2020

2-ND ALBANIA YOUTH

CONFERENCE FOR FUTURE

Digital City

About the second youth Conference

On December 7-th and 8-th, our 2-nd Annual Spoonbill Nest Youth Conference for Future was an extraordinary success. We had over 550 registrants, who were presented with 16+ hours of live streaming conversations, insights, and keynote speeches from over 40 local and international experts.  In contrast to last year, this time, we organized Albania’s first hybrid-online youth conference.

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What was this year’s theme?

This year’s themes were Sustainability, Digitalization, Entrepreneurship, Management, and Soft Skills. Our amazing speakers made sure to bring a new perspective, not only for the youngsters but also for parents, teachers, and institutions. In conjunction with our co-presenter, the City of Elbasan, some presentations were watched by up to 5K viewers on Facebook, and our social media reach was over 50,000 people. 

What are we looking forward to?

Just as we promised last year, each of the authorities started their speeches with a follow up of the promises they made last year. Although it has been a tough year, we were glad to hear that there was progress.

We continue to be committed to bringing change to our city. Something different this year was also the SpoonbillNest Innovation Center.

We have also extended our Green Team. By taking this step, we want to help promote the initiatives needed, for Elbasan, to become a Smart & Green City by 2025. Additionally, our Youth Committee continues to hold stakeholders accountable for their commitments.
DAY 1

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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Gledian Llatja
Mayor of Municipality of Elbasan
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Youth Committee
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Kirsi Hyvaerinen
Founder and Managing Director, PRÁTTO Consulting d.o.o.
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Hristo Yanev
Tours & Activities Serial Entrepreneur
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Marsida Hyseni
Head of Labour Office, Elbasan
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Elira Demiraj
Head of National Employment and Skills Agency AKPA
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Almir Dhimitri
Country Representative for KNAUF Insulation in Albania
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Ismael Delorenzo
Traffic Planner at Planungsburo RV-K
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Erina Disho
Teacher and Director of ``Mihal Shahini`` Vocational School
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Erick Brenes PHD.
Founder of the Mesoamerican Knowledge Laboratory
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Manuel Silva
Professor of Energy Engineering
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Juljan Kasapi
BR coordinator of Salih Ceka Vocational School
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Elvin Nosi
HR Director of Balfin Group in Tirana
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Viola Henaj
Trainer of the Start Smart Program in the Regional Directorate of Delivery of Public Vocational Training Elbasan
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Anila Çota
Head of ZVA Elbasan
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Diamanta Vito
Municipal Management Expert at USAID Planning and Local Governance Program
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Elior Vila
Head of Informatics Department at University of Elbasan "Aleksandër Xhuvani"
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Prof. Dr. Claudia C.Brozel
University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde/Germany
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Evis Kushi
Minister of Education, Sports and Youth in Albania
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Brian Gega
Moderator
DAY 1

CONFERENCE AGENDA

WELCOME INVOCATION FROM THE MAYOR OF ELBASAN
Gledian Llatja - Mayor of Elbasan
RECAP: LAST YEAR’S COMMITMENTS
SpoonbillNest 2019-2020 Youth Council
CREATING SMART & GREEN CITIES: BENEFITS FOR THE FUTURE
Kirsi Hyvaerinen - Founder PRÁTTO Consulting
Hristo Yanev - Sliven Ltd.
FINDING JOBS OF THE FUTURE
Marsida Hyseni - Head of Labor, Elbasan Municipality
Elira Demiraj - General Director of National Employment and VET Agency
Almir Dhimitri - Country Representative for Knauf Insulation Albania, part of Knauf Group
THE FUTURE OF ADVENTURE CYCLING IN ELBASAN & ALBANIA
Ismael Delorenzo - Traffic Planner at Planungsbüro RV-K
SUSTAINABILITY: BENEFITS OF GREEN JOBS AND POLICIES TO COMMUNITIES AND FUTURE GENERATIONS
Erina Disho - Teacher and Director Mihal Shahini VET School
Erick Brenes - Founder of Mesoamerican Knowledge Lab
Manuel Silva - Professor at the Energy Engineering Department of the University of Seville
MANAGEMENT AND SOFT SKILLS: PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST TO GROW THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE
Julian Kasapi - Teacher VET School Sali Ceka
Elvin Nosi - Director of HR, Balfin Group
Viola Henaj - VET Center Career consulting teacher
PATHWAYS TO STUDENT SUCCESS: UPSKILLING EDUCATORS, FAMILY SUPPORT, & LETTING THE STUDENT LEAD
Anila Cota - Head of Education, Elbasan Municipality
Diamanta Vito - Municipal Management Expert
PATHWAYS TO NEW CAREERS: UNIVERSITY, SKILLS-FOCUSED TRAINING, & INTERNSHIPS
Elior Vila - Head of Informatics Department, University of Elbasan, A. Xhuvani
Prof. Dr. Claudia Brozel - Eberswalde University, Germany
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: STATUS & FUTURE OF EDUCATION IN ALBANIA: OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELBASAN LEADERSHIP
Evis Kushi - Minister of Education
FIRST DAY CLOSING & PREVIEW OF DAY 2
Brian Gega - Moderator
DAY 2

