Re-imagining a Progressive and Thriving Punjab – Event

What will Punjab look like in the future? Who are the young people on the ground actively building solutions? What are their experiences of enacting change? How can Punjabi migrants across Canada, Australia, US & UK be part of the solution?

Join us for a live discussion on 27th August 2020 with young Punjabi leaders, founders, and change-makers across industries who are actively working on the ground. Across arts, education, philanthropy, and the entrepreneurship space these young leaders all share in common a strong bias toward action, bringing ideas to life and creating a strong social and economic impact.

Panel members include alumni from San Francisco State University, Ashoka University, Harvard Kennedy School and TEDx Speakers who are movers and shakers in Punjab having started companies, movements and social impact organisations.

You’ll leave with a stronger awareness of the current situation, ways in which you as part of the diaspora can contribute and be part of a community dedicated to making a difference.

The conversation will be facilitated by Daizy Maan, Program Manager at Deakin University’s SPARK Deakin and Founder of Bold Punjab.

Time & Date 

Thursday 27th August 2020 via Zoom (link to be sent upon registration) 
6.00pm AEST (Melbourne),  1.30pm ISD (India) and 9.00am BST (London) 

Panel Members

Amy Singh, Poet and Educator

Amy is a spoken word poet, an Integral Education facilitator and a TEDx Speaker. She uses poetry as her medium of storytelling, activism, protest and philanthropy to promote positive change and social justice. She runs a street poetry initiative called Cross Connection Poetree, to bring poems out into public spaces and everyday life, as a way of reclaiming public spaces. She’s been featured in India Today, The Tribune & Indian Express.

Daaman Thandi, Co-founder Community of Advocates for Gender Empowerment

Daaman is an experienced Campaign Strategy Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the social impact sector. She currently works as an advocacy consultant with the Canadian Consulate in Chandigarh where she also founded the Community of Advocates for Gender Empowerment. She has previously worked with the German Marshall Fund in Washington DC and Center for Land Warfare Studies in New Delhi. Daaman is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education program on Leadership, Organizing, and Action, and is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where she studied Political Science and Conflict Resolution.

Amitoz Singh

Amitoz Singh - Founder SpaceJam Coworking & Incubation

 Amitoz is an entrepreneur by heart and best known for establishing and running SpaceJam Coworking/Incubation. He is passionate about sustainable growth and empowering teams with the right resources/solutions gives him enormous gratification. SpaceJam has tapped into a unique opportunity to work closely with startups and strive for excellence each day. He is an alumnus of The Lawrance School Sanawar and San Francisco State University where he studied finance

Daizy Maan

Daizy Maan, Panel Moderator & Founder of Bold Punjab

Daizy is passionate about youth leadership, startups and empowering South Asian women. She was a delegate for the Australia India Youth Dialogue, currently leads the start-up program at Deakin University – SPARK Deakin and has served as the youngest Director for Australia’s largest Community Bank network (NSX:CSH) from 21 -26. In 2020 she was listed on Asian Woman Festival’s Power List amongst women across the world making a difference. She’s Punjabi Australian and based in Melbourne, Australia. 

Simranpreet Singh Oberoi

Simranpreet Singh Oberoi, Co-Founder, Punjab Youth Leaders Program via Sanjhi Sikhiya

Simranpreet aspires to transform Punjab into a land of hope, courage and possibilities through a collective movement. Currently, he is focusing on improving the public education system of Punjab through an intensive two-year leadership program called Punjab Youth Leaders Program (PYLP). He has also set up a collective of organizations which works with the state education department to drive systemic reforms.In the past, he has designed and launched key strategic initiatives as a part of Genpact’s CSR efforts. Genpact is a global professional services firm in the space of business transformation. Simranpreet brings in a lot of passion and commitment for systems change, youth development and education. He is a Young India Fellow from Ashoka University and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Ajai Bhatia, Managing Director of Carsales & Guest Speaker


Ajay is Managing Director of one of the Australia’s innovative unicorns (ASX:CAR). He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, University of Technology Sydney and Executive Sponsor of Stanford Digital Cities Program. He will share his unique insights and most importantly join us in listening to what incredible young people are doing on the ground in India and how we can support grassroots initiatives. 






Svetha Venkatesh, CoDirector, A2I2, Alfred Deakin Professor

Svetha is one of the top 15 women in the world for Artificial Intelligence research and the only woman from Australia on that list. Originally from India, Svetha now lives in Geelong where she leads A²I² – Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute. Her research has led to spinoffs, one of which is now an ASX listed company – icetana, which originally started by answering the simple but critical question “did the bomber get off the bus” after the tragic London bombings in 2005. Another spinoff from her team’s research is the Toby Playpad app which provides therapy for children with autism. Her desire to help researchers be more entrepreneurial led to the establishment of SPARK Deakin – Deakin University’s flagship entrepreneurial program. She was awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship by Australian Research Council for a project on exploring how pattern recognition can be harnessed to accelerate and expand the capability of experimental optimisation disrupting current experimental methods.

Global Community Partners

Australia India Council Young Sikh Professionals Network (YSPN), SPARK Deakin, Asian Woman Festival (AWF), Hello South Asians, and more to be confirmed. If you would like to be a Community Partner, reach out to us via email at boldpunjab[at]gmail[dot]com

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