SPARK presents IGNITE 2015
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!
Thierry N’Doufou is an entrepreneur from the Ivory Coast. Thierry is the...
Thierry N’Doufou is an entrepreneur from the Ivory Coast. Thierry is the creator of Qelasy – Africa’s first educational tablet. Presently the tablet is offered in English and French with Spanish and Arabic soon to be implemented which will support Thierry in achieving his dream: to deliver education which reflects contemporary technology as “Technology is not the future, it’s already the present.”(Keynote)
Melissa Johns is an Advisor in the World Bank Group’s Development Economics,...
Melissa Johns is an Advisor in the World Bank Group’s Development Economics, Global Indicators Group. She serves on the management team overseeing global analytical products focused on the business environment. Through this position Melissa conjures effective data which is used in global policy making. Melissa trained as a corporate lawyer in Stanford University and has a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. (Keynote)
As Director-General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rebergen works...
As Director-General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rebergen works for the minister for Foreign Trade and Development overseeing an aid portfolio of €3.6bn. Previously he worked as Special Ambassador for the MDG’s, Ambassador for Public Private Partnerships and Deputy Director of the Sustainable Economic Development Department. He holds an MA in Development Economics from the VU University. (Keynote)
After gaining 30 years experience in IT Aiad Koudsi founded MenaScope Consulting, an...
After gaining 30 years experience in IT Aiad Koudsi founded MenaScope Consulting, an organisation which provides IT, HR and Consultancy services. Mr Koudsi further co-founded the Syrian Democratic Coalition and Syrian Democratic Union Party. Mr Koudsi is the Chairman for the Syria Recovery Trust Fund and has played a central role in the Syrian Interim Government. (Keynote)
Hania Bitar is the founder of the Palestine Youth Association for Leadership...
Hania Bitar is the founder of the Palestine Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation (PYALARA) which supports the development of youth in Palestine. She is also the founder of the International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace and is on the board of trustees for the Arab American University. (Keynote)
Chid Liberty is the co-founder of Liberty & Justice, Africa’s first Fair Trade...
Chid Liberty is the co-founder of Liberty & Justice, Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified apparel manufacturer. Chid returned to Africa in 2009 with the aim of providing economic opportunities for internally displaced women. It is presently expanding in Liberia and is operating regionally in Ghana. L&J contributes towards academic scholarships and funding for sustainable development. (Keynote)
|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|