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About Abhik

Abhik is an adviser with the United Nations on innovation and partnerships that can help accelerate sustainable development at the national and international levels. Previously, he was the first Head of Innovation and Partnerships at the Commonwealth Secretariat, the inter-governmental organisation for the Commonwealth of Nations.

In this role, Abhik provided capacity-building assistance to governments, facilitated system-wide innovation, mobilised resources and managed the Commonwealth’s partnerships with other international institutions. He also launched and led the Commonwealth Innovation Ecosystem Programme to foster digital transformation and sustainability, scale public innovation, support grassroots innovators and ignite partnerships between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in Commonwealth countries.

Prior to this, as Head of Policy and Research with a focus on equitable socio-economic development and youth empowerment, Abhik developed evidence-based national policies and implementation strategies in cooperation with the governments of countries in Africa, Asia, Americas and Oceania. He is the lead author of the Global Youth Development Index and Report (2016), a ground-breaking study that the United Nations Human Development Report Office called an “admirable and timely contribution to fill a critical gap in the global development landscape.”

Abhik has served in leadership roles at The Economist and Bloomberg and worked as a journalist and policy analyst in India. He has also been a member of the board of trustees at Apples and Snakes, the UK's national organisation for poetry and spoken word artists, and is a World Fellow at Yale University.