Emerging Leaders Conference

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is designed for young people and offers discussions, lectures, and training on topics relevant to ongoing international policy debates. The Emerging Leaders Conference happens every year in the following regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America. Each WYA Region holds a local ELC.

Contact education@wya.net for more information or click the regional tabs to view the details of your regional ELC event.

Overarching Theme

The theme this 2016 is Population & Environment. Each region has developed a theme for their conference that addresses issues or concepts regarding the population and environment that is relevant to the region.

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The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event that brings together young people from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues. The 2016 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is the seventh to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa.

The conference will be conducted in English and will have sign-language interpretation.

The 2016 conference will take place at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya from Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th November, 2016.

Extended Application Deadline : Tuesday 1st November 2016

Extended Payment deadline : Monday 7th November 2016

Theme

The theme for the 2016 ELC is People and Environment : Sharing Youth Innovation and Best Practices.

Africa’s youth make up more than 75% of Africa’s population. The youth are the future of Africa and we need to rise up and take charge of societies around us, taking active part in the life of society. We need to be empowered in education that directly develops the best in us, ethics, and skills in order to flourish and reach our full potential, and thereby guarantee free and just societies.

AELC 2015 Delegates Testimonials

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 Hiba Abuelgasim, Sudan

“ELC Africa was a tremendous experience that enabled me to meet and interact with youth and emerging leaders from all over Africa. This experience made me feel and see that the dream of the Africa we want will definitely come true by the collective and integrated efforts of those bright young Africans.As in this era of globalization, people start to develop a common culture and values. It is our responsibility the youth and the future leaders to shape these shared culture and values through interacting and communicating in a global and international manner such as in the ELC to be able to direct the future of this global humanity into a safe, sustainable and prosper life.”

Patricia Ahawo Gwambo, Kenya

“The Africa ELC for me was a refreshing experience. It positively impacted me from the engagement with other young Africans, the open discussions and the learning sessions. Furthermore this period served to draw me close to WYA and her mandate as I gained a greater insight on the deeper need for dignity, solidarity and life; all these are intertwined with the mundane of what it is to be a person. I look forward to ELC 2016, viva WYA!”

Sarah Ogbewey, Nigeria

“The Africa ELC held at Strathmore University Nairobi, Kenya was a greatly thrilling and exciting experience for me. This was my first trip to another African country.  The conference was a real eye-opener for me and for many of my new friends that I met at the conference.  Note the inclusion of spiritual and family components, which is the hallmark and one of the back-bones of our African society and which has kept us strong thus far. I learnt concepts like the ‘inalienable dignity of the person’ and how it can be attained and violated, the need to respect our universe/environment, and life’s purpose. All our speakers and panellists were well versed in their fields and laid out their points clearly with a lot of humour, such that I left the conference feeling like a new “me”. Could I ask for a better conference? No. It was awesome.”

Moses Yahmia, Liberia

“I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to WYA Africa for giving me the opportunity to have participated in the 2015 ELC. The conference, as it was my first experience being out of my country Liberia, was an eye opener for me. I became a different person when I returned to my motherland. I no longer look at the continent Africa and the world in generally from the perspective of my Liberian cultural orientations. I now take into consideration the unique cultures of my fellow African counterparts from over ten countries on the continent. I have understood human dignity from an informed point of view. I have realized my potential as a young person and my role in my society which I think will help in shaping the future of my country, Africa and the world at large. I once again want to extol the WYAA for such a unique educative platform. Thanks!”

John Bangwe, Zambia

“The 2015 Africa ELC was informative and full of thought provoking insights on issues pertaining to youth empowerment on the African continent. For me, the epitome was the interactions among emerging African leaders from diverse walks of life. The common element I saw was the generation of young people with passion, drive and desire to invest their talents and skills for the better Africa. The next generation of leaders who are willing to think, believe, dream and dare in all their endeavours. Thanks to the organisers, it was a worthwhile experience!”

James Leonard Magumba, Tanzania

“At the 2015 Africa ELC, I found something more valuable than my initial expectations. The diverse group of young leaders from different countries and cultures was so integrative and promising. I was motivated, challenged and transformed through this educative initiative,  Human dignity is all what is needed to shape our Continent – Africa! Now i work on every strategy i heard at ELC – Africa and use every skills i gained at ELC to be a brightest future Leader of my continent Africa and impact others!! I’m very happy to be part of this unique experience and for the opportunity to meet outstanding people. Thanks to ELC – Africa Organizers.”

Sylvia Kakyo, Uganda

“First and foremost I would like to thank you all the WYA Team for the memorable event that you organized. 2015 ELC in African was one of its kind with best organizers ever hence fulfilling all my expectations.  ELC provided me with new skills on promoting the dignity of a person which matches with my education interest as well as my passion as someone who is passionate about human rights and child education. I managed to network with other emerging young leaders who have already made a difference in their respective communities and we committed to collaborate in different projects. Furthermore ELC has opened up doors for me whereby I was selected to participate in the Young African Leaders Initiative program at the regional level; a program that was initiated by Barrack Obama. All these come due to the skills and knowledge I got from our best and experienced speakers during the ELC 2015. It will always be an experience to remember!”

