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About the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit

The Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (GYES) is the Youth Business International network’s flagship event which brings together leading experts, influencers and decision makers in the youth entrepreneurship sector. It is a space for YBI members to connect with game changers and sector innovators through workshops and facilitated discussions to explore, ideate, collaborate, and generate new approaches that respond to the ever-changing needs, challenges and aspirations of young entrepreneurs globally.

At GYES 2019 you will connect with a wide audience of individuals working in business and enterprise, including international development NGOs, micro-finance institutes, mentoring specialists, entrepreneurs, and private sector organisations.

Agenda

This year’s theme, Innovation for Impact is designed to identify and provide new solutions for challenges faced by youth entrepreneurship support organisations across the world.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore key topics and share their expertise with the world’s leading organisations in youth entrepreneurship support.

Our themes for the week are:

  • Future - We will look at the key trends in youth entrepreneurship and what we need to be thinking about for the future of work. We will explore what innovation really means and how we harness it to increase our collective impact.
  • Progress - We will discuss in depth the skills needed by young people to thrive as entrepreneurs tackling topics such as migrant youth, digital barriers and entrepreneurship in rural communities. We will look for ways to further develop the services that we offer as a network to the young entrepreneurs we support.
  • Growth - We will explore the continuing collective challenges of sustainability and growth in the context of scaling. We will share experiences of different business models and revenue streams, joint ventures and commercialisation.

Keynote speeches - Keynotes will feature some of the most knowledgeable experts in the youth entrepreneurship sector. Keynote speeches will be open to all GYES 2019 attendees.

Panel discussions - Panel discussions will tackle hot topics in the sector - using innovation to scale impact, barriers in supporting youth to become entrepreneurs, sustainable business models, providing access to finance and the value of mentoring.

Workshops - Our workshops will arm you with the tactical know-how you need to asses, improve and grow your services, to better respond to the needs of the young entrepreneurs you support.

There’s more to the GYES than just great content. Along with opportunities to learn, share and get inspired, there will be plenty of networking and social activities.

Registration

We offer three different ticket types at GYES 2019. Here’s how to choose right one for you:

YBI Member Ticket - This ticket is exclusive to YBI members and is available for the entire week. This ticket will allow access to all GYES 2019 activities including keynote speeches, plenary sessions, workshops and social activities. In addition to this, YBI members will also have access to discounted rates at hotels near the Convention Centre.

Corporate Ticket - This ticket is for corporate professionals with an interest in supporting youth entrepreneurship organisations. It allows full access to the first four days of the GYES 2019 (Monday to Thursday). Corporate Ticket holders will be able to attend keynote speeches, plenary sessions, workshops and social activities. Please note, there is a strictly limited number of corporate tickets so we encourage you to book in advance.

Charity Ticket - This ticket is for professionals working in not-for-profit organisations. It allows full access to the first four days of the GYES 2019 (Monday to Thursday). Charity ticket holders will be able to attend keynote speeches, plenary sessions, workshops and social activities. Please note, there is a strictly limited number of charity tickets so we encourage you to book in advance.

Payment is required when you register for Corporate or a Charity ticket and we only accept credit and debit cards. All payments must be made through the Eventbrite online registration form, which is can be found on the GYES 2019 homepage. We accept Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCards and American Express.

We do not issue invoices or accept payments via purchase order, wire, ACH, or check.

If you are experiencing trouble submitting your payment, please get in touch via GYES2019@youthbusiness.org and we will look into it.

Your receipt is included in your registration confirmation. Make sure to check your spam folder if you can’t find your confirmation email. If you still can’t find it and need another copy, get in touch with us at GYES2019@youthbusiness.org.

If you registered multiple people and entered your information at the beginning of the checkout process, your confirmation email will include all attendees who were part of your order. All attendees will also receive their individual confirmation if you fill in their email addresses.

Registering a group is easy. Select the number of tickets that you need during the registration. You can select a mix of different ticket types in a single transaction.

Enter your contact details and the contact details of everyone you are purchasing a ticket for. Each of the people you assign a ticket will also receive an individual confirmation email. You can revisit Eventbrite to access your registration details later and view all the tickets you have bought.

If you want to buy your ticket before pricing goes up, you can register now and change the attendee information later.

When you register - Select however many tickets you want to purchase and enter your information at the top of the order screen. A summary of the order will be sent to the email address you provide.

Once you know who’s attending - When you’re ready to transfer your registration, you can make the changes yourself in just a couple of minutes. You can find instructions for transferring passes in the ‘Managing registration’ section of this FAQ or by revisiting your Eventbrite account to view your registration details.

Managing registrations

If you ask us to make changes to your registration, we’ll need your order number for verification. You will find your order number in your GYES registration confirmation email.

If you can’t find your confirmation email, click here. Enter the email address you used at registration to get started, then enter your password. Once you’re logged into your Eventbrite account, you’ll see a banner when you revisit the event page that says, “You’re going to this event!” Then all you have to do is select “View your order.”

If you’ve tried all of these options and still can’t find your confirmation email or tickets, contact us via GYES2019@youthbusiness.org.

If you or someone who you purchased a ticket for can no longer attend the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit, you can easily transfer the registration

Click here to log into your Eventbrite account and select Tickets in the Account Menu (top right) click on your order. Locate your order (under “Tickets”) and click the name of the event to display the information entered on the order form. To update or edit your order information, click “Edit” (on the right). After you finish entering the new attendee’s information click “Save” to save your changes.

A couple of things you should be aware of:

  • You cannot change the number of tickets ordered, billing address, or credit card/payment type used.
  • We recommend selecting the “send confirmation email to new attendee” box when changing the email address on your order.

NOTE: If you entered an incorrect email address during registration, you can log in with the incorrect email address and password to change the email address on your Eventbrite account. Please note: You must change your email both on your Eventbrite account and on your GYES order.

If you’re unable to transfer a ticket on your own for any reason, get in touch with us at GYES2019@youthbusiness.org. For verification purposes, we’ll need the order number of the ticket you want to transfer, as well as the name and email address of the new attendee.

Changing hotel reservations - If you transfer a ticket, changes will not be automatically reflected on your hotel reservation, so it is your responsibility to contact your hotel in order to cancel or change your reservation.

Under the UK Consumer Rights, you are entitled to a full refund in the case the event is cancelled, rescheduled or has changed location. All refunds will be made to your original form of payment. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund if you are no longer able to attend or have changed your mind. You also have the option of transferring your pass, which you can do yourself for free at any point until the start of the Summit.

How to cancel - If you need to cancel your pass, just get in touch with us by replying to your registration confirmation email or emailing us at GYES2019@youthbusiness.org.

Canceling hotel reservations - If you cancel a pass, changes will not be automatically reflected on your hotel reservation, so it is your responsibility to contact your hotel in order to cancel or change your reservation.

Travel

Most attendees are unlikely to require a visa when travelling to Colombia for GYES. To check whether you need a visa please visit this website.

