Past Event

The Soraya Salti Youth for Youth Series: Workshop on Design Thinking for Ideation - Jessica Hanna

February 23, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Amman

This workshop aims to introduce youth to design thinking, and provide them with the tools needed for creating solutions to the challenges they face. Using ideation, this interactive workshop will engage participants in games and simulations designed to generate innovative solutions with lasting positive impact on the community. Participants will work collaboratively to design community-centered initiatives, create prototypes, and present their ideas at the end of the workshop.

Jessica Hanna is a Partner and Consultant at Beyond Reform and Development (BRD). Despite her young age, Jessica went from being a full-time economic development consultant at BRD to a partner and shareholder in record time. She has extensive experience working with youth, including facilitating entrepreneurship boot camps, as well as individualized coaching in social enterprise endeavors.

Having already led several projects on social entrepreneurship and economic development, Jessica co-developed the first social protection manual in the region. Her most recent project “Al Mashghal” succeeded in setting up two innovation hubs at regional universities, developing a digital labor market observatory, and building instructors’ capacity in entrepreneurial learning.

Jessica has participated in a number of policy research projects on labor markets, social entrepreneurship, and economic development. She holds a Master’s degree in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from the University of Nottingham.

About the Soraya Salti Youth for Youth Series:
The Soraya Salti Youth for Youth Series is inspired by the legacy of the late Soraya Salti, former President and CEO for Middle East and North Africa at INJAZ Al-Arab, a non-profit organization that supports youth education and training in the Arab world. With the support of Mr. Waleed AlBanawi, Founder and Chairman at JISR Venture Partners, the series aims to honor the incredible work and achievements of Soraya Salti in the field of youth education and entrepreneurship.