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Top young leaders chosen

Top young leaders chosen for prestigious Commonwealth leadership initiative

Ahead of the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), five young Kiwis will travel to Malta to undertake an intensive Commonwealth-focused leadership programme.

Hamish Keown, Sandra Ivanov, Ruby Sands, Brad Olsen, and Bing Lou have been selected to attend this prestigious event and will spend one week learning about this year's 33Sixty challenge "How do we stop people profiting from migration?"

33Sixty, delivered by leadership development experts Common Purpose, provides a framework in which participants can tackle challenges of fundamental importance to the Commonwealth.

"As an alumni of 33Fifty, the predecessor to 33Sixty, I know that these five outstanding leaders will develop their own personal leadership styles as well as make amazing connections from around the world", said Aaron Hape, Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director.

"Participants of this programme have gone on to do amazing things; two have become Queen’s Young Leaders, and many have been successful in ensuring their local communities are benefiting from those skills they learnt in Scotland."

"I'm confident that Hamish, Sandra, Ruby, Brad and Bing will all personally benefit immensely from this experience, and I know they will implement their learnings in their communities and projects on their return", said Mr Hape.

Participants will explore the challenge through in-depth conversations with talented leaders from all sectors and behind-the-scenes visits to a range of incredible organisations to give them a cutting-edge insight into the challenge.

On the final day of the programme, participants will present their responses to the challenge to a panel of senior leaders, stakeholders and Commonwealth Heads of Government gathered for CHOGM.

33Sixty will be held again next year in Scotland with the challenge of “How do we create a step change in the way the private, public and not-for-profit sectors work together?”.

For more information, visit the 33Sixty website.

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