Meet Northern Ireland's Future Leaders 2018!
Joe Devlin, a Senior Market Analyst at Viridian Group and Laura McNamee, a Housing Adviser & Practitioner Support Officer at Housing Rights, have been selected to represent Northern Ireland as part of our 2018 Future Leaders Connect programme.
As part of the selection process, both had to outline one major global change they would like to see over the next five years.
Joe, whose area of expertise is the analysis of energy markets and the utilization of novel technology to maximize renewable energy integration, has chosen to focus on climate change.
He said: “Climate change is one of the few global challenges that have significant localised impacts. The increase inextreme weather events have well-documented impacts on people across the world. There is no silver bullet to unwind the damage we have caused, but there are logical steps we can take to mitigate climate change.
“The rise of renewable energy has been a climate change success story. This has been achieved in many countriesacross the world due to the alignment of policy and economics. However, there is more to do. Over the next fiveyears, I would like to see the prospect of satisfying a country’s electricity demand using 100% renewable energy become a reality.”
While Laura, who was previously a Councillor for the Ormiston Ward of Belfast City Council (Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party group) and Board Member of Eastside Partnership, wants to prevent homelessness in Northern Ireland.
She said: “As a Councillor, the issue I prioritised whilst in office was preventing homelessness. This is all the more pertinentnow, given that another housing crisis is on the horizon. Recent statistics indicate homelessness is already on therise, with over 24,000 households within Northern Ireland in priority need of housing (almost double the amountwhen I left political office).
“This is an issue affecting many countries and one which will only increase over the next decade, particularly inlight of current conflicts. Preventing homelessness remains a key priority for me and I would hope to address thisat a local level working with Housing Rights – a local homeless charity.”
More information coming soon!
What is Future Leaders Connect?
Future Leaders Connect is a long-term global network of emerging policy leaders.
The annual programme involves nine days of advanced policy and leadership development, delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge.
Successful applicants apply their vision to discussions on how to overcome today’s biggest global challenges, meet inspirational leaders and visit world-renowned institutions, including the UK Houses of Parliament.
Future Leaders Connect members gain a new set of worldwide connections, a policy action plan for change, and the skills, knowledge and networks needed to be an influential leader.
Future Leaders Connect 2017
Fifty Future Leaders Connect 2017 members were chosen from 11,000 applications from around the world – two of whom were from Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland members