Agenda Day 1

Agenda Day 1


High-Level Panel: RewirEd Summit Opening Plenary

Opening Remarks:

H.E. Reem Al Hashimi

Minister of State for International Cooperation, UAE

H.E. Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi

Minister of Education, United Arab Emirates


H.E. David Moinina Sengeh

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sierra Leone


H.E. Dr. Jakaya Kikwete

Chair of Global Partnership for Education and Former President of Tanzania

Jaime Saveedra

Global Director, Education, World Bank

Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills, OECD

Henrietta Fore

Executive Director, UNICEF

Stefania Giannini

Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

Jayathma Wickramanayake

UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth (Virtual)

Robert E. Moritz

Chairman, PwC (Virtual)

Moderator: Ragy Saro, Head of International Organisations, EXPO 2020 Dubai Duration: 45 mins


High-Level Thematic Opening: Youth, Skills & the Future of Work

Restless Development Youth Researchers reflect on the learnings and recommendations coming out of their global youth survey, in conversation with three global leaders.


H.E. Shamma Al Mazrui

Minister of State for Youth, UAE


H.E. Dr. Dipu Moni

Minister of Education, Bangladesh

Berry Lumpkins

VP Leadership & Talent Development, DP World

Alice Mukashyaka

Advocacy Manager for Livelihoods and Education, Restless Development

Inés Yábar

Senior Global Campaigns Coordinator, Restless Development

Mahendra Phagwah

Education and Disability Rights Activist and Youth Researcher, Restless Development

  Duration: 45 mins


The Future of Learning: Rewiring Education


Dr. Christoph Meinel

Director & CEO, The Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering

Florian Hoffman

Founder and CEO, The Do Group (Virtual)

Sarmad Khan

Board Director, Academic Council on the United Nations System

Fiorenza Lipparini

Co-Founder, PlusValue (Virtual)

Ugo Bot

Co-Founder Future of Work Lab (Virtual)

Moderator: Shaima AlQassab, Business Development & Strategy - GP at Siemens Energy Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


How to Skill the Workforce for Sustainable, Gender Equal Tourism

Tourism has a strong track record in youth employment and entrepreneurship. Hard-hit by COVID-19, a structural transformation is now needed for a responsible, sustainable, and resilient tourism economy, where young men and women find fulfilling and dignifying work. This session discusses forward-looking solutions for skilling for sustainable, gender equal tourism.

Essie Gardner

Director, GTTP Jamaica

Aura Lopez

Strategic Education Advisor
Education for Development, VVOB

Carmen Nibigira

Key Tourism and Workplace Learning Expert
GIZ Hanga Ahazaza Project

Somaly Hout

Professional Chef
Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia

Moderator: Anna Carmen Murru, Partnership Manager, VVOB Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)

RewirEd Systems Map Masterclass: Mapping Challenges and Opportunities in Education

In this masterclass, Radicle will provide an insightful overview of the RewirEd Systems Map journey and provide the audience with an interactive walk-through of the RewirEd Systems Map. Join us for a guided opportunity to interact with the map & get ready to unearth new thinking in education!


Eunji Kang

Strategic Design Lead, Radicle (Virtual)

Eunsoo Lee

Strategic Designer, Radicle (Virtual)

  Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)


High-Level Panel: The power of public, private, youth partnerships to drive impact with and for young people

The panel will highlight the critical role of partnerships, including private/public sector, innovative partnerships for social impact, as well as the contribution of young people themselves in driving skilling opportunities and ultimately rebuilding economies and societies. The Passport to Earning initiative will be showcased as part of the session.


H.E. Mokgweetsi Masisi

President, Botswana (Virtual)

Henrietta Fore

Executive Director, UNICEF (Virtual)

Robert E. Moritz

Chairman, PwC (Virtual)


H.E. Rajesh Aggarwal

Secretary, Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, India (Virtual)

Alan Jope

CEO, Unilever

Kate Behncken

Vice President and Lead of Microsoft Philanthropies, Microsoft

Andrea Remes

CEO & Co-Founder, Erandi Aprende

Moderator: Kevin Frey, CEO, Generation Unlimited Duration: 45 mins

Digital Skills for Future Jobs


Martin Giesswein

Faculty Member for Digital Economy, Leadership and Innovation, WU Executive Academy

Tomi Järvinen

Deputy Executive Director, Finn Church Aid (Virtual)

J.C Muyonjo

Musical Artist

Caroline Njuki

Chief Technical Advisor, ILO PROSPECTS Kenya

Moderator: Chris Maclay, Director of Youth Employment, Mercy Corps Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


How can we prepare young people for green jobs? Emerging skills needs and innovative educational approaches

In response to the global challenges caused by climate change, environmental degradation and lack of access to clean energy, many countries are transitioning to a more sustainable pathway. The shift to a green economy has resulted in the creation of new jobs and the greening of many existing occupations as well as a growing need for green entrepreneurs. This session will explore formal and non-formal educational approaches for meeting the emerging skills demands.