Performers

Spell Cast with WYA Africa Regional Director

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Speakers

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Dr Luis G. Franceschi LLB, LLM, LLD

Dean of Strathmore Law School

Luis G. Franceschi holds an LL.B, LL.M and LL.D with a Cum Laude thesis on The African Human Rights Judicial System: A Proposal for Streamlining Structures and Domestication Mechanisms Viewed from the Foreign Affairs Power Perspective. He is French by descend, Venezuelan by birth and Kenyan by choice, having spent most of his life in Kenya. He is the founding dean of Strathmore Law School, where he also lectures Constitutional and International Law.

He has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed books and articles on law and ethics. His latest publications are: The African Human Rights Judicial System, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in February 2014, and The Constitution of Kenya 2010: A Commentary, a 900-page commentary on the Constitution of Kenya, co-authored with Prof PLO Lumumba and published in July 2014. He has also taught leadership executive courses in more than 15 countries. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Strathmore Business School since its foundation.

He is member of several boards, Chairman of the Board of the Ethics Institute of East Africa, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Annual Ethics Conferences since 2004, and Chairman of A.L.L. Foundation. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors of the International Association of Law Schools (IALS) based at Cornell Law School, NY, a Member of the Board of Sosian Energy, a Member of the Advisory Council of the International Justice Commission (The Hague) and a Member of the Board of Transparency International.

He has been a Governing Council Delegate (Governing Council – UNEP and UNCHS) and the Legal Advisor to the President of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme, where he co-drafted the UN Nairobi Declaration. He was also a Country Representative at the 7th and the 4th Global Training Program on Environmental Law & Policy (United Nations Environment Program). He is a certified ISO auditor.

Dr Franceschi is also a Member of the team of experts Peer Reviewers of the Council of Legal Education (Kenya) and the Commission for University Education. He has been a Consultant for the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs, the Constitution Implementation Commission, the National Cohesion Commission and the National Economic and Social Council (Office of the President), where he was a founding member of the National Values Committee, the Ministry of Education, The World Bank, and other national and international bodies.

Dr Franceschi has been a speaker at more than 500 forums, stakeholders’ workshops, law and leadership conferences and training programmes organised throughout the world. He is a weekly columnist with the Daily Nation and he likes mountain climbing expeditions and has reached Point Lenana on Mt Kenya at 5000 Meters ASL (5 times), Uhuru Peak on Kilimanjaro at 5895 Meters ASL, and the Rwenzori Mountains circuit (Uganda-Congo). He speaks English and Spanish, and reads Italian and Portuguese.

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Sen. Godliver Omondi

Senator Godliver Nanjira Omondi is a nominated senator representing people with disabilities in the Kenya Senate. Previously, she served as the elected national chairperson for the United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK), an umbrella organization for all disabled people organizations (DPOs) in the country. She held that position for two terms up to early 2015, when she stood down due to UDPK’s constitution setting two-term limit. She is currently the patron of UDPK.

She is a member of the following Senate and Joint (comprising of members from both the Senate and the National Assembly) committees:

  • Delegated Legislation Committee (Sessional)
  • Health Committee
  • Library and Broadcasting Services Committee (Joint)
  • Equal Opportunities & National Cohesion Committee (Joint).

She is also a founder member of the Kenya Disabled Parliamentarians (KEDIPA) a caucus bringing together elected and nominated political leaders from the Parliament and county assemblies and also a founder member of Kenya Women Parliamentarians (KEWOPA),which brings together elected and nominated women parliamentarians from both the senate and the national assembly.

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Mariam Auma Okuku

Is a Kenyan native,  married with four children, currently pursuing a PHD in Finance university of Nairobi, She did MBA, University of Nairobi, Finance option. She did Statistics at Moi University. She has also done other professional courses among others, Credit management, part of CPA and certificate of proficiency in Insurance.

She enjoys motivating the youths on goal setting, personal Financial planning and helping them to exploit their full potential as entrepreneurs and inventors. She is passionate about making a difference in the society by sharing with the needy spiritually, economically and socially.

She is currently the Finance director of Flaxem systems enterprises, Unit manager at ICEALION group. Former board member of Kenya Girl Guide association as a honorary Treasurer in charge of Finance. She was a trustee of Delmonte pension scheme where she developed vast experience in dealing with orphaned families hence children. What gets Mariam excited is when she touches a needy child, for through that she changes her small world. Her best quote is ‘Plant very many trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit under’

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Biwott Tirop

Biwott Tirop is an alumni of University of Nairobi having undertaken and completed a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning there in 2011 and currently pursuing a MSC in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

He is an entrepreneur at heart and has since October 2016 taken over as the CEO of Lions of Good Times Ltd a Real Estate Company where he is responsible for setting strategic goals, objectives, budgets, policies, and procedures to enhance company market share, profitability and return on investment. In addition he set departments’ high-level goals, objectives then plans and work with them on attaining such goals by closely monitoring their operations.

He also is engaged actively as a Group Project Officer with FEP Holdings Ltd, undertaking major projects in construction that include ; a 4-Star Hotel in Sagana (Ksh. 1.6 billion), Infrastructure development  for Kisima Park Lukenya (Mixed use development) – 200 million and construction of a 4-star hotel – Narok (1.2 billion at Design stage).

He has also worked as the Project Manager at Kisima Real Estate Ltd and on international projects with Planner Geo Info Africa Ltd, with a core project in Rwanda in Runda, Kamonyi and Ruhango that were flagged of by the Mayor.

As part of Community development he has been actively involved in the preparation of strategic development plan for Kiharu constituency (2010-2030). The plan was launched on 19th of April 2012.

