Breakout Session | Stage 1


The COVID-19 pandemic shows the strengths and importance of the digital economy. Today, only half of the world’s 7.7 billion people are connected to the internet and its benefits. This limits the ability of many developing countries to use digital solutions to cope with the current health and economic crisis. Countries with poor infrastructure, regulatory frameworks, skills and local content development, and electronic payment systems are missing out on what a fast-growing digital marketplace can generate. By bridging the digital divide, jobs can be created, informal businesses can enter the formal market, and market access can be increased, in particular for vulnerable groups such as women and youth. The potential of young, digital entrepreneurs needs to be unlocked, a new generation of game-changers will be sharing how this can be achieved.



Uju Uzo-Ojinnaka
Founder and CEO, Traders for Africa
Uju Uzo-Ojinnaka is the Founder/CEO of Traders of Africa (TOFA); a Pan African online marketplace for products grown, produced or manufactured in Africa and African Trade Invest (ATI), a Pan African Digital platform for funding and investing in African Trade. She won the 2019 Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) in Nigeria and represented Nigeria in the Global finals in Saudi Arabia in November 2019. Uju has over 18 years’ work experience in Strategic Marketing, Banking, Business Development, Project Management and Leadership. She is the Co-Chair - eFounders for Nigeria.
Magellan Mario Jordan Fetalino III
Founder and CEO, Acuden Technologies Inc.
Mario Jordan "Magellan" Fetalino III is the Founder and CEO of Acudeen Technologies, Inc., an online movable asset exchange in the Philippines, winner of Seedstars Global 2017, regarded by IDC as one of the Top 10 fastest growing fintechs in the Philippines, and recipient of the 2019 ASEAN Business Award for Most Digitalised MSME in the region. He created a facility that provides accessible financing to underbanked SMEs in the Philippines and is currently a Board Trustee of Fintech Alliance Philippines and also used to serve as the Chairman of the Board of The Global Filipino Investors, one of the biggest financial education companies in the Philippines.
Nancy Amunga
Founder and CEO, Dana Logistics
Nancy Amunga is an astute Kenyan entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Dana Logistics, which offers corporate delivery services, transportation services and clearing and forwarding services (imports and exports). She is passionate about young people in business hence her initiative dubbed the Sprout Agenda where she mentors them and connects them to potential mentors. She uses her blog – – as a platform to mentor the youth as well as engage with them. Amunga’s desire is to impact as many youths and women as possible and believes that, “Live for yourself and you will in vain. Live for others and you will live again.”
Arlette Verploegh
Chief, Communications and External Relations, UNCTAD
Arlette Verploegh is a lawyer with extensive experience in spearheading high-level development projects at the United Nations such as the eFounders Fellowship Initiative and the UNCTAD Youth Network. These programmes are internationally recognized as innovative approaches to the sustainable development goals. She currently serves as the head of communications and external relations for UNCTAD; boosting the organization’s worldwide visibility and developing high-profile partnerships with global leaders, while making trade and development more accessible to a diverse range of stakeholders. She is dedicated to taking cutting-edge approaches to individual empowerment through social entrepreneurship and collaboration.
Brian Wong
Founder of Alibaba Global Initiatives, Alibaba Group and Adviser, eFounder Fellowship
Brian A. Wong is an innovator and entrepreneur whose career has spanned e-commerce, education, and
digital media. As the first American and 52nd employee to join Alibaba Group in 1999, Brian contributed to the company’s early globalization efforts and as vice president of Alibaba Group and member of the Academic Council. Brian founded Alibaba Global Initiatives (AGI), where he developed and led capacity building programs for entrepreneurs, universities and government leaders in emerging markets with the purpose of sharing how the digital economy can create a more inclusive society for all.   

Today, Brian is Founder and Chairman of RADII, a leading digital media company, dedicated to bridging understanding between the east and west and is Managing Director of Seacliff Partners, an investment firm dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs to build companies that help solve societies’ problems through digital solutions. Brian was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015, and he is a China Aspen Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Alena Dique
UNCTAD Youth Network
Alena Dique is a scholastic award winner on SME Business Innovation and finalist at the Women in Tech Awards Middle East under the category of -Young Leader of the Year. An Executive Leadership professional in the field of Information Communication Technology, she co-founded The ITW Training Academy. A TEDx Speaker on Independent Intelligence, and author of Sustainable Governance - part of Ministry of Informations approved Guide on Omani Corporate Governance; Alena has received titles of ‘National Changemaker’, ‘Young Woman Making a difference in the World’, ‘Woman in Technology’ in Oman and been a youth speaker at United Nations in Geneva and New York.
September 22, 11:45
11:45 — 12:30EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Data, Health, Inequalities, Leave No One Behind, People, Technology

| Host: UNCTAD |, Alena Dique (UNCTAD Youth Network), Arlette Verploegh (UNCTAD), Brian Wong (Alibaba Global Initiatives), Magellan Mario Jordan Fetalino III (Acudeen Technologies Inc.), Nancy Amunga (Dana Logistics), Uju Uzo-Ojinnaka (Traders for Africa)