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Ravi Karkara


Global Advisor on Youth, UN Habitat


Ravi Karkara is a trained social worker with commitment to advance human rights, participation, inclusion and gender 


equality, accountability and social justice. He serves as a Strategic Adviser Partnership to the Assistant Secretary-General/Deputy Executive Director of UN-Women. He has worked with several organizations on gender mainstreaming with a specific focus on children, youth and women - UN Women, UNICEF, Save the Children among others - successfully advocating the role of boys and men in gender equality from a life-cycle and  gender transformative approach. He is also the recipient of prestigious NOVUS Award – that  unites global shapers from around the world to tackle the today's grand challenges via actionable change. He has also been appointed as the honorary Global Ambassador to the prestigious Junior Chamber International - a 100 years old network of youth entrepreneurs working on civic engagement and skills development worldwide. 



He serves as Global Advisor on Youth with UN-HABITAT. He is the lead author of the groundbreaking report “Youth 21:Building the Architecture of Youth Engagement in the UN System,” which contributed to the creation of United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth. Ravi represented UN-HABITAT as the co-chair of the UN Interagency Network on Youth Development. Government of Sri Lanka appointed him as the Global Advisor to the World Conference on Youth in 2014, focusing on youth perspectives in developing post- 2015 development agenda. Ravi also served as the Global Advisor Strategic Advisor on Partnership with UN Millennium Campaign. He relentlessly supported UN Secretary General’s My World 2015 survey reaching close to 5.5 million youth. Ravi is co-chairs the Policy Strategy Group for World We Want 2015 – largest UN & civil society post-2015 data-curation-visualization Big Data platform.


He has extensive experience in facilitating and managing strategy development processes with diverse range of audience ranging from policy makers, development workers to local communities. He has extensive experience in knowledge creation and management. He has written more than 80 publications and has given keynote and panel addresses across the 




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