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Speakers at ATJ presented alphabetically by last name

Daniel Acquaye is an Agribusiness Development and Value Chain Expert with over 18 years of experience in nurturing and growing agribusiness SMEs in Africa. He has served as consultant to several local and international institutions including the Millennium Challenge Corporation, USAID, ECOWAS, GIZ, AGRA, ICCO (Netherlands), DANIDA, (UNDP), NEPAD, EU. Mr. Acquaye has conducted a number of consultancy services and helped established agribusiness projects/enterprises in over 30 in Africa. His main areas of services are Agribusiness and agro-industrial Development, Private Sector Development (SMEs), Agribusiness Financing and Rural Agriculture Development, Value Chain Analysis. Dan has conducted a number of studies and have been involved in Skills Development for Young People with special focus on ATVET activities being promoted by NEPAD/GIZ.

Dr. Biadgelign Ademe is an associate professor in Curriculum Design and Development. He works for TVET Institute in Addis Ababa. On top of his teaching responsibility; he works as Dean for Academic Affairs of the Institute. Dr. Biadgelign has rich experience in teaching and in Curriculum Preparation in higher education for about 30 years

Professor SARAH MBI ENOW ANYANG AGBOR is the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology (elected in July 2017) which consists of: Education, Youth and Capacity Development and Science and Technology. Before being elected, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World at the University of Bamenda-North West Region of Cameroon. She was the Focal Point for Pan African University; Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers and most of all UNESCO. Moreover, she represented the Cameroon Minister of Higher Education in several capacities.

Prof. Sarah ANYANG AGBOR is a Cameroonian and Professor of African and Commonwealth Literatures and has authored three text books and over thirty peer reviewed book chapters and scientific publications.

Ms. Aida Awel is the Chief Technical Adviser on a “Development of a Tripartite Framework for the Support and Protection of Ethiopian and Somali Women Domestic Migrant Workers to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States, Lebanon and Sudan” project based in Addis Ababa, in the International Labor Organization (ILO) Country Office for Ethiopia & Somalia.

She possesses both international and national exposure in research and training, legal analysis and project management with the ILO for over 11 years. During her experience, she has covered 14 countries including the Horn of Africa, and worked closely with the AU, the UNECA and the Regional Economic Communities on the Decent Work Agenda. Ms. Awel holds an MBA in International Business and LLB in Law.

Uduak Amimo is a Kenyan journalist with many years of experience in working for different media houses including the BBC World Service, Voice of America and Reuters. She is currently working for the Royal Media Services. In 2013 she was one of the moderators of the presidential debate during the national elections. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism and Public Policy from the American University, Washington D.C. As Senior Editorial Advisor she supported the Director of the BBC World Service.  In addition Uduak is a trustee on the board of Uraia, a Kenyan civil society organisation that focusses on young peoples’ education and mentors high school girls and journalism students.

Ms. Offei-Awuku as an International Development Economist and Public Policy expert has a diversified hands-on 16 years of professional, managerial and operational experience and extensive work in socio-economic development policy, strategies programmes and projects mostly in Africa. Currently serves as an Officer in Charge for the African Development Bank Group Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative and doubles up as a Senior Development Economist in the Human Capital Youth and Skills Department of the African Development Bank.

The main areas Ms. Offei’s interest include youth employment; gender and economic empowerment; labour market interventions; entrepreneurship and employability; skills/training and informality; social protection; service delivery; fragility and post conflict recovery.

Aminata Ba, who is currently the Promotion and Partnership Director held positions such as secondary school teacher and civil servant with different ministries, Mrs. Ba joined the National Agency for Promotion of Youth Employment (ANPEJ) some years ago. Her professional career has given her the opportunity to be in contact with young learners, then with jobseekers, and then to be at the heart of the formulation and implementation of development policies in Senegal. Throughout her professional career, Mrs. Ba is a convinced proponent of life skills and career guidance actively contributing to promote both not only on individual but on policy level too.

Eduarda Castel-Branco, has extensive professional experience in international cooperation, notably in the frame of the European Union external policies. Since 2003 in the European Training Foundation, her portfolio of activities included analysis of labour market functioning in the countries of the Eastern Partnership, policy advise on qualifications frameworks and quality of qualifications, on validation of non-formal and informal learning and more recently advise on labour market information system and skills anticipation. In 2015-2016 Eduuarda led the research and analysis of skills demand-supply and mismatch in two sectors at regional level in Morocco (Tanger region). Currently Eduarda leads the development of the concept and action plan for the Labour Market Observatory in Azerbaijan.

