Global Voices Exchange: Ben Brooks to depart for Israel Trade Mission

7 June 2013

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From Left: Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Professor Duncan Ivison, with Global Voices delegates Caroline Marohasy and Ben Brooks.

A third year Arts/Law student will help raise the profile of young Australian entrepreneurs when he joins the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) trade mission in Tel Aviv this week.

Ben Brooks will gain the unique diplomatic experience as part of the Global Voices AICC Australian Youth Delegation, from 8-17 June 2013.

Among the highlights of the upcoming Mission are meetings with the Governor of the Bank of Israel, the Office of the Chief Scientist, as well as an introduction to entrepreneurial and investment communities including the Google Israel R&D Centre.

Brooks believes Australian policymakers, investors and entrepreneurs have much to learn from Israel.

"Israel is a community of ambitious, serial entrepreneurs. Australian high-tech entrepreneurs, by contrast, struggle to attract investment from domestic sources. They move overseas in search of support, so we have this 'brain drain' of enterprising young talent."

This theme is the focus of a research paper Brooks will produce as part of the delegation, examining the potential contribution high-tech entrepreneurs make to domestic economic growth and why the government should do more to support such entrepreneurial 'ecosystems'.

Brooks will represent the faculty alongside fellow Arts student Caroline Marohasy in the 2013 Global Voices delegation. Marohasy will depart for Nairobi Kenya from 22 June to 3rd July and plans to visit representatives from several UN institutions, working on a research project on female sanitation and girl's education in the Kibera slum. Their Global Voices placement is fully supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

In the lead-up to their departure, Brooks and Marohasy recently attended a forum in Canberra, where they met with the Governor General Quentin Bryce, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, and Minister for Trade Craig Emerson.

Brooks, who is Deputy Chief Editor of the Sydney Globalist international relations journal, says he hopes to continue his long-time interest in foreign affairs by pursuing a diplomatic or journalistic career.

"Speaking as a history student, the AICC delegation is an opportunity to experience an ancient, incredibly rich culture. But more than that, it will provide valuable exposure to disciplines like business, applied science, and international relations which I haven't studied in a formal context. It's a chance to see cultural diplomacy in practice."

Established in 2011, Global Voices is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to create opportunities for young Australians to engage with international policy both at home and abroad.

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