AIYD meets Australian Foreign Affairs Minister

AIYD meets Australian Foreign Affairs Minister

On 14 April 2015, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Australia, The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, addressed an audience at St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi about the benefits of people-to-people relationships at a youth level. Ms. Bishop spoke about the launch of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan in India and mentioned that hundreds of University students will now have the opportunity to take part in structure exchange programs and internships in other parts of the region, including India.

 

14 April 2015, New Delhi, India; The Hon. Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs mingles with representatives of the Australia-India Youth Dialogue after addressing the student body at St StephenÕs College, Delhi University, to promote Australian education and the New Colombo Plan during her visit to India to promote trade and investment opportunities for Australia. Picture by Graham Crouch/DFAT

 

After the formal presentations, Ms. Bishop met with AIYD alumni and steering committee members and extolled the virtues of programs such as AIYD in the context of the Australia-India relationship.

Achyutha Sharma

Achyutha Sharma

Achyutha has a decade of experience in Brand, Design, Retail and Marketing. He is a fashion graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi. He currently runs Collaborative Community, a brand and design consulting firm that works with start-up businesses and the development sector. The brand firm has worked with start-ups and other businesses in the area of apparel, food & beverage, e-commerce, and retail brand across sectors. In the development sector, it has worked with diverse non-profit and social enterprises across themes such as education, livelihood, craft, energy, water and sanitation. He also runs Sulochana Development Trust, a charitable trust that supports Creative Arts & Design for Social Impact. He has been a speaker at Indian and international conferences, a fellow with AIYD 2014, Acumen Fund India fellow 2014 and has been nominated for the Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards 2012 by British Council India. Achyutha’s interest specifically in the Australian-Indian relationship is in the area of design, entrepreneurship, social sector, arts & culture. He is continuing the Samaanata dialogue on craft & culture that originated from an Australian project. Achyutha is passionate about building brands and articulates his insights under Designing Growth and Design Impact blogs.