AMCHAM Signature Lecture Series – Roundtable Interactive Session with Mr. William Warshauer, President and CEO, TechnoServe on ‘Youth Employability Challenge in India & A Global Perspective on Solutions’


On August 30th, 2019, as part of its Signature Lecture Series, AMCHAM India organized a roundtable interactive session with Mr. William Warshauer, President and CEO, TechnoServe on ‘Youth Employability Challenge in India and a Global Perspective on Solutions.’ The session began with a welcome address by Ms. Ursula Thakkar, Chairperson – Western Region, AMCHAM and Managing Director, Lubrizol Advanced Materials India Pvt. Ltd. Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM, introduced the speakers for the session and invited them to share their experiences and expertise on the topic.


The keynote speaker, Mr. William Warshauer, President and CEO, TechnoServe, began his address by sharing an overview of TechnoServe’s history and focus areas and spoke of the efforts by various agencies to address the challenge of youth unemployment. Through a presentation and supporting statistics, Mr. Punit Gupta, Country Director, TechnoServe India, highlighted TechnoServe’s blended delivery models to approach youth unemployment and their innovation framework that has helped make a catalytic impact.


This was followed by Mr. Gokul Venkataraman, Marketing Director, Diversey India Hygiene Pvt. Ltd. who, through his remarks, spoke of their resource management and skilling program called Garima. In the interactive Q&A session that followed participants discussed solutions to empower youth to aspire and grow in the formal workplace. In closing, Mr. Debasis Ghosh, Director, Citibank N.A. stated that there was no one solution to the youth employability challenge but instead there should be several interventions. The event concluded with closing remarks and vote of thanks by Mr. Arnab Basumallik, Director – Pricing & Government Affairs, Edwards Lifesciences India Pvt. Ltd.