Be part of 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.
Sigrid Kaag is Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (Trade...
Sigrid Kaag is Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (Trade & Aid). She attending universities of Utrecht, Cairo, Exeter and Oxford. After finishing her studies – which resulted in a M.Phil. in International Relations and a M.A. in Middle East Studies – she worked for Shell International in London and at the UN section of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She continued her professional life in various UN positions in different locations, such as Senior Advisor in Khartoum and Nairobi, Chief of Staff at UNICEF, and Assistant Secretary-General for UNDP in New York.
Femi Oke will be the host of IGNITE 2018. She is a...
Femi Oke will be the host of IGNITE 2018. She is a senior Al Jazeera international journalist and anchor, broadcaster, and the co-founder of the diverse moderators bureau “Moderate The Panel.” Since the 1980s, she has worked for BBC television and radio, Sky TV, all U.K. terrestrial television networks, CNN, U.S. public radio and Al Jazeera. Oke’s reporting has been recognised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Communications Agency and InterAction. She’s British by birth, Nigerian by parentage and a Washingtonian by zip code. You can connect with her anytime via Twitter @FemiOke.
Mansur Muhtar is Vice President (Country Program Complex) of Islamic Development Bank....
Mansur Muhtar is Vice President (Country Program Complex) of Islamic Development Bank. He previously served as Executive Director on the Board of the World Bank Group (2011-2014) as well as Co-Chair of the UN Inter-Governmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Finance (2013-2014). He has served as Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Economic Management team (2008-2010), as Executive Director, African Development Bank (2007-2008) and as Director-General of Nigeria’s Debt Management Office (2003-2007).
Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Fellow of Green-Templeton College...
Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Fellow of Green-Templeton College at the University of Oxford, Alexander Betts is also the Director of its Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), the world’s leading refugee research institution. In addition to many academic publications, Betts has written for Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, and the Guardian, and appeared regularly on the BBC, Al Jazeera and CNN. He has worked for UNHCR and has served as consultant to a range of international organizations, including OCHA, UNICEF, UNDP, and the World Bank.
Femke Halsema is the current Mayor of Amsterdam. Educated as a criminologist,...
Femke Halsema is the current Mayor of Amsterdam. Educated as a criminologist, she held several positions in public administration, among which chairperson in the Dutch House of Representatives and political leader of GroenLinks. She left national politics after twelve years in 2011, aspiring to contribute to solving social problems on a more practical level. Since her departure from political life she has worked as a director in businesses, the semi-public sector and the cultural sector.
Kilian Kleinschmidt is a humanitarian and refugee expert with over 25 years...
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.
Dania Ismail is the co-founder of Jusoor, an NGO created to harness...
Dania Ismail is the co-founder of Jusoor, an NGO created to harness the potential of Syria’s youth through education, career development, entrepreneurship and community engagement. She is the Founder and Director of the Jusoor Entrepreneurship Program. Dania is currently the Director of Strategy at Telfaz11, one of the most influential and creative digital media companies in the region. Previously, she also served as Strategy and Business Development Manager for MBC Group, the largest Broadcast/Media company in the Middle East.
Patricia Atkinson is Chief Program Officer at IKEA Foundation, overseeing the Foundation’s...
Patricia Atkinson is Chief Program Officer at IKEA Foundation, overseeing the Foundation’s grantmaking, which supports the creation of sustainable livelihoods and the fight against climate change. Previously she worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on global health programming, supporting the development of product development partnerships, and health systems and financing solutions for the delivery of new health interventions. Previous to entering the development sector, she worked in a variety of roles in the IT and communications sector. Patricia has a BA and MBA from Stanford University.
Select the 2 workshops you will attend (1 morning, 1 afternoon) when registering for IGNITE:
Business around the world are becoming more interested in contributing to solutions...
Business around the world are becoming more interested in contributing to solutions for the global refugee crisis. However, the question remains: what can businesses really do and how? Train talent? Employ refugees? Encourage entrepreneurship? Create private-public partnerships? Expect new approaches and a concrete action plan for businesses worldwide.
Speakers: Karien Jeekel (UNHCR), Mercedes Gutierrez (IKEA), Alexander Betts (University of Oxford), Michel Botzung (IFC/CASA), Simone Zeh Atanasovski (EBRD), Tapio Vahtola (UNHCR)
In recent years many Kurdish youth have joined violent extremist groups such...
