Sunday 17 February 2019

One Young World Summit to bring 1,200 delegates, €2m boost to capital

Colm Kelpie

BUSINESS chiefs have been urged to nominate young talent to take part in a global leadership conference that will bring a €2m boost to Dublin later this year.

The One Young World Summit will attract 1,200 delegates from more than 190 countries to the capital in October, as well as global names like Kofi Annan, Bob Geldof and Arianna Huffington.

Top brass from Dell, Google, Diageo and HSBC attended a briefing in the Mansion House yesterday aimed at boosting awareness and encouraging businesses to get involved when the summit comes to Dublin's Convention Centre from October 15 to 19.

The event, previously held in Zurich, Pittsburgh and Johannesburg, attracts the brightest young leaders from across the world to discuss how they can create positive and lasting change. Kate Robertson, one of the founders, said only the Olympics brings more countries together for a single event.

"If you know a brilliant youngster, Irish or any other nationality, and you go, 'that's the next Mark Zuckerberg, that's the next Taoiseach', they are supposed to be at One Young World and you need to get them there," she said.

Maurice Pratt, chairman of drug wholesalers Uniphar, said companies should get involved.

"If you send a delegate to some event like this, it says that you are interested in their personal development outside of what they're doing in the day job.

"And you are welcoming the fact that they can come along with different ideas," he said.

Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post.
Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post.
At the Mansion House for the One Young World business briefing were, back row, John McGrane, head of product service sales at Ulster Bank; Richard Guiney, CEO Dublin City Business Improvement District; Padraig Staunton, managing director Havas Worldwide; Karina Howley, head of corporate social responsibility, KPMG; Ian Mallon, group head of news, Independent Newspapers (Irl) Ltd; front row, Bob Coggins and Clara Kelleher, members of the Dublin bid committee, with Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn. Photo: Damien Eagers

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