Apply: International Youth to Youth (Y2Y) Summit

Deadline: 15th January 2015

Theme: ‘’The Role of Youth in Solving Global Challenges and Bridging Gaps among Nations’’

The 2015 Summit will be the first edition of the series of the events. The Summits are planned to focus on a different thematic content on annual basis. The second summit is planned to take place in Krakow in 2016 and will focus on Accountability, Transparency and Good Governance. The aim of the event is to bring together the brightest students, youth activists, leaders in the society, entrepreneurs, professors and businessman to start a dialogue on global challenges of today and tomorrow and to come up with tangible solutions to challenge the reality.

On 16-19th April 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania 80 international delegates will take part in an International Y2Y Summit ‘’The Role of Youth in Solving Global Challenges and Bridging Gaps Among Nations’’.

The aim of the event is to bring together the brightest students, youth activists, leaders in the society, entrepreneurs, professors and businessman to start a dialogue on global challenges of today and tomorrow and to create specific solutions to address them.


We believe that the only way we can solve problems is by coming together and starting a dialogue!

Organization ”Opportunity Development’‘ is the main organizer of the Y2Y Summit 2015 in Lithuania, while e-globalknowledge is the main content contributor of the summit.

Organization ”Opportunity Development” is aiming to facilitate the dialogue across cultures, countries and various environments and bring a new edge to the debate on the contemporary challenges by providing both a platform online and offline for young activists.

E-globalknowledge movement is run by young people for young people which aim is to engage more actively youth in an entire range of global issues and speak up.


The event will cover 6 topics:

–         Social entrepreneurship as a tool to decrease youth unemployment;

–         Youth as ambassadors of peace education;

–         Youth role in decision making process;

–         Development education/education for all;

–         Empowerment of female youth;

–         Youth in diplomacy;


The event will include various activities such as:

–         Panel sessions;

–         Interactive workshops;

–         Role model games and simulations;

–         Drawing the declaration of the Y2Y Summit;

–           Development and creation of scenarios and strategies for real youth involvement in solving local and global challenges;

–         Exhibition of cultural and traditional things;

–         Cultural performances (participants, embassies, etc.);

–         City tour;

–         Etc.

Highly experienced, known and appreciated speakers will come to the forum to contribute to the outcomes and content of the conference. To mention few: representative of the Ministry of Bangladesh; representatives from Common Wealth Youth Program, World Youth Assembly, AEGEE-Europe, European Youth Foundation, European Youth Council, Global Shapers Community of World Economic Forum, Dignitaries from Lithuanian Government, Parliament, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peace Revolution and many more.

International Y2Y Summit will become a platform for youth as future leaders of the world to hone their leadership, diplomacy, cultural, intercultural communication, critical thinking and self-development skills.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Steve Szeghi

Dr. Steve Szeghi is currently Professor of Economics at Wilmington College in the state of Ohio, in the USA. He has served on the faculty of the college since 1987. At various times Professor Szeghi has been Department Head and also Area Coordinator for Accounting, Business Administration and Economics. In 2009 Steve Szeghi co-authored, together with Peter Brown, Geoffrey Garver, Keith Helmuth, and Robert Howell, Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy.   In 05-06 Szeghi’s article, Lessons in Sustainable Development on the Navajo Nation, appeared in the Journal for Economics and Politics.

He has also been the author of many articles on social justice, environmental economics, primers in economics for social activists, and the economies of indigenous and aboriginal peoples as alternative economic systems, in numerous on-line journals such as Journal of Globalization for the Common Good as well as printed journals such as Kosmos. Starting at the age of 15, Steve Szeghi began working ardently for social justice doing substantial work with the United Farm Workers Union (Cesar Chavez) until his mid-twenties. Steve Szeghi continues to work for social justice, equality, and the environment; working with or consulting for on a pro-bono basis, environmental and labor organizations, candidates for political office who demonstrate a commitment to social justice and ecology, as well as indigenous groups and tribal governments.


Kotryna_speakerKotryna Stankutė-Jaščemskienė

Kotryna Stankutė-Jaščemskienė is the Director of “Global Lithuanian Leaders”, a high impact non-profit platform of Lithuania connected international professionals, building global opportunities for Lithuania. She seeks to connect talented Lithuanians around the world bringing their expertise, knowledge, and contacts to the home country for a change. Previously, Kotryna spent two years in Singapore at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Public Affairs Department and one year as the Marketing Coordinator at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technologies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Today she has more than eight years of experience working with international project management, and marketing and public relations in business, non-profit and governmental sectors.


Elana SiegelElana Siegel

In the world of performing arts and color guard, Elana serves as a color guard technician, designer, choreographer, and clinician for groups throughout the US and Europe. Through Artspark, a youth arts organization she directs, Elana is teaching and choreographing for the first ever color guards in Eastern Europe. She currently teaches color guards in Lithuania, Ukraine, Latvia, and Moldova. Elana participated in a number of marching groups, and won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Guard International World Championships.

