Local Youth
Captivate the Future
The Rotary Club of Hornsby District was introduced to Captivate the Future (CTF) by a presentation made by the cofounder of the organisation, Kailash Sarma. The members of the club were impressed by the mission and goals of CTF. 
CTF is a public speaking competition that aims to empower students to share their story and change their future.
The club is lending their support to the competition and help spread it amongst the schools in the Hornsby District and the Interact Club of Abbotsleigh.
Coincidentally, Kailash was one of the recipients of our club’s student/ presentations awards at Normanhurst Boys High School in 2020.
To participate in the competition, please click here.
Youth Exchange

Nicolina from Sweden - Making a Difference


  • Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Club of Waitara. Sydney, Australia


  • Graduating High School, Stockholm Sweden


  • Backpacking across South America for 3 months
  • Starting BSc Environmental and Energy Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden


  • BSc thesis mapping the hydrology of Uganda to access the potential for hydro power expansions while not compromising the need of water for irrigation in agriculture and considering the impacts of climate change. Kampala, Uganda


  • Working part-time as research engineer at KTH division of Energy Systems à presenting research at the Annual Environment and Energy workshop by NASA and ESA, California, USA


  • Exchange semester as part of BSc at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Most recent re-visit to Sydney
  • Starting MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology


  • Part-time analyst at Eneo Solution, working with PV and geothermal energy, Sweden
  • Junior trainer at the Summer School of Modelling tools for sustainable development. Training participants from about 10 emerging countries in energy modelling tools. Trieste, Italy.
  • Internship at United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), at UN Secretariat, New York, USA
  • MSc thesis, developing a linear least-cost model for the optimization of the crop production in Ghana to eradicate famine through increased yields and more efficient use of resources.


  • Graduating from KTH
  • Moving to DC and first full-time job: Energy Consultant (From 2019 as Energy Geographer) at World Bank HQ, Washington DC, USA
    • Working towards Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Providing direct technical support to around 20 client countries, primarily across Africa on sustainable electrification planning.
    • Working on the development of the Global Electrification Platform (GEP) – providing open-source and freely available modeled electrification pathways to the 59 countries with the lowest electricity access rates globally.

Conclusion 2009-2020:Travel broadens your mind”, and my Rotary Youth Exchange certainly enhanced my interest for the world, different cultures and global development.