Puneet Singh Singhal

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“And then when my turn was there, I go to the stage, I realised that I couldn't utter a single word. I was completely, like, nervous, and I couldn't. I was stammering as you know, I was stammering , I was spitting. A lot of struggle was there. So the words were not coming out of my mouth. And everyone was simply - they were laughing. And when I saw some teachers, they were hiding their faces, but I could see them giggling as well. I was trembling, but I finished my speech, I didn't give up. In that moment, that very moment, I decided that I'm going to become a leader.”

Puneet Singh Singhal was born and brought up in a slum called Sangam Vihar in South Delhi,India.

He grew up facing domestic violence and poverty. Due to his stammer, he also faced a lot of bullying.

Despite these early years, Puneet went on to complete his undergraduate degree in English Honours from the University of Delhi.

He then worked in the Royal Bank of Scotland as an operations Analyst in the Anti-Money Laundering Department.

After a year of working there, he realised that corporate life is not for him. He has since worked with organisations like Amnesty International, Action Aid India, Vision India Foundation and Association for democratic reforms.

He is a former member of the Delhi Minority Commission and a current member of International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

He is currently running a social organisation working towards normalising speech and communication disorders and advocating for a more inclusive and accessible society for people with disabilities.

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