IGNITE Conference 2021
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Reimagine Jobs

The future of work depends on green jobs, digital jobs and flexible jobs. Employment around the world is dramatically shifting. Globalisation, digitisation, automation and the COVID-19 pandemic mean it's now time to reimagine jobs and ensure the most vulnerable people in society are included in the transition. 

The virtual IGNITE8 conference by SPARK and IFC examines how women, refugees, and other vulnerable youth can play a key role in reimagining jobs across the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Our build-it-yourself, flexible programme allows you to attend short, online sessions according to your schedule.

Who will be speaking?

Hear from thought leaders, experts and youth from fragile and conflict-affected regions that are taking matters into their own hands.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a storyteller and executive who is the author of three New York Times best-sellers chronicling...

Emre Eren Korkmaz

Emre Eren Korkmaz is a founder and director of research and consultancy company Octd Ltd and a Departmental...

Rawan Al Zaidy

Five years ago, three young Iraqis initiated and started their own firm called Nakhla, focusing on enhancing the...

Tilman Brück

Prof. Tilman Brück is the Founder and Director of International Security and Research Center (ISDC) in Berlin and Team Leader...
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More about the sessions

  • Interview

    Entrepreneurs in conversation with Gayle Lemmon

  • Competition

    EdTech Startup Competition

  • Panel

    Startups in Artificial Intelligence in the MENA region

  • Panel

    “And the winner is…”: A deep dive into entrepreneurship competitions

Full programme


Tuesday 12 October

Panel: New Green Entrepreneurship
Panel: Women Entrepreneurs Moving Forward
Panel: Investing in African Fragile States: Looking Forward

Wednesday 13 October

Interview: Entrepreneurs in conversation with Gayle Lemmon
Panel: And the Winner is…! A Deep Dive into Entrepreneurship Competitions
EdTech Startup Competition with Startups Without Borders

Thursday 14 October

Panel: The Unheard Case of Agribusiness in Syria
Panel: Startups in Artificial Intelligence in the MENA region
Panel: Financial Innovation for Refugees
Panel: Afghanistan: What Now?

Check out IGNITE 2019

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