The Pan-African Youth Empowerment Conference is jointly organised by SOS Children’s Villages International and the African Union. The theme of the conference is Youth Empowerment for Employability and Entrepreneurship. It will be held at the African Union Compound from 22-24 August 2017.

The conference will seek to contribute to the realization of SOS Children’s Villages International Strategy 2030, Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 and African Union Agenda 2063 by providing an opportunity for young people to explore opportunities for job creation, entrepreneurship and self-reliance, and for them to be effective contributors to their communities and national development, as well as to be competitive at global level.

The conference will bring together two young people from 47 countries across the continent. Participants will share specific perspectives on youth unemployment and entrepreneurship challenges and opportunities in Africa. Corporates and Development Agencies will take part to exchange with young people to create synergy and bridge the gap.

• Voice of disadvantaged African Youth (VoAY) shared with relevant stakeholders and duty bearers, detailing their concerns and aspirations on employability, entrepreneurship and innovation that lead to decent work and prosperity
• Motivated and encouraged African youth to work and prosper in Africa

Meet our Speakers

Norbert Meder
Chief Executive Officer SOS Children's Villages International
    Dereje Wordofa
    International Director of the region SOS Children's Villages East and Southern Africa
    George Okutho
    Director International labor organization Ethiopia
      Theophane Nikyema
      Executive Director African Child Policy Forum
        Anteneh Tegegn
        Human Resource Director Coca-Cola
          Merel vd Woude
          Creative Director Butterfly Works (Facilitator)
            Tosh Juma
            Founder at Nairobi Design Institute & Creative Lead at Dalberg Design
              Samson Tesfaye
              Rotary Representative African Union and Economic Commission of Africa
                Chidiogo Akunyili
                Community Lead, Global Shapers Community, Africa & MENA at World Economic Forum
                  Nicola Tyler
                  Chief Executive Officer Business Results Group
                    Oladipupo Clement
                    Chief Executive Officer LIFEPAGE Group
                      Athlete Haile Gebrselassie
                        Dr. Eleni
                        Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin
                        founder and Chief Executive of BlueMoon
                          Markos Lemma
                          Co-founder Ice Addis
                            Selam Kebede
                            Former Seedstar Associate
                              Justice Thobakgale
                              Regional Strategy and Business Development Allianz Africa
                                Charlene Verzmoter
                                Philanthropies lead Microsoft
                                  Dr. alice
                                  Dr. Alice Atieno Otwala
                                  Chief Executive Officer of Public Service Commission of Kenya
                                    Mahlet Mekonnen
                                    Business Development Lead blueMoon
                                      Nina Koopman
                                      Business Developer 1%Club
                                        Steve Obasohan
                                        Deputy General Manager, Human Resources ISON BPO
                                          Sylvester Ebhodaghe
                                          Chief Executive Office and Editor in Chief National Standard Magazine
                                            Dawit Alemayehu
                                            Educator and CEO of Smart Workers Initiative
                                              Benoit Piot
                                              International Director West and Central Africa Region SOS Children's Villages International

                                                PAN- AFRICAN YOUTH EMPOWERMENT (PAYE) CONFERENCE 2017

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                                                How to follow our conference in Addis Ababa

                                                The Pan-African Youth Empowerment (PAYE) Conference is organised by SOS Children’s Villages and African Union. During the conference, more 100 young people from 47 African Countries will participate and they will be joined by corporates and other stakeholders focusing on how to bridge the existing gap during the transition from school desk to workplace.

                                                The meeting will host nearly 300 people from more than 47 countries on 22-24 August 2017 in Ethiopia at the African Union Compound.

                                                Here is our guide to how to follow #PAYEConference and #BridgingthegapAfrica on our digital channels and be a part of the discussion.

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                                                The official meeting hashtag is #PAYEConference and #BridgingthegapAfrica. Follow tweets on this hashtag to keep up with discussions and topics of interest on the Conference.

                                                SOS Children’s Villages official twitter accounts you can follow for updates are @SOSCVESAF for live-tweet updates of sessions.


                                                You can also join our followers on Facebook. We will be posting highlights from the meeting, conducting Facebook Live interviews with participants and sharing insights from key sessions.

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