AUT student lends her voice to the future of the Asia Pacific

17 Nov, 2016
AUT student Izzy Stangl

Business student, Izzy Stangl is one of four young people representing New Zealand at the APEC Voices of the Future summit this month in Lima, Peru.

The second year Bachelor of Business student, who is majoring in design thinking and marketing, will head to Lima, Peru for a week of workshops, discussions and events.

Izzy will join 140 young people from 21 economies of the Asia Pacific. Together they will come up with ideas to get young people interested and engaged in quality growth and human development between the member economies.

APEC Voices of the Future coincides with the APEC CEO Summit and the APEC Leaders’ Week, giving Izzy the chance to listen to Ministers and business leaders discussing key issues and challenges for the region such as security, quality growth, and trade liberalisation.

Izzy said she was thrilled to have been selected to take part and represent New Zealand and AUT.

“Listening to the top leaders in government and industry will give me an unparalleled insight into the Asia Pacific economy and the APEC alliance. I’m especially interested in agricultural trade, the impact that rapid globalisation is having on each country’s SME’s, and the challenges we face as a united front in future years to come,” Izzy said.

Designed to promote better understanding between young youth leaders in Asia Pacific, securing a place at the summit is a highly competitive process. Delegates need an excellent track record of community service and show an advanced and astute interest in trade, the economy, geopolitics and international relations.

Roger Stokell, Associate Dean, International and Engagement from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, said: “Izzy has proven herself to be both a thought-leader and a team-player through a vast array of roles as a student representative since arriving on campus last year.

We have no doubt she will effortlessly integrate with representatives from all around the world and contribute meaningfully in a truly collegial way to deliver the outcomes set by the forum.”

Born in Indonesia, Izzy has visited over 24 countries and holds dual New Zealand and American citizenships. She has worked with the Young Enterprise Trust, where she won the International Trade Challenge in Hong Kong in 2014, and with the Aera Foundation, established by international entrepreneur and B Team CEO, Derek Handley.

“I anticipate my suitcase will be a lot fuller when I return home from the summit. Packed full of ideas and experiences on how we can collaborate with other APEC countries, my aim is to share this knowledge to inspire other young people in New Zealand,” Izzy said.

The APEC VOICES OF THE FUTURE 2016 takes place from 12-19 November in Lima, Peru. For more information visit the APEC website.