Ms. Daisry Mathias

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”.

10.00 - 11.00 AM Discussion

Wednesday 25th Nov

The African youth we want. (Intergenerational dialogue format)

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.