Meet The Queen’s Young Leaders Advisory Panel

Sep 29, 2017
Ben Parsons

Following yet another successful search, a record number of applications were received for the Queen’s Young Leaders of 2018. Now the Advisory Panel has the difficult job of carrying out the shortlisting process to find the winners for the final ever year of the Award.

The Panel is made up of young people from across the Commonwealth who are using their wealth of skills and experience to help pick just 60 winners out of the thousands of applications which were submitted.

Here the 10 panel members talk about their shortlisting experience and what they are looking for in the next Queen’s Young Leaders.

 

HARUN ASIF, UNITED KINGDOM

Harun

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADER?

“The three Is: Innovation, Initiative, Impact. I’m looking for applicants that use unconventional ways of tackling conventional problems.”

 

PJ COLE, SIERRA LEONE

PJ2

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE CHOOSING THE LAST EVER QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADERS?

“It has been so difficult, as we can only pick 60 winners out of thousands of amazing applicants. We want to make sure that the right people are chosen so there has been lots of heated conversation amongst the Advisory Panel!”

 

NOUSHEEN NOWER ZOADER, BANGLADESH

Nousheen

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADER?

“I’m looking for winners who have a lot of potential to make a lasting impact in their community. We’ve also had lots of submissions from younger applicants this year, which was really nice to see.”

 

REGINA MTONGA, ZAMBIA

Regina

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE CHOOSING THE LAST EVER QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADERS?

“It’s my first time on the Panel and I was one of the first Queen’s Young Leaders, so it feels strange to be on the other side of things and to be choosing the 2018 winners. It does feel like there is a bit of pressure on us, as it’s the final year, I do feel like we should pick the ‘best of the best’. It’s exciting to be part of it all though as it’s a great Programme.”

 

AARON HAPE, NEW ZEALAND

Aaron

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE CHOOSING THE LAST EVER QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADERS?

“There is a bit more pressure on us to choose the best of what is already an amazingly talented group of people this year. The quality of applications has been really high, so it has been pretty tough choosing the ‘top of the top’ and the ‘best of the best’”

 

JEROME MARLON COWANS, JAMAICA

Jerome

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADER?

“I’m looking for an applicant who stands out. Someone who brings something new to the network, but can also truly benefit from the mentorship and training that is available.”

 

JORDAN ALAN KERR, AUSTRALIA

Jordan

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADER?

“What I’m really looking for in a Queen’s Young Leader is someone who’s doing work that is contemporary, impactful and creating a lasting change here in the Commonwealth.”

 

ERNA TAKAZAWA, SAMOA

Erna

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE CHOOSING THE LAST EVER QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADERS?

“I’m very excited that I’m on the panel to choose the last ever 60 Queen’s Young Leaders from around the Commonwealth.”

 

NKECHI AZINGE, NIGERIA

Nkechi

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADER?

“I’m looking for an exceptional young person who is making a change in their community.”

 

DARWIN BERNARDO, UNITED KINGDOM

Darwin

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADER?

“What we’re looking for in the final year of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme are not only exceptional leaders, but also someone who has that extra ‘je ne sais quoi’, someone that is really able to light up the paper that their application is written on, someone that makes me say, yes, you are someone that is inspiring the next generation.”

 

Now that the Advisory Panel has made its decisions, the members’ chosen applications will move on to the next stage of the selection process. The Queen’s Young Leaders of 2018 will be announced in December.

 

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