In recent years many Kurdish youth have joined violent extremist groups such as IS. How to prevent that from happening again? With two recent pilot programmes focusing on Kurdish youth on the table, the participants will be challenged to pitch ideas about preventing violent extremism, recognising vulnerable youth, as well as providing alternatives, leadership and social entrepreneurship – and how to monetise existing programmes after donors stop funding?
Speakers: Peter Knoope (Consultant, Former Director of ICCT and Diplomat), Raheil Aziz (SPARK), Brandon Oelofse (RNTC)
Rural entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa have long faced challenges in getting products...
Rural entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa have long faced challenges in getting products to markets at the best possible prices. In an age with ever-developing smart technology, how do those without regular access to the internet keep up? New, (simple) mobile solutions – that negate the need for an internet connection – are now allowing entrepreneurs and farmers to dictate their own futures. The workshop focuses on cases from Somalia and Rwanda, and how (simple) mobile tech can boost entrepreneurship.
Speakers: Jovani Ntabgoba (N-frnds Rwanda), Mustafa Othman (Shaqodoon), Abdullatif Mohamed Roble (Entrepreneur)
This September, Jusoor and SPARK launched Phase 1: the Startup Roadshow for Syrian entrepreneurs in 5 different cities (Beirut, Erbil, Amman, Gaziantep, Istanbul). Startup teams were trained and 10 finalists selected.
Phase 2 invites the 10 finalists to Amsterdam to recieve a two-day pitch training from the Young Advisory Group (YAG), alongside refugee entrepreneurs in the Netherlands.
Finally, in Phase 3, the Syrian entrepreneurs will have the chance to pitch at IGNITE2018 to win startup grants of up to $8K. During IGNITE, you’ll have the opportunity to award your favourite business idea the YAG Audience Award of up to €3K!
Check out the finalists below:
Jusoor creates a Startup Roadshow competition where 2 projects from Syrian entrepreneurs...
Jusoor creates a Startup Roadshow competition where 2 projects from Syrian entrepreneurs win in 5 different cities from 100 teams. Jusoor is an NGO founded to harness the potential of Syria’s youth through education, career development, entrepreneurship and community engagement.
The Young Advisory Group (YAG) provides the finalists with pitch trainings to...
The Young Advisory Group (YAG) provides the finalists with pitch trainings to present their projects during IGNITE 2018. YAG is a strategic consultancy company fully run by ambitious students.
10 finalists listed below compete for a chance to win the YAG...
10 finalists listed below compete for a chance to win the YAG Audience Award of up to €3K! All guests of IGNITE 2018 are invited to vote for their favorite startup.
Median Abd Albaki co-created Loop, a peer-to-peer platform for exchanging and commercializing...
Median Abd Albaki co-created Loop, a peer-to-peer platform for exchanging and commercializing second-hand toys. Loop are the winners of the First Prize at the #StartupRoadshow in Beirut. “We believe that every person has something to give,” says Median, who founded the startup with Qusai Sakhr. “Children are usually only in the receiving end; but we think that they should start learning to think that they can give as well as receiving, from an early age.”
Ahmad Alhamwi won the first prize in the Early stage track, for...
Ahmad Alhamwi won the first prize in the Early stage track, for his startup Home Chef Lebanon, a home-made meals delivery service which he started along with his family. “A lot of students in dorms and employees who work long hours do not have enough time to prepare their food; and
they get bored of fast-food; which is also expensive,” Ahmad explains. “Home Chef serves healthy, fresh and home-made food. We aim to provide a healthier option, while employing unemployed ladies in order to accelerate economic growth in the country.”
Masaoud Ali is the co-founder of Agri-Answer, a startup which is an AgriTech...
Masaoud Ali is the co-founder of Agri-Answer, a startup which is an AgriTech application offering farmers solutions to manage their crops, the winner of the Idea Stage track. “Agri-answer is an agricultural company connecting farmers through internet and its applications to answer their questions and help them manage the crops. We provide the best solution for them at the least cost through a seasonal subscription,” says Masaoud.
We’re proud to partner with Rode Hoed – one of Amsterdam’s oldest public debate houses – to bring an exciting pre-event lecture on the eve of IGNITE: ‘How to fix the refugee system’ offers the chance to discuss with one of IGNITE’s keynote speakers: University of Oxford Professor and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, Alexander Betts. Joining him will be Deputy Director of Stichting Vluchteling, Arjan Hehenkamp and Andrea Vonkeman, Head of UNHCR Netherlands.
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