However if you do require a visa, getting one will be your own responsibility, but we can provide a letter of invitation. We are not able to provide any advice or assistance. To request an invitation letter, you must be a YBI member or registered for the GYES 2019. Get in touch with us by replying to your registration confirmation email, giving us your full name as it appears on your passport. If you are denied a visa, we will not be able to make any exceptions to our cancellation policy. However, you are welcome to transfer your pass to someone else free of charge.

If you are planning on flying to Cartagena, Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) is the closest airport to the city of Cartagena. The airport is 3.5 miles from Cartagena’s old town and taxis and buses are available.

Accommodation for YBI Members

We have arranged reduced rates exclusively for YBI members at two sister hotels, Allure Bonbon and Allure Chocolat, just around the corner from the GYES venue. Book by 31st March 2019 to receive discounted rates, ranging from COP 270,000 (approx. USD $85) per night to COP 350,000 (approx. USD $110) per night, including all taxes and fees, plus free breakfast and WiFi.

To book a room, visit their website or email either Hportillo@allurehotels.com or reservas@allurehotels.com using the discount code provided in the About Your Ticket section of your GYES registration confirmation email. When contacting the hotels, include which of the two hotels you would like to stay at, the type of room you would like to stay in, the number of guests using the room and any other requirements you may have. Please note that the exclusive YBI discount is only available when booking by email or over the telephone. It is not available when booking online.

If you can’t find your confirmation email, containing your hotel discount code please get with us in touch via GYES2019@youthbusiness.org.

If you prefer to stay somewhere else, you’re welcome to seek other options through online travel sites. But please be aware that the quality and safety of accommodations can vary greatly in Cartagena, especially in the old city and Getsemani neighbourhoods. We strongly encourage you to stay at the official GYES hotels if possible or to carefully research any other accommodation and the transportation to and from the Convention Centre.

Please note the Allure Hotels are our only official hotel partners, so you shouldn’t give your information to any other website claiming to provide hotels for the Summit. If you come across one of these sites, please report them to us at GYES2019@youthbusiness.org.

YBI members booking rooms at Allure Bonbon or Allure Chocolat can cancel their reservation without charge up to 20 days before check in by visiting their website or emailing either Hportillo@allurehotels.com or reservas@allurehotels.com. Please ask your hotel for further details on their cancellation policy when booking.

If you are staying in the Allure Chocolat or Allure Bonbon, you can book an airport transfer from/to Rafael Núñez International Airport when making your hotel reservation. Allure Hotels will charge COP 35,000 per car between 8:00am and 8:00pm and COP 60,000 per car between 8:00pm and 8:00am.

At GYES 2019

You can pick up your badge onsite at GYES 2019 at any point during the week. When you arrive at the venue, your first stop should be to check in to get your badge. More details on how to check in will be sent to you closer to the event.

There is no dress code at GYES 2019, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. We encourage you to bring clothes appropriate to both the cool air-conditioned convention centre and the hot Columbian summer.

Breakfast - YBI members will be offered breakfast as part of their hotel booking if they opt for one of the two suggested hotels.

Lunch - Attendees will be provided with lunch at the Convention Centre on each day of the Summit.

Dinner - All attendees will be provided with evening meals on Monday 10th June and Thursday 13th June.

All attendees will be asked to provide dietary requirements during the registration process. If you would like to discuss dietary requirements further you can contact us at GYES2019@youthbusiness.org.

Partnerships

If you're looking to showcase your brand in front of 50+ organisations from across the world, the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit offers several customisable sponsorship and partnership opportunities to fulfil your needs.

We are offering three Partnership Packages and targeted Member Sponsorship to support attendance at this event. We also welcome your involvement in developing a bespoke package to help your brand reach a wide audience, ranging from international development NGOs, micro-finance institutes, to mentoring specialists and private sector organisations.

You can view our prospectus here and please contact Rebecca Read for more information.

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Become a partner

If you're looking to showcase your brand in front of 50+ organisations from across the world, the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit offers several standard and customisable sponsorship and partnership opportunities to fulfil your objectives. What can we do together?

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What is GYES?

A place where experts and practitioners can explore, ideate and collaborate

The Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (GYES) is the Youth Business International network’s flagship event which brings together leading experts, influencers and decision makers in the youth entrepreneurship sector. It is a space for YBI members to connect with game changers and sector innovators through workshops and facilitated discussions to explore, ideate, collaborate, and generate new approaches that respond to the ever-changing needs, challenges and aspirations of young entrepreneurs globally.

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Why attend?

Learn how to better respond to the needs of young entrepreneurs globally

From keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops featuring some of the industry's most knowledgeable experts, to networking and social activities, GYES 2019 is an event you don't want to miss. This year’s theme, Innovation for Impact, will arm you with the tactical know-how you need to better respond to the evolving needs of the young entrepreneurs you support. Join leading experts and YBI members from over 50 countries across 6 continents and help shape the future of youth entrepreneurship.

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Location

A global gathering in Cartagena, Colombia

GYES 2019 will take place in Cartagena, Colombia, at the Cartagena Convention Centre, conveniently located just minutes away from the Rafael Núñez International Airport. Head to the FAQ to read more about how to get to Cartagena, where to stay and how to access the YBI member special discount hotel rates.

Address: Cartagena Convention Centre, Getsemaní, Calle 24 Nº 8a-344, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

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Themes

Participants will have the opportunity to explore key topics and share their expertise with the world’s leading organisations in youth entrepreneurship support. Our themes for the week are:

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Future
We will look at the key trends in youth entrepreneurship and what we need to be thinking about for the future of work. We will explore what innovation really means and how we harness it to increase our collective impact.

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Progress
We will discuss in depth the skills needed by young people to thrive as entrepreneurs tackling topics such as migrant youth, digital barriers and entrepreneurship in rural communities. We will look for ways to further develop the services that we offer as a network to the young entrepreneurs we support.

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Growth
We will explore the continuing collective challenges of sustainability and growth in the context of scaling. We will share experiences of different business models and revenue streams, joint ventures and commercialisation.

Agenda

Broaden your horizons with inspiring activities, from daytime keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops, to organised networking and social activities. We'll update the agenda regularly as we move closer to the event.

This day is open to all attendees

An excellent opportunity to network, meet old friends and colleagues, as well as meet new people before the official start of the GYES 2019. A light buffet dinner and drinks will be served during the event.

This day is open to all attendees

With Anita Tiessen, Youth Business International, Lakshmi Venkatesan, Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust

from Nicolas Cary, Blockchain.com Touching on questions such as “How do we equip ourselves to compete in a fast-paced, ever-changing market?” and “Why does technology really matter?”, Nicolas will kick off GYES 2019 with a thought-provoking speech about future trends in technology including machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, data and social connection.

A fun and interactive session allowing participants to break the ice and meet other delegates.

With Maritza Vela, Inter-American Development Bank. In a world that’s ever changing, how can we apply emerging technologies to our work with young entrepreneurs who don’t have the right digital skills? In this session, Maritza will showcase ways in which disruptive technologies are being used to increase the impact of social and economic development projects.

