Day 1 – The importance of migrant entrepreneurs

  • 3rd September – 2:30 – 3:30p.m (CEST)

Migrant Entrepreneurship contribution to Europe

Detail:

Refugees and other migrants who arrive in Europe manage to make a new life for themselves while also actively contributing to the economy of their host countries as they work to secure their own livelihoods.  The first panel of the Growing Europe conference will set the stage for the conversations to follow by confirming the importance of migrant entrepreneurs in Europe.  Our speakers will make the case for inclusive entrepreneurship policies and discuss some of the specific ways in which entrepreneurship by immigrants can be promoted and supported.

We will begin by hearing two distinct voices: a policymaker and a refugee entrepreneur.  First, Monique Pariat, the European Commission’s Director General for Migration and Home Affairs will provide the public policy perspective on the importance of migrant entrepreneurs and how policies can support them.  She will be followed by Zina Abboud,  a Syrian refugee who is building a thriving catering business in the Netherlands, who will highlight through her own example the potential of refugees and the type of support that can help propel even more to succeed in their own businesses.

Following these brief speeches, we will have a moderated discussion exploring in more depth the policies, programs, and research that are needed to support immigrant entrepreneurs.  The panellists will raise provocative questions about how we define the migrant entrepreneur and the services needed to meet the needs of distinct groups. Our expert panel is comprised of Daniela Bobeva from the Economic Research Institute of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, David Halabisky of the OECD where he leads research on inclusive entrepreneurship, and Ahmad Bayram, Syrian award-winning social entrepreneur and researcher. The panel will be moderated by Christina Kappaz of Youth Business International, one of the Growing Europe partners implementing entrepreneurship support for youth on the move.

Agenda:

  • Welcome by Christina Kappaz, Youth Business International, member of M-UP Consortium, and Artur Benedyktowicz, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)
  • Key note speech by Monique Pariat, Director General of DG Migration and Home Affairs
  • Key note speech by Zina Abboud, Founder, Zina’s Kitchen
  • Panel with: Daniela Bobeva – VUSF, Ahmad Bayram, David Halabisky – OECD
  • Q&A with panellists
  • Closing remarks and preview of the graphic recording of the session

Moderated by Christina Kappaz, YBI

Graphic recording by Eva Feuchter

  • 3rd September – 3:40 – 4:40p.m (CEST)

COVID-19 impact on Migrant Entrepreneurship

Detail:

How are inclusive entrepreneurship programmes responding to the Covid-19 pandemic? What are the additional challenges migrants and refugee entrepreneurs are facing? How can they be better supported? What can we learn from this crisis to bring new opportunities?

As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, different initiatives aiming to minimise the significant impact the pandemic is having and will continue to have not only in people’s health but also on workers, businesses and the general economy are flourishing. While migrant and refugee entrepreneurs have proved to be resilient individuals that bring new market opportunities to their new society, they are often the most hit by these kind of crises, having to navigate thought additional challenges. With different international organisations predicting the major economic downturn of our era, it is essential to make sure we leave no one behind, uniting in diversity for a prompt recovery that makes us not only stronger and more resilient, but also able to develop more inclusive and equal societies. To support current and new inclusive initiatives and developing new strategies and partnerships emerging as a result of the crisis can be some of the strategies needed to achieve that new reality.

Agenda:

  • Supporting migrant entrepreneurs during the pandemic: the experience of UNITEE, by Adem Kumcu, President of UNITEE
  • The point of view the Milan Municipality, by Matteo Matteini, project manager at Comune di Milano
  • Running a business during the COVID-19, by Robert Mutua, Shofrica

Introduced and moderated by Gianluca Pastorelli, Diesis Network

Speakers

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Monique Pariat

Key Note Speaker
Director General of DG Migration and Home Affairs
European Commission

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David Halabisky

Speaker
Economist
OECD (France)

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Ahmad Bayram

Speaker
https://ahmadsb.com/ (Germany)

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Zina Abboud

Key Note Speaker
Entrepreneur
Zina Kitchen

(The Netherlands)

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Daniela Bobeva

Speaker
VUSF (Bulgaria)

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Christina Kappaz

Moderator
Director of Strategic Projects
YBI (Colombia)

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Gianluca Pastorelli

Moderator
Executive President
Diesis Network (Belgium)

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Matteo Matteini

 Speaker
Project Manager
Comune di Milano (Italy)

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Robert Mutua

 Speaker
Entrepreneur
Shofrica (Germany)

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Adem Kumcu

 Speaker
President
UNITEE (Belgium)