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World Bank Youth Summit 2018: Unleashing the Power of Human Capital

December 3-4, 2018

1818 H St NW, Washington, DC 20433


    Unleashing the Power of Human Capital


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    Established in 2013, the Youth Summit is an annual event held by the World Bank Group (WBG) to engage with youth globally on the most pressing topics facing their generation. The primary goals of the Summit are to (1) empower youth to explore innovative ideas for tackling development challenges, (2) provide youth with the tools to build and engage in impactful projects, and (3) promote dialogue between youth, the WBG, and other key stakeholders globally.


    This year’s theme

    The theme for the 2018 Summit is Unleashing the Power of Human Capital. A key determinant of a country’s competitiveness is its human talent—the skills, knowledge, and experience of its population, better known as “human capital”. The agenda will be structured around two main subthemes, exploring how youth can maximize their, and other individuals’, human capital throughout their lifespan.


    Who should attend?

    The Summit invites youth who are passionate about maximizing their, and other individuals’ human capital. Attendance at the Summit is open to youth aged 18-35 from around the world.






    Jury Award: Mopi (Brazil)


    Mopi is a network of home-based daycare centers in Brazil. It empowers and professionalizes the work of community mothers, women from low-income neighborhoods who charge to take care of children in her own home. Based on four main pillars - vetting process, educational training, standard model and quality management -, mopi aims to provide educational opportunities to 7 Million underserved Brazilian kids in their first four years of life. With mopi, education starts on day one.

    Team: Elisa de Rooij Mansur


    Audience Award: Project Cube (Singapore)


    Project Cube is a modular classroom-in-a-cube with companion (digital) mobile application to help children in areas with high displacement, conflict, and natural disasters get back to school quickly – an “education-as-usual” solution. The cube is packed with learning materials and teaching equipment in a modular design, able to be customized/deployed quickly under different contexts.

    Team: Klo’e and Yu Qian Ang



    Recycle Up! Ghana - RUG (Ghana)

    RUG seeks to support young Ghanaians between 15 to 25 years to develop local solutions for Ghana’s pressing waste challenge through entrepreneurship training. We believe that “local problems must be solved by local people”, and that “the youth are the present and future change-makers” and as such should be empowered to start acting now!

    Team: Alhassan Muniru

    RemindMe (Nigeria)

    RemindMe is an automated data management and reminder system for immunization for mothers in Africa powered by USSD and Voice Technology. RemindMe aims to increase demand for vaccination services and improve the healthcare infrastructure. Remind me supports caregivers, government, development agencies, and health workers.

    Team: Tochukwu Egesi

    ThinkZone (India)

    ThinkZone implements an affordable technology-enabled ‘School-in-a-box’ education-solution, aimed at bridging the learning-gap amongst children at the Bottom-of-the-Pyramid. By training and empowering local women as educators in their communities, ThinkZone also creates dignified livelihood opportunities and greater gender equality. Using offline technology, standardized proprietary curriculum, and class-management tools, ThinkZone is providing ‘level-based’ quality early-childhood and primary level education for children across remote villages of India and simultaneously creating jobs for women.

    Team: Binayak Acharya 

    Bitae Technologies (Spain and United States)

    Bitae Technologies aims to build human capital and transferable skills for a generation of global, mobile talent--including refugees and migrants--and improve access to education and employment. Using blockchain technology, Bitae’s “Digital Backpack CV” makes it possible to verify, share and match credentials, references, and skills. The platform links qualified talent to employers and increases the visibility of an untapped market segment. Bitae transforms learning and skills into verified credentials--a new kind of CV. Gemma and Shanna co-founded Bitae at Columbia University, winning the Global Public Policy Network competition and the School of International and Public Affairs Dean’s Challenge Grant competition. They are currently based at the Columbia Startup Lab in New York.

    Team: Gemma Torras Vives and Shanna Crumley

  • Youth Summit Steering Committee 2018

    Manager and Co-Chair

    Fannie Delavelle 

    Treasurer and Co-Chair

    Samia Ausaf


    Serena Yulong Shi
    Filip Jolevski

    Communications Lead – Social Media and Website

    Alejandra de Lecea

    Communications Lead – Branding and Outreach Management 

    Sundas Liaqat

    Event Content Lead – Plenaries and Training Sessions

    Olivia Charlotte Hipkins
    Alona Kazantseva

    Event Content Lead – Competition

    Roman Alexander Balin

    Event Logistics Lead – IT

    Rohit Bangera

    Event Logistics Lead – Design

    Gabrielle Lynn Williams
    Partnership LeadDiego Soto Garcia 

    Youth Engagement Lead International

    Tingting Wang

    Jorge Barbosa

    Youth Engagement Lead National

    Ameya Sapre

    Senior Communications Advisor

    Patrick Andrew Powell

    Senior Advisor

    Mora Farhad
    Filip Jolevski
    Filip Jolevski

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    8.00 – 9.00

    Registration & Networking Breakfast

    Preston Lobby


    9.00 – 9:45

    Opening Ceremony

    Preston Auditorium

    Welcoming Remarks

    - Fannie Delavelle and Samia Ausaf, Co-Chairs at the WBG Youth Summit 2018

    Keynote Conversation with:

