Youth entrepreneurship is key to driving economic growth. It is becoming the priority of many governments around the world to promote entrepreneurship and small business creation in order to drive growth through the creation of more jobs. This panel will focus on what can be done within today’s education and after school to prepare that young people to make an impact on society by building the businesses of the future.
Moderator: Akhtar Badshah
Senior Director of Community Affairs, Microsoft Akhtar Badshah's current role is as the senior director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft Corporation, where he administers the company’s global community investment and employee programs through monetary grants, software and curriculum donations, technology solutions, and employee volunteer hours. Among his responsibilities, Badshah manages the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Community Technology Skills Program (CTSP), a global initiative designed to help narrow the technology skills gap; aid global work-force development; and create social and economic opportunity by providing technology training through community technology centers.
General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft Lori Forte Harnick is Microsoft’s General Manager for Citizenship & Public Affairs. In this role, Lori leads Microsoft’s global work on corporate social responsibility and service to communities as well as the company’s public relations of all legal and public policy issues.
Luis Silveira Pinto
Director of Education Business Solutions, JP Sa Couto Luis Silveira Pinto is the Director of Education Business Solutions at JP – inspiring knowledge, dedicated to the adoption of ICT in Education as an accelerator and pedagogical tool on 1:1 computing models. The past years have seen him working on the development of sustainable transformation projects in more than 30 countries around the world, empowering Education systems through the introduction of ICT.
Corporate Responsibility (CR) Leader of the Americas Shannon Schuyler is a Principal with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC US), and serves as the firm's Corporate Responsibility (CR) Leader of the Americas and as a member of PwC’s Global CR Board. Additionally, Shannon is an Officer of the Board of the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. Shannon is responsible for formalizing the CR function for PwC. In her role, she designs and implements social and environmental programs that are scalable and aligned with PwC’s strategic business priorities—helping to activate engagement, drive operational efficiencies, elevate stakeholder engagement and connectivity, and differentiate PwC’s brand in the marketplace.
Head of the British Council Schools Programme David Martin has been the Head of the British Council Schools Programme since July of 2012. His team provides professional leadership to the organisation on all aspects of schools work. David maintains a particular interest in technology-based education dating back to his early career. He previously worked as Director of the British Council in Pakistan, one of the British Council’s largest overseas offices.