Young People
NEW YORK, 26 September 2018 – Mr. Ravi Venkatesan has been appointed as UNICEF’s Special Representative for Young People. In this role, Ravi will provide strategic guidance and support UNICEF globally with high level outreach, partnerships and scaling innovations. He will help shape the overall strategy and approach of Generation Unlimited with a particular focus on engaging the private sector and identifying Regional champions. Ravi will also advise UNICEF on its innovation agenda and assist UNICEF craft shared value partnerships with global corporations.
Ravi is a former Chairman of the Bank of Baroda; between 2015-18, he oversaw the turnaround of India’s second largest public sector bank. Prior to this, as Chairman of Microsoft India, Ravi helped build India into Microsoft’s second-largest presence in the world. He has also served as Chairman of Cummins India, and Co-Chairman of Infosys Ltd.
Ravi is the founder of the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME), a coalition which aims to create 10 million local entrepreneurs in India and Africa by 2030. He also founded Social Venture Partners India, a pan-India network of philanthropists and is a partner at impact investor Unitus Ventures. He is a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and the author of an acclaimed book “Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere”.
Ravi has an MBA from Harvard Business School, was voted as one of India’s best management thinkers by Thinkers50 and is one of Linkedin’s Global Influencers. Having worked in the private and public sectors across three continents, Ravi brings a wealth of experience in leadership, globalization, innovation and approaches to social change.