Nairobi, Kenya

We held a two day Kectil Conference in Nairobi Monday Aug 13th and Tuesday Aug 14th, 2018 at Strathmore University. The two day agenda consisted of youth leadership panels and thought provoking sessions featuring Kectil Advisory Board Members, Youth Mentors and External speakers.

Some of the topics discussed included hot issues currently facing youth in developing countries, Ethics in the Workplace, Funding Community Efforts, Youth Development Programs in Kenya, Female Roles in Society in Developing Countries, Innovation to Advance Society, Achieving a Sustainable Environment and whether youth leaders really can make a difference.

We were privileged to have Mr. Martin Luther King III participate in our conference in a Skype discussion Monday afternoon. This was a historic moment for The Kectil Program and participating Kectil Colleagues, who were able to hear the words of the son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Coretta Scott King. A few of the colleagues present were able to ask him questions directly.

The Kectil Program Founder and Executive Director Sherry Knowles attended in person and moderated the conference and some of the youth leadership panels. Kectil Advisory Board Members  Dr. McLean Sibanda and Dr. Alison Montgomery attended in person while Prof. Weber Amaral (Brazil), Mr. Martin Luther King III and Dr. Snowy Khoza joined in via Skype. The local speakers invited were Mrs. Nerima Wako (Siasa Place, Nairobi) and Ms. Lydiah Muya, Ongoza Kenya.

We were also honored to have a session from Honorable Paul Michel, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, speaking by Skype about the importance of an independent Judiciary.

The conference closed on the second day with with a Reception and Networking Event.