The Global Voices Executive Team is excited to announce the appointment of the Semester One, 2019 Global Voices Scholars.

Twelve ambitious and inspiring young Australians have been selected to attend three prestigious international events in 2019: the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum in Paris, the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, and the Y20 Youth Summit in Tokyo. 

The OECD Forum will take place in May and there, representing Australia, will be six Scholars: Renee Cremer, Central Queensland University; Brandon Barrio, QUT Business School; Rebecca Field, Curtin University; Erin Gear, University of South Australia; Stefano Gunawan, University of Melbourne - Faculty of Business and Economics; and Isabella McDougall, University of Sydney – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. At the Forum, Scholars will have the opportunity to share their voices through informal presentations, solution-orientated workshops, and roundtable discussions.

Four Global Voices Scholars will set off in May to Geneva for the 72nd session of the World Health Organisations’ WHA. Those in attendance will include: William Pritchard, Sir Walter Murdoch School Of Public Policy and International Affairs; Greta Bartels, RMIT University; James Leigh, Curtin University; and Melissa Speed, Central Queensland University. In Geneva, these young Australians will hear from international experts in public health, health promotion, and development, through a range of agenda items discussed throughout the week.

Finally, it is Global Voices pleasure to announce the appointment of the Y20 Youth Summit Scholars. Rose-Anna Selhorst has been appointed as the 2019 Global Voices National Scholar, and will be joined by University of New South Wales Co-op Scholarship Program recipient, Archis Akolkar. Both Rose-Anna and Archis are among a select number of young leaders from all over the world representing their countries at this year’s Y20. There, they will develop key recommendations for the annual youth communique, to be presented to the G20 Summit in June.

As part of the Global Voices Scholarship Program, Scholars will attend Pre-Departure Briefings in Canberra later this month, as well as develop a policy paper with key recommendations for domestic policy implementation, on a subject related to the agenda of their delegation, with the assistance of leading senior policymakers. 

The Semester One Scholars will join a network of over 220 alumni who have participated in over fifty international summits since the establishment of Global Voices in 2011.

As part of the announcement, Global Voices’ Chief Executive Officer, Billi McCarthy-Price said that it is “essential to have Australia’s future leaders in attendance at these international fora, to ensure that the voices of young people are shared and heard.”

“By providing opportunities for young Australians to have a voice, we can help them influence the discussions and empower them to make positive and long-lasting change in their own communities.”