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The Imagine Forum: Youth on the Move

05/10/2018 - 15:24

Borders have a vast impact on young people fleeing arduous situations, seeking new opportunities and respect for their rights. They are forced to flee, exposing them to sexual and gender based violence, abduction, exploitation, forced recruitment, and detention. Despite their difficult situation, displaced young people can and should play an important and positive role in shaping their future and establishing sustainable peace worldwide.

The main objective of the conference is to shed a light on this highly important role of young displaced persons, and the valuable contribution of entrepreneurs and activists in creating positive change.

Dagur B. Eggertsson, the Mayor of Reykjavík, will introduce the winning teams of Startup Social 2018!

Keynote addresses by

JJ Bola is a UNHCR High Profile Supporter, author, slam poet, educator and former refugee from DRC, who was brought up in London from the age of 7. JJ has published three collections of poetry and his debut novel, No Place to Call Home, was published in the UK in 2017.

Dr. Pia Oberoi is the Advisor on Migration and Human Rights at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, where she leads the work of OHCHR's migration team and advises the High Commissioner on policy and legal issues related to the intersections between migration and human rights.

Other speakers are Sophia Mahfooz, CEO of SVIP, Nazanin Azkari, activist and feminist, Kathy Gong, serial entrepreneur, CEO and co-founder of Wafa Games, Adam Elsod, Co-founder & Chairman of The Young Republic and Harald Quintus-Bosz, Lecturer at D-Lab, MIT and CTO of Cooper Perkins.

The conference is open to all. Please register at

Further information on the conference and registration takes place on the Peace Centre's website