Official Opening

JA Europe Company of the Year Competition &

European Entrepreneurship Education Summit


Student companies’ trade fair & pitch presentation

Interactions with students involved in the JA Company Programme




Opening Session:
Accelerating uptake of Entrepreneurship Education in Europe

Join an interactive discussion with students, teachers, Ministers and business leaders. How can we accelerate the uptake of Entrepreneurship Education in Europe?

Moderator: Caroline Jenner, CEO JA Europe

Welcome remarks from the Regional Council of Hauts-de-France

  • Tanya Mihailova, Deputy Minister for Education, Bulgaria
  • Alain Asquin, Ministerial Delegate for Student Entrepreneurship, France
  • Irina Kovacs, State Secretary for National Education, Romania
  • Marco Settembri, Executive Vice President, Head of Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Nestlé
  • Julie Teigland, Managing Partner, EY EMEIA (Europe, Middle-East, India and Africa)
  • Arnaldo Abruzzini, CEO EUROCHAMBRES and member of the EE-HUB Advisory Council
  • Joan Taló, Teacher representative, Spain
  • Carmen Johnsson, Teacher representative, Sweden






Launching the Entrepreneurship Education Monitor: understanding the impact of EE on youth and the economy

Moderator: Caroline Jenner, CEO JA Europe

Presentation of the EE Monitor


Panel Discussion

  • Slavica Singer, Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship at the J.J. Strossmayer University, Croatia; EE seen from the perspective of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
  • Martina Dlabajová, Member of the European Parliament; EE and the state of European youth and the economy
  • Jonas Prising, CEO ManpowerGroup ; skills for the world of work
  • Helena Jansson, Senior Vice President, Finance – International, FedEx Express and member of the EE-HUB Advisory Council ; the importance of business-education partnership in the global economy
  • Dana Haidan, Europe Regional Lead for Social Impact, Visa



Business-education cooperation to reduce the skills mismatch

The business sector can provide competences in Entrepreneurship Education that the teachers do not have.

  • How can the involvement of the business sector be optimised from the skills acquisition perspective?
  • Can the cooperation be institutionalized in order to make it more effective?
  • What can be done to make VET more attractive?

Session led by Alliance4YOUth and the European Commission DG Employment

Panel discussion

  • French Minister of Employment (invited)
  • James Calleja, EfVET (invited)
  • Manuela Geleng, Director for Skills, DG Employment, European Commission
  • Maarit Nyman, Deputy Head of Unit, COSME Programme, Entrepreneurship, SME Envoys, European Commission DG GROW
  • Inge Gorostiaga Luzarraga, TKNIKA - Basque Centre of Research and Applied Innovation in Vocational Education and Training
  • Elise Maury, Deputy Human Resources Director, ENGIE
  • Seshni Samuel, EMEIA Executive Member, Area Managing Partner for Talent, EY
  • Sandra Bernard, Vice President HR for EU & IMA, Firmenich
  • Jeff Bullwinkel, Associate General Counsel and Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft Europe
  • Christophe Cornu, CEO Nestle France
  • Belinda Douglas, Senior Director, Futureforce EMEA & LATAM, Salesforce
  • Fadila Hechaichi, Youth Employment Manager, Solvay
  • Shareena Hatta, Head of Youth Employment Solutions, The Adecco Group
  • Loes Rutten, Board Member, European Youth Forum
  • Arnaud Barbot, Centre de Formation Alternance Stephenson
  • Jean Arthuis, Former Member of the European Parliament


The making of entrepreneurial schools

Moderator: Caroline Jenner, CEO JA Europe

Panel discussion

  • Minna Hämäläinen, University of Lappeenranta: presentation of recent research on the role of head teachers in EE
  • Frédérique Vidal, French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation (invited); higher education and EE
  • Marie Adeline-Peix, Executive Director Regional Partnerships and Territorial Action Directorate, Bpifrance
  • Francisco Alvarez Molino, Valencia region, INTERREG Boost IEER Programme Expert
  • Shane Spyak, Staff Vice President - JV Integration & Sales, EMEAI, Delta Air Lines
  • Andrei Florea, Teacher Representative, Romania
  • Epp Vodja, Teacher Representative, Estonia

Discussion: in conversation with educators from the field

Institutional Partner


Private Partners

Alliance for Youth



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