Chrysalis International Young Leaders Conference

The Chrysalis Young Leaders Conference will be held from 28 July to 4 August 2018.

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A world-class education experience

Chrysalis Young Leaders develop valuable leadership skills useful for school, university and in realising future goals and opportunities.

The Chrysalis International Young Leaders Conference will be held in July 2018 and will be available to Year 9 to 12 students from around the world. The themed workshops will help you think about your undergraduate aim and explore options available for higher studies – all of this while experiencing the Australian lifestyle in sunny Brisbane.

The program includes Academic English workshops to introduce you to Australian contemporary world issues with an emphasis on developing communication skills in the area of leadership and cross-cultural competence.

The Chrysalis experience offers you the platform to develop into a globally minded citizen by placing a strong emphasis on engagement with world-class academics, business leaders, alumni and current students. You will also be provided with several opportunities to interact with and learn from IES and UQ students, including participation in classroom observations to gain insight about teaching and learning in Australia.

Throughout the conference, you will participate in educational and social activities and discuss current world issues. You will use Virtual Business Enterprise, a virtual business simulation to explore the world of business and experience what it’s like to run your own business. Career workshops delivered in collaboration with world-class leading academics and industry leaders will get you thinking about which career path to choose. Our program helps you to develop your leadership, problem solving and decision making skills.

You will also have the opportunity to develop your cross-cultural competency by engaging with local students, students from around the world and the local community through our wide range of activities.

A suite of recreational activities will give you the chance to experience the best of Brisbane and its surrounds. You will explore sunny Brisbane through a range of exciting activities and trips planned throughout the program. Highlights include a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary; and learning about indigenous culture.

At the end of this fantastic experience, you will gain confidence and broaden your world perspective. Chrysalis offers you a fun-filled educational experience in Brisbane with positive memories so you can return home as a global citizen and future leader.

2018 Program Dates:
28 July – 4 August 2018
Duration: 1 week

Who can apply for the Chrysalis International Young Leaders Conference?

This program is available to high school students from Year 9–12 from Brisbane and around the world. Students in these year levels usually fall under the 14-18 year age group.

Number of participants:

Approximately 40 students from around the world, including students from local Australian schools. Note that there are a limited number of spots available per country.

Guest Speakers from 2017

Kate Phillips

“Breaking the Barriers and Beating the Odds”- Inspirational Speech

Kate is a landscape architect and owner of Orange Sherbet a jewellery design shop. Kate is also an ambassador of the Cycle of Giving, a cycling event to raise funds for organ transplant research. Kate was born with a hole in her heart and had to receive a lifesaving heart and lung transplant at the age of 27.

The journey and wait for the transfer procedure was not a particularly easy one. However, while waiting for a new heart and lungs, Kate watched the 2013 Cycle of Giving from the sidelines, and watching that race gave her hope and inspiration that everything will be just fine.

And just 7 months after her successful transplant Kate rode in the 2014 Cycle of Giving. Running that race made her determined to raise awareness about organ transplant to give hope to others that everything will be okay.

In her workshop Kate will talk to the Chrysalis students about her experience and about the importance for someone to believe in them self and stay positive no matter what.

Dino Willox

"Setting Yourself Up for Success"

Dr Dino Willox is the Director of The University Queensland Employability Centre. The UQ Employability Centre helps students to identify and engage with activities and experiences that enhance their studies and develop their employability. Prior to arriving in Australia, Dr Willox was the Faculty Manager of the Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, and was formerly the Head of Student Records at Cardiff University. In this workshop Dr Willox will speak to the students about how they can set themselves and their career up for success.

Tamara Richardson

Cross-Cultural Leadership

Tamara Richardson is the Founder and Director of PACE 48, a multinational, youth-led platform Promoting Access to Cultural Education across 48 Asia Pacific countries. With more than 150 volunteers across 36 countries, PACE 48 facilitates youth-led intercultural relations, while promoting and preserving intangible culture in the Asia Pacific. Tamara is an appointed Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural & Interreligious Relations, Asia Pacific, and is an elected member of the University of Queensland’s Academic Board. In 2016, Tamara was selected as the Australian Ambassador to the UNESCO Asia Pacific Youth Dialogue in China, and was named an Australian delegate to APAC4U, a project of the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Department. Tamara is the 2017 recipient of the Queensland Young Achiever Award in Cultural Diversity (Australia), and has previously worked in the human rights and development fields in China and Cambodia, while having facilitated youth centered workshops across India, the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Australia. She is also a full-time undergraduate science (Psychology) student at The University of Queensland, Australia.

Nina Evason

Cultural Competence Training Workshop

Nina is a Digital Content Specialist at International Education Services. Nina manages the Cultural Atlas project, a collaborative project between SBS, International Education Services Ltd (IES) and Multicultural New South Wales. Nina had always had a particular interest and knowledge in cross-culture learning and multicultural affairs that she was able to employ in her research for projects such as the Queensland Police Service’s Cross Culture Check and SBS’s forthcoming Cultural Competence Program.

