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IGNITE Conference 2015
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IGNITE 2015

THANK YOU for participating in our third IGNITE conference, on November 11th in Amsterdam. It was a delight to welcome so many distinguished guests from all over the world. SPARK is proud to have been able to share an international and leading conference programme with you. With this conference we aim to create a better understanding of doing business in fragile and conflict affected environments, and how we, as development organisations, academic institutions, government bodies and private companies, can better support entrepreneurism and help facilitate a more inclusive business environment in these regions. We look forward seeing you again in 2016!

Schedule

08:15 – 08:45
Registration
08:45 – 09:00
Welcome by Bart Krull – host of the day
09:00 – 09:10
Opening speech by Yannick du Pont
09:10 – 09:25
Keynote by Thierry N’Doufo
09:25 – 09:40
Keynote by Melissa Johns
09:40 – 10:00
Break
10:00 – 11:20
Workshop Round 1
11:20 – 11:35
Coffee Break
11:35 – 12:00
Debate Trade & Aid with Roelof van Laar and Joost Taverne
12:00 – 12:20
Keynote by Christiaan Rebergen
12:20 – 12:40
Presentation Research Competition Winners
12:45 – 13:45
Lunch
13:45 – 14:00
Research Competition Pitch
14:00 -14:20
Keynote by Hania Bitar
14:20 – 14:40
Keynote by Aiad Koudsi
14:40 – 15:00
Keynote by Chid Liberty
15:00 – 15:20
Coffee break
15:20 – 16:40
Workshop Round 2
16:40 – 17:00
Closing Ceremony
17:00 – 18:00
Drinks

Speakers of IGNITE 2015

Thierry N’Doufou

Thierry N’Doufou is an entrepreneur from the Ivory Coast. Thierry is the creator of Qelasy – Africa’s first educational...

Melissa Johns

Melissa Johns is an Advisor in the World Bank Group’s Development Economics, Global Indicators Group. She serves on the...

Christiaan Rebergen

As Director-General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rebergen works for the minister for Foreign Trade and...

Aiad Koudsi

After gaining 30 years experience in IT Aiad Koudsi founded MenaScope Consulting, an organisation which provides IT, HR and Consultancy services....
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This years workshops

  • What Businesses Can Do to Support Refugees

  • Halmachu! How to Prevent Violent Extremism

  • No Internet: Mobile Solutions for Entrepreneurship

  • Reconstructing Syria with Vocational Education

Full programme
Video Watch the IGNITE 2015 video

Want to see our 2018 Ignite edition?

— A conference to support entrepreneurship for refugees