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.
CEO of IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swedish home furnishings...
CEO of IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swedish home furnishings company, IKEA. As CEO, Per sets and drives the Foundation’s funding and innovation strategies, and is a tireless advocate for children living in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since becoming the Foundation’s first CEO in 2009, Per has presided over the Foundation’s evolution into a global, grant-making philanthropy that funds programs in more than 45 countries.
He serves on the advisory board of the Refugee Studies Centre at University of Oxford, Department for International Development, and is an Advisory Group member of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute, London. Heggenes is also a Councilor for the World Refugee Council, Canada and he is a member of the World Commission for Forced Displacement.
Director, IFC Western Europe Department. Mr. Nakoulima is the Director of Western...
Director, IFC Western Europe Department. Mr. Nakoulima is the Director of Western Europe at IFC based in Paris, France. Prior to this role, he worked for the African Development Bank, which he joined in 2002 where he was recently the Head of sustainable energy activities.
He has also been a Senior Manager at BNP Paribas and contributed to the establishment of the Green Climate Fund where he was responsible for programming, partnerships and relationship management with countries.
Mr. Nakoulima holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris.
Techstars MEA Regional Manager & Jusoor Programme Director. Ahmad Sufian Bayram is...
Techstars MEA Regional Manager & Jusoor Programme Director. Ahmad Sufian Bayram is a social entrepreneur, author, and strategy and creative leader in technology. Ahmed is the Middle East and Africa Regional Manager at Techstars, a global network that help entrepreneurs succeed. He is also Jusoor’s entrepreneurship programme manager, an adviser in the Techfugees Board, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Aliqtsadi.
His website, ahmadsb.com, is one of the first and most prominent blogs in the Arab
World that tackles the power of collaborative economy, future technology, and
community building. Ahmad’s first book “Entrepreneurship In Conflict Zones – Insights on The Startups in Syria”, is the first comprehensive contribution highlighting the experiences and needs of Syrian entrepreneurs inside the country during the conflict. He has also appeared in top-tier tech publications such as World Economic Forum, Forbes, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and many others.
CEO, Techfugees. An alumnus from both Sciences Po Paris and the London...
An alumnus from both Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics in urban development, Josephine has been the CEO of Techfugees, coordinating the tech community to create technology for and with displaced people since 2015. She seats on the board of the Norwegian Refugee Council and acts as an informal expert for the European Commission on migration reforms. Nominated as one of the top “30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs” by Forbes in 2016, 2017 and 2018, in 2017 she was honored as “Digital Women” of the year in France in 2017. From 2012 to 2016, Josephine was Migreat’s partnerships manager, a London startup specialized in applying for visas for Europe.
Providing youth with an efficient pathway to sustainable employment is a complex...
Providing youth with an efficient pathway to sustainable employment is a complex challenge. Students need degree programmes that not only suit their talents but also meet real labour market demands. TVET programmes, while sometimes seen as less ‘prestigious’ than more academic ones, are essential. During their studies, extra-curricular activities and workplace learning (internships) can help develop student’s skills and attitudes towards work, including ethics, punctuality, intercultural sensitivity, leadership and diplomacy. Hard and soft skills are equally important in taking a positive career start and finding sustainable and satisfactory employment, such as drafting a convincing CV and proper language and communications skills. A well-functioning alumni network can provide invaluable support, contacts and networks to quality employment, through professional updates, short courses, webinars, etc. This workshop explores the various methods that youth, especially refugee youth, can be supported into work.
Women are an integral part of the economy. When more women work,...
Women are an integral part of the economy. When more women work, economies grow. Working women and women business-owners in fragile and conflict-affected regions often face unique challenges, barriers to workplace equality still exist and access to finance for women entrepreneurs is more limited. How can governments and the private sector facilitate access to markets and support women in the economy? How does conflict impact the role of women in the economy and shape their destinies? During this workshop, hear from and speak with young Libyan and Palestinian women who are revolutionising the start-up scene, creating jobs and breaking down barriers.
Global catastrophes can’t be solved globally, but need a local approach, by...
Global catastrophes can’t be solved globally, but need a local approach, by local partnerships. Public and civil society organisations can bring data, knowledge and seed money. Private sector is able to scale up by leveraging with commercial capital and efficient processes. However, it appears to be very challenging to bring these two worlds together. What does it take? In this workshop we, a partnership between ING, EIF, EU Madad, SPARK and Kosgeb, share our experience with an Access to Finance project in Turkey and with your input we want to develop new partnerships, bringing together capital, capacity and competences to support refugees in the MENA region, and elsewhere.
What is needed to boost young people’s engagment in agribusiness? 77 percent...
What is needed to boost young people’s engagment in agribusiness? 77 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is younger than 35 – that’s around 770 million people! However, farmlands are filled with older generations, for example in Rwanda the average age of farmers is 55 years old. Agribuiness is vital for sub-Saharan Africa’s food security, but how to engage a rural, youthful population with dreams of leaving to the big cities? In this workshop, we discuss with stakeholders where in the production and process chain jobs can be created for youth and hear from young, successful agri-entrepreneurs themselves.
Around 2010 the unemployment rate in Syria was at 8.6%, but after...
Around 2010 the unemployment rate in Syria was at 8.6%, but after 8 years of war exceeds 60%. A third of the population has left Syria, and of those remaining 40% is internally displaced. The country is meanwhile de-facto divided in several zones of control. Many businessmen transferred their business outside Syria, no major investments are forthcoming in the foreseeable future and jobs, especially for youth, are scarce. How can a start be made in early economic recovery and where? How to plan for the return to Syria of the mostly highly educated Syrian diaspora, or at least engage them in this effort from a distance? What roles can NGOs and businesses play in this process and how to navigate in this complex political and economic (war) situation and ensure one does not cause harm in doing so?
Networks, resources, innovation and experience put the private sector a unique position...
Networks, resources, innovation and experience put the private sector a unique position to support refugees. But how to take concrete action? In this session Ben & Jerry’s, international NGO’s Tern and Natakallam, and the municipality of Amsterdam share their vision and best practices on how to support refugees, create jobs and integrate refugees in our societies. What role can the private sector take in the skills development of refugees? What role do NGO’s play in these partnerships? And how can we involve donors more closely into these efforts?
Once again, IGNITE will decide the winners of the Startup Roadshow. The competition is the world’s first roadshow for Syrian entrepreneurs and offers young people with innovative business ideas to get trained, join a 5-day bootcamp and pitch for the chance to win up to $15,000!
To turn this day into a memorable, enjoyable event, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our young, international team for the day! You want to be part of our team? Then please complete this form and let us know more about yourself.