Speakers

Lightning Talk | 10.00h - 10.30h | This 17-year-old girl is the winner of last years’ International Children's Peace Prize and founder/president of the Green Hope foundation. Since she was 8 years old Kehkashan Basu has mobilized and empowered thousands of young people to save the environment and work on other SDG-related themes. In her speech, she will highlight the importance of young people in driving change to create a sustainable world, based on her own journey with Green Hope. Basu feels that the current generation of young people is the last one that has the opportunity of tackling climate change before it is too late and has worked passionately to engage, educate and empower young people, particularly from developing nations. In her ‘Environment Academies’ she uses art, music, dance, drama and other innovative communication media to spread awareness.

Lightning Talk | 10.30h - 11.00h | The term ‘Africa Rising’ - popularized in recent years - refers to economic growth. But ordinary Africans do not see that prosperity in their daily lives. Moses Isooba of Africans Rising, a self-identifying collective of social movements, NGOs, intellectuals, artists, cultural activists and others that puts the focus on Africans (the people left behind by economic growth), says that while mainstream NGOs still have a role to play in development, they have lost legitimacy, suffering a disconnect with the people they intend to serve. Challenged by ‘governance apartheid’, risk aversion and disinterest in social movements among others, NGOs have to adapt to an increasingly differentiated and networked world. Movements have become the new organizing narrative – and Africans Rising is just about that. Join the conversation!

Lightning Talk | 14.00h - 14.30h | What is demanded of us, as organizations, if we want to be adaptive on the ground? Emma Proud is the Director of Organizational Agility at Mercy Corps and works with its teams and departments to encourage and enable all 400 of their programmes to be adaptive. With Mercy Corps, Emma is putting adaptive management at the heart of key change processes. At Partos Innovation Festival she will talk about agility. How can we tailor our systems, processes and ways of working to encourage our teams to be more adaptive?

Singer During the first Partos Innovation Festival in 2014, her beautiful voice echoed through Pakhuis de Zwijger. We are happy to present the sparkling Urita at KIT on October 12 as well! She already shared the stage with Trijntje Oosterhuis and Perquisite even before the release of her first EP. She raised attention with her single ‘Shine on You’ and shortly after she was proclaimed Radio 2 Talent in The Netherlands. Together with Urita you will want to sing all day at Partos Innovation Festival, and with her golden voice she will guide you from one room to another, hovering above the marble floors.

Lightning Talk | 14.30h - 15.00h | Ernesto Spruyt believes in tech for good: technology can enable positive social impacts that far outreach the possibilities of the traditional Fair Trade system. Spruyt will talk at the Innovation Festival about impact sourcing: the integration of disadvantaged workers from low-employment areas into the processes of businesses from more economically advanced countries, either through outsourcing or by setting up remote or virtual teams using digital technology. Ernesto Spruyt is entrepreneur, founder of Tunga and also responsible for the corporate acceleration program at the Telegraaf Media Group.

Lightning Talk | 13.30h - 14.15h | Not convinced by simplistic narratives of inclusion? Come listen to Verena Bitzer (Royal Tropical Institute), experienced researcher on inclusion in global value chains. Inclusion has become a buzzword in current debates about rural transformation in developing countries, but how can agricultural sectors and rural economies actually be transformed? Transformed in ways that provide better livelihoods for those that are not part of the ‘upper class’ of entrepreneurial smallholder farmers, especially women and youth? What type of inclusive socio-economic opportunities should we focus on? And when is inclusion actually not desirable because it leads to interdependency or exploitation? Let’s discuss the interplay between inclusion & exclusion, explore situations of adverse inclusion, and identify options for external support! 

Lightning Talk | 14.15h - 15.00h | One and a half years after the official launch of the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI), Roza Freriks, humanitarian expert of the DCHI Support Team, will share what does and does not work when it comes to humanitarian innovation. DCHI strives to increase the impact and decrease the cost of emergency action. By now, around 75 different partners have joined the Coalition, coming from humanitarian organisations, the private sector, knowledge institutes and government. Seven different joint innovation projects are underway, and DCHI collaborates with partners such as the Ministry of Defence, the Hague Humanity Hub, and the Delft University of Technology. Are you interested to know what are the lessons learned that came out of this? Make sure to join her session!

Lightning Talk | 14.30h - 15.00h | Development organizations underestimate their influence on the public opinion. Their representation of the Global South as an infinite pool of poverty, armed conflicts and climate disasters, appeals to journalists searching for sensational news. It  perfectly matches the journalistic adage, ‘if it bleeds, it leads’. Not aware of their collaboration, NGOs and the media produce a gloomy image of our reality. Journalist and philosopher Ralf Bodelier shows us how NGOs can break this devilish pact and restore our confidence in development cooperation. How to convince the Dutch - through journalists - that development cooperation has had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide? And how to motivate them in supporting our humanitarian goals?

Moderator | Bahram Sadeghi (1967, Iran) is an Amsterdam based freelance TV director and host. Sadeghi also writes for various Dutch magazines and organizes debates. He writes for de Volkskrant for example, in which he published an article on his own plastic waste: 1000 Dagen Plastic. In 2012 his debut novel was published: Waarom bent u zo arm?. Sadeghi has no hobbies, so he claims. At this moment he is working on another project for de Volkskrant: 'Bahram sees Abraham', about the fact that he turns 50 in October. Proven to be an excellent moderator before at i.e. De Balie and Pakhuis de Zwijger, Partos is excited to present Sadeghi as a moderator at the Innovation Festival!