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.
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.
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) since October last year. She became minister after an almost 25 year long career at the UN. Mrs Kaag went to university in 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. Her next step in 1994 took her to UNWRA, as programme manager based in Jerusalem. She continued her professional life in various UN positions on different locations. Such as senior advisor in Khartoum and Nairobi, chief of staff with UNICEF, Assistant Secretary-General for UNDP in New York.
Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and William...
Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and William Golding Senior Fellow in Politics at Brasenose College, at the University of Oxford. He served as Director of the Refugee Studies Centre between 2014 and 2017. His research focuses mainly on refugee assistance, with a focus on Africa. In addition to is ten other books, he is co-author, with Paul Collier, of Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System (Penguin Allen Lane and Oxford University Press, 2017), which was named by the Economist as one of the ‘Best Books of 2017’. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, was named by Foreign Policy magazine in the top 100 global thinkers of 2016, and his TED talks have been viewed by over 3 million people. He has previously worked for UNHCR and currently serves as a Councillor on the World Refugee Council.
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.
Hasan Skeiker is a Digital Marketing student and a tech-entrepreneur, who developed...
Hasan Skeiker is a Digital Marketing student and a tech-entrepreneur, who developed a first of its kind online platform that helps displaced Syrian students find jobs in Lebanon. Volunteering for Hasan is a life passion in which he has more than 5 years of experience: he worked at the psychological social support and disaster management department at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and was a project coordinator for the first awareness campaign in Syria about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) called JCI Syria.
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: Mercedes Gutierrez (IKEA), Alexander Betts (University of Oxford), Michel Botzung (IFC/CASA), Tapio Vahtola (UNHCR)
In recent years many Kurdish youth have joined violent extremist groups in...
In recent years many Kurdish youth have joined violent extremist groups in the region. How can we prevent this from happening again? Two recent pilot programmes focusing on Kurdish youth have been run on the ground in Iraq. The session will provide some insight into these civil society interventions and the successes and challenges these programmes face. Most notably, what happens when donors stop funding? In this interactive session, the audience will be challenged to workshop ideas about how civil society can take on the threat of violent extremism and youth radicalisation and keep the lights on.
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 (Shaqodoon)
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