Harvard Project for Asian & International Relations Conference – Dubai 2013

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21/08/13 – 10:08am (Sydney):  What a start to the first international flight that I have had since I have come to Australia.  Forgotten my flight ticket in my brother’s car, was just the start. But I was expecting and hoping more adventure than just forgetting my ticket. That surely can’t be the only obstacle and it would’ve never been a deterrent for me!


Our first speaker for the night was Dr. Lance E. De Masi who is the president of the American University in Dubai. He warmly welcomed us with his honorific linguistic and prompted us to strife and keep going in order to bring change to the world. He spoke very eloquently about the nature of youth conferences by stating:

“Youth are the candidates of change, the real change for the world ahead. So go on, and strife to your maximum potential for you are capable to do so!”

Day two started with the Business Plenary.  It was an a very informative and inspiring session.  Packed in the magnificent Mezzanine floor of the JW Marriott Marquis, the 500 delegates were delighted and enlightened by the expertise and awed by the knowledge of the honourable presenters. Notably the last speaker for the business plenary, Mr. Akbar Jaffar, the CEO of JEFCON group gave an alternate perspective on entrepreneurship. He challenged the mainstream perspective on happiness, stating;“dissatisfaction produces innovation… unless you are unhappy, you are not going to move!” He pushed us to think beyond the realm of happiness, and see ourselves us entrepreneurs who can ‘take ideas from the book, and is able to implement it through the efforts of their persistence.’ Indeed his smile and laughing character veiled a successful entrepreneur whose success was unlimited. Enriched with experience and flawless in words and speech, he shared with us why people fail in entrepreneurship:

“The way to fail in entrepreneurship is to turn yourself from an entrepreneur into a business manager. If you are an entrepreneur, leave the managing to someone else!” 

– Sayed travelled on a UTS:BUiLD General Travel Grant to the United Arab Emirates for the 2013 Harvard Project for Asian & International Relations Conference

This is an excerpt from Sayed’s blog about his experiences in Dubai during the conference. Visit his blog to read more.

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