    - Doug Galen, Co-Founder and CEO of Rippleworks and Lecturer in Management at Stanford University

    - Gabrielle Williams, Event Logistics Lead at the WBG Youth Summit 2018

    Welcoming Remarks

    - Jaime Saavedra, Senior Director of Education Global Practice at the World Bank Group

    Master of Ceremonies: Roger Osorio, Entrepreneurship Program Leader at IBM and Facilitator at Startup Weekend

    9.45 – 10

    Networking Coffee Break



    10 – 11.30

    Plenary session I

    Preston Auditorium

    The Future of Investing in the Early Years

    - Tazeen Hasan, Senior Legal Specialist at the World Bank Group

    - Rita Ginja, Associate Professor in Department of Economics at University of Bergen

    - Afzal Habib, Co-Founder and Chief Imagination Officer at Kidogo

    - Pawan Patil, Senior Economist at the World Bank Group

    Moderated by Laura Rawlings, Lead Social Protection Specialist at the World Bank Group

    11.40 – 13.10

    Workshop I

    Innovations for the Development of Human Capital Foundations

    See Annex A - Workshop I for details

    How can innovation enhance access to the drivers of human capital development in the first 1000 days of life?

    Participants will attend a workshop that will look at innovations focused around the early years of an individual's life.

    - Workshop 1A: Building Human Capital Through Nutrition (by WBG Health, Nutrition & Population Global Practice )

    - Workshop 1B: How to Work with your Community to Create Sustainable Change (by Rotary International)

    - Workshop 1C: Disrupting Maternal Health Through Technology (by B-wom)

    - Workshop 1D: Sexual and Reproductive Health (by Pathfinder)

    - Workshop 1E: Opportunities for Youth Engagement in Food & Nutrition Policymaking (by the Private Sector

    Mechanism of the UN Committee on Food Security)

    - Workshop 1F: How Can Innovation Enhance Access to the Drivers of Human Capital Development in

    the First 1000 Days of Life? (by Kidogo)

    - Workshop 1G: How Family Forward Policies at Patagonia Drive Extreme Bottom Line Results (by Patagonia)

    - Workshop 1H: Igniting An Innovative Mindset Through Improv (by Mavasive Leadership Institute)

    - Workshop 1I: Speed Mentoring Session (by Y2Y Mentorship Team)

    13.10 - 14

    Networking Lunch Break

    Preston Lobby

    Corporate Sponsors and Youth Organizations to Host Information Stands Over Lunch.

    14 – 14.30

    Arm-chair conversation

    Preston Auditorium

    Investing in People and Human Capital Development

    - Chris Milligan, Counselor to the Agency at USAID

    - Alona Kazantseva, Content Co-Lead at the WBG Youth Summit 2018

    14.30 - 15

    Presentation of HCI

    Preston Auditorium

    The Human Capital Project and the Human Capital Index

    Discussion of the Human Capital Project and introduction to the newly launched HCI

    - Annette Dixon, Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank Group

    - Fannie Delavelle, Manager & Co-Chair of the WBG Youth Summit 2018

    15 – 15.15

    Networking Coffee Break



    15.15 -16.45

    Plenary session II

    Preston Auditorium

    Leveraging Technology to Ramp Up Human Potential

    - Nadya Okamoto, Founder and Executive Director at PERIOD

    - Julie Clugage, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Team4Tech

    - Joel Sadler, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Piper

    - Rocio Ortega, Associate at Girl Up (UN Foundation)

    - Anthony Prince, Americas Leader for Education at Microsoft

    Moderated by Andy Rabens, Senior Advisor on Global Youth Issues at the U.S. State Department

    17 – 18.30

    Workshop II

    Technology and Youth: Developing Human Capital

    See Annex B - Workshop II for details

    What is the role of technology in human capital development? How can innovation enhance human capital development in youth?

    Participants will attend a workshop that will focus on the use of technologies targeting youth development.

    - Workshop 2A: Introduction to Coding (by Women Who Code)

    - Workshop 2B: Leaders for a Better Tomorrow (by Women Who Code)

    - Workshop 2C: Developing Human Capital through Technology Education: An African Context (by Moringa School)

    - Workshop 2D: Advancing Teaching and Learning with Technology: Opportunities for Private Sector Collaboration

    (by Team4Tech)

    - Workshop 2E: Machine Learning and AI: Impacts on Human Capital (by Virgil CapitalCapital)

    - Workshop 2F: Lifetime of Learning Technology (by Piper)

    - Workshop 2G: Leveraging Technology for Human Capital: A Creative Workshop (by African Leadership University


    - Workshop 2H: Evoke – Use of Game Mechanics and Blockchain Technology to Incentivize Youth to Solve the World’s

    Greatest Challenges (by WBG Blockchain Lab)

    - Workshop 2I: An Exponential Education to Expand Human Capital (by Virtual Educa and Y2Y)

    18.30 – 18.45Closing discussionPreston Auditorium

    Closing remarks

    - Ana Roca Castro, CEO of Genius Plaza

    Takeaways to be shared from the plenary sessions and workshops.


