Motivation Talk

Motivation Talk

Transforming Youth into Future Leaders: lessons learned from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and contemporary theories

Friday 26th April 2019 (18:00-20:00)    Rumi’s Cave, London, United Kingdom

Sheikh Babikir Ahmed BabikirIslamic Scholar, Education Consultant, Public Speaker & Chairman Rumi’s Cave
Allam AhmedDirector, Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute and Founder Sudan Knowledge
Farida FortuneHead of Clinical and Diagnostic Oral Sciences, Institute of Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

Join us for this exciting motivation talk about how to transform our youth into future leaders with lessons learned from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and contemporary leadership theories and concepts. The speakers will discuss a diverse range of topics including leadership; management; education; development; research; entrepreneurship and start-up, etc and share the outcomes of their experience and journey through life.

The entire concept of sustainable development (SD) is about the future and the future is all about the youth! Youth population is growing rapidly in all regions of the world and we are very keen to understand the youth perspectives and expectations for their future to help them be ready to grasp the various opportunities generated in the digital economy. We strongly believe our youth should be the cornerstone of any strategy by all governments and policy makers. We must listen to our youth and more importantly how we can help our youth with their future employment plans and aspirations. In this talk, we will outline all steps the youth must undertake to ensure their views and opinion are considered by all policy makers when designing the curriculum, developing programs to ensure the youth are ready to grasp the various opportunities generated in the digital economy. 

The talk aims to help and enable the youth reap the digital benefits form the global growth in the digital economy particularly for the Digital Natives. The talk will therefore help the youth constructs an “ideal role” for their future and outlines how performance can be evaluated in pursuit of the goals in the future. There are clearly opportunities for the youth to support and enhance the process of transforming their countries to advanced, knowledge-based society led by sustainable innovation and social advance.

The talk will discuss various topics relating to social enterprise which include but not limited to the general issues on social entrepreneurship; cultural and religious perspectives on entrepreneurship; sustainable entrepreneurship and finance; sustaining family business across the generations; creating value to people and the planet: motivations and the role of connectedness for creating a sustainable venture. We will discuss about young people small ideas and marketing their ideas and moreover, issues relating to unemployment globally and the ‘youth bulge’ and how youth entrepreneurship can help address them. Other topics which will be discussed in the talk will include the importance of adequate human skills and training programs to empower the youth and critical for building capacity for the knowledge economy; creating an enabling environment for technological learning and innovation; building ICT capacity for bridging the digital divide and encouraging knowledge transfer; building capacity for appropriate technology which is economically and environmentally sound; do not require exotic sources of capital in order to develop and grow; and finally the important role of regional scientific co-operation among countries.


Sheikh Babikir was born in Sudan arrived in Britain in 1977 and began organising programs at London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park, and in Muslim Welfare House in North London, where he first met His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. At the request of His Highness, Sheikh Babiker served for some time as a member of the board for Mosaic (a charity founded by the Prince of Wales). Sheikh Babikir is loved by many for his warm manner and wise counsel, he continues to spread his message of compassion and mercy with an unmistakable charm across the UK and abroad.

Allam AhmedYou will also learn about Allam personal journey from Wad Medani to London. Allam has advised and helped many companies turning their performance to very successful businesses. In his future journey, Allam worked as kitchen porter cleaning the dishes in restaurants and hotels, delivering Pizza in Edinburgh and many other casual jobs before becoming a senior academic and internationally recognised expert in knowledge management; technology transfer; sustainable development; public policy; marketing and enterprise; investment promotion; leadership and management.

Professor Fortune is Professor of Medicine in relation to Oral Health and Head of the Centre for Clinical and Diagnostic Oral Sciences (CDOS). One of her main focuses has been to widen access and increase uptake into higher education for Muslim women, both nationally and internationally. In 2004, she was awarded a CBE for services to dentistry. In 2012, she was awarded prestigious Colyer Gold Medal for significant contribution to the profession through their research, teaching and clinical work. She graduated in both Dentistry and Medicine from University College, University of London. In 1992 she obtained her PhD in University of London. She has been recognised as the top five most influential Muslim women in the Guardian’s society segment. Her list of achievements are many from President of the British Society of Oral Medicine in 2007 and President of Odontology section of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2011. She was also elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2007.

<b>Diaspora Talks</b>

The talk is part of our Diaspora Series aims to provide the participants the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences from all over the world on major global issues; the emphasis is on the importance of evidence-based planning to overcome the challenges facing many developing countries’ efforts to achieve a sustainable future. For more details watch presentations from previous events.

Venue and Registration

The conference is co-organised in partnership with the Centre for Ethical Finance, Law and Communities (CEFLAC), University of East London and hosted by the Rumi’s Cave at the following address: Rumi’s Cave, Carlton Vale, NW6 5HH, London, United Kingdom

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