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APEC Voices of the Future

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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.

Youth Participants must 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 2016 being “Quality Growth and Human Development”
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.
Organized by: Voices Leadership Council, National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Council Singapore in collaboration with APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Peru and APEC 2016 CEO Summit Host Committee, Peru


Theme: Quality Growth and Human Development
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Dates: 14 November to 20 November 2016

Venue: Lima, Peru

Official Language: English



Australia through the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has nominated 6 participants (5 youth participants and 1 educator) to represent Australia at APEC Voices of the Future Youth Forum in November 2016

  • Philip Chan

    Philip is a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awardee, having completed all three levels of the Award.  He has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) with a Bachelor of Laws at Sydney University, and has also completed an Executive Education Program from Harvard University, Yale University and Babson College. Philip has won countless community service awards including the Local Council’s Young Citizen of the Year (2016), The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (2012) and the Australian Government’s National Volunteer Award- Young Volunteer (2012). In addition, he has experience with projects within the Asia Pacific Region, Legal and Human Rights experience, and Teaching with youth and Team Leader and Facilitator experience.  Some of Philip’s notable achievements include his current involvement as a Youth Advisor and Researcher for the United Nations Children’s Rights in the Digital Age Project, participating as a Legal intern for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Malaysia (2015), being Co-Founder and Social Entrepreneur, Empafest: world’s first DIY empathy festival for teenagers (2014-Present); recognised at the World Innovation Summit for Education and a part of the Youth Brains Trust, Young and Well  Cooperative Research Centre.

  • Isobel McDonald

    Isobel is a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awardee, having completed all three levels of the Award. She is currently in her second year of her double degree in Laws and International and Global studies at the University of Sydney. In 2014, Isobel was a regional finalist in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest and also a delegate in the UN Youth Conference NSW. In addition, Isobel is currently a Youth Guide at the Museum of Contemporary Art and writes articles focusing conflict for the Organisation for World Peace Research. She is the Juvenile Justice Mentor for young women on remand in detention, and has recently completed an academic exchange Program in Demark where she was awarded a Sydney Abroad Exchange Scholarship. In 2014, Isobel also received the Macquarie University Public Speaking Prize for Outstanding commitment to Debating and has continued with this passion into her university years through her active involvement in debating with the USU and her part-time employment as a debating coach.

  • MacCallum Johnson

    MacCallum is also a Gold Level Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award holder and is currently in her third year of Bachelor of Laws (Llb Honours) and Bachelor of Policy Studies at Australian National University. She has been awarded countless awards including the Emeritus Professor Frank Fenner Bursary for Undergraduate Study, Helen Handbury Future Leaders Future Justice Award, Australian Defence Force Long Tan and Teamwork Award and the Australian National University Tuckwell Centernary Scholarship.  MacCallum has also been a delegate for the 2015 National Youth Conference, The YWCA She Leads Conference and the Young Australians in International Affairs: Future 21 Conference 2016. She is currently involved in the Woman in Law Organisation Mentorship Program and is the Canberra Projects Officer for Young Australians in International Affairs. MacCallum is currently involved in the ANU Law Reform and Social Justice/ Environmental Defenders Office ACT Climate Change Litigation Project and was an International Woman’s Day Ambassador for the National Committee of United Nation Women Australia. Additionally, she is also a highly active participant in university, partaking in roles such as the ANU International Relations Society Careers Director and ANU Law Students Society Director of Research.

  • Toni Pachernegg

    Toni currently studies Public Management at the University of Canberra, and works full-time in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. She manages and leads a Platoon of 24 army reserve operations supply and catering to members located across NSW and ACT. Toni participated in the 2014 APEC Voices of the Future program in Beijing and also assisted the organisation and coordination of the APEC 51st Energy Working Group, where she was associated in meetings hosted in Canberra, which included the development of all supporting material. After graduating from the Australian Army First Appointment Course and becoming a commissioned officer in the Royal Australian Army Ordinance Corps, she currently serves as a Supply Officer and Platoon Commander in charge of planning and implementing platoon’s training in line with strategic objectives. Toni states that this is where her passion lies; she enjoys learning about the logistical aspect of operations and developing her junior commanders, enabling them to develop their own team.

  • Laurentiu Unguroiu

    Laurentiu is a Gold Awardee, and is currently in his second year of his Business Information Systems (Co-op) (Honours) degree at The University of New South Wales. He was an active volunteer for the St Vincent’s De Paul Society and also a participant of the 40K Global entrepreneurship project in rural India, where he was involved in the developemnt of sustainable business products aimed at adressing water quality and access issues in an area of six villages. Laurentiu also has industry experinece as a Senior Analyst in Strategic Partnerships for American Express Singapore and a Buisness Analyst- Technical Advisory Group for American Express Sydney. Through his experince Laurentiu says he has gained an understanding of the industry and a sucessful application of skills regarding government and economic relationships and global communication and intergation. To add to this, Laurentiu has been awarded the Premier’s Volunteering Chanllenge (Diamond Award) and is a recepient of the UNSW Co-op Scholarship in Business Information Systems. He is also involved in the Pro-bono Consulting project at Waverly Action Youth Services and is Research Assistant at the National University of Singapore, working on projects surrounding how the various features of social media and collaborative environments drive altruistic behaviour.

  • Zoe Neill

    ZoZoee Neill is currently completing her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, and is in her second year of her Bachelor of International and Global Studies: majoring in government and international relations and international business at the University of Sydney.

    Zoe is passionate about learning new languages and cultures, and is in the process of completing her first year in a Diploma of Languages: majoring in Spanish and Latin American Studies. In addition, Zoe is currently a volunteer and co-ordinator for the Young Vinnies Refugee English Language Program and holds a causal teaching position at the Matthew English Centre and the Global IELTS (International Language Testing System) English Centre in ShaunTau China. She has participated in multiple cultural development programs such as the Remote and Rural Enterprise Program, as well as a Social Business internship program in India through 40K Globe, where she worked will local women in rural areas to help develop ethically produced and sustainable products to be sold in the Indian Market.