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Speaker Programme

DAY 1 – 19 NOVEMBER
MIDDLE EAST YOUTH EXPO 2019

 

MC: Hassan Alsheikh, Radio Host and TV/YouTube Personality

Main Theatre

09:00 – 09:30

OPENING CEREMONY

 

Welcome

Hassan Alsheikh, Radio Host and TV/YouTube Personality

 

Piano Performance

Laurence De Guzman, Emirates Autism Awareness Ambassador

 

Keynote

His Excellency Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors, Dubai Cares

 

Opening Announcement

Anthony Ford-Shubrook, UN Young Leader for the SDGS and Youth Ambassador for AbleChildAfrica

09:30 – 09:50

ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY

 

Emily Penn, Skipper and Ocean Advocate. Founder of Exxpedition. Sky Ocean Rescue Ambassador & Advisor

09:50 – 10:10

DIGITAL, TECH & MEDIA

 

Tech for Good

 

Martin Adams, UKs Top 100 Entrepreneurs by Maserati and a Top 50 UK Innovator by Penrose. CEO of Codec.ai

10:10 – 10:30

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

 

Alia Al Mansoori, Genes in Space UAE Competition Winner, Loaded onto the August 2017 SPACEX CRS-12 Mission. Founder of Emirati Astronaut

10:30 – 10:50

HEALTH & WELLBEING

 

Teens to think before sending hurtful messages

 

Trisha Prabhu, Founder of Rethink, a social enterprise that’s working to end online hate

10:50 – 11:10

EDUCATION & TRAINING

 

Phil Knight, Founder, Just Enough and Blah

11:10 – 11:30

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Samar Samir Mezghanni, Tunisian/Iraqi Writer and Speaker. United Nations Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

13:00 – 13:20

ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY

 

Karim El Jisr, Executive Director, SEE INSTITUTE

13:20 – 13:40

EDUCATION & TRAINING

 

Ronald Lalonde, Regional Manager of The Institute of Positive Education and Founder of Riverspath Coaching and Consulting

13:40 – 14:00

HEALTH & WELLBEING

 

Amna Al Haddad, Sports Pioneer, Journalist, Mental Health Advocate

14:00 – 14:20

TOLERANCE, RESILIENCE & HAPPINESS

 

NGO Women & Democracy

 

Safaath Ahmed Zahir, Social Entrepreneur, Financial Analyst & Women’s Rights Advocate

14:20 – 14:40

TOLERANCE, RESILIENCE & HAPPINESS

 

Nathan Hull, Australia’a Number 1 High School Motivational Speaker

14:40 – 15:00

ART, FASHION & CULTURE

 

How to be a Simple Superstar

 

Wilbur Sargunaraj, Founder of Worldwide Wilbur, inspiring people across the world that we can all be ‘simple superstars’

Theatre 1

09:30 – 10:30 WORKSHOP

HEALTH & WELLBEING

 

Lama Younis, Founder, Hissah Enrichment Centre

10:30 – 11:30 WORKSHOP

ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY

 

Navigating our way towards a plastic free ocean

 

Emily Penn, Skipper and Ocean Advocate. Founder of Exxpedition. Sky Ocean Rescue Ambassador & Advisor

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

13:00 – 14:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

DIGITAL, TECH & MEDIA

 

Your digital tech driven world

 

Moderator

Martin Adams, UKs Top 100 Entrepreneurs by Maserati and a Top 50 UK Innovator by Penrose. CEO of Codec.ai

 

Panelists

Hameed Youssef, Pioneer Ambassador Digital, Technology and Media MEYE 2019 and member of the Youth Media Council

Trisha Prabhu, Founder, ReThink

Hamad Alaydaroos, Youth Media Council Member

 

14:00 – 15:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

HEALTH & WELLBEING

 

Think before you post!

