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Unlock Big Change - Education: the key to a better future

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· Networking
Networking & Expo
Please go to "Network" or visit the Expo booths
· Stage
Welcome from UN Plaza
This event will feature world leaders and changemakers discussing the importance of education and how we can make concrete, tangible progress towards SDG 4.
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Unlocking Education in Emergencies
Speakers will discuss the situation of refugee education globally, innovations youth are driving forward, and solutions to unlock education in emergencies.
Sarah Brown Annemiek Hoogenboom Emanuel "Boo" Milton Janez  Lenarčič Yasmine Sherif
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Unlocking Skills for the Future
This conversation will explore the future of work, the challenges faced by girls and women and the potential partnerships between the public and private sector.
Ousmane Ba Jamira Burley PIa Wilson-Body Jude Kelly Kwasi Mitchell
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Unlocking Early Childhood Education
This conversation will explore the importance of the early years and identify actions to ensure universal preschool is funded, accessible and equitable for all.
Rob Doble Peter Laugharn Saima W.  Hossain Alice P. Albright Eden Tadesse
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Unlocking Finance for Education
Education funding is at risk as government, international aid and philanthropic budgets are being cut. How can we unlock the funding necessary to achieve SDG4?
Liz Sugg Franz Fayot Mamta Murthi Sarah Musau Justin van Fleet
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Unlocking Big Change
Education is the key to a better future. How can we ensure every child and young person has the opportunity of equitable, inclusive and quality education?
June  Sarpong Henrietta Fore Gordon Brown
· Breakouts
How Norway is Unlocking Big Change for Education
Join this session with Theirworld GYA Yara Eid and Norwegian State Secretary to hear about how Norway is unlocking big change for education.
Aksel Jakobsen Yara  Eid Lorriann Robinson
· Breakouts
Unlock Big Change: A RewirEd Talk hosted by Dubai Cares
Join Dubai Cares for a conversation between leading voices in education, youth and practitioners examining the greater purpose of education.
Theirworld Speaker Maryam Alhashmi Omar Tom Henrietta Fore Jamira Burley Alice P. Albright HE Dr. Tariq  Al Gurg Stefania  Giannini Raj  Gilda Mubuso Zamchiya
· Breakouts
CEO Roundtable Discussion (Closed Meeting)
· Expo
Networking & Expo
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· Breakouts
Realizing the Promise: How can education technology accelerate learning for all?
Join Brookings Institution for a presentation on how schools can use tech to enhance the work of teachers and improve educational content.
Theirworld Speaker Jake Cho Emiliana Vegas


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Sarah Brown

Chair - Theirworld; Executive Chair - GBC-Education

Maryam Alhashmi

Associate, Expo Specialist Programme - Expo 2020 Dubai

Aksel Jakobsen

State Secretary - Norway

Yara Eid

Global Youth Ambassador - Theirworld

June Sarpong

Broadcaster and Best Selling Author

Liz Sugg

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State; Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education, United Kingdom

Henrietta Fore

Executive Director - UNICEF

Ousmane Ba

Global Youth Ambassador - Theirworld

Lorriann Robinson

Theirworld and the Advocacy Team

Salvador Paiz

Co-Chairman - Grupo PDC

Omar Tom

Co-Founder and Managing Partner - Dukkan Media

Mubuso Zamchiya

Managing Director - The Luminos Fund

Raj Gilda

CEO - Lend A Hand India

Stefania Giannini

Assistant Director-General for Education - UNESCO

Emiliana Vegas

Sr. Fellow and Co-Director - Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution

Jake Cho

Senior Manager - GBC-Education

Strive Masiyiwa

Chairman and Founder - Econet Wireless International

Sarah Brown

Chair - Theirworld; Executive Chair - Global Business Coalition for Education

Leena Nair

Chief Human Resources Officer - Unilever

Nasser SIabi

CEO - Microlink

Alex Cho

Head of Personal Systems - HP

Karthik Krishnan

Global CEO - Encyclopedia Britannica

HE Dr. Tariq Al Gurg

CEO - Dubai Cares

Justin van Fleet

President - Theirworld; Executive Director - Global Business Coalition for Education

Gordon Brown

United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education - United Nations

Sarah Musau

Global Youth Ambassador - Theirworld

Mamta Murthi

Vice President for Human Development - World Bank

Franz Fayot

Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs - Luxembourg

Eden Tadesse

Global Youth Ambassador - Theirworld

Alice P. Albright

CEO - Global Partnership for Education

Saima W. Hossain

Chairperson, Shuchona Foundation; Chairperson, Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism - Bangladesh

Peter Laugharn

President and CEO - Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Rob Doble

Director of Policy, Advocacy and Program - Theirworld

Kwasi Mitchell

Principal, Diversity & Inclusion Lead - Deloitte

Jude Kelly

Director - WOW Foundation

PIa Wilson-Body

President - Intel Foundation

Yasmine Sherif

Director - Education Cannot Wait

Janez Lenarčič

Commissioner for Crisis Management - European Commission

Emanuel "Boo" Milton

Creator - SparkBox

Annemiek Hoogenboom

Country Director - People's Postcode Lottery

Jamira Burley

Head of Youth Skills and Engagement - Global Business Coalition for Education

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