One Young World Testimonial

One Young World 2017 - EXPERIENCE

General Overview

The summit lasted 4 days, with a very intense schedule (8AM to 10PM). Despite the fatigue from the travel and the charged schedule, the quality of the conferences was so high - that we forgot all the fatigue and engaged 100% in the summit. Being appointed ambassadors was such an honor, and I will carry this experience in my heart for all my life.


From my point of view, the two major highlights of OYW were:

1) Listening to incredible speakers that cover a wide range of topics: transparency in business and government, the impact of climate change, global health, hunger relief, human rights.... Speakers are extremely diverse: social entrepreneurs, CEOs, politicians but also young students just like us.

2) Meeting and engaging directly with the speakers thanks to small Q&A sessions after the panels, or if lucky by meeting them randomly in the venue. Personally, my highlights were
- Sit at a small Q&A session with Muhammad Yunus. Professor Yunus was standing right in front of us - (really close as you can see in the picture!!)! - and answered our questions. It was incredible to hear him speak about his new book and vision: A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions

- Another highlight was listening to Ellyn Shook, Accenture’s chief leadership and human resources officer, present the new "Inclusion starts with I" program. Accenture decided to create an internal video that profoundly explored the question of inclusiveness and inspire employees to make a commitment to act.

“So having an inclusive culture where people really feel as though they belong allows us to be smarter and more innovative. And that’s a business issue at Accenture. Overall, that is an enormous benefit.” - Ellyn Shook

We had the opportunity to have a one-to-one talk with her and took a picture with the ESSEC logo. She sent the photo to Pierre Nanterre (CEO of Accenture who is an Essec Alumni) moreover; she gave us her business card to contact her.

- A third highlight was having a one-to-one lunch with Jayathma Wickramanayake - only Envoy on Youth at the United Nations. We were very lucky as me and Li randomly sat together at lunch, we had the opportunity to talk about what is her role in the UN and what are her challenges being the only young person on the commission. She was very inspiring and we had the opportunity to share with her our Chair ideas

- Being in Colombia during the first anniversary of Peace Day was definitely a highlight. We listened to President Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian citizens and FARC representatives tell their stories and talk about the country’s path to achieve to peace, after more than 50 years of armed conflict. It was incredibly touching, it made me understand how often we ignore issues happening around the world, and how we should keep ourselves more informed and try to do our best to improve our communities as much as we can.

- Camilla Fisco, One Young World Ambassador, Bogota 2017