 

Moderator

Lama Younis, Founder, Hissah Enrichment Centre

 

Panelists

George Hodgson, Fashion-preneur and mental health campaigner. Founder of Fashion Brand ‘Maison de Choup’               

Trisha Prabhu, Founder of Rethink, a social enterprise that’s working to end online hate

Maryam Ehsani, International Child Rights Advisor for the UN. Founder and CEO Child Safe Me

Theatre 2

09:30 – 10:30 WORKSHOP

EDUCATION & TRAINING

 

Phil Knight, Founder, Just Enough and Blah

10:30 – 11:30 PANEL DISCUSSION

GOVERNMENT & SOCIETY

 

Why the UN Sustainable development goals matter

 

Moderator

Maryam Ehsani, International Child Rights Advisor for UN. Founder and CEO Child Safe Me

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

13:00 – 14:00 WORKSHOP

TOLERANCE, RESILIENCE & HAPPINESS

 

Nathan Hull, Australia’s Number 1 High School Motivational Speaker

14:00 – 15:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Why ethical sourcing matters in business

 

Moderator

Phil Knight, Founder, Just Enough and Blah

 

Panelists

Sam Achampong, Head of CIPS MENA, FCIPS

Taryn Hipwell, Founder, Beyond the Label

Kyle Parsons, Founder, Indosole

Sara Abdellatif Omer, Account Director, FCIPS 

Theatre 3

09:30 – 10:30 PANEL DISCUSSION

ART, FASHION & CULTURE

 

Can fashion be responsible?

 

Panelists

George Hodgson, Fashion-preneur and Mental Health Campaigner, Founder, Maison de Choup

Kyle Parsons, Founder, Indosole

Mariska Nell, Interior Designer

10:30 – 11:30 WORKSHOP

ART, FASHION & CULTURE

 

Wilbur Sargunaraj, Founder of Worldwide Wilbur, inspiring people across the world that we can all be ‘simple superstars’

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

13:00 – 14:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY

 

My planet, my community, my choice

 

Moderator

Emily Penn, Skipper and Ocean Advocate. Founder of Exxpedition. Sky Ocean Rescue Ambassador & Advisor

 

Panelists

Kekhashan Basu, Winner of 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Founder of Green Hope Foundation

Karim A Jisr, Executive Director, SEE INSTITUTE

Edurne Gil De San Vicente, Programs Director, The Water Alliance Association

14:00 – 15:00 WORKSHOP

ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY

 

Kekhashan Basu, Winner of 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Founder of Green Hope Foundation

DAY 2 – 20 NOVEMBER – ARABIC
MIDDLE EAST YOUTH EXPO 2019

 

MC: Hassan Alsheikh, Radio Host and TV/YouTube Personality

Main Theatre

09:30 – 09:50

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Taim Al Falasi, Internet Film Maker, Vlogger & Founder, Taim Alfalasi Network

09:50 – 10:10

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

 

Alia Al Mansoori, Genes in Space UAE Competition Winner, Loaded onto the August 2017 SPACEX CRS-12 Mission. Founder of Emirati Astronaut

10:10 – 10:30

BUSINESS & ENTEPRENEURSHIP

 

Anas Bukhash, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Ahdaaf Sports Club and Founder of Bukhash Brothers, Chalk, and Buke

10:30 – 10:50

EDUCATION & TRAINING

 

Preparing for tomorrow today!

 

Marwa Kassem, Learning & Training Consultant, Empowering Women and Youth Everywhere

10:50 – 11:10

SPORTS, LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Zahra Lari, Emirati Figure Skater

11:10 – 11:30

DIGITAL, TECH & MEDIA

 

Hassan Al Sheikh, Radio Host and TV/YouTube Personality

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

13:00 – 13:20

TOLERANCE, RESILIENCE & HAPPINESS

 

Fatma Al Jassim, Member of the advisory council for empowering people of determination, First Emirati youth delegate at the UN Conferences Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and the Global Disability Summit

