“The Youth Assembly is an incredible platform bringing together young minds to make a global difference. Together through this year’s assembly, let’s try to truly achieve a breakthrough for a better future.”

Shah Rafayat Chowdhury is an award winning environmentalist and social entrepreneur from Bangladesh. Shah is the Co-Founder & President of Footsteps, a next generation organization currently empowering over 300,000 people across Bangladesh with safe water and sanitation access, disaster resilience, and improved public health services, especially for the marginalized communities. He is also the Managing Director of Dreamwater Enterprises Limited, a social enterprise which innovates WASH devices and products to create access to water at an affordable price for all. Shah received the internationally acclaimed Diana Award and AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens, and recently was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 for his contribution to Bangladesh’s development sector through Footsteps. Shah has also served as Bangladesh’s Youth Representative to the United Nations and was mentored by former US Vice President Al Gore on Climate Leadership. Shah earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Economics and Policy from Penn State in 2018.

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Shah will speak on a panel titled, “Sounding the Alarm: How to Get SDGs 1 and 5 on Track.”