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Business student has voice heard at global forum

01 July 2015

QUT Business School student Madison Ure has rubbed shoulders with some of the world's most powerful leaders at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) annual forum in Paris last month.

The Bachelor of Business (International Business) and Bachelor of Laws student was able to attend the forum thanks to a sponsorship from the QUT Business School.

Madison said the forum was an amazing opportunity she was keen to take advantage of.

"The forum provided an opportunity for me to complement my studies with a real world experience and to witness the decision making process of an international organisation," she said.

Madison attended the forum as one of four delegates in the Global Voices Australian Youth Delegation whose mission is to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with international policy at home and abroad.

Global Voices also arranged for Madison and her fellow delegates to have one-on-one meetings with influential leaders including former Telstra CEO David Thodey and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Madison said the individual meetings presented an opportunity to engage in the forum's topics of discussion in a more active way.

"I enjoyed the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with influential people and having the ability to ask questions and really engage with them on their area of expertise," she said.

The OECD forum was a two-day event focused on improving the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

It involved workshops and discussion forums covering a range of issues including international taxation, engaging women in the workforce, developing sustainable urban environments, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and income inequality.

By Kristen Skinner
QUT Business School

Madison Ure attended the OECD's annual forum in Paris last month thanks to a scholarship from QUT Business School.

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