The World’s Youth Leaders Convene- Arab Bank Sponsors ‘One Young World Summit’ Leaders from Jordan

07 Mar, 2010

Arab Bank sponsored three delegates to represent Jordan at the One Young World Summit that was held in London in February of 2010. One Young World is the world’s first global youth leadership summit bringing together several hundred delegates. The delegates, all under the age of 25 met with other youth leaders from 192 countries to discuss issues facing the world today and draft resolutions to shape the future.

The three delegates sponsored by Arab Bank are Rousana Zarour, Aiah Al Fwaress, and Talar Karakashian; they represented Jordan during the three day conference. “What makes this event especially important is the fact that global demographics are shifting towards a younger population; with this comes great responsibility, because these youth will be the leaders of tomorrow.” Ms. Dina Shoman, Executive Vice President of Branding at Arab Bank commented.

“We sponsored these young people because Arab Bank is committed to the youth in Jordan; their involvement is a wonderful learning opportunity and a chance to interact with the other leaders around the world and discuss the important issues facing us today,” Ms. Shoman elaborated.

Zarour who is majoring in finance at the University of Jordan and is an active volunteer for several non-profit organizations said, “During the summit many great ideas were discussed and I really want to implement them in the near future as they will be very beneficial in my career. “

Al Fwaress who is majoring in computer engineering at Yarmouk University and has been involved with many local and regional conferences commented about the summit, “It was a great platform to represent my country, my heritage and myself and it was also an opportunity to be instructed by great people to find solutions for the world's challenges.”

Karakashian who graduated with honors, with a degree in Electrical Engineering from PSUT and is currently working in engineering added, “I realized that most of the challenges that communities are facing today are similar across the board; and it is great that many young people are taking initiative in tackling poverty, unemployment, climate change and other issues.”

The conference included sessions in which delegates were guided by a group of international figures including Kofi Annan and global leaders such as, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo. The ceremony was opened the mayor of London and the first session was “The Environment and Its Protection,” guided by counselors Kofi Annan and Sir Bob Geldof.