Heriot-Watt student attends inaugural Global Leadership summit

MSc Business Management student, Aditya (far right), with David Jones, the founder of One Young World.

A School of Management & Languages postgraduate student recently had the opportunity to attend a key global leadership summit for young people in London.

MSc Business Management student Aditya Ranjan, was chosen to represent his home country of India at the inaugural One Young World summit held in London in February.

One Young World is a global leadership summit for young leaders aged 25 and under, and aims to provide a platform to unite young people from all 192 countries in the world to exchange views and discuss issues of global importance including the environment, economy, faith, media and politics. This year over 1000 young pioneers from over 100 countries gathered in London for the first summit.

Counsellors at this year's summit included Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the UN; Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner; Sir Bob Geldof, activist and musician; and John Kerry, US Senator and Chairman of the Unites States Foreign Relations Committee.

Delegates like Aditya are now ambassadors of the summit and have access to their own online workspace within the One Young World website where they can collectively follow up on the work being done and contribute to further debate on the issues.

Aditya said "In the words of the founders of One Young World, the world that is being handed over to my generation is in a mess, and it is the youth like me who will be leading it out of trouble! For me, the opportunity to spend time with people from all the countries in the world - and the counsellors - was very exciting. Hearing the views of others on the global topics we looked at helped me to better understand issues which have a great influence in global matters, and to appreciate the urgency of the work to be done."

Find out more on the One Young World website.