Africa Talks Jobs

Equipping the Youth with Adaptive Education and Skills for Employment
October 30 – November 1, 2017 at the AUC Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Monday, 30 October 2017




Registration & Badging at AUC



2:00pm-3:00pm Medium Conference Hall

Opening Addres

  • Dr. Aggrey K. Mlimuka, Executive Director, Association of Tanzania Employers on behalf of Business Afric
  • Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Dr. Stefan Oswald, Director, Directorate Sub-Saharan Africa, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • H.E. Mr. Ranieri Sabatucci, Ambassador and Head of EU Delegation to the African Unio
  • Welcome and Official Openin
  • H.E. Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor, Commissioner HRST, African Union Commission


Introduction and Overview of the Conferenc Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO, NEPAD Agency


AU Strategies for Education and Employment in Practice – Are we going into the right direction? – Interview with political speaker

  • Moderator: Ms. Uduak Amim
  • H.E. Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor, Commissioner Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST), African Union Commissio
  • H.E. Mr. Ranieri Sabatucci, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to the African Unio
  • Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO, NEPAD Agenc
  • Dr. Stefan Oswald, Director, Directorate Sub-Saharan Africa, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Coffee Break

 4:30pm-4:50pm Introduction of the AU-EU Youth Plug-In Initiative Role Play – ‘Youth in decision-makers shoes’ – by African and European Youth Ambassadors contributing the perspective of Youth to the AU-EU summit
4:50pm-6:20pm Harnessing the Demographic Dividend – Creating Perspectives for Youth in Africa through Skills Development and Employment Promotion – Plenary Panel The panel will discuss general issues of demographic development – challenges and potential. It will open up the theme of 1) Skills Demand, 2) Education and skills Acquisition to 2) Transition to Employment. The key questions will focus on necessary policy responses to the challenges faced on the continent as well as the role of the business community and the role of education institutions. Moderator: Ms. Zini Godden Panelists:

  • Dr. Mahama Ouedraogo, Ag. Director Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission
  • Mr. Charles Dan, Special Representative on Youth and Social Inclusion, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation
  • Mr. J. W. Mufukare, Executive Director, Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe
  • Dr. Stefan Oswald, Head of Directorate Sub-Sahara Africa, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Ms. Misan Rewane, CEO, WAVE Academy
6:20pm-6:30pm Conference Program Outlook


Tuesday, 31 October 2017



9:00am-9:15am Medium Conference Hall

Creative Introduction Mr. Mohammed Nurudeen Shardow, Founder and Manager, The Peace Experience

9:15am – 10:15am

New Markets – New Skills Demands in Africa – Conversation This plenary conversation investigates the potential of emerging economic sectors in Africa (i.e. ICT, Tourism, Creative Industries) for employment, job creation and entrepreneurship and what new skills, knowledge and mind-sets these growing economic sectors require from job seekers.


Ms. Zini Godden


Ms. Charity A. Sackitey, Managing Director, Barry Callebaut Ghana Limited

Ms. Christine Hofmann, Skills Development Specialist, International Labour Organization (ILO)

10:15am-10:45am Coffee Break
10:45am- 12:30pm Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Education and Skills Development for Employment & Entrepreneurship Parallel Panels

  1. Identifying Skills Gaps and Forecasting Demands
The panel introduces current approaches for mapping and projecting skills demand and informing education planning. Information systems at national as well as institutional levels are discussed including strengths and weaknesses of approaches and feasibility. Furthermore good practices are explored to see how labor market information and forecasting can be better taken up in the planning of education programmes at the sector as well as institutional level.
Ms. Zini Godden
Ms. Eduarda Castel Branco, Senior Specialist in VET Policies and Systems Operations Department, European Training Foundation
Ms. Christine Hofmann, Skills Development Specialist, International Labour Organization (ILO)
Prof. Alexandre Lyambabaje, Executive Secretary, Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA)
Dr. Vijay Reddy, Executive Director, Education and Skills Development, Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa
Dr. Barbara Samuels, CEO, Global Clearinghouse for Development Finance
Ms. Mulu Solomon, Honorary President, Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association
  1. Engagement of the Business Community to Make a Real Difference

The panel introduces the comprehensive role of the business community in both skills development/ education cooperation & creation of job entry opportunities for youth on the continent. The discussions will evolve around the interests and right incentives for more engagement, as well as around the right measurements.


