United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa
United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Cristina Duarte of the Republic of Cabo Verde as Special Adviser on Africa.
Served as Minister of Finance, Planning and Public Administration in the Republic of Cabo Verde from 2006 to 2016, Ms. Duarte brings to the position more than 34 years of leadership and strategic management experience in public policy making and in the private sector, coupled with a deep understanding of international and regional cooperation and the challenges facing African countries. She is a Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration and High-Level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs, President Paul Kagame’s Advisory Committee on African Union Reforms, the Board of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Board of the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development at the UONGOZI Institute.
African Union Youth Envoy
Ms. Aya Chebbi, an award-winning Pan-African feminist. She is the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and shot to global fame as a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She recently received 2019 Gates Foundation Campaign Award and was named in Forbes’ 50 Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women.
She was recognized in 2018 Apolitical World’s 100 Most Influential Young People in Government and 2016 among 100 Most Influential Young Africans in the World. She received multiple awards including 2018 Young Talent of the year by UNLEASH Festival, 2017 Pan-African Humanitarian Award by Pahawards and 2016 Inspirational Woman of the Year by Women4Africa Awards.
African Youth Ambassador for Peace
Karabo Mokgonyana is a young South African woman who has committed her career to advancing social justice and socio-economic freedom through groundwork, research, advisory and high-level project coordination. She has worked with organizations like UNESCO, the British Council, Mandela Institute of Development Studies and Transparency International in social development work all in youth development. More so, she a Youth Advisory Panelist for UNFPA South Africa and is an African Youth Ambassador for Peace with the African Union. Karabo continues to steer, gender equity with Sesi Fellowship and Skill Hub.
Presidential Advisor: Youth Matters & Entreprise Development. Office of the President, Namibia
Daisry Mathias was appointed Advisor to the President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Dr. Hage G. Geingob, in June 2015. In this role, Daisry advises the Head of State on policy and programme priorities to harness a Demographic Dividend and create an enabling environment for sustainable entrepreneurship in Namibia, under the overarching goals of poverty eradication, economic inclusion and shared prosperity.
In her preceding role as an under 30 Chief Executive Officer of Team Namibia;
Daisry led a business support organisation, promoting local industry by advocating the preferential consumption of Namibian goods and services. Daisry is Commissioner of the National Planning Commission since April 2017 and in July 2019 was selected to become an Obama Leader, joining 200 young Africans in a Leadership Development Programme by former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Daisry’s professional experience ranges from public policy formulation, national development planning, programme monitoring and multi-stakeholder coordination. Daisry is dedicated to contributing to Namibia’s broad-based empowerment, deepening of democracy and accelerated socio-economic transformation. She is positive about Africa’s future and passionate about capacitating the individual to maximize potential and has been quoted saying “a winning nation is made up of individuals who are champions in their own right. Ultimately, it is about the individual”.
Former UN USG and Special Adviser on Africa and Social Justice Activist.
Ms.Bience Gawanas was appointed by the UNSG in 208 as Special Adviser on Africa. She has served as Special Adviser to Namibia’s Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare. Prior to this, she was Special Adviser to the Minister of Health and Social Services. A champion of women’s health and rights in Africa, she has been commended for her role in initiating far‑reaching campaigns, such as the continental Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA).
Bience Gawanas was elected for two terms as Commissioner for Social Affairs by the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government in 2003 and 2008, during which time she was responsible for advocacy, as well as the harmonization and coordination of regional and continental policies and programmes promoting social development. Her portfolio included health, HIV/AIDS and nutrition, migration and population, arts and culture, the welfare of vulnerable groups, labour and migration, and sports. From 1996 to 2003, she was Ombudswoman of Namibia, having previously worked as a lecturer on gender law at the University of Namibia, from 1995 to 1997, and as a lawyer at the Legal Assistance Centre, a human rights non‑governmental organization, from 1990 to 1991.
Regional Director UN Women, West and Central Africa
Ms Oulimata SARR currently serves as UN Women’s
Regional Director for West and Central Africa, covering
24 countries. Ms. Sarr with her team support
Governments in adopting international standards to
achieve gender equality and women empowerment in
partnership with civil society organizations and partners.
