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Shaping Horizons summit 2019
18 September 2019 | Updated 20 September 2019
 

More than 100 future leaders from the UK and Latin America have gathered at the University of Cambridge to discuss the future of work and education at this year’s Shaping Horizons summit.

Shaping Horizons was founded to promote sustainability using global, cross-disciplinary cooperation as a driving force.

The summit started on September 11 and ran for one week. Delegates explored how emerging technologies such as those underpinning genomics, AI, clean energy and smart cities can be used and regulated to create a more equitable and sustainable global community as well as how to encourage sustainable leadership across disciplines and move beyond traditional diplomacy to address global challenges such as climate change and social inequalities.

The delegates were selected from across academia, industry, and government.

 

Welcome

Prof. David Cardwell, FREng, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Strategy and Planning at the University of Cambridge, welcomed delegates at the start of the Summit on behalf of the University. He said: “On every front, the University has been and continues to be engaged with Latin America, including the pleasure of hosting this fantastic summit, Shaping Horizons, where the mission is to empower and promote youth, create networks and to drive change.”

 

Prize

The week culminated with the Future Leaders pitching for prize money to support their own innovative social impact projects they had developed through mentorship and learning during the Summit.

Winners will be supported in further developing and launching their projects through the Action Programme which will follow on from the Summit.

Nigel Baker, OBE MVO, Head of the Latin America Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office told delegates that all their ideas would help shape the future. “Shaping Horizons is absolutely driven by the sense of entrepreneurship, innovation and ideas of the young people involved. It is going to be fascinating to see the proposals that are coming out,” Baker said at the start of the summit.

 

Shaping Horizons

Shaping Horizons is a non-profit initiative organised at the University of Cambridge with the support of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Cambridge Hub of Global Shapers Community, which is an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

Picture: Shaping Horizons summit 2019.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 18 September 2019

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