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Terry Wafula Rimita

Terry is a recognized authority and results orientated Senior Management and Leadership Professional with over sixteen years’ professional experience in the ICT Industry. She has held various leadership and management positions within leading organizations in the ICT sector. Her areas of expertise are Strategy & Innovation, Business Development, Customer Experience & Customer Management, Service Delivery and Optimization, Project Management among others.

She is a seasoned relationship builder, developing high value, long term relationship with customer by having discussions around their business, understanding their business requirements and proposing innovations that drive change and that ensure businesses continue to remain relevant and successful by realizing the full value of their investment.

She is especially passionate about Entrepreneurship and Innovation with a continuous openness to learning and growth.

She is holds a Global Executive Master of Business Administration from USIU-A and Columbia Business School (New York) and a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration for USIU – A.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation 9th Nov-2016 by Terry Wafula Rimita

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Celestine Lidede Ukpere

Celestine is the Business development lead for Rekindle Learning. She recently concluded as country head consulting for Livity Africa on the pilot of the Google led initiative of imparting digital literacy skills http://www.forbes.com/sites/tobyshapshak/2016/04/13/googles-1m-digify-training-plan-to-build-digital-skills-in-africa/#52170f8d11b6. The Livity project was a great success with Livity delivering 70,000+ trainees across the continent, with Celestine as the Kenya project head training 17,000+ people in Kenya with a team of 3 people on ground. Her role included TTT and delivering the curriculum to identified diverse partners in large numbers. With a career spanning across various industries in Telecommunication (Tecontra, Nairobi, Kenya), Retail (Woolworths, Lagos, Nigeria, Technology (Bozza.Mobi StartUp, (Cape Town, South Africa), Rekindle Learning ( Cape Town, South Africa) and Digital Training Literacy Skills as Country head Livity Africa (Google) (Nairobi, Kenya).

Celestine has over fourteen years of practical experience in personal growth & motivation, research, business development and youth training. She has worked in extensive environments all over Africa in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. She is passionate about marketing and promoting personal development and improving life styles through embracing and incorporating Technology, Training and through entrepreneurship. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Marketing at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Marketing Consultancy with special emphasis on the business development of businesses on the continent. Her current doctorate topic is THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY BY AFRICAN WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND IN CHANGING BUSINESS THROUGH M-COMMERCE/E-COMMERCE/TECHNOLOGY. For her this is a journey she  is proud of as she is aware her story is an inspiration to both women and men entrepreneurs in general to be proactive enough to embrace research train and learn what new technological and marketing tools can be of advantage to their ventures. Celestine has some publications are accessible through the following links:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Celestine_Ukpere/contributions

Schedule

Tuesday 8th November

Registration and payment confirmation of all delegates
Opening Remarks and Conference brief from World Youth Alliance
Introduction to the World Youth Alliance and WYA Programs

Opening Ceremony with performance from Spell Cast
Key Note Address from the Strathmore Law School
Performances

“Human Dignity : Advances in Human and Animal Health Sciences”
“Population trends, facts and myths : centering solution models on the human person ”

Wednesday 9th November

“Entrepreneurship & Innovation ; Building the Nation”
Panel Discussion on : “Entrepreneurship & Innovation : Sharing Best Practices ”

Panel Discussion on : “Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Working Together”
“Break-Out Session: Entrepreneurship & Innovation ”

Thursday 10th November

“Restoring & Maintaining Ecosystems ”
Speaker Presentation and Breakaway Sessions on “Understanding SDG’s Youth and Social Entrepreneurship”

Panel Discussion on : “Volunteerism & Mentorship”
Participants initiatives they’re leading and 2 testimonials from WYA alumni
“Social Media & Productivity : Generation 2.0 ”
Presentation of certificates and Closing Ceremony

Application Form

Fees & Payments

The three day conference will cost 4,500 KSHS (or 45 USD) for conference fees, the participant booklet, food, snacks and performances for the three-day conference.

Payments will be made upon WYA’s confirmation to attend the conference. Applicants are required to make payments on or before Monday 7th November 2016.

BY SAFARICOM’S MPESA

Through the World Youth Alliance Africa MPESA Paybill number by 3rd November 2016. MPESA Business Number is 559066, with account number as ELC.

By CHEQUE

To World Youth Alliance Africa, delivered on or before 7th November 2016.

BY WIRE TRANSFER

Please include the following information when making a wire transfer

Details of Payment: Emerging Leaders Conference 2016

Bank Name: Chase Bank (Kenya) Limited

Swift Code: CKENKENAXXX

Account Name: World Youth Alliance Africa

Account Number: 0011005361001

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Africa Emerging Leaders Conference?

The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (AELC) is an annual World Youth Alliance event that brings together youth from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues through lectures and discussions. In addition, a rich display of culture is enjoyed through the sessions at the conference.

Who is invited for the AELC?

Youth aged between 16 -30 years.

Why is it important and worthwhile?

This year’s theme will focus on the “Population and Environment : Sharing Youth Innovation and Best Practices”. It will enable youth to engage ideas that are of importance to young people on the continent of Africa to understand how we can contribute to a better Africa and in turn a better world in solidarity as the Africa Emerging Leaders.

What logistics will be provided?

All conference materials, lunch and snacks will be provided for the three days of the conference. All travel expenses and accommodation will be borne by the participants. WYA Africa will not finance accommodation. Guidance to the economical options available for accommodation will be communicated to participants in due course so as to enable secure and affordable days in Nairobi.

How will visas be processed for participants outside Kenya?

