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.
Prof. Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School...
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.
Scarlet is the Senior Director of Private Sector Partnerships at the Tent...
Scarlet is the Senior Director of Private Sector Partnerships at the Tent Foundation, launched by Hamdi Ulukaya, the CEO of Chobani yogurt, to mobilise the private sector to respond to the global refugee crisis. She oversees the Tent Partnership for Refugees, a coalition of 80+ companies that have made commitments to support refugees. Prior to Tent, Scarlet worked at the Clinton Foundation for nearly eight years.
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.
Dr. Abdigani Diriye is a research scientist and a manager for the...
Dr. Abdigani Diriye is a research scientist and a manager for the financial services research group at IBM Research Africa and the co-founder of Innovate Ventures, the leading startup accelerator and technology fund in Somalia. In 2017, Dr. Diriye became a TED Fellow, Next Einstein Forum Fellow and has been listed as one of 35 innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review.
Emmanuelle Ntakiributimana, Firas Deeb, Johan te Velde, Mariel Mensink, Nadia Nintunze, Pyt Douma Morning This...
Emmanuelle Ntakiributimana, Firas Deeb, Johan te Velde, Mariel Mensink, Nadia Nintunze, Pyt Douma
This workshop will address the NGO perspective on how to provide long-term employment support during conflict. The workshop will focus on the cases of Yemen, Burundi and South Sudan. Analysis has shown that for many countries currently enduring conflict, agriculture is often a key driver for economic development. With an aim to bringing stability to troubled regions, agricultural development is currently carried out by a few NGOs in the focus countries. Representatives from these NGOs will give their perspective and share lessons learned.
Arjen Berkvens, Hamze Ghalebi, Alice Barbe, Anila Noor, Farid Hadi, INK Strategy Morning...
Arjen Berkvens, Hamze Ghalebi, Alice Barbe, Anila Noor, Farid Hadi, INK Strategy
How can hosting communities in Europe better welcome refugees so that access to society, social networks, professional networks, language acquisition and ultimately employment/entrepreneurship opportunities become easier to grasp? This workshop explores the NGO, public and private sector initiatives working towards this goal.
Yaseen Alkhalifah, Obay Said Al-Dewachi, Teeba Naqash, Kelsey Shanks, Martijn Daalder Morning Last year,...
Yaseen Alkhalifah, Obay Said Al-Dewachi, Teeba Naqash, Kelsey Shanks, Martijn Daalder
Last year, in the first edition of the workshop, we explored the challenges facing Iraqi universities in conflict. This year, in the 2nd edition, we’ll dive deep into post-IS universities, Raqqa and Mosul, and see what can be done and offered to students who have now returned to their classes. How to customise curriculums to empower students to rebuild their country? How to encourage their enthusiasm and build their confidence? Think along with students, experts and representatives from local and international universities to find solutions.