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.
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Host of IGNITE 2019. Zimbabwean broadcaster and entrepreneur based in Johannesburg, South...
Host of IGNITE 2019. Zimbabwean broadcaster and entrepreneur based in Johannesburg, South Africa. As the executive producer of African Tech Roundup, much of his time is spent covering Africa’s emerging tech and innovation ecosystem and overseeing a portfolio of popular media offerings in that space – including the African Tech Roundup podcast and storytelling podcasts for the BBC World Service’s Outlook programme. Andile also speaks widely and advises high net worth individuals and leading multi-national organisations on media strategy, market-entry and investment pipeline development focused on Sub-Saharan Africa. He has a finger on the pulse of the ecosystem’s most pertinent issues and aspirations and has a penchant for extracting and delivering candid insight and analysis.
CEO of IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swedish home furnishings...
CEO of IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swedish home furnishings company, IKEA. As CEO, Per sets and drives the Foundation’s funding and innovation strategies, and is a tireless advocate for children living in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since becoming the Foundation’s first CEO in 2009, Per has presided over the Foundation’s evolution into a global, grant-making philanthropy that funds programs in more than 45 countries.
He serves on the advisory board of the Refugee Studies Centre at University of Oxford, Department for International Development, and is an Advisory Group member of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute, London. Heggenes is also a Councilor for the World Refugee Council, Canada and he is a member of the World Commission for Forced Displacement.
CEO, Techfugees. An alumnus from both Sciences Po Paris and the London...
An alumnus from both Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics in urban development, Josephine has been the CEO of Techfugees, coordinating the tech community to create technology for and with displaced people since 2015. She seats on the board of the Norwegian Refugee Council and acts as an informal expert for the European Commission on migration reforms. Nominated as one of the top “30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs” by Forbes in 2016, 2017 and 2018, in 2017 she was honored as “Digital Women” of the year in France in 2017. From 2012 to 2016, Josephine was Migreat’s partnerships manager, a London startup specialized in applying for visas for Europe.
Director, IFC Western Europe Department. Mr. Nakoulima is the Director of Western...
Director, IFC Western Europe Department. Mr. Nakoulima is the Director of Western Europe at IFC based in Paris, France. Prior to this role, he worked for the African Development Bank, which he joined in 2002 where he was recently the Head of sustainable energy activities.
He has also been a Senior Manager at BNP Paribas and contributed to the establishment of the Green Climate Fund where he was responsible for programming, partnerships and relationship management with countries.
Mr. Nakoulima holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris.
Morning sessions start at 11 am and afternoon sessions start at 3 pm.
Women are an integral part of the economy. When more women work,...
Women are an integral part of the economy. When more women work, economies grow. Working women and women business-owners in fragile and conflict-affected regions often unique challenges. Barriers to workplace equality still exist and access to finance for women entrepreneurs is often more limited. How can governments and the private sector facilitate access to markets and support women in the economy? What takes place at the intersections where considerations of women, economy and conflict meet? How does conflict impact the role of women in the economy and shape their destinies? During this workshop, hear from and speak with young Libyan and Palestinian women who are revolutionising the start-up scene, creating jobs and breaking down barriers.
Speakers: Richard Catherall (Moderator, Entrepreneur), Hala Bughaighis (Co-Founder, Jusoor Centre for Studies and Development), Faten El Houni (Libyan business owner), Abir Sarras (RNW Media), Maraz Abdulsamad (Entrepreneur supported under LEAD)
Providing youth with an efficient pathway to sustainable employment is a complex...
Providing youth with an efficient pathway to sustainable employment is a complex challenge. Students need degree programmes that not only suit their talents but also meet real labour market demands. TVET programmes, while sometimes seen as less ‘prestigious’ than more academic ones, are essential. During their studies, extra-curricular activities and workplace learning (internships) can help develop student’s skills and attitudes towards work, including ethics, punctuality, intercultural sensitivity, leadership and diplomacy. Hard and soft skills are equally important in taking a positive career start and finding sustainable and satisfactory employment, such as drafting a convincing CV and proper language and communications skills. A well-functioning alumni network can provide invaluable support, contacts and networks to quality employment, through professional updates, short courses, webinars, etc. This workshop explores the various methods that youth, especially refugee youth, can be supported into work.
Around 2010 the unemployment rate in Syria was at 8.6%, but after...
Around 2010 the unemployment rate in Syria was at 8.6%, but after 8 years of war exceeds 60%. A third of the population has left Syria, and of those remaining 40% is internally displaced. The country is meanwhile de-facto divided in several zones of control. Many businessmen transferred their business outside Syria, no major investments are forthcoming in the foreseeable future and jobs, especially for youth, are scarce. How can a start be made in early economic recovery and where? How to plan for the return to Syria of the mostly highly educated Syrian diaspora, or at least engage them in this effort from a distance? What roles can NGOs and businesses play in this process and how to navigate in this complex political and economic (war) situation and ensure one does not cause harm in doing so?
Speakers: Ola Batta (Moderator, SPARK), Salam Said (Expert Researcher in Economic Studies, Bremen University), Ruba Rimi (Middle East Regional Manager, RNW Media), Said Sulaiman (Minister of Local Administration and Services, Syrian Interim Government), Ahmad Alshab (Operations Director, Orange)
Despite the talents and skills the refugees have, unemployment rates are the...
Despite the talents and skills the refugees have, unemployment rates are the highest among this community. Many refugees have turned into e-working to open new opportunities. In this session, we will be brainstorming the challenges and advances that face refugees who want to establish their own careers as freelancers using the SWOT analysis model. We will also hear stories from refugees freelance, support organizations, and policymakers.