3 x 5 min pitch-style presentations from YBI members showcasing their successes and learning generated from using innovation to support young entrepreneurs globally.

With Lina Rossi Idarraga, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. With the world becoming increasingly more digital, how is entrepreneurship evolving and what are the challenges facing young entrepreneurs? In this session, Lina will provide participants a framework for segmenting and understanding the different types of enterprises that form the diverse ‘missing middle’.

With Dee Jadeja, Carlos Perafan, Accenture Development Partnerships. How can you reduce the uncertainties surrounding innovation? In this session, participants who are new to Human Centred Design will learn the basics of this approach, as well as a series of practical methods and tools to implement Human Centred Design at an organisational level.

With Leticia Gasca, Global Initiative for Skills Portability Failure in business and innovation is still a big taboo and often considered as an unacceptable outcome. In this interactive session, Leticia will work with participants to demystify failure, drawing valuable learnings from historical examples and from the attendees’ own histories of failures.

With Nayib Abdala, ConvertLoop Even with a mastery of Human Centred Design techniques, formulating the right questions to achieve your goal is always a challenge. This workshop will offer participants a framework for asking the right questions to uncover the unmet needs of customers, generating great ideas for new products and services that sell.

From Yeinni Andrea Patiño Moya

This year our awards will celebrate young entrepreneurs with exceptional, innovative businesses; recognise inspiring mentors across the network; and showcase YBI members who are using innovation to better serve the young people they support.

This day is open to all attendees

from Chad Littlefield, We and Me, Inc.In a world where our meetings, training, and teams are so often focused on content and not connection, Chad Littlefield will share concrete, actionable tools to help you build a culture of connection before content. The kind of connection that builds trust and psychological safety.

with Dan Ouimet (Chair), Futurpreneur; Branka Minic, Future Work Consulting; Namita Datta, S4YE Coalition; Heidi Strawson, Corporate Citizenship Accenture; 2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner What skills do young entrepreneurs need to thrive in an ever-changing world of work? This panel discussion will explore new models and approaches to developing future skills for young people embarking on an entrepreneurial journey.

With Anita Tiessen, Youth Business International YBI is committed to supporting its members to deliver high impact support to underserved young entrepreneurs. Global trends such as rising inequality, rapid urbanisation, migration and the refugee crisis are reshaping the challenges and opportunities young entrepreneur face, and the support they need. In this session, Anita Tiessen will outline YBI’s new programmatic approach to support members to better engage with and respond to these key trends so that, as a network, we can continue to evolve and grow our support for young entrepreneurs.

With Oscar Recio, Nestlé Colombia; Camilo Peláez Gomez, Home Burgers; Jorge Huertas, Guiando Territorio; Hélène M. Van der Roest, ICCO; Bat-Orshikh Erdenebat, Youth Business MongoliaDespite rapid urbanisation, 46% of the world’s population is rural. Young entrepreneurs in these areas can stimulate economies, increase food security and reduce poverty. This panel discussion will explore practical experiences of promoting entrepreneurship among rural youth and connecting them into value chains.

With Marco Ribas, Accenture, Christoph Juenger, Light for the World; Helen Vieira, Aliança Empreendedora Building inclusive societies is a global priority and embedded in UN’s SDG 10: Reducing Inequalities. This panel discussion will share insights into how we can break down barriers by increasing entrepreneurship opportunities for the most marginalised and disadvantaged young people.

With Michael Lerner, UNHCR; Patricia Yopasa, Corporación Minuto de Dios; Guillem Aris, Autoocupació; Hilal Gerçek, Habitat Turkey Youth on the move, whether migrants, refugees or internally displaced persons, face a myriad of additional obstacles to entrepreneurship. This panel will discuss what the right tools are to ensure they thrive, drawing from the experiences within and outside of the YBI network.

With Chad Littlefield, We and Me, Inc.; Boris Tkachenko, Youth Business Russia; Joerg Schoolmann, Youth Business InternationalHow can you reduce the uncertainties surrounding innovation? In this session, participants who are new to Human Centred Design will learn the basics of this approach, as well as a series of practical methods and tools to implement Human Centred Design at an organisational level.

With Provash Burden, Mercy Corps; Bady Acuña Franco, Perspektiva; Elwin Groenevelt, Qredits The need for capital to start and grow a business is widely accepted as a key challenge for entrepreneurs. This panel discussion will explore the type of financing entrepreneurs need at each stage of their journey, and the best ways to support them to access it.

With Tatiana Rogovschi Garcia, Aliança Empreendedora E-learning platforms are one of the most effective and scalable ways to support young entrepreneurs to thrive. This session will share the key lessons learned by YBI members who developed thriving e-learning platforms.

From Bo Ghiradelli, Sky’s the Limit Bo Ghiradelli will share his personal journey on setting up Sky’s the Limit – a fast-growing digital platform that connects entrepreneurs with their peers, volunteer business mentors, training resources, and funding.

5 min pitch-style presentations from YBI members showcasing their successes and learning generated from using innovation to support young entrepreneurs globally.

With Chad Littlefield

This day is open to all attendees

From Chad Littlefield, We and Me, Inc.

from Juan David Aristizábal, Los Zúper In a world of information overload, stories can cut through the clutter, get the message across, and drive meaningful connections. For the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, storytelling is a vital skill. Together with Juan David, participants will explore how we can teach this skill by creating their own powerful stories.

With Ian Gray, Gray Dot Catalyst, Anibal Pinto, Acción Emprendedora, Lakshmi Venkatesan, Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust, Ariel Tito, Manq’a With an increasingly competitive market, organisations need to be more innovative when it comes to finding new potential revenue streams and methods for scaling their business models. Participants will explore different business model theories that they can apply to their own organisations.

with Jessica Greenhalf, Youth Business International; Andrea Dalla Palma, Youth Business International Demonstrating impact can help you drive continuous improvement, secure funders and leverage influence. This session will provide participants with ideas and inspiration on gathering, interrogating and using your organisation’s data to tell a compelling impact story.

5 min pitch-style presentations from YBI members showcasing their successes and learning generated from using innovation to support young entrepreneurs globally.

with Anita Tiessen (Chair), Youth Business International; Ricardo Triana, Colombian American Enterprise Council; Marco Ribas, Accenture Colombia In a world where the way we are fundraising is changing drastically, simply asking for money is no longer viable. This panel discussion will explore how we can develop meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with donors that lead to high impact programmes and youth empowerment.

with Christoph Juenger, Light for the World; Sarah Eldon, Youth Business InternationalPitching your work to a funder is often a very challenging and time consuming activity. This session will share insights, practical tips and examples. Participants will also hear inspiring examples of successes and failures that will help them develop the best approaches for their future funding opportunities.

with Adenike Adeyemi, FATE Foundation; Emilia McElvenney, Youth Business InternationalThis session will provide participants with information and practical suggestions they can start using immediately to leverage funds and build strong partnerships which ultimately lead to greater impact for young entrepreneurs.

with Ian Gray, Gray Dot CatalystThis hands-on session will provide participants with practical ways of assessing their organisation’s readiness to scale by using the Scale Assessment Map.