Fred Duku

Community Leadership in the Age of the Displaced Person

Fred is a Co-Founder and the current President of The Shining Snowflake Initiative. The Initiative is an Australian disruptive initiative developed to restore basic human rights and provide a long lasting and replicable solution to successfully eradicate homelessness.

Fred Duku Silver has a strong dedication to imbuing inspiration to the greater community and demonstrates this through his enthusiasm he has for community activism. As a result of this Fred has been recognised by and inspired the United Nations, World Bank and Humanitarian Affairs just to name a few. As well as being a special guest speaker alongside the National President of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

As an International speaker, Fred is invited and travels to various different conferences, events and schools to inspire and empower individuals to see different perspectives on life. Starting from a Ugandan refugee camp to representing Australia at the United Nations Headquarters, Fred has experienced more than most and knows the value of education in furthering one’s self. As he is currently undertaking a dual Bachelor’s degree of Law (Honours) and Business at Queensland University of Technology.

Faiza El Higzi

Community Leadership in the Age of the Displaced Person

Faiza has more than 20 years experience in the community sector as a board member, manager and volunteer focusing on emerging African, Arab and Islamic communities. She also has extensive experience working with youth and refugees. Currently Faiza is a member of the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council and Metro South Health Consumer Advisory Committee. She was the Human Rights Advisor for the National Council for Women and a member of the Queensland Ministerial Multicultural Committee.

Faiza has 10 years experience in government policy at both state and federal levels of strategic policy, research and industry development. Her experience in the NGO sector includes community development, refugee settlement and youth engagement. Faiza has a number of qualifications including a postgraduate level in Architecture, Project Management, International Business and Education. She is currently a PHD scholar at the University for Queensland focusing on gender studies.

Professor Jamie Shulmeister

UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences -“Leadership on the Edge”

Jamie Shulmeister is a Professor at the University of Queensland since 2009. He was previously at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (1994-2001) and before that was a Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California (1993-1994) and a post-doc at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (1991-1993). He was Head of School in Geography Planning and Environmental Management from July 2009 until December 2014.

Jamie’s main research theme is on the paleoclimatology of the Western Pacific Basin. He has worked extensively in Northern Australia, New Zealand, Timor and in the Antarctic on the Late Quaternary climate history of these areas. The work focuses on reconstructing changes in regional circulation patterns notably the Southern Hemisphere Westerlies and the Australian Monsoon. His interest particularly lies in longer duration oscillatory systems, especially the El Niño Southern Oscillation and the Inter-decadal Pacific Oscillation and in abrupt climate events including the Southern Hemisphere manifestation of the Younger Dryas (if any) and the Antarctic Cold Reversal.

Chi Wa Iao

UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences -“Leadership on the Edge”

Chi Wa Iao is an IES alumni international student from Macau who is currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Queensland, majoring in Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

Chi Wa is the first IES student to receive the IES Adventure Scholarship which took him to the Antarctic earlier this year, on an expedition with the famous environmentalist and polar explorer Robert Swan. A passionate environmentalist himself, Chi Wa returned from the expedition an even more determined advocate for our environment, in particular climate change.

Chi Wa has noticed a change within his thinking about the environmental issues we face, and has realised that the environmental crisis, we the humans created, can be solved by “us” instead of just him. As a result, Chi Wa aims to inspire more people, especially young adults and children since they are the future of our society, to take action now to improve our environment, and that it’s not just about the environmental issues, but also human behavior.

Natalie Oostergo

Academic English and Public Speaking Workshop

Natalie Oostergo is the Deputy Academic Director (Arts & ELICOS) at International Education Services. In the role, she works with staff and students to implement academic curriculum and strategies to support the diverse needs of international students. Natalie has over ten years experience in tertiary education, has won a Vice-Chancellors Performance Award at both the Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University, and presented on high impact retention strategies at national conferences. In her workshop Natalie will work with students to be confident and successful public speakers.

Claudia Moodoonuthi

Indigenous Art Workshop

Claudia Moodoonuthi is one of the Artists in Residence at IES, where she works on various projects with the IES College students and staff in line with the IES Art Gallery and its indigenous art collection, which is a means to provide a mechanism for deep exchange with, and appreciation of Australian Indigenous culture. As part of the Chrysalis conference Claudia will host and lead the Indigenous Art Workshop of the Chrysalis program.

Claudia Moodoonuthi’s canvas paintings reflect her connection to country. Her bold and colourful images are also greatly influenced by her language, tribe, history, and family, including her late great-grandmother May Moodoonuthi and the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Mrs Gabori). May Moodoonuthi and Mrs Gabori were among the seven Kaiadilt ‘sisters’ from Bentinck Island who burst onto the art scene at Mornington Island Art with their enchanting work incorporating the blazing colours of the tropics in 2005.