13:20 – 13:40

SPORTS, LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Jarah Al Hawamdeh, Mountaineer & Campaigner for Refugees and Cancer Patients

13:40 – 14:00

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Heba Sayed, Marketing Manager, IBM MEA 

14:00 – 14:20

SPORTS, LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Dolores Shellah, First Arab woman to scale the Mt. Everest from the Northeast Ridge, working with Sustainable City Dubai to raise awareness for the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals

14:20 – 14:40

 

Maryam Farag, Leader of the CSR Programme, MBC Group

14:40 – 15:00

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

Theatre 1

09:30 – 10:30 WORKSHOP

TOLERANCE, RESILIENCE & HAPPINESS

 

Hang out in the dark

This engaging workshop aims to promote acceptance, tolerance and inclusion, which ultimately form the fabric of a healthy society that is founded on the individual’s right to happiness and well-being. Through a series of fun activities, interactive discussion, and immersive techniques, participants will explore and reflect on what it means to live happily and independently, regardless of external circumstances. The workshop’s main message is that in this increasingly fast paced world, with challenges around every corner, only those equipped with creativity, patience, and resilience will thrive.

 

Shaimaa Ibrahim, Advocate for the rights for people with disability and empowerment of visually impaired women in Egypt

Amena Elsaie, Co-Founder of Helm Foundation & CEO Helm Consulting Pioneering Non-Profit focussing on empowering persons with disabilities

10:30 – 11:30 WORKSHOP

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Taim Al Falasi, Internet Film Maker, Vlogger & Founder, Taim Alfalasi Network

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

13:00 – 14:00 WORKSHOP

HEALTH & WELLBEING

 

Hanan Al Samak, Author and Self-Development Coach

14:00 – 15:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

 

5 Big questions: The Future of Science

 

Panelists

Alia Al Mansoori, Genes in Space UAE Competition Winner, Loaded onto the August 2017 SPACEX CRS-12 Mission. Founder of Emirati Astronaut

Dr. Ghanim Kashwani, Post-Doctoral Associate, NYU Abu Dhabi

Mohammed Al Nuaimi, Youth Scientist and Ambassador of the Future

Theatre 2

09:30 – 10:30 PANEL DISCUSSION

EDUCATION & TRAINING

 

Education X

The world of education and learning is changing at lightening speed. What are the latest discoveries in ‘how we learn’ and how to capitalize on the various technological advances available, while still maintaing our ability to interact together as humanity goes into unchartered territories where no one has gone before!

 

Moderator

Marwa Kassem, Learning and Training Consultant, Empowering Women and Youth Everywhere

10:30 – 11:30 PANEL DISCUSSION

SPORTS, LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Developing a sporting mindset to achieve wider goals

 

Panelists

Zahra Lari, Emirati Figure Skater

Jarah Al Hawamdeh, Mountaineer & Campaigner for Refugees and Cancer Patients

Dolores Shellah, First Arab woman to scale the Mt. Everest from the Northeast Ridge, working with Sustainable City Dubai to raise awareness for the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

13:00 – 14:00 WORKSHOP

ART, FASHION & CULTURE

 

Rehab Eldalil, Documentary Photographer and Co-Founder of Catherine Exists; an initiative that empowers Bedouin communities in South Sinai

14:00 – 15:00 WORKSHOP

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Social Entrepreneurship: Discover your passion and path to change the world    

Ever dream of changing the world or making a real impact? You are invited to roll up your sleeves and join a workshop that will take you through a roadmap of how to change lives of people around the world. Based on Amena’s experience as CEO of a social enterprise, this workshop will also feature stories of persons of determination who have created their own social entrepreneurship. This interactive learning experience will give you an overview of social entrepreneurship. You’ll begin to identify a problem you care about, understand the considerations needed for making an impact, while being financial viable and sustainable, and learn about how various entrepreneurs have scaled their social enterprises.

