Sailesh Naidu is an artist and development consultant based in Berlin, Germany. He has spent the past ten years working in the fields of gender/sexuality, migration, and international education. After spending a year under the mentorship of German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the German Chancellor’s Fellowship Sailesh permanently moved to Berlin to pursue his idea of bringing empathy as model for social change to the development world. His unique style of deep listening and developing practical yet creative solutions has garnered the attention of publications such as the New York Times and clients/roles at some of the top NGO’s in the world such as the International Rescue Committee, Nike Foundation, Open Society Foundation, and Mercy Corps. Sailesh works with both private/public sector clients and is also available for individual consultations.
Examples of Previous Work Projects
International Rescue COmmittee
Refugee Youth Summer Academy
Sailesh served as the head administrator for the Refugee Youth Summer Academy run by the International Rescue Committee in NYC. Overseeing 100+ volunteers and staff serving close to 200 newly arrived refugee/asylee/migrant youth the Academy sought to provide a safer space for the students to understand what it would be like enter the NYC public school system. Sailesh ensured there was an alignment between all arts-based and academic activities to the IRC social-emotional learning standards. As well as managed the public image and partnerships for the school
Open Society Foundations
Equity and Sustainability Indicators for the SDG
As a part of a consulting team Sailesh helped co-create learning indicators for equity and sustainability for Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education. The team looked at issues of gender, sexuality, abilism, economic status and other factors that may inhibit equitable access to education. Through this consultation process the indicators proposed led to recommendation document published by the Open Society Foundation and presented to larger civil society working groups to ensure multiple perspectives were engaged in the development of the SDG indicators.
Girl Effect was an initiative by the Nike Foundation to raise the awareness of investing in adolescent girls in a development context. Part of that mission was to also train private, public, and civil society organizations on how to better work with adolescent girls. Sailesh development the training curriculum as well as implemented trainings to multi-lateral stakeholders at the United Nations, Foreign Ministry levels. He also oversaw trainings that took place for civil society partners in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.