Quest 2 Learn Summit 2023

This year’s Quest 2 Learn (Q2L) annual summit brought together 200+ educators, design thinkers, technologists, civil society, CSRs and government officials to explore what it takes to build radical futures in the event of AI advances and climate emergency.

At A Glance

7

Plenary Sessions
From thought leaders to social impact investors to ecosystem builders, there are 40+ speakers at this year’s Q2L.

5

Parallel Tracks
There are innovative breakout sessions by subject-matter experts to deep-dive into key conversations.

8

Exhibits
Thought-provoking installations designed around the key findings of our latest research publication.

230

CSO Partners

17

Government Representatives

486

Educational Institutions

230

CSO Partners

17

Government Representatives

19

Funder Partners

We spoke about

Climate Change and its effects on learning experiences

Artificial Intelligence reshaping employment opportunities

Futures Literacy and shifting the perspective on collective future making

Speakers

  • Prof. Shermon Cruz

    Chair Association of Professional Futurists
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  • Bharat Wakhlu

    President The Wakhlu Advisory
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  • Dr Indu K Murthy

    Sector Head-Climate, Environment & Sustainability Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy
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  • Dr Sakshi Khurana

    Senior Specialist Niti Aayog
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  • Dr Maneesh Mishra

    Group Head- Strategy National Skills Development Corporation
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  • Shakil Ahmed

    Futurist Ridiculous Futures
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  • Yamini Atmavilas

    President The Udaiti Foundation
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  • Aakash Sethi

    CEO Quest Alliance
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  • Rohit Adlakha

    Independent Board Member and CXO AI and Digital Revolutionary - Sustainability Evangelist
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  • Sonali Vyas

    Associate Director - Programs and Operations Safetipin
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  • Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava

    Founder Land Conflict Watch & India Research Lead, Digital Witness Lab, Princeton University
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  • Arihant Chindalia

    Country Manager (India) Sustainable Living Lab
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  • Nitin Jerath

    Head of Design & Storytelling Karya
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  • Anshul Tewari

    Founder Youth Ki Awaaz
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  • Deepika Mogilishetty

    Chief - Policy and Partnerships EkStep Foundation
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  • Deval Sanghavi

    Co-Founder and Partner Dasra
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  • Babitha George

    Partner Quicksand
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  • Abhishek Jain

    Director, Powering Livelihoods Council of Energy, Environment and Water
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  • Kumar Anurag Pratap

    Vice President & Head Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Capgemini India
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  • Gautam John

    CEO Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies
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  • Suchetha Bhat

    CEO Dream a Dream
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  • Anant Bhagwati

    Partner Bridgespan Group
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  • Vinay Narayan

    Senior Manager- Policy Aapti Institute
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  • Aishani Rai

    Research Consultant Aapti Institute
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  • Arjun Bahadur

    Lead Life Skills Collaborative, Sattva Consulting
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  • Abhayraj Naik

    Co-Founder Initiative for Climate Action
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  • Nobina Gupta

    Founder Director Disappearing Dialogues Collective
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  • Shripathi Hadigal

    Regional Resource Mobilization Manager Restless Development
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  • Erica Arya

    Head Project Tech4Dev
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  • Smita Gupta

    Curator OpenNyAI
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  • Prasanth Nori

    Outreach and Engagement Manager - APAC Scratch Foundation
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  • Benson Isaac

    Faculty Azim Premji University
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  • Deepak Rai

    VP (Standards and Research) Skill Council for Green Jobs
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  • Sunil Thakur

    Partner Quadria Capital
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  • Ramesh Padmanabhan

    CEO ARMAAN
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  • Anish Kumar

    Managing. Director Transform Rural India Foundation
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  • Aarti Mohan

    Co-Founder and Partner Sattva Consulting
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  • Karabi Payeng

    Learner Govt ITI Majuli, Assam
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  • Rajashree Sethy

    Learner Govt. ITI Talcher, Angul, Odisha
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  • Rohan Dabhi

