She is the CEO of Volkshilfe based in Vienna. Before this, she was Member of the Viennese state parliament and chairwoman of the economic and finance committee of the city of Vienna. Volkshilfe Vienna is a big Aid/Social/Care Organisation mostly publicly funded and operating in various fields, from home care/nursing, housing first/homeless shelters, preventing evictions, refugee shelters and counseling, foster care, day care for kids, counseling for sexworkers, programmes for labour market reintegration, general social work counseling, volunteer services and mentoring porgrammes.
Volkshilfe employs 1.500 people, works with 400 volunteers and counts about 3000 members of our association. Tanja is a board member in numerous social enterprises, such as the Association of Viennese Youth Centers, the Umbrella Association of Vienna Social Institutions, the SWÖ – Social Economy Austria, as well as the umbrella association Arbeit plus.
She is a member of the supervisory board of WU’s NPO Institute and is a juror for the annual World Summit Awards (WSA) and Social Impact Awards (SIA).
She is a global expert on women, power, and leadership, author, and keynote speaker, She is cofounder and president of Take The Lead, whose mission reflects her life’s passion: to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025 by providing her breakthrough training, mentoring and coaching role modeling, and thought leadership.
Author of Intentioning: Sex, Power, Pandemics and How Women Will Take the Lead for (Everyone’s) Good to be published September, 2021, she is the bestselling author of four previous books; the latest is No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, the research for which plus her own real world knowledge forms the core of Take The Lead’s programs.
Previous books include Send Yourself Roses cowritten with Kathleen Turner and The War on Choice. She is formerly president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
H.E. Cecilia Attard-Pirotta
She was career diplomat and trailblazer leader with many firsts to her credit, She joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Malta in 1983. Throughout her 38-year career Ambassador Attard-Pirotta has managed Malta ́s relations with a number of countries from all regions around the World, working on Mediterranean, European Union and Commonwealth issues, as well as focusing on specific thematic subjects, such as trade, the environment and development issues.
Ambassador Attard-Pirotta has seen and participated in the transformations that swept the European Continent towards the end of the last Century, having had the good fortune to work as Malta’s Representative with the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe, just as the Cold War came to an end. She was also fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of transformation that Malta had to go through as a result of its membership of the European Union.
Over the years Ambassador Attard-Pirotta occupied a number of senior positions within the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Baiba A. Rubesa
She was member of the Supervisory Council and member of the Human Resources Committee of the Latvian energy company Latvenergo. From 2015 to 2018, B. Rubesa was the Chairperson of the Management Board and the Executive Director of the joint venture RB Rail, which implements the largest railway infrastructure project of the European Union in the Baltics, Rail Baltica. Since 2014, she has been the owner of the consulting company RFactor.
Prior to her position as Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Statoil ASA from 2010-2013, from 2008 to 2010 Rubesa was Statoil Azerbaijan’s Director of Public Relations with government institutions.
From 2011-2013. B. Rubesa was a member of the Council of EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative) and from 2012 to 2015 – a member of the Council of Citadele banka. From 2004 to 2007, B. Rubesa chaired the Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia, as well as was the Vice President of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Latvia, from 2002 to 2009, she was a member of the Council of DnB Nord banka.
She is the Global Director, Climate Change & Biodiversity, Alinea International, Jaime brings more than two decades of experience delivering innovative solutions in sustainability around the world. In senior roles with the United Nations and World Bank, among others, she has a proven track record of successfully transitioning concepts, approaches and technologies from scientific facts to international best practices.
Part of her earlier role with the United Nations was to assemble some of the world’s preeminent scientists, policymakers and holders of Indigenous and traditional knowledge to introduce, into the narrative on the value of ecosystems, a focus on climate change services like storing carbon and preventing floods.
Together they made up the drafting group of the United Nations expert group on biodiversity and climate change, tasked with preparing a report for the UN General Assembly on the links between nature and climate. Nature-based Solutions (NbS) encompass the good management of ecosystems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help society adapt to the negative impacts of climate change.
