Katerina Gavrielidou, a 24-year-old Cypriot who studied at the London School of Economics represented Cyprus at One Young World Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa in early October.
At the summit, 1,300 young leaders from 190 countries debated, exchanged views and provided solutions to the pressing issues the world faces in the fields of government, business, education, health, the environment and human rights.
Notable counsellors such as former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohammed Yunus, Founder and CEO of the Huffington Post Media Group Arianna Huffington, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, writer Fatima Bhutto, and British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson mentored young delegates during the Summit. Ahmed Kathrada who was incarcerated with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island for nearly 20 years and Winnie Mandela were also present.
One Young World is second only to the Olympic Games when it comes to the number of countries represented.
As such, the event attracted considerable media attention including TV crews from the BBC, Al Jazeera, AP, CNN, CCTV (China), Network 10 (Australia), the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Reuters, which delivered extensive broadcast coverage around the world.
Gavrielidou told elita.com.cy she had been honoured to attend the conference. She said she was selected from among other candidates because of her active involvement in public issues in the previous years.
The most significant moment of the conference was for her when she posed a question in from of 1500 people, with another 35,000 following online.
“I also had the opportunity to converse with Arianna Huffington, Fatima Bhutto, Sir Richard Branson and Sir Bob Geldof,” she added.
A Youth Ambassador on the Cyprus Youth Board, Gavrielidou deals with European programmes and the rights of young people. Last September she represented Cyprus at the European Youth Session of the Council of Europe that was held in Lithuania.
She has also taken part in the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations, held in Dubai last year. Gavrielidou is pictured here with Huffington.