New Delhi: Twenty-year-old Aditi Maheshwari was declared winner of the 5th India edition of the ‘High Commissioner for a Day’ competition, organized annually since 2017 to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. Aditi spent a full day leading the British High Commission in New Delhi after winning a competition.
“As the UK’s top diplomat in India, Aditi experienced a broad variety of diplomatic activity. She observed the India-UK Energy for Growth Dialogue,” the embassy said in a release.
She met with beneficiaries of a leadership programme for aspiring female politicians funded by the Chevening Alumni Programme Fund besides joining climate experts from the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and young leaders from the not-for-profit Global Youth.
“Aditi’s packed day also included a hands-on demonstration of the I-PACE-Jaguar S zero-emissions, all-electric performance SUV to be used by world leaders at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow next month,” the embassy said.
Aditi Maheshwari said: “I had applied for the competition last year as well and I’m really pleased that I got the opportunity. The interaction with senior diplomats and with women from ‘She Leads’ leadership programme were the two personal highlights of the day for me. I also enjoyed being driven around in an electric vehicle by the High Commissioner. The amount of work that both the UK and India are doing to tackle issues like climate change and gender inequality made me really hopeful as a young woman. I will cherish this day for a long time to come.”
Alex Ellis, Deputy High Commissioner for the Day (on other days, High Commissioner to India), said: “It was a pleasure for me to work with Aditi throughout the day. Her confidence and thoughtfulness on important issues like climate change and women’s rights shone through. The UK is working with India to provide a platform for young women like Aditi to help them reach their potential.”
The envoy further added that he was happy that so many young girls sent in their entries for this year’s competition.