Agnishwar Jayaprakash is a global youth activist, community mobilizer & campaign strategist, driving advocacy & policy on sustainability, youth & human rights, and gender justice. He uses his interpersonal skills and experience around collective action to engage citizens at all levels, from grassroots to government (Glocal), to promote progress in the areas of youth, education, climate change and gender in particular. Mindful of the need for inclusive campaigning & advocacy, Agnishwar Jayaprakash’s outreach encompasses change makers stemming from rural, semi urban, and urban areas.

In addition to advocacy & policy, Agnishwar Jayaprakash is a frequent speaker, facilitator, commentator and writer on several issues (youth, education, equality, social inclusion, disability, SDGs, climate etc.) and has tried to contribute to leading international & national media outlets from the perspective of a Millennial Youth. He has contributed to 4 UN publications and authored/contributed to several articles for The Guardian, Thomson Reuters and other blogs & newspapers.

A committed champion of gender rights, he currently supports UN Women’s work on gender equality and women’s empowerment. In addition to his work on gender rights, Agnishwar Jayaprakash is a passionate advocate for citizen engagement and serves as a Global Youth Advocate for the UN Secretary General’s My World 2015 Global Citizen Survey, which mobilized close to 7 million youth, focusing on youth perspectives in developing the Sustainable Development Agenda.

He has experience in facilitating inter-generational & inter-disciplinary dialogues & partnerships and is experienced in multi-sectorial coalition creation, advocacy strategies, public affairs and grassroots program implementation.

Agnishwar Jayaprakash also serves on numerous advisory panels & informal advisor to CSOs & Private Sector.

Key Achievements

Largest free initiative for student Innovators and Young Entrepreneurs
100 Innovative Conferences leading to 2 President awards
Excellence in Sustainability Innovation in the Sustainability Innovation Award for Ignite India at the India Sustainability Leadership Awards
Young Achiever of the year at the Super Achievers Awards 2016
Executive Producer of Ezham Arivu, 1st ever Reality TV show for Young Entrepreneurs – rate as one of the top 10 shows of Doordarshan
Awardee – Outstanding UN Youth Delegate at the 19th Session of the United Nations Youth Assembly at New York City
Established Ignite India Incubation Center
-22 Advisory Board members
- 70 Mentors
- 26 Angel Investors
- 39 Venture Capitalists
- 406 Knowledge Council members
- 154 Incubation Centers
- 75 Corporate Innovation Council members
Convener for the 1st ever Young Entrepreneurship Development Panel of FICCI-TN
Identified among 5 finalists in the Digital Social Innovation category of Times Media Network.

Social CSR Leadership Award for leading Agni College of Technology into Social Service as Director of Agni Foundations
Awarded for Best Social Media Campaign for the number of volunteers and relief materials mobilized and distributed during the Chennai Floods 2015
Social Innovation Entrepreneur award for the innovation in Project Identity for adoption of 120 orphanage homes
Through Project Echo planted 1.20 lakh tree saplings
Through Project Freedom awarded academic scholarship for 225 students during the year 2014, 2015, 2016 amounting to INR 13.50 crores
Won an award for Community Mobilization in the Social Empowerment Awards 2016 on 15thMarch 2016 at New Delhi by Digital Empowerment Foundation
Felicitated by FICCI, MAFOI, World CSR Conference for rendering services to the society during the Chennai Floods 2015.

Supported and led a team which won 321 National medals and 4 international medals won by Turtles swimmers in various levels of competitions in 2572 State

Streamlined the marketing and branding activities of all Agni’s Projects started from 2008
Played a key role in contributing in rolling out of 8 new projects worth INR 100 Crores from 2014 at Agni Estates & Foundations.

Successfully implemented the International standards of teaching and learning process which in turn become one of the sought after engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu
Felicitated for Support and Improvement in quality of Education at Agni College of Technology.

Growth Path/ Assignments

Founder and Director : Ignite India since August 2016
Chairman & Managing Director: Garuda Aerospace Pvt Ltd:since August 2015
Director – Agni Educational Xpeditions : Since April 2015
Executive Producer – Ezham Arivu – 1st Ever Science Reality TV show
Convener – FICCI Young Entrepreneurs Development Panel 2016-18
Moderator – FICCI Young Entrepreneurship Series (YES-50) 2016
Founder and Director – Agni Foundation: Since Nov’14
Director Agni College of Technology: Since Jan’09
Director Agni Group of Companies: Since Jan’09
Director (Operations) – Agni Estates and Foundation (P) Ltd: since April 2008.

Swimming Profile

International Participation

2004 Ranked 47th in the world as a 13 year old in the 50m Breaststroke at the 7th FINA world Championships Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
2005 Junior Olympics – Short course Swimming championships, Belmont Plaza, California, USA.
2005 IV Asian Age-Group Championships, Bangkok, Thailand. 2006 South Texas Age-Group Championships, Texas, USA.
2006 1st FINA Youth World Swimming Championships, Rio de Janerio, Brazil.2007 American Short Course Championships, Austin, Texas, USA.
2007 Gold medal winner in the 50m Breaststroke and bronze medal winner in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the V Asian Age-Group Championships, Jakarta, Indonesia.
2007 Six Gold medals at the 1st South Asian swimming championships in Islamabad, Pakistan.
2008 Placed 15th in the 200 IM at the All American Long-course Championships, Austin, Texas.
2008 2nd FINA Youth World Championships, Monterrey, Mexico.
2008 Placed 4th in the 200 IM at the Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune, India.
2009 13th FINA World Championships, Rome, Italy. 2009 6th AASF Asian Age Group Championships, Tokyo, Japan.
2010 XXVIII EME Meet - Monaco - Grand Basin.
2010 XXXI TrofeuIntCiutat Barcelona.
2010 Canet - Grand Bassin
2010 XIX Commonwealth Games, Delhi, India
2011 Came 5th in 4 events at the FINA/ARENA Swimming world cup in Dubai
2011 Senior Circuit Aquatic Meet at the Triangle Centre
2012 38th Annual Sunbelt Masters Champion, North Carolina, USA.