In the world of communications, Elana’s skills run the range of writing, marketing, public relations, project management, grant writing, development, and fundraising. She has worked for a number of non-governmental organizations and corporate companies, including Xylo, Women Corporate Directors (Northern California Chapter), and the Mission Economic Development Agency.


Varsha AjmeraVarsha Ajmera

Varsha Ajmera is the Chief Operations Officer of the World Youth Foundation, “an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Varsha is very passionate about empowering young people and continues to focus her time on doing so.

She has been involved in several high level meetings, both locally and internationally and has represented the World Youth Foundation on youth related issues at high profile meetings such as the World Conference Against Racism and Xenophobia, World Conference on Sustainable Development, World Conference on Information Society World Youth Forum, World Habitat Forum, Rio + 20 etc. She is also a part of the CSO of Beyond 2015 and many others such platforms.

Rana AbdelhamidRana Abdelhamid

Rana Abdelhamid is the founder of “Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE)”. WISE is a self-defense, entrepreneurship and leadership organization that creates safe spaces for young Muslim women. Over the past five years, WISE has engaged hundreds of young women across New York City and has expanded its programming to Texas, Washington D.C. and Madrid, Spain.

Abdelhamid has also worked with and taught self-defense to women in Mexico and the the Dominican Republic. As an organizer and human rights activist, she currently serves on the National Resolutions Committee at Amnesty International USA.

She is a NYC Truman and Posse Scholar pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College.

Abdelhamid was also recently awarded the UNAUSA Leo Navas Human rights 2014 youth award for her service and commitment to female empowerment.

Ramune PetuchovaiteRamune Petuchovaite

Ramune Petuchovaite is the Public Library Innovation Programme Manager for EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries, – an international not-for-profit organization based in Europe.

In the Public Library Innovation Programme Ramune’s responsibilities include the development, delivery and evaluation of a range of activities which support piloting innovative public library services that contribute to community development. Since 2012, she has worked with over 30 projects in more than 20 developing and transition economy countries focused on crucial community development needs, such as farming, health, employment, education and social inclusion.

Prior to joining EIFL in 2012, for seven years Ramune has worked as Chief Specialist at the Division of Information Society Development of the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Lithuania. There she coordinated the implementation of the state-funded library renovation and modernization programme, and supported development and carrying out of the countrywide public access computer and internet project ‘Libraries for Innovation’, co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. During 1995-2005 Ramune has lectured and worked as Director of Integrated Information Center at the Faculty of Communication, Vilnius University.

Vesta Ratkevičiūtė Vesta Ratkevičiūtė

Vesta Ratkevičiūtė works at the international strategic market research company Euromonitor International-Central & Eastern Europe office. Before coming back to Lithuania she worked with environmental investment projects in a business company in Bangalore, Silicon Valley of India. She is proud being an initiator of an appointment of Lithuanian Honorary Consul to South India and currently is serving as His Excellency representative in Lithuania.

A few years ago she was a team member at the Brussels based think-tank Centre for European Studies (CES), covering different issues and aspects of transatlantic relationship, European integration and political parties. She earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at Vilnius University, Lithuania. Vesta also acquired professional experience in legislative and executive branches of Lithuania’s political system, worked with such high-level officials as Member of the European Parliament and Minister of Agriculture.

For 10 years she has been active in civil society activities and politics. Since 2004 she has been a member of various international and national youth associations’ governing bodies, including chair post at Lithuanian youth political organization Young Conservative League for two tenure.

Viktorija BražiūnaitėViktorija Bražiūnaitė

Ms. Viktorija Braziunaite is the Acting Secretary General of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy and the Chair of the Young Leaders Forum. Parliamentary Forum for Democracy is an organization of members and former members of parliament which exists to strengthen democracy in the member states of the Community of Democracies and to promote democratic development in other states. It pursues these goals by sharing best practices of successful democracies, identifying challenges to democracy in nascent democracies, and expressing solidarity with fellow members of parliament and democracy advocates in non-democracies.

Young Leaders Forum is an international platform for young people to strengthen the promotion of democracy around the world in cooperation with international organizations, governments, parliaments and civil society of the different countries; to share information, lessons learned and innovative solutions; educate youth and societies about democratic principles and practices; to meet with each other, to share information and ideas, as well as to develop skills that leadership needs; realize the other goals related to building and fostering democracy all around the world.

Previously worked at the office of the Member of Lithuanian Parliament Viktorija has more than ten years of parliamentary work experience, specializing more than five years on foreign policy, democracy promotion and human rights and more than four years of international cooperation, project management and networking in the field of youth leadership.

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