Nhial Deng

Canada's Refugee Education Council

Nhial Deng is a South Sudanese refugee, writer, youth advocate, community activist, and organizer. He spent 11 years in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and now attends Huron University in Canada.

As a youth leader and community activist in Kakuma, Nhial initiated several projects in the camp to help young people build better futures, such as the Refugee Youth Peace Ambassadors and SheLeads Kakuma. He is passionate about the role of education, mentorship, and social entrepreneurship as powerful tools for young refugees to build better futures and communities. His work primarily revolves around quality education, gender and climate justice, policy advocacy, and peacebuilding.

Event Schedule

18 July 2023
19 July 2023
Start Time End Time Session Description Action
09:30 am EEST 11:30 am EEST The State of Gender Equality in the Era of Multiple Crises
KCC Auditorium

Watch the recording here

In the last few years, we have a seen a rise in interconnected and compounding global crises. Amid these escalating risks, it is imperative to Read More

Hon Millie Grace Odhiambo

Member of Parliament


Degan Ali

Executive Director

Adeso - African Development Solutions

H.E. Jeannette Kagame

First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda

Kira Rudik

Member of Ukrainian Parliament, Leader of the Golos party; Vice President of ALDE party

Nhial Deng


Canada's Refugee Education Council

Farida Ally


Elimu Care

Dr. Maliha Khan

President and CEO

Women Deliver

Emilia Reyes

Program Director of Policies and Budgets for Equality and Sustainable Development

Gender Equity: Citizenship, Work and Family

H.E. Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Former Executive Director

UN Women

Mamta Murthi

Vice President for Human Development

The World Bank

Start Time End Time Session Description Action
04:30 pm EEST 06:00 pm EEST Our Education, Our Rights: Girls in Crisis
Room MH 1-2

Conflicts, the climate crisis, hunger & health crises and the ways these overlap impact girls most severely. Using a Nhanga-inspired approach – sitting on the Read More

Teresa Omondi-Adeitan

Deputy Executive Director and Head of programmes

Forum of African women Educationalists (FAWE)

Angela Muriithi

Director, East and Southern Africa

Plan International

Ephrem Berhanu

Managing Director

Talent Youth Association (TaYA)

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

Founder and Executive Director

Rozaria Memorial Trust

Ashlee Burnett

Learning Research and Creative Lead

Transform Education hosted by UNGEI_x000D_

Lalita Tamang

GPE Youth Leader & Girls Not Brides Youth Leader


Dana Saad Edeen


Youth 4 Education in Emergencies (Plan International)

Nhial Deng


Canada's Refugee Education Council

Jo Bourne

Chief Technical Officer

Global Partnership for Education


Magdalene Dorto

Not applicable Not applicable

Deborah Nyirenda

Not applicable Not applicable

Yashmin Fernandes

Director Women's Digital Financial Inclusion Hub, Women's World Banking

Stella Anyangwe

End Polo Now Coordinator Rotary International

Blandine Umuziranenge

Founder and CEO Kosmotivr

Taryn Russell

Deputy Executive Director Results Canada

Djeinaba Kane

Advocacy & Partnership Lead AfricaNenda

Rafiat Akinokun

Youth Advorate and cub's health nurse

Melania Chiponda

Gender and Climate Advisor The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

Aries Setiadi

Managing Director Fintech Association Indonesia

Claude Mambo Muvunyi

Director General Rwanda Biomedical Center

Hanna Lemma

Co-founder & Contributor Addis Powerhouse

Kathryn Toure

Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office IDRC

Dr. Lisa Avery

Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba; Director Africa Initiatives

Carmen Correa

CEO Pro Mujer

Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Price Laureate Tawakkol Karman Foundation

Anis Farid

Research Project Manager Women's Aid Organisation

Patricia Elias

Every Woman International Lawyer; Chief, Global Diplomatic Campaign

Lipi Rahman

Executive Director, Badabon Sangho Every Woman Indrani Fellow

Kigali Convention Center - KG 2 Roundabout, Kigali, Rwanda