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World Bank Group Youth Summit 2015: Crowd-Sourcing Solutions for Climate Change
November 16-17, 2015IFC Auditorium, Washington, DC

If you're not able to attend the event in person, join us on World Bank Live starting at 9:30AM EST on November 16 & 17. Make your voice heard and send your questions and comments.  


The Youth Summit 2015 will focus on young people’s role in the fight against climate change. The event will gather exceptional future leaders to tell the story of climate change and inspire communities everywhere to take action.

We are looking for inspirational young people to showcase their ideas and enhance their knowledge on climate action.


The Youth Summit 2015 will be a two-day event taking place on November 16 & 17.

Day 1 (November 16) – Plenary Discussion and Sessions

The first day of the Summit will provide training on climate change related topics. The day will start with a dynamic high level plenary session which aims to contribute to the conversation on the Road to Paris and after Paris (UNFCCC COP21)by highlighting the historical objectives that could be agreed at the international conference and by discussing how implementation of those objectives could be efficiently achieved. Following the plenary session, participants will attend climate related tracks that will cover the following topics: Climate Finance, Green Energy, Climate Resilience, Landscapes, Green Buildings, Green Transport and ICT. The goal of the tracks is to provide hands-on training and actionable skills to the participants.

Day 2 (November 17) – Live Competition

The second day of the Summit will feature a live competition in which selected young professionals will present their final competition proposals in front of a jury. 


About Us


Youth Summit Organizing Committee pictured from left to right: 

Ines Gonzalez Del Mazo, Chair; Mora Farhad, Treasurer; Jewel McFadden, Youth Engagement Lead; Alejandra Bustamante, Event Logistics Lead; Meerim Shakirova, Event Content Lead; Vivian Klein, Communications Lead; Victoria Flamant, Committee Advisor.

Not pictured: Arezo Kohistany, Committee Advisor. 


Established in 2013, the Youth Summit is an annual event that serves as a platform for conversation and action to make the World Bank Group more relevant to the global youth and to better involve young people in the work of the World Bank Group. The Youth Summit Organizing Committee is comprised of young World Bank Group employees and is supported by World Bank Group senior management.

The first Youth Summit was held in October 2013 and emphasized youth entrepreneurship, revitalizing a new chapter of World Bank Group involvement and engagement with a dynamic generation of young entrepreneurs, activists, development professionals, and others interested in global youth-related issues. The 2014 Youth Summit focused on Governance, leveraging the experiences and expertise of participants to offer workshops highlighting the work of youth globally to increase transparency, accountability and collaboration in the context of participatory governments.



Attendance to the event is free of charge. Interested youth are encouraged to find sponsors to pay for their transportation tickets and accommodation for the two days of the event. If attendance to Washington DC is not possible please send an email to with "WBG Country Office" in the subject line and the Youth Summit Organizing Committee will make efforts on arranging a conference room in the WBG Country Office to watch the event live. 



  • Rachel Kyte

    Special Envoy for Climate Change, WBG
  • Dr. Jeffrey R. Alves

    Vice President, International Council for Small Business
  • Ken Berlin

    President and CEO, Climate Reality Project
  • Kehkashan Basu

    Youth Ambassador World Future Council, Founder and President Green Hope UAE
  • Arunma Oteh

    Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank
  • Dr. Angus Friday

    Grenada’s Ambassador to the US
  • Cecile Fruman

    Director, Trade & Competitiveness, WBG
  • James Close

    Director, Climate Change Group, WBG
  • Kathleen Rogers

    President and CEO, Earth Day Network
  • Laura Clise

    Director of Sustainability at Plum Creek, Corporate Advisory Council
  • Yamide Dagnet

    Senior Associate, World Resource Institute Member, Net Impact
  • Monika Weber-Fahr

    Senior Manager, Communications, Learning and Strategy, WBG
  • Neeraj Prasad

    Manager, Climate Change CCSA, WBG
  • Ayse Boybeyi

    Senior Knowledge Management Professional, Independent Evaluation Group WBG
  • Vivek Raman

    Knowledge Management Officer, Independent Evaluation Group WBG
  • Ines Gonzalez del Mazo

    Youth Summit 2015 Chair

Share with us on Twitter or via Instagram why you are passionate about climate change with #wbgyouthsummit

Join our online community!

