Ishita Chaudhry is an Ashoka and INK Fellow and the Founder and Managing Trustee of The YP Foundation (TYPF), a youth-led non-profit organization in India that supports and advances adolescents and young people's leadership to create programmes and influence policies that advance their health and human rights. Ishita served full time as TYPF’s Executive Director from 2002 – 2015. She is currently working as an Independent Consultant and Advisory Committee Member with the Directorate of Education, Government of Delhi and the State Council for Education, Research and Training. Ishita is a Founding Member of the international alliance RESURJ (Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice) since 2010 and a member of the High Level Task Force on ICPD+20 since 2012. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Hindi Edition of Reproductive Health Matters and is an Advisor to the Global Fund for Women. Prior to TYPF, Ishita worked with Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India as a researcher on grant-making in South Asia and community foundation models for the Khemka and Berteslmann Foundations.
Ishita is a trained musician and a passionate feminist community organizer and advocate for adolescents and young people's Human Rights, working with youth-led and focused groups in policy design and advocacy programmes with Civil Society Organizations and governments at community, state, national and regional levels. She has previously served on UNESCO's Global Advisory Group on Sexuality Education, the Technical Resource Group for the National Adolescent Strategy on Health for the Ministry of Family Health and Welfare, Government of India and UNFPA, the Technical Advisory Committee of Asia Pacific Research for reviewing the status of school-based Comprehensive Sexuality Education for UNESCO, UNFPA and UNICEF and the Civil Society Committee for the National Strategic Framework for HIV Prevention for India’s National AIDS Control Organization. She has developed programs and led research on governance, health and rights for adolescents and young people for the UN Foundation, UNAIDS, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Ford Foundation, the Development Communication Division of Doordarshan, the Government of Nagaland, UNDP and UNICEF in India.
In 2015 Ishita was named part of 100 Women Leaders in Global Health by Graduate Institute Geneva and in 2014, recognized by The Purpose Economy as one of 100 Pioneers across Asia for her work in giving young people in India a voice. She is the recipient of the Change Looms Award for Social Entrepreneurship from Ashoka Foundation (2009), The Seen and Heard Award from British Telecom and the UK Youth Parliament (2008), Pepsi MTV Youth Icon of India Nominee (2008), the Karamveer Puruskaar – National Award for Social Justice and Action in India (2007) and is the first Indian youth to receive the Young Achiever’s Award from the President of Nepal (2009). In 2008, she was selected by President Clinton for the Clinton Global Initiative.