IGNITE North Africa
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Fostering sustainable growth through Digital, Green innovation and Agriculture

Hosted in Tunis and in partnership with the European Union and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IGNITE North Africa explores how to foster economic and sustainable growth in the region.

Join a diverse group of thought-leaders, stakeholders and experts from across the Maghreb, including governments, private sector, investors, entrepreneurs, education institutions and agronomists, in improving the economic opportunities for youth, women and refugees in North Africa. 

Through a series of keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and interactive participation, the event explores digital upskilling, entrepreneurship development, opportunities within the digital, green economy and agriculture industry. 

For almost 10 years, SPARK’s annual IGNITE conference has been one of the leading events in terms of education, job creation and entrepreneurship in fragile regions.


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Hear from thought leaders, experts and youth from across North Africa.

Wassim Ben Larbi (Host)

Wassim Ben Larbi is a radio and television presenter and producer. After studying Finance and International Economics in...

Ambassador Josephine Frantzen (Keynote)

Josephine Frantzen has been the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Tunisia since 2022. Since joining the...

Marco Stella (Keynote)

Marco Stella has been appointed as Head of the Economic Section at the EU Delegation to Tunisia in...

Alaya Bettaieb (Keynote)

Mr. Bettaieb is the Managing Director of Smart Capital, the national operator of Startup Tunisia, since February 2021....
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    Innovation and Digital Economy

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    Agriculture and the Green Economy


Thursday 26th October

09:00 - 09:05
Welcome by Host:
Wassim Ben Larbi
09:05 - 10:00
Opening Ceremony:
Dutch Ambassador Josephine Frantzen
Peter de Ruiter, CEO, SPARK
Alaya Bettaieb, Managing Director, Smart Capital
10:00 - 10:30
Keynote Speech:
Intissar Rajabany, Co-founder, Women in Business Committee
10:30 - 11:00
Networking Break
11:00 - 11:15
Quiz: Innovation
11:15 - 12:30
Panel: Innovation and Digital Economy
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 13:45
Quiz: Green Economy
13:45 - 14:10
Keynote Speech:
Hamza Rkha Chaham, Co-founder, SOWIT
14:10 - 15:10
Panel: Agriculture and the Green Economy
15:10 - 15:30