APEC 2021 Voices of the Future – Dukeofed

APEC 2021 Voices of the Future



Marianne Tabuaciri – Group Educator


Marianne has been selected as Educator of the Australian delegation to APEC 2021. She is 23 years old and lives in Suva, Fiji. Marianne has a Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and International Affairs from The University of the South Pacific, and is currently pursing more studies. She an interest in working for Government in Diplomacy. Marianne completed her Silver Award when attending school in Sydney and also attended APEC -VOTF in 2020.

What do you hope to achieve and learn from participating in the APEC Voices of the Future 2021

In participating in the APEC Voices of the Future webinar, I look forward to learning from other participants opinions and their lived experiences in the COVID-19 period. I hope to add a valuable insight from my own experience as a tertiary student here in the Fiji Islands. To be the voice of the Pacific, and share what life was like. In the aftermath of COVID-19, its vital that we form discussions on how we can ensure that each country can sustain itself in the face of closed borders. How do we negotiate and implement measures to keep our countries afloat in the face of an existential threat? That's something I'm particularly interested in.

Hayley Johns - Delegate


Hayley Johns is 23 years old and lives in The Hunter Valley in NSW. She achieved her Gold Award in 2016 and is currently studying Podiatry at The University of Newcastle, where she is also a University Ambassador. Hayley continues her Award Voluntary Service activity to this day. She was recently named NSW Hunter Young Volunteer of the Year for her involvement with the National Rural Health Student Network and St Johns Ambulance at Maitland.

What do you hope to achieve and learn from participating in the APEC Voices of the Future 2021?

I'm excited about the opportunity to get involved, create positive change, as well as network and connect with other like-minded and passionate youth. I am interested to share my insights having grown up in rural NSW, Australia and completed all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.

I am also passionate about representing youth from my local area, networking with other like-minded youth, and actively participating in all aspects of the forum.

Maddison Beeforth - Delegate


Maddison is 24 years old and lives in Sydney NSW, where she works as a Recruiter for legal and government roles. Maddie is a Gold Duke of Edinburgh awardee, and is currently studying full time a Bachelor of Business at the University of Technology Sydney.

What do you hope to achieve and learn from participating in the APEC Voices of the Future 2021?

I am someone eager to make difference and leave a positive on everyone I meet, I am keen to participate as a representative as I am compassionate and thoughtful in my approaches to scenarios while being charismatic and eager to learn. I would like to participate to learn more about those around and discuss ways in which we can actively make a difference even in these troubling times.

Ideally I would like to contribute ideas, enthusiasm and leadership, while also contributing decision making, analysis and risks involved. I love bringing people together.

Braeden Parnell - Delegate


Braeden is 20 years old living in Darwin in the NT. He currently works with Industrial bodies and International student bodies within Darwin to increase engagement and literacy access in spheres of politics, industrial literacy, and accommodation. Braeden is a Gold Awardee and is currently studying a Bachelors degree in International Security Studies as an external student through Macquarie University.

He has an interest in the notion of security, who develops it, and who it applies it, which were nurtured within youth developmental programs such as UN Youth, High Schools Debating Competitions, and Bond Mooting competitions, where he was apply to apply a younger rationality to complex and interconnected issues.

What do you hope to achieve and learn from participating in the APEC Voices of the Future 2019 in Santiago, Chile?

I am a highly motivated young person, who, instead of being swept up by global trends of apathy and disengagement, seeks to further inclusion of young people and their innovations and enterprising within the framework of our collective global progress.

What I have missed with the cutbacks in travel, was the experience to represent my part of the world as a young person, in leading and very respected forums, that create avenues to validate and integrate our ideas into meaningful action. The chance to link arms once again with young people that I've never met, to exchange ideas and experiences from the past 2 years, and seek to apply them in a real-world context is thrilling. It is exercise of our moral and intellectual capacity for good, for inclusion, for centralisation.

Keenness understates it a little bit... for any young person who strives to effect some sort of change, impact, or growth onto their community, is beyond keen, they are in a stage of organising, of recruiting their friend's, family, and cohort to their cause. APEC summit is a whetstone for minds of young people seeking to come to understand the global processes, and certainly shape them for good.

Too often do young people let initiatives which should snowball into nation wide (even international) social action fade. This is not to say we achieve nothing. But that we certainly can achieve more.

The radical nature of our crusade for social action is anointed by a political arena whose power movers are conservative, extractive, and therefore obsessed with maintaining the status quo of the international hierarchy. This narrative of revolution, whose upheaval and disorderly change we would ostensibly want to revert, forces a-lot of us to capitulate to the status quo. What I want to speak to, and hopefully inspire, is the resilience and fluidity necessary to construct the better world APEC speaks to, which involves asking people we might wrongly consider part of the problem, to involve themselves with us on a more personable level, to combat this balkanisation per se.

APEC is united in the goal of rebuilding equitably for all, and perhaps a framework for proactive change from the bottom up. All countries within the Asian-Pacific region cannot continue to stratify their relationships through archaic lenses of military, economic, and cultural superiority. Institutions such as APEC and their role have been critical and revered for their effected change on transparency and inclusivity, and now APEC has invited a new cycle of young people to further our global prosperity.

