MENA Caucus: 9 September

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Please note the event is now at full capacity. Contact [email protected] with any inquiries. 

One Young World invites you to join the first MENA Caucus of 2017, taking place at the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center Sheraa in Sharjah, UAE. Caucuses provide an opportunity for young leaders to connect face to face, explore opportunities for collaboration and gain insight into a range of emerging issues.

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Events details

Date: 8-9 September
Time: 10:00-18:00 PM
Location: Sheraa American University of Sharjah
Attendees: One Young World Ambassadors, AU Sharjah Students and Socially engaged professionals  

Lunch catering will be provided thanks to HERE Technologies. 

What’s on the agenda?

On Friday 8 September, we will host Ambassadors for a meet & greet in Dubai. 

On Saturday 9 September, the full-day Caucus will tackle the following topics:

  • Education: What can prepare young people for jobs that don’t exist yet?
  • Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development: How can we innovate our way out of poverty?
  • Environment: What is holding back the clean energy revolution?

We will also be hosting a project a project hack which will tackle one of the main topics.

Meet the speakers

Working Agenda

9:15 - 10:00

Registration & coffee


10:00 - 10:15



10:15 - 10:30

Opening Keynote

Paul Epping. Leader, Singularity University Dubai Chapter

10:30 - 11:15

Education Panel:

What can prepare young people for jobs that don’t exist yet?

Moderated by Ahmed Nassar, One Young World MENA Coordinating Ambassador

Kamel Al-Asmar. Head of Communications & Community Engagement, Wamda. Founder, Nakweh.

Waleed Elhelw. Talent & Development Director, Middle East and North West Africa, The Coca-Cola Company

Dia Haykal. Head of Content, Haykal Media. Editor in Chief, Popular Science Arabia.

11:15 - 11:30

Networking Break


11:30 - 12:15

Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development Panel:

How can we innovate our way out of poverty?

Moderated by Hanin Hazeem, One Young World Ambassador

Rana Askoul. Founder, Changing Pink

Paul Epping. Leader, Singularity University Dubai Chapter

Mohamed Abdeljalil, Business Development Manager, HERE Technologies. Co-founder, MIMV. One Young World Ambassador

Amaal Abukar. Founder and Managing Director, Cape Institute. Incoming One Young World delegate

12:15 - 13:00

Lunch Break


13:00 - 14:00

Environment Panel:

What is holding back the clean energy revolution?

Moderated by Nadia Rouchdy - Head of Sustainability & Social Impact at Careem. One Young World Ambassador

Charles Blaschke. Founder & Managing Director, Taka Solutions

Katharina Hatz. Strategy & Digitalization Consultant 
Siemens Middle East

14:00 - 14:30

Networking Break


14:30 - 17:00

Project Hack

Attendees will dive into case studies to develop actionable solutions to the 3 overarching topics. 

17:00 - 18:00

Closing Wrap ups & Remarks



Topic details


With education being a proven tool for sustainable economic growth, advances in technology are enabling better and more equality teaching in even the poorest parts of the world, But over 50 per cent of Ambassadors believe current education system are not preparing young people for the jobs of today and must be redesigned.

As robots move into the workplace and many traditional industries decline, new job sectors are being developed and 65 per cent of children entering primary school in 2017 will ultimately end up working in occupations that don't yet exist. It has been ten years since the OECD recognised that education was not keeping pace with technological advances. So, what can prepare young people for jobs that don’t  exist yet?

Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development

In the last five years, 200 million have been lifted from extreme poverty but, with around 800 million still living on less than $1.90 a day. The complete elimination of poverty requires redoubled effects and new approaches.

The majority of young people surveyed by One Young World believe investment in education and facilitating entrepreneurship will the most significant in alleviating global poverty. Only 16 per cent think foreign aid holds the key. So, how can we innovate our way out of poverty?


There is no time to lose on climate change. The hopes raised by last year’s Paris Agreement, when 194 countries agreed targets for limiting global warming, are already at risk of being dashed. Only one third of young people consulted by One Young World in a global survey said they believe their government have taken positive action to achieve the UN’s sustainability goals.

Despite 80 per cent of young people in the survey saying they want greater government legislation to restrict the use of fossil fuels, many countries remain dependent on them and are seeing an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Only 30 per cent of survey respondents believe clean energy is affordable and accessible, with nearly half wanting their government to subsidize it. So, what is holding back the clean energy revolution.