With Anita Tiessen, Youth Business International

Delegates will have free time before the GYES celebratory dinner

Dress code: Business Casual

This day is open to YBI members only

Parallel sessions led by members on topics related to the Summit’s theme, Innovation for Impact, where members can showcase best practices that strengthen ways of working and improve strategies for future development.

This year’s YBI Annual General Meeting will take place on the last day of the Summit and will be chaired by Sir Malcolm Williamson. The meeting will cover key areas of discussion such as the annual CEO report, Network Performance Report, Strategy Implementation Report, INSIST and Board updates. YBI members who will not be attending the Summit will be invited to join via Skype. The agenda and papers will be shared separately.

Roundtable discussions This collaborative session will see YBI members and Network Team working together to identify network priorities for the future.

With Anita Tiessen, Youth Business International; Sir Malcolm Williamson, Chair of Youth Business International Board

Speakers

From industry experts and influencers, to decision makers and entrepreneurs, our speakers are all experts in their fields. Come along and be inspired to make your work even better.

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Anita Tiessen

Chief Executive Officer, Youth Business International

General Speaker

Anita leads the global network’s efforts to connect members, partners and young people to develop and scale new solutions that leverage the power of entrepreneurship to drive social and economic change. Before joining YBI in 2018, Anita was CEO of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

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Tue/Thurs

Lakshmi Venkataraman Venkatesan

Founding and Managing Trustee, Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust

General Speaker

An alma mater of Delhi University, India and New York University, USA, Ms. Venkatesan holds two Master Degrees in Physics and Engineering Science. After spending nearly two decades abroad, Ms. Venkatesan set up Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST) in 1992 with the objective of fostering entrepreneurship among the underprivileged youth who lack resources to start their own ventures.

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Tue

Carlos Perafan

Latin America Lead, Accenture Development Partnerships

General speaker

Carlos is the LATAM lead for Accenture Development Partnerships, a group within Accenture focused on international development. Carlos has more than 17 years of experience leading and delivering projects that bring business and technology expertise to the Financial and the Development sectors.

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Tue

Dee Jadeja

Strategy & Livelihoods Lead, Accenture Development Partnerships

General speaker

With core consulting expertise spanning business strategy, organisation design and talent management, Dee's been working in a range of development sector actors for over 10 years designing new organisational growth strategies and exploring opportunities for innovation in Livelihoods programmes.

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Tue

Nayib Abdala

CEO and Founder, Convert Loop

General speaker

Nayib is CEO of ConvertLoop and a Product Strategy Mentor helping hundreds of businesses in Latin America, USA, and Europe to design products and their go-to-market strategies in entrepreneurship programmes for companies like Google and Telefónica. Nayib is the co-creator of Apps.co, the largest IT Entrepreneurship programme in Colombia.

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Tue

Lina Rossi Idarraga

Andean Chapter Manager, ANDE

General speaker

Lina has over 10 years of experience in the small and growing business sector. She is the Andean Chapter Manager at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and was a Founding Partner of Grupo Impacta S.A.S., a Bogota-based consulting practice for small and growing businesses.

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Tue/Wed/Thurs

Heidi Strawson

Global Giving, Corporate Citizenship Accenture

General speaker

Heidi is a pioneer of Accenture's goal to equip people with the skills they need to get a job or start a business. She is a passionate advocate of inclusion and diversity, managing a portfolio of high value partnerships with non-profit organizations spanning multi-million and multi-year commitments that reach scale and impact.

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Tue

Nicolas Cary

Co-Founder & Vice Chairman at Blockchain.com

Keynote speaker

Nicolas Cary is a serial entrepreneur and lifelong technologist. He attributes much of his insight to his personal journeys around the world. In 2013 he co-founded Blockchain, the world's leading crypto assets software company with over 35 million users.

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Tue

Leticia Gasca

Co-founder, Global Initiative for Skills Portability and Shaping the Future of Work

General speaker

Prior to co-founding the Global Initiative for Skills Portability (a think tank focused on the future of education), Leticia co-founded the movement Fuckup Nights, present in over 300 cities in 90 countries, and the Failure Institute, the first centre in the world devoted to studying business failure.

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Wed

Angélica Poveda Ramirez

Commercialization Lead, Fundación Guiando Territorio

General speaker

Angélica is a young Colombian rural entrepreneur. She is 25 years old and is studying veterinary medicine at the University of LaSalle. She has worked since 2006 with the Fundación Guiando Territorio, which is a nonprofit established by young entrepreneurs in Usme outside of Bogotá to commercialize their agricultural products paying farmers fair prices. She currently serves as Commercialization Lead for the foundation.

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Wed

Tatiana Rogovschi Garcia

Project Coordinator, Aliança Empreendedora

General speaker

Since 2017, Tatiana coordinates the ‘Geração Empreendedora Programme’ at Aliança Empreendedora, with a focus on supporting young people aged 18-35 who wish to start or grow their businesses to develop entrepreneurial skills through training, mentoring and access to finance.

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Wed

Elwin Groenevelt

Managing Director, Qredits

General speaker

After 14 years in commercial banking, Elwin founded Qredits in 2009. Qredits, a microfinance organization in the Netherlands, offers microcredit loans, SME loans, flexible credit, mentoring and an array of business development tools. Currently, Elwin is serving a three-year term as President of the Board of the European Microfinance Network.

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Wed

Provash Burden

Americas Regional Director, Mercy Corps

General speaker

Provash has designed and implemented programmes for Mercy Corps in Colombia and Sudan as a Country Director and Chief of Party respectively. He has completed assignments in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia for UN, US, international donors and NGOs. Provash has a vast expertise in USAID and EC policies and regulations.

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Wed

Patricia Yopasa

Director of Entrepreneurship, Corporación Minuto de Dios

General speaker

Patricia is a Public Accountant graduate, specialising in finance and has 4 years’ experience in the implementation of entrepreneurship programmes in vulnerable communities in Bogotá and Cartagena.

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Wed

Michael Lerner

Durable Solutions Officer, UNHCR

General speaker

Michael works with UNHCR Colombia, where he leads the agency’s work on livelihoods and economic inclusion, including employment and entrepreneurship for internally displaced persons, refugees and migrants. He has over 18 years of experience working on human rights, development and humanitarian assistance in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Wed

Hilal Gerçek

Entrepreneurship Director, Habitat Turkey

General speaker

Hilal is the Entrepreneurship Director of Habitat Association, an NGO which has been working in the field of sustainable development since 1997. She previously worked for Vodafone Turkey Foundation, AFS, Istanbul Technical University and Middle East Technical University. She has been the Vice Chairman of JCI Kadıköy for the past two years.

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Wed

Joerg Schoolmann

Head of Mentoring, Youth Business International

General speaker

Joerg has supported entrepreneurs from diverse, underserved backgrounds for over 20 years. In the past 4 years Joerg has worked in transnational projects focusing on developing thriving programs for young entrepreneurs, promoted social entrepreneurship and access to finance. His current focus is on supporting a brilliant community of mentoring experts globally with the aim to design, test, implement and scale innovative solutions in mentoring.