Speakers: Ahmad Bayram (Regional Manager, Techstars), Josephine Goube (CEO, Techfugees), Aline Sara (CEO, NaTakallam), Joud Tanta (Co-Founder, Uniqon), Marcello Bonatto (Co-Founder, Re:Coded), Hani Shehada (Head of Gaza office, Al Fakhoora)
Global catastrophes can’t be solved globally, but need a local approach, by...
Global catastrophes can’t be solved globally, but need a local approach, by local partnerships. Public and civil society organisations can bring data, knowledge and seed money. Private sector is able to scale up by leveraging with commercial capital and efficient processes. However, it appears to be very challenging to bring these two worlds together. What does it take? In this workshop we, a partnership between ING, EIF, EU Madad, SPARK and Kosgeb, share our experience with an Access to Finance project in Turkey and with your input we want to develop new partnerships, bringing together capital, capacity and competences to support refugees in the MENA region, and elsewhere.
What is needed to boost young people’s engagment in agribusiness? 77 percent...
What is needed to boost young people’s engagment in agribusiness? 77 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is younger than 35 – that’s around 770 million people! However, farmlands are filled with older generations, for example in Rwanda the average age of farmers is 55 years old. Agribuiness is vital for sub-Saharan Africa’s food security, but how to engage a rural, youthful population with dreams of leaving to the big cities? In this workshop, we discuss with stakeholders where in the production and process chain jobs can be created for youth and hear from young, successful agri-entrepreneurs themselves.
The main reason why youth join extremist groups is often said to...
The main reason why youth join extremist groups is often said to be poverty and no job prospects. More factors influence the radicalisation process of youth in for example the MENA region, but hopelessness and no view of income are certainly main drivers. The question is: can you use job creation and entrepreneurship programmes as a means to prevent violent extremism? Is that ethical, what are the risks involved, and what side effects can it cause? Can you also afford not to run such programmes? In this workshop we examine job creation programmes, how sensitise them to violent extremism and how to reach goals that prevent violent extremism.
Networks, resources, innovation and experience put the private sector a unique position...
Networks, resources, innovation and experience put the private sector a unique position to support refugees. But how to take concrete action? In this session, Ben&Jerry’s, international NGO’s such as The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN) and Natakallam, and the City of Amsterdam share their vision and best practices on how to support refugees, create jobs and integrate refugees in our societies. What role can the private sector take in the skills development of refugees? What role do NGO’s play in these partnerships? And how can we involve donors more closely into these efforts?
Speakers: Tamar Schrofer (Moderator), Fred Kastner (Entrepreneur and international development consultant, TERN), Aline Sara (CEO, NaTakallam), Chris Gale (Head of Social Mission Strategy, Europe, Ben&Jerry’s), Sabina Kekic (City of Amsterdam), Zahraa Attar (Trainee at the Young Professionals Program for status holders at the municipality of Amsterdam)
It’s commonly believed that access to finance is the only golden ticket...
It’s commonly believed that access to finance is the only golden ticket to growing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in sub-Saharan Africa in order to boost job creation. However, critics argue that the relationship between finance and job growth is more subtle. There is not a proven correlation between increasing access to finance and the hiring of more employees. During this session, deep dive with some expert opinions into the actual impact of financing on job growth, with a particular focus on how this works in rural, sub-Saharan African communities. What have micro-financing institutes in South Sudan learnt? How do financing organisations in Rwanda and NGO programmes stimulate the development of financial sectors? What can they recommend to the stakeholders involved?
Speakers: Pieter de Vries (SPARK), Heleen van der Beek (Programme Director, Cordaid), Yengi Lokule (Chief Executive Officer, Rural Finance Initiative), Jean Bosco Iyacu (Director of Programmes, Access to Finance Rwanda)
In this session we will delve deep into the factors that allow...
In this session we will delve deep into the factors that allow incubators and accelerators succeed and/or fail. A variety of different approaches will be discussed, using Jordan as a case that can also apply to similar countries in the MIddle East and Africa. An emphasis will be placed on the transition from traditional incubators and accelerators into one-stop-shop Business Support Centers as well as a look at all the relevant stakeholders and their roles within the entrepreneurial environment.
Employment programmes are considered to reduce the likelihood of violence by increasing...
Employment programmes are considered to reduce the likelihood of violence by increasing opportunity, reducing idleness and tackling inequality and grievances between groups. Programming is expected to have positive impacts in places with weak social stability. Recent research has offered direction for field testing and impact assessment but it currently lacks consistency in approaches in outcomes. Systematic rigorous evidence is, therefore, still lacking. It is often simply assumed that employment programmes achieve their wider goals. This session introduces a combined approach from researchers, implementers and donors that aims to plot the path towards closing current knowledge gaps.
In this participatory session, we will explore the ‘Power of Mentoring’ to...
In this participatory session, we will explore the ‘Power of Mentoring’ to develop Human Capital through sharing how mentoring can support the growth and resilience of entrepreneurs in fragile environments. Drawing on the experiences of participants in the room, we will uncover what builds the foundation of the most impactful and enduring mentoring relationships, and what supports and drives those relationships to succeed. This session is an opportunity for participants to reflect on their own experiences, both to increase self-awareness and deepen understanding of how the role of a skilled mentor supports and accelerates greater innovation, impact and sustainability. We will also invite participants to share what it takes to run successful mentoring programmes, learning not just from Mowgli Mentoring’s experiences but those of others.
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!
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
10:15 Talk of the Day – Shifting the Power
10:35 Talk of the Day – Women in Entrepreneurship
10:55 Talk of the Day
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
17:05 Closing ceremony
17:15 Drinks reception
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.