ECOSOC Delegate: Chau Nguyen

Chau is completing a Bachelor of of Communication and Business at Swinburne University in Melbourne. She also has a strong interest in fashion as well as cultural exchange and sustainable development. In 2015, Chau was fortunate enough to be invited as an Australian ambassador to Fashion Week in Korea. Alongside her fashion interests, Chau is passionate about the social development of the fashion industry with a goal to promote intellectual discussion about the understanding of fashion and its impact on the planet. 

Her passion and keen interest in fashion and sustainability will shape her research paper. Chau will undertake a comparative analysis of conversation projects aimed at protecting Australia’s biodiverse ecosystems.

The person Chau would most like to meet is Miuccia Prada. Not just because she is the head of the Prada fashion kingdom, but because prior to her move into fashion, Prada was devoted to the study and discussion of politics regarding social issues including women’s rights. 

She’s currently re-reading Kafka on the Shore by Murakami Haruki, having realised that the themes of the novel are a lot more complex than she realised when reading it as a young teenager.

As a Vietnamese Australian, Chau loves visiting Vietnam. She enjoys seeing how the country has changed over the years as well enjoying its beautiful landscape. She’s able to visit family as well as explore the country from the point of view as a tourist.

At the moment Chau is working with a Melbourne-based brand and enjoys the opportunity to be challenged while being surrounded by people who think like she does. She is equally excited about attending ECOSOC for the same reason. Being around others who think the same way and open up discussions leads to meaningful conversations and potential friendships. 

Swinburne University is a valued partner of Global Voices and supports us in our mission to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with global issues and policy making. 

Y20 Summit Delegate: Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson is currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at the University of New South Wales. He believes that the most important infrastructure challenge of the 21st century is not to build the largest skyscraper, but rather to ensure infrastructure is provided so that people worldwide can enjoy a reasonable quality of life. He has worked with Engineers Without Borders Australia and has interned with the City of Sydney Council and the World Bank Sydney.

As part of the Global Voices Research Fellowship Sam is investigating what structural reforms the G20 should recommend to further develop and enable social enterprise in disadvantaged communities.

Sam is looking forward to socialising and working with other Y20 delegates from all over the world and is excited to learn how to look at economic policy from the perspective of different cultures.

On his Spotify playlist, Sam can’t go past a bit of Pink Floyd and at the moment he’s reading The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman. The book gathers the insights that Josh has gained from years of research reading hundreds of popular business books. 

University of New South Wales is a valued partner of Global Voices and supports us in our mission to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with global issues and policy making. 

Y20 Summit Delegate: Samuel Keitaanpaa

Samuel is a PhD Candidate at Charles Darwin University studying through the Menzies School of Health Research. He completed an Internship at the Launceston General Hospital in 2013, where he discovered his passion for improving the role of pharmacy within Public Health Policy in Australia and pharmacoeconomics. He is currently researching the barriers to initiating smoking cessation programs in Indigenous Australians.

Samuel will be discussing the need for a mentoring project between Australian Pharmacies and local pharmacists and other G20 Nations as part of his time with Global Voices. He will be attending the Y20 Summit in Shanghai.

While with Global Voices Samuel is looking forward to the opportunity to engage with people who are all focused on improving the quality of life of others while acknowledging the economic aspects of policy change. Samuel believes that better understanding other peoples views and considerations of issues allows for the creation of ideas and projects which are more likely to be successful and effective at meeting their objectives. 

Samuel loves the food and history of Vietnam. His experience in Vietnam involved staying at the Continental Hotel while reading ‘The Quiet American’, an experience he describes as fantastic. During winter, Samuel will be travelling to Finland, fulfilling a lifelong dream of his.

Currently, Samuel is working with the Country Wellness team who is a local pharmacy group who are focusing on ways to improve patient health through combined care with other health professionals.

Charles Darwin University is a valued partner of Global Voices and supports us in our mission to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with global issues and policy making.

Y20 Summit Delegate: Rachael Stock

Rachael has undertaken work placements with K & L Gates in Brisbane. She also actively participating in a number of local orchestral and performing arts groups. She is a member of the Royal Flying Doctors Service Rockhampton Auxiliary and is also completing a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Accounting at Central Queensland University. 

After graduation, Rachael intends to gain professional admission while continuing to work within her local community. Rachael is attending the Y20 Summit in Shanghai with Global Voices and is looking forward to the opportunity to participate in conversations with young leaders from around the world.

As part of the Global Voices Research Fellowship, Rachael is evaluating the Murray Darling Basin Economic Diversification Program and other strategies to promote and develop sustainable technology industries in regional Australia. This project is inspired by Rachael’s local community, which is currently feeling the effects after the contracting mining industry.

Looking through Rachael's Spotify playlist right now, you’d find a bit of Maroon 5, her absolute favourite, as well as some Coldplay, Foster the People and some James Morrison with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

If Rachael could meet one person it would be Barack Obama. She loves the way that he connects with his audience when speaking in public as well as admiring his policies and positions. 

Loving the snow and the fact that you can find something for everyone to enjoy, Rachael’s favourite travel spot is Queenstown in New Zealand. However, she’d love to add New York City to her list of travel spots.

Central Queensland University is a valued partner of Global Voices and supports us in our mission to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with global issues and policy making.  

OECD Delegate: Vivian Rivera

Vivian is currently completing a Bachelor of International Relations and a Bachelor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of South Australia.

Vivian joins Global Voices with a background in education and experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in South Australia. Currently living in the country’s Festival State, she loves being surrounded by the beautiful parklands, gardens and stunning beaches on offer in Adelaide.

Fascinated by the proximity of the countries in Europe, it’s no wonder that Vivian loves travelling to Europe. She loves possibility to travel around different geographical sites, experience the richness of so much history, culture and the different language.

With a goal to pursue a career in social research, Vivian is excited to participate in ‘Ideas Factories’ while attending the OECD Forum in Paris. Vivian is look forward to the opportunity to engage with like-minded people to find solutions for issues facing society. 

As part of the Global Voices Research Fellowship Vivian will examine the role of Community Capacity Building (CCB) as an effective mechanism for building a more inclusive society. Vivian is interested in finding a way a to move forward to become a more inclusive and cohesive society.

After graduation Vivian would like to explore the field of foreign and domestic policy in relation to migration, citizenship and multiculturalism. She’s looking forward to starting her Honours degree in 2017. 

University of South Australia is a valued partner of Global Voices and supports us in our mission to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with global issues and policy making. 

OECD Delegate: Sabina Lim

Sabina Lim is passionate about using economics to deliver sustainable, social outcomes. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne and is excited to see the world's brightest minds coming together to discuss problems and solutions at the OECD Forum in Paris.

Sabina attended the Economic and Social Outlook Conference in 2015 which sparked an interest in policy and diplomacy. As part of the Global Voices Research Fellowship Sabina will investigate the impact Social Impact Investing (SII) on addressing the service gap in aged care and health services in Australia.

Alongside studying, Sabina is a part of the Melbourne Microfinance Initiative, a student run organisation which offers pro-bono consulting to small Microfinance Institutions in the South Pacific. She also volunteers with Impact Investing Australia.

Sabina is currently reading The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera and she loves to travel. Some of her favourite places to visit include the Galapagos Islands and Norway, for the beautiful scenery and diverse range of wild life. New York is also a favourite. Sabina enjoys the constant hum and buzz of the city. 

University of Melbourne is a valued partner of Global Voices and supports us in our mission to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with global issues and policy making.