Press Release

Telenor unites young talents from Asia and Europe including 2 Myanmar youths for a sustainable future

23 November, 2017 - Yangon

In collaboration with the Nobel Peace Center, Telenor Youth Forum kicks off its fifth annual event on December 8, 2017, in Oslo.Young social activists from markets where Telenor operates will be challenged to deliver digital solutions to pressing global issues. Nang Kant Kaw Ywat Hseng and Ratul Prasad will represent Myanmar.

Out of nearly 8,000 applicants, 24 accomplished delegates, aged 20-28, have been selected to represent their countries at the Telenor Youth Forum (TYF). The programmetakes place December 8-11 in Oslo, where the youth will kickstart their work to design digital solutions to solve social challenges related to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 10, Reduced Inequalities, as well as participate in Nobel Peace Prize-related festivities.

The programme runs through May 2018. In this time, two delegates from each of Telenor’s 12 markets in Asia and Europe will workin teams to solve specific social challenges and design digital exhibitions in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Center. Last year’s TYF exhibition is currently on display at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and can also be viewed online.

On the final day of TYF in Oslo, Monday December 11, the delegates will presentcreative solutions to the challenges given. They will be evaluated by a jury of experts, who will provide live feedback during the event. This jury includes:

  • Espen Barth Eide, Member of the Norwegian Parliament
  • Babou Olengha-Aaby, Founder &CEO of The Next Billion, the crowdfunding platform for women entrepreneurs
  • Susanne Kaluza, Social activist, engagement specialist and advisor at Trigger
  • Ingjerd Blekeli Spiten, Telenor’s Global Head of Products
  • Cecilie B. Heuch, Telenor’s Chief People Officer

Mr. Barth Eide will also talk to the TYF delegates and audience about long term leadership for peace and security and what Norway’s role is.

Meet the delegates & mentors

Each TYF delegate was carefully selected following a rigorous recruitment process. They will travel to Oslo from countries in Asia and Europe, spanning from Myanmar and Thailand to Hungary and Sweden. Nang Kant Kaw Ywat Hseng, 25, holds B.A in International Relations from Webster University. Nang is organizational administrator at Kaw Dai Organization and she is passionate about assisting people affected by armed conflicts. Ratul Prasad, 21, is a medical student at University of Medicine 1 in Yangon, with a deep passion in contributing to solving societal issues, particularly health problems.
Find out more aboutall the delegates on the TYF website.

To guide them through the TYF journey, each team will be assigned an expert mentor from Telenor Group;Michael Foley, CEO of Grameenphone, Zainab Siddiqui Hussain, Director of Sustainability, Phillip Ling, Principle Sustainability at Digi, and Bjørn Taale Sandberg, Head of Telenor Research. Meet the mentors here.



Alex Nyi Nyi Aung (Mr.)
Corporate Communications, Telenor Myanmar Ltd

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