Youth Program

Africa Conference 2023

(GMT+1/UK/Nigeria Time Zone)


Arrival of planning teams (University & PMI teams)

Welcome & Registration

  • Registration of participants & issuing of badges, T-shirts and gloves
  • Assignment of teams (Mamlaka & Chiromo teams)/ team leaders
  • Team briefing & departure to the cleaning sites
  • Remarks PMI – Laura Davidson

Venue : Chancellors Square, UON

Lead Facilitator : Collins Ayodo, PMIK, Issa Shamir, UON


Clean up exercise

Venue : Mamlaka & Chiromo sites

Lead Facilitator : Team leaders


Conference Registration

  • Converge at Chandaria center, 6th floor
  • Registration & issuing badges and merchandise

Venue : Chandaria center, 6th floor

Lead Facilitator : Joanna Baidu, PMI


Opening Session, UON

  • National Anthem/ EAC Anthem
  • Opening Prayers

Welcome, PMI

  • Welcome remarks, Jeane Mathenge, President PMI Kenya

Lead Facilitator :  J Mathenge, PMIK


Opening Address, University of Nairobi

  • Prof. Wainaina Gituro
  • Thomas Ombati Chairman, Management Science and Project Planning
  • James Njihia, Dean Faculty of Business and Management Sciences
  • Munyoki, Director research innovation and enterprise
  • Jesang Hutchinson, DVC Research, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Prof. Julius Ogeng’o, DVC Academic Affairs

Lead Facilitator : Dr. Reuben Kikwatha, UON


Opening Key Note Address

Professor Stephen Kiama, Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi

Lead Facilitator : Dr. Reuben Kikwatha, UON


Session 1: Keynote

The Africa We Want, the Youth We Have

Emollot Allan David, Chairperson, AfCFTA Youth Advisory Council

Lead Facilitator : Nadia Ahmad


Session 2: In Conversation

Challenge Accepted! The campaign for African Sustainability

Earth is the one place we call home, but it is being suffocated by the exceptional pressure to provide natural resources to support demand from the ever-increasing population. This excessive demand currently exceeds the earth’s regenerating capacity. Consumption and production patterns have a great impact on people and the environment now and will continue for future generations. The panel will discuss the leading role young people can play as change makers, in achieving sustainable development through project actions.

  • Faith Mwende Christopher
  • Samuel Mue
  • Jackline Makanda, Director, Strategy and Planning, National Youth Service Tel.
  • Janet Mbula

Moderator: Karungari Bennet, Social Impact, PMI Kenya

Lead Facilitator : Nadia Ahmad


Networking Tea Break


Session 3: Spotlight

Social Impact in Action, Collins Ayodo Director, Social impact PMIK

Lead Facilitator : James Mwangi Kimemia


Session 4; The Africa We Want, The Voice of the Youth


  • Valerie Wasawa, Co-Founder, She Goes Digital
  • Raya Farid, Secretary General, Project Management Students Association, UON
  • Faith Nashipae, Final Year Student, BA Project Planning and Management.
  • Ukhevi J. Samson, Final Year Student BA Project Planning and Management

Moderator: Host

Lead Facilitator : Nadia Ahmad


Session 5; In conversation

The nexus between academics and industry; bridging the gap and equipping the youth for success

The youth in Africa are more educated than ever before. The continent graduates between 10-12 million youth every year. If the job market is flooded with qualified or overqualified applicants, and most young people apply for a narrow subset of jobs (Africa creates 3 million formal jobs every year), then most graduates will not find employment or will be underemployed.  With many jobs facing the existential threat of automation and AI, the connection between education and employment is further fraying. Building new education-to-work pathways is now a clear and urgent need requiring collective action. A connected Africa is awash in information, yet many can’t find answers to bridge the yawning gap between education and employment.

This session will unpack PMI’s Talent Gap Report, the credentials, certifications, and skills needed to land those jobs, and the long-term prospects for career growth and economic stability. This conversation will also discuss the challenges and opportunities in strengthening PM courses and curriculum to be more relevant to industry workforce expectations.

