One Young World was founded in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson. It is a London-based charity that gathers together young people from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change. The event is supported by a wide number of Counsellors, including the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Musician and Activist Sir Bob Geldof, Former Norwegian Prime-Minister Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus.
In one corner business cards change hands, in another corner a selfie is being posted online by two new friends while the main plenary hall is filled by youngsters attending workshop.
With 1500 young people from all over the world roaming the hallways of The Convention Centre Dublin the atmosphere is buzzing.
“I am so happy to be here, it has been a life changing experience,” says Astrid Zoeger, head of communication and community relations for APM Terminals in Callao, Peru.
She is one out of 15 young Maersk leaders participating in the annual conference “One Young World” that took place last week in the Irish capital. The young leaders represent different business units and different parts of the world. They were all gathered to discuss answers for the big challenges and tough questions they as leaders are likely to face in the future.
Maersk leader elected to speak
On this year’s summit, diversity, climate change and human rights were on the top of the agenda. One of the Maersk delegates, Abhay Desai who is Manager in Maersk Global Service Centers in Chennai, India, had the great honor of being elected as one of the keynote speakers.
Abhay Desai spoke to the 1500 young leaders about the climate impact of the shipping industry and how Maersk Line has reduced carbon emissions by 38% since 2007.
“It is all about taking that first step – and lead by example like we do in Maersk”, says Abhay Desai reflecting that “It has been an amazing experience all together”.
All about network
The annual summit has the ambition of bringing together the young generation’s brightest talents to ensure that their concerns, opinions and solutions are heard. By participating in “One Young World” Maersk joins other front runners within talent development.
“It will give our young leaders a great insight into where our world may be heading next”, Rachel Osikoya Head of Diversity & Inclusion in Group HR says in a break-out session between two workshops
“We hope” – Rachel Osikoya continues – “that the participants will go home and take action, driving positive change in their communities, companies and countries.”