IPAN was founded by its current President Kshitij Bansal. As an active student of International Law and Global Governance with a very wide exposure to public policy research and youth activism, Bansal conceptualised the idea of starting Asia’s first youth-led public policy think tank in November, 2011. Bansal was the head of Indian Delegation as the Head of State at G20 Youth Summit, Washington DC 2012. He is a widely published research scholar with numerous publications in leading journals, magazines and newspapers. The motivation behind this social entrepreneurial venture was to involve young people in public policy advocacy in an institutional manner with the objective of making them an informed and an effective voice in the national as well as global policy formulation.
After one and half years of informal operation, IPAN was formally launched on 23rd October 2012, the birth anniversary of Late Prof. Dr. S R S Bedi who was the mentor and inspiration behind this social entrepreneurship initiative. Dr. Bedi, Former Head of Archives Division at the International Court of Justice, The Hague was one of the very reputed international law scholars. He unfortunately left for the heavenly abode on 3rd October, 2012. He was the brainchild and inspiration behind this academic initiative which is being carried forward by his student Kshitij Bansal.
IPAN offers a dynamic model of having youth-led research under the mentorship of experienced professionals, which is very unique as a think tank. We envision IPAN as the world’s leading think tank in future with a continuous youth engagement on a much wider scale, across institutions throughout the world.