Kectil is pleased to announce its 2019 Leadership and Innovation Conferences. We would like to meet you in person for valuable discussions about issues that matter to youth.

Last year our local conferences were focused on Africa (Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) and India. This year, we focus on Southeast and East Asia and the Caribbean. These three conferences are available for registration. Kectil will also host an Intensive Leadership Workshop in Atlanta USA for a few already selected attendees. Registration for this conference is closed, however, we will be posting extensive content from the conference so you may feel like you are there!

Southeast Asia

Hanoi, Vietnam

Kectil will hold a “Meet and Greet” session in Hanoi, Vietnam on May 24th, 2019. We will limit the attendance to 25 youth. The meeting will be held at a local hotel. Our local conference organizer is Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong.

Deadline for Application: May 1st, 2019



Atlanta, Georgia

We will be hosting our second Kectil Intensive Leadership Workshop  in Atlanta, Georgia from July 19th– July 27th, 2019. The Kectil Program has already selected participants from 23 developing countries to attend. The 2019 Atlanta Kectil Conference will be held at the Georgia Institute of Technology Campus. The selectees were stand-out participants in the 2018 Kectil Program or certain regional leaders in the 2018 program. We look forward to posting many of the sessions from this Workshop.

Registration: Closed.



Castries, Saint Lucia

Kectil will hold a meeting in Castries, Saint Lucia on September 14th, 2019.  Our local conference organizers are David Henry and Dr. Patricee Douglas.

Deadline for Application: June 25th, 2019


East Asia

Taipei, Taiwan

Kectil will hold a “Meet and Greet” session in Taipei, Taiwan on November 7th, 2019.  The meeting will be held at a local hotel in conjunction with the World IP Forum.

Deadline for Application: September 23rd, 2019


The Malmar Knowles Family Foundation is sponsoring the cost of the meetings. The Kectil Program will not provide any travel or accommodation funds to youth who attend a meeting. It will be up to you to make arrangements to get to the conference and stay in the area if necessary. We will have attendance limits at each conference to ensure we have appropriate space and food available.

Sherry Knowles, the Founder of the Kectil Program, will personally attend each meeting. We are in the process of confirming the attendance, either in person or via Skype, of other Kectil Board Members and other experts. We will provide a follow up soon, confirming the speakers.

If you are interested in attending one of the three local meetings with open registration, please send an email to telling us your name, age, nationality and something about you.

We are excited about these meetings. We hope to see you there!