UN Women works to make the ambition of the
Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and
girls by implementing programs on several thematic
areas such as women economic empowerment, women
peace and security, ending violence against women,
leadership and political participation, data and gender
Before joining UN Women, Ms Oulimata spent 10 years
with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a
member institution of the Group of the World Bank and
the largest development institution in the world that
focuses exclusively on the private sector. She served in
various positions ranging from Finance to Donor
relations and partnerships and focused several years on
conflict affected states in Africa.
Ms Sarr is a graduate of HEC Montreal (Canada) and
holds a MBA from the University of Bedfordshire (UK)
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Adv. Bience Gawanas
This panel will cover the main characteristics youths should have to partake in the decision making. It will also host an intergenerational dialogue to break the existing between both parties and help deepen their relationship as they learn how to accept and work with each other. To achieve this endeavor, it’s of paramount importance to honor the following requirements: Include youth in decision-making processes. Honor the youth voice. Understand and implement their honest opinions and ideas. Be willing to share your adult power and privilege in order to make the community a better place for both young people and adults alike.
M. Ademulegun Olowojoba
The COVID 19 pandemic has created new needs of skills in the project management field. Project managers, like everyone else, must adapt to the new standard:
confinement, migration from physical workspace to virtual workspace, remote work, and so on. Despite this migration, the requirements in terms of results remain the same. During this, 1-hour workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn the basics of how to manage successful initiatives in this context. We will talk about setting aim and objectives, how to prepare and manage the budget, how to communicate our initiative, and finally how to monitor and evaluate the activities. The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub, delivering this workshop has been engaged since 2018 in remote work around Africa and Europe on Education and skills, Peace and security, Business & Entrepreneurship, Environment, and climate change, Governance, Digitalization, Culture arts & sports.
Mrs. Chidi Koldsweat
During this workshop, the participants should have a clear understanding of donor management and retention,know the different ways they can engage donors to improve their donor retention. Also, learn more about their donor community and how they respond to their fundraising campaigns.
Ms. Nisreen Elsaim
Despite having contributed the least to global warming and having the lowest emissions, Africa faces exponential collateral damage, posing systemic risks to its economies, water, and food systems, public health, agriculture, and livelihoods, threatening to undo its modest development gains and slip into higher levels of extreme poverty.
Ms. Oulimata Sarr
The status quo of gender equality in Africa refers to the current state of affairs as it is, or in other words, the oppression women receive to this moment. Women
are responsible for 60% of the work done globally, yet earn just 10% income and 1% of the property. In Africa, 70% of women are financially excluded. The continent has a US$42 billion financing gap between men and women. In addition, there exist many other causes for gender inequality in Africa being: lack of legal protection, lack of bodily autonomy, poor medical care, societal mindset, uneven
access to education…
Ms. Nchimunya Hamukoma
The African region or the mother continent, known for its abundant natural resources and favorable conditions, creates a multitude of opportunities for all.
The session aims to introduce the different challenges Africa is facing but also how to switch these challenges into opportunities for youth
Mr Khalid Baddou
The University is engaged in economic and human development and puts research and innovation at the forefront of African development.
A mechanism that enables it to consolidate Morocco’s frontline position in these fields, in a unique partnership-based approach and boosting skills training relevant for the future of Africa.
A scholarship scheme allows (mainly via the OCP Foundation) to support academically outstanding students who do not have the necessary personal resources by partially or totally covering living expenses (accommodation/meals) and by the partial or total exemption of tuition fees.
Mrs. Fatima Zahrae Touzani
This workshop aims to define Emotional Intelligence and explain the reasons why it is an essential skill.
Do you want to develop awareness about your emotions and concrete ways to know, understand & control them? Do you want to develop a good team (personally and professionally) by managing the emotional climate, leading to better outcomes? Do you want to manage conflicts and want to be defined as an emotionally intelligent leader?
Join us and learn how to control disruptive emotions, how to think before you act, understand your and other people’s emotions, and overall better manage your relationships and networks.
Ms. Sylvia Musalagani
During this 2 hour session, participants will receive training on tips and tools they can use to stay safe on Facebook and Instagram. The training will cover:
The participants will also have an opportunity to engage with the Facebook team in a QnA session
Mrs. Soumaya Zaki
Creativity is an important skill to have when solving problems and leading projects. The Cre-Activity workshop is an opportunity for participants to improve their creativity skills and explore their imaginations through creative writing and improvisation exercises.