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Tuesday 30 June 2020
In this session, we will develop a mutual understanding of the financing needs and challenges of young micro and small business entrepreneurs and potential financiers. We will discuss innovations in financing youth enterprise and identify the best ways to connect suitable financiers with young entrepreneurs. Discussions will consider the roles that different entities (banks, private investors, multinational corporations) in the private sector can play in supporting the financing of youth enterprises. One area of focus will be identifying new models to ensure young people who have innovative, future-focused and bankable business ideas can thrive, particularly in the face of rebuilding from the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Eugenia Koh, Head, Sustainable Investing & Engagement Strategy, Standard Chartered (Moderator)
- Francesca Brown, Head, Community Programmes, Standard Chartered
- Nida Athar, Director, INNOVentures Global, Pakistan
- Tapera Jeffery Muzira, Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development, African Development Bank
- Wong Keet Loong, Senior Vice President, Credit Guarantee Corporation, Malaysia
Wednesday 8 July 2020
In this session, we will consider how large businesses, both domestic and multinational, can use their supply chain to make a dramatic difference to the success and impact of small and medium-sized enterprises led by young people. This event will invite large companies and potential participants in value chains to discuss how to come together in a way that delivers meaningful actions and commitments. Discussions will explore how youth-owned businesses can prepare and identify opportunities in domestic or global value chains, and how companies can support youth-owned businesses to manage the immediate impacts of Covid-19 and grow back stronger. The event will introduce tools and organisations that support large organisations to identify and bring youth-owned or women-owned businesses into their value chains and business ecosystems.
- Kariuki Ngari, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya and East Africa, Standard Chartered (Moderator)
- Deniz Harut, Founder of Gender Score and Sustainable Finance Executive Director, Standard Chartered
- Gary Xia, CTO, Shanghai Binary Food Tech Co.
- Jean Chawapiwa, Country Director, South Africa, WEConnect International
- Maria Bobenrieth, Executive Director, Women Win and co-founder of Win-Win Strategies
- Susan Tew, Strategic Sourcing, Diversity and Inclusion, Standard Chartered
Wednesday 15 July (World Youth Skills Day)
In this session, we will focus on gaining a deep understanding of the skills needed for jobs of the future and what concrete actions particularly from the business community are needed to support youth skills development. Examples of impactful activity and options for scale to support more young people into quality jobs will be discussed.
- Tracey McDermott, Group Head, Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing, Conduct, Financial Crime and Compliance, Standard Chartered (Moderator)
- Beccy Davies, Skills and Youth Employment Policy Adviser, Department for International Development, UK Government
- Carolina Perez, CEO, STEM Hive
- Eunice Esther Nyadoi, student and Goal entrepreneurship beneficiary, Uganda
- Kesia Hudson, Interim Executive Director, Zahn Innovation Center, Managing Director, Standard Chartered Women's Entrepreneurship Program
- Ketan Deshpande, Founder & CEO, Fuel India
- Susana Puerto-Gonzalez, Senior Youth Employment Specialist, International Labour Organization
- Suzanne Biegel, Co-Founder, GenderSmart Investing Summit