Arnav Machavarapu and Cameron Meyer met in 2019, in a presciently pre-quarantine fashion, virtually, through a summer entrepreneurship program for high school students called LaunchX. This past Fall, they attended Knovva Academy’s first Virtual Model G20 Summit: Imagining a Post-Pandemic World.
Maher Gidwani is already looking to riff off Knovva’s educational offerings in his own way. In a conversation we had after the UAE native was deservedly awarded for his delegation’s work in this year’s Virtual Summit, Maher speculates that to change the world for the better, he would create a system, “much like Knovva Academy, to facilitate an understanding of the world as a whole; to provide everyone with an understanding of all communities to end pluralism and prejudice.”
Nadia Venegas reported to the Model G20 Virtual Summit from her little neck of Mexico. The elected Minister of Labor for the Summit’s Australia delegation, Nadia is a nineteen-year-old with the wisdom of a time-weathered sage: “El hubiera no existe,” she wrote to me. “In English, it means ‘What I would have does not exist.’” This remains the most important bit of wisdom in her life. “I realize that even if I want things to be different, I cannot change them. The only thing left is to take care of them.”
Amira Anjani is from Indonesia and another recipient of two awards from this year’s Summit: as member of the Most Outstanding Country Delegation, the United Kingdom, and an individual winner of Exceptional Ministerial Delegate. Her favorite quote inspires her to fear nothing. We hope that ethos rubs off on us.
Shaurya Chandrawanshi is from the United Arab Emirates and an outstanding member of this year’s summit. While he didn’t place among this year’s award winners, his contributions and limitless enthusiasm warranted an in-depth conversation. We discussed fanfiction, kittens, and his interest in practical governmental policy.
Pragun Gupta is a Summit attendee who took home two (count ‘em, two) awards from this year’s Model G20 Virtual Summit. Pragun was a part of the Most Outstanding Country Delegation: United Kingdom, and an individual winner of Exceptional Ministerial Delegate. He wears fabulous royal blue suits and reads Dickens. We’d crowdfund an armchair for him if that weren’t weird.
Tara Ossiani is from the United States and represented Japan as Head of State, for which she was awarded Exceptional Ministerial Delegate. We can tell from our conversation and her work in the Summit that she’s absolutely Tar-rific (aim away from the face, please).
by Dr. Neil Gile Curriculum Director - West Springfield Public School NPT Education Like many educators, I have been spending much time reflecting on the current state of our global community and my role as a contributing member of society. The way I look at it is...
Interview with Dr. Don Goldmann, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and Professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases in the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Don Goldmann is a longtime guest instructor and speaker for Knovva. In the past two virtual summits and in his regular appearances on Knovva’s video series, Answering Teens’ Questions, he’s made his face and his particular brand of soft-spoken, attentive teaching style an invaluable guiding point for Knovva students.
Interview with Jonathan Fantini Porter, Former Chief of Staff for Management in the US Department of Homeland Security
Jonathan Fantini Porter, Chief of Staff for Management in the US Department of Homeland Security, delivered an informative session on “Policy in 2021,” focusing on how the federal budgets affect policymaking. He sat down for an interview with Knovva Academy following his lecture and subsequent discussion with the student delegates at this year’s Summit.