september, 2021

04sep11:0012:30Event OverFeaturedVirtual EventOpen Forum: ECONOMY - Effective Youth Employment and Innovation as a Key to a Worldwide Economic BloomKenneth Kwok, Edison Gbenga Ade, Martin Stavenhagen, and Aurora Chiste11:00 - 12:30 Event Type :Day 1

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The term “open forum” refers to the open exchange of ideas and information, usually to better the common good. During the open forum on the theme of Economy, we will be discussing Effective Youth Employment and Innovation as a Key to a Worldwide Economic Bloom.

Bring ideas, stories, ideas for a way to address the issue of Youth Employment and Innovation and the many ways this issue is being addressed in our own communities. Take the floor, share your thoughts and network with like-minded youth.

In order to ensure the best possible conversations, panellists will be joining us. The panellists have experience in the field of discussion and will allow for a high calibre debate.

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Kenneth Kwok: Mr. Kenneth Kwok is the Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Capital, an impact-oriented healthcare, biotech, logistics, technology and education focused multi-family office investment venture based out of Hong Kong. It also facilitates one-stop-shop, off-shore and cross-border financial investment and asset management solutions to investors from more than 12 countries across Asia, Middle East and Europe.

Kenneth has worked over 10 years across UBS Investment Bank, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs in the investment banking and equities divisions. He studied at Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School of Business), speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and conversational French. He has lived in Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Tokyo, Vancouver, Philadelphia, New York and London.

He is passionate about social impact work through his Better Together Foundation, which supports minority communities and youth entrepreneurship related initiatives across Asia, and about well-being through his Co-President role at Asia World Anti-Aging and Well-Being Association (“AWAWA”). He is deeply passionate about United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and is a UNDP SDG Accelerator Labs Mentor.

Aurora Chiste: Aurora is the founder of global fashion brand Maakola and the energy company Ray Power Africa, both created to generate a real and tangible impact, while promoting a new idea of wealth at the same time. Born in Venice, Italy, Aurora moved to Silicon Valley during her undergraduate studies. On gaining a bachelor’s degree in communication, she started her professional journey at Beintoo, an Italian social gamification platform. In 2012, while still in San Francisco, Aurora founded the nonprofit Hack for Big Choices. Bringing together tech, innovation and communities, the company was intended to bridge the innovation gap, using the power of entrepreneurship to overcome the development barriers by supporting grassroots initiatives. Meanwhile, In the same year, Aurora became a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. Seeking change, and thirsty for discovery, in 2015 Aurora found herself based in Ghana. Here, she became an advisor at Impact Hub Accra, and a year later, she co-launched the Health Innovation Center in the city. Her next step was to join BlueSPACE Africa, which provides financial technology integration. Through this organization, Aurora dedicated herself to helping small and medium businesses (SMEs) develop new financial solutions and facilitate inclusion and trade. Although Aurora soon realised that data infrastructure was fundamental to driving business and innovation; Ghana clearly lacked such tools. In response, she launched a spinoff of Orb Intelligence—a San Francisco-based firmographic data provider—to bridge this gap. It was during this period of change and innovation in 2015 that Aurora founded Maakola as a side project. She was growing and empowering an entire community, but nothing in the closet matched her values and personality. In 2018 Aurora brought together everything she’d learned to launch Ray Power Africa. The company would use energy as a driver of change through business model experimentation and by developing the market for such essential services. To create impact at the local level and meaningfully support local communities of changemakers, Aurora also serves as an advisor to Impact Hub New York Metropolitan Area. Using its global connections, the Hub currently focuses on advancing action to reach the Sustainable Development Goals in the post-pandemic world through programs designed to help impactful ideas take off.

Edison Gbenga Ade: Inspire businesses and people to reach peak performance. Loves to think outside the box and try new things. Director at The Founder Institute. The World’s largest pre seed accelerator. https://www.fi.co
Managing Consultant at Bloop Global. Full end-end capability: From business strategy consulting to process redesign and management to web and mobile applications development. Bloopglobal.com
I am also a Tech Evangelist. I teach people how to code. Trained more than 3000 people so far. The goal is 50,000 people in the next five years.
Serial entrepreneur, spoken word artist. God driven.

Martin Stavenhagen: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to travel long, go together.”
Passionate about bringing people together for sustainable development, net-zero pathways, and thriving cities and societies. Supporting co-creation of circular, collaborative, innovative cities, communities, and companies/startups. Open to collaboration to make an impact together.

Co-founder and Director of Get Circular with SD Consulting. Policy consultant, facilitator/trainer and project manager with 12 years of experience researching and implementing sustainable development and capacity building in Asia and Europe. Focus on climate innovation, circular economy, environmental policy, urban governance and innovative cities, and capacity building for sustainable development.

Coordinated several German technical cooperation (ODA) projects in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, in the areas of quality infrastructure and standards, environmental measurements and solar energy. Project management and field research in Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Netherlands, Sweden, and Singapore.

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