Welcome to Telenor Youth Forum
A year-long program that challenges young leaders to tackle big, social issues
TYF2016: Digitalization for Peace
This year, 26 top quality young delegates will join us for #TYF16. This event aims to help transform the world we live in by tackling social challenges through digital solutions.
The selected TYF delegates will commit to the program for one year, over the course of which they will work as a team to create dialogue and engagement around a social challenge. They will work in collaboration across boundaries – real or imagined, physical or mental – with the overall aim to foster understanding, prosperity and ultimately, peace.
With young and promising delegates recruited from all our 13 markets, #TYF16 is a journey that starts in Oslo, during the Nobel Peace Prize events in December 2016. It will continue through the year, with a second gathering in Bangkok, where the youth will come together once again to continue creating momentum around their social challenge. The culmination of this year-long commitment will be the unveiling of a digital exhibition, in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Center, documenting the work of the teams, the social challenges faced and the progress made.
We’re not looking for simple solutions; we’re looking for interesting perspectives, unexpected answers, and insightful dialogue. This Forum offers youth a global stage, opportunities to meet and discuss with leaders and luminaries, and a social and professional experience of a lifetime.
Telenor Youth Forum invites youth from Telenor Group’s 13 markets in the Nordic region, Europe and Asia, to share their perspectives and ideas on digitalization for peace. The Forum brings these young leaders together, to collaborate as teams around social challenges.
With physical gatherings in Oslo and in Bangkok, the Telenor Youth Forum is a year-long program that is run in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Center (NPC).
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Listed as one of the ‘30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs of 2016’ by Forbes for her work at Migreat, a platform that provides migrants with access to immigration support, Joséphine is CEO at Techfugees, an NGO coordinating the international tech industry’s response to the needs of refugees. Joséphine advises the EU commission as an informal expert on entrepreneurial migration, and supports the development of the European tech recruitment platform Yborder in the UK.
Tanya is a Senior Adviser on Innovation and Deputy of UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre in Bangkok. She help lead UNICEF’s work to scale up proven innovations in multiple countries around the world. In 2015 alone, her team supported more than 50 countries in applying innovations for real-time information, youth and access to information. As a result, some 2.2 million people in 22 countries benefitted from real-time information to improve children’s health and wellbeing, education, protection and inclusion.
Nassima is the founder and CEO of InterBridge, a social enterprise that builds capacity, develops leadership skills and inspires individuals to be socially responsible. Nassima’s career and passion lies in bridging the gap between sectors, cultures and individuals in order to create and implement solutions for more inclusive and sustainable societies. She is a multilingual global citizen and is skilled with intercultural competence.Her interdisciplinary background in peace, health and leadership positions in organizations makes her a unique trainer, consultant and mentor. She has worked in nearly fifty countries with over hundred and twenty nationalities.
Nelli Rachel Kongshaug
Nelli is the Manager of Red Cross Norway’s helpline for children and youth, “Kors på halsen”. This is an online chat service where children and teenagers under 18 years of age can address matters they find it hard to talk to others about, such as bullying and mental health issues. Nelli has experience in training and coaching the volunteers and employees who staff the helpline and is strongly engaged in children’s rights.
Bjørn Taale Sandberg
Bjørn joined Telenor in 2000 and is Senior Vice President and Head of Telenor Research. Telenor Research is the company’s internal scientific research unit. The unit works with Telenor’s 13 subsidiaries and external academic and industry organisations on issues relevant to the company and the industry. Topics, for example, include regulatory, competition, customer, technology and organisational development. Telenor Research publishes regularly in scientific journals and functions as an advisor to the top management.
Marques D. Anderson
Marques is the Founder and Director of the World Education Foundation, a solution based organization, which bridges the gap between academic and expert knowledge and their implementation. Working with the UN, universities, local communities and business leaders from around the world, Marques has accumulated extensive experience in systems design and design thinking processes. His work and vision is focused on creating global learning societies by connecting, exchanging and implementing creative ideas to produce inspiring narratives and new markets across borders.
Sigve is CEO of Telenor Group. Born 1959, he joined Telenor in 1998 as an Advisor, and was in 1999 employed as Manager Business Development and later Managing Director of Telenor International, Region Asia. Sigve served as co-Chief Executive Officer of dtac from 2002 to 2005, and Chief Executive Officer in dtac from 2005-2008. He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Head of Asia Region, prior to his appointment to President and CEO.
Jørgen started as CFO of Telenor Group on 1 Nov 2016. He has more than 20 years’ business experience in an international context. Formerly he was President of Yara North America, Inc. and has had a broad range of management positions in two of Norway’s leading companies, including Country Manager for Yara Ghana Ltd., CFO in Norsk Hydro AS, Executive Vice President Energy in Hydro and CFO for Hydro’s Norwegian oil and gas activity.
Deeyah is an acclaimed music producer and Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director. Her work for women’s rights, freedom of expression and increased cultural understanding has made her to a demanded speaker. Deeyah is also the founder of the media company Fuuse and digital magazine sister-hood. She is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and the recipient of Telenor’s Culture Prize award for 2016.
Christina is a Partnership Manager at UNICEF Norway. She joined UNICEF Norway in 2011, where she oversees some of the organizations key alliances with the private sector, including Telenor Group. Before joining UNICEF Christina held various roles with NGOs and the private sector, both in Norway and internationally.
Christina is a strong believer in the role of collaboration and partnerships in promoting positive change for children.
Lavrans is a founding partner of Livework, a strategic design consultancy focused on customers and services. Lavrans founded Livework in 2001 with two English partners. He is now responsible for each of Livework’s four studios across the globe, with a special focus on training and education.
Wenche is EVP and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of Telenor Group. Group Corporate Affairs includes Sustainability, Legal, Communications, Public & Regulatory Affairs and Privacy. She was previously Executive Vice President, Corporate Staffs at Hydro.
Ola Jo Tandre
Ola Jo is the key moderator. He has been the Telenor Youth Forum guru since its inception in 2013. Ola Jo is Head of Social Responsibility at Telenor Group, based in Oslo.
The Nobel Peace CenterNPC presents the Nobel Peace Prize and its ideals. It is a center where you can experience and learn about the various Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and their activites, as well as the remarkable history of Alfred Nobel. The NPC combines exhibits and films with digital communication and interactive installations