  • Barasa Austen Omonyo, University of Nairobi
  • Njeri Ngacha, Northwestern state university, Louisiana USA
  • Jennifer Wangari, Catholic University of East Africa
  • Sierra Hampton Simmons, VP, Certification & Product architecture, PMI

Moderator: Eng. Kevin Nyakundi, Peak Point

Lead Facilitator : Dr. Reuben Kikwatha, UON


Session 6: In Conversation

The Case for project competencies in the Built Environment

Cities are home to opportunities and to more than 50% of the world’s population. According to UN-Habitat, they are also getting increasingly youthful, 60% of urban populations will be under the age of 18 by 2030. And by 2050, 70% of the global population will call urban areas home. Despite urbanisation and demographic trends, infrastructure hasn’t kept up with the pace, nor any concrete efforts have been made to engage the youth in the development of cities. Including the youth in the built environment and decision-making is crucial to transforming cities, bringing fresh perspectives, fostering empowerment, and encouraging generational dialogue. Their participation and ideas are invaluable and vital to the development of sustainable and inclusive cities. The session will unpack the growing importance of cities to Africa, the involvement of youth in building cities of the future and driving youth engagement and employment in the built environment.

  • Raphael Ani, Global PSM, Construction
  • UON Dept. Rep, Architecture, Design and development
  • William Kemoli, Construction Project Manager
  • Student rep from Engineering, architecture, design, development

Lead Facilitator : James Mwangi Kimemia


Networking Lunch


Session 7: Afternoon Key note

  • Henry Ogoye, Managing Director, Kenya Airports Authority

Session 8: In Conversation

Digital Transformation as a tool for agility & performance

  • Emmanuel Gamor, Digital Channels Senior Manager MTN, Ghana

Session 9: Are you a Citizen Developer?

Citizen Development ; This will introduce attendee’s to the concept of citizen development and demonstrate how they can create tech solutions with low-code/no-code tools. Include testimonials & make reality competition winner

  • Lucy Ward, Academic Engagement Specialist, PMI

Lead Facilitator :James Mwangi Kimemia


Session 10: From ideation to implementation

Team TAWI are the winners of Microsoft’s 2023 Imagine Cup World Championship. The team is local to Kenya and met at the United States International University-Africa where they decided to join forces to use their knowledge of software engineering and data science to create a difference for children with Auditory Processing Disorder. Their innovative solution uses machine learning, data analysis, and a user-centric design approach to deliver a product that lets children integrate comfortably with their peers with just the use of a phone, headphones, and the team’s app.

Lead Facilitator :James Mwangi Kimemia


Session 11: Make Your Mark: Craft your own creative solutions

Hand Draw Wireframe; Start your journey to make a mark on the world with a few pen marks on paper. In this design thinking activity, we’ll take you through how to approach problems, generate ideas, and create wireframes for an app. All you need is a paper and pen!

  • Shadrack Kiprotich, Microsoft MVP
  • Julia Muiruri, Microsoft Cloud Advocate

Lead Facilitator :Nadia Ahamd


Session 12: Hands on Session

Bring an app to life: A journey from Paper to Platform

Live Demo; We’ll see how we can make wireframe drawings, like the ones from the previous session, come to life and become usable Power Apps. Join this journey to see how you can get free access to tools, have apps build themselves for you from hand-drawn or computer-designed wireframes, and learn how to customise these creations.

  • Shadrack Kiprotich, Microsoft MVP
  • Julia Muiruri, Microsoft Cloud Advocate

Lead Facilitator :Nadia Ahamd


Session 13: Hands on Session

Make a Smarter App: Add AI to your apps with Power Virtual Agents

With Power Virtual Agents you can quickly add an AI bot to make your Power App to give it the smarts to set it apart from the rest. In this session see how quickly you can add the power of AI to app you create, and see the impact it will have to you as an app maker, and to your users.

  • Shadrack Kiprotich, Microsoft MVP
  • Julia Muiruri, Microsoft Cloud Advocate

Lead Facilitator :James Mwangi Kimemia


Session 14: Closing Address

The champion in you – Africa’s Future is in your hands

  • George Asamani, MD PMI Africa

Session 15: In Conversation

Stay tuned! Next Steps

  • Building Student Clubs (Lucy Ward & Ayanda Moore)
  • The benefits of Member communities (Anthony Williams)
  • Dennis Kinyamu, PMIK Membership
  • Zippy Kamau, PMIK Membership

Lead Facilitator : Nadia Ahamd


Wrap up and Vote of Thanks

University Representative

PMIK Representative

Lead Facilitator : Nadia Ahamd