                                     

Amena Elsaie, Co-Founder of Helm Foundation & CEO Helm Consulting Pioneering Non-Profit focussing on empowering persons with disabilities

Theatre 3

09:30 – 10:30 PANEL DISCUSSION

GOVERNMENT & SOCIETY

 

Engaging communities for a better world

 

Panelists

Abdullah Al Shehhi, Dubai Cares

Hamad Alaydaroos, Youth Media Council Member

10:30 – 11:30 PANEL DISCUSSION

TOLERANCE, RESILIENCE & HAPPINESS

 

The Power of Determination

 

Panelists

Mohammed Alaydaroos, Associate Sustainability Pavilion Ambassador, Expo 2020

Shaimaa Ibrahim, Advocate for the rights for people with disability and empowerment of visually impaired women in Egypt

Fatma Al Jassim, Member of the advisory council for empowering people of determination, First Emirati youth delegate at the UN Conferences Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and the Global Disability Summit

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

13:00 – 13:20 PRESENTATION

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Amena Elsaie, Co-Founder of Helm Foundation & CEO Helm Consulting Pioneering Non-Profit focussing on empowering persons with disabilities

13:20 – 13:40 PRESENTATION

TOLERANCE, RESILIENCE & HAPPINESS

 

Paradigms & Perceptions

How do we see the world at large, others who are ‘unlike/different from us’ and our own self-perception etc. This will hit on many of the event’s themes including tolerance, well-being, society and global citizenship etc.

 

Shaimaa Ibrahim, Advocate for the rights for people with disability and empowerment of visually impaired women in Egypt

13:40 – 14:00 PRESENTATION

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Noor Al Obaid, Kuwaiti Human Rights Activist and Founder of non-profit organisation, Bake and Educate

14:00 – 14:20 PRESENTATION

TOLERANCE, RESILIENCE & HAPPINESS

 

Positivity and gratitude

 

Mohammed Alaydaroos, Associate Sustainability Pavilion Ambassador, Expo 2020

14:20 – 14:40 PRESENTATION

GOVERNMENT & SOCIETY

 

Hamad Alaydaroos, Youth Media Council Member

14:40 – 15:00 PRESENTATION

HEALTH & WELLBEING

 

Hala Kazim, Social entrepreneur and life coach, most influential Arab woman on social media by both Google and the United Nations

DAY 3 – 21 NOVEMBER
MIDDLE EAST YOUTH EXPO 2019

 

MC: Khalid Al Ameri, Emirati Vlogger, bringing the world closer, one video at a time

Main Theatre

OPENING ADDRESS: Globalization of Compassion and Youth

Kailash Satyarthi, MEYE’s Ambassador of Honour, Nobel Peace Laureate

09:30 – 09:50 ART, FASHION & CULTURE

 

Mariah Idrissi, First Muslim Hijab wearing H&M Model

09:50 – 10:10 BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Financial inclusion for 3,000 farmers

 

Rita Kimani, Co-Founder, Farmdrive

10:10 – 10:30 ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY

 

Kehkashan Basu, Winner of 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Founder of Green Hope Foundation

10:30 – 10:50 ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY

 

Ankit Kawatra, Founder & President of Feeding India, Forbes 30 under 30, United Nations Ambassador

Srishti Jain, Founder, Feeding India

10:50 – 11:10 SCIENCE & ENGINEERING  

 

Dr. Dennis Hong, Korean American mechanical engineer and roboticist, RoMeLa

11:10 – 11:30 GOVERNMENT & SOCIETY

 

TBC

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

13:00 – 13:20 ART, FASHION & CULTURE

 

Noorin Khamisani, Faculty Member, DIDI

13:20 – 13:40 BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Kyle Parsons, Founder, Indosole

13:40 – 14:00 DIGITAL, TECH & MEDIA

 

Tech to impact the environment using apps

 

