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The Youth Speak Forum is an international event organized by AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-led organization. The forum brings together young people from around the world to discuss and address pressing global issues, with a focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Youth Speak Forum provides a platform for young people to share their ideas, perspectives, and solutions on issues such as climate change, poverty, inequality, and social justice. Through keynote speeches, panel discussions, and workshops, participants engage in meaningful dialogue and collaborate on innovative solutions to global challenges.

AIESEC, which stands for “Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales,” is a non-governmental organization that was founded in 1948. The organization is present in over 100 countries and territories and is dedicated to developing leadership skills and promoting cultural exchange among young people. The Youth Speak Forum is one of AIESEC’s flagship events, reflecting the organization’s commitment to empowering young people to create positive change in their communities and the world.

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Introduction of the Organising Committee Team

Aniek – President

My name is Aniek Lubbers, I’m 22 years old and currently a part of the full-time board at AIESEC Maastricht. As head of the conference committee, together with Jan I am the main responsible for organizing the conference. 

I decided to join Youth Speak Forum to take on an additional challenge besides my role as head of marketing of AIESEC Maastricht. During my bachelors at University College Maastricht I focussed on business, sustainability and development studies, topics I feel are all represented in the Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, in the last few years I have organized a range of events. The unique combination that Youth Speak Forum provides of event management with the purpose of creating positive social impact really excites me and I hope to see you all there!

head of youth speak forum committee
Lea marketing coordinator of youth speak forum

Job – External Relations Manager 

Hi everyone! My name is Job Delhaes and I am 22 years old. After finishing my bachelor Geography, Spatial Planning and Environment I became a full-time board member of AIESEC in Nijmegen. My responsibility for the Youth Speak Forum is to make sure that we have a lot of inspiring speakers and companies to contribute to the event. I joined the YSF team because by organizing this event I hope to inspire a lot of students but also companies to actually contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and a better future.

Besides this I really like to spend time with my friends and family. You can always approach me to talk about sports and traveling. I hope to see you all at the Youth Speak Forum!

Kirsten – Marketing manager

My Name is Kirsten van Elzelingen, I’m 23 years old and currently part of the full-time board of Rotterdam. This year, I’ll be responsible for the marketing of Youth Speak Forum. I’ll both manage the marketing and create content together with Maria. 

I joined Youth Speak Forum to go back to my roots as a marketing student and use my skills for creating more awareness around the SDG’s, which is the goal for the Youth Speak Forum event. I’m very interested in organizing events, and because of a minor I did about events I thought joining the Youth Speak Forum team would be the perfect challenge. Besides AIESEC I enjoy doing sports, which varies from going to the gym to playing field hockey. I also like to spend time with friends and meeting new people, which is one of my favorite things about AIESEC. I’m looking forward to meeting you at our Youth Speak Forum on the 26th of May! 

meri social media manager youth speak forum
meri social media manager youth speak forum

Maria – Delegate experience manager

My name is María, I’m 22 years old and currently part of the full-time board of AIESEC Maastricht. Next to this, I’m part of the conference committee and I’m responsible for the delegates experiences of Youth Speak Forum 2023! Besides I will manage the content creating together with Kirsten. 

The reason I joined Youth Speak Forumas I believe it is a platform where everyone is heard and listened to in order to make the necessary change happen! I think we can only make a positive impact if we include all actors affected. Next to that I am really interested in organizing events and what a better way to do that then being part of the organization of Youth Speak Forum. Besides AIESEC I am doing a traineeship in Learning & Development and in my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and going to the gym.

See you on the 26th of May

Taco – External Relations Manager

Hi everyone!

My name is Taco, I’m 23 years old. After graduating my Masters, I decided to join AIESEC in the full-time board of Nijmegen. Next to this,  I’m part of the conference committee. In this function, I’m responsible for attracting external delegates to the Youth Speak Forum 2023!  

I joined the Youth Speak Forum committee because I believe that this event can be a platform in which the opinion of young people can be heard and addressed to companies wich actually directly impact the environment. In addition, I enjoy organizing events in which true impact can be generated. Besides AIESEC I enjoy talking about sports and traveling. See you all on the 26th of May! 

anna external relations manager
jordy logistics manager youth speak forum

Lizelot – Logistics Manager

Hi everyone!  My name is Lizelot and I am part of AIESEC in Leiden and The Hague. I am 20 years old and am currently finishing my bachelor’s in International Relations and Organisations.

I am responsible for the logistics of the Youth Speak Forum (YSF) 2023 together with Stefania! I am really looking forward to organizing an event where youth can really voice their opinions on a topic that is very important and relevant. This, because I believe that our generation needs to be involved in the discussion about current important world issues. So save the date: 26th of May and come and voice your opinion at Youth Speak Forum!

Beside my work at AIESEC, I also work at the beach in The Hague and live very close as well. I like to be on the beach, and I play volleyball in my free time. 

Hope to see you all at Youth Speak Forum!

Stefania – Logistics manager

My name is Stefania, I’m 20 years old, student from Romania and I was part of the part-time board of Utrecht. This year, I’ll be responsible for the logistics of the Youth Speak Forum. I’ll work together with Lizelot to make the event a great experience for each participant, so that you can enjoy inspiring speeches with no worries about the next step.

I joined Youth Speak Forum because a year ago I walked into an aula with little idea what to expect and my friends far away from me in the room. By the time the clock hit 6 pm, I got to talk and debate with new people and stakeholders about how they deal with inequalities. A topic that I found particularly important at the moment, as a teenager that barely arrived in a new country where diversity had a whole other level and inclusivity was a daily challenge in an unfamiliar society. On my way back, with new friends and ideas, I knew I would love to offer this experience to many more young people. Besides my studies in Politics, Law and History, I enjoy volunteering, discussions and understanding the world better. Don’t hesitate to approach me for a chat on the 26th of May!

jette delegate experience manager youth speak forum