Dr. Mafini Dosso is from Côte d’Ivoire and France and holds a PhD in economics of innovation. Since 2014 she has been working as an economist and policy analyst at the European Commission DG JRC. Mafini dedicates her works to the analysis of innovation investments of the top global companies from EU and abroad to support the European industrial and innovation policy agenda. She is now also leading the JRC’s conceptual and policy approach on Africa-EU cooperation for territorial innovation policies and smart specialisation.

Sarah Chetouani her passion for career guidance started as Human Resource Project Manager with the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education Staff Training and Scientific Research in Morocco. Currently working as director of the career center at Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tangiers, Mrs. Chetouani is not only responsible for the management of the center but works as certified trainer on job search skills first-hand with students. Mrs. Chetouani contributes to promoting career guidance and human resource management by pursuing a PhD.

Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie is an integrator, connector, and catalyst who fosters and facilitates collaboration between diverse actors across internal team, government, private sector, international development actors, African diasporas, and civil society to address complex international development challenges to drive and deliver meaningful results.

He cofounded London-based African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) in 1994 and Freetown-based AFFORD-SL in 2008. He has led several private sector development programs and provided advisory consulting services, and served as Senior Advisor to governments of Mexico (2010) and Mauritius (2012) in their respective capacities as Chairs of Global Forum on Migration and Development. He is of Nigerian/Sierra Leonean/UK origin and operates transnationally between the UK and Sierra Leone.

Dr Jackie Chimhanzi is the CEO of the African Leadership Institute. She was, previously, Senior Strategist of the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. She was instrumental in setting up the Deloitte Africa Desk and advised clients on accessing opportunities on the African continent. She holds a BSc (Hons), MBA (with Distinction) and a PhD (Strategic Marketing) – all from Cardiff Business School, UK. She is a keen African watcher and has authored a number of Africa-focused thought leadership pieces. She was recognized by Forbes Africa magazine as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa in 2012 – women under 45 shaping the narrative of Africa’s rising.

Jean Constantinesco is in charge of North Africa, Sahel and West Africa within the political section of the EU Delegation to the African Union. Jean has been working since 2011 at the European External Action Service (EEAS), first within the Crisis Response & Operational Coordination Department and later within the Office of the Deputy Secretary General for Crisis Response and CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy). Prior to joining the EEAS, Jean was working as a policy officer in the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs (2009-2011), within the European Development Policy Unit.

Jean holds postgraduate degrees from the Political Science Institute in Strasbourg, from the Law Faculty of Sevilla, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (2006) and the College of Europe (2007) where he graduated from the EU international relations & diplomacy programme.

Charles Dan started his extensive international experience in 1987 as Assistant to the Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in Geneva and was appointed as Deputy Executive Secretary and Executive Secretary of the IOE. In 1994 he joined the International Labour Organization (ILO) as Senior Adviser for Employers’ Organizations in North and West Africa based in Dakar. From 1999 to 2008, he served as Senior Adviser to the ILO Director-General. Since May 2013, he is the ILO Special Representative on Youth and Social Inclusion based in Geneva.

Charles Dan holds a Diploma of Higher Studies in Public Law from the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and is a graduate from the Institute of Political Studies – Science Po Paris.

Oumar Diop is the Senior Policy Officer on labour and employment in the Department of Social Affairs (DSA) of the African Union Commission (AUC). He is responsible for design and implementation of continental frameworks, instruments and positions, as well as the coordination and cooperation with other AUC departments, AU organs, AU Member States, as well as International Organizations and International Partners. He also provides technical advice to AUC decision makers and upon request to African Union Member States in the areas of labour and employment in general and related to migration.

Jonathan Ebuk works as an Employment Officer with the Government of Uganda and possess over 10 years of experience in youth empowerment and skills development where he trained over 15,000 youth with a success rate of 90%.

He is an active member of the YouMatch Global Network-GIZ, Creative Facilitator with PYE Global Network, co-designed the award winning KiBO ICT and Leadership program for youth in Uganda. Jonathan has also designed and facilitated youth programs supported by different organizations including the UNICEF, Empower African Children and the Cisco Academy. Above all Jonathan is a Rotarian

Dr. Abdul-Hakim Rajab Elwaer is the Spokesperson and Director of Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Department at the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). In this capacity, he is in charge of regional cooperation and integration, resource mobilization and partnerships with regional and international organizations. In addition, he is the Ag. Director of Country Programs (Sub-Saharan Africa). He also served as Ag. Vice President for Cooperation and Capacity Development at IsDB.

At the African Union Commission he held the position as Director of Administration and Human Resources Management, as well as Director of Human Resources, Sciences & Technology from 2007 to 2014. He was the President of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment at UNEP and a Member of the Governing Board of the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa.

