Youth empowerment and sustainability became the main topics discussed during the Harvard Innovation Challenge Southeast Asia II (HIC SEA II) Conference as Head of Entrepreneurship Innovation Centre (EIC) at the Ministry of Education took centre stage as its keynote speaker.

The three-day virtual conference HIC SEA II is a collaboration between Global Citizen and Harvard Undergraduate Global Education Movement (HGEM) who invited Adna Shatriremie Hj Abd Rahman to be the speaker.

Adna Shatriremie Hj Abd Rahman during the HIC SEA II virtual conference. Image courtesy of MOE

In his speech, Adna Shatriremie who was also appointed as a Youth Empowerment Judge in the Youth Empowerment category shared his professional journey from an entrepreneur to an entrepreneurship educator, mentor and ecosystem builder.

He emphasised the importance of youth empowerment and sustainability as well as how entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour as an ecosystem could lead to a better economy for a nation.

He also cited stories of Brunei student entrepreneurs from the secondary and higher learning institutions where he and his team had started a multi-disciplinary platform in 2013 for student entrepreneurs and start-ups.

File photo of youth entrepreneurs. Image: The Bruneian
File photo of youth entrepreneurs. Image: The Bruneian

Since then, he has incubated more than 300 student entrepreneurs including community start-ups within Brunei Darussalam as well as Southeast Asia.

More than 30 per cent of his student entrepreneurs were able to sustain their businesses until now.

Adna Shatriremie also shared his insight and professional perception to Business Model Canvas with the pragmatic ‘Smart Experiment’ methodology, a simplified methodology where he had the opportunity to share and test its validity within the Asian-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

Adna Shatriremie Hj Abd Rahman during the HIC SEA II virtual conference. Image courtesy of MOE

This subsequently led Adna Shatriremie to be invited as a panel speaker and as a lead trainer for the entrepreneurship programme by the University of California San Diego.

His involvement and contribution with both academia and pragmatic exposure and practice within the entrepreneurship ecosystem from Brunei, Southeast Asia, to San Diego, California (USA) have paved ways for the concept of entrepreneurship to have its own Bruneian identity and how it can be embedded within the society especially through the platform of education.

File photo of youth entrepreneur. Image: The Bruneian
File photo of youth entrepreneurs. Image: The Bruneian

The virtual conference was participated by international students and academia from all over the world.

Also in attendance during the conference as esteemed speakers were Professor Anthony Medrano, Professor of Environmental Studies at Yale-NUS College, Dr Yang Mee Eng, Executive Director of Asean Foundation, Solonia Teodros, Director of Communication, Culture and Enablement at Ray Allen Inc and Tiza Mafira, Climate Policy Initiative Director. – Wardi Wasil

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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