    Learner VTI, Halol, Gujarat
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  • Dwishojoyee Banerjee

    Young Changemaker Ashoka
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  • Priyanka Kusulia

    Learner Priyanka Kusulia - Orissa
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  • Chitra Ranjan Payeng

    Community Member Majuli, Assam
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  • Shyam Bihari Meena

    Director DET Bihar
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  • Abdus Shahid

    Principal Adarsh Vidyalaya Ganakkuchi
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  • Priyanka Krishna

    Research Specialist Quest Alliance
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  • Bhawna Parmar

    Research Coordinator Quest Alliance
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  • Deepika Singh

    Director - Learning Experience Quest Alliance
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  • Rishi Mazumdar

    EdTech Architect Quest Alliance
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  • Tanvi Negi

    Associate Director Quest Alliance
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Sessions

Day 1

9 October 2023

Registration + Networking

9.00 - 9.30 am

(Coffee & Tea will be served)

Welcome Remarks

9.30 - 10.00 am

Speaker

Neha PartiDirector, Schools Program, Quest Alliance

Opening Address

10:00 - 10.15 am

Introduction to Q2L 2023

Speaker

Aakash SethiCEO, Quest Alliance

Young People’s Imagination of their Futures

10.15- 10.40 am

Speaker

Bhawna ParmarResearch Coordinator, Quest Alliance

Rajashree SethyLearner, Govt. ITI Talcher, Angul, Odisha

Karabi PayengLearner, Govt ITI Majuli, Assam

Rohan DabhiLearner, VTI, Halol, Gujarat

Imagining Futures that Youth will Occupy

10.40 - 11.40 am

Speaker

Abhayraj NaikCo-Founder, Initiative for Climate Action

Dr Indu K MurthySector Head-Climate, Environment & Sustainability, Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy

Deepika MogilishettyChief - Policy and Partnerships, EkStep Foundation

Rohit AdlakhaIndependent Board Member and CXO, AI and Digital Revolutionary - Sustainability Evangelist

Engaging in Futures Thinking

11.40 - 12.05 am

Speaker

Shakil AhmedFuturist, Ridiculous Futures

Networking Break with Tea and Coffee

12.05 - 12.20 pm

Speaker

Bhawna ParmarResearch Coordinator, Quest Alliance

Priyanka KrishnaResearch Specialist, Quest Alliance

Report Launch: From Anxiety to Hope- Building Emancipatory Climates Futures Literacy in Young People

12.25 - 12.45 pm

Speaker

Arjun BahadurLead, Life Skills Collaborative, Sattva Consulting

Priyanka KrishnaResearch Specialist, Quest Alliance

Prof. Shermon CruzChair, Association of Professional Futurists

Lunch and Immersion in Exhibit spaces

1.30 - 3.00 pm

Parallel Tracks

3.00 - 4.30 pm

AI and Learning - Hall 2

Speaker

Erica AryaHead, Project Tech4Dev

Rishi MazumdarEdTech Architect, Quest Alliance

Prasanth NoriOutreach and Engagement Manager - APAC, Scratch Foundation

Smita GuptaCurator, OpenNyAI

Future-proofing Schools against Climate Change - Board Room

Speaker

Abdus ShahidPrincipal, Adarsh Vidyalaya Ganakkuchi

Deepika SinghDirector - Learning Experience, Quest Alliance

Anand PendharkarFounder - CEO, SPROUTS Environment Trust

Dwishojoyee BanerjeeYoung Changemaker, Ashoka

Chitra Ranjan PayengCommunity Member, Majuli, Assam

Shripathi HadigalRegional Resource Mobilization Manager, Restless Development

AI and Work - Hall 1

Speaker

Aishani RaiResearch Consultant, Aapti Institute

Sunil ThakurPartner, Quadria Capital

Anant BhagwatiPartner, Bridgespan Group

Ramesh PadmanabhanCEO, ARMAAN

Anish KumarManaging. Director, Transform Rural India Foundation

Vinay NarayanSenior Manager- Policy, Aapti Institute

Kumar Anurag PratapVice President & Head Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Capgemini India

Yamini AtmavilasPresident, The Udaiti Foundation

Futures Literacy Workshop - Library

Speaker

Bhawna ParmarResearch Coordinator, Quest Alliance

Priyanka KrishnaResearch Specialist, Quest Alliance

Networking Break with Tea and Coffee

4.30 - 4.50pm

Closing remarks: Where are we at?

