Vidyadhar Prabhudesai (39), a resident of Panchpakhadi, Thane, has received three back to back honors from international organizations within the last six months. In July this year, he was selected as Climate Reality Leader, an initiative of The Climate Reality Project, the USA. He received training from the former Vice President of USA and Nobel Laureate Al Gore and joined a global network of over 10,000 influential climate activists. This network catalyzes a global solution to the climate crisis by proposing urgent actions across every level of society.
A month afterward, Prabhudesai was nominated as a non-resident fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London. The RSA is a 260-year-old British organization committed to finding practical solutions for social challenges through powerful ideas, cutting-edge research, and a global network of 30,000 fellows from 80 countries. Notable past fellows include Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Stephen Hawking, Karl Marx, and Nelson Mandela.
In November, Vidyadhar was listed among the Top 40 leaders from Europe India who are under 40 years by Europe India Centre for Business and Industry. The list covers the stories of 24 men and 16 women young leaders across 19 nationalities and their contributions in promoting EU India / UK India relations. He is selected along with seven other young leaders from India.
“I am very humbled to receive such international recognition. It is very encouraging to receive them during this pandemic. It helps to remain focused on your work and stay positive and motivated”, says Prabhudesai to Prittle Prattle News.
Vidyadhar started his career with a small CA firm in Thane and later worked with several multinational companies. He quit his corporate job and co-founded LeadCap Ventures a decade ago. Today, with a presence across 40 countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe, LeadCap works with several international governments like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and development agencies such as United Nations, World Economic Forum, and World Bank. He is also an inclusive development fellow at United Nations and received World Bank’s Prize on Youth Employability for impacting more than 10 million youth through LeadCap Trust.
With a vision to nurture and develop young leaders and role models from Thane, Vidyadhar has launched the Global Shapers Community’s Thane Hub. The hub forms a strong network of dynamic and diverse achievers from Thane, with a purpose to drive projects impacting the lives of Thanekars. The hub’s projects are aligned with the overall Impact Goals of the Community on Climate Action, Diversity & Inclusion, and Education & Skills.
He represents Thane city and culture in various international forums and received several awards, including Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini, REX Karamaver Chakra, Jewel of India, Distinguished Alumni of Thunderbird School of Global Management, and also listed as Young Visionaries by Horasis, a Swiss-based think tank. We wish Vidyadhar good luck with his future global engagements.