Ten Durbanites to attend 4th world summit

2013-10-03 00:00

A PASSION to tackle social issues and the promise of leadership qualities has opened up a unique opportunity for 10 young people from Durban to learn at the feet of people like Sir Richard Branson.

Junaid Kathrada (29), one of the Durban delegates, was nominated by his company Safmarine, which he joined in 2006, and was awarded the bursary to the summit by the AP Moller Maersk Group. The fourth annual One Young World Summit commenced last night in Johannesburg. Delegates from 190 countries across the globe have come together for three days to represent their countries at the event.

“The company is sponsoring 14 individuals from across the globe to participate in the summit. This is in line with their strategy to develop talent and gain a better understanding of the different markets that we operate in. I am fortunate to be part of this group and hope to maximise on this fantastic opportunity that has been afforded to me,” said Kathrada.

“It is a great privilege to be representing the country on a truly global platform and I am really looking forward to interacting with and learning from fellow delegates and counsellors.

“Young people from across the globe who displayed leadership qualities and a passion for social issues could apply to attend the summit. I believe we are fortunate to have the summit in our own backyard this year, and I hope this will inspire us to use this as a platform to work together to address some of the social issues that affect our society. It is an opportunity to highlight some of the challenges that our country is currently facing and seek support and guidance from fellow delegates and counsellors,” said Kathrada.

The summit will see Branson joined by One Young World counsellor and B Team co-founder, Jochen Zeitz, the former chief executive of Puma and current director of Kering and chairperson of the board’s Sustainable Development Committee, in an interactive Q&A session with One Young World leaders.

Other counsellors for the One Young World Summit 2013 include Kofi Annan, former UN secretary-general; Bob Geldof, activist and musician; Ahmed Kathrada, former political adviser to president Nelson Mandela and Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, among others.

These counsellors will guide the development of young leaders and help them discover solutions to various social issues.

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