Future leader joins top rank

Future leader: Nick Simm, 21, who appeared at the One Young World summit

Future leader: Nick Simm, 21, who appeared at the One Young World summit

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A student joined the ranks of the most world’s most influential people after being chosen to speak at a global summit in Switzerland.

Nick Simm, from Hoghton, near Preston, joined the likes of Sir Bob Geldof, Jamie Oliver and members of European Royal families when he spoke before thousands of delegates at the One Young World Summit for Global Future Leaders in Zurich last week.

The 21-year-old, who is currently studying business at Leeds University, was chosen as one of 10 people representing the UK at the prestigious event.

Pre-eminent speakers such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus spoke during the three day conference on some of the most challenging issues facing the world, including poverty, climate change, the media, health and the role of multinational business.

Nick, a former head boy at St Bede’s in Blackburn, addressed the crowd on social entrepreneurship and business.

He said: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet, I don’t think.

“It was just a truly amazing experience and I was so glad to be able to fly the flag for the UK at such a big event, in front of so many influential people.

“The whole thing was a real eye opener for me.

“The event has allowed me to gain a true insight into some of the world’s biggest problems and most pressing issues from first hand contact with hundreds of delegates from Africa, Asia, Europe, America, Canada and Australia.”

One of the highlights, Nick says, was discussing plans to start up his own company with former Dragon’s Den star Doug Richard.

The student is currently in the process of starting up his own advertising and promotions company called Dynomedia.

He said: “I got the chance to spend about an hour walking around Zurich with Doug Richard eating an ice cream and chatting about business.

“It was an amazing experience.”

The One Young World summit was founded by David Jones, CEO of marketing firm Havas and communications firm Euro RSCG, and Kate Robertson, group chairman of Euro RSCG.