Kenya allows visa waivers for many countries. Please check with the Kenya Department of Immigration to confirm whether you require a visa or otherwise. Each participant will be required to have official travel documents (passports or other). Supporting documents from WYA Africa will be provided to enable an easy entry into Kenya through customs.

What is the cost of the Conference?

The conference will cost 4,500 Kenya Shillings (or 45 USD) per participant. This will cater for conference fees, the participant booklet, food, snacks and live perfomances for the three-day conference.

Where do I get the Application Form?

Find the application form here.

How do I make payments?

Payments will be made through the World Youth Alliance Africa MPESA Paybill number by Monday 7th November 2016 for our Kenya participants. Participants from other African countries, not residing in Kenya, shall pay through the payment means detailed above. WYA will send email confirmations to participants, upon selection.

Go to the MPESA menu. Under Paybill, Business Number is 559066, then proceed with account number as ELC.

What is the dress code for the conference?

The dress code will be either formal or business casual.

What important dates should I keep in mind?

Extended Application Deadline: Tuesday 1st November 2016

Extended Payment deadline: Monday 7th November 2016

Conference Dates: Tue 8th – Thur 10th November 2016

Inquiries

For any inquiries, reach us through africa@wya.net or directly call us through +254-202-508-626, +254 713 906 471. We look forward to meeting you and your friends soon in Nairobi.

The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event that brings together young people from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues. The 2015 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is the sixth to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa.

Theme of 2015

The theme for the 2015 ELC is Empowering Youth to Shape Africa’s Future.

Africa’s youth make up more than 75% of Africa’s population. The youth are the future of Africa and we need to rise up and take charge of societies around us, taking active part in the life of society. We need to be empowered in education that directly develops the best in us, ethics, and skills in order to flourish and reach our full potential, and thereby guarantee free and just societies.

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Speakers

Frida Owinga AELC 2015 Frida Owinga

Frida Owinga is the CEO and founder of PassionProfit. She is also an alumna of the Small Business Management from Small Business Advisory of Georgia, and United States International University, Goldman Sachs Women in Entrepreneurship program of Kenya. She is passionate about empowering women by providing them with business skills and mentoring. She is the Chairperson of Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT- Nairobi), CoVice President, Chapter Development of OWIT International Board, Director of Programs Women in Business at the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is the immediate former Vice President of AWEP Kenya.

Dr. Luis AELC 2015 Dr Luis G. Franceschi

He is the Dean of Strathmore Law School. He is French by descent, Venezuelan by birth and Kenyan by choice. He has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed books and articles on law and ethics. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Strathmore Business School since its foundation. He is member of several boards, Chairman of the Board of the Ethics Institute of East Africa, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Annual Ethics Conferences since 2004, and Chairman of A.L.L. Foundation. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors of the International Association of Law Schools (IALS) based at Cornell Law School, NY, a Member of the Board of Sosian Energy, a Member of the Advisory Council of the International Justice Commission (The Hague) and a Member of the Board of Transparency International. He has been a Governing Council Delegate (Governing Council – UNEP and UNCHS) and the Legal Advisor to the President of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme, where he co-drafted the UN Nairobi Declaration. He was also a Country Representative at the 7th and the 4th Global Training Program on Environmental Law & Policy (United Nations Environment Program). He is a certified ISO auditor. He is a weekly columnist with the Daily Nation and he likes mountain climbing expeditions.

Olivia Otieno AELC 2015 Olivia Otieno

Having led a few different lives in her career, Olivia’s experience makes her well suited for helping make Africa brighter with SunnyMoney solar lights. An award winning radio and television host/producer, Olivia was also a columnist for one of the top newspapers in East Africa. She has experience in sales & marketing, having held senior managerial positions in the hospitality industry. Olivia holds a B.A. in Psychology and a MSc. in Organizational Development. Her current role as Head of Marketing and Partnerships Development at SunnyMoney involves continuous interaction with media, NGOs and corporate organizations across the continent.

PerrinClark AELC 2015 Perrin Clark

Perrin Clark is the Co-Founder & CEO of The Dev School, Kenya’s first coding school with a mission of providing educational equality for all Africans through the power of learning to code. A native of Silicon Valley (USA), Perrin brings a rich background of public speaking, entrepreneurship, humanitarian and business development skills to his work in Africa. He is an advocate for social justice and equality and works worldwide to advance the causes of those underrepresented. His work at The Dev School provides a unique opportunity to impact an entire generation through digital literacy and job growth. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, spending time with his family and trying new foods. He holds a Bachelors in Intercultural Relations and he is currently pursuing a Masters in International Development & Urban Planning.

Dr. Wahome Ngare AELC 2015 Dr. Wahome Ngare

Dr. Wahome is an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist with a Masters of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Business Administration at Strathmore University. He a member of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association and a Member of the Life Committee of the ecumenical Kenya Christian Professionals Forum. He is the founder, principal share holder and Managing Director at Mercy Health Services Limited. He previously worked at the Kenyatta National Hospital and was the Chairman of the KMA SACCO. He is married and has three children.