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Wed

Guillem Aris

CEO, Autoocupació

General speaker

With a wide experience in supporting business creation, managing programs to facilitate training, access to finance and mentoring for underserved entrepreneurs, Guillem is the founder of Autoocupació, Business Angels Network Catalunya, Microenterprise Agency, Reempresa and Youth Business Spain. Guillem also served as Vice President of the European Microfinance Network.

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Wed/Thurs

Christoph Juenger

International Director Fundraising and Communications, Light for the World International

General speaker

Christoph is a passionate leader, fundraising manager and change agent. He worked for a decade as a Senior Management Consultant focused on Non-Profit/Public Management and as a Project Leader within the Telecommunications sector. In 2011 he joined SOS Children’s Villages International as Head of Individual Giving going on to serve as their International Director of Fund Development.

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Wed

Boris Tkachenko

CEO, Youth Business Russia, The Mentoring Institute

General Speaker

With more than 27 years of experience working in the small and medium-sized business development sector, Boris has successfully designed and delivered national and international mentoring programmes for the past 11 years. Boris is an author and international speaker and has been awarded numerous awards in recognition of his contribution to the development of business mentoring in Russia.

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Wed

Marco Ribas

President, Accenture Colombia

General Speaker

During his career Marco has successfully delivered numerous projects emphasizing operational improvement and technology applied to the mining, metals and chemical industries. Marco has extensive experience in Accenture’s practice on leadership, strategy, management consulting, and research and development projects.

speaker

Wed

Bo Ghiradelli

Chief Executive Officer, Skysthelimit.org

General Speaker

Bo Ghirardelli is the co-founder and CEO of Skysthelimit.org, a tech non-profit that connects underserved young entrepreneurs with experienced business advisors and mentors in the United States. Bo leads a team of 20 people at skysthelimit.org, and has raised over $4 million in support of their mission.

speaker

Wed

Oscar Recio

Human Resource Vice President, Nestlé Colombia

General speaker

Oscar Recio is the Human Resources Vice President at Nestlé Colombia, company in which he belongs since 2000, where he is accountable for the people agenda within the Operational Board for the Market and for the complete HR Shared Functional Services for all Business in the Market.

speaker

Wed

Bady Acuña Franco

Executive Director, Perspektiva

General speaker

Bady is the Executive Director of Perspektiva in Peru. He has over 20 years of experience in social and economic programmes in Latin America, generating opportunities for participatory development with articulation of public and private actors. The last decade, saw an active commitment in the promotion of employment through youth enterprises.

speaker

Wed

Hélène M. Van der Roest

Regional Manager Central Eastern and Southern Africa, ICCO

General speaker

Hélène is the Regional Manager for ICCO Cooperation leading 10 country teams in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. ICCO Cooperation is global development enterprise, established in the Netherlands in 1964 with the vision to fight poverty and injustice.

speaker

Wed

Bat-Orshikh Erdenebat

Programme Manager, Youth Business Mongolia

General speaker

Bat-Orshikh Erdenebat has been working as a Programme Manager for YBI member, Youth Business Mongolia, since 2013. He has more than 10 years experience of development practice focused on design and implementation of local community and business development programmes in peri-urban and rural areas.

speaker

Wed

Camilo Peláez Gomez

Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Home Burgers

General speaker

Camilo Pelaez is Home Burger's Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts and Management from the Culinary Institute of America. Before founding Home Burgers, he worked in several restaurants in New York City, including Chipotle Mexican Grill where he was part of their Management Training Programme.

speaker

Wed

Dan Ouimet

Vice president, Futurpreneur Canada

General speaker

Futurpreneur Canada is a national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Their internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.

speaker

Wed

Namita Datta

Head and Coalition Manager of Solutions for Youth Employment, World Bank

General speaker

Namita is the Head and Coalition Manager of S4YE, a multistakeholder global programme that brings together multilaterals, bilateral organisations, private sector, think tanks and civil society on the agenda of youth employment.

speaker

Wed/Thurs

Chad Littlefield

Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer, We and Me, Inc.

Keynote speaker

Chad is the co-founder of We and Me, Inc - an organisation whose mission is to create conversations that matter. Chad is a TEDx speaker, author of the Pocket Guide to Facilitating Human Connections, and creator of We! Connect Cards used in over 80 countries around the world.

speaker

Wed

Branka Minic

Founder, Future Work Consulting

General speaker

Branka spent 17 years with ManpowerGroup, the world leading organisation in innovative workforce solutions. She has extensive experience in labor market and skill gap analysis and her research deals with innovative policies and best practices to reduce youth unemployment.

speaker

Thurs

Sarah Eldon

Director of Development, Youth Business International

General speaker

Sarah has 15 years’ experience in the charity and NGO sector having worked in fundraising, communications and programme management. Sarah recently returned to the UK after spending six years overseas in North Africa, the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa.

speaker

Thurs

Emilia McElvenney

Head of Development, Youth Business International

General speaker

Emilia is delivering global partnerships at YBI with institutions, corporates and leading foundations and helping members to build organisational sustainability. She has been working in the humanitarian and development sector for the last 10 years. Most recently, Emilia worked in Turkey with Syrian refugees, Iraq with displaced populations and Liberia as part of the Ebola response.

speaker

Thurs

Ricardo Triana

Executive Director and CEO, Colombian American Enterprise Council

General speaker

Ricardo is the Executive Director and CEO of the Council of American Enterprises, CEA, an association founded in 1962 with more than a hundred US companies as affiliates. Before this, he served as director of the Colombian Government Trade Bureau in Washington D.C. Ricardo was also Central America and Panama Director for ProColumbia, the Colombian promotion agency for exports, foreign direct investment and tourism.

speaker

Thurs

Ariel Marcos Tito Correa

Regional Manager, MANQ’A

General speaker

Ariel is a specialist in development programs with 14 years’ experience working in the not-for profit sector. He is currently Regional Manager of MANQ’A, an organisation that seeks to generate life opportunities by training young, low-income youths as chefs and culinary entrepreneurs in Bolivia and Colombia.

speaker

Thurs

Anibal Pinto

Executive Director, Acción Emprendedora

General speaker

Anibal is a Chilean Lawyer with a master’s in law and international development policies. He is Founder and Executive Director of NGO Acción Emprendedora and of Bolsa Emergente, a fintech company. Anibal is a former Dean of the School of Economics and Business at San Sebastian University and a former Advisor to the Minister of Economy.

speaker

Thurs

Andrea Dalla Palma

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist, Youth Business International

General speaker

Andrea is responsible for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining YBI, Andrea was in charge for the monitoring and evaluation of the projects funded by Barrick Mining Company within its CSR strategy in Peru.

speaker

Thurs

Jessica Greenhalf

Director of Learning and Influence, Youth Business International

General speaker

Jessica is responsible for creating the culture, structures and capabilities to drive learning across the YBI network. She has over ten years’ experience in the non-profit sector in a variety of roles. She has worked for Restless Development as Country Director in Uganda, for Plan UK on their youth portfolio, and most recently for Bond in their Effectiveness team.