Simi Fajemirokun is the founder of Read2Succeed Africa (R2S) a non-profit organisation that is committed to improve the state of public schools nationwide by using African design thinking to build inspired learning communities. She is also the Senior Partner at ESFAJ & Partners. Simi brings her business acumen, combined with passion, a reputation for delivering results and an impressive network that spans both the private and public sector to lead an organization that is set to be a game changer in public school education in Nigeria. Simi is committed to building smart communities and in 2012 she was a recipient of the Good Planet Foundation award in Davos based on her research on ‘Mobile Learning in Rural Areas’.

Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong is the Director of Programme Implementation and Coordination at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency). In May 2014 and July 2016, she received Honorary Awards from the Governments of Ethiopia (2014) Cameroon (2016), for her passion, dedication and leadership towards advancing equality and empowerment of African women. Mrs Fotabong also received special recognition in 2015 by Top Women in Business & Government.

With a Master’s Degree in Law and in International Affairs, Mrs Fotabong has served on several panels and international steering committees for various projects. Through these processes and in the various capacities in which she served, she has made significant contribution to policy development and implementation at international, regional and national levels

Ms. Justyna Frelak recently joined the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). She is a graduate of international relations at the Warsaw School of Economics. Before joining ICMPD she has been working at the Institute of Public Affairs, serving there as the head of the Migration Policy Program and Senior Analyst.

She is a specialist on inner European mobility with a strong focus on issues of migration policy, Poles emigration to the European Union and integration of immigrants. From January to March 2012 she was a visiting researcher at the Center for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) in Oxford. She is the author of numerous publications and reports published in Poland and abroad.

Zini Godden, has more than 16 years of experience as a trainer and facilitator, more predominantly in Local and Regional Economic Development (LRED), Value Chain analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation and Leadership Development. Much of this work has been conducted in different capacities and varying positions.

Her use of participatory facilitation methodologies enable diverse stakeholders to jointly think through processes and explore current realities to enhance understanding and insight. She predominantly works in African countries and has experience of working in South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya, Botswana, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Thomas van Halen heads VC4A’s Investor Services, connecting a global network of 2000+ early stage investors actively investing in sub 1 million enterprises and has more than 8 years of experience of investing in emerging markets. Working closely with affiliate angel investing networks, he is always looking for syndication opportunities and supporting fundraising campaigns. He also executes the annual Venture Finance in Africa report, which provides detailed information on the progress of pan-African early-stage high-potential growth ventures.

Thomas earned his MSc in International Business with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and SME Management at Maastricht University and a bachelors degree in International Business from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Fati N’Zi-Hassane serves in Midrand, South Africa at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency as Head of Human Capital Development Programme. Her main task is to translate the continental strategies related to human capital, into programmes implemented at national level. Her scope include the skills development (with a bias towards technical vocational training), employment issues and the gender component.  She also coordinates the Office of the CEO, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki.

Fati holds an Engineer degree from the Ecole Nationale de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée d’Abidjan, and a MBA from French Business School ESSEC. She is from Niger and Côte d’Ivoire.

Dr. Mohamed Helmy Helal is the Egyptian leader and entrepreneur in the field of green technologies and solar lighting technologies as well as leader in desert reclamation and desert farming technologies since 1996.

Dr. Helal established the first National Energy Saving Lamps manufacturing plant in Egypt for modular technology in 2003 and was also the first to start electronic Ballast local manufacturing plant in Africa and Middle East in 1996.

Dr. Helal holds a PhD in Physics and the title of CEM-DSM-PE from the Association of American Energy Engineers USA since 2017.  Dr. Helal has taught in various universities and has served as chairman on various boards and associations.

Christine Hofmann  works as Skills Development Specialist in the ILO Decent Work Team for North Africa in Cairo. She supports ILO constituents and projects in 12 countries in the areas of workplace learning and apprenticeship, skills anticipation, active labour market programmes, TVET policies, and rural skills training.

She published and co-published research reports, guides, and policy briefs on skills anticipation, skills for green jobs, skills for trade, formal and informal apprenticeship, employment fairs, and job search clubs.

Fredell Jacobs. With the motto “ENTREPRENEURSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE” Fredell currently serves as the Programme Director Entrepreneurship for Executive Education at Wits Business School in Johannesburg South Africa. He is also a managing partner in Startup Support South Africa. He also joined an education startup Linkit To Learn™, a social enterprise with the goal of eradicating illiteracy.