Ms. Iris Cordelia Rotzoll, Portfolio Manager & TVET Advisor, GIZ Panelists:

Dr. Mohamed Helmy Helal, President, Futek Lighting, Egypt

Mr. Zebadia Moshi, former TVET Director, Tanzania

Ms. Jane Mwangi, Director KCB Foundation, Kenya

Mr. Yiannis Neophytou, Head of Division Cooperation with the African Union, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Ms. Cleopatra Shiceka, General Manager, Office of the Group Chief Executive, Transnet Freight Rail South Africa

  1. Fostering Entrepreneurship in Youth: Creating Open and Innovative Mind-Sets
The  role  of  entrepreneurship  for  youth  employment has  been  emphasized  in  the  African context during the last decades. Panel 3 will not only discuss the impact of entrepreneurship for job creation in Africa but also frameworks and recommendations to enable youth to foster their entrepreneurial skills through entrepreneurship education and promotion.
Mr. Fredell Jacobs, Program Director, Executive Education – Entrepreneurship, WITS Business School South Africa.
Dr. Mafini Dosso, Economist and Policy Analyst, EU Commission, DG Joint Research Centre (DG JRC)
Mr. Thomas Van Halen, Head, VC4Africa Investor Services
Mr. Phumlani Nkontwana, Sustainability Institute, Stellenbosch University
Mr. Sobel Aziz Ngom, Founder & CEO, Social Change Factory
Ms. Rosemond OffeiAwuku, Senior Development Economist, African Development Bank (AfDB)
  1. Alternative Pathways of Skills Development and Employment: Non-formal and Informal Education

This panel highlights the crucial role of non-formal and informal education for skills development and employability on the African continent. The importance of entrepreneurial, professional and life skills in this context shall be discussed, as well as the required frameworks and measures to foster their development. Moreover ways to (formally) recognize these forms of learning shall be explored.



Dr. Mwalimu Musheshe, Founder, African Rural University


Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi, CEO, African Leadership Institute

Dr. Tapiwa Kamuruko, East & Southern Africa Regional Manager, UNV Mr. Zuwa Matondo, Founder & President, Gov-Enhance Africa

Mr. Jonathan Mundell, Co-Founder & CEO, In On Africa

Ms. Prudence Ngwenya Nonkululeko, Head of Youth Division, African Union Commission

  1. Successful Approaches for Enhancing Employability

This panel focuses on approaches to fostering employability in a formal education context. It discusses what knowledge, skills, and mindsets young people need to have in order to succeed in  the 21st century labour market. The panel will elaborate on how different actors can support youth in acquiring them. Challenges and best practices will be explored and assessed.


Mr. Daniel Fahene Acquaye, Executive Director, ASNAPP


Mr. Jonathan Ebuk, Employment Officer, Kampala Capital City Authoriy

Dr. Matete Madiba, Director Student Affairs, University of Pretoria

Ms. Kerstin Nagels, Division Director Economic Development, Employment & Social Development, GIZ

Dr. Meshack Opwora, Director of Technical Training, Kenyan Ministry of Education

Mr. Tim Parkhouse, Secretary General, Namibian Employers’ Federation

  1. Youth Mobility & Employment: Potentials and Challenges

This  panel  outlines  the  link  between  education  and  skills  development  and  mobility.  It discusses potentials and challenges that mobility situations imply for skills development and the transition into employment. Panelists will consider the variety of experiences of African youth in the context of mobility and displacement. Discussions will circulate around access to education, mobility schemes, recognition of qualifications/degrees and the benefits of youth for society


Ms. Uduak Amim


Ms. Aida Awel, Chief Technical Advisor  Labour Migration, ILO Mr. Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, Director, Up!-Africa Ltd

Mr. Oumar Diop, Senior Policy Officer of Employment, DSA African Union

Ms. Justyna Frelak, International Centre for Migration Development Policy (ICMPD)

Mr. Martin Weiss, Director for Regional Cooperation Africa and Horn of Africa, GIZ

 12:30pm1:30pm  Lunch

Skills Development for Employment: The Role of the NEPAD Agency


Funding opportunities: Establishing a Financing Facility for Skills Development

Peer to Peer Learning and Knowledge Exchange: Launch of the Skills Portal for Youth Employment (SPYE)


Ms. Estherine Fotabong, Director, Programme Coordination and Implementation

Ms. Fati Nzi-Hassane, Head of Human Capital Development Programme

2:15pm2:30pm Transition to Parallel Workshops
2:30pm4:00pm Investing in Youth – Showcase of Good Practices – Parallel Workshop

1. Matching Skills’ Demand and Supply

This workshop looks into best practices in the use of labour market data for educational planning. The workshop will address how governments (education, TVET, labour ministries) should coordinate to achieve a better matching of supply and demand. Also the approaches and  necessity  for  individual  education  institutions  (TVET  schools,  universities)  to  consider labour market data and needs of the business community in their planning shall be looked at.


Ms. Zini Godden


Dr. Biadgelign Ademe, Dean Academic Affairs, Federal TVET Institute Ethiopia

Mr. Salomon Chabi, Former Director of Youth Training & Employment, TVET Ministry Benin

Ms. Sylvia Kunkyebe, Assistant Director of Career Services, Ashesi University, Ghana

Mr. Jonathan van Meerbeeck, Team Leader, Pan-African Programme, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

Mr. Florian Mugnier, Project Leader “Formation Professionelle”, French Development Agency (AFD)

Ms. Folusho Samuel, Director Technical Skills Development, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA)

  1. Entrepreneurship Promotion

This workshop asks what is needed to incentivize youth in entrepreneurial skills programs to start their own business. In order to identify recommendations for all stakeholders involved we will look into innovative approaches such as a) access to finance b) action oriented curricula and c) collaboration between incubation centres and local communities in order to identify policy recommendations. Additionally, we discuss the potential of regional and continental cooperation in the field of entrepreneurship education.