speaker

Thurs

Adenike Adeyemi

Executive Director, FATE Foundation

General speaker

As the head of Nigeria's foremost enterprise development non-profit, Adenike leads the fulfilment of FATE Foundation's mission to enable aspiring and emerging Nigerian entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses.

speaker

Thurs/Fri

Sir Malcolm Williamson

Chair of trustees, Youth Business International

General speaker

Sir Malcolm worked for Barclays Bank PLC from 1957 to 1985. In 1989, he joined Standard Chartered PLC and became Group Chief Executive. In 1998, he moved to San Francisco, USA, as President and CEO of Visa International until 2004. Sir Malcolm’s current non-executive roles are Chairman of Friends Life Group Limited, NewDay Group Ltd, the Cass Business School Strategy and Development Board and the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation.

speaker

Thurs

Juan David Aristizábal

President and Founder, Los Zúper

Keynote speaker

Juan David Aristizábal is the Founder and President of Los Zúper, a non-profit organisation equipping young people with the skills needed in the 21st century. Forbes magazine listed Juan on its 30 Under 30 list as a leader in using media to connect Colombians to socially-minded initiatives and engaging the broader community in their development.

speaker

Thurs/Fri

Maritza Vela

Private Sector Project Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

General speaker

Maritza Vela is a Specialist of the BID Lab, a fund established to promote private sector development in Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by the Inter-American Development Bank. Ms. Vela has more than 15 years of experience in the design and supervision of projects in sustainable tourism, workforce development, and entrepreneurship.

speaker

Thurs

Ian Gray

Founder, Gray Dot Catalyst

General Speaker

Ian Gray is the Founder of Gray Dot Catalyst, a strategy, innovation and partnering consultancy. Before founding Gray Dot Catalyst Ian spent the previous 10 years as a leader in the Humanitarian and Development sectors, covering strategy, programmes, policy and innovation.

speaker

TUE

Anita Tiessen

Chief Executive Officer, Youth Business International

General Speaker

Anita leads the global network’s efforts to connect members, partners and young people to develop and scale new solutions that leverage the power of entrepreneurship to drive social and economic change. Before joining YBI in 2018, Anita was CEO of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

speaker

TUE

Lakshmi Venkataraman Venkatesan

Founding and Managing Trustee, Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust

General Speaker

An alma mater of Delhi University, India and New York University, USA, Ms. Venkatesan holds two Master Degrees in Physics and Engineering Science. After spending nearly two decades abroad, Ms. Venkatesan set up Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST) in 1992 with the objective of fostering entrepreneurship among the underprivileged youth who lack resources to start their own ventures.

speaker

TUE

Carlos Perafan

Latin America Lead, Accenture Development Partnerships

General speaker

Carlos is the LATAM lead for Accenture Development Partnerships, a group within Accenture focused on international development. Carlos has more than 17 years of experience leading and delivering projects that bring business and technology expertise to the Financial and the Development sectors.

speaker

TUE

Dee Jadeja

Strategy & Livelihoods Lead, Accenture Development Partnerships

General speaker

With core consulting expertise spanning business strategy, organisation design and talent management, Dee's been working in a range of development sector actors for over 10 years designing new organisational growth strategies and exploring opportunities for innovation in Livelihoods programmes.

speaker

TUE

Nayib Abdala

CEO and Founder, Convert Loop

General speaker

Nayib is CEO of ConvertLoop and a Product Strategy Mentor helping hundreds of businesses in Latin America, USA, and Europe to design products and their go-to-market strategies in entrepreneurship programmes for companies like Google and Telefónica. Nayib is the co-creator of Apps.co, the largest IT Entrepreneurship programme in Colombia.

speaker

TUE

Lina Rossi Idarraga

Andean Chapter Manager, ANDE

General speaker

Lina has over 10 years of experience in the small and growing business sector. She is the Andean Chapter Manager at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and was a Founding Partner of Grupo Impacta S.A.S., a Bogota-based consulting practice for small and growing businesses.

speaker

TUE

Heidi Strawson

Global Giving, Corporate Citizenship Accenture

General speaker

Heidi is a pioneer of Accenture's goal to equip people with the skills they need to get a job or start a business. She is a passionate advocate of inclusion and diversity, managing a portfolio of high value partnerships with non-profit organizations spanning multi-million and multi-year commitments that reach scale and impact.

speaker

TUE

Nicolas Cary

Co-Founder & Vice Chairman at Blockchain.com

Keynote speaker

Nicolas Cary is a serial entrepreneur and lifelong technologist. He attributes much of his insight to his personal journeys around the world. In 2013 he co-founded Blockchain, the world's leading crypto assets software company with over 35 million users.

speaker

TUE

Leticia Gasca

Co-founder, Global Initiative for Skills Portability and Shaping the Future of Work

General speaker

Prior to co-founding the Global Initiative for Skills Portability (a think tank focused on the future of education), Leticia co-founded the movement Fuckup Nights, present in over 300 cities in 90 countries, and the Failure Institute, the first centre in the world devoted to studying business failure.

speaker

WED

Angélica Poveda Ramirez

Commercialization Lead, Fundación Guiando Territorio

General speaker

Angélica is a young Colombian rural entrepreneur. She is 25 years old and is studying veterinary medicine at the University of LaSalle. She has worked since 2006 with the Fundación Guiando Territorio, which is a nonprofit established by young entrepreneurs in Usme outside of Bogotá to commercialize their agricultural products paying farmers fair prices. She currently serves as Commercialization Lead for the foundation.

speaker

WED

Tatiana Rogovschi Garcia

Project Coordinator, Aliança Empreendedora

General speaker

Since 2017, Tatiana coordinates the ‘Geração Empreendedora Programme’ at Aliança Empreendedora, with a focus on supporting young people aged 18-35 who wish to start or grow their businesses to develop entrepreneurial skills through training, mentoring and access to finance.

speaker

WED

Elwin Groenevelt

Managing Director, Qredits

General speaker

After 14 years in commercial banking, Elwin founded Qredits in 2009. Qredits, a microfinance organization in the Netherlands, offers microcredit loans, SME loans, flexible credit, mentoring and an array of business development tools. Currently, Elwin is serving a three-year term as President of the Board of the European Microfinance Network.

speaker

WED

Provash Burden

Americas Regional Director, Mercy Corps

General speaker

Provash has designed and implemented programmes for Mercy Corps in Colombia and Sudan as a Country Director and Chief of Party respectively. He has completed assignments in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia for UN, US, international donors and NGOs. Provash has a vast expertise in USAID and EC policies and regulations.

speaker

WED

Patricia Yopasa

Director of Entrepreneurship, Corporación Minuto de Dios

General speaker

Patricia is a Public Accountant graduate, specialising in finance and has 4 years’ experience in the implementation of entrepreneurship programmes in vulnerable communities in Bogotá and Cartagena.