She is the Executive Director of Vantrust Capital, Chile and among the most influential women in her country, she has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector and has been in charge of more than 26 top management roles throughout her career. In recent years Gabriela has developed foundations in an effort to help small and medium-sized companies that struggle globally and in her country.
She has also dedicated herself to empowering women in the banking world through mentoring. A great believer in innovation, creativity, drive and ability, she is passionate about entrepreneurship that takes care of the environment, that saves us time and is efficient, and also that promotes a sense of community.
She believes that such enterprises will be surely successful and spirited that the availability of capital will not be a problem for them. In 2020, where hundreds of small and medium-sized companies closed their doors as a result of the social crisis in the country, Gabriela Salvador allocated part of her time to advise entrepreneurs.
Mrs. Neerja Birla
She is an inspiring personality, progressive, dynamic and versatile woman, driven by her passions and an unwavering resolve to give back to society responsibly. A passionate educationist and a mental health champion, Mrs. Neerja Birla is the founder and chairperson of the Aditya Birla Education Trust (ABET), which endeavours to positively impact the lives of people from all sections of society and bring about progressive change, whether it is in the field of education or on the mental health landscape of India.
Under the ABET umbrella and Mrs. Birla’s dynamic leadership: Mpower is a revolutionary movement that has brought about a paradigm shift in India’s attitude towards mental health by spreading awareness, alleviating stigma, and providing holistic and quality mental health care to individuals from all walks of life.
The Aditya Birla World Academy, an international school with an Indian soul that promotes the holistic development of its students over and above their academic ones, has been ranked the 2nd Best International School in all of India.
Nana Ama Poku
She is an astute Commercial and Development Banker with extensive insight in Corporate, SME and Retail Banking, Risk Management, Banking Operations, Financing support for Non Bank Financial Institutions, Government guaranteed project financing, Import and Export Trade financing, and Asset and Liability management. She has extensive experience in value chain financing support for strategic subsectors towards export promotion and import substitution and in corporate strategy execution at the Executive Management level in Banking.
She’s a Member, Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana. (MCIMG). She holds a BA (Sociology/History) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Ghana, an MA (Marketing Communications) from the University of Westminster Business School – UK, and an Executive MBA (Entrepreneurial Management) from the University of Ghana Business School.
She was conferred with the Global Leadership Excellence award by the Centre for Economic and Development (CELD) Dubai – U.A.E.
She was Chairwoman of the Management Board, Kazakhstan Stock Exchange JSC (KASE) since 2016, Ms Aldambergen also serves as a member of the Board and the Working Committee of the Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS). She is also a member of the Council of the Association of Financiers of Kazakhstan and the Board of Directors of the Central Securities Depository JSC.
Ms Aldambergen is also a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in Kazakhstan and and on the International Advisory Council of the School of Business Administration of Nazarbayev University. Over the years, she held senior management positions in the Baiterek national managing holding, various state development organisations and commercial banks.
Alina Aldambergen held the position of Deputy Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Regulation and Supervision of the Financial Market and Financial Organizations in 2008-2011, Deputy Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Regulation of Activities of the Regional Financial Center of Almaty city in 2006-2007.
Dr. Patience Mpofu
She is a multi-award-winning mining executive, International Women’s Forum 2018 Fellow, Global Thought Leader in sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), an Executive Leadership Coach, and Women in STEM advocate, Patience is founder and partner of Insight Mining Experts, a global platform that connects technology experts to help solve sustainability issues in the mining industry to help them meet their ESG commitments. She has more than 25 years’ global multidisciplinary industry experience in the Mining and Metals industry.
She is also the founder and CEO of Peak Performance Executive Leadership Coaching, an Academy that helps women in STEM to unleash their superpowers to succeed. Prior to founding her businesses, she was Vice President Corporate Affairs Africa of a global Australian mining company, where she led the delivery of the Africa region sustainability strategy, risk mitigation, social performance and reputation enhancement.