Over the last decade he has served as entrepreneurship capacity development, consultant to business schools, development finance institutions, accelerators, incubators and governments and an active participant in the local entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Ndungu Kahihu has more than 25 years of experience in international development, specializing in youth development and leadership as well as program development and management. This has included the designing of training curriculum including life skills and career guidance and counseling for many years. 

Before joining CAP YEI as Executive Director, Mr. Kahihu has worked in many countries and with many international development agencies, including the Kenya Scouts Association, Canadian Crossroads International, Save the Children and Plan International.

Tapiwa Kamuruko who holds a PhD in Communication for Development is the Head of the United Nations Volunteers Regional Office for Africa, in Nairobi-Kenya. Tapiwa brings solid expertise and experience in a range of areas relevant to the work of the UN system including over 17 years of programme development and management covering policy analysis, poverty reduction strategies, good governance, environment and post conflict and recovery.

Tapiwa has been involved with the design of youth engagement strategies such as youth volunteering, and internship programmes and setting up of the African Union Youth Volunteers Corps as well as the ECOWAS volunteer programme.

M’hamed Kouidmi is the Founder and CEO of BUSINESS WISE, an Algerian social enterprise with a business model that uses social innovation to answer pressing needs of populations and governments. Business Wise runs a leading initiative for youth employment, the MAHARA’TY Employment Accelerator. He graduated in International Politics and Interfaith Conflict Management from the United States Institute of Peace and has a degree in social SME management. He is also an advisor to numerous INGOs on policies and programs targeting, youth, women, LGBT and sustainable development. M’hamed is regarded by his peers as an influencer, a change maker and a fun Yogi.

Sylvia Kunkyebe is an Assistant Director of Career Services at Ashesi University in Ghana, where she coaches students to build work readiness skills in order to successfully transition from university into rewarding careers. She has travelled extensively in Africa, developing mutually beneficial relationships which connect students to employers.

She serves on the Board of the Centre for Employment of Persons with Disability (CEPD) in Ghana and also chairs the mentoring committee of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)-Ghana Chapter.”

Professor Alexandre Lyambabaje is the Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa since November 2015. During his time in office he has driven forward the regional integration of the education sector in the East African Community (EAC) as well as the creation of African Centers of Excellence supported by the World Bank. As a holder of a PhD in Mathematics Statistics from University of Rennes in France, he has vast experience from Europe and Rwanda where he has worked as teacher and researcher at Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique de Rennes, France and University of Rwanda and as policy maker for the Ministry of Commerce, Cooperatives as Cabinet Minister and for the Ministry of Education as Secretary General.

Dr. Matete Madib (PhD)is currently serving as the Director at the Department of Student Affairs of University of Pretoria. Previously she held the positions of Deputy Director at Department for Education Innovation, and was also the Acting Dean. Dr. Madib has served as the Chair of Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) and as the research mentor, supervisor, reviewer, external examiner and moderator. Currently Dr. Madib is serving in the CHE: National Review Committee, DHET Foundation Reference Group, Expert Group of the Tuning Africa Project and in the Founding Committee of SAUSNet.

Zuwa Matondo, a proud Zimbabwean, is the President and Founder of a nascent NGO Gov-Enhance Africa. The NGO provides young professional policy thinkers and governance innovators a platform to provide policy solutions across sectors to Africa’s decision makers and engage governments to enhance service delivery. Zuwa went to McGill University where he completed a BA in Political Science and International Development and then continued to complete law degrees in both Civil & Common law also at McGill. To augment his experience Zuwa is currently attending Oxford University studying a Master in Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government.

Dr. Pamela Mbabazi is Head of Research and Policy Analysis at the Institute for Peace and Security of Addis Ababa University. She has a PhD in Development Studies from Mbarara University, Uganda, an MA in Development Studies from Leeds University (UK) and an MSc in Development Planning and Management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology.

She has 20 years of training and research experience in Development Studies and has until recently been working with Mbarara University of Science & Technology in Uganda. Her key research interests include; The Changing Nature and Character of the State in Africa, Governance Issues, The Political Economy of Oil and Peace Building issues.

Jonathan Van Meerbeeck is head of sector at the European Commission, EuropeAid/DG DEVCO.

He is in charge of the Pan-African Programme, a financial instrument supporting the Africa-EU Partnership through cross-regional and continental projects. Jonathan is also involved in the policy dialogue with the African Union, including the preparation of the AU-EU Summits in 2014 and 2017. Prior to his work with the Commission, he worked as a migration expert at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. He has a background in Law and EU policies.

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki of the Republic of Niger is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency, head-quartered in Midrand, South Africa.

From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Mayaki was Prime Minister of Niger. In August 2000, Mayaki created the Public Policy Analysis Circle (Cercle d’analyse des politiques publiques), a thinktank focusing on health and education policy.