Abdulrahman Almarzooqi

Future Sustainability Leader, Masdar Youth 4 Sustainability Platform

Samah Elsayed

Programme Officer - Renewable Energy Education and Skills, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Vivek Singh

Head of Portfolio – Employment & Entrepreneurship, IKEA Foundation (Virtual)

Moderator: Michael Renner Programme Officer, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


The role of assessment and certification in building more resilient and equitable futures

A huge amount of evidence underpins the idea that assessment is a critical part of the educational process. Done properly, it supports learning, creates useful accountability, and enables certification to unlock the next stages of education or employment.

However, the recent Covid-19 pandemic created disruption has also shone a spotlight on the limitations and resilience of traditional high-stake examinations, and accelerated the dialogue on how best to evolve assessments and certification.

This panel will consider some of the critical questions regarding the role assessment and certification play in creating more resilient and equitable futures for all learners.


Dr. Hanan Khalifa (Virtual)

Director of Education Reform & Impact, Cambridge Assessment

Raya Bidshahri

CEO and Founder, School of Humanity

Sallyann Della Casa

Founder and Chief Identity Hacker, GLEAC

Jane Mann

Managing Director, Cambridge Partnership for Education (Virtual)

Moderator: Mervi Jansson-Aalto, CEO, Omnia Education Partnerships Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


High-Level Panel: Re-imagining Tertiary Education: Going Beyond Tweaking

Tertiary education (both TVET & Higher Education) has proven to be central to economic, societal and personal development. Despite this, tertiary enrolment rates have seen the slowest growth in regions with some of the largest growing youth populations, threatening further inequality across countries. How can we develop resilient and accessible tertiary education systems for a more equitable future?


Fred Swaniker

Founder & CEO, African Leadership Group


H.E. Manish Sisodia

Deputy Chief Minister in Government, Delhi, India

Ibrahim Safadi

Founder & CEO, Luminus Education

Jeff Maggioncalda

CEO, Coursera

Reem Jeibat

Chief, TVET & Youth Division, UNRWA

Angela Owusu-Ansah

Provost, Ashesi University (Virtual)

Moderator: Lucy Heady, CEO, Education sub Saharan Africa Duration: 45 mins

Financial Capability: A Critical Skill for Youth Today and in the Future

JA Worldwide and HSBC have partnered to develop an innovative, skills-based financial-capability curriculum. The program is designed with scalability in mind by allowing options for in-class, virtual, or independent learning. The panel discussion examines the distinct differences between financial literacy and financial capability and offers deeper insights into the importance of building a financially capable generation.


Dr. Gus Schmedlen

President and Chief Revenue Officer, Merlyn Mind

Donald Sedlock

Director of Global Development Projects, JA Worldwide

Dominique El Azzi Ghazar

Senior Sustainability Manager, Future Skills Lead - Europe and the Middle East at HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

Moderator: Dr. Asheesh Advani, President and CEO, JA Worldwide Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


Transforming Education: A Route to Helping Young People Adapt to Climate Change

This interactive session will draw upon research findings from Uganda showcasing the impact of climate disruptions on young people’s livelihoods, their adaptations and resilience. The session will further explore the need for radical changes in education as a route to greater climate resilience and effective adaptation to the climate crisis.


Dr. Anna Barford

Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Anthony Mugeere

Lecturer, Makerere University

Peace Mbeiza

Youth Researcher, Restless Development

Benard Isiko

Research Coordinator, Restless Development (Virtual)

Viola Kataike

Yourth Researcher, Restless Development (Virtual) and Paul Magimbi (Virtual)

Moderator: Charles Mankhwazi, Youth Research Manager, Restless Development Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)

With Us and For Us: Working with and for Young People in Humanitarian and Protracted Crises Settings

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Youth Guidelines provide a guide on how to pivot traditional response to innovate how we work with and for young people in humanitarian and protracted crises. Come and join young people as they share their ideas and experiences on how they are using the guidelines in their communities.


