As thousands of delegates representing over 80 countries begin to arrive in Fiji for this week’s Asian Development Bank – ADB Annual Meeting, details around the host country seminar –– among the week’s highest-profile events –– have been announced.
‘30 Under 30: The Faces of Fiji’s Future’ will be a panel-style discussion that opens with remarks by ADB’s President, Takehiko Nakao, and the Honourable
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who is serving as Chair of the Asian Development Bank – ADB Board of Governors. The seminar coincides with the announcement of Fiji’s first-ever class of ‘30 Under 30’ honourees, a group of rising young leaders who were identified through a nationwide campaign run in partnership between Government and Mai Life Magazine.
“Through this ’30 Under 30’ seminar, we’re providing a stage for Fiji’s rising young leaders to share their unique perspectives with power brokers in international finance, setting the tone for a week of dynamic discussions about inclusive development,” said Sayed-Khaiyum. “We’re looking forward to showcasing the immense potential of Fiji’s young human capital to the world.”
Six panelists, chosen from among the ‘30 Under 30’ winners, will engage in an interactive discussion moderated by Holly Ransom, a world-renowned businesswoman and public speaker.
An under-30 leader herself, Holly previously interviewed former U.S. President Barack Obama on stage in Sydney, has been described by billionaire business mogul Richard Branson
as one of his six dream dinner guests, and was named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women. With plans to attend Harvard Kennedy School as a Fulbright Scholar later this year, Holly is the host of the business-focused “Coffee Pods” podcast and an accomplished triathlete.
“Intergenerational discourse is absolutely critical to achieving real and enduring change; without the buy-in of our young people, any progress risks being unraveled as the baton of leadership passes from one generation to the next,” said Ransom. “Millennials bring a different worldview to the table –– what they lack in years, they often make up for in diversity of experience and perspective. That’s why I’m honoured to play a role in this year’s Asian Development Bank – ADB Annual Meeting, and help give a platform to rising young leaders of Fiji.”
Panelists will include:
Aakash Sharma, 26: Technical Services Engineer (Power Plants) at Fiji Airways
Adelene Tutu, 28: Founder of Get Lean Fiji
Alvindra Dutt, 27: Web Engineer at ANZ Pacific Operations
Melinda Naicker, 28: Manager Internal Audit at Energy Fiji Limited
Ratu Sitiveni Raseru, 27: Operations Supervisor (Vanua Levu) at Fiji Pine Limited
Winston Hill, 25: Olympic boxer, Commonwealth Games Medalist, and entrepreneur