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AIESEC Peacebuilder

70th Anniversary Edition

Jimit Popat

Teach For India | India/Greece

AIESEC Experience:

Jimit started his AIESEC journey in 2011 as part of AIESEC in India in Kolkata. There, he spent two years as the Vice President of the incoming social sector working with NGOs and schools across the city and facilitated hundreds of incoming internships. He then chose to apply to the national team of AIESEC in Greece to push him beyond his comfort zone. Jimit chose Greece for one simple reason – he believed in the vision of AIESEC and what it could bring to a country that had been highly affected with the global recession crisis and the largest global youth unemployment problem. There he spent a year as the National VP handling HR and Organizational Development supporting and coaching AIESEC teams across the country. He then became the President of AIESEC in Greece in the following year (2014-15). In doing so, he became the first ever International President for AIESEC in Greece and the first member of his local chapter in India in that position as well.

Contributions to AIESEC’s Vision of Peace and Fulfillment of Humankinds Potential:

Jimit has always believed that a critical element of building peace is through Quality Education and access to opportunities for all. After his AIESEC journey, Jimit spent some time working with a start up in his city where he was responsible for supporting people from the transgender and tribal community find employment opportunities. He also co-designed a social initiative on Safety and Health Care (S.A.F.E.R) which has now been taken up as a project by the Global Shapers in Kolkata.

He then decided to move to Indonesia and work with a global education organization (EF Education First), to build his understanding of a high quality education. There he worked as a teacher for adults and enabled multiple students to explore and develop their potential. In 2017 he came back to India and work towards serving communities in his country. That is when he decided to join Teach For India and the Teach For All network. He has been working here as a National Manager for Talent Acquisition so that he can help to find and develop people from all across the country to contribute towards Teach For All’s vision of One Day All Children will receive an Excellent Education.

Biography:

Jimit is was born and brought up in Kolkata, India. Jimit identifies himself as a global citizen and a youth leader. He is a strong believer of the fact that leadership is at the core of most major global challenges and has worked in various global organizations that have leadership development as its essence. He has impacted lives of thousands of young people through his roles as a youth leader, a teacher, a people developer and now as a Global Shaper. His deep belief in the potential of every single individual and the importance of unleashing it took him on a career path across India, Greece, and Indonesia. His unconventional career with diverse roles across various countries has given him the courage to work towards solutions to the big problems of the world. Jimit aspires to be a part of shaping modern educational systems and communities that make individuals better equipped to build a better world.

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