List of participants virtual forum

We thank all the participants for joining us at the Youth at Heart virtual forum on the afternoon of 2 November 2020.

Studio Orange

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Presenter: Ikenna Azuike
Co-presenter: Hajar Yagkoubi

Opening session

  • Aminata Traore,  Association Malienne pour la Protection des Albinos, Mali
  • DJ Kempire, feminist DJ from Uganda
  • Lisa de Pagter, Youth Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender Equality and Bodily Autonomy (YASRHR)
  • Lucy Meijer,  Global Champion for Generation Unlimited, official spokesperson for the Special Olympics UNICEF USA Partnership.
  • Mert Kumru, UN Youth Representative Human Rights & Security
  • Muzoon Almellehan, Unicef GoodWill Ambassador
  • Payam Sarbast, TV journalist at Rudaw Media Network(KR-I)
  • Rocky Hehakaija, Director Favela Street
  • Routouang Mohamed Ndonga Christian, Minister of Youth and Sports of Chad
  • Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
  • Tomas Chang Pico, Global Programme Officer for Voice
  • Y.M.P. (Young Mich Poetry), Word artist
  • Young researchers of Restless Development

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support  Save the Children, The MHPSS Collaborative, War Child  

  • David Karorero, Founder, Burundian Youth for a Brighter Future
  • Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
  • Josiah Tualamali'I, Co-founded the Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Council
  • Rabih El Chammay, Head of National Mental Health Program, Ministry of Public Health Lebanon
  • Rasha Al Hosain, 18-year-old girl from Syria living in the Netherlands
  • Sigrid Kaag. Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

Inter-generational Dialogue on Reimagining Learning and Skilling  Generation Unlimited

  • Cynthia Nyongesa, Global GenU Young People’s Action Team      
  • DGIS
  • Farayi Richard, GenU Youth Challenge Winner
  • Henrietta Fore, Executive Director UNICEF
  • Per Heggenes, CEO Ikea Foundation
  • Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
  • Tariq Al Gurg, CEO Dubai Cares

Youth and COVID-19  ILO

  • Jane Njoki, youth representative from the Central Organization of Trade Unions
  • Rabiya Anwer, youth representative from the Pakistani Employer’s Federation.
  • Sangheon Lee, Director, Employment Policy Department, ILO
  • Tijmen Rooseboom, Ambassador for Youth, Education and Work, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Wrap-up session

  • Alan Jope, CEO Unilever  
  • Aya-Maria Rouhana, researcher Restless Development
  • Denis Odhiambo, Expert in digital innovation and technical R&D
  • Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director UNICEF
  • Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Secretary General's Envoy on Youth at United Nations
  • Mari Pangestu, Managing Director of Development Policy & Partnerships at The World Bank Group
  • Noah Hajji, Chairman Jongeren Organisatie Beroepsonderwijs (JOB)
  • Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

Studio Blue

Studio Blue on YouTube

Making Youth Engagement Meaningful  UNICEF and Generation Unlimited

  • H.E Ahmad Al Hanandeh, Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship in Jordan (MODEE)
  • Isaure De Izaguirre, Unilever
  • Jumana Haj Ahmad, UNICEF
  • Maneno Bizimana,. UNICEF
  • Nadia Ahmed Abdalla, Chief Administrative Secretary Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Kenya
  • Rafik Amrani, Beyond Tekhmamek/ Generation Unlimited YPAT Member

Reimagine Talent on the Move  UNICEF

Moderator: Saber Benjah

  • Kotada Yonus,
  • Muzoon Al-Mellehan, education activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
  • Niels den Daan, Goodwall community manager featuring Diawara Bandiougu (Mali).
  • Regeza Kamunga, Swoop Aero- Remote Pilot

Education in the COVID pandemic: why learning is critical to 21st century skills  GPE

Moderator: Geoff Adlide, Director of Advocacy and Communications at Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

  • Lurit Yugusuk, Youth Leader, ONE Campaign (Africa)
  • Mohamed Sidibay, Peace Activist and GPE Youth Champion
  • Elyas Abdi Jillaow, Director General, Ministry of Education, Kenya
  • Pascalle Grotenhuis, Director of the Department Social Development, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Alexa Joyce, Education and Skills Director (EMEA), Microsoft

Studio Pink

Studio Pink on YouTube

Youth@Heart, Inclusion@Soul  VOICE

  • Aminata Traore, Association Malienne pour la Protection des Albinos, Mali
  • Aneth Gerana Isaya, FUWAVITA, Tanzania
  • Emma Mengo, Initiative for Equality and Non-Discrimination (INEND), Kenya
  • Pelemo Ava Nyajo,  Street Project Foundation, Nigeria
  • Ruth Kimani, Roving Grant Coordinator for Voice in Africa

