APEC Voices of the Future – Dukeofed

APEC Voices of the Future

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Theme: Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future

Dates: 5 November to 11 November 2017

Venue: Da Nang, Vietnam

Official Language: English

Closing Date: 15th September



Liam Jones

JONES LiamLiam is currently completing his Masters in National Security Policy at the Australian National University and has already completed a Bachelor of Arts with Majors in International and Political Studies and English from the University of New South Wales. Aside from his studies, Liam currently works as a Strategic Communications Consultant at global consultancy firm KPMG which focuses on making a positive impact in communities across the world. In addition to this, Liam has recently spent 12 months as a Contractor in the Department of Defence as a Strategic Communications Advisor in the Australia’s Bilateral Defence Initiative Program Office focusing on The United States Force Posture Initiatives and The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative. Liam is a member of Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Australian Institute for International Affairs and countless other associations regarding international relations, geopolitics and national security.

Eleanor Kirkpatrick

Eleanor Kirkpatrick Head Shot v2Eleanor is a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awardee, having completed all three levels of the Award. Aside from these achievements, Eleanor has completed an International and Global Studies Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in Government and International Relations, with a French Studies minor at the University of Sydney. Throughout her degree, Eleanor attended the University of Geneva in Switzerland with a focus on political sciences and an in depth study of the UN and its associated systems, as she was awarded the Sydney University International Exchange Outbound Scholarship and a scholarship from the University of Geneva. Eleanor is involved in numerous NGO’s from humanitarian organisations like World Vision Australia and Oxfam, to environmental and social NGO’s such as Lifeline Suicide Prevention and Bush Heritage Australia. Eleanor participates in various forms of service such as her current involvement with UN Youth NSW and prior volunteering as Youth Leader for West Pymble Girl Guides and Girl Guides Association of Australia.

Robert Deppler

Robert HeadshotRobert is a Silver and Bronze Level Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award holder and is currently studying Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International and Global Studies majoring in Government and International relations at University of Sydney. He has completed courses in International Politics and Human Rights at the University of Oxford and University College London, and currently works in Government Relations. Robert has been awarded the Premiers Award for HSC and the Percival Sharp Memorial Prize for his academic merit in his final year of studies. Robert has also participated in volunteer work in Ecuador, including assistance in construction work for a school in Santa Marianita.

Georgia Eccles

Georgia Headshot OneGeorgia is another Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awardee currently studying both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of International Development at the Australian National University. In addition to her studies, Georgia works as an Evening Programmes Supervisor for the Australian National Science and Technology Centre and is currently a Science Ambassador at the ANU. Georgia has completed an array of internships at a diverse group of NGOs including CARE Australia, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, the Australian Federal Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (PGDP) and The Australian National Council of Women, as well as volunteering with the UN Women National Committee.

Sophie Batey

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Sophie is currently in her 3rd year at the University of NSW completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Relations and Politics. During her degree, Sophie has also completed six months of International Exchange Program at the University of Navarra, Spain and has competed in various Model United Nations Conferences. In 2016, she competed in Canberra and in Sydney where she won ‘Most Diplomatic’ out of all in the Committee. In 2017, Sophie competed in a committee speaking both English and Spanish in Navarra, Spain. And in 2017 she was appointed member of the executive team for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Model United Nations (AMUNC) currently positioned as the Under-Secretary General for Logistics.

Catherine Pilley

catherine head shotCatherine is a Gold, Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award holder currently in her 5th year at Australian National University studying Bachelor of Laws (Honours) with Bachelor of Science majoring in Resource and Environmental Management. During her studies, Catherine also undertook a semester exchange at McGill University in Montreal and completed IARU Global Summer Program at the University of Tokyo. Catherine has undertaken various forms of community service including volunteer paralegal work at Kimberley Community Legal Services, Kununurra and Youth Law Centre ACT. She has also volunteered as a tour guide for the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and as a student volunteer for the Environmental Defenders Office ACT.


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 participants (4 youth participants and 1 educator) to represent Australia at APEC Voices of the Future Youth Forum each year. There is no requirement to have completed the Award we just manage the applications.

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 2017 being “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future”
Participants: Approximately 130 delegates from 21 APEC Economies (110 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
Organized by: Voices Leadership Council, National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Council Singapore, and Vietnam APEC Voices 2017 Working Committee. In collaboration with APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), APEC and APEC 2017 CEO Summit Host Committee, Vietnam

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Applications close Friday 15th September