On top of the world

Presenting to some of the most powerful people in the Commonwealth, making Swiss rolls for Prince Charles and talking about opera with the New Zealand High Commissioner were just a few of the things 20-year-old Katherine McIndoe did in July.

Katherine McIndoe

The third-year Music and Development Studies student, and winner of last year’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, was one of 100young people selected out of over 900 applicants from around the world to participate in 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme held in conjunction with the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

Katherine was one of 11 representatives shoulder tapped to stay on for an additional four days at the Commonwealth Games Business Conference in Glasgow. Her group then chose her to represent their collective point of view on a panel about youth leadership to an audience of more than 200 Commonwealth leaders and CEOs, as well as a live online audience—an experience she describes as “petrifying but exciting”.