Youth Dialogue

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DATE: October 7, 2014

DAY: Tuesday

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

LOCATION: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium

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The 2014 Youth Dialogue, which has been organized over the past three years as part of the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings, provides a platform for youth to share their views on inclusive growth and entrepreneurship through Education, Innovation and Passion. With traditional channels of job creation not working fast enough to deal with joblessness, innovation in self-employment and private enterprise may be key. While this may require creative thinking by the youth, it will likely are require  support from domestic policies that help create a level playing field, improve access to finance, strengthen regulatory reform, and close the gender gap. The dialogue will invite panelists to share their inspiring stories, the challenges, and the solutions.

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Moderator: Ahmed Shihab-Eldin


Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is a journalist and Correspondent for VICE on HBO. In 2015, he was featured on the Arabian Business power list of the planet’s 100 most influential young Arabs. He co-created Al Jazeera English’s “The Stream,” an award-winning talk show.

Daniele Calabrese


An Italian national. Founder and CEO of Soundtracker, the world’s first geo-social music discovery company built on mobile platforms from the ground-up. Describe what geo-social music discovery is. He is passionate about mobile technologies and services focusing on emerging and developing markets.

Gulalai Ismail


A Pakistani national. She is the founder of Aware Girls, which is a young women led Organization working for the empowerment of Young women and Gender Equality in Pakistan. She is the winner of the 2009 YouthActionNet Fellowship, a 2010 Paragon Fellowship, and the 2013 Democracy Award. She has been recognized as an Agent of Change by the British High Commission in Pakistan. She has been acknowledged as one of the “30 Under 30? leading young activists working for democracy by the National Endowment for Democracy and one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013 by Foreign Policy magazine.

Kalpana Kochhar


Kalpana Kochhar is currently a Deputy Director in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department of the IMF. Between 2010 and 2012, she was the Chief Economist for the South Asia Region of the World Bank.

Patrick Ngowi


A Tanzanian national. He is the CEO of Helvetic Solar Contractors – a Tanzanian company that supplies, installs, and maintains solar systems throughout the northern circuit of Tanzania. The company sells everything solar from photovoltaic (a.k.a. “solar”) panels and water heaters, to battery banks, generators, and back-up units. Patrick is named East Africa's Young Business Leader of the Year 2014 by CNBC and Forbes Africa.

Taliana Vargas


Taliana María Vargas Carrillo  is a Colombian actress, fashion model, television personality, Miss Colombia 2007 [2] and Miss Universe 2008 first runner-up. She is the President of House in the Tree Foundation to help youth in her community with programs that intend to reduce inequality, prevent crime from an early age and promote labor productivity and health of future citizens.