Welcome to AIESEC 2020
"Achieving peace and fulfilment of humankind's potential is not a matter of if, but a matter of when."
Peace and fulfilment of humankind's potential is by far, the most ambitious vision any organization has set before. We have managed to send humankind to the moon, yet, we have been unable to find a way in which we can co-exist peacefully with each other on earth and, in AIESEC, we believe this needs to change.
We also believe that leadership is the fundamental solution and that it can be developed in anyone; the way we do this is through cross-cultural exchanges that enable a person to live a challenging experience to ultimately become more self-aware, to gain the ability to empower others, to be solution-oriented and, of course, to become a true global citizen.
This all sounds really good. On paper.
And that is why this particular year is a very special one for AIESEC. Because unlike many other like-minded organizations, every 5 years we, as an organization, set a clear milestone that allows AIESEC to get closer to its ambitious goal. We do this because we believe that achieving peace and fulfilment of humankind's potential is not a matter of if, but a matter of when.
And that's what AIESEC 2020 is all about.
It's about placing our confidence in the world's largest youth movement to co-create ideas and put them into action for the next 5 years. We will do this in such a way that someday this movement becomes so big, that it is able to engage and develop every young person.
It's about setting a clear plan that enables the organization to challenge its paradigms, to adjust to new times, to look ahead and to, ultimately, set a midterm direction that unites us as a network towards a common goal, no matter how different our realities may be.
I am positive that this is something that humanity will achieve someday and, as President of AIESEC International, my invitation for you is to challenge your comfort zone, to embrace the responsibility that is necessary to change the world, and to enjoy the outcome of the collective wisdom of our network.
These 3 things combined will be the initial step that will set the pace and the dreams of the next 5 generations of AIESECers to come, and that's why we must not forget that, in order for these dreams turn into reality, we must set the example and let our actions get us closer to get closer to engaging and developing every young person in the world every day, starting TODAY!