7 February 2012
UTS Business School student, Hardeep Singh Dang, joined two hundred students from around the world to attend the 4th Annual Festival of Thinkers in Abu Dhabi late last year.
The festival was designed to create a forum for discussions on global issues between a selected group of university students, CEO's, Vice Chancellors, industry leaders and Nobel Prize Winners.
Hardeep Singh Dang, a UTS Master of Accounting student, said the festival was a unique opportunity to talk with people , who he would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.
"The festival unites people from around the world on a common stage and encourages people to pursue the ideas from the festival," Mr Dang said.
"I am very passionate about sustainability, I am currently working on developing a disposable solar powered mobile phone battery with four others one in Montenegro, a guy in Oman and two brothers in Canada; all of whom I met at the conference."
"While no action is taken at the forum, it provides an opportunity to meet people who share my passion for sustainability, and are committed to developing global and local strategies for the future."
"At the conference we had the opportunity to network with other attendees and hear the incredible stories of people including Betty White who won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1976".
Mr Dang was invited to attend the Festival of Thinkers after attending the 'Education without Borders' forum in March last year.
The ideas that Mr Dang has developed with those he met at the conference have allowed him to apply for conferences around the world including World Youth Congress in Rio de Janeiro, One Young World to be held in Pittsburgh, USA, MUN (Model United nations) Rome and various start up competitions in New York.