Previously, she also spent several years working for other global mining companies in senior technical roles in processing, mine planning, transformation, M &A, strategy and business development.
Ruth B. Ncube
She is the Chairman of Agricultural Finance Corporation Insurance company (Limited) in Zimbabwe and on its board. As a distinguished business leader and marketing expert, she initiated and managed various insurance schemes of national significance thereby contributing to the increased participation in the formal financial systems of previously excluded population segments.
A versatile new generation transformational leader with over 20 years of leadership experience spanning across various economic sectors notably farming, manufacturing, real estate, hospitality, retail, advertising, banking and insurance, she has achieved remarkable success, driving sustainable business growth in an increasingly competitive and saturated insurance market. She has presided over a threefold growth in revenue and business volumes over a 6-year period in a challenging economic environment.
She has earlier served on the boards of Zimbabwe International Trade Fair board (ZITF) – Chairperson ; Mosi a Tunya Development Company – Chairman (Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality); Netone – Board Member (State Enterprise).
She is the Ceo Enfield Saheli – organisation set up in 1991 to enable women to participate fully in the social, cultural and civic life, empowering women to make informed choices, Krishna’s passion for supporting women and her track record of success is truly impressive in promoting the concerns of women regarding Domestic Violence, Forced Marriages, Trafficking and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK and globally speaking volumes about her dedication and commitment to the communities.
Through her work, Krishna has become an active ambassador and voice of communities. In addition, Krishna has worked within and helped develop statutory and voluntary sector organisations in the UK, with a special interest in supporting Health & Social Care.
Krishna Pujara has many laurels to her name, and with each she embraces an ever greater level of responsibility and accountability that she gently and gigantically shoulders and delivers. Krishna Pujara has become a support system for those all women who do not have the strength to speak up for their rights as she stands in solidarity with every woman fighting the regressive views and cultural practices of the community, and along with her influential leadership she brings others leaders from different walks of life to join her in her cause too.
H.E. Natasa Pilides
She is the Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry, Cyprus. She has also served as the first Deputy Minister of Shipping in Republic of Cyprus. Previously, she served as the Director General of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency since April 2016, responsible for the design and implementation of the Organisation’s strategy in investment promotion, investor support and facilitation of reform, in close collaboration with the Cyprus government. Natasa’s work experience includes more than fifteen years in the private sector.
She served as a Director and Regional Chief Operating Officer at Baker Tilly in South East Europe, heading the departments of Finance, Marketing, HR, Administration, Operations and IT for Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova.
For 9 years she worked at PwC, in Cyprus, Milan and London in the areas of audit and tax consulting, providing services to multinational companies active in the fields of banking and finance, shipping, insurance, energy.
H.E. Dr. May Chidiac
She is the President and founder of May Chidiac Foundation- Media Institute (MCF-MI), Head of GROUND-0 Beirut Relief Committee, May Chidiac is a veteran Journalist, an editor, a Radio Host and a news anchor since 1985 with a career spanning for more than 25 years.
She fought for the freedom of the Lebanese people when few dared to speak up against the prevailing state of tyranny, through morning political shows. Six months after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, Chidiac was attacked by a car bomb causing her to lose her left leg and arm. She returned to the TV screen in a prime time political talk show called “With Audacity” from 2006 till 2009.
In parallel, Chidiac published an award-winning book: “Le Ciel M’attendra”, to be followed later on by another prized book “La Télévision Mise à Nu”. She obtained her PhD in “Sciences de L’Information et de la Communication” with high distinction from Université Panthéon -Paris II Assas and also continued her teaching career as Professor of Radio/ TV at Notre Dame University-Louaize till present.
Zeynep Bodur Okyay
She is President and CEO, Kale Group of companies in Turkey. Born in 1964 in Istanbul, Zeynep Bodur Okyay graduated from the Italian High School in 1985 and earned a degree in management engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1989.
