Youth meet opens with lineup of key speak­ers

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Faten Omar

KUWAIT: The fifth an­nual Youth Em­pow­er­ment Sym­po­sium (Tm­keen) kicked off yes­ter­day with the aim of pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Kuwaiti youth to gain valu­able in­sights about en­trepreneur­ship from in­dus­try leaders, aca­demics and ex­perts. At the in­au­gu­ral sem­i­nar, Bader Al-Kharafi, Vice Chair­man of Zain Group, and Corey Owens, Head of Public Pol­icy at WeWork, spoke about in­no­va­tion and the fu­ture of tech­nol­ogy.

Kharafi said Zain has con­tin­u­ally in­vested in new tech­nolo­gies to stay ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion. “If we ask peo­ple what they want, they will say the lat­est car and the lat­est phone - the an­swer will al­ways be re­lated to the new­est tech­nolo­gies,” he said. Aside from con­tin­u­ing the fam­ily legacy, Kharafi has shown a ded­i­ca­tion to in­vest­ing in other peo­ple and pro­vid­ing the youth of Kuwait with new op­por­tu­ni­ties, as the job mar­ket con­tin­ues to change and adapt.

Along with Owens, the for­mer head of public pol­icy at Uber and Face­book, Tm­keen is host­ing two other suc­cess­ful startup en­trepreneurs - Jeremy Liew, a Part­ner at Light­speed Ven­ture Part­ners and a key in­vestor in Snapchat, and Jen­nifer Boulanger, Head of Global Re­cruit­ment at Book­ing.com.

Tm­keen is a na­tional ini­tia­tive that is de­liv­ered by Kuwaiti youth to the youth in Kuwait. It has been hold­ing this an­nual youth sym­po­sium, as well as sep­a­rate events dur­ing the year to ed­u­cate, in­form and in­spire. It also works to as­sist youth busi­ness leaders by pro­vid­ing a train­ing and de­vel­op­ment lead­er­ship pro­gram.

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