Swimming Achievements

S.No Level Gold Silver Bronze
S.No Achievements
1National Records9
2New Meet Records72
3Individual Championship14

Seminar and Conferences

NASSCOM Foundation CSR Leadership Conference – 2015,2016
World CSR Day 2016
ECONS Education Conference2016
Times of India Innovation Summit 2016
Digital Empowerment Summit 2016
BRICS India Summit 2016
India CSR Summit 2016
World Start-up Conference 2016
TiCON Chennai Conclave 2016
Mobile Spark International Conference 2016
CII Connect 2016
FICCI YES 50 Conference 2016
World Achievers Summit 2017

Invited Speaker at:
- 100+ Science Innovation Conferences
in 2014, 2015 and 2016
- FICCI’s Energy Conference 2016
- CSR World Summit 2016
- AEDX Business Leader Series
- FICCI – YES50* Series
- AEDX Conferences
- International Youth Conference
- United Nations Day
- United Youth Assembly

Extracurricular Achievements

National Champion & International Swimmer 2004-2014
Only swimmer from Tamil Nadu to ever win the Asian age group gold medal in 2007.
Only Indian swimmer in the history of Indian swimming to win 6 gold medals at South Asian Games, Pakistan 2007
Qualifier for the finals of FINA world cup in 5 different events in 2011
First and only Indian to win medals in the Bahamas swim meet 2012
Current National record in 6 events
Best Sportsman in TN – 2007, 2011, 2012
CM Award – 2004, 2007 & 2011
Lions & Rotary award 2015


Executive Program – Program for Leadership Development, Harvard Business School, USA
Executive Program - Changing the Game: Negotiation and Competitive Decision Making, Harvard Business School, USA
Executive Program – Building Game – Changing Organisations: Aligning Purpose, Performance and People, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
Executive Program – Launching New Ventures, Harvard Business School, USA
MBA (Business Administration) from McColl’s School of Business, Queens University in Charlotte NC, USA
Bachelors in Business Law

Scientific Pursuit

Demonstrative Projects

2004 Evolution of Homo sapiens
2005 Archimedes and Bernoulli’s principles explained using computer simulations and physical models
2005 Automated Blimps to monitor and regulate traffic

Research Projects

2004 An analysis of Bio-Hydrogen as a fuel source titled “ Bio-Hydrogen – the forever fuel”.
2004 Vamana Project on Venus transit-2004. Guided by Dr. NirupamaRaghavan, President, Indian Astronomical Society, India.
2005 A review on Human Stem cell therapy 2005 An investigative study on hydrostatics and hydrodynamics, guided by Dr. SubbiahPandi, Professor, University of Madras.
2008 Investigating good cholesterol in school children (a genomic approach)
2009 A study on indoor air pollution, guided by the Pollution Control Board, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Paper Publications

Design Optimization and Structural Analysis of Multi-Material Truss Structure Journal of Mechanical and Civil Engineering e-ISSN: 2278-1684,p-ISSN: 2320-334X, Volume 14, Issue 1, PP 23-25
Comparative Study of Audio Amplifiers, Journal of Electronics and Communication Engineering e-ISSN: 2278-2834, p-ISSN: 2278-8735.Volume 12, Issue 1, PP 32-36
Adaptive Burst Assembly Algorithm for Reducing Burst Loss and Delay in OBS Networks, Asian Journal of Information Technology ISSN: 1682-3915, Vol.15,Iss.13, 2123-2132
Control of Robot Manipulator Error Using FPDI–IQGA in Neural Network, Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nano Science, Volume 13, Number 3,pp.1740-1748(9)
High Performance Self-Compacting Concrete using recycled coarse aggregate and eco sand, International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, ISSN 0973-4562 Vol. 10 No.47
Effect of fly ash in self-compacting concrete using glass fibers, International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, ISSN 0973-4562 Vol. 10 No.61
Automatic Monitoring of Pest Trap, International Journal of Advanced Research in Electrical,Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, Vol. 5, Issue 4
Estimation of micro and macro nutrients in the soil of remote areas, International Conference on Science, Technology, Engineering & Management, [ICON-STEM’15], Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences ISSN: 0974-2115
Adaptive Block Matching In Video Compression Using H.264 Standard, International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science Engineering and Information Technology, ISSN_NO: 2321-3337, Volume: 4, Issue: 3,Special Issue: 3
Efficient approach for data retrievability in cloud storage system, International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science Engineering and Information Technology, ISSN_NO: 2321-3337, Volume: 4, Issue: 3,Special Issue: 2

Miscellaneous Accolades

2004 Wrote an article titled “Rendezvous with Venus” for the Royal Astronomical Society, London, England.
2004 Won a special prize for designing and describing the working of a steam engine.
2005 Children Science academy award for a mathematical paper titled “Alternating rhythms in Quadrilaterals
2007 Children Science academy award for a paper titled “Accelerate to 2020 powered by thorium fueled nuclear reactors”