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Let Global Entrepreneurship Summit create more change-makers

By Adan Mohamed | July 8th 2015
By Adan Mohamed | July 8th 2015

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi on July 25-26 promises to be a transformative experience for all participants.

From heads of state and government to captains of industry and small and medium enterprise businesspeople, particularly the youth, GES 2015 will be a defining moment. World-class entrepreneurs and veteran businesspeople will rub shoulders with business ingénues in a rich context and atmosphere of presenting and sharing ideas and best practices that cut across all sectors.

Led by Presidents Barack Obama and Uhuru Kenyatta, some of the world's foremost change-makers are coming to Nairobi.Change-makers are of necessity, innovators. Both Mr Obama and Mr Kenyatta are themselves high-impact change-makers, by which I mean engineers of transformative and empowering change that has the youth as its first priority.

Change-makers deliver change and are great team players. Change-makers hold each other – and all the world – accountable. Change-makers want no child and no demographic or region of the world left behind. Change-makers are passionate about leadership and management and good corporate governance principles and practices.

Change-makers think big – they think and act globally, networking all the time. GES 2015 will undoubtedly produce and develop networks of young entrepreneurs eager and ready to tap into the power of ideas, international know-how and resources and create a better world everywhere.

GES 2015 will be a great and even unforgettable moment for change-makers. Making real and lasting change in bureaucracies, corporations, and communities has always been easier said than done. World-class change-makers walk the talk, as they will show us at GES 2015 in Nairobi. Among many other things, the Summit will empower the youth with business skills ranging from creating innovative business plans to delivering on change.

Fighting poverty through large-scale job creation is a priority everywhere, to ensure as much youth employment as possible and to secure the foreseeable future. The Summit will feature some of the most oratorical and even erudite speeches. President Obama will undoubtedly deliver one of the greatest speeches of his presidency as will President Kenyatta, when they rise to address the gathering. The meeting will be inspiring and motivational about transformational change.

Change-makers are passionate people with strong views on the wars on poverty, money laundering, drugs, small arms and light weapons proliferation, human trafficking, violence against women, extremism and terrorism. These are all scourges that rob millions of young people of their youth or even cut short young lives. The Summit will be a great marketing opportunity as a global bazaar of good ideas, innovative products and services and transformational programmes. Kenyan entrepreneurs – with the emphasis on the youth – will share their ideas and grow their client bases by networking and partnering with entrepreneurs from around the world. At the end of GES 2015, many young people in the country and other nations will find themselves inspired, equipped and enabled with the tools of successful entrepreneurship.

The Summit should produce a Class of 2015 of young change makers who will act in concert all their lives to effect positive change in their communities and the world at large. GES 2015 has a great capacity to produce a better world by bringing people together in one of the world's most scenic and hopeful places – Kenya – to a global gathering led by two of the world's most inspiring change leaders, Presidents Obama and Kenyatta.

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