Day 1Day 2Side Panels

24th October 2018
08:00 - 09:45 Registration
10:00-11:15 High level opening Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Member of Supreme council, Ruler of Sharjah
  • Opening Remarks: H.E Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of The Big Heart Foundation
    Opening Remarks: H.H. Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah
    Keynote Speaker: The Activist Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Laureate
    Keynote Speaker: H.E Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills
    Keynote Speaker: H.E Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development
    Keynote Speaker: Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League
11:25 - 12:25 Session 1: Youth in Conflict & Peacebuilding (Organizing Partner: UNHCR)
  • Moderator:
    Ms. Zeina Yazigi, Journalist

    Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, UNHCR Special Envoy on the Somali Refugee Situation
    Mr. Simon O'Connell, Executive Director of Mercy Corps
    Mr. Chaker Khazaal, Reporter

    Session Brief: Among the many communities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that are disrupted by conflict or impoverishment, opportunities for youth can be severely limited. Recent political and demographic factors have exposed the vulnerability of many segments of the civilian population in the MENA region. These vulnerabilities are driven by the expansion of regional conflicts and mass population displacement in urban settings. UNHCR’s work with youth in the region is guided by several core principles – including protection, diversity, equity, access and sustainability. This ties in with the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), which focuses on four main priority areas concerned with easing pressure on host countries, enhancing refugee self-reliance, expanding options to third country solutions and supporting solutions in country of origin for a safe and dignified return of its citizens.
12:35 - 13:35 Session 2: Youth Entrepreneurship as a Catalyst for Growth and Employment (Organizing Partner: UNDP)
  • Moderator:
    Mr. Gokhan Dikmener, Technical Specialist for UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD)

    H.E. Seif Abou Zeid, CEO Mavericks International School
    H.E. Waleed Abdel Rahman, CEO Mumm
    H.E Najla Al Midfa, General Manager of Sheraa
    Ms. Assia Riccio, Founder of Evolvin’ Women

    Session Brief: Youth entrepreneurship is a driving force of socio-economic development. It is an enabler, driver and empowering tool for sustainable development with far-reaching benefits. Youth entrepreneurship will play a vital role in creating opportunities and livelihoods in the future – and that will have beneficial effects for people of all ages and across societies and economies. There is a need to create conditions which are conducive to youth entrepreneurs. The world’s large and growing youth population can be a powerful and transformative force for a better world – if the right investments and decisions are made.
13:45 - 14:30 Lunch
14:40 - 15:40 Session 3: Social Norms and Practices Hindering Young Women Reaching their Potential (Organizing Partner: Nama-UN Women)
  • Moderator:
    Ms. Nicolla Hewitt, Senior Advisor for UN Women in the GCC

    Dr. AlAnoud Al Sharekh, Researcher on youth and gender demographics
    Ms. Tanu Priya Uteng, Senior Researcher, institute of Transport Economics in Oslo-Norway
    Ms. Reem Aslan- Women Labor Rights Activist, Gender, Management and International Development Expert

    Session Brief: The panel highlights social norms and practices that hinder women in the community while emphasizing the importance of building a collective enabling environment and ecosystem involving men and women. With the rapid change in labour markets and the openness of the world, many local practices, norms and customs threatens young women’s lives, and limits their accessibility to opportunities. Working with males in male dominant decision-making communities would be an effective tool to increase male support to females within their families and communities.
15:50 - 16:50 Session 4: Life Skills and Citizenship Education in the Middle East and North Africa. A new learning agenda for a new generation (Organizing Partner: UNICEF)
  • Moderator:
    Mr. Alberto Biancoli, Education Specialist at UNICEF

    Ms. Hadeel Naser Aldin, Project Officer at Al Nayzak Organization in Palestine
    Mr. Oujour Hssain, Director of Non-Formal Education, Ministry of Education of Morocco

