Speakers

Dr. Vladimir Vasilev

Dr. Vladimir Vasilev

Rector, Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics

Vladimir Vasilev graduated from the St. Petersburg Polytechnical University (then Leningrad Polytechnical Institute) in 1974. He received his Ph.D. from the same school in 1980. In 1983 Vladimir Vasilev joined the St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (hereafter the University ITMO, then the Leningrad Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics). In 1989 Dr. Vasilev successfully presented his habilitation thesis (Dr. Sc.) and took the position of a full professor in 1990. In 1991 Prof. Vasilev initiated the organization of a chair of Computer Science, which he has headed ever since. Since 1996 Prof. Vasilev is serving as a rector of the University ITMO. He has been elected for three in appointments a row of five years duration each.

Vladimir Vasilev is a prominent figure in the Russian academic landscape. In recognition of his organizing and reforming effort in 2004 he was elected and currently serves as the chairman of the Council of Rectors of St. Petersburg universities as well as a vice president of the Union of Rectors of the Russian Federation .

Prof. Vasilev has received a number of awards (2000, 2002, 2003, 2008) from the government and the President of Russian Federation for development of innovative approaches for training future generations of high-tech specialists.

Dr. Nikolai R.Toivonen

Dr. Nikolai R.Toivonen

Vice-President for Innovations, Saint-Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (NRU ITMO)

Nikolai R.Toivonen is Vice-President for Innovations, Saint-Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (NRU ITMO). His responsibilities include strategic development of the University (including foresight of science and technology), enhancement of R&D management, technology transfer and commercialization (especially creation of spin-offs), international cooperation.

He has over 20 years of experience in project management, networking, and fundraising in the fields of education, research, and innovation, with emphasis on international challenges. During these years he had held different academic and administrative positions.

Prior to his work in NRU ITMO he led the Directorate of the “Innovative Educational Program” funded within the Priority National Project “Education” and Directorate on Project Management in Education in Saint-Petersburg State University (2005-2008).

Since 1994 he had held the position of Vice-President for International Relations in Petrozavodsk State University for over 10 years. During this period of time he developed concept and headed Northern European Open University, the set of information and consulting offices (representatives) in the Republic of Karelia (Russia) including those of the EU, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Barents Region, and Canada.

Nikolai R. Toivonen gained his PhD in Mathematics and Physics from the Leningrad State University (now Saint-Petersburg State University), Department of Physics, in 1989; his specialization is “Quantum Mechanics”. 

Jenny Mikakos

Jenny Mikakos

Member of the Parliament of Victoria, Australia

Jenny is Shadow Minister for Children and Young Adults, Shadow Minister for Youth Justice and Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing.  She is a member of the Australian Labor Party which is currently the main opposition party in Victoria and is the government party in Australia’s national (federal) parliament.  Her portfolios cover early childhood education, youth affairs and youth justice issues.

Jenny was elected to the Parliament of Victoria in 1999 and represents the Northern Metropolitan Region, which covers one fifth of Melbourne from its Central Business District northwards to its outer northern suburbs.  She is a member of Victoria’s Legislative Council which is equivalent to a State Senate in the United States.  It is an elected body with members elected via proportional representation for 4 year terms.

From 2007 until November 2010, Jenny was Parliamentary Secretary for Planning.  From 2002 till 2007 she was Parliamentary Secretary for Justice.  Before being elected to Parliament, Jenny was a lawyer for a number of prominent national legal and accounting firms.

Jenny obtained Arts and Law degrees from the University of Melbourne.

 

 

Peter Vogel

Peter Vogel

Founder and CEO of HR Matching AG, PhD student, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Peter Vogel, a 28 year old native Austrian-American growing up in Germany and Switzerland, has studied mechanical engineering and medical engineering at the ETH Zurich and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In May 2009 he started his PhD at EPFL in the field of entrepreneurship, investigating government programs in various countries, which help unemployed individuals transition into self-employment. He closely collaborates with labor market organizations around the world to help them improve existing programs. As part of his newest project, The Entrepreneurs’ Ship, he will continue this research in developing and emerging countries. HR Matching is headquartered in the 'Quartier de l'Innovation' of EPFL and includes brands such as the European career community Jobzippers, the Jobzippers Speakers Series and the non-profit organization ‘Stipendia International’. Since 2011 Peter has become the youngest Partner of the global HR experts’ network, the Futurework Forum. As part of this network, Peter is involved in workshops and courses, in particular related to recruitment of the next generations and how the workplace has to change in order to retain these talents. Since July 2011, Peter is working as entrepreneurship consultant, teacher and coach at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. He developed a strong network and in-depth market knowledge of the MENA region.

