<![CDATA[The launch of Youth Empowerment Conference was announced yesterday morning at Progresif Head Quarters in Gadong. Over 700 youth aged between 15 – 25 are expected to participate in the conference at JIS Arts Centre on 7th & 8th September 2019. The conference will feature international speakers from Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, along with prominent entrepreneurs and youth leaders in Brunei. “The goal is to inspire young people using fellow young people as role models, so that they are listening to a voice they can relate to and really believe that anything is possible when our young people set their minds to it,” said Shaun Hoon, the event organizer. Some of the keynote speakers include Linh Do, the winner of JCI’s Top 10 Young Person of the World in 2013, who worked alongside Al Gore’s climate change initiative and Dr Sandy Chong, a Harvard Alumnus, Stevie Award Winner and VP of United Nations in Western Australia, together with KarFei Cheah, a member of the Forbes coach council. Baiduri Bank as the Platinum Sponsor, BLNG as the Silver Sponsor and Royal Brunei Airlines as the Official Airline Partner. The event is organized by Curious Mind, endorsed by MEMI, MCYS and MPRT, and supported by Young Entrepreneur Association Brunei, Global Shapers and Fitness Zone. Baiduri Bank, the Platinum Sponsor stated the involvement as an important step to support a theme that opens the mind of our youth for global opportunities and prepares them to the future of work. Mr Ti Eng Hui, CEO of Baiduri Bank mentioned, “Our youth need to be globally competitive in the 21st Century, and one of the ways is to attend events such this, where they are connected to international speakers, entrepreneurs, and youth leaders. It helps them to build a network, increase their global awareness and prepare them for opportunities beyond Brunei through the use of technologies.” Devin Edwards, the Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif stated that “Support of the Youth Empowerment Conference is part of our Progresif Minds initiative” Mr. Edwards continued “Progresif Minds is a platform that will serve to contribute meaningfully to society by working with thought leaders, captains of industry and change makers in Brunei and beyond. We believe that a progressive mind is a curious one and we aim to feed that curiosity with creative, innovative and inspirational experiences which expand knowledge and help unlock Brunei’s potential.” Organizer Shaun Hoon confirmed that early promotion of the event has already seen reservation of 500 of the 700 available seats from high schools and higher institutions across Brunei including members of I-Usahawan and I-Ready confirmed participating at the conference. The organizer urges participants to register early, in order to secure their seats for the conference. Complete details about the Youth Empowerment Conference and registration is available at www.progresifminds.com]]>
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