Dr Susan Hockfield, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology yesterday met with the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) on the second day of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES). The meeting was part of the YFEL program for WFES 2011, which provides the bright talent in the renewable energy and sustainability space with the opportunity to engage with the leaders of today.
Dr Susan Hockfield, said: “In seeking solutions to climate change and energy security, our most powerful levers will be the talent and commitment of the new generation. I am pleased that the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL), an initiative led by Masdar Institute, is capitalizing on this vital human resource at World Future Energy Summit (WFES) by bringing together some of the brightest students and young professionals with industry experts focused on sustainability and renewable energy.”
During her visit to the YFEL stand, Dr Hockfield met with Mohammed Salem Bin Kardous Al-Ameri, an Emirati philanthropist and donor to YFEL.
Mohammed Salem Bin Kardous Al-Ameri said: “I am a supporter of the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) because I believe that it is vital to educate and nurture the youth of the UAE in the area of environment. Our environmental responsibility began with the stewardship of our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed, who championed this cause from the very beginning. Our leadership today is following in his footsteps, but we also need to encourage our youth to continue his legacy of environmental responsibility and contribute to solutions of climate change and energy security so that they can play an integral part in the economic growth of our country.”
He added: “Masdar Institute shares this vision, and the YFEL program is a testament to this commitment; which is why I have made a personal donation to the YFEL initiative. It is important that we support such an initiative, as it is up to all of us to make a real investment in the next generation.”
YFEL’s program at WFES 2011 has so far included an address to the YFEL by Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General and a visit to the stand by HRH Princess Victoria of Sweden.