Stephanie Moncur was one of only five Australian students to attend the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Hawaii.
The RMIT University student was selected via an online application process coordinated by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia.
The APEC Summit is an annual conference designed to bring together world leaders from the 21 APEC member countries to discuss international issues.
Ms Moncur, who is currently undertaking an International Business degree, participated in the summit with 100 other young people from countries including Canada, China, Russia and the USA.
During the summit, the group from Australia met Australia’s Ambassador to the US, Kim Beazley, and had private sessions with Admiral Patrick M Walsh, Commander of the US Navy Fleet in the Asia Pacific Region, and Dr Maya Seotoro-Ng, the sister of President Barack Obama.
Ms Moncur said other highlights included listening to President Obama, Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and Chinese President, Hu Jin Tao.
She was lucky enough to also have dinner with leading CEOs such as Lindsay Fox, Linfox, Sam Welsh, Rio Tinto, and Mark Johnson AO, Gresham Investment House.
“I am honoured to have had the opportunity to meet such influential business leaders and to experience a summit like this on an international scale,“ Ms Moncur said.
“I encourage other students to look out for these opportunities and to take advantage of them when they can.“