He is a think-tank member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community and the Sandbox Network. He has been speaking at TEDxLausanne on Youth Unemployment and Entrepreneurship.

Maneesh Kumar

Maneesh Kumar

Lecturer, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Maneesh Kumar is a Lecturer at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. His degree includes PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Masters in Research from Glasgow Caledonian University and B.Tech in Manufacturing Engineering from Ranchi University, India.  He is an active member of ASQ, EUROMA, LERC, and BAM. Maneesh’s research and publications are in the area of Lean Six Sigma (LSS), Agility, and Sustainable Supply Chain Management for both public and private sectors.His research outputs includes an edited book, five edited conference proceedings, two book chapters, twenty six peer reviewed journal publications, forty two conference papers, and six white papers. He serves on the Editorial Board of three journals. He has been involved in delivering Lean Six Sigma (LSS) training up to Black Belt level and delivered several workshops on LSS application in different types and sizes of industries including Kwik-Fit Insurance Services, Standard Life, Bakkavor Group, Norbert Dentressangle, NHS Grampian, NHS Sheltand, Edinburgh City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, and Tata Motors. He is also a regular speaker at International Conferences and Seminars on LSS & Process Excellence. He is actively involved in LSS research within Public Sector organizations such as NHS and City Councils. 

Runhui Lin

Runhui Lin

Professor, Nankai University, China

Dr. Runhui Lin, is a Professor in organization and management of Business School, Nankai University, China. He is the Deputy director of Office for International Academic Exchanges, Nankai Univ. and associate director of Selten Laboratory of Nankai University  (Named after and supported by Nobel prize winner Reinhard Selten and devoted in the researches on experimental economics and management). He is also a visiting scholar at Harvard University(2004-2005), member of several academic associations both domestic and abroad, like Academy of Management(AOM), Association for Information Systems(AIS), researcher of several academic institutes and adviser of several corporations including UFIDA (UFsoft) Software Co. Ltd. He serves as the peer reviewer of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC),AOM annual meetings and some top management journals in China. He received his Ph.D. in Management Sciences. His research focuses on network organizations and governance, corporate governance, technology and innovation management, system analysis of complex organization systems and management systems, and network analysis methodology. He has published over 50 papers and 6 books in Chinese and English in the above fields. He taught MBA students “Information technology management” in English and “E-business in China” for the students from Minnesota Univ.(USA), Bryant University(USA), and Moscow International Higher Business School(MIRBIS, Russia) etc.

As a professor in organization and management of Business School, Nankai University, Dr. Runhui Lin, devoted himself more than ten years in studying network governance, corporate governance, IT governance and innovation governance in and among enterprises and organizations. He is an active researcher and has published widely home and abroad in the above fields. Also as the deputy director of Office for International Academic Exchanges, Nankai Univ., he worked fruitfully and gained rich experience in promoting collaboration among higher education institutes and international mobility of university students.

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Testimonials

Bongiwe Pricilla Mbinqo-Gigaba
Member of Parliament, South Africa
Bongiwe Pricilla Mbinqo-Gigaba

It’s a great opportunity for young parliamentarians all over the world to meet and share views of how to deal with issues in different places.

As a participant of G20 Youth Forum I’ve got information from others, what views, what people are doing, how best can we practice in our places and how we can improve our society.

It was a good experience and I think for next Forums it will be better to get more countries to share their ideas together.

Jenny Mikakos
Member of Parliament, Australia
Jenny Mikakos

I think the main purpose of the G20 Youth Forum is to bring together students, academics and young parliamentarians around the world to share ideas as to how we can make a better world. It is very important to have an understanding of the views of each social group fora successful policy.

It has been a very successful Forum. I wish to congratulate the organizers. I thought it was very interesting to be able to learn more from my colleagues at the International Young Parliamentarians’ Debate about the respective nations and native societies. We have decided many important questions and we will try to implement them in our countries.