Lessons in Youth Participation, Education and Mental Health  Tribeless Youth

  • Wanjiku Kihika, Executive Director of Tribeless Youth
  • Elvis Mogeni, Program Manager TY
  • Kimani Nyoike, Creative Lead TY

Jobs for youth in the green economy  IFAD

  • Chantal Adiko, director AfricaCompost
  • Hasna Zamouri, young entrepreneur from Tunisia
  • Rahul Antao, Consultant Youth Desk International Fund for Agricultural Development

Youth Un(der)employment in Nigeria: A case for Digital and Technical Skills  Palladium

Moderator: Oiza Nicholson, Country Director Nigeria for Palladium

  • Anurika Nwoke, Analytics for Public Sector Development in Nigeria Office of Palladium
  • Chioma Agwuegbo
  • Damilola Anwo Eberichi Okereke
  • Nnea Enwonwu
  • Tayo Olosunde
  • Terseer Nyulaku, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office UK, lead of Prosperity Fund in Nigeria.

Youth-Led Enterprises  Orange Corners

  • Mohammed (KRI)
  • Nahla Omer (Sudan), Founder/ CEO of Sukar Cosmetics
  • Olwaseun (Nigeria)
  • Titilayo Medunoye (Nigeria), Founder/CEO Milky Express Ltd

Studio Purple

Studio Purple on YouTube

Moderators: Melodi Tamarzians and Marcel Bamberg

Deep Dive: Engaging Young People in Policy Development for SRHR, Gender Equality and Bodily Autonomy  CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality

  • Lisa de Pagter , Youth Ambassador SRHR
  • Najia Jarin, Right Here Right Now, Bangladesh Platform

You(th) Choose: SOS Children’s Villages NL's experiences supporting youth transitions to work  SOS Children’s villages

  • Stefan van der Swaluw, Program director
  • Deborah Olujobi, Creative Director of Faidez Wears, Nigeria (participated in The Next Economy program)
  • Malou van Nieuwkoop, Program Manager The Next Economy program

Meaningful youth participation  EU/ AU Youth Hub

  • Mildred Nzau, Global Youth Engagement Officer- International Citizen Service at VSO
  • Nadia Ahmed Abdalla, Chief Administrative Secretary Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Kenya
  • Yorick Bruins, Co-founder Wakuli, expert AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub

We Are Tomorrow Global Partnership – youth participation for climate action  Youth Climate Movement

Peer digitalised upskilling against the odds: How online platforms by and for young people can strengthen skills for entrepreneurship and employment in restrictive settings  RNW Media

  • Amged B. Shwehdy, also known as Amjad-Badr, ICT for development specialist and a co-founder of Hexa Connection, Libya
  • Amr Mohamed, coordinator of the youth economic inclusion platform Masaraat, Egypt
  • Linda Broekhuizen, Chief Executive Officer a.i. at FMO, the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank
  • Roos Hogenkamp, Manager Knowledge & Innovation and Global Development at Nuffic

Financing youth entrepreneurship in developing countries  FMO

  • Ahmed Badr
  • Jamal Khayyat, Co-Founder and managing partner at Changelabs
  • Khadija El-Bedweihy, Founder Praxilabs
  • Louise Boehm, Associate at FMO - Dutch Development Bank
  • Tarek Nour El Deen, Co-Founder and CEO at OTO English

The Future of Agency: a collection of new narratives  A collaborative effort of Hanze University of Applied Sciences and UNESCO - by Loes Damhof

  • Hai Ha, Youth Program Officer at UNESCO
  • Kwamou Eva FEUKEU, Project Officer acting as the Africa coordinator for Futures Literacy at UNESCO
  • Sebastian Plate, facilitator for FL and MA student in International Relations specialising in Geopolitics and Connectivity, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Creative solutions that tackle youth un(der)employment  Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE)

  • Joost van Engen, Founder and managing director Healthy Entrepreneurs, Uganda
  • Joost Verwilghen, Programme and Fund Manager CFYE
  • Josh Bicknell, Co-Founder Balloon Ventures, Uganda

UN75: shaping our future together  UN@75

  • Mert Kumru, UN Youth Representative Human Rights & Security
  • Fabrizio Hochschild, ASG at United Nations

Inspirational video

  • Lucy Meyer
  • Tey el Ruja
  • Esra'a Alsanie

5x How do you experience the pandemic?

In a series of 5 short video portraits young people pick up the camera to share their thoughts and experiences.

  • Lisa de Pagter
  • Titilope Adedokun
  • Eriss Khajira
  • Yattara Alkassoum
  • Aristofanis Kastritseas