The Youth Summit Online Community is a collaborative platform to connect youth and partner institutions around the world to share challenges, resources, and ideas thus becoming a part of a global youth movement to end poverty and promote shared prosperity. CLICK HERE TO CONNECT!

Also check out the 2015 Youth Summit Information Toolkit for more information on how you can spread the word and help us make the Youth Summit a success!!! > CLICK HERE

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  • Our Contributors:

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    WBG Youth2Youth

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    Athgo International

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    African Leadership Academy

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    IMF Young Professionals

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    IFC Young Professionals

Congratulations to the two winning teams of the 2015 Youth Summit competition:


Team HELIOS, composed of Michael Eschmann, Mallory Baxter, and Markus Wilthaner, wants farmers to get away from diesel-powered irrigation pumps which contributes to carbon emissions and high diesel fuels costs. Instead, the team proposes to allow farmers to rent solar irrigations systems and receive incentives for efficient water use.

 Michael Eschmann, Captain of Team Helios

 Michael Eschmann has worked for four years in the  renewable energy and climate change sector. Currently,  he is a Project  Coordinator at the Frankfurt School –  UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable  Energy Finance, where he is  involved in a variety of  projects to increase private finance to mitigation and  adaptation projects. For instance, he works with  the  Seed Capital Assistance Facility, a facility that provides co-financing support to Private Equity funds and project RE  development companies that focus on frontier markets in Africa and Asia. Before joining the Centre, he worked on consulting  projects for various multilateral and bilateral donors. He also spent a summer with CAF-Development Bank of Latin America  where he worked on the accreditation process for the Adaptation Fund and the GEF, was involved in tracking green finance  flows and assisted in strategic work on climate change adaptation. Michael holds a BA in Economics and Business  Administration from University of Zurich and an MA in Int. Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS.



Team TREE+PLY, composed of Adam Pascual, Rose Jade Eugenie and Edward Tyrel, will debut a free mobile application that is geared towards increasing global awareness, inspiring action, and developing sustainability in climate change actions through gamification. Users enter a virtual world where everything is red, meaning hazardous. In order to gradually create a green world, players have to complete simple “quests” such as tweeting about climate change or signing a global warming petition.

 Adam Pascual, Captain of Team TREE+PLY

 Adam Pascual is a 19 year old International Relations  student living in the Philippines.  He is an aspiring  diplomat trained by 8 retired Philippine Ambassadors  and by a few of the best economists, lawyers and  linguists. He strives to make a dent in this world step-by-  step with small and humble advocacies.

 On the global stage, Adam has represented his country in Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea as a Philippine Youth Ambassador to ASEAN-AEC Youth Network and the Global H Camp.

In the Philippines, he is a Convener (National level) at the Sustainable Development Goals Youth National Convergence of the International Youth Council. Additionally, Adam is the Former President and an incumbent Deputy Director for External Affairs of LPU LIKHA and LPU UNESCO.



The World Bank Group Youth Summit has partnered with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) to give the two winning team captains the opportunity to attend the 2016 ICSB Academy in New Jersey/New York City between June 14-18, 2016.

The ICSB Academy provides students with a full immersion experience in the making of  a new entrepreneurial venture. Successful entrepreneurial experts (including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business experts, and faculty) designed a dynamic training program that includes learning modules that will help participants to identify business opportunities and create their own venture. Participants in each cohort are paired with mentors and are given time throughout the program to gain insights and advice on their ideas, learn from their mentor’s experiences, and network to expand their professional networks with another 200 entrepreneurs around the world.

The attendance to the Academy includes registration fees, flight, accommodation in the Stevens Institute of Technology’s dormitories, and meals.

In addition, the two winning team captains will have the opportunity to attend the ICSB 2016 World Conference and visit the United Nations in New York


List of all competition finalists:

Team AQGRI+, Team Captain: Priska Prasetya

Team ECO-TECHNOLOGIES, Team Captain: Gloria Nakyejwe Kalyango

Team Greenie Exchange, Team Captain: Paul Lam

Team HELIOS, Team Captain: Michael Eschmann

Team KopGas, Team Captain: Sebastian Rodriguez

Team TREE+PLY, Team Captain: Adam Pascual



World Bank Group Youth Summit 2015 Competition Rules and Regulations     

Last Updated: Jan 05, 2016

  • LOCATION: 2121 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20433
  • MONDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2015: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
  • TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2015: 8:30AM - 2:30PM
  • CONTACT: Ines Gonzalez Del Mazo

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