Arabella Willing, Marine Biologist, Conservation Education Team at Emirates Nature – WWF and Co-Chair of the Abu Dhabi Chapter of Emirates Natural History Group

14:00 – 14:20 SPORTS, LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT

 

TBC

14:20 – 14:40 TOLERANCE, RESILIENCE & HAPPINESS

 

Safaath Ahmed Zahir, Social Entrepreneur, Financial Analyst & Women’s Rights Advovate

14:40 – 15:00 GOVERNMENT & SOCIETY

 

Community engagement

 

Arwa Al Ali, Head of NQA Youth Council, National Qualification Authority

Theatre 1

09:30 – 10:30 PANEL DISCUSSION

EDUCATION & TRAINING

 

Changing the status quo for a positive future

 

Moderator

Ronald Lalonde, Regional Manager of The Institute of Positive Education and Founder of Riverspath Coaching and Consulting

 

Panelists

Amodini Choudhary, Member of the Dubai Future Council for Education

10:30 – 11:30 WORKSHOP

EDUCATION & TRAINING

 

Ronald Lalonde, Regional Manager of The Institute of Positive Education and Founder of Riverspath Coaching and Consulting

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

13:00 – 14:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY

 

How social ventures can change the world

 

Moderator

Ankit Kawatra, Founder & President of Feeding India, Forbes 30 under 30, United Nations Ambassador

 

Panelists

Srishti Jain, Founder, Feeding India

Edurne Gil De San Vincent, Programs Director, The Water Alliance Association

Kehkashan Basu, Winner of 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Founder of Green Hope Foundation

14:00 – 15:00 WORKSHOP

ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY

 

Kehkashan Basu, Winner of 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Founder of Green Hope Foundation

Theatre 2

09:30 – 10:30 WORKSHOP

TOLERANCE, RESILIENCE & HAPPINESS

 

Safaath Ahmed Zahir, Social Entrepreneur, Financial Analyst & Women’s Rights Advocate

10:30 – 11:30 PANEL DISCUSSION

ART, FASHION & CULTURE

 

Cultural intelligence: Breaking Barriers

 

Panelists

Wilbur Sargunaraj, Founder of Worldwide Wilbur, inspiring people across the world that we can all be ‘simple superstars’

Eric Lentz, Senior Vice President and Artistic Director, Up With People

Walter Belcher, Director of Camp, Up With People

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

13:00 – 14:00 WORKSHOP

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

 

Dennis Hong, Korean American mechanical engineer and roboticist, RoMeLa

14:00 – 15:00 WORKSHOP

ART, FASHION & CULTURE

 

Circular Fashion

This workshop takes the concept of a circularity and applies it to the field of fashion.  Participants will learn how to design for the circular economy, with a special focus on life cycle thinking and circular design decisions.  By exploring existing garments as a starting point, learners will understand how to move from linear (take, make, waste) to circular thinking.

 

Noorin Khamisani, Faculty Member, DIDI

Theatre 3

09:30 – 10:30 PANEL DISCUSSION

SPORTS, LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Sports for a cause

 

Panelists

Amna Al Haddad, Sports Pioneer, Journalist, Mental Health Advocate

Nick Watson, Former Royal Marine and Fitness Expert, #TEAMANGELWOLF

10:30 – 11:00 WORKSHOP

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Assia Riccio, Founder of social enterprise, Evolvin’ Women

11:00 – 11:30 WORKSHOP

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Amena Elsaie, Co-Founder of Helm Foundation & CEO Helm Consulting Pioneering Non-Profit focussing on empowering persons with disabilities

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

13:00 – 14:00 WORKSHOP

GOVERNMENT & SOCIETY

 

Arwa Al Ali, Head of NQA Youth Council, National Qualification Authority

14:00 – 15:00 WORKSHOP

HEALTH & WELLBEING

 

Staying safe online

 

Maryam Ehsani, International Child Rights Advisor for UN. Founder and CEO Child Safe Me