One Young World is the largest forum for young leaders in the world, bringing nearly 2,000 experts in their field together to discuss, deliberate and collaborate towards sustainable development goals. This year was the tenth year of the summit with participants from almost all UN member states convening in London to get inspired, share their knowledge and resolve to work collectively to work towards some of the biggest challenges our world faces today including climate change, social and economic inequity, reforms in education, healthcare, violence and tensions in several regions, among others. With guidance from eminent One Young World counselors including Sir Bob Geldof, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Sir John Major and President Mary Robinson, the summit was a transformational experience for all that attended.
Our co-founder, Kartik Sawhney, was fortunate to attend the summit as a winner of Lenovo Smarter Technology for All Scholarship. He was also selected as one of the six delegate speakers for the education plenary session of the summit, sharing his personal story and stressing on the need for education systems to evolve to include important qualities such as empathy, critical thinking and technology. Above all, he focused on the need to ensure that no one is left behind and our systems are equipped to provide everyone a fair and equal opportunity. In line with One Young World tradition where delegates are introduced by counselors, he was introduced by Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL who is the founder and chairman of Cobra Beer and serves on various high level committees in the UK and India. See Kartik's full plenary speech here.
"It was inspiring to meet other amazing changemakers from around the world, discuss their work and learn so much from them. I am even more inspired to continue to do the work we're doing at I-Stem and continue to learn from this extraordinary network of young leaders," said Kartik.