Last year, he was appointed by the Chairman of the Development Assistance Committee, to serve on the High Level Panel on the Future of the Development Assistance Committee under the leadership of Mary Robinson.

Teresa Mbagaya has been listed as « 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa » by Forbes, a nominee for the Future Awards Africa “Young Person of the Year” and a 2015 inductee to the African Leadership Network. Her background builds upon a proven career in private and public sector impacting millions through nation-wide initiatives centered on digital education transformation and skills development. Currently Teresa serves as a member of Technical Reference Group of the 2017 High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa.

Doctor Paschal Mihyo is a Tanzanian lawyer by profession, a Professor of Politics and Administrative Studies with LL.B., LL.M and a Ph.D. in public law from the University of Dar Es Salaam. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Policy Research for Development (REPOA) a think tank in Tanzania. He is a Visiting Professor of Development Studies at the University of Namibia and Adjunct Professor at the International University of Management in Namibia. He taught at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University in The Hague for 16 years where he was also Dean of Studies. Doctor Paschal was also Director of Research and Programs at the Association of African Universities in Accra, Ghana. He has published five books, co-edited eight books and published 46 journal articles on development issues.

Themba Mkhoma is a South African writer, theatre and film director whose is passionate about skills training for the youth. He is a part-time fieldworker for the Market Laboratory and a founding member of The Living Newspaper, a Soweto-based project that uses Drama Workshops as a tool for youth development.

As a writer and director, Themba Mkhoma has been involved in a number of theatre and TV productions.

Lillian Moremi , as the CEO of Career Coaching (Pty) Ltd, strongly believes that life skills and entrepreneurship are the driving vehicle to dealing with challenges of youth unemployment in the continent. Ms Moremi sits on a number of committees that promote education and youth development in Botswana.

She has worked with young people, organisations and companies across the globe in efforts to advance the youth development agenda. Mrs Moremi is an accredited Botswana Qualifications Authority trainer for Career Coaching.

Zebadiah Moshi is the retired Director General of the Tanzanian Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA). He led this public organization in charge of overseeing the TVET system in Tanzania for ten years (2006 – 2016). The major focus of his work was the strengthening of demand-driven TVET, its quality assurance, the regulatory framework of the TVET system and the networking with key stake holders, amongst them the Tanzanian private sector. Mr. Moshi holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering coupled with an MSc in Industrial Management from the University of Birmingham, UK.

Dr Aggrey K. Mlimuka is Representing Business Africa via his function as Executive Director at the Association of Tanzania Employers. He worked as a National Project Coordinator at ILO Strengthening Labour Relations in East Africa in Tanzania. Dr. Aggrey has a vast experience in areas of Labour Laws, International Law, Human Rights and Social Justice, Conciliation and Mediation, Negotiation Skills. By virtue of his current position at ATE he is a Member of Labour, Economic and Social Council, Member of Ministerial Advisory Board of Occupational Safety and Health Authority and an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania since Dec. 1989.

Mr J.W. Mufukare, MBA, is the Executive Director/CEO for the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ) with the objective to leave a legacy of excellence and value addition. Mr Mufukare has a solid experience from human capacity development and training as well as ICT system development and management, including the computerizing of Eastern Highlands Plantation, Zimbabwe and Nchima Tea Estates, Malawi.

Mr Mufukare is representing BUSINESSAfrica, being the voice of employers and the private sector in Africa. The confederation has membership drawn from African employers’ organizations spread out from over 40 countries from all the regions of the continent.

Florian Mugnier joined AFD Cambodia agency in 2012, where he worked on vocational training, private sector development and agriculture projects. Since 2014, he has been working as a Task Team Leader within the Education, Training and Employment division at AFD’s headquarters in Paris, focusing on vocational training issues in various countries (the Republic of Congo, Togo, Morocco, Cambodia, Ethiopia). Prior to joining AFD, he worked in agricultural development in France.

Jonathan Mundell is the co-founder and CEO of In On Africa (IOA), an Africa-focused research, consulting and publishing firm with more than a decade of experience across the continent. Jonathan holds an MA in Research Psychology (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria and has been conducting and overseeing research in Africa since 2004.

His current involvement in youth development includes multiple research studies on the state of education and youth unemployment in South Africa, a student-focused tech start-up, and a project currently underway in collaboration with the African Union and GIZ that aims to assess the impact of youth exchange programmes in Africa.