Chambers Umezulike AELC 2015 Chambers Umezulike

Chambers Umezulike is a Nigerian, Writer, Youth Advocate, Community Development Worker and Activist. He is currently the Diaspora Youth Mobilizer of Next Generation Nigeria Summit. He was the Special Assistant to the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan to Nigeria. He has 3 books to his name including: Malcolm, a novel about the elements of African Politics and Revolution; The Metamorphoses Of Nigeria; and Foot-Prints of 50 Great Nigerians. He has written extensively on Youth Unemployment and Challenges; Africa’s Leadership and Development Crisis; Nigerian Education System; and Old Generation Failures. His articles and short fiction have been published in the Nigerian Guardian and Sun Newspapers; and literary blogs and websites including YNaija, NewsWireNgr etc. He is currently concluding his 2-year Master of Arts in Regional Development and International Studies at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies,
University of Nairobi, Kenya, on a university scholarship.

Julian Kyula Julian Kyula

Julian Kyula is co-founder and Group CEO of MODE Group, a FINTECH company with presence in 28 countries including the Middle East, UK, India and Africa and with access to over 300 million customers and growing. Julian Kyula is also the Chairman of Knightbridge Holdings, (an Investment Group with interests in Agriculture, Real Estate and Energy across Africa), Director of Elpis Farms, Chairman of East Africa Data Handlers, Chairman of the JOYWO Trustee Board, SHOFCO Board which are some of the boards he sits on both locally and internationally. He is a well sought after speaker globally both in churches and in the marketplace. He is a husband to Amanda Kyula and father of three boys Nolan, Nehemiah and Noah.

Josephine Kulea Josephine Kulea

Josephine Kulea is the Founder and President of Samburu Girls Foundation (SGF). She is a courageous youth activist and a nurse by
profession addressing harmful cultural practices facing children in the pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya. She rescues girls from female genital mutilation, child marriages and beading and takes all the rescued girls to boarding schools for education and safeguarding.
She has the passion for what she does hence she has been able to venture into a field where not many people are bold enough to do. Her tremendous work has been recognized widely and has been awarded numerous awards including: Unsung Hero 2011, Head of State Commendation 2012, Gender Based Violence Champion 2013, UN Person of the Year 2013, Inspiring Woman 2014, Nominee for Transform Kenya awards 2014 and YALI Washington Fellow 2014, Vital Voices Lead Program 2015 and was recently recognized by President Obama for her work on his recent visit to Kenya. Her dream is to see children enjoying their full rights, and the eradication of the above harmful cultural practices through resource mobilization to sensitize and educate the affected communities in Kenya and in Africa as a whole.

Philip Thigo Philip Thigo

Philip Thigo is a Kenyan technology & governance practitioner. His educational background is in Systems Analysis and Governance.

Mr. Thigo has previously held executive positions, most notably Foundation El Taller based in Tunis, Tunisia, working with organizations in Asia, Africa, Arab World and Latin America. He is currently a Communications Consultant for the African Union Commission, Bureau of the Chairperson & the African Governance Architecture (AGA) at the Department of Political Affairs. He is also a Senior Advisor on Innovation & Digital Strategy at the Presidency, Republic of Kenya. He serves as the Country Lead of the National Partnership on Sustainable Development Data (NPSDD) in Kenya.

He was honored at the 50thAnniversary of the Academy of Achievement USA as a delegate and serves as a Global Advisory Board Member for UNDP/Motorolla Network for Social Innovators.

Vincent Ogutu Vincent Ogutu

Vincent Ogutu is a Kenyan native, has pursued a PhD in Organizational Management on a Fulbright Scholarship at Rutgers Business School in New Jersey. He studied MSc, Financial Economics at the University of London and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Nairobi. He enjoys inspiring people to live deeply meaningful lives and is passionate about social innovation promoter. He is currently the Vice Dean Executive Education at Strathmore Business School. He has been MBA Program Director at Strathmore Business School, Deputy Principal Strathmore School. He has experiences with Global World and Wallkill Correctional Facility. What gets Vincent excited everyday is the possibility that something he says or does may trigger a fundamental shift in someone’s perspective, giving powerful meaning to what they do.

Kevin Kipchumba Tuitoek is a Macroeconomic and Agricultural Sector Analyst at Genghis Capital, having served at the Investment Bank from December 2014, and previously at Chase Bank Kenya Ltd from January 2014. He has vast experience in sectors spanning banking and research; most notably in institutions such as the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the Grass Company and Youth Dynamix Kenya. Currently he is undertaking his Masters in Public Policy at Strathmore Business School and has graduated with Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the United States International University (USIU). Kevin has diverse knowledge pertaining to public policy analysis, current affairs, political and economic affairs, development studies, peace and conflict, and with increased experience in social research and financial modelling.

He maintains a successful track record in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies both within the youth marketing research sector in Kenya, macroeconomic analysis, and also prevalent within his field of study pertaining to development, public policy, economic analysis, foreign policy and security analysis. His experience lies in his ability to analyze various phenomena within the region and the globe at large: analyzing specific trends and patterns, while effectively evaluating certain outcomes and their subsequent effects on both a macro and micro level. This is well exemplified in recently published works entitled “Playbook 2015: Unravelling Africa commodities & Foreign Flows”, coupled with two East Africa Macroeconomic publications; which extensively analyze the economic climate and market conditions within Sub-Sahara Africa and their portended trends, amongst a raft of various reports and research undertakings covered.

He also has vast media experience having covered significant topical issues related to the economy and money markets on CNBC Africa, KTN and Jambo Radio (South Africa). Aside from television media, Kevin has undertaking various writings for The East African, Daily Nation and Business Daily on several company write-ups and provided an analytical outlook on subjected counters.

