Dr. Siva Mathiyazhagan is Founder-Director of the youth-led non-profit Trust for Youth and Child Leadership (TYCL) International, based in India and the USA. He serves as TYCL representative to the United Nations. He is an independent global social work researcher and development consultant and formerly served as Guest Faculty in the Department of Social Work, Pondicherry Central University. He has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and a Ph.D. in Social Work, specialized in youth-centered community development from Pondicherry Central University. As part of TYCL, Siva established social innovations including Puducherry Youth Helpline- a suicide prevention hotline, Girls Lead Girls- a holistic self-defense program for girls, INaGi- a visual SWOT for youth-led community development, Children’s Incubation House for social innovation, and NKaNa–a career-focused mentorship program for young people with a mobile tracking application, all for the first time in India.
Siva was a visiting scholar at the University of California Riverside and the University of La Sierra (2011). He has delivered several lectures on transnational youth-led social development in India, Europe, Canada and the USA. He is also an alumnus of the UNESCO International Human Rights and Peace Building Training Program for Social Change Agents (2012), as well as the Clinton Global Initiative University (2011). Recently, Siva published “Social Incubation Workbook” for social entrepreneurs. Currently, Siva is working on “Ecosystem-Based Leadership Workbook” for young people. In the future, he intends to initiate a technology-enabled new social innovation lab for young people in a local and global effort to create an integral economy and a safe and inclusive society for young people.