Mwalimu Musheshe, is the Co-founder and Chairman of Uganda Rural Development and Training Program, URDT.  He has founded several formal innovative educational institutions that train young people to become catalysts of change by using the URDT Methodology. The award-winning URDT Girls School that Dr. Musheshe founded links education to rural development in an innovative way by enhancing both academic success and skills to act as “change agents” for their families and communities”. He is a facilitator, mentor and organizer in the communities using the Visionary Approach to human and rural transformation. He has been widely recognized as a visionary and selfless leader, Musheshe has been awarded by three Rotary Clubs in Uganda. He was elected the first Ashoka Fellow in East Africa in 2002.

Jane Mwangi is the Executive Director of KCB Foundation. She has over 30 years of experience in international development; having previously worked with the USAID Mission in different capacities in the Eastern and Southern African region. At KCB Foundation, Jane is the brains behind the creation of 2jiajiri, an enterprise development and wealth creation programme that supports young people in Eastern Africa. She holds an MBA in Finance with a minor in Strategic Management and a BSC (cum laude) in Accounting from the United States International University-Africa.

Ms. Kerstin Nagels is Director of GIZ Division “Economic Development, Employment and Social Development”. The division provides backstopping, quality assurance and conceptual development currently for more than 500 projects worldwide in thematic areas such as education, VET and labour markets as well as social protection and health.

From 2013 -2015 Ms. Nagels headed the GIZ Section “TVET and Labour Markets”. She holds a Master Degree from SOAS as well as a joint degree in Business and Chinese Studies. She started working on TVET and labour market policies when she first joined GTZ in 2002. Her first assignment abroad took her to Chile where youth employment remained a key concern and professional interest of her ever since.

Yiannis Neophytou, is Head of Division for Policy Issues of development with Africa, and for Cooperation with the African Union in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He holds an M.A. in Public Administration as well as International Relations. Mr Neophytou has also been assigned as development counsellor in the German diplomatic missions in Addis Ababa, New York and Hanoi and has previously worked for the German Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Sobel Aziz Ngom is a 27 years old Senegalese entrepreneur.  He holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from École Supérieure de Commerce in Dakar and a certification in Civic Leadership from Wagner College, New York City. For 5 years, Sobel has been the Head of Africa hub for Changemakers, a program of the renowned NGO Ashoka.

In 2014, he founded Social Change Factory, which covers 5 African countries to date, in the same year Sobel also became the youngest Senegalese fellow of the first edition of President Obama’s YALI program.  In 2016 Sobel and his program Voix des Jeunes won the “Best Social Entrepreneur & the Best Civic Program of the year” award at the JambarTech Awards (Senegal).

Prudence Nonkululeko Ngwenya is the Head of the division in charge of youth development at the Africa Union Commission. Her main role is to lead the African Union’s mandate on youth development and guide African Union member states on the implementation of Youth Development Policy Frameworks across the continent.

Phumlani Nkontwana has run and managed prominent entrepreneurship funds for blue-chip local and international companies such as Allan Gray, Multichoice, Transnet, Total, J.P. Morgan and Philips; impacting hundreds of entrepreneurs and emerging businesses since 2009. His recent work with the African Union and the Germany International Development Agency (GIZ) promotes Pan African entrepreneurship among young Africans from different parts of Africa at Pan African University and Tlemcen University.  With years of experience in start-ups formation and enterprise development. Phumlani enjoys healthy relationships with local and international ecosystem stakeholders and organisations invested in growing and sustaining new enterprises.

Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie is a Professor of Economics and, since 2013, the Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). He was formerly Director of Economic Development and NEPAD Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) where he was also the Chief Economist. An award-winning Economist, his work, spanning over 30 years, has impacted sustainable growth and development in Africa. Professor Nnadozie is well known in APRM and NEPAD circles, having led the United Nations coordinated support to the African Union and its NEPAD program.

Cleopatra Shiceka-Ntshingila is a holder of BA in Law and Bachelor of Laws degrees from University of Swaziland, she has a Higher Diploma inTax Law (Wits) and financial modelling Euromoney London School of Bank Risk management. Cleopatra is currently the General Manager, office of the Group Chief Executive, Transnet. Cleopatra has vast local and international commercial and regulatory experience in the Freight and logistics industry both from a maritime and intermodal perspective as well as PPP’S PSP.  She was a consultant in the specialized finance department at Investec Bank where she was a member of the team that worked on South Africa’s first Road Concession. She is a member of the AUC/NEPAD team that has worked on PIDA and currently working on the High Speed Rail Project.

Mammatli Thakhuli-Nzuza is an Applied Drama facilitator and a Critical Reflexive practitioner from South Africa.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts with Honors and is also an accredited Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE) facilitator trainer through the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Her work in the youth sector includes facilitating dialogues aimed at providing a platform to solicit views and ideas from the youth towards addressing socio-political challenges. She has partnered with Harambee: Youth Employment Accelerator and trains young people in a Work Readiness Program, which offers unemployed youth an opportunity to entry-level job placement.