Raul Figeroa Dr. Raul Figeroa

Dr. Raul Figueroa is the CEO at Questworks Limited, a Construction Management firm. He has previously worked in the giant pharmaceutical company, Li Lilly in the USA, where he led engineering teams, designed, and managed production and plant facilities. He has also worked in various capacities in the USA and in Kenya; building and leading high level technical teams in design and implementation of engineering solutions.

Dr. Raul holds a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, is a member of IEEE, and has been recently appointed to design and lead the upcoming Strathmore Engineering School.

Caren Wakoli Caren Wakoli

Caren Wakoli is a social entrepreneur who delights in mentoring young women and men to be able to achieve their greatest potential in life. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Emerging Leaders Foundation (ELF); an organization that focuses on raising young people as positive agents of change in society. This mandate is achieved through leadership training, coaching, mentorship and exchange programs. She has over 14 years experience of doing youth empowerment work in Kenya and Africa at large. She has taken part in various policy formulation processes including Kenya Vision 2030, National youth policy, national alcohol policy and national human development index 2010. Caren also serves on various boards, governmental and non-governmental – she is the Chair of The Youth Congress; Board Member at Uwezo Fund, Impact Africa Industries, Within Foundation, Siasa Place and Youth employment summit-Kenya. She has previously served on the national Advisory Boards of NACADA, African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and Nairobi City County Interim Youth Advisory and resource Mobilization Board (as the Chair). Caren has received several recognitions and is part of the inaugural Young African Leaders Initiative East Africa 2015 (YALI-East Africa); She is an Acumen Fellow 2014, Spark* Kenya Changemaker 2013 and Young Female Achiever 2006 at the University of Nairobi. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Nairobi.

Schedule

Wednesday 11th November

Registration
Opening Remarks
“Health and Education: Setting the right priorities for Africa”
Key Note Address
Entertainment
Introduction to the World Youth Alliance and WYA Programs
“African Youth: Harness Your Full Potential”
“Fertility Education and Medical Management: Empowering the African Woman”

Thursday 12th November

“Improving the Africa Leadership and Governance Narrative”
“Bridging the gap: Education and Industry”
“Voluntarism, Service and Mentorship: Its Contribution to Development?”
“Justice, Peace and equality: a prerequisite for Development”

Friday 13th November

“Entrepreneurship in Africa and African Start ups Narratives”
“Youth and Social Entrepreneurship”
Participants initiatives they’re leading and 2 testimonials from WYA alumni
“Authentic Sustainable Development: the Sustainable Development Goals”
Presentation of certificates and Closing Ceremony

Fees & Payments

The three day conference will cost 3,000 KSHS (or 30 USD) for conference fees, the participant booklet, food, snacks and entertainment for the three-day conference.

Payments will be made upon WYA’s confirmation to attend the conference. Applicants are required to make payments on or before Friday 6th November.

BY SAFARICOM’S MPESA

Through the World Youth Alliance Africa MPESA Paybill number by 1st November 2015. MPESA Business Number is 559066, with account number as ELC.

By CHEQUE

To World Youth Alliance Africa, delivered on or before 1st November.

BY WIRE TRANSFER

Please include the following information when making a wire transfer

Details of Payment: Emerging Leaders Conference 2015

Bank Name: Chase Bank (Kenya) Limited

Swift Code: CKENKENAXXX

Account Name: World Youth Alliance Africa

Account Number: 0011005361001

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Africa Emerging Leaders Conference?

The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (AELC) is an annual World Youth Alliance event that brings together youth from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues through lectures and discussions. In addition, a rich display of culture is enjoyed through the sessions at the conference.

Who is invited for the AELC?

Youth aged between 16 -30 years.

Why is it important and worthwhile?

This year’s theme will focus on the “Empowering Youth to shape Africa’s Future”. It will enable youth to engage ideas that are of importance to young people on the continent of Africa to understand how we can contribute to a better Africa and in turn a better world in solidarity as the Africa Emerging Leaders.

What logistics will be provided?

Lunch and snacks will be provided for the three days of the conference. All travel expenses and accommodation will be borne by the participants. WYA Africa will not finance accommodation. Guidance to the economical options available for accommodation will be communicated to participants in due course so as to enable secure and affordable days in Nairobi.

How will visas be processed for participants outside Kenya?

Kenya allows visa waivers for many countries. Please check with the Kenya Department of Immigration to confirm whether you require a visa or otherwise. Each participant will be required to have official travel documents (passports or other). Supporting documents from WYA Africa will be provided to enable an easy entry into Kenya through customs.

What is the cost of the Conference?

The conference will cost 3,000 Kenya Shillings (or 30 USD) per participant. This will cater for conference fees, the participant booklet, food, snacks and entertainment for the three-day conference.

Where do I get the Application Form?

Find the application form here.

How do I make payments?

Payments will be made through the World Youth Alliance Africa MPESA Paybill number by 1st November 2015 for our Kenya participants. Participants from other African countries, not residing in Kenya, can pay upon arrival. WYA will send email confirmations to participants, upon selection.

Go to the MPESA menu. Under Paybill, Business Number is 559066, then proceed with account number as ELC.

What is the dress code for the conference?

The dress code will be either formal or business casual.

What important dates should I keep in mind?

Application Deadline: Friday 6th November November 2015

Payment deadline: Friday 6th November 2015

Conference Dates: Wed 11th – Fri 13th November 2015

Inquiries

For any inquiries, reach us through africa@wya.net or directly call us through +254-202-508-626. We look forward to meeting you and your friends soon in Nairobi.

