James Forsey names as UK Delegate to G7 Youth Summit

Infrastructure Consultant James Forsey has been chosen as one of four people to represent the UK at this year’s G7 Youth Summit in Washington D.C.

25-year-old Buro Happold Engineer James Forsey was selected by the Future Leaders Network from hundreds of applicants, drawn from a range of industries. He will be joined by a civil servant, a digital transformation expert and an economist, and will have a chance to offer his perspective on the key issues society faces.

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James Forsey named as UK Delegate to G7 Youth Summit

The aim of the summit is to highlight the most pressing concerns affecting young people and lobby the highest levels of government for intervention. A key element of James’ submission related to the most prominent of these issues – discussing research he has undertaken at Buro Happold around how the circular economy can be used to help tackle the climate emergency.

James’ role begins now and he will be a delegate for the UK until February 2021, tasked with representing the youth of the UK on the world stage. The summit provides a unique opportunity for young people from around the world to use their combined expertise to influence policy. It will take place from 1 to 5 June, the week before the G7 leaders meet at Camp David, Maryland. The outcomes will then be presented to and debated by the G7 leaders.

My personal area of interest relating to this is the implementation of the principles of the circular economy across all sectors.

James Forsey, Infrastructure Consultant, Buro Happold

James said:

“I’m so proud to have been chosen to take part in the G7 Youth Summit and cannot wait to get started.”

“One of my main passions is the importance of mitigating the climate emergency we all face, and I talked about this extensively in my application. My personal area of interest relating to this is the implementation of the principles of the circular economy across all sectors, as I believe this will be vital in solving the problems both we and future generations face. I hope to explore this area in more detail as part of my work for the Youth Summit and use this opportunity to influence change at the highest level in the world.”

We’re delighted to welcome James to this year’s G7 Youth Summit delegation.

Sophie Daud, CEO of Future Leaders Network

“We were incredibly impressed with the technical experience he demonstrated in his application and are sure he will make a big contribution to the summit. The Future Leaders Network strives to ensure young people gain the skills needed to help them become the next generation of leaders. The G7 Youth Summit gives an incredible opportunity for them to get a taste of diplomacy at the highest level.”

James joined Buro Happold as a graduate engineer in September 2016, after achieving a masters in engineering from UCL.

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