She attended Harvard University between 1990 and 1992 and earned a graduate degree in management. From 1992 to 1993, Zeynep Bodur Okyay worked in various roles, including production, planning, and management, as a management trainee at the Çanakkale Seramik factory in Çan, Çanakkale. In 1995, she was appointed as an Executive Board Member and President of Kale Group’s marketing companies.
Since July 2007, she has been serving as Kale Group’s President and CEO. Zeynep Bodur Okyay is actively engaged in several NGOs, associations, foundations and chamber boards. Some of her current roles include: President, General Assembly, Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO); Vice President, Economic Development Foundation; Board Member, Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK); Coordinating Chair, Turkey-EU Business Councils.
She is Afghanistan’s highest-ranking female officials, She made history as the first woman to be appointed as Deputy Minister of Policy and Strategy at the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Afghanistan. Nonetheless, it was challenging to be a woman leader in public office at such a high level. The fiery young leader then joined as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Women Affairs.
Now as the deputy minister of policy and plan in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, she is more resolute than ever to change and challenge old patriarchal norms. She is tirelessly and fearlessly working for strengthening women’s safety and dignity in public office and public spaces, and integrating women from all walks of life toward greater peace and security, and fostering equitable access to education, health, and opportunities.
Prior to this, Hosna Jalil has executive management as well as policy development track record with 6 years of professional experience in a wide range of industries, from mining and petroleum to importation and production of pharmaceutical products.
She is the Southeast Asia Director for Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) since August 2019. Before, she was the Deputy Director of ITDP Indonesia since 2014. She has worked directly in around 10 countries and over 10 cities giving technical assistance on smart and sustainable urban mobility mainly promoting non-motorized transportation, bus rapid transit systems, Electrification and building strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders such as governments, private sectors, international financial institutions, and United Nations development agencies, including entities such as Transjakarta that is the oldest BRT in Southeast Asia, and the longest in the world at 244 km, and has more than doubled daily ridership to more than 900,000 with a series of improvements recommended by ITDP that further include improved integration with bus, metro, and light rail, major improvements to service, and last mile options with improved walking and cycling infrastructure.
Working with ITDP, Transjakarta continues to add about 10 new routes every month, is integrated with the city’s new metro line, and is planning a full corridor of electric buses.
She is the Founder & Director General of Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST) a UK-registered charity, EASST works in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia to facilitate cross-border projects on road safety, sustainable transport, mobility & accessibility including for children and special needs.
Along with local partner organisations sharing know-how and resources across borders, the projects enable countries facing similar challenges to learn from each other to reduce road casualties and overcome common obstacles. Her Key Projects include: 2016: Project Supervisor: ‘Kazakhstan – South West Corridor Road Project, Road Safety Capacity Building’ EBRD C3414/87/28179 & C34315/87/85.
Responsible for Task 1 (completed), carrying out a Safe Villages Campaign; 2013-2016: Project Expert: ‘Implementation of regional road safety action plan for Neighbourhood East and Central Asian Countries – TRACECA Road Safety II’; ENPI. TRACECA (Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia) working in 10 countries along the ‘silk road’ corridor from Europe to Central Asia.
She is Chairwoman of Georgian Farmers’ Association. Georgian Farmers Association is umbrella organization which unites more than 5000 member farmers from all over the Georgia, with the goal and mission to protect farmers’ rights and support them to compete on marketplace and to grow agro players’ profitability.
Nino is founder of several companies, non governmental organizations and innovative startups. Being a proactive person by nature, Nino is a member of almost all key governmental or non-governmental boards and committees active in agriculture. In 2020 she was awarded with a national business-prize “Merkury 2011” where she received the honor as “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year”.
She was the first woman chosen as a coordinator of “Invest in Future” organization created in 2012 under the patronage of Hilary Clinton. A passionate advocate and agri-entrepreneur, Nino is committed to fostering youth leadership in this very important space.