speaker

WED

Michael Lerner

Durable Solutions Officer, UNHCR

General speaker

Michael works with UNHCR Colombia, where he leads the agency’s work on livelihoods and economic inclusion, including employment and entrepreneurship for internally displaced persons, refugees and migrants. He has over 18 years of experience working on human rights, development and humanitarian assistance in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

speaker

WED

Hilal Gerçek

Entrepreneurship Director, Habitat Turkey

General speaker

Hilal is the Entrepreneurship Director of Habitat Association, an NGO which has been working in the field of sustainable development since 1997. She previously worked for Vodafone Turkey Foundation, AFS, Istanbul Technical University and Middle East Technical University. She has been the Vice Chairman of JCI Kadıköy for the past two years.

speaker

WED

Joerg Schoolmann

Head of Mentoring, Youth Business International

General speaker

Joerg has supported entrepreneurs from diverse, underserved backgrounds for over 20 years. In the past 4 years Joerg has worked in transnational projects focusing on developing thriving programs for young entrepreneurs, promoted social entrepreneurship and access to finance. His current focus is on supporting a brilliant community of mentoring experts globally with the aim to design, test, implement and scale innovative solutions in mentoring.

speaker

WED

Guillem Aris

CEO, Autoocupació

General speaker

With a wide experience in supporting business creation, managing programs to facilitate training, access to finance and mentoring for underserved entrepreneurs, Guillem is the founder of Autoocupació, Business Angels Network Catalunya, Microenterprise Agency, Reempresa and Youth Business Spain. Guillem also served as Vice President of the European Microfinance Network.

speaker

WED

Christoph Juenger

International Director Fundraising and Communications, Light for the World International

General speaker

Christoph is a passionate leader, fundraising manager and change agent. He worked for a decade as a Senior Management Consultant focused on Non-Profit/Public Management and as a Project Leader within the Telecommunications sector. In 2011 he joined SOS Children’s Villages International as Head of Individual Giving going on to serve as their International Director of Fund Development.

speaker

WED

Boris Tkachenko

CEO, Youth Business Russia, The Mentoring Institute

General Speaker

With more than 27 years of experience working in the small and medium-sized business development sector, Boris has successfully designed and delivered national and international mentoring programmes for the past 11 years. Boris is an author and international speaker and has been awarded numerous awards in recognition of his contribution to the development of business mentoring in Russia.

speaker

WED

Marco Ribas

President, Accenture Colombia

General Speaker

During his career Marco has successfully delivered numerous projects emphasizing operational improvement and technology applied to the mining, metals and chemical industries. Marco has extensive experience in Accenture’s practice on leadership, strategy, management consulting, and research and development projects.

speaker

WED

Anita Tiessen

Chief Executive Officer, Youth Business International

General Speaker

Anita leads the global network’s efforts to connect members, partners and young people to develop and scale new solutions that leverage the power of entrepreneurship to drive social and economic change. Before joining YBI in 2018, Anita was CEO of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

speaker

WED

Bo Ghiradelli

Chief Executive Officer, Skysthelimit.org

General Speaker

Bo Ghirardelli is the co-founder and CEO of Skysthelimit.org, a tech non-profit that connects underserved young entrepreneurs with experienced business advisors and mentors in the United States. Bo leads a team of 20 people at skysthelimit.org, and has raised over $4 million in support of their mission.

speaker

WED

Oscar Recio

Human Resource Vice President, Nestlé Colombia

General speaker

Oscar Recio is the Human Resources Vice President at Nestlé Colombia, company in which he belongs since 2000, where he is accountable for the people agenda within the Operational Board for the Market and for the complete HR Shared Functional Services for all Business in the Market.

speaker

WED

Bady Acuña Franco

Executive Director, Perspektiva

General speaker

Bady is the Executive Director of Perspektiva in Peru. He has over 20 years of experience in social and economic programmes in Latin America, generating opportunities for participatory development with articulation of public and private actors. The last decade, saw an active commitment in the promotion of employment through youth enterprises.

speaker

WED

Hélène M. Van der Roest

Regional Manager Central Eastern and Southern Africa, ICCO

General speaker

Hélène is the Regional Manager for ICCO Cooperation leading 10 country teams in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. ICCO Cooperation is global development enterprise, established in the Netherlands in 1964 with the vision to fight poverty and injustice.

speaker

WED

Bat-Orshikh Erdenebat

Programme Manager, Youth Business Mongolia

General speaker

Bat-Orshikh Erdenebat has been working as a Programme Manager for YBI member, Youth Business Mongolia, since 2013. He has more than 10 years experience of development practice focused on design and implementation of local community and business development programmes in peri-urban and rural areas.

speaker

WED

Camilo Peláez Gomez

Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Home Burgers

General speaker

Camilo Pelaez is Home Burger's Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts and Management from the Culinary Institute of America. Before founding Home Burgers, he worked in several restaurants in New York City, including Chipotle Mexican Grill where he was part of their Management Training Programme.

speaker

WED

Heidi Strawson

Global Giving, Corporate Citizenship Accenture

General speaker

Heidi is a pioneer of Accenture's goal to equip people with the skills they need to get a job or start a business. She is a passionate advocate of inclusion and diversity, managing a portfolio of high value partnerships with non-profit organizations spanning multi-million and multi-year commitments that reach scale and impact.

speaker

WED

Dan Ouimet

Vice president, Futurpreneur Canada

General speaker

Futurpreneur Canada is a national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Their internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.

speaker

WED

Namita Datta

Head and Coalition Manager of Solutions for Youth Employment, World Bank

General speaker

Namita is the Head and Coalition Manager of S4YE, a multistakeholder global programme that brings together multilaterals, bilateral organisations, private sector, think tanks and civil society on the agenda of youth employment.

speaker

WED

Chad Littlefield

Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer, We and Me, Inc.

Keynote speaker

Chad is the co-founder of We and Me, Inc - an organisation whose mission is to create conversations that matter. Chad is a TEDx speaker, author of the Pocket Guide to Facilitating Human Connections, and creator of We! Connect Cards used in over 80 countries around the world.

speaker

WED

Branka Minic

Founder, Future Work Consulting

General speaker

Branka spent 17 years with ManpowerGroup, the world leading organisation in innovative workforce solutions. She has extensive experience in labor market and skill gap analysis and her research deals with innovative policies and best practices to reduce youth unemployment.

speaker

THURS

Sarah Eldon

Director of Development, Youth Business International

General speaker

Sarah has 15 years’ experience in the charity and NGO sector having worked in fundraising, communications and programme management. Sarah recently returned to the UK after spending six years overseas in North Africa, the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa.

speaker

THURS

Emilia McElvenney

Head of Development, Youth Business International

General speaker

Emilia is delivering global partnerships at YBI with institutions, corporates and leading foundations and helping members to build organisational sustainability. She has been working in the humanitarian and development sector for the last 10 years. Most recently, Emilia worked in Turkey with Syrian refugees, Iraq with displaced populations and Liberia as part of the Ebola response.