Liv Holm Andersen
Member of Parliament, Denmark
Liv Holm Andersen

I expected to come here, to share a lot of ideas with representatives from parliaments and also from academic institutions. First of all I met some incredible people and second of all most importantly I got a lot of inspiration on my field which is social issues.

In our section we have very interesting papers and point of views. The greatest thing is to notice how really different systems and societies we representing. And at the same time we can agree on so many goals and aims for this world and for our countries to work on together. And that is very incredible, great.

I hope that Denmark will make really priority and send more not only MP but also representatives from local parliaments and more Universities because I think it’s a great opportunity to our young parliamentarians, youth and students to be inspired and to inspire others.

Maria Magdalena Matthys
Member of Parliament, South Africa
Maria Magdalena Matthys

I think it’s a very good cause for young people. In my vision the purpose of G20 Youth Forum is to encourage young people to learn and educate themselves, to unit them. I also think that it’s good opportunity for academics to come and share their experience. And also for young parliamentarians to be an example for the countries, they can encourage more youth, young people to participate in this program.

I talked about professionalism of women in South Africa and I’ve learnt a lot from other countries about agenda issues.

Alvin Botes
Member of the Executive Council, South Africa
Alvin Botes

One of the objective things of G20 Youth Forum is to insure a comprehension of network, to exchange intellectual and societal ideas among current youth leaders, formal youth leaders and those working on the youth agenda across the world.

One of my colleagues on the International Young Parliamentarians’ Debate presented me kangaroo – I’m from South Africa, I was in Russia and received an Australian kangaroo. It’s the exchange of ideas and network. So this little kangaroo symbolizes this.

It’s a good platform for intellectual debate and it should be held annually.

Bing Ren
Professor, Nankai University, China
Bing Ren

According to my understanding, G8 and G20 originally focused on the finances and economic issues. But through out of the years and particularly my personal participation this time I think the issue animation becomes broader than that. It is not only economy and finance, but social issues, environmental issues and arts, history. Very different areas comes together to discuss and make dialogue together.

I hope to involve myself in different kinds of platforms – I can speak out my opinion and suggestions – that makes my exchange here more meaningful.
I work in education, I pay attention to educating young people – so I find a lot of common problems around the world. That makes me inspired with the idea that we should participate in these meetings and thanks to G8 and G20 Alumni Association for inviting me hear.

And the other impressive thing is: I think G20 Youth Forum have made great efforts in organizing many people together and try to collect the ideas and also to make this activities more interesting and alive. That is also good impression for me.

Shinya Hanaoka
Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Shinya Hanaoka

When I go back to Japan I would like to inform about G20 Youth Forum other faculty members, also international division of our University. Then I will recommend some students from our faculty to join this Forum over the next two years.

Xinghua Liu
Assistant Professor, Nankai University, China
Xinghua Liu

This is very famous, impressive and huge youth forum, and also well organized. My first impression was that we can meet with different people from other countries. There are different cultures, different national dresses – for me it is good experience to meet new people from all over the world.

G20 Youth Forum is very good instrument for public all over the world in different countries to learn about G20, especially for the young leaders and youth elites in different countries. I think it will play very important role in the media, in the mobilization, press mobilization in different countries.

Hai Tao Huang
Lecturer of Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, China
Hai Tao Huang

Firstly, it’s very precious experience for me. I can meet people all around the world more than 60 countries. It’s very good opportunity to speak with them and to exchange ideas. And, secondly, communications is not enough – we can understand each other and then we can understand ideas of the whole world; especially I’m very happy to see that the future young leaders they gather together. This may be a good guarantee for the development of the world. They have fresh ideas – and this is very important.

Marçal Avelino Salazar Marques Mendes
Jurist, University of Minho, Portugal
Marçal Avelino Salazar Marques Mendes

The purpose of the Forum is very well constructed. I think it makes us like a prototype of government. It develops a capacity of communicating with people and with some ministers and with the government itself. It’s important for participants that they go home and make there some kind of experiments and be reasonable and capable to understand the solution to each country and for the whole world.

Connell Wise
Founder, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive, United States Youth Chamber of Commerce, USA
Connell Wise

In my understanding of the main purpose of G20 Youth Forum it is the international cooperation between different countries of the world to basically bring a global understanding how the leaders economic and financial crisis are facing in the world and how to avoid those crisises.

