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©2018 Tom Nicholson. 28/11/2018. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Spark host the Ignite 2018 conference at Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. Photo credit : Tom Nicholson

Prospects

For young refugees, the right to work is vital. Harnessing refugee’s skills can also benefit local economies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). However, many challenges restrict access to the labour market in hosting countries and they often face exploitation, discrimination and arrest by turning to informal economies. This conference identifies various methods of enhancing economic inclusion of refugees and host communities in MENA, such as employment and skills development; entrepreneurship opportunities; access to financial and technical resources and advisory services for existing SMEs.

Agenda thursday 12th September

08:30
Welcome reception
09:15
Official opening
09:30
Keynote Speaker
09:45
Keynote Speaker
10:00
Keynote Speaker
10:15
Keynote Speaker
10:30
Break
11:00
Panel – Contribution of Syrian refugees: case studies from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan & Iraq
11:45
Talk of the Day 1
12:00
Talk of the Day 2
12:15
Keynote Speaker
12:30
Lunch
13:30
Workshops
15:30
Break
16:00
Activity
16:15
Panel – Triangular coalition for improved access to finance for refugee SMEs
17:00
Outcomes
17:20
Closing and next steps
17:45
End
18:00
Dinner

Agenda friday 13th September

09:00
Workshops
12:00
Lunch
13:00
Workshops
16:00
End

2013 Speakers

©2018 Tom Nicholson. 28/11/2018. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Spark host the Ignite 2018 conference at Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. Photo credit : Tom Nicholson

Bart (Bartholomeus) van Bolhuis

Mr. Bart (Bartholomeus) van Bolhuis – Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul. Mr. Bart...
©2018 Tom Nicholson. 28/11/2018. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Spark host the Ignite 2018 conference at Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. Photo credit : Tom Nicholson

Khemais El-Gazzah

Prior to joining ISFD, Mr. El-Gazzah was the Chief Operating Officer of the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance...
©2018 Tom Nicholson. 28/11/2018. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Spark host the Ignite 2018 conference at Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. Photo credit : Tom Nicholson

Jamal Al Nouri

Chairman of the Board of Sheikh Abdulla Alnouri Society from 2014 till now. Earned a BSc Industrial Engineering...
©2018 Tom Nicholson. 28/11/2018. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Spark host the Ignite 2018 conference at Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. Photo credit : Tom Nicholson

Kemal Kirisci

TÜSIAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe‘s Turkey Project at Brookings, with an expertise...
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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

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