MESHACK CHUMA OPWORA currently Director of Technical Training at the Kenyan Ministry of Education has a PhD in TVET from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has worked in TVET sector for over twenty one years. DR. MESHACK has a vision to have a TVET System that is a head of industry.

He is responsible for technical training strategies and policy formulation and implementation. Management and governance of National Polytechnics and partnerships in development of TVET programmes; Innovations and Technology transfer in TVET as well as Re-branding of TVET.

Dr. Stefan Oswald is Director Subsahara Africa in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since June 2016. He studied agricultural sciences in Göttingen and holds a doctorate from Gießen University. From 2011 to 2016 he was Head of Division « Afghanistan and Pakistan » and Deputy Director for Asia.

In his 30 years of working in the field of development cooperation.
Dr. Oswald worked in a variety of national and international positions, which include assignments as senior advisor development policy to the German Parliament and aid effectiveness in the BMZ, as assistant head of division “Rural development, Agricultural Research” and as development worker in Tanzania and in Mali in 1989.

Tim Parkhouse is the Secretary General of the Namibian Employers’ Federation since 2004. A citizen of Namibia, he has experience in sectors such as mining, retail, banking, at one time operated his own Employment Agency, and also farmed in the Omaheke region.

He has served on the Council of the Polytechnic of Namibia, and for 12 years has served on the Labour Advisory Council. In 2011 he was appointed to the Board of the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), where he served for six years.

Zimkhitha Peter’s passion is to nurture entrepreneurial potential in young people and seeks to make a contribution to the alleviation of poverty and the improvement of socio-economic factors in the country.

Zimkhitha holds a Bcom Honours in Industrial Psychology (UNISA) and a Leadership Development qualification from Harvard Business School. Her desire is to see the Foundation as the centre of excellence in the development of entrepreneurial capabilities.

Limbani Mwayiwao Phiri, born and raised in Malawi, she has expansive experience in both corporate and citizen sector organizations at national, regional as well as global level. She works as the Youth & Education Programmes Director for Ashoka Africa (Southern Africa; East Africa & West Africa) and is currently based in Johannesburg – RSA. Limbani backs her 15+ years of work experience with a Master’s Degree in Public and Development Management and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Business Administration.

Dr. Vijay Reddy is the Executive Director of the Education and Skills Development research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa.  She holds a PhD in science education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has extensive research experience, including coordinating the South African component of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and has published extensively on TIMSS. She has also led a massive multi-year research project to support building the Skills Planning Mechanism and led the writing of the Skills Supply and Demand Report. Vijay has undertaken research projects for organisations such as the National Research Foundation, (UNESCO) and Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Misan Rewane is co-founder and CEO of WAVE. Born and raised in Lagos, Misan is no stranger to the challenges of education and social mobility. When her parents, unable to ignore the education system’s breakdown, were compelled to send her to the U.S. for university, she resolved to help transform the region’s education system. After graduating from Stanford University, she worked with The Monitor Group, TechnoServe, and the Centre for Public Policy Alternatives. As an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School, she partnered with fellow West Africans who were passionate about  tackling youth unemployment and launched WAVE in 2013.  WAVE tackles youth unemployment by identifying motivated but underserved West African youth, training them on crucial employability skills, and connecting them to entry-level job opportunities.

Marie-Ange Rukundo As the Career and Alumni Services officer, Marie manages the graduate internship program, interfacing with both industry and students to ensure a 100% placement rate. She supports student’s transition to the workplace through ongoing careers preparation services. She also oversees alumni relations; creating monthly engagement opportunities with the alumni community.

H.E. Mr. Ranieri Sabatucci, is the Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to the African Union. Having started his career with the European Union in Addis Ababa, Ranieri Sabatucci has come full circle and is now the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to the African Union. In his 30 years with the European Institutions, he has covered thematic areas ranging from trade and development to Political and Peace and Security, based in Brussels, Dar-Es Salaam and Pretoria.

In his most recent position, he was Head of the Division for relations with South East Asia and ASEAN at the European External Action Service. He has an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Perugia in Italy.

Charity Anima Sackitey has over 20 years of diversified work experience in the food and beverage industry sector. She has proven track record in Operations, Environment, Health and Safety Management with practical knowhow in Quality Management systems implementation. Charity started her career with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana where she worked as Quality Manager for eight years during which period championed the implementation of Quality Management systems, EHS systems, Team building and people development to ensure product and service compliance. Charity who holds a Basic degree in Biochemistry from KNUST and MBA in Project Management joined Barry Callebaut Ghana Limited in 2003 as QA Manager and was promoted to become the Managing Director since May 2016.