Meaghan Anne Williams
Teaching Assistant, Queen's University, Canada
Meaghan Anne Williams

The networking opportunity is incredible and it’s very encouraging to meet young people from all over the world who are interested to talk in same kinds of issues, answering the same kinds of problems, working together, collaborating. Not just making new friends but hopefully making new peers, colleagues to work in these issues in future.

The conference has been incredible for learning more about what the academic world can do to facilitate change in the real world. Sometimes academia is so theoretical that you lose sight of what is actually going on. But this conference has proved that there are a number of individual academics working to harmonize that view.

Melina Djulancic
J.D. Candidate, University of Manitoba, Canada
Melina Djulancic

It is the nice opportunity to get together with the young people from around the world. For me it’s important that people discussing their ideas. Our group was concentrating on the young entrepreneurships and all important things around this field. Basically entrepreneurship in schools is one of our recommendations and easier access to capital for businesses.

Abraham Johannes Swanepoel
Student, North-West University, South Africa
Abraham Johannes Swanepoel

Thinking that we are the future leaders of tomorrow G20 Youth Forum gives as an opportunity to start to get used to discuss things, used to live in them and exchanging points of view with other people.

I think it is awesome opportunity just to meet other people, get up different points of view from different countries. As I’m from South Africa and we are still developing country to get point of views that is from developed countries. It gives me lot of knowledge that you can take back to your country and try to employ it in your country system.

Aya Fujita
Student, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Aya Fujita

G20 Youth Forum is: A lot of people from international society build a partnership, leadership and friendship.

I got a lot of intellectual involvements, we discussed about health care, child care and women empowerment. Each country has different background and situation; it’s very great to know about what country has the same and which are different.

Fei Yang Qi
MA Student, University of Birmingham, UK
Fei Yang Qi

The main purpose of G20 Youth Forum is young leaders working together and think about how to push the world by the small steps.

I think there are a lot of benefits in participating in G20 Youth Forum, for example team work variety, especially to make others think about your points and change your views in discussions.

Floris Busscher
Student, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Floris Busscher

I think the main purpose at our level – at a Youth Summits and at a Conference, is to bring together young people with ideas, with creativities and with innovations. To bring together, to exchange ideas and maybe together come to enhance ideas to create a synergy between the creativity of young people. Opportunities is to meet always amazing young people which enhance your network in international level and also to be inspired by people from other countries and to increase and enhance your own prospective, how you see things in a multinational way with different cultures and different political system influencing its positions.

The most interesting moment is an Opening Ceremony – lovely discussion between people from all different kinds of fields, from different countries who exchange ideas on education which is of course the kind of thing that applies to all of us. So to see it and try to feel the G20 spirit on the ceremony was the highlight.

Italo Ribeiro Alves
Student, President of the International Business Society, Quinnipiac University, Brazil
Italo Ribeiro Alves

One on my career paths that I have been potentially exploring will be diplomacy. I believe that dialoging with young people from all other the world I can practice my cultural and communicational skills and learn how to debate and understand the social issues.

Lindsay Ann Markle
Student, Purdue University, USA
Lindsay Ann Markle

The purpose of the Forum is to exchange ideas between other countries. It’s such a unique opportunity because everyone here comes with an open mind and it’s really interesting learn about other cultures. It’s really a unique experience – I’m really glad I came here.

I expected to hear different prospectives about government’s role and society and it met my expectations.

Megan Eleri David
Student, Cardiff University, UK
Megan Eleri David

The main purpose of G20 Youth Forum is sort of empowering young people to feel like they can make a change.

I was a moderator on my committee. And I’m very proud of the document which we were working on. I had a team who I’m really excited about. We have three main ideas on our recommendation: one about child care, one about women’s empowerment in work places with an education and one about social security in developing countries.

Stefan Vasilev
Student, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Stefan Vasilev

Definitely the main purpose is to communicate with a lot of people, to exchange ideas with the experts in your field, and also to send a message about our ideas.

Governments always appreciate opinions from young people who are thinking out of the box. I hope they will appreciate our recommendations too.

Victoria Pilbeam
Student, Australian National University
Victoria Pilbeam

I think it’s really great to bring a lot of young people together to talk about important issues. It’s always a good idea. Mostly it's important to meet amazing people who really like to be engaged and are really passionate about different issues.

We looked on the questions: young women’s’ careers and family. We made some pretty concrete recommendations.

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