Empowering the Leaders of Tomorrow
from Zaamin Hussain and Matthew Walton
At 24 years old, being invited across the world to speak at the Qatar Leadership Conference was a thrilling prospect, but no small undertaking. This was an enormous opportunity to influence young impressionable minds and spread awareness about some of the most pressing global health problems currently being faced by the poorest communities in the world.
Our work with amputees in Bangladesh epitomized the deeply-ingrained inequalities in access and affordability of healthcare worldwide. As one of the few at the conference coming from a healthcare background and primarily working on United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well Being, we were in a unique but important position to convey this message. The maturity and social awareness we encountered in handling sensitive issues was astonishing. It was a truly uplifting experience to feel the positive energy, generosity and the willingness to help by all of the delegates.
Outside our presentations, many discussions were had in corridors, elevators, and over lunch with presenters as well as students from diverse backgrounds across the world. It was only after this that the intricacies of the relationships between the SDGs was made even more clear to us, and further elucidated the importance of health and well-being across the spectrum. We found the diversity of the conference an incredible asset, and it was clear that only with cross-pollination of ideas and teamwork were solutions to some of the world’s largest problems to be uncovered.
Having the chance to motivate, engage and inspire the leaders of tomorrow was a privilege, and it has made it clear to us that empowering our youth is the best solution to ensure the future is what we want it to be. We have left QLC inspired ourselves, with new ideas to continue in our mission to make a difference in the world.
Thank you QLC,
– Zaamin Hussain and Matthew Walton