    Social Mixer

    Elephant & Castle
    900 19th St NW, Washington, DC




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    8 – 9

    Registration & Networking Breakfast

    Preston Lobby


    9:00 - 9:30Fireside ChatPreston Auditorium

    Investing in Local Human Capital from the Private Sector

    - Daniella Foster, Senior Director of Global Corporate Responsibility at Hilton

    -- Jorge Barbosa, International Youth Engagement Co-lead at the WBG Youth Summit 2018

    9.30 – 11.30

    Competition final

    Preston Auditorium

    Pitch Contest: Final Round of the Youth Summit 2018 Competition

    Finalists will present their proposals. Two winners will be decided through votes from the Jury and the audience.

    Jury Members:

    - Sean Petersen, Principal Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation

    - Veronica Nyhan Jones, Manager, Sustainable Infrastructure, International Finance Corporation

    - Dena Ringold, Manager Human Capital Project, World Bank

    - Matt Zieger, Head of US Ventures for Village Capital Group

    - Brian Gonzalez, Director for Public Sector Policy, Government Affairs, Intel Corporation

    - Djordjija Petkoski, Co-Chair of the World Bank Ideas4Action Program, Lecturer and Senior Fellow at Wharton.

    11.30 – 11.45

    Networking Coffee Break



    11.45 – 12.15

    Keynote Speaker

    Preston Auditorium

    Disruption in Work - the Future of Jobs

    - Brian Gonzalez, Director for Public Sector Policy at Intel

    12.15 – 13.15

    Networking Lunch Break

    Preston Lobby

    Corporate Sponsors and Youth Organizations to Host Information Stands Over Lunch.
    13.15 – 13.40Keynote SpeakerPreston Auditorium

    What is the Human's Role in Human Capital Development?

    - Roger Osorio, Executive Coach at IBM and Instructor at University of Pennsylvania

    13.45 – 15.15

    Plenary session III

    Preston Auditorium

    Maximizing Contributions in the Jobs of Tomorrow

    - Murat Tarimcilar, Professor of Decision Sciences at George Washington University

    - Lesly Goh, Chief Technology Officer at the World Bank Group

    - Ali Siddiq, Chief Operating Officer at Amal Academy

    - Catherine Bertini, Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow

    Moderated by Saleema Vellani, Co-Founder & COO of Innovazing, Innovation Strategist at World Bank, Mentorship

    Co-Chair at Y2Y Community

    15.15 – 15.30

    Networking Coffee Break



    15.30 - 16

    Arm-chair conversation

    Preston Auditorium

    Innovative Technology in Education and How Youth Can Use It

    - Haroon Yasin, Gulmakai Champion at the Malala Fund and Chairperson of Orenda Project

    - Diego Soto Garcia, Partnerships Lead at the WBG Youth Summit and Paralegal at MIGA

    16.15 – 17.45

    Workshop III

    Transformation and Transition: Skills for the Future

    See Annex C - Workshop III for details

    How can youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow? What skills and mindsets are required for the future?

    Participants will attend a workshop on the skills and mindsets that will prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.

    - Workshop 3A: Leadership to Changemakers: Maximize Your Impact (by Innovazing)

    - Workshop 3B: Building Human Capital through Blockchain Social Marketplaces (by WBG Blockchain Lab)

    - Workshop 3C: Introduction to Design Thinking (by WBG Blockchain Lab)

    - Workshop 3D: Jobs for the Future: Practical Approaches to Include Women and Disadvantaged Youth (by Solutions

    for Youth Employment (S4YE))

    - Workshop 3E: Climate Change and Human Capital (by World Bank Climate, Markets and Innovation Team)

    - Workshop 3F: Driving Young Changemakers’ Success with YouthLead (by YouthPower Learning Team)

    - Workshop 3G: The Food and Agriculture System: Youth Agripreneurship (by Global Agriculture and Food Security

    Program (GAFSP) Coordination Unit)

    - Workshop 3H: Preparing Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa For Jobs of Tomorrow: The role of Digital and Soft Skills

    Development (by Y4I Africa)

    18 – 18.10

    Closing discussion

    Preston Auditorium

    Closing comments on the plenaries and workshops

    18.10 – 18.30

    Preston Auditorium

    Preston Auditorium

    Announcement of the winners of the Youth Summit 2018 Competition and Closure of the Event

    - Amit Dar, Director, Strategy and Operations, Human Development Practice at the World Bank Group

    18.30 – 18.35

    Team Picture

    Preston Auditorium


    18.40 – 20.30

    Social mixer

    The Exchange
    1719 G St NW, Washington, DC 



  • Meet Makkiya Javed: The Winner With A Cause (Ary News) - Sehat Kahani (2017 Youth Summit Winners)

    Engineer, VIT student’s renewable energy plan picked for World Bank Youth Summit (Hindustan Times) - Infinite Light (2017 Youth Summit Finalists)

    Youth Summit Brings New Ideas to Digital Development

    A Competition To Remember (Intel)

    How language, tech open opportunities for refugees (Reuters) - Team NaTakallam (2016 Youth Summit Winners)