SPARK presents IGNITE 2015

Doing Business in Fragile States

Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

THANK YOU for participating in our third IGNITE conference, on November 11th in Amsterdam. It was a delight to welcome so many distinguished guests from all over the world. SPARK is proud to have been able to share an international and leading conference programme with you. With this conference we aim to create a better understanding of doing business in fragile and conflict affected environments, and how we, as development organisations, academic institutions, government bodies and private companies, can better support entrepreneurism and help facilitate a more inclusive business environment in these regions. We look forward seeing you again in 2016!


Videos Ignite! 2015



Thierry N'Doufou

Thierry N’Doufou is an entrepreneur from the Ivory Coast. Thierry is the...
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Melissa Johns

Melissa Johns is an Advisor in the World Bank Group’s Development Economics,...
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Christiaan Rebergen

As Director-General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rebergen works...
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Aiad Koudsi

After gaining 30 years experience in IT Aiad Koudsi founded MenaScope Consulting, an...
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Hania Bitar

Hania Bitar is the founder of the Palestine Youth Association for Leadership...
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Chid Liberty

Chid Liberty is the co-founder of Liberty & Justice, Africa’s first Fair Trade...
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08:15 – 08:45 Registration
08:45 – 09:00 Welcome by Bart Krull – host of the day
09:00 – 09:10 Opening speech by Yannick du Pont
09:10 – 09:25 Keynote by Thierry N’Doufo
09:25 – 09:40 Keynote by Melissa Johns
09:40 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:20 Workshop Round 1
11:20 – 11:35 Coffee Break
11:35 – 12:00 Debate Trade & Aid with Roelof van Laar and Joost Taverne
12:00 – 12:20 Keynote by Christiaan Rebergen
12:20 – 12:40 Presentation Research Competition Winners
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 14:00 Research Competition Pitch
14:00 -14:20 Keynote by Hania Bitar
14:20 – 14:40 Keynote by Aiad Koudsi
14:40 – 15:00 Keynote by Chid Liberty
15:00 – 15:20 Coffee break
15:20 – 16:40 Workshop Round 2
16:40 – 17:00 Closing Ceremony
17:00 – 18:00 Drinks

IGNITE programme