She says in an article, “Most young people I meet on my trips in the countryside simply don’t see their future in agriculture.
She is the CEO, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 850 independent telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. With more than 30 years of experience representing the country’s smallest telecom operators, Bloomfield is an expert on the role of federal communications policies in sustaining the vitality of rural and remote communities and the benefits rural broadband networks bring to millions of American families, businesses and the national economy.
Bloomfield has a strong track record of leadership in aligning strategic partnerships among rural telecom companies, their larger counterparts, other rural utilities and federal agencies, advancing digital equity and economic opportunities for rural Americans.
Under her leadership, NTCA has promoted public-private partnerships among rural communications providers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and FCC, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars flowing to rural communities to advance broadband networks and help close the digital divide.
H.E. Dr. Manal Abdel Samad Najd
She is Lebanese politician and Caretaker Minister of Information in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, she joined the Finance Ministry in 1997 at the Tax Revenues Authority. In 2000, Manal has been a Pioneer member of the VAT Implementation Project Team in Lebanon, and served as Head of VAT Legislation and Tax Policies Department then Head of VAT Audit and Tax Refund Department.
Also a member in Objection Committees at the Lebanese Tax Administration since 2002. She was also confirmed, since Mar 2016, as a Trained Assessor then a “Lead TADAT Assessor” since 2019, by the Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) Secretariat at the International Monetary Fund (a field mission in Tunisia, March 2018).
She is an active contributor in preparing the Lebanese Government to sign the Multilateral Convention (MLI) to implement treaty related measures to prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), under the OECD/G20 BEPS package. Manal is a trainer in taxation and strategic planning at different public and private institutions.
She is Seasoned serial entrepreneur and active business investor, she has wealth of experience in incubating new businesses, finding new markets, mergers & acquisitions, with solid track record in investing, building, growing and/or exiting successful startups and scaleups.
She has been listed among the Top 10 Most Inspiring Businesswomen in Singapore (By Top 10 of Asia), Top 10 Women Venture Capitalists in Singapore (By Women Founders Network), Top 8 Trailblazers Under 40’s (by The Peak Magazine), and Top 100 Most Influential LinkedIn Icon to follow in Malaysia (by Marketing in Malaysia). She has held several senior executive positions (at CEO/CXO levels) and board directorships in private and public sectors across Asia Pacific.
She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mercatus Capital Pte Ltd, invested in and managed a portfolio of more than 80 startups in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, India and Australia. Her experience covers a wide variety of areas such as education, food, fashion, pharmaceutical, ecommerce, esports, information technology, artificial intelligence and robotics, human resources development, and executive education, among others.
She is currently CEO of the Lula Group of Companies. An international Businesswoman and Philanthropist, she has professional leadership experience serving as Chief Executive and senior executive member in companies ranging from venture-backed start-ups to global enterprises across a variety of sectors including Petroleum, Renewable Energy Technology, Metals and Chemical Manufacturing, Environmental and Clean Tech, Commodities Trading and Structured Finance.
She is experienced in defining and managing strategy, sales and marketing, financial management, intellectual property development, corporate structuring, mergers & acquisitions, and fundraising throughout her career. Deana Specializes in Global Trade and Structured Finance as Principle and agent via a Global Client Book.
Previously, she served as a Senior Executive responsible for Hazardous Materials supply Chain Management and as EVP and Manager of Voith GmbH Polyurethane, Silicone, Rubber product lines, and earlier as Senior Executive for Kaiser Aluminum’s Fluorides Business Division.
She is Founder & MD of Norina Co. Ltd, a Pharma company in Mauritius, and Awarded as Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business & Government Award 2016 by CEO Global, Norina is a role model for many. She launched her first pharmacy, Noripharm in 2003 and soon a second, Noor Pharma. In 2004, she became treasurer of the Pharmacists Association. In 2008, she officiated as secretary and finally in 2014, she became President of the prestigious Pharmacists Association of Mauritius.