4.50 - 5.15pm

Speaker

Neha PartiDirector, Schools Program, Quest Alliance

Session Anchors

Music Performance

5.15 pm onwards

Summersalt - A Shillong-based folk-fusion troupe bringing music from the Khasi hills of Meghalaya.

Evening Get Together

6.30 pm onwards

Day 2

10 October 2023

Registration + Networking

9.00 - 9.30 am

(Coffee & Tea will be served)

Opening session: The Woman and the River

9.30 - 10.00 am

Speaker

Makvana Shitalben DevshibhaiLearner, Gujarat

Crafting New Futures: Disrupting the status quo

10:00 - 11:10 am

Speaker

Arihant ChindaliaCountry Manager (India) , Sustainable Living Lab

Nitin JerathHead of Design & Storytelling, Karya

Dona MathewResearch Associate, Digital Futures Lab

Sonali VyasAssociate Director - Programs and Operations, Safetipin

Kumar Sambhav ShrivastavaFounder, Land Conflict Watch & India Research Lead, Digital Witness Lab, Princeton University

Networking Break with Tea and Coffee

11.10 - 11:25 am

Preparing the Future: Perspectives on Policy

11.30 - 12.15 am

Speaker

Dr Maneesh MishraGroup Head- Strategy, National Skills Development Corporation

Dr Sakshi KhuranaSenior Specialist, Niti Aayog

Nikita BenganiDirector, Youth Program, Quest Alliance

Shyam Bihari MeenaDirector, DET Bihar

Reimagining the Future Role of Philanthropy and Civil Society

12.20 - 1:20 pm

Speaker

Aarti MohanCo-Founder and Partner, Sattva Consulting

Gautam JohnCEO, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies

Anshul TewariFounder, Youth Ki Awaaz

Suchetha BhatCEO, Dream a Dream

Deval SanghaviCo-Founder and Partner , Dasra

Lunch and Immersion in Exhibit spaces

1.30 - 3.00 pm

Parallel Tracks

3.00 - 4.30 pm

AI and Learning - Hall 2

Speaker

Erica AryaHead, Project Tech4Dev

Rishi MazumdarEdTech Architect, Quest Alliance

Prasanth NoriOutreach and Engagement Manager - APAC, Scratch Foundation

Smita GuptaCurator, OpenNyAI

Future of Skilling for Green Transitions - Board Room

Speaker

Abhishek JainDirector, Powering Livelihoods, Council of Energy, Environment and Water

Benson IsaacFaculty, Azim Premji University

Babitha GeorgePartner, Quicksand

Deepak RaiVP (Standards and Research), Skill Council for Green Jobs

AI and Work - Hall 1

Speaker

Tanvi NegiAssociate Director, Quest Alliance

Futures Literacy Workshop - Library

Speaker

Bhawna ParmarResearch Coordinator, Quest Alliance

Priyanka KrishnaResearch Specialist, Quest Alliance

Networking Break with Tea and Coffee

4.30 - 4.50 pm

Share Back: Parallel Tracks

4.50 - 5.00 pm

Session Anchors

Keynote: Co-creating Hopeful Futures for All

5.00 - 6.00 pm

Speaker

Bharat WakhluPresident, The Wakhlu Advisory

Closing Remarks: Tree of Hope

6.00 - 6.15 pm

Speaker

Aakash SethiCEO, Quest Alliance

Funding Partners

Knowledge and Outreach Partners