107 countries........... together with each other.......... for 2 awesome weeks.
finally we reached the venue of the PALACE OF THE GOLDEN HORSES.
although it's just the name of the famous 5 star hotel at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysial; but it's nothing lesser than a Palace. It's so huge, that we often loose our path from our rooms to the conference halls.
The conference started with a boom - the Global Village. that was one of the most awesome experiences - we experienced the cultures and the tasted the foods of over 100 countries in an event of 4 hours. It was amazing... i will be uploading the photos soon in an album. check them out when they are available :) :)
We have met all the dynamic people from AIESEC International; we have met the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the other AIESEC Countries; we have also met so many alumni of AIESEC. We also celebrated the AIESEC Global Partnership Launches with Electrolux, ABInBev, Alcatel Lucent, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, Artemisia, Standard Chartered Bank and Cadbury (where we got hundreds of free chocolates) :) :). Yet to come the Partnership Launch with DP-DHL and Microsoft in the next two days.
And about the activities that we are doing here - we have gone through
~ Leadership Development Workshops,
~ Issue based seminars,
~ skill development trainings,
~ External Relations,
~ Public Relations.
~ Branding and communications.
~ Exchange Management.
~ Human Resource Management.
~ Global IS Management.
~ Web 2.0
~ Critical thinking and creative problem solving
~ Global legislations
~ and so much more
the most happening, and for the first time ever attempted at International Congress in the past 61 years, was the Global Youth To Business Forum where there were a series of intense discussions and learning on 3 very important issues of the world today -
~ entrepreneurship development
~ eco sustainability
~ HIV - AIDS
After one whole day's discussions and sessions on these essential topics, a forum was created among the AIESECers and the professionals from around the World which was moderated by none other than Mr Houston Spencer, Vice President, Strategy & Marketing of Alcatel Lucent in Europe North and West. check out the video below.
Click here to watch what Houston Spencer has to say about AIESEC
And you know the most interesting story at IC? IC 2009 is now taking place during the holy month of RAMADAN and lots of Muslims are present at this conference who are fasting. and by seeing this, many people from the other religions also thought of giving it a try to experience what it is like to refrain from food and drinks from Sunrise till Sunset. Nice, eh?
Stay tuned for more updates coming up later.
Syed Rakib Al Hasan