Youth Leadership Summit ends at ICCB
The three-day international Youth Leadership Summit (YLS)-2016 concluded at International Convention City Bashundhara in the capital on Saturday.
Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) with the financial support of UKAid organised the fourth summit with the theme ‘Connect, Collaborate, Co-create’.
Speaking as the chief guest, Speaker of Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said the Youth Leadership Center is playing an important role in narrowing the gap between people from different backgrounds.
“The summit facilitates intergenerational dialogue which is critical in finding innovative solutions to the problems we are facing as a society today,” said Akhter Matin Chaudhury, Chairperson of BYLC, at the opening ceremony on Thursday.
Highlighting the UKAid’s commitment to youth development in Bangladesh, Jane Edmondson, DFID Country Representative, said: “The new Sustainable Development Goals look forward to a world where the goals have been met for everyone. It is young people who have the biggest stake in this future, and it is young leaders who will make it happen, here in Bangladesh and worldwide. This is why the UK government’s development programmes support young people and why we were delighted to support the summit.”
Other speakers at the opening ceremony included Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi and State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr. Biren Sikder.
Sir Christopher Ball, former warden of Keble College, Oxford University, presented a keynote paper at the summit.
This year’s leadership faculty included Ejaj Ahmad, Founder and President of BYLC, and Harvard professors Dr. Dean Williams and Dr. Hugh O’Doherty.
The leadership sessions centered on examining the opportunities and dangers of exercising leadership in an uncertain world and collectively exploring creative solutions to society’s most urgent challenges.
Dr. Dean Williams spoke about how current leadership practices are insufficient to enable progress, and stressed the importance of crossing boundaries to exercise leadership in a fractured world.
Experts from different sectors participated in thematic plenaries on globalization, education and entrepreneurship to explore the nuances of leadership within different contexts.
YLS-2016 brought together university students and young professionals from seven countries for three days of exploration, leadership training, and networking.
The rigorous admissions process competitively selected 400 students from over 2700 applications from all over Bangladesh and 60 countries around the world.
The Summit aimed to provide Bangladesh’s youth a platform to be inspired, exchange ideas and implement their learning in the real world.