Harvard Social Enterprise Conference > The Pivotal Role Youth Plays in Addressing Society's Most Urgent Problems

Yashveer Singh

February 11, 2023 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Yashveer Singh

Yashveer leads the Ashoka Young Changemakers program at Ashoka Innovators for the Public, world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs & innovators. Ashoka Young Changemakers identifies, selects and builds a global community of Teen Changemakers. Prior to this, he founded a youth non-profit to address talent inequity in the development sector and influence youth culture in India by inspiring, and educating university students to pursue social innovation and entrepreneurship. Yashveer has co-authored a book #ChangeStartsYoung featuring inspiring stories of young changemakers from across India.

For his work, Yashveer has been recognized in “Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia” list in the year 2016 as was awarded Youth Action Net 2012 Fellowship by International Youth Foundation. Yashveer earned his MBA at University of Oxford, where he was the only MBA student to receive Vice-Chancellor Social Impact Award 2014 for his initiatives as Co-Chair Social Impact, Oxford Business Network (OBN). As the President of Student’s Union BITS Pilani 2006-07, Yashveer co-founded the University VISION 2020 Plan.


LaShyra Nolen

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Born and raised in Southern California, LaShyra “Lash” is a writer, activist, and dual-degree MD/MPP student at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is serving as student council president of her medical school class—the first documented Black woman to hold this leadership position. A fervent advocate for marginalized populations, her voice has been featured in the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and NPR, among others. She is also a co-host of the Clinical Problem Solvers Anti-Racism in Medicine Podcast and a served as a member of the White House Health Equity Roundtable. During the COVID-19 pandemic she founded We Got Us, a grassroots community empowerment project with the mission to increase access to education and healing for marginalized communities.

Her work has earned her the honor of being named a Forbes “30 Under 30” Leader in Healthcare, the 2020 National Minority Quality Forum’s youngest “40 under 40 Leader in Minority Health”, a Boston Celtics “Hero Among Us”, and a Rock Health “Top 50 Leader in Digital Health”.  In her future she hopes to use policy, writing, and medical education reform as tools to impact the health of her future patients and community as a physician activist and public leader.


Sashko Horokh

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Sashko is an MIT sophomore in Math and Economics from Kyiv, Ukraine. They’re a director at Mriya Inc., the president of Ukraine@MIT student group, a co-organizer of rallies and fundraises for Ukraine in Boston area, and a finalist and mentor at Ukraine Global Scholars. Sashko spent summer 2022 and January 2023 volunteering in Ukraine.


Jennifer Pfister

March 22, 2022 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Jennifer Pfister

Jennifer is a McCloy Fellow and MPP Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School where she explores social entrepreneurship, storytelling and public policy as tools for change. She is the founder of the program “From Good Girl to Badass” which has reached young leaders in 15+ countries across five continents. Determined to address socioeconomic and gender inequalities, she has served as the German youth advisor to the G7 and G20. Her adventurous soul and curious mind inspired her to embark on a digital nomad journey during which she travelled the world for almost one and a half years while working in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion remotely.