UKZN Student to Lead SA Delegation to China
UKZN student Mr Muhammed Bilaal Ismail has been selected as the head delegate of a five-member team representing South Africa at the Y20 Summit in China later this year.
Originally known as the G20 Youth Network, the annual Y20 Summit provides an opportunity for young people from across G20 countries to engage and negotiate in international policy discussions about the most pressing economic concerns and generate innovative solutions.
The policy discussion communiqué generated from the event is submitted to the G20 Leaders’ Summit each year and provides integral insight into the global youth landscape.
Ismail, who was selected by the South African Youth for International Diplomacy organisation from applicants across the country, says he is proud to represent UKZN on a global stage.
During the Youth Summit, delegates participate in conferences and workshops with high profile speakers and recognised experts discussing topics such as food security, poverty, sustainable development, global financial matters and the international monetary system.
The Y20 summit, in Beijing and Shanghai from the 24 -30 July, is themed: “Innovation and Partnership for an Inclusive World”.
Ismail hopes to engage with UKZN students to further ascertain the South African youth landscape and contribute truly national views and recommendations at the summit. Any students wanting to discuss and contribute to the South African/African papers should contact Ismail via email: email@example.com
Ismail is a PhD student whose research incorporates novel inorganic compounds for their potential use in nuclear medicine. He is currently a graduate advisor for the Golden Key International Honour Society and represents chemistry scholars on the South African Chemical Institute.
He is passionate about learning and applying multidisciplinary, innovative knowledge for the holistic development of others. His achievements have previously won him the Graduate Scholar Award and the South African Student Leader of the Year award from Golden Key.
His visibly demonstrated leadership and innovation led to him being named as one of the Top 40 Most Inspirational Students at UKZN and one of the Top 100 Brightest Young Minds in South Africa.