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September 2010
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 00:00

Souktel at Clinton Global Initiative, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Every year, the Clinton Global Initiative—hosted by former president Bill Clinton—brings together world leaders, Nobel prize winners, business execs, academics and activists to share their ideas for improving the world. At this September’s event, mobile technology will be at the top of the agenda—and Souktel co-founders will help demonstrate its impact by presenting the SMS JobMatch service at a special session on the “Mobile Revolution”.

Speaking alongside fellow panelists Cherie Blair (wife of former UK prime minister Tony Blair) and Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, co-founder Mohammad Kilany will share JobMatch with heads of state, CEOs and NGO leaders—explaining how the technology is part of a growing trend to link poor communities with jobs through simple cell phones. The panel will be moderated by Clive Thompson, columnist at leading American tech magazine Wired.

Mobile tech will also be at the forefront of the International Youth Foundation’s Youth Leadership and Livelihoods conference in October, and Souktel is honored to share its work at this event too. The event will feature a keynote address by 2008 Nobel Peace Laureate Martti Ahtisaari, and co-founder Jacob Korenblum will speak on a panel led by former USAID administrator Henrietta Fore, along with current USAID Jordan Mission Director Jay Knott.

“It’s always such an honor for our small organization to be invited to these pivotal meetings,” Kilany explained in a recent call from Souktel’s Ramallah office. “One of our main goals this year is scaling up Souktel into new countries and regions. These conferences are a great opportunity for us to share our work and team up with new partners who can bring the technology into their own programs. It’s also a perfect chance to hear and learn from other innovators in the field. We have much to learn from the experience of our peers!”

To learn more about the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2010 Annual Meeting, click here:

To learn more about the International Youth Foundation’s Youth Leadership and Livelihoods conference, click here:

Stanford Social Innovation Review Cites Souktel JobMatch as Best Practice

Earlier this summer, in her blog on the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s website, Mastercard Foundation CEO Reeta Roy named Souktel among several leading initiatives that “[help] youth develop 21st century skills and enter the job market”. Read the full post, and learn how simple technology is giving young people a head start in the workforce:




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