APEC Voices of the Future – Dukeofed

APEC Voices of the Future


Adam Khadra - NSW

Adam is a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awardee and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts in Art history and International Relations/Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in International and constitutional Law at ANU. He has undertaken a research project in State Responsibility for space debris with the Australian office of International law and cooperation, has volunteered with legal aid in NT and ACT to help improve access to basic legal services, and visits schools, hospitals and libraries to give presentations on legal rights. In addition, Adam volunteers for ACT rural fire service as a firefighter and mentors indigenous students in helping them seek higher education opportunities. He is also an outdoor education instructor to Duke of Ed Participants. Adam aspires to be a leader in adoption and development of our digital future.

Zachary Drysdale - NSW

Zac is a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awardee who is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales as part of the co-operative scholarship program. This year he has been involved in activities ranging from youth politics and debating, to helping raise money for both Invictus Games and the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA). He has previously assisted as a teacher’s aid at the Fisher Road School that caters for students who require high support due to their intellectual and physical disabilities and hopes to be selected later in the year for the NSW Youth Advisory Council, eager to pursue a career in politics. Zac is extremely interested in embracing the digital future (theme of APEC 2018), working for a tech start up accelerator, BlueChilli, as an Operations Coordinator, and has worked alongside Coca Cola Amatil to help develop their “Xcelerate” start-up incubator.

Owen Taylor-Williams - WA

Owen is a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awardee and is currently double majoring in medical science and physics. He has an interest  in improving healthcare for all Australians  through digital technology and policy. He is a Watch Leader on the Tall Ship Leeuwin II, has undertaken research projects to help protect marine ecosystems such as Queensland’s Moreton Bay and The Great Barrier Reef and volunteers with St. John’s Ambulance. In 2016, he was a student representative at the International Liquefied Natural Gas Conference (2016) and engaged with the international community on energy issues. Owen is also Australia’s Student Space Ambassador, promoting science and space programs throughout Australia with international scientists and astronauts and also helped reopen the Carnarvon Space Museum.

Holstein Wong - QLD

Holstein is a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awardee and currently works as a Supply Market Analyst at BHP. She has been a volunteer with Roteract and Rotary International since 2009 and this year received an Award for Queensland’s Exceptional Young Women in Resources and was a finalist for the Women in Resources National Awards for her Volunteer work related to gender diversity and equality in the mining industry. Her main hobby outside of work is dancing.

Yasmin Poole - VIC

Yasmin is a Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awardee, and recently completed a research internship with International Lawyers for West Papua and will be interning with the pacific women’s network in Melbourne in December-January. She was the youngest delegate this year to attend the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit invited by the prime minister, is currently Chair for the Victorian Government’s youth Congress, is a member for the Youth Advisory Committee for her local ACT Senator, is a Plan International Ambassador fighting for greater foreign aid for girls in developing regions and is a member of expert working group for women, peace and security for equality rights international. Yasmin has also worked at 180 degrees consulting, the largest youth led consultancy that advises NGOs/social enterprise on methods to increase their impact, is a writer for UN Youth Assembly and published a Fairfax article on gender discrimination in politics, which was shared by Q&A, and the ABC later interviewed her. She was World Bank’s youth Ambassador for their #endpoverty campaign and interned with 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winning NGO the international campaign to abolish Nuclear weapons.

Click here to read Holstein Wong’s Highlights from 2018 APEC Voices Of The Future

Click here to read Zac Drysdale’s Highlights from 2018 APEC Voices Of The Future


Theme: Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing The Digital Future

Dates: 12th November to 18th November 2018

Venue: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Official Language: English

Closing Date: Applications now closed



Founded in 2007, APEC Voices of the Future is a youth meeting for exchanges among young students from each economy held concurrently with the APEC Summit, aiming to let young students know more about APEC, expand their horizons, stimulate their enthusiasm for taking on the roles of leaders, and promote in-depth cultural exchanges among countries.

The Voices of the Future program brings together young people with potential for leadership and making a difference in society, and exposes them to the real-life deal-making process of world leaders, inspiring them to do the same with their own ideas.

Australia, Through the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, nominates 5 APEC participants (4 youth participants and 1 educator) to represent Australia at APEC Voices of the Future Youth Forum each year.

Open to all Australians aged between the ages of 18 and 30 years old with the 4 x Youth Participants to be aged 18-25 whilst the Educator should be 25+

Over 7 days, delegates attend numerous events and collaborated with other youth, political leaders, and business magnates.


  • Provide a platform for interaction and networking for youth from the APEC 21 Economies to encourage mutual understanding and cooperation;
  • Encourage the active participation of young people on APEC-related issues and policies;
  • Cultivate a deeper appreciation of APEC and its work in the 21 economies;
  • Provide learning opportunities for youth to interact with APEC leaders and business leaders; and
  • Prepare future leaders of APEC economies.


Theme:  Each year there is a different theme with 2018 being “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing The Digital Future”
Participants: Approximately 120 delegates from 21 APEC Economies (100 foreign delegates, 20 delegates from the Host Economy,)
Participating Economies: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States of America and Vietnam.
Organised by: Voices Leadership Council, National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Council Singapore, and Papua New Guinea Voices 2018 Working Committee.

NOTE: APEC Participants will be responsible for covering their own expenses for travel and attending APEC. The Award will not be responsible for funding Participants.

 2018 Information

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APEC Report from 2017

Applications now closed

Please send applications to Tania Etuale at tania.etuale@dukeofed.com.au or phone at 02 8241 1500