A 24-year-old is one of three individuals selected from thousands across the world as part of a competition to send one undiscovered leader into space.

Hussain Manawer from Ilford, Essex has been chosen as one of three finalists as part of the Rising Star Programme, launched at the One Young World Summit 2014 in Dublin, The initiative’s creator, London-based talent agency, Kruger Cowne, and their partners One Young World and Spaceship Earth Grants, have announced the finalists.

Hussain applied to the programme hoping to inspire and empower younger generations.

By leading discussion on a global scale, the YouTube star hopes to highlight the importance of emotional and mental health and the need to implement more emotional wellness practices; within the educational system and society.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of some of history’s boldest adventurers, Hussain’s achievements already include travelling to Botswana to help build a school at the tender age of 18 and being among the elite few who became Olympic torchbearers for the London 2012 Olympics.

Whilst studying for his BSc in Quantity Surveying at Westminster university, the up-and-coming media mogul climbed Mount Kilamanjaro, raising thousands of pounds for charity.

At present, as well as interviewing a host of influential public figures on his online channel ‘Hussain’s House’, the talented poet takes time out of his schedule to visit schools across the country, speaking to young people about issues such as cyber bullying and the importance of self expression through the arts.

With the value of the space trip prize over $100,000, the final leg of Hussain's journey will see him fly to Bangkok in November to attend the One Young World Summit 2015.

Here, he will take to the stage in front of an audience of thousands of delegates and a panel of esteemed global business and social icons to deliver an inspirational 10-15 minute keynote speech on a topic of his choice.

The panel, which includes influential figures from the world of entertainment, business and media such as Sir Bob Geldof, Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, David Jones, Fatima Bhutto and acclaimed astronaut Ron Garan, will deliberate before announcing on stage their chosen Rising Star.

You can show your support to Hussain by wishing him luck at #SendHussainToSpace