HSBC has supported the International Public Speaking Competition since 1999. The competition, organised by the English-Speaking Union brings together the best young English-language speakers from all over the world for a week of international cultural exchange.

The students learn how to present and debate topics in English. Since 1999, more than 1,000 students have competed in the final of the competition.

In 2012, HSBC hosted the finals of the 31st International Speaking Competition at the bank's headquarters in London.

The finals culminated a week of entertainment, training and cultural exchange, which saw 54 delegates from 51 countries compete in eight heats. The competition was reduced down in stages ending with six finalists representing Canada, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Malaysia and South Africa.

The winner of this year's International Public Speaking Competition was Marina Hsien Wei Tan from Malaysia. Marina spoke passionately on how young activists achieve meaningful change during her speech, titled 'The Game Changer'. The Audience Choice Award went to Stephen Buabeng-Baidoo from South Africa, while the runner-up was Jiehao Chen from China.

The competition is one of a number of initiatives supported by HSBC to bring young people together and explore different cultures.

Visit the English-Speaking Union website for more information.