CURTIN University graduate Marc Zen was one of three West Australians accepted to attend the One Young World youth summit in Dublin, which brought together 1000 of the world’s best and brightest young leaders to debate global issues.
The delegates heard from speakers including former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan, former Irish President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and Sir Bob Geldof.
“The summit was such a great opportunity to network and hear what other young people are doing around the world, to see what could be applied here in Australia,” Mr Zen said.
The science graduate, who majored in health promotion, won the opportunity through his volunteer youth work; he has juggled full-time paid work in the health arena with mentoring roles with the WA Aids Council and with Curtin’s new health promotion students.
“Health underpins everything else,” he said.
“If people can’t take good care of their health, they can’t do much else.
“I’m blessed with a good family, relatively well-off and with a world of opportunities.
“Not everybody wins that lottery at birth so I believe we all need to do our bit to help others.”