‘Youth empowerment’ in focus at ‘Investing in the Future’ event

Sharjah / Emirates Business

Top UAE officials will be sharing their insights and expertise on how to tackle the youth crisis in the Mena region at the two-day Investing in the Future Conference (IIFMENA 2018), that will take place in Sharjah on October 24-25.
Organised by the UAE-based global humanitarian organisation, The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF) with key partners, UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women, SOS Village and NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (Nama), the conference is themed Youth – Crisis Challenges and Development Opportunities’, and offers its global platform to highlight the challenges faced by young people in the crisis-laden Mena region, and offer practicable solutions with a focus on stronger youth participation and inclusion in decision-making. On the first day, the conference will host Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council and TBHF’s Humanitarian Envoy, in recognition of his prestigious stature and community efforts as well as his ability to influence others about the importance of humanitarian work. He will be seen as a key speaker at the closing session of day one of the conference.
Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, will touch on the methods of artificial intelligence (AI) and its role in empowering youth. He will underscore the importance of harnessing latest technologies to promote innovation, develop systems and techniques that can affect and bring about a positive impact on people’s lives, during the opening session on the second day of the IIFMENA conference.
Dr Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills in the UAE, is among the keynote speakers on the first day of IIFMENA, and will address the need of young people to gain future skills that support their role in overseeing the development of higher education and scientific research. Youth’s role is also important in developing education policy and regulating the function of institutions in the education sector, as well as ensuring the quality and alignment of its
outputs with the job market’s needs and requirements.
HE Hessa bint Eisa Bu Humaid, Minister of Community Development is a keynote speaker and will be addressing the youths and young influencers on the first day of the conference on October 24.
HE Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, will be joining the President of SMC as one of the key speakers at the closing session of IIFMENA on Wednesday.
Also speaking at the IIFMENA conference will be Reem BinKaram, Director of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment and Board Member of Rubu’ Qarn Foundation. Through her participation as one of the keynote speakers who will open discussions on the second day of the IIFMENA conference, she will highlight achievements of young women and female entrepreneurs in the UAE, Mena region and the wider globe.

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