17-yr old to attend World Economic Forum

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17 year old Anjali Chandrashekar, will attend the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 26-30, 2011 in her capacity as a British Council Global Changemaker. Anjali , a two-time national award winning visual activist who uses art to raises awareness of key social issues, is one of five youth selected to attend the event from over 1,500 applicants from around the world.

Anjali and her four colleagues are part of the British Council’s Global Changemakers initiative, a network of young social entrepreneurs and community activists from 110 countries world-wide who come together to build their skills, share ideas, and work together on projects that directly impact the lives of those in their communities.

The Changemakers will also participate in workshops and private sessions and be mentored by members of the Forum’s Young Global Leaders and Social Entrepreneurs communities.In addition, each year, a select group of Global Changemakers is chosen to participate in high-level political and economic events, to raise decision-makers’ awareness of key issues on the global agenda and to spread best practices in youth-led development.

Anjali, who has been a painter since the age of four, was chosen based on her track record of serving her community and her ideas for improving the state of the world. She is currently a 12th grade student at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Junior College in Chennai and will be the youngest Indian ever to attend the World Economic Forum.