Robert Jenkins

Global Director of Education

Adriana Elizabeth Figueredo Costero

Young advocate on women’s rights and higher education for refugees

Mahmoud Basem

Life skills Trainer/ Peer Educator (Jordan), UNICEF Youth Advisory Council

Therese Curran

Regional Education Advisor, Norwegian Refugee Council

Moderator: Foni Joyce Vuni, Global Refugee Youth Network (GRYN) Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)

Hintsa Performance Workshop

In all professions as well as in top sports, the capability to focus has become more and more essential. Yet the modern world offers a growing numbers of distractions. Hintsa Performance shares the tools that help Formula 1 drivers be 100% focused and presents how holistic wellbeing is a key to higher performance and improved resilience.


Pekka Pohjakallio

Director, Business Development & Executive Mentor, Hintsa Performance

  Venue: The Loft (60 mins)


(Future) Economies Start with Youth!

Speakers from the public sector, innovative private-sector initiatives and Youth Champions from Kenya will take the stage to go into current (economic) trends and developments, the future of work, and skills and opportunities for developing countries. Join the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE).


Tijmen Rooseboom

Ambassador for Youth, Education and Work
Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Brencil Kaimba

Sr. Consultant Product Strategy and Development
Serianu, Private Sector Implementing Partner, CFYE

Mohamed Almas

Youth Champ - Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (VSO)

Fridah Okomo

Youth Champ - Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (VSO)

Moderator: Romana Osman, Policy Officer Youth, Education & Work, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)

Ecosystems; the key to a new education paradigm?

Across the world, education innovators are building new, diverse partnerships and networks to transform the learning opportunities of young people. Local learning ecosystems build on the diversity of inter-dependent members to offer exciting combinations of formal, informal and non-formal learning and crucially, they are often learner-driven. This session explores examples from very diverse contexts, to assess its potential.


Justin van Fleet

President, Executive Director, Theirworld / Global Business Coalition for Education (Virtual)

Vishal Talreja

Cofounder & Trustee, Dream a Dream (Virtual)

Elise Tarvainen

Chief Operating Officer, ISKU

Michael Stevenson

Senior Adviser, PISA, OECD (Virtual)

Valerie Hannon

Consultant, Global Education Leaders Partnership (Virtual)

Moderator: Leonora Dowley - Head of Partnerships, Learning Planet Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


Can innovation in youth engagement be the vector to a prosperous post-pandemic world?

In this breakout session, young people, representatives from private/public sectors and the UN will galvanize their insights to reimagine innovative pathways of engaging young people post Covid-19. How will innovation in youth engagement be the vector to a prosperous post-pandemic world, uplifting young people, their communities and entire nations?


Ilwad Elman

Director, Elman Peace Centre

Alan Jope

CEO, Unilever

Adebola Williams


Ted Chaiban

Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, UNICEF

Rolake Rosiji

CEO, Jobberman Nigeria

Moderator: Taha Bawa, Co-Founder & CEO, Goodwall Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


High-Level Panel: The Workforce of the Future: From Play to Pay – Solutions to Accelerate Change

According to the World Economic Forum, automation and the COVID-19 recession are set to displace an estimated 85 million jobs in the next five years. How can education systems incorporate in-demand skills to create future-ready youth?


Saadia Zahidi

Managing Director, World Economic Forum


H.E. Minister Ayman Tawfiq Almoayyad

Minister of Youth and Sport Affairs, Bahrain

Alain Bejjani

CEO, Majid Al Futtaim

Lady Mariéme Jamme

Founder, iamtheCODE

Euan Wilmshurst

Head of Advocacy & Communication, LEGO Foundation

Moderator: Dara Latinwo, One Young World Ambassador Duration: 45 mins

Girls and Young Women Renewing Energy #lightuptheirfuture

The panel discussion will address the role of education and training of girls and young women in the energy sector to achieve gender equality. Two flagship projects, led by Plan International Spain in partnership with the Islamic Development Bank, the European Union and the OPEC Fund for International Development will serve as a basis for discussion.


En’amulrahman Malkawi

Lead Youth Empowerment Specialist, Islamic Development Bank

Waleed Altarawneh

CEO, Partners for Good

Zainab Al Ali

Head of Outreach and Stakeholder Relations, Masdar

Macarena Romero Tejero (Video Message)

Desk Officer, Subsaharan Africa, Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID)

Yvonne Faye

Tecnician collaborating in the DESFERS project
Supported by the European Union, and the OPEC fund

Moderator: Concha López, CEO, Plan International, Spain Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Celebrating and supporting refugees’ and migrants’ contributions to society through entrepreneurship

This session will explore the powerful path that entrepreneurship offers refugees and migrants; promoting self-reliance and helping to overcome societal integration barriers. Reflecting on recent research, the session will combine video content of migrant and refugee entrepreneurs with a panel discussion on their varied needs; exploring how education and entrepreneurship organisations can support them.