speaker

THURS

Ricardo Triana

Executive Director and CEO, Colombian American Enterprise Council

General speaker

Ricardo is the Executive Director and CEO of the Council of American Enterprises, CEA, an association founded in 1962 with more than a hundred US companies as affiliates. Before this, he served as director of the Colombian Government Trade Bureau in Washington D.C. Ricardo was also Central America and Panama Director for ProColumbia, the Colombian promotion agency for exports, foreign direct investment and tourism.

speaker

THURS

Ariel Marcos Tito Correa

Regional Manager, MANQ’A

General speaker

Ariel is a specialist in development programs with 14 years’ experience working in the not-for profit sector. He is currently Regional Manager of MANQ’A, an organisation that seeks to generate life opportunities by training young, low-income youths as chefs and culinary entrepreneurs in Bolivia and Colombia.

speaker

THURS

Anibal Pinto

Executive Director, Acción Emprendedora

General speaker

Anibal is a Chilean Lawyer with a master’s in law and international development policies. He is Founder and Executive Director of NGO Acción Emprendedora and of Bolsa Emergente, a fintech company. Anibal is a former Dean of the School of Economics and Business at San Sebastian University and a former Advisor to the Minister of Economy.

speaker

THURS

Andrea Dalla Palma

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist, Youth Business International

General speaker

Andrea is responsible for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining YBI, Andrea was in charge for the monitoring and evaluation of the projects funded by Barrick Mining Company within its CSR strategy in Peru.

speaker

THURS

Jessica Greenhalf

Director of Learning and Influence, Youth Business International

General speaker

Jessica is responsible for creating the culture, structures and capabilities to drive learning across the YBI network. She has over ten years’ experience in the non-profit sector in a variety of roles. She has worked for Restless Development as Country Director in Uganda, for Plan UK on their youth portfolio, and most recently for Bond in their Effectiveness team.

speaker

THURS

Christoph Juenger

International Director Fundraising and Communications, Light for the World International

General speaker

Christoph is a passionate leader, fundraising manager and change agent. He worked for a decade as a Senior Management Consultant focused on Non-Profit/Public Management and as a Project Leader within the Telecommunications sector. In 2011 he joined SOS Children’s Villages International as Head of Individual Giving going on to serve as their International Director of Fund Development.

speaker

THURS

Anita Tiessen

Chief Executive Officer, Youth Business International

General Speaker

Anita leads the global network’s efforts to connect members, partners and young people to develop and scale new solutions that leverage the power of entrepreneurship to drive social and economic change. Before joining YBI in 2018, Anita was CEO of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

speaker

THURS

Lakshmi Venkataraman Venkatesan

Founding and Managing Trustee, Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust

General Speaker

An alma mater of Delhi University, India and New York University, USA, Ms. Venkatesan holds two Master Degrees in Physics and Engineering Science. After spending nearly two decades abroad, Ms. Venkatesan set up Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST) in 1992 with the objective of fostering entrepreneurship among the underprivileged youth who lack resources to start their own ventures.

speaker

THURS

Adenike Adeyemi

Executive Director, FATE Foundation

General speaker

As the head of Nigeria's foremost enterprise development non-profit, Adenike leads the fulfilment of FATE Foundation's mission to enable aspiring and emerging Nigerian entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses.

speaker

THURS

Sir Malcolm Williamson

Chair of trustees, Youth Business International

General speaker

Sir Malcolm worked for Barclays Bank PLC from 1957 to 1985. In 1989, he joined Standard Chartered PLC and became Group Chief Executive. In 1998, he moved to San Francisco, USA, as President and CEO of Visa International until 2004. Sir Malcolm’s current non-executive roles are Chairman of Friends Life Group Limited, NewDay Group Ltd, the Cass Business School Strategy and Development Board and the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation.

speaker

THURS

Juan David Aristizábal

President and Founder, Los Zúper

Keynote speaker

Juan David Aristizábal is the Founder and President of Los Zúper, a non-profit organisation equipping young people with the skills needed in the 21st century. Forbes magazine listed Juan on its 30 Under 30 list as a leader in using media to connect Colombians to socially-minded initiatives and engaging the broader community in their development.

speaker

THURS

Maritza Vela

Private Sector Project Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

General speaker

Maritza Vela is a Specialist of the BID Lab, a fund established to promote private sector development in Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by the Inter-American Development Bank. Ms. Vela has more than 15 years of experience in the design and supervision of projects in sustainable tourism, workforce development, and entrepreneurship.

speaker

THURS

Heidi Strawson

Global Giving, Corporate Citizenship Accenture

General speaker

Heidi is a pioneer of Accenture's goal to equip people with the skills they need to get a job or start a business. She is a passionate advocate of inclusion and diversity, managing a portfolio of high value partnerships with non-profit organizations spanning multi-million and multi-year commitments that reach scale and impact.

speaker

THURS

Chad Littlefield

Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer, We and Me, Inc.

Keynote speaker

Chad is the co-founder of We and Me, Inc - an organisation whose mission is to create conversations that matter. Chad is a TEDx speaker, author of the Pocket Guide to Facilitating Human Connections, and creator of We! Connect Cards used in over 80 countries around the world.

speaker

THURS

Ian Gray

Founder, Gray Dot Catalyst

General Speaker

Ian Gray is the Founder of Gray Dot Catalyst, a strategy, innovation and partnering consultancy. Before founding Gray Dot Catalyst Ian spent the previous 10 years as a leader in the Humanitarian and Development sectors, covering strategy, programmes, policy and innovation.

speaker

FRI

Anita Tiessen

Chief Executive Officer, Youth Business International

General Speaker

Anita leads the global network’s efforts to connect members, partners and young people to develop and scale new solutions that leverage the power of entrepreneurship to drive social and economic change. Before joining YBI in 2018, Anita was CEO of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

speaker

FRI

Sir Malcolm Williamson

Chair of trustees, Youth Business International

General speaker

Sir Malcolm worked for Barclays Bank PLC from 1957 to 1985. In 1989, he joined Standard Chartered PLC and became Group Chief Executive. In 1998, he moved to San Francisco, USA, as President and CEO of Visa International until 2004. Sir Malcolm’s current non-executive roles are Chairman of Friends Life Group Limited, NewDay Group Ltd, the Cass Business School Strategy and Development Board and the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation.

speaker

FRI

Maritza Vela

Private Sector Project Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

General speaker

Maritza Vela is a Specialist of the BID Lab, a fund established to promote private sector development in Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by the Inter-American Development Bank. Ms. Vela has more than 15 years of experience in the design and supervision of projects in sustainable tourism, workforce development, and entrepreneurship.

We are updating the speakers regularly.

What I am looking forward to at the 2019 summit is the collaboration with other NGOs, industry leaders and corporations all working together for entrepreneurship development.

Cardell Fergusson, Barbados Youth Business Trust

Despite the diversity of our approaches, we’re looking forward to sharing the same ultimate goal: to improve the skills and knowledge of our youth.

Noah Wandera, Enterprise Uganda

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