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Unlocking Youth Leadership Potential:

Youth at the Centre of the East African Integration

he Youth Leadership (YouLead) Summit is a concept born out of the merging of two initiatives from the Ms Training Center for Development Cooperation (MS TCDC): the Youth Governance Festival (YGF14) in 2014, and the Regional Youth Seminar (RYS16) in 2016, both aiming to build the youth into effective leaders of tomorrow.

YouLead is a cross-border youth leadership summit with the prime aim of providing youth with an opportunity to learn from one another, exchange hands-on experience, share opportunities, bring forward fresh ideas and come up with innovative solutions to the challenges they face.

This is a true platform brought up for action-oriented and most inspiring young leaders, change-makers, start-uppers, social entrepreneurs, and youth activists who attempt to demonstrate motivations in changing their societies for the better.

YouLead17 shall begin on 27th November, through to 1st December 2017, and has attracted a multitude of youth to Arusha, Tanzania, from the East African region, eager to learn and stretch themselves beyond their boarders. Also, around 50 influential figures have availed their time to be a part of it and pour into the next generation of leaders, by sharing their success stories and life lessons learned in their own journeys. These speakers include authors, business innovators, social entrepreneurs, politicians, and public personalities from the region.

More to that, an amazing program has been prepared, tailored to expand and diversify the youth’s creative minds. Different areas of leadership to be explored include Political, Civic & Social, and Business & Corporate Leadership.

The excitement is real. The expectations are high. YouLead17 is right around the corner, and guarantees a life changing turn to all who have endeavored to be a part of it.

Theme: Unlocking Youth Leadership Potential: Youth at the Centre of the East African Integration.


19 – 23 NOVEMBER 2018, ARUSHA

A Glimpse of 2017 Summit

Who Spoke?

Carolyne EkyarisiimaIT-Technology Practitioner
Muhammed Lamin SaidykhanHuman Rights Activist
Hon. Upendo PenezaMember of Special Seats, 2015 – 2020
Raphael Obonyo Expert on Public Policy and Youth
Honorine UwaseMotivational Speaker
Brian NdyagumaInnovation hub manager and consultant

Our 2017 Partners

Check Who Made This Event Possible!

#Youlead17 Experience

Hon. Upendo Peneza | Member of Parliament Tanzania

Seeing many young people come together when they are united by a common goal which isn't going to club to dance but leadership and sharing really touched my heart and I was inspired to inspire more young leaders to shape the future of East Africa and Africa

Benson Mwaka | Founder Northern Uganda Hiphop Culture

My leadership is majorly about using art to socially transform lives and communities. From Youlead Summit 2017, I learned that leadership is much about giving a hand to improve lives of communities and its measured by how many people you have changed to reach their full potentia

Ekyasimire Caroline | Founder & CEO Apps & Girls

All we need is to give back to communities, giving back doesn't necessarily mean it should be money, it can be knowledge or skills, everything given back to community uplifts millions and those you uplift will lift you higher

2017 Team

Ivan AtuyambeRegional Training and Development Advisor at MS-Training Center for Development Cooperation (MS-TCDC)
Neema LyimoCourse & Summit Administrator at MS-TCDC
Beatrice KiweluPublic Relations & Sales Officer at MS-TCDC
Edwin AyoPublic Relations & Sales Officer at MS-TCDC
Sahlim CharlesFilmmaker/Photographer/Communication Expert/Pan- Africanist working on issues of Youth, Identity, Culture, Human Rights and African History.
Raphael KiwoveleAssistant Accountant at MS-TCDC/Activist & Supporter of the Africans Rising Movement
Nassor Yusuph MdemuCreative Mind/Visionary/Dedicated Youth Leader
Vincent UhegaEvent Organizer/Public Speaker/Resource Mobilizer/National Youth Facilitator
Ainebyona RobertYouth Leader/Researcher
Lameck LwendoCreative Artist/Systems Developer/Engineer/Data Analyst/Youth Leader
Jacqueline KalumunaStudent/Vice President at IAA/Youth Activist
Catherine OscarStudent/Youth Leader
Gael T. RutembesaFreelance Creative Writer