Mr. Dan Acquaye, Executive Director, ASNAPP


Ms. Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director, Afri Labs

Mr. Thomas Van Halen, Head, VC4Africa Investor Services

Dr. George Kosimbei, Secretary BIIC, Kenyatta University

Ms. Zimkhitha Peter, Head of Fellowship Program, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation

Mr. Limbani Phiri, Venture/Fellowship Coordinator, Ashoka South Africa

Ms. Simnikiwe Xanga, Program Manager, MTN Solution Space

Ms. Ndileka Zantsi, Manager, MTN Solution Lab, University of Capetown

  1. Unleashing Potential of Girls and Women in Skills Development, Education and Employment

Across the continent, women and girls still lack equal access to essential knowledge and training  opportunities,  both  in  higher  education  and  technical  vocational  education  and training (TVET). As a result, women’s potential to contribute to sustainable economic development as part of a skilled and entrepreneurial African work force remains largely untapped and hindered. Using creative and participant-led exercises, the workshop aims to formulate significant recommendations on actions needed to unleash the full potential of women and girls to take up skills development offers.



Ms. Mammatli Thakhuli-Nzuza, Lecturer, Wits University South Africa Mr. Themba Mkhoma, Lecturer, Wits University South Africa


All interested participants are welcome to join us as contributors!

The workshop follows a participant-led approach using tools and methodologies from critical reflexive drama. The goal is to develop recommendations on how to improve the situation of women and girls in skills development through an inclusive and collaborative workshop format.


  1. Engaged Youth: Shaping the Future of the World of Work

This workshop points to the responsibility of youth themselves in skills development and employability. It will showcase emerging trends in innovation, creative arts, technology and services in various countries and seek to emphasize on the governance imperative for shaping the  future  world  of  work  in  Africa,  with  the  issues  of  enabling  laws,  structures  and environment that enables Africa’s youth to shape and participate in the emerging world of work of today and tomorrow.


Moderator: Mr. Japeth J. Omojuwa, Chief Strategist, Alpha Reach Inc.


Mr. Josiah Kwesi Eyison, Co-Fouder & CEO, iSpace Foundation

Ms. Simi Fajemirokun, Founder, Read2Succeed Africa

Ms. Carolyn Kandusi, Program Officer, LO/FTF Council

Mr. Mhamed Kouidmi, Founder & CEO, Business Wize Mr. Florian Manderscheid, COO, ICE Addis

Ms. Teresa Mbagaya, Independent Consultant

Ms. Hazel Mugo, M&E Officer, Ushahidi

Mr. Khalil Tarhouni, AISEC Alumni & Endeavor Tunisia

  1. Education Cooperation with the Business Community

Participants  will  map  out  different  approaches  of  cooperation  between  the  business community and formal education institutions from dual approaches in teaching to internship programs. Potentials and limits in skill development for each of the approaches are discussed.


Ms. Uduak Amimo


Ms. Marie-Ange Rukundo, Director Career Services, Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Ms. Alinah Segobye, Faculty of Human Sciences, Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST)

Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Director, @Ilab Africa, Strathmore University Kenya

Ms. Mulu Solomon, Honorary President, Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations

Mr. Paschal B. Mihyo, Executive Director, African Institute for Development Initiatives

  1. Towards a continental framework for career guidance and life skills for the Youth

Employment Services intermediate between the demand side and the supply side of the labour market. This session will focus on the employment service career guidance in depth and will outline its importance to support the individual optimize personal potentials through the effective realization of his/her social and economic role as a “worker” for lifelong development and personal well-being. AU/HRST is currently working on a Continental Framework for Career Guidance and Life Skills. Main aspects of the framework will be presented and discussed during the session, involving stakeholders from public, private and civil society institutions.


Ms. Heike Hoess, Competence Center TVET & Labour Markets, GIZ Ms. Sarah Neumann, Project Manager Africa, YouMatch, GIZ


Ms. Aminata Ba, Promotion and Partnership Director, ANPEJ Senegal

Ms. Sarah Chetouani, Career Center Director, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Morocco

Mr. Ndungu Kahihi, Executive Director, CAP Youth Empowerment, Kenya

Ms. Lillian Moremi, CEO and Founder, Career Coaching Ltd., Botswana

Mr. Nicholas Ouma, Youth Division, HRST African Union

Ms. Rachid Zarrad, Rublic Relations Manager, SARTEX, Tunisia

4:00pm4:15pm Transition to Plenary

Wednesday, 01 November 2017






Press Conference
Market Place & Open Labs – Knowledge Sharing & Networking.An exhibition showcasing good practices and tools for employment and entrepreneurship oriented skills development and educationParallel project presentations and small workshops to showcase innovative practice and knowledge sharing tools

Closing Session

Interactive discussion