The 5th WYAAP ELC has concluded! Read about it here and check out the photos here.

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About the Emerging Leaders Conference

Following the immensely successful 3rd Emerging Leaders Conference held in Brussels last year, WYA Europe is delighted to announce its 4th edition. This year’s conference theme is Population and Environment: Building a Sustainable World and it will take place in Brussels from the 27th to the 30th of November, 2016. While putting the focus on innovative solutions and ideas that respond to population- or environment- related issues, the conference aims to provide Europe youth with accurate information on the status of our environment, identify and examine the emerging challenges and promote responsible stewardship.

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event hosted by World Youth Alliance Europe, which seeks to bring together young leaders, active members and youth advocates from across Europe to interact with policy makers, experts and leaders on current global issues. It also provides young individuals with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference in their own communities. Known for its intimate forum for dialogue, as well as intellectual formation via lectures and discussions, the ELC fosters a meaningful network of friendships based on a shared vision of the human person.

‘The World Youth Alliance affirms that human beings are the earth’s greatest source of potential solutions for authentic development. Their unlimited creative capacities, a reflection of their inherent dignity, enable persons to harness the knowledge and skills which drive authentic development. When we ensure every human has their fundamental needs met, we are equipping people to be creative problem solvers. Governments should support people through just laws, institutions, infrastructures, and decent working conditions. Having those needs met helps people become agents of authentic development’.

WYA Declaration on Population and Environment

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Program

Population and Environment : Building a Sustainable World

European Parliament | Brussels | Belgium

Sunday | November 27, 2016

WYA Europe HQ | Rue de la Loi 42/ box 7 | Brussels

Greenbizz Brussels | Rue Dieudonne Lefevre 17 | Brussels

Albanian Mission to the EU | Rue Tenbosch 30 | Brussels

13h00-14h00 Arrivals of the participants

15h00-17h00 Ecological and environmental workshop with Mame Noka Coffee in Greenbizz Brussels

20h00-22h00 Welcoming European Cocktail (with national specialties) in the Mission of the Republic of Albania to the EU

  • Hosted by the Honorable Ambassador Mrs Suela Janina in the Mission of the Republic of Albania to the European Union

Monday | November 28, 2016

WYA Europe HQ | Rue de la Loi 42/ box 7 | Brussels

European Parliament |Room 1H1 | Brussels

10h00-12h30 Presentation of good practices by participants

15h00-17h00 Panel on ‘Environment and Population: fostering Sustainable Development’

  • Arne Gericke – Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
  • Alojz Peterle – Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • Hrvoje Vargic – Director of World Youth Alliance Europe
  • Karl Falkenberg – Senior Adviser for Sustainable Development to the President of the European Commission
  • Catherine de Wolf – Innovators under 35
  • Moderator: Antoine Mellado – Director of Advocacy of World Youth Alliance Europe

17h30-19h00 Negotiations of the WYA Declaration on Population and Environment

19h00 Optional visit to the Brussels city center (discovering Belgium specialties)

Tuesday | November 29, 2016

WYA Europe HQ | Rue de la Loi 42/ box 7 | Brussels

European Parliament | Room: 6Q1 | Brussels

Brussels Grill | Rue du Marche aux Herbes 89 | Brussels

10h00-12h00 Discussion on the Declaration based on the document previously negotiated

14h00-16h00 Panel on “Sustainable Development and Human Dignity”

  • Marijana Petir – Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • Giovanni La via – President of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • Peter Liese – Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • Gérard-François Dumont – Demographer and professor at University Paris-IV
  • Julien Jacquet – Permafungi
  • Kenji Sario – Ibon International
  • Moderator: Hrvoje Vargic – Director of World Youth Alliance Europe

18h00-20h00 Closing dinner

  • Hosted by Marijana Petir – Member of the European Parliament

Wednesday | November 30, 2016

WYA Europe HQ | Rue de la Loi 42/ box 7 | Brussels

10h00-11h00 WYA Chapter development

11h00-12h15 Training on WYA White Paper: ‘Sustainable Development’

12h30  – Closing Brunch and final evaluation

 

Please note that the details might change.

Participation fee: 50 € for the whole duration of the conference

This includes the admission to all the sessions of the ELC, which range from the conferences held in the European Parliament, lectures and panel discussions by expert speakers, negotiations of the declaration to be presented in the European Parliament, trainings, evening cocktail to much more. The Certificate of Participation, Conference Kit (t-shirt included), other materials and brochures, snacks throughout conference, refreshments during the conference breaks are also included.

Upon acceptance to the conference, payment instructions will be issued. All payment details will be sent to you in the confirmation e-mail. Participants may apply for a discount on the participation fee. The approval will be granted on an individual case basis, and is dependent on the applicant’s authentic need.

All accommodations and travel before, during and after the conference will be care of the delegates.  As of now, WYAE does not offer any form of financial aid to potential participants to cover their accommodations and travel expenses.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at europe@wya.net.

Application process

The application process for attending the ELC 2016 has been extended until Monday, 7th of November, 2016. To apply you must:

  • Be from 18-30 years old
  • Be residing in an European country
  • Have a good level of English
  • Be a member of World Youth Alliance

If you are not yet a WYA member, please sign the Charter in order to become a member (prerequisite for participating in the ELC).

Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us at europe@wya.net.

About the Emerging Leaders Conference 2015

The 3rd WYAE ELC has concluded! 

The event brought together young people from across Europe to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues. The theme for this year’s conference was Health and Education: Keys to Development and took place in Brussels from the 28th June to the 1st July, 2015. 

