Business students to transform trash in Jakarta into marketable products

A world-renowned management thinker is taking business students to Doha, Hong Kong and Jakarta this week to introduce these future corporate leaders to the fastest emerging economies on Earth.

More than 40 students from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Canada will accompany Professor Karl Moore to learn about how business is done in developing markets, while fundraising for their chosen charity that helps trash pickers in Jakarta out of poverty.

Professor Moore says:

“We bring our students out of the classrooms, and out of their comfort zones, to emerging hotbeds of economy, commerce and culture – so we’re really taking the future to the future.

“Too many of my generation flew business class, lectured emerging economies about the theory of markets, and then flew back home. This generation is doing it better; they fly at the back of the plane with only their knapsacks, show up in the country they want to learn about, roll up their sleeves and plunge right in, and they ask how they can help.”

Students will spend two days in Hong Kong before moving on to Indonesia. They’ll visit the likes of McKinsey, Edelman and the UN World Food Programme, while raising money for XSProject, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to break the poverty cycle in Jakarta by transforming trash into marketable products like bags and pencil cases.

Bachelor of Commerce student, Daniel Kaplan, says:

“It isn’t every day that you get to travel to the most interesting places in the world and meet those who influence these regions so much. Whatever I learn from a textbook just won’t compare to insight from a trip like this.”

Students will share their experiences through video and blogs on to encourage others to support the cause by donating at