    Session Brief: This region is hampered by a learning paradox of having highly educated youth, and high youth unemployment, increased inequities and challenges to social cohesion. This shows a mismatch between what is taught in schools and what is required to succeed in life and work. Education should prepare children to LEAP into the Future – being ready to Learn, ready to be Employed, ready to Activity engage, and to take control over their own Personal growth. The panel will provide a perspective from UNICEF, Ministry of Education, and young people on what life skills mean and how education systems can be shaped to put them at the core of learning.
17:00 - 17:30 Closing
  • Keynote Speaker: Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, The Big Heart Foundation’s Humanitarian Envoy
    Keynote Speaker: H.E Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Science
    Announcement of Sharjah Declarations for Youth Empowerment: H.E Ambassador Hossam Zaki, Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League
25th October 2018
08:30 - 09:45 Registration
10:00 - 11:00 Opening Session
  • Keynote Speaker: H.E Omar Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence
    Keynote Speaker: H.E Reem bin Karam, Director of Nama Women Advancement Establishment
    Keynote Speaker: Omar Al Busaidy, Author, Entrepreneur and a member of the US and UAE Public Affairs
11:10 - 12:10 Session 1: Youth, Social Media, and Creating Positive Change (Organizing Partner: UNHCR)
  • Moderator:
    Mr. Houssam Chahine, Head of UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships, MENA

    Mr. Chaker Khazaal, Reporter
    Ms. Zainab eqabi, Motivational speaker and a social media influencer
    Dr. Ahmed Abumalik, Activist in the social Media in spreading Health awareness

    Session Brief: A platform that will gather social media influencers with a common factor in the humanitarian field and sharing their experience to motivate the youth
12:10 - 12:40 Short break
12:40 - 13:40 Session 2: Youth and climate change
  • Speakers:
    Mr. Barney Swan, International Director, Climate Force
    Ms. Ameera Al Marzooqi, Emirati environmental enthusiast

    Session Brief: Youth and climate change session will highlight the concrete experiences and activities of the speakers in term of climate change around the world.
13:50 - 14:50 Session 3: Inspirational Session – Rally Team
  • Speakers:
    Ms. Sabah Zaman, Member of AUJ Rally Team, Pakistan
    Ms. Azka Athar, Member of AUJ Rally Team, Pakistan
    Ms. Wardah Jamal, Member of AUJ Rally Team, Pakistan

    Session Brief: To inspire, influence, empower the youth with different society pioneers who made a change for themselves and the world around them.
14:50 - 15:20 Short break
15:20 - 16:20 Session 4: Youth-led Discussion: Youth Participation in MENA Development (Organizing Partner: SOS Children’s Villages)
  • Moderator:
    Ms. Jumana Abu-Hannoud, Managing Director SOS Children’s Villages International, Gulf Area Office

    Representatives from Youth Advisory Council
    Representatives from United World Colleges
    Representatives from Unite Lebanon Youth Project
    Representatives from UN Youth Assembly

