Wednesday 27th November | Muziekgebouw | Amsterdam

The only event worldwide that brings together refugees, entrepreneurs, education experts, private sector, governments, academia and NGOs to improve higher education, promote sustainable economic empowerment and strengthen leadership amongst young people in fragile states.

25th Anniversary

An exhibition of SPARK’s history

To celebrate SPARK’s 25th anniversary, IGNITE will feature a small exhibition of the history of our organisation. From galvanising Dutch student activists to take action during the Balkans War, to today with SPARK spanning 14 fragile regions. 




More speakers to be announced soon!

Andile Masuku

Host of IGNITE 2019. Zimbabwean broadcaster and entrepreneur based in Johannesburg, South...
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Per Heggenes

CEO of IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swedish home furnishings...
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Josephine Goube

CEO, Techfugees. An alumnus from both Sciences Po Paris and the London...
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Ousseynou Nakoulima

Director, IFC Western Europe Department. Mr. Nakoulima is the Director of Western...
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Morning sessions start at 11 am and afternoon sessions start at 3 pm.

Women Entrepreneurs in Conflict

Women are an integral part of the economy. When more women work,...
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Matching Youth to Jobs

Providing youth with an efficient pathway to sustainable employment is a complex...
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Creating Jobs in Syria

Around 2010 the unemployment rate in Syria was at 8.6%, but after...
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Digital Skills for Refugee Jobs

Despite the talents and skills the refugees have, unemployment rates are the...
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Partnerships for Jobs, Part 1 (MENA)

Global catastrophes can’t be solved globally, but need a local approach, by...
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Millennials Doing Agribusiness in Africa

What is needed to boost young people’s engagment in agribusiness? 77 percent...
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Do Jobs Prevent Violent Extremism?

The main reason why youth join extremist groups is often said to...
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Partnerships for Jobs, Part 2 (Europe)

Networks, resources, innovation and experience put the private sector a unique position...
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Access to Finance: Creating Jobs in Africa

It’s commonly believed that access to finance is the only golden ticket...
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Business Support Centre Revisited

In this session we will delve deep into the factors that allow...
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In Pursuit of Evidence on Jobs for Stability & Peace

Employment programmes are considered to reduce the likelihood of violence by increasing...
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The Power of Mentoring

In this participatory session, we will explore the ‘Power of Mentoring’ to...
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Startup Roadshow


Startup Roadshow for Syrian entrepreneurs

Once again, IGNITE will decide the winners of the Startup Roadshow. The competition is the world’s first roadshow for Syrian entrepreneurs and offers young people with innovative business ideas to get trained, join a 5-day bootcamp and pitch for the chance to win up to $15,000! 

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09:00               Welcome
09:15                Keynote by Per Heggenes – CEO, IKEA Foundation
09:30               Keynote by Josephine Goube – CEO, Techfugees
09:45               Keynote by Ousseynou Nakoulima – Director Western Europe Department, IFC
10:00               Break
10:15                Talk of the Day – Shifting the Power
10:35                Talk of the Day – Women in Entrepreneurship
10:55                Talk of the Day
11:20                Workshops
12:45                Lunch
13:45                Keynote by Oudai Tozan – Founder, International Syrian Association for            Education Development
14:05               Keynote – TBC
14:20               Startup Roadshow for Syrian entrepreneurs by Jusoor and SPARK
14:35               Keynote – TBC
14:45               Break
15:00               Workshops
16:40               Recap
17:05               Closing ceremony
17:15                Drinks reception


Volunteer with us

To turn this day into a memorable, enjoyable event, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our young, international team for the day! You want to be part of our team? Then please complete this form and let us know more about yourself. 


Delighted to announce our first confirmed conference partners: