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Young leaders pitch for One Young World Scholarship Program

Announcement winners following exciting Nominee Event at Shell headquarters

The city of The Hague is thrilled to host the tenth edition of the One Young World summit, this October. The event connects young, progressive leaders aged 18-30 with the aim of building valuable relationships and developing solutions to imminent global challenges.

During the annual conference, 1500 young people from 196 countries combine their intellect to answer fundamental questions about pressing problems, such as sustainability, climate change, scarce raw materials and social inequality.

Shell gives twenty ambitious, young people the chance to attend the #OYW2018 summit, aiding them with coaching and guidance. Whilst ten of the available spots in the Program are rewarded to young Shell employees, the other ten places are awarded to passionate, future leaders throughout the Netherlands.

During the Nominee Event on Monday 9th of July, the twenty enthusiastic participants pitched their impressive projects and ideas for a better future. Such ideas include flexible solar panels, computer programming lessons for newcomers and inclusive recruitment platforms. A jury of experts had the difficult task of choosing the ten best initiatives.

Nabil El Malki, One Young World delegates support for Shell, states: "These nominees don’t necessarily see their participation as a given, as they generally tend to underestimate the impact of their ideas and efforts. Therefore, the participants’ nerves and excitement were clearly felt. Our ongoing commitment is thus to boost their self-confidence in telling their stories and coach them on how to best convey their passion."

The expert jury consists of:

  • Monaim Benrida, Project Leader Equal Opportunities Alliance Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
  • Marjan van Loon, President Director Shell Netherlands
  • Eva Oskam, One Young World The Hague Ambassador
  • Yousef Yousef, CEO LG Sonic BV

"We are deeply impressed by all the pitches from the young talents we had the pleasure of hosting in our office. I am convinced that the winners can truly have a positive impact on the important sustainable development goals. We look forward to the intensive partnership through our Shell Scholarship Program in the run up to the One Young World summit," says Marjan van Loon, President Director of Shell Nederland.

The lucky winners are:

  • Abdelhamid Idrissi, organizes coaching, projects and activities to stimulate integration
  • Rajae Atahiri, designs inclusive playgrounds to connect children with and without physical or mental disabilities
  • Mourad El Moussati, stimulates diversity in the labor market with inclusive recruitment platforms, such as video applications
  • Mart van Kuijk, develops a manifest to integrate LGBT rights and inclusion into the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Judith Joan Walker, makes access to clean energy possible in development countries
  • Fons Janssen, stimulates the energy transition with educational projects
  • Fay de Waal, raises awareness for global challenges that are often overlooked, such as food waste, water pollution and modern slavery
  • Malek Sheikh al Ard, empowers refugees and stimulates an inclusive society where diversity is embraced
  • Robin Scholten, coaches young people with a distance to the labor market
    Liza Zjyrova, aims to build a better future by evoking a dialog on unconventional topics

Stay tuned for more details on their inspiring stories and to learn how their impressive projects will evolve with the support of the Scholarship Program.

Curious what the 2018 conference in The Hague will look like? Check out the highlights video of the One Young World 2017 conference in Bogota, Colombia.


Application Closed

All applicants will be contacted directly with the outcome of the selection.

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