    Session Brief: Resolution will be presented by the youth outlining recommended courses of action and guidelines to shape and direct youth policy decision-making
16:30 - 17:00 Closing
  • Closing Remarks: H.E Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of The Big Heart Foundation
    Keynote: Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan AlQassimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations
    Launching of The IIFMENA Youth Statement, Youth Speaker from SOS Youth Advisory Board
    Awarding Sponsors and Partners
Day 1 - 24th October
Time TYPE Session Organized By Details
11:00-12:00 Panel Discussion SOS advisory Council Subject: Finding Solutions
Brief: An introduction meeting for the youth delegates to discuss the challenges and recommended courses of action and guidelines that shaped and directed the youth policy decision making.
Youth Advisory Council
United World Colleges
Unite Lebanon Youth Project
UN Youth Assembly
Duration: 50 Minutes
12:15-1:30 Panel Discussion Mercy Corp Subject:Youth and Girl Centered design for a better tomorrow
Brief: This session will address the importance of engaging adolescent girls in particular as active agents in program design. This session will explore how humanitarians are tackling the current challenges faced by adolescent girls. What gaps are there in the current system, and what could be done differently? How can adolescent girls be put at the centre of Gender Equality efforts in MENA and produce overall benefits for their society as a whole?
Moderator: Alexandra Lopoukhine, Director of Partnerships and Influence, Mercy Corps
Ayah al Obali, Senior Officer of Mercy Corps Regional Center for Adolescent Girls.
Aroub Al Salem Girl Researcher from Mercy Corps Regional Center for Adolescent Girls
Duration: 50 Minutes
1:45-2:30 Lunch
2:45-3:15 Inspirational Talk Aisha Harib Subject: Social Entrepreneurship
Speakers: Aisha Harib
Duration: 30 Minutes
3:30-4:00 Inspirational Talk Fatima Al Kaabi Subject: Passion and Goals
Brief: how important are passion and goals and their relation to Fatima Al Kaabi personal story.
Speakers: Fatima al Kaabi
Duration: 30 Minutes
4:14-4:45 Panel Discussion Procter & Gamble Subject:How Public-Private Partnerships are Key to Youth Development
Brief: This session will discuss how companies in the region are working with charities and NGOs to amplify development projects and promote greater engagement among the youth.
Speakers: Moderator/Panelist – Alex Malouf, P&G
Tatiana Abella, CEO, Goumbook
Sandra Sorial, M.A Partnerships Specialist, UNICEF
Duration: 30 Minutes
Day 2 - 25th October
Time TYPE Session Organized By Details
09:30-10:00 Panel Discussion CARE Subject: CARE’s Regional Applied Learning Hub in MENA
Brief: This session’s purpose is to inspire and equip session participants with more tested and piloted evidence about the power of social entrepreneurship in crisis and fragile settings through CARE’s programming in the field.
Speakers: Hiba Tibi, CARE International representative.
Duration: 30 Minutes
11:00-12:10 Panel Discussion 'Rubu' Qarn - Foundation for Creating Future Leaders and Innovators. Subject Youth Employment - Challenges and Recommendations
Brief: Enhancing capabilities of youth and children, and supporting their expressions and suggestions, is a core axis of building the community future and following the development progress in all fields.
Speakers: Shoura
Language: Arabic
Duration: 60 Minutes
12:10-12:40 Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 Workshop Sharjah Youth Council (In Arabic) Subject: Global Sustainable Development Goals (Pictionary)
Brief: The activity lights the challenges between different teams which includes varieties like drawing, while the other teams guess the correct word that expresses the graphic.
Language: Arabic
Duration: 30 Minutes
1:00-1:30 Panel Discussion ENOC Subject: The Challenges in Nurturing Youth Talent for Energy Industry
Brief: The energy landscape of the UAE is changing; there is an increased focus on drawing on sustainable resources, driven by the UAE Energy Plan 2050 and Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050. While the template for a green future is being created now, the drivers of its progress will be youth talent for the energy sector. In an era of digitalization, how can we nurture the next generation of talents for the industry? What are the current challenges? How can the industry foster stronger academic linkages, and how can we attract skilled National talent?
Iman Al Qasim, ENOC Group HR Director.
Mohammad bin Ali, Director of Excellence – SEWA.
Dr. Ali Awadh Al Amoudi, Goodwill Ambassador of the Arab African Council on Socio Economic Development.
Duration: 30 Minutes
2:50-3:20 Lunch
2:45– 3:15 Panel Discussion MOE Ambassadors Subject: Youth beyond boundaries
Brief: The role of the Ambassadors initiative in identifying global youth issues.
Obaid Adel Albeh
Shahad Al Bloushi
Ahmed Al Kaabi
Duration: 30 Minutes
3:30–4:00 Inspirational Talk Kehkashan Basu Subject: Role of Youth in the Sustainable Development Agenda
Brief: Children and youth are amongst the largest stakeholders of civil society and their engagement in the sustainable development process holds the key to the realisation of Agenda2030. Sharing her inspirational journey as a global environmental and sustainability advocate, winner of the 2016 International Children's Peace Prize 18 year old Kehkashan Basu, will highlight how she engages and empowers young people across the world through her organisation, Green Hope Foundation , using ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) as a transformative tool.
Speakers: Kehkashan Basu, Founder President - Green Hope Foundation
Duration: 30 Minutes