Mohamed Kawsara

Founder and CTO, Multicaret Inc (Virtual)

Fernando Martinez Cure

Technical Officer, MSMEs and Entrepreneurship Eco-systems, International Labour Organisation (ILO) - (Virtual)

Ola Enis

Senior Project Officer - Jobs and Entrepreneurship, SPARK

Therese Curran

Regional Education Advisor, NRC

Moderator: Anita Tiessen, CEO, Youth Business International Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


Inclusive hiring and skilling: moving from theory to reality

Myths and misconceptions about hiring and skilling people of determination have prevented a bold approach to defining the actions needed to leverage the diverse perspectives and skills in the workforce. Through the lens of our four very different panelists we will seek to provoke an open, committed discussion around long-standing blocks and how to turn them into proposed steps.

This will be a hands-on session where we will be taking participants through a thinking map exercise that will be circulated to invitees, and together we aim to identify a specific solution for each of the challenges raised during the discussion.


Dominique El Azzi Ghazar

Future Skills Lead - Europe and Middle East, HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd

Sam Cooper

Filmmaker and Fitness instructor

Price McCarthy

HSBC employee
Currently enrolled in academic studies in NY (Virtual)

Heidi Strawson

Corporate Citizenship Global Lead and Impact Hiring Expert, Accenture (Virtual)

Moderator: Begoña Agueda Carrillo de Albornoz, Corporate and Citizenship Lead, Accenture Venue: The Loft (60 mins)

Swapping the Classroom for the Real World: Why Experiential Learning Leads to Happier and More Engaged Students

In this workshop aimed at educators and administrators, Principal Russell Cailey will explore the successes and challenges associated with THINK Global School’s own journey towards building an experiential-learning curriculum.

You’ll learn best practices for implementing place- and project-based learning within your school’s curriculum alongside tips on leveraging your community’s expertise to provide relevant context for student projects.


Russell Cailey

Principal, THINK Global School (TGS)

  Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)


What is the point of Tertiary Education?

Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA) is hosting a lively, provocative discussion bringing together the perspectives of employers, education leaders, governments and students to ask: ‘what is the point of tertiary education when young people face high unemployment and few formal-sector jobs?’


H.E. Joseph Mucheru

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Kenya

Anurag Banerjee

Co-founder & CEO, Quilt.AI (Virtual)

Angela Owusu-Ansah

Provost, Ashesi University (Virtual)

Angel Warira Mbuthia

Gender & International Relations Secretary, All African Students Union

Moderator: Lucy Head, CEO, ESSA Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


High-Level Panel: Resilience & Soft Skills: Key Competencies for the Future

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the disconnect between education systems and our contemporary needs. With a growing rhetoric on technology and innovation, how can we ensure a continued prioritisation on soft skills- such as creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving- within education systems to allow children and young people to thrive in transforming environments and confidently face uncertainty?


Hala Badri

Director General of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority


Ahmad Alhendawi

Secretary General, World Organization of the Scout Movement

Dr. Fanta Aw

Vice President of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, American University

Hamoon Ekhtiari

CEO, Future Fit AI

Simisola Nwogugu

CEO, JA Africa

Sallyann Della Casa

Founder and Chief Identity Hacker, GLEAC

Phil Noble

Founder, World Class Scholars

Moderator: Raya Bidshahri, Founder & CEO, School of Humanity Duration: 45 mins

Passion and Profit – How can Agriprenuership be rewarding for youth and sustainable for the planet?

The session will facilitate a fusion of passion and profit as we explore how agriprenuership can be rewarding for youth as well as sustainable for the planet. Young green entrepreneurs together with policy makers and funders will tap into the potential of green agri-prenuers innovations to build sustainable rural livelihoods.


Tijmen Rooseboom

Ambassador for Youth, Education and Work
Dutch Government

Sriram Bharatam

Founder, Kuza One

Tony Elumelu

Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation

Nico Janssen

Agriculture Livelihoods Portfolio, IKEA Foundation (Virtual)

Chigozie Bashua

Young Entrepreneur, The Nut Place (Virtual)

Moderator: Nadi Albino, Senior Advisor, Generation Unilimited Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


Delivering TVET at scale

Young people are now three times more likely than adults to be unable to find a job. TVET, with its focus on providing work-related skills, is central to tackling youth unemployment. The session will discuss prerequisites for a successful TVET program, embedding it within mainstream education system and scaling it up.