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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Gledian Llatja
Mayor of Municipality of Elbasan
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Evis Kushi
Minister of Education, Sports and Youth in Albania
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Arber Hitaj
Journalist and president of AEJ Albania
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Aleksander Cipa
President of the Union of Albanian Journalists
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Fatmir Popja
Independent Journalist at Focus Media Group
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Elira Demiraj
Bardhi Sejdarasi
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Blendi Klosi
Minister of Tourism and Environment
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Andrew Brown
Senior Regional Manager - World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
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Grant Holmes
Global Sector Head - Inchcape Shipping Services
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Eda Çela
Head of Coordination and International Relations Office
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Elvira Fetahu
Vice Rector of the University of Elbasan
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Robert Gajda
Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination
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Darian Konomi
Specialist at Monitoring, Reporting and Communication Directory
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Fation Dragoshi
Project Manager of Skills for Jobs Project
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Brikena Xhomaqi
Vice Director of Lifelong Learning Platform
Jacques Attali
Jacques Attali
President of the Positive Planet Foundation
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Jane Richardson
Senior Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA
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Matteo Colangeli
Head of EBRD in Albania
Elvis Kotherja
Elvis Kotherja
Managing Director - Elite Travel Group
Klevis-Xhoxhi
Klevis Xhoxhi
Prefect of Elbasan
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Carmen Schrodt
Managing Director, Partner at Activigo
DAY 2

CONFERENCE AGENDA

WELCOME TO DAY 2
Gledian Llatja - Mayor of Elbasan
Evis Kushi - Minister of Education, Sports and Youth in Albania
THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN EDUCATION: COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE
Arber Hitaj - Pres. Assoc of European Journalists, Albania
Aleksander Cipa - Head of Union of Albanian Journalists
Fatmir Popja - Journalist
Bardhi Sejdarasi - Head Monitor and TVSH Econ/Finance section
CAREERS IN MODERN TOURISM: SUSTAINABILITY AND SERVICE GO HAND-IN-HAND
Blendi Klosi - Minister of Tourism and Environment in Albania
Andrew Brown - World Travel and Tourism Council
Grant Holmes - Chairman, Progress International & VP Inchcape
UNIVERSITIES: WHAT’S NEXT?
Eda Cela - A. Xhuvani University, Elbasan
Elvira Fetahu - A. Xhuvani University, Elbasan
ACTIVE ADVENTURE TOURISM: TURNING NATURAL TREASURES INTO A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
Gergana Nikolova - Adventure Travel Trade Association
Carmen Schrodt - ACTIVIGO Travel + Events GmbH
ADDRESSING ABLEISM IN THE MODERN WORKPLACE
Robert Gajda - Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination
Darian Konomi - Specialist at Monitoring, Reporting and Communication Directory
KEEPING PACE WITH CHANGING MARKETS: DUAL EDUCATION & LIFELONG LEARNING
Fation Dragoshi - SwissContact Albania
Brikena Xhomaqi - Director at Lifelong Learning Platform
UNDERSTANDING THE INDUSTRY OF LIFE
Jaques Attali - Président de la Fondation Positive Planet, Writer, Futurologist
WOMEN IN STEM – ADVANCING COMPUTER SCIENCE LEARNING GLOBALLY
Jane Richardson - Senior Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA
WHERE DO WE FIND INVESTMENT FOR JOB SKILLS? HOW DO WE DIRECT THE RESOURCES WE HAVE?
Matteo Colangeli - Head of EBRD in Albania
Elvis Kotherja - Elite Travel Group
Taulant Balla - Head of Parliamentary Group
CLOSING STATEMENT: VISION OF ELBASAN’S FUTURE FOR THE YOUTH
Gledian Llatja - Mayor of Elbasan
Klevis Xhoxhi - Prefect of Elbasan
SIGN OFF
Elvis Kotherja - Elite Travel Group
Brian Gega - Moderator

See you on the next Spoonbill Nest!

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