Who is Yasmien Naciri?
Yasmien Naciri is General Manager of the Innovation Centre in Antwerp, an author, a columnist and a guest lecturer. She is also known as an entrepreneur, former scientific collaborator at the University of Antwerp and the founder of various projects. In recent years, Ms. Naciri has focused on poverty, youth, education and entrepreneurship. Since 2014, she has been a familiar voice in the social debate, focusing on social challenges, innovative projects and policy proposals. Thinking and doing are two concepts that go hand in hand for her.
In 2015, for example, she lobbied former Minister of Economic Affairs and Employment Philippe Muyters for a separate status for student entrepreneurs, which thousands of young people have now been able to obtain. She was also the founder and chair of a development aid organisation that campaigned for equal access to running water and equal educational opportunities in Morocco. Together with her organisation, she took care of the reconstruction of 15 village schools in order to get as many young girls into the classroom as possible. In addition, she is the creator and founder of Fleks vzw, an open youth organisation in Antwerp where young people are encouraged to do business – she herself encountered barriers as a young entrepreneur, which is why she also campaigned for the student-entrepreneur status. She has now left the organisations because she strongly believes in the power of sustainability and wants to offer other young people opportunities by making way for them. Today, in addition to her work as general manager, she voluntarily commits herself to various administrative councils in the education, youth, culture and poverty sector, including the umbrella organisation for all youth activities in Flanders, Formaat vzw, the Ancienne Belgique and Literatuur Vlaanderen.
Ms. Naciri has a broad field of interests – she is convinced that there is no other option if societal challenges are to be tackled. That is why she prefers to work on innovation and change management, policy making, strategic communication, inclusion and social mobility.
Yasmien is a lady with an opinion, and can also explain it well. Empathetic and assertive at the same time, that’s possible.
For a Kom op tegen Kanker (Stand Up To Cancer) event, she made a wonderful contribution concerning her experiences with solidarity, social media and the need for a connecting society. And it was clear, instructive and inspiring.
Algemeen Directeur Kom op tegen Kanker