SPARK presents IGNITE 2017
This year, the 5th edition of the IGNITE conference, will focus on improving access to higher education, developing entrepreneurship and promoting sustainable leadership amongst young people in conflict-affected regions. Hear from refugees, entrepreneurs, education experts, private sector, government and NGO representatives from across Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Share knowledge on how to rebuild economies and societies.
The first speakers are announced! More to come soon…
Dr. Rebecca Winthrop is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Instition. She is the former head of education for the International Rescue Committee. Her research focuses on education in the developing world, with special attention to the skills children need to succeed in life, and improving quality learning for the most marginalised children and youth, including girls and children affected by extreme violence.
Dr. Fadlo Khuri is the 16th president of the American University of Beirut. Khuri has published over 300 peer reviewed articles, and his work has been cited over 16,000 times. He has been recognised with several major awards, including the 2006 Nagi Sahyoun Award, the 2013 American Association for Cancer Research Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Memorial Award. Khuri serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cancer.
Prof. Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, a Fellow of Jesus College, and Director of the Oxford Centre for the Study of African Economics. Since 2011 he has been Chief Economist of the Department of International Development (DFID), the UK’s government department in charge of aid policy and spending.
Linda Kromjong is the Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in Geneva. The IOE is the largest network of the private sector in the world, with more than 150 business and employer organisation members. The IOE is also the founding father of the GFMD Business Mechanism. Kromjong serves on the Advisory Boards of the UN Global Compact, Mega Sporting Events (MSE) platform for Business & Human Rights and UNHCR Livelihood.
Ahmad Bayram is Middle East and Africa Regional Manager at Techstars, a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. Ahmad is also Jusoor’s Entrepreneurship Program Advisor, Training Bootcamp Manager and Techfugees Adviser, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Aliqtisadi.com. His website is also one of the most prominent blogs in the Arab world that tackles the power of the sharing and collaborative economy.
Buke Cuhadar serves as Vice President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), a platform of programmes and initiatives created by the communities that celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week each November. Aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem, GEN helps people in 160+ countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures.
Prof. Tilman Brück is the Founder and Director of International Security and Research Center (ISDC) in Berlin and Team Leader of Development Economics at Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), Germany. Brück is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the ‘Households in Conflict Network (HiCN)‘, a global research network studying the intersections of conflict and development at the micro-level.
Kilian Kleinschmidt is a humanitarian and refugee expert with over 25 years of experience in a wide range of countries, emergencies and refugee camps as United Nations official, Aid worker and Diplomat. He is the founder and CEO of Innovation and Planning Agency (IPA), which connects marginalised parts of the globe with technological resources needed to catalyse change. Kilian managed the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan from 2013-14 on behalf of UNHCR.
Emma Ursich is Director of The Human Safety Net at Generali, a global insurance company based in Italy. Together with SPARK, Emma is launching an ambitious programme for empowering refugees to set up successful enterprises, starting in Germany and France. Emma has spent 15 years in corporate communications and identity. Throughout her work, Emma followed her belief that a company’s image depends on its actions.
Do you live in a conflict-affected country or a fragile state? Do you have a business idea or an existing business under 1 year old that can contribute to rebuilding or supporting your local community? We want to hear from you. This startup competition offers the chance to win up to €10,000.00 to get your business idea started. Apply here.
Organised by SPARK and the Young Advisory Group.
If you wish to be part of the international IGNITE conference on ‘Rebuilding Futures: Empowering youth and entrepreneurs in fragile states’, please register your interest in becoming an IGNITE Volunteer here.