Dr. Barbara Samuels is recognized as a global expert in international finance and development with over 30 years of experience. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Clearinghouse for Development Finance (GlobalDF), a non-profit initiative devising innovative technical approaches to mobilize the private sector for development.  Recent assignments include: technical support of NEPAD on job creation, infrastructure, and derisking finance strategies; the design and implementation of the World Bank City Creditworthiness Self-Assessment & Planning Toolkit, the design and implementation of the UN Capital Development Fund’s Local Finance Initiative; directing the African Development Bank’s Report on Africa Risk Mitigation Needs and Solutions; and the advancement of scalable Financing for Development Tools, most recently the INFRADEV Marketplace. Dr. Samuels has a Ph.D. in Management and Political Science from MIT, an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management, and an M.S. in Political Science from MIT.

Folusho Samuel has contributed over two decades in Management and Leadership functions.  She studied at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She lectured at School of Vocational Technical Education, Federal Polytechnic in Auchi where she rose to become a Senior Lecturer.  She joined the services of the ITF in 1997 as a Principal Training Development Officer and later become the Director of Administration and Human Resource Management then Director, Research and Curriculum Development Department. She is currently Director, Projects at Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association. Folusho has made impact on the lives of thousands of employees in various organizations from supervisory to executive level and has greatly added value to the operations of many corporate organizations in Nigeria and abroad through her various learning and Manpower Development interventions.

Allinah K. Segobye is Dean of Faculty (Human Sciences), Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She is affiliated with the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), at the University of South Africa; African Futures Institute (AFI) and the Institute of Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. She was Deputy Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa and Associate Professor at the University of Botswana.

Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of @iLabAfrica, a Research and Innovation Centre at Strathmore University (Nairobi, Kenya).  He is also the Director of @iBizAfrica, a Business Incubator. He graduated as an Industrial Engineer (Universidad del País Vasco, Spain) and holds an MSc in Computer Science (University College London, UK) and a PhD in Bioinformatics (TECNUN, Universidad de Navarra, Spain). He has over 35 years of experience in the IT ecosystem of East Africa.

Mohammed Shardow with his stage name Nuru deen is an artist and grassroots campaign activist. He is the founder of The Peace experience Association that mobilizes young people within the Geneva, Switzerland region with Music and Arts to help refugees integrate in the society. Mohammed also has two music videos to push his campaign on Music and Art for social awareness, titled Bringing it back and Black Magic which both attempt to raise awareness on the importance of encouraging peace and tolerance within our communities.

Mulu Solomon is an honerary President (Former first female President) of Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, former V. Chair of Pan-African Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Vice Chair of (COMESA) Business Council. She is also President of  EEBS – Association of Entrepreneurs, Advisory Group Member of Sub Sahara Africa to IMF-World Bank Group and President of Ethiopian Women Writers Association. She is a PhD Candidate, has MA in Environment & Development and BA in Accounting with a minor in Business Management. Mulu has more than two decades experience in leading & managing companies in manufacturing, import, export, distribution and education.

Khalil Tarhouni is an Entrepreneurs Selection & Growth member at Endeavor Tunisia, local branch of Endeavor, leading the high-impact entrepreneurship movement in the world. For five years, he managed several entrepreneurial initiatives in Tunisia and abroad. He is a trainer and coach in entrepreneurship with an expertise in business modeling and business planning. He is a facilitator in entrepreneurship, personal development and leadership with local and international NGOs and he was the president of AIESEC Carthage in Tunisia. He graduated in finance from the High Institute of Economic Studies of Carthage and the Virtual University of Tunis.

Martin Weiss holds the position as the Director for Regional Cooperation Africa and the Horn of Africa in GIZ. His division carries out regional projects and programmes in more than 25 countries in Africa, on the bilateral, regional and continental level.

Key areas of engagement include migration, good governance, peace and security, economic and social development, vocational education, employability and skill development. Prior to his position as director, he served as the head of different Africa related development cooperation projects and has worked in Egypt for many years.

Ms. Ndileka Zantsi currently holds the position of Program Coordinator at The Solution Space, an ecosystem for early-stage startups and a research and development platform for corporates which is housed at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town. She is responsible for program planning and delivery, business and partnership development as well as stakeholder engagement. 

Her roles and responsibilities include facilitating learning programs between entrepreneurs, community members, international institutions and academic institutions. Before joining The Solution Space, she was an established entrepreneur with varied experience spanning 15 years both in the public and private sector entrepreneurial ecosystem.