2 May 2018
The Semester One 2018 Global Voices Scholars have officially been announced.
Thirteen young leaders from across Australia are preparing to attend a three-day pre-departure session in Canberra, where they will meet with senior government officials and policy experts. They will then go onto represent Australia at key international events.
In May, five delegates will attend the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum in Paris: Sean Curran (Curtin University), April Cunningham (University of Central Australia), Jack Dalrymple (University of Melbourne, Faculty of Business and Economics), Judith Mendes (QUT Business School) and Zoe Neill (University of Sydney, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences). There, Scholars will gain insight into economic trends and global development programs and contribute their research to propose solutions to complex challenges.
Four delegates will also attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva: Sean Adcock (Bond University), Madeleine Fleming (Curtin University), Hayley Leake (University of South Australia), and Natalie Ward (Central Queensland University). The WHA acts as a formal decision-making body for the World Health Organisation and Scholars will deepen their knowledge of public health policy, disease and development.
The Global Voices National Scholarship recipient, Jananie Janarthana, will join UNSW Co-op scholar Darcy Small in attending the Y20 Summit in Cordoba, Argentina in August. Both Jananie and Darcy will connect with fellow delegates and key representatives from other G20 nations to discuss key issues affecting the global economy.
Finally, two Department of Defence delegates, Combat Systems Operator Benjamin Hofmann and Simon Fisher will attend the GLOBSEC Young Leaders Forum in Slovakia and the IISS Manama Dialogue in Bahrain. This is an opportunity for our Scholars to engage and research issues related to regional and trans-national defence and security challenges.
As part of the scholarship experience, all delegates complete a research fellowship on a topic related to the theme of their delegation, and participate in an international program of practical sessions, workshops, policy exercises and institutional visits.
In addition to developing skills and experience in foreign policy, diplomacy and international relations, the Scholars will join a network of over 200 alumni who have participated in over fifty international summits since the establishment of Global Voices in 2011.