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Feeding India founder a.k.a – Indian Hunger activist Ankit Kawatra wins Queen’s Young Leader Award!!
And the wishes keep showering in:
“This man is not going to stop till he actually ends hunger.”
Srishti Jain, Core Team Member Feeding India.
“You make us so so Proud Ankit Kawatra! Many many congratulations on being selected as #QueensYoungLeader for 2017. It is your undeterred passion towards the cause that makes us work even harder. Great going. Loads to come.”
Sanat Kumar Sahu, External Relations Manager Delhi
Heartiest Congratulations Ankit on being the Queen’s Young Leader 2017. 😍 Just the beginning! You make us so proud!
Pulkit Malhotra, Talent Management Manager Delhi
Ankit Kawatra from India has won the Queen’s Young Leaders award in UK for his exceptional work in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in the communities.
Ankit Kawatra, the founder of Feeding India, a not for profit organization that aims to solve hunger, malnutrition and food waste in the country, is among 60 other individuals from the entire world to have won the Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2017. Ankit will be presented the award by Her Majesty The Queen herself at a gala ceremony in Buckingham Palace in June next year, over the course of a one-week residential programme in the UK.
The award will also offer the winners a one year bespoke mentoring and online learning provided by the University of Cambridge to build leadership capabilities and better their work towards the communities. Last year, apart from the Queen herself, David Beckham, Prince Harry, Sir Lenny Henry and former Prime Minister Sir John Major were among the personalities to pay tribute to inspiring young leaders from across the Commonwealth at an event at Buckingham Palace.
The selection process comprised of 3,000 applications from around the world selected by the Queen’s Young Leaders Advisory Panel of young people and their Programme Board.
Ankit said “This is not just an award for me, but the entire Feeding India fraternity and in fact for everyone who works to fight hunger. I am honoured to be a Queen’s Young Leader, and forever grateful to the Feeding India volunteers, team and supporters (especially Mr. Mayur Sharma from Highway on my Plate) who have been with me through thick and thin. Thank you so much! I will leave no stone unturned to gain from this experience and apply it to fighting hunger with Feeding India”.
Recently, Ankit has also been selected as one of the 17 United Nations Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals in September during the 71st United Nations General Assembly. Earlier this week he was also honoured with the Karamveer Chakra and REX Global fellowship at an exclusive awards function for his leadership and selfless work towards a better society.
For those who do not know about Ankit and his work
Ankit represents the youth of India and is able to raise development concerns of the country at a global level. His organization, Feeding India provides nutritious meals to people who cannot access or earn food for themselves, namely- children, elderly and specially-abled. Feeding India has a network of 2500+ volunteers in 32 cities who have served 2 million meals. Ankit aims to feed 100 million meals in India by 2020, with a network of 10,000 Hunger Heroes in 100 cities of India with more sustained feeding programs.
More about the award
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust present the award to recognise young people from across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth who are “taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities”.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of the Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.