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event hosted by WYA, which seeks to bring together critical thinkers to examine issues in the area of health and education with particular regard to family, women and children. It also provides young leaders with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference back in their country.

We would like to thank our delegates, volunteers, and partners who made this event a success!

You can find the Declaration negotiated by the participants and representing their voice here.

The event was co-funded by the European Union

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¡La 5a LAELC ha concluido! Nos gustaría agradecer a nuestros delegados y voluntarios que hicieron de este evento un éxito.

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Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) 2016

Reshaping the Concept of Citizenship in our Global Family

December 3rd, 2016

The Middle East regional office of WYA holds an annual Emerging Leaders Conference aimed at educating young leaders on the annual theme of the United Nations, and working with them to examine how these ideas can be translated and adapted to the local context. WYA’s annual theme for this year is “Population and Environment: Key to Development”.

We are planning to hold the conference on December 3rd with the suggested title: “Reshaping the Concept of Citizenship in our Global Family”. The conference is intended to target an estimated 50 young leaders. Given the relevance of the proposed theme, and in line with our efforts to expand the opportunities for student in civic engagement, WYA is interested in joining hands with Foundations and Civil Society to organize this year’s conference targeting students, WYA regional members, and other interested youth.

Workshop Topics

The concept of good citizenship is perceived as a dilemma in our region. A region went through constant instability on all levels, whether economic, social, political, cultural or environmental. As citizens, we’ve been subjects to manipulation and victims of corrupt systems. This conference will explore the role which young citizens play facing these threats and a call for solidarity in a global family.

The regional conference will cover three main themes:

  • Citizenship and Environment
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Citizenship and Sustainable Development

Tentative Agenda

9:00-9:30 Registration and Introductory Session
9:30-11:00 Citizenship and Environment
Best Practices and Innovative Tools
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-13:00 Social Entrepreneurship
For Profit with a Social Mission
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Citizenship and Sustainable Development
Human Person at the Center of Development
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 The Global Family and the UN Language
Exclusive Session for UNDEF Participants

Application Deadline for residents of Lebanon: November 21, 2016

Application Deadline for non-residents of Lebanon: November 25, 2016

Apply here!

The 2nd WYAME ELC has concluded! We’d like to thank our delegates, volunteers, and partners who made this event a success!

Watch out for our 3rd ELC in 2016!

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The NA Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event hosted by WYANA, which seeks to bring together critical thinkers from across North America to examine key issues. It also provides young leaders with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference in their own communities.

Application Deadline: November 4, 2016

The theme for the 2016 ELC is The Dignity of the Person.

Friday, November 11

6:30 PM           Registration

7:00 PM           Welcome

7:30 PM           Icebreaker

8:00 PM          The Culture & A Call for Revolution

8:45 PM           Mingling/Cocktail

Saturday, November 12

7:30 AM           Check-In & Breakfast

8:00 AM          Who is the Human Person?

9:00 AM          Break

9:15 AM           WYA’s Certified Training Program

10:00 AM        WYA Chapters

10:45 AM         Project Management #1: CTP Implementation

11:00 AM         Break

11:15 AM         WYA’s HDC & FEMM

12:45 PM         Small Groups #1: Chapter Workshop, Pt. I

1:30 PM           Lunch

2:45 PM           Principles of Leadership

3:45 PM           Project Execution

5:00 PM           Break

5:15 PM            Dignity Projects

6:30 PM           Dinner

7:30 PM           Small Groups #1: Chapter Workshop, Pt. II

Sunday, November 13

8:00 AM           Check-In & Breakfast

8:30 AM           Telling the WYA Story

9:30 AM           Training of Trainers

11:00 AM         Break

11:15 AM          Youth Empowered: PADs–Paper Analytical Devices fighting Counterfeit Medications

12:30 PM         The WYA Commitment

1:30 PM           Farewell

2:00 PM          Concluding Lunch for Conference Participants

Diana Vega

Diana was born in Panama city, Panama, and moved to the US for her undergraduate education. She obtained her chemistry degree at Saint Mary’s College and a chemical engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame.
 
During her studies at Saint Mary’s College she joined a Paper Analytical Devices (PAD) team. In this group she completed early stage product development in order to create devices that can identify counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Her area of specialization was the Panadol (Tylenol) PAD. Since its foundation, the PAD team has received recognition for its labor in the US and abroad. Diana with the team presented at the ACS national conference and interviewed in Fox news, and the team continues to develop undergraduate students under the direction of professor Toni Barstis. The PAD group has received its first patent and is currently expanding undergraduate education outside the laboratories and into the real world.
 
After graduation Diana relocated to Texas and is currently an operations engineer at a chemical manufacturing plant.

Application Form

Fees & Payments

The three day conference will cost $50 for conference fees, the participant booklet, food, snacks and entertainment for the three-day conference.

Upon acceptance to the conference, payment instructions will be issued.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is invited for the NA ELC?

Young people ages 16-30.

What logistics will be provided?

Lunch, snacks, and speakers will be provided for the three days of the conference. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. WYA cannot provide accommodation, though we can provide a list of places that past participants have stayed.

Additionally, if you are interested in attending the ELC and want support with fundraising, send us an email at northamerica@wya.net.

What is the cost of the Conference?

The ELC will cost $50 per participant.

Inquiries

Please email northamerica@wya.net with any questions you may have.

Read about the 2015 ELC.