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ISES 2015: Day 1 Recap

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It has begun! The 2015 International Student Energy Summit (#ISES2015) is underway and we could not be more excited. Today we welcomed delegates, speakers and distinguished guests to Bali, Indonesia for Student Energy’s fourth and most internationally diverse summit to date, with over 660 student delegates from 100 countries.

Although today may have appeared to be lighter on programming compared to the next three days, there was no shortage of activity. Many delegates took the time to relax, network and settle in. Others participated in the case competition, and nearly one third of the crew enjoyed a comprehensive Bali field trip.  

As the sun set, delegates met at Bali Nusa Dua Hotel and Convention for two hours of networking over dinner. Shortly after, they were ushered to the plenary session hall to await the arrival of the Vice President of Indonesia, His Excellency Mr. Jusuf Kalla to mark the official commencement of the summit.

Upon arrival, distinguished guests and delegates alike were treated to a traditional Balinese cultural performance, paired with an introduction video for the summit. Opening remarks were then led by the Chair of ISES 2015 Hilman Syahri Fathoni, followed by an inspirational speech from Kali Taylor, Student Energy’s Executive Director and co-founder, who appealed directly to student delegates saying "If each of you leaves knowing you can change the world, I'll know that we've done our job.”

A thoughtful address by the Vice President was accompanied by a traditional ringing of the gong to officially mark the start of the event, preceding the final highlight of the day, an inspirational keynote from Sri Mulyani, Managing Director/COO of the World Bank.

In her speech, Sri Mulyani provided an insightful energy outlook on the past, present and future, calling on students to be thoughtful, reminding everyone, “You have the option to give back. Make a difference by using a strong moral compass.” It was clear Mulyani made a significant impact on all in attendance, inspiring them to make the most of the summit and to truly connect the unconnected.

With the bulk of the opening ceremony complete, delegates were privy to an even more elaborate exposée of Indonesian culture and traditional performance art, accompanied by music and elegant, elaborate, and theatrical dances. Surely, as Kali Taylor enthusiastically stated in her opening remarks, this will likely be the most impactful International Student Energy Summit yet.