Emerging Leaders
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Kehkashan Basu

Founder President, Green Hope Foundation

At 12, Kehkashan founded the Green Hope Foundation , becoming herself an international green beacon of hope before leaving high school. Today, at 20, Kehkashan leads the Green Hope team that has now engaged over 150,000 youth from 25 countries, providing sustainability and SDGs education on a global scale. Examples? At the invitation of Suriname’s President, she established partnership with their Youth Parliament that became a platform to engage Suriname youth in the implementation of SDGs. She and her team led an education and action effort that regenerated and conserved 2,000 square kilometres of mangroves in the Middle East, India, Bangladesh, Suriname and Indonesia, and was chosen by the Toronto District School Board as a partner to provide environmental education to its 600 school and 250,000 students. Green Hope has since spread to 16 country chapters, resulting in 144,000 tree plantings, 165 community cleanups and the recycling of 2000 tonnes of waste.