At AIESEC, we are determined to develop young people. To make this happen, AIESEC Sri Lanka successfully conducted NATCON ’22, the largest youth leadership development conference at Citrus Waskaduwa on April. The 3-day conference laid the foundation for the newly elected leadership bodies of AIESEC to prepare for the upcoming year, hence this was a critical phase in the AIESEC calendar.
Understanding the leadership skills required in today’s highly evolving context, the conference was bound to be one of epic proportions, engaging 260 delegates from leading universities of Sri Lanka including University of Colombo, University of Moratuwa, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Kelaniya, University of Ruhuna, University of Peradeniya, SLIIT and NSBM.
The young and determined leaders who participated in the conference were university undergraduates seeking career prospects and pathways. Meeting all of these remarkable individuals under one roof was undoubtedly a unique opportunity for an organization. There were a series of sessions organized, focusing on leadership development with national facilitators such as LEAD, Activating Leadership, and Lead Innovate Evolve, and a platform to interact with other delegates including mentorship. Among the other highlights was the outbound training, enhancing participant performance through experiential learning activities and games.
The conference also featured a gala night where members of AIESEC were recognized and rewarded for their tremendous performances and dedication, encouraging them to be the future advocates of change. AIESEC in University of Sri Jayewardenepura won the Most Outstanding LC Award and Apoorva Ekanayake was bestowed with The Best Young Leader title.
NatCon 2022 was delivered successfully in strict accordance with health and safety requirements exceeding the planned outcomes as well. It would not have been successful without the support given by our partners including the exclusive title partner Stax, Technomedics International (Pvt) Ltd as the exclusive healthcare partner, SOZO as the beverage partner for the gala night and outbound training, Unilever as national talent partner, Innovate as exclusive youth partner and Nestle the official beverage partner. Hello TV and Hello Radio as the exclusive media partner, with Mark & Comm as the PR partner also helped us to bring Natcon 2022 to perfection.
The enormous favorable response from both the AIESEC Sri Lanka membership and external partners attests to the event’s success, which was held on an even larger scale than prior years in terms of its importance in developing youth leaders. NatCon 2022 organized by AIESEC in Sri Lanka signals the continued enthusiasm of Sri Lankan youth in contributing towards the betterment of the country.