For Immediate Diffusion
September 28, 2017, Tunis
Building lasting relationships among young leaders in the MENA region
Impact Arabia—#YGL&Global Shapers – #ImpactTunisia2017 – Tunisia
For the first time, Young Global Leaders (YGL) from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will gather in Tunisia for Impact Arabia—a series of meetings that brings together the Young Global Leaders of the Arab world with political, economic, and civil society actors to create new synergies between the countries of the region and build bridges that foster regional integration. Impact Arabia’s theme this year is: “Building lasting relationships among young leaders in the MENA region.”
This event is organized during a critical moment in the MENA region: armed conflicts, democratic transitions, identity crises, economic crises, migratory crises, youth unemployment, and instability of energy markets—all within the framework of a global economic downturn. But it is precisely during these moments that new paths must be forged and innovative opportunities created.
Because of such, the YGLs and Tunisian Global Shapers Community wish to offer its guests a unique and authentic experience – a real immersion into Tunisian society with its advances and challenges, far from the clichéd poster child portrayed on the international stage as the “only success story of Arab revolutions”, or its opposite, as being "the world’s biggest exporter of young recruits to Daesh.”
Over the course of three days, the invited YGLs and Global Shapers Tunis will have meetings with policymakers and creators of the Tunisian transition, teenagers from West Kram, and some of the most brilliant entrepreneurs, artisans, intellectuals, activists and media personalities—enabling young leaders in the MENA region to discover Tunisia on the ground, with all its different facets. They will discover the complex components triggering the Tunisian revolution.
The Young Global Leaders community was created by the World Economic Forum in 2004, with 874 young people from 110 nationalities, with nearly 50% young women representing the next generation of leaders: including Nobel laureates, world-famous artists, social entrepreneurs, and record holders of the world.
The Tunisian Young Global Leaders community is made up of five women: Omezzine Khelifa, Lina Ben Mhenni, Amira Yahiyaoui, Wafa Makhlouf, and Faten Kallel.
As for the Global Shapers Community, it is comprised of 6,216 young people under the age of 33 that spread over 459 hubs. Their role is to organize events and activities that have a positive impact within their local communities, and they also contribute to cross-dressing with other World Economic Forum communities. The Tunis Hub is a community of 20 active Global Shapers, presided by Wiem Melki.
Partners: Association Mobdiun – Creative Youth, Restaurant Lemdina, Réseau Entreprendre and La Maison de La Plage.