Josiah Neal - Delegate


Josiah is 20 years old and lives on the Central Coast in NSW. Josiah is a Gold Awardee and is in his 2nd year of a dual degree in Law and International Relations, whilst working in Marketing/ Administration at a Law firm. Alongside his studies and work he volunteers with PCWC assisting with Leaders.

What do you hope to achieve and learn from participating in the APEC Voices of the Future 2019 in Santiago, Chile?

In participating in the Voices of the Future webinar, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the role that APEC plays in the development and cooperation of countries within the Indo-Pacific. Specifically, I look forward to how recent events such as the United States Presidential Election will affect the interaction of APEC and APEC-adjacent nation-states as well as determine the best plan for the region to recover from COVID-19. I also hope to make connections with like-minded students with whom I share commonalities as Award Alumni, young international citizens and avid learners.




Theme: “Join, Work, Grow Together”



Official Language: English

Entry Closing Date: CLOSED

APEC 2020 Website Link


The Asia-Pacific region has nearly one billion young people who stand at the edge of an uncertain future. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have disproportionately impacted young people globally, including missed education, training and employment opportunities.

COVID-19 has forced the globe into an economic reset. We now have the opportunity to grow our economies differently – making them more inclusive, resilient and sustainable. The work done in these areas at APEC this year will be felt for generations to come.

At a time when we are charting our course for the future, the voices of the next generation need to be involved in the conversation. APEC Voices of the Future 2021 will bring together young people from around the region, who have experienced the economic effects of COVID-19 in different ways. While situations vary, the pandemic requires a regional response that means we are all in this together.

As host, New Zealand aims to make this virtual Voices of the Future the most inclusive and accessible in the event’s history. This will be an opportunity for young people to discuss the big issues and send a declaration reflecting a youth perspective to APEC Leaders as they set our course for recovery.

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.


This year’s meeting takes its cue from New Zealand’s hosting of APEC 2021 and its call for the region to “Join, Work, Grow Together” to overcome the economic impacts of Covid-19 and realise APEC’s vision of a more open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific community by 2040.

The organisers of the 2021 summit are the APEC Voices New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology, and the APEC New Zealand Programme of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

This year’s meeting will take place virtually using the Zoom virtual meeting platform.


The Summit will take place in three parts:

  1. Lead-in sessions in October, to make introductions and draft a Youth Declaration for APEC Leaders based around four themes:
    1. International cooperation for recovery from Covid-19;
    2. The digital future;
    3. Climate change and sustainability;
    4. A future for all.
  2. The formal programme on 9-10 November will include keynote remarks by regional leaders, discussion sessions on each of the four themes in the Declaration, and the formal handing over of the Youth Declaration to New Zealand as chair of APEC 2021
  3. Participation in the virtual CEO Summit which will be held on 11-12 November.

See a detailed schedule for the summit in the VTF Programme Overview here.


Each affiliate of Voices of the Future in the 21 APEC economies is invited to register five participants: four youth delegates and one educator to provide support. Delegates to the summit will be tertiary students between the age of 18 and 24 years.

Applications can be made here: link

Enquiries about this event should be sent to tania.etuale@dukeofed.com.au


  1. Each Participant should indicate in the application form which drafting group they want to join, by assigning preferences 1-4.
  2. Each Participant should also advise in application form whether they want to be considered as a drafting lead for a group.
  3. Participants should read, listen and watch briefing material for their group that will be provided in advance of the drafting session on 20/21 October.
  4. Participants should be prepared to submit questions or comments in the drafting group.
  5. Participants – as a group or individually – should submit suggested language for the Youth Declaration to the drafting leads by 22 October.
  6. There will be various ways for participants to contribute to the summit, including though video clips, questions and comments to speakers, and (for drafting leads) a briefing to the group on the contents of the Youth Declaration.
  7. There will also be a live chat function to enable participation during the event.


The following contributions are requested from each delegation:

  1. Contribution to the drafting group
    1. Extra information for drafting leads: Drafting leads will be expected to produce the final language for the Declaration drawing on material provided by participants.
  2. Contribution to the Summit
  3. A video clip – “Voice from our economy” or “My voice”
    1. Each clip can be up to 3 minutes long.
    2. It should provide a perspective from the participant/s on one or more of the four Summit topics.
    3. If possible, please use a background that reflects your economy.
    4. These will be played during the Summit.
    5. If conditions in your economy permit, please consider providing an interview clip for the APEC Voices 2021 website
      1. Interviews should be with a businessperson, politician, official, researcher or other stakeholder, and should seek their views on the most critical issues facing the Asia-Pacific region and how international cooperation through APEC can help chart a course to a better future.
      2. It is the responsibility of the interviewer to obtain a written permission from the person interviewed for the interview to be placed on the APEC Voices website and to be used as a resource by summit participants.


There is no cost for attending the APEC Voices of the Future 2021 Summit or for Summit participants and observers to attend the APEC CEO Summit online.

Enquiries about this event should be sent to tania.etuale@duke.com.au

Applications can be made here: Link to Application



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