Her passion and contributions in the sector have resulted in a number of achievements to date which includes the Pharmacy Council Bill: A concept which was shelved for more than 30 years and where Norina worked with the Ministry of Health to put forward the bill to regulate and control the profession. She also worked with Mauritius Pharmacy Registrar on registration fee of pharmaceutical products to prevent monopoly.
Her many prestigious recognitions include: Healthcare Woman Icon of the Year at the 2nd Icons of Healthcare Summit & Awards organised by BERG Singapore on July 21, 2017, ‘Africa’s Most Influential Women 2016’ in Business and Government in Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical sector; 100 Most Influential Women in Mauritius, among others.
She is presently serving as an independent member of the Board at Telia Lietuva (listed) – part of the leading Nordic group Telia Company and the fifth largest telecom operator in Europe. Dovile is also currently a member of Board of Trustees at Institute of International Relations and Political Science (IIRPS) at Vilnius University.
Dovile started her professional journey over 20 years ago in the banking and financial sector in the United States. For the last 8 years Dovile was the CEO and Chairperson of the Board at Swedbank Lithuania – the biggest financial institution in the country servicing millions of customers. While proving excellent business results and constant growth, Dovile also had an extensive societal agenda, mostly focusing on gender equality and UN Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030.
Dovile’s passionate engagement helped Swedbank Lithuania become the first company in the country which ensured equal pay and eliminated gender salary gap. Dovile is one of the founders of the Lithuanian association “Lydere”, focusing on addressing gender inequality issues.
Dr. Carole Nakhle
She is an international authority on global energy issues, in particular in the fields of policy, finance, market development, governance, regulation, fiscal regimes and contractual arrangements. With a unique breadth of experience spanning different stakeholders in the energy industry all around the world, Dr Nakhle has worked with oil and gas companies (Eni and Statoil) at the executive level, governments and policy makers (including Special Parliamentary Advisor in the UK), international organisations, academic institutions and specialized think tanks on a global scale.
She is active on the Governing Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Member of its Audit and Finance Committee, and Advisory Boards of the Middle East Institute, Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines and IKAR Industries. She is a program advisor to the Washington based International Tax and Investment Centre and lead Energy Expert with the Geopolitical Intelligence Services.
She is also involved in the OECD Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development and has contributed to the development of the organization’s Principles for Durable Extractive Contracts.
Dr. Hynd Bouhia
She was nominated by Forbes among the 100 most influential women in the world in 2008 and among the most influential women in Business in the Arab World in 2015, and honored as a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 2018. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in high-level and leadership positions, covering investments, financial structuring, entrepreneurship and sustainable development strategies.
With a PhD from Harvard University (GSAS 1998), an Engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris (1995) and a Master from Johns Hopkins SAIS (2000), Hynd Bouhia started her career at the World Bank in Washington before joining Morocco’s Prime Minister as an economic advisor.
She was appointed in 2008 as the Managing Director of Casablanca Stock Exchange. After that she structured and managed several investment funds for clean energy and a venture capital fund for startups. As the CEO of Strategica, she advises entrepreneurs, companies and institutions on economic intelligence, sustainable finance and growth strategies.
She founded Zaytouneh.com in 2011, and Atbaki 2014, creating the largest video recipe platform in Arabic, used by millions. Fida is Managing Partner at Amam Ventures, an impact fund that caters to businesses that are committed to diversity and inclusion. Fida is co-founder of the fast-growing “Women in Business Arabia” network, board member at the MicroFund for Women and has served on several advisory boards of startups and NGOs empowering women & youth.
Prior to Zaytouneh, Fida worked in different areas in the media domain for 9 years, during which she produced hundreds of hours of video content. Coming from a production background, Fida strongly believes in the power and potential of the audio-visional content.