Erik Swars

Head of International Affairs, Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training

Ibrahim AlSafadi

CEO, Luminus Education

Raj Gilda

Co-Founder, Lend a Hand India (Virtual)

Doris King

Associate Director, Programs, Co-Impact (Virtual)

Moderator: Maud Seghers Senior Education Advisor, TVET, VVOB Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Global Launch of the 2021/22 Global Education Monitoring Report – Non state actors in education: Who chooses? Who loses?

The global launch of the 2021/22 GEM Report will harness wide-ranging interest in the theme of non-state engagement in education to drive progressive, evidence-based policy dialogue with key stakeholders. Hear ministers and experts respond to questions about some of the key issues in non-state engagement based on the bedrock of new evidence and recommendations in the 2021/22 GEM Report.


H.E. David Moinina Sengeh

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sierra Leone

H.E. Colm Brophy, TD

Minister of State for Overseas Development and Diaspora, Ireland

Dr. Koumbou Boly Barry

Special Rapporteur on the right to education, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Virtual)

Moderator: Manos Antoninis, Director, Global Education Monitoring Report Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


Launch of the Youth Majlis - A dynamic youth driven think tank for youth, focused on entreprenenurship, intrapreneurship and future skills

The interactive workshop will explore the role of youth in creating an inclusive, sustainable and innovative future workspace. As part of the session, the Youth Majlis will be launched, followed by an action oriented brainstorming session between young attendees and youth delegates at the RewirEd Summit.


Dr. Abdullah Al Shaikh

President, Dubai Youth Council

Reem Al Mosabbeh

Member, Dubai Youth Council, Youngest female Emirati Tech founder

Sarah Al Yammahi

Student entrepreneur, University of Science and Technology Fujairah

Moderator: Mohammed Mukhtar, Founder - Unipreneur Inc. Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)


The Great Debate: Universal Secondary Education For All vs. Alternative Pathways

In countries where large numbers of youth do not have access to secondary education, do we continue to pursue universal enrollment in traditional secondary or do we build cheaper alternative pathways around tangible skills for employment to more rapidly achieve universal post-primary education for all?


Dzingai Mutumbuka

Former Minister of Education, Zimbabwe & Former Chair, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (Virtual)

Robert Jenkins

Global Director of Education, UNICEF

Harry Patrinos

Practice Manager, World Bank Group (Virtual)

Maryanne Ochola

Head of Partnerships & Programmes, Shujaaz Inc (Virtual)

Meghan Kellner

Associate Director, Education and Adolescent Empowerment, BRAC

Moderator: Boris Bulayev, CEO and Co-Founder, Educate! Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


Emerging Models of Higher Education in Conflict

"Refugee students present on the imperative for higher education (HE) for refugees. With key experts, students will join diverse tables to tackle challenges leading towards 15 per cent refugee enrolment in HE by 2030 through

  • Building sustainable financing models
  • Building skills into and out of HE
  • Expanding access to HE


Ben Webster

CEO, Mosaik Education

Danah Dajani

Director of Partnerships and Programs, Al Ghurair Foundation

Phyllis Mureu

Executive Director, Windle International Kenya

Joanna Zimmerman

Deputy Director, Education for Humanity, Arizona State University

Saraswathi Samusarma

CIO and Global Registrar, Jesuit Worldwide Learning

Oshish Ungras


Alvaro Zuniga

Project Habesha

Moataz Al Smara

Refugee Student

Irene Hellen Ayoo

Refugee Student

Zura Mustafa

Refugee Student

Moderator: Hala Hajtaleb, MENA Regional Leader, Tertiary Refugee Student Network Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


High-Level Panel: Official RewirEd Opening Segment


Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown

United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education & former Prime Minister, United Kingdom (Virtual)

H.E. Dr. Tariq Al Gurg

CEO and Vice-Chairman of Dubai Cares

Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills, OECD

Emtithal Mahmoud

World Champion Poet & Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR

Deyvit Adonis Castro Melgar

Peruvian Student and Singer


High-Level Panel: Day 1 Closing

Youth-led summary and reflections on Day 1 of the RewirEd Summit

Peterkings Ayuk

Student Leader, UNHCR

Armel Azihar Sly-vania

Youth Educational Activist, Global Partnership for Education

Tanya Lallmon

Content Creator, Restless Development

  Duration: 45 mins


Meeting of the Multilateral Education Platform (MEP)

Format: Invitation Only Venue: The Loft (90 mins)

Evening Events


Business Taking Action for Education

An event co-hosted by the Global Business Coalition for Education and DP World during the RewirEd Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Format: Invitation Only Location: DP World Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai

Education in Crisis and Displacement: Education Cannot Wait Case for Investment

An event co-hosted by the Dubai Cares, Global Affairs Canada and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK Government during the RewirEd Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai

Format: Invitation Only Location: Canada Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai

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