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What will be the next walls to fall?
8 November 2017, Berlin

100 young scientists and entrepreneurs from 55 countries, who had qualified for the young talent competition at the Falling Walls Lab, presented their research projects, ideas and initiatives on 8 November in Berlin. For the third year in a row, the GDL held a wild card for the Falling Walls Lab 2017 and was represented in the final by Elizabeth Maloba from Kenya, who, in a 3-minute speech, formulated her vision of how to break the wall of youth unemployment.

The speakers addressed a wide range of topics: mentoring for teenagers and young professionals in Kyrgyzstan and prevention of agricultural pollution in Mexico, access to justice in Ukraine and waste-sorting in Senegal, how to tackle dangerous mosquitos and groundbreaking treatments for disability through the brain, blindness and children suffering from cancer.

Jury winner and winner of the Falling Walls Lab 2017 is Agnes Reiner from the University of Vienna for her research on novel biomarkers in the blood test for early detection of ovarian cancer.

The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation in Berlin that hosts the International Science Falling Walls Conference every year on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

GDL at the Falling Walls Lab in Berlin

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Elizabeth Maloba

Elizabeth has twenty years’ experience in addressing complex challenges. She works in cross-sectoral, trans-professional, multi-stakeholder settings, providing support in problem solving and decision making processes and facilitating learning and the exchange of ideas and information. She has extensive experience in international cooperation, development cooperation, and private sector development.

Elizabeth is active in cross-cultural groups, from grassroots level to global platforms, assisting in the professional development of leaders and the formation of, teams, policies, strategies, plans, and business models that contribute to addressing development challenges. She brings skills in capacity building, knowledge management, facilitation, conflict resolution and management, as well as experience as an entrepreneur gained through a wide variety of assignments. She lives in Nairobi, works across the world, and speaks English, Swahili, German and French.

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Find out more about her engagement here and in this interview. Furthermore, Elizabeth reflected on inclusion here.

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