The 2018 Summit occurred 26-28 March 2018, in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Youth Co:Lab Summit will bring together the young winners from the innovation challenges that took place in the 2017-2018 Youth Co:Lab National Dialogues, as well as representatives from government, private sector and the social entrepreneurship community. It will lay the groundwork for longer-term regional engagement by UNDP and other partners to empower youth on social innovation and entrepreneurship, and help create an enabling environment for young people to have meaningful and sustained engagement with the SDGs.
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Haoliang Xu is an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme.
Foundation launched the Pathways to Progress initiative to prepare young people globally for today’s competitive job market. In 2017, the Foundation announced a $100 million commitment – the largest in its 20-year history - to provide 500,000 young people with opportunities that help boost their employability and connect them to jobs.
Mechai Viravaidya is a former politician and activist widely acclaimed for his work in family planning, AIDS awareness, education and social innovation in Thailand.
Vice Minister of Education, Thailand
Mr. Hart-Hansen was appointed Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP Thailand Country Office in April 2015 and has been a champion for social innovation and social entrepreneurship in UNDP's work in the country. Mr. Hart-Hansen came from a position as Policy Specialist in the UNDP Executive Office, where he served for almost 4 years under UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.
Ulrike Guelich is Assistant Professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Management at Bangkok University in Thailand. She is Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Thailand team leader and Member of the Board of GERA (Global Entrepreneurship Research Association). She holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and 2 M.B.A.’s. Ulrike Guelich joined the GEM Thailand team in 2012 and contributed to several national and international reports on entrepreneurial activities, attitudes and aspirations.
Teri is the Head of Programs at LEARNx, an edtech language learning startup based in Thailand. Previously running a family business in recreation and hospitality, Teri's passion turned towards education and has since worked for Bangkok School of Management, StartupMalaysia.org, and most recently UNESCO. On the side, she manages grants for Learn Education (social enterprise) and organizes startup & people development related events. Teri holds a MSc in Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship.
Chief of Technology and Innovation, UNESCAP
Sarah is currently based in Vanuatu and engaging with a number of youth and cultural institutions and communities, Sarah’s expertise is in research, evaluation, planning and community media practice to advocate inclusive and sustainable interventions owned and lead by local people particularly in the areas of social entrepreneurship, arts and bio-cultural heritage.
Adam Rahman is the Head of Corporate Affairs for Citi in Singapore and ASEAN. In this role, Adam oversees all internal and external communications, reputational risk management and government relations functions, and is also responsible for raising the brand profile of Citi in Singapore. Adam has over 30 years of experience in the media and communications industry.
Meliza is currently serving as the Operations Director of World Vision Foundation of Thailand. In this role, she provides strategic leadership and results-based management for all aspects of World Vision Foundation of Thailand’s projects and programmes in all of its Area Programmes in 44 provinces of Thailand. She has been working with World Vision for about 10 years now in various positions, and was a Regional Education Project Manager under World Vision International for 3 years.
Jane Lawson is the UN Volunteers Regional Peace and Citizen Security Specialist for Asia and the Pacific. Her current work and research is focused on exploring how data sets and technology can inform innovative solutions for peace programming. She works closely with UN Agencies to streamline and integrate citizen engagement into prevention programming placing importance on supporting enabling environments for volunteer solutions for the SDGs.
Florencia Spangaro is the Director of Programs at the Citi Foundation, heading up the organization’s global grant and volunteering programs. In this capacity, she leads the Program team in strategy design and execution of key initiatives, including Pathways to Progress, Community Progress Makers, and Global Community Day.
Johnathan Lee is the Executive Director of Academy in the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre. This division offers education/training courses, global ecosystem exposure and also South East Asia’s leading accelerator program to a global entrepreneurs and start-up community. Johnathan comes from a diverse background with over 18 years in commercial and investment experience in various industries ranging from finance, healthcare and education.
Shazeeb M Khairul Islam is the Founder & CEO of YY Goshti, Bangladesh's first independent social business incubator that supports early stage social businesses with training, mentorship & access to resources in the field of agriculture, water and sustainable communities. He is also the President Social Business Youth Alliance and was the founding CEO of Spark* International in Bangladesh and has supported more than 50 social entrepreneurs till date.
Omkaew “Fai” Wechayachai joined ANDE in 2017 as the East and Southeast Asia Chapter Manager. Fai holds a Masters in Comparative International Development Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education . Fai brings both private and public sector in education industry expertise. She most recently has served as the Deputy Managing Director of a Thai educational institution that established the Canadian International School of Thailand.
John DaSilva is a development professional with a unique background covering government, the private sector and civil society.Joining the Kenan Institute Asia as a senior consultant in 2006, John currently serves as the Director of Corporate Engagement, and is part of the executive management committee for the organization.