She is a member of INTAJ- Jordan. Fida was selected as E&Y emerging entrepreneur for the year 2013 for her work with Zaytouneh. She is also Jordan’s Ambassador for Women Entrepreneurship Day (WED) 2015-2019. Fida has worked closely with angel investors essentially managing their investment portfolios including activities such as opportunity identification, deal structuring, operational assistance at the portfolio company level as well as board representation.
Dr. Paola Fiore
She is a forward-thinking pioneer in sustainability. She partners with corporate & non-profit management to apply responsible leadership principles & find the right balance among economic, social, environmental & climate policies to drive sustainable innovation, increase responsible profits & enhance brand reputation. With 22+ years of sustainability management & communications experience & 27+ years of environmental studies.
Driven by authenticity, creativity & the pursuit of excellence, Paola takes a holistic approach towards introducing the SDGs as a core business strategy, while creating a culture of sustainability that supports the transition to a post-carbon economy & society.
She works closely with minor & major stakeholders to ensure that economic, environmental, social, cultural, climate & political factors are taken into account when building or restructuring business systems to support long-term, responsible prosperity. She works in green economy sectors, like agro-industry, sustainable chemistry, renewable energy, green ICT, environmental & climate change services.
Claudia Vergueiro Massei
She is the Siemens Oman CEO, nominated by Forbes as one of the most powerful businesswomen in the Middle East in 2020 and 2021, Claudia is committed to enabling the digital transformation in the sultanate and to contributing to its economic development. She drives business in power distribution, smart grid, smart buildings, control and automation, and digital solutions for industrial applications.
She assumed her role after working with Siemens in Germany, Denmark and China for various business fields, including wind power and rail automation. Originally from Brazil, she commenced her career in strategy consulting, undertaking assignments in France, Morocco, South Africa and the United States, besides her home country. She subsequently co-founded a SaaS edtech startup in Brazil, Eduqo, which she ran before joining Siemens.
Claudia developed her passion for education during her college days, when she worked as part-time teacher preparing students for university entrance exams in Brazil. In her free time, Claudia enjoys to dance, travel and learn about different cultures, as well as to mentor young entrepreneurs.
Nuria Marín Raventós
She is the co-founder and co-president of the Alvarez & Marín Corporation business group, which has more than 1500 people working on areas such as banana exports, finance, energy, entertainment and property development. She’s also the director of the Corporación Raventós group, which focuses on property development. In the Forbes list of 50 Most Powerful Women in Central America (2014-2018).
She’s a former director of Credimujer, a World Bank’s associate; former president of the Costa Rican University Women Association from 2004 to 2008 an associated to the University Women International Federation. She’s also the co-founder and first president of the Association for Leadership Boosting and Social Mobility known as ALAS from 2008 to 2014, the largest female leaders’ network in the country.
She returned to the presidency on 2019. Cofounder and President of Balance a national movement towards gender equality. In 2012, she became the first female opinion columnist in La Nación newspaper and in 2015 columnist to Forbes CA magazine. She is the Costa Rican Ambassador to the Women Entrepreneurship Day Initiative.
Gala Díaz Langou
She is the Executive Director at CIPPEC, a leading think tank in Argentina that works towards better public policies, she has authored over 50 publications on social policy in Latin America. Her books include those on Early Childhood in Argentina (2015), on Gender Economic Equity and G20 (2018) and on Gender and Labour in Argentina (2019). She is a delegate to W20 representing Argentina and has beeb an international consultant for several UN agencies and other global organizations and governments of the Latin American Region.
Her work is focused on applied research on gender and children’s rights. She holds an MA in Public Policy and Development Management (Georgetown University) and a BA in International Studies (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella).
She is a professor at di Tella University. She was a speaker at TEDx Río de la Plata in 2019. In her prior role as head of CIPPEC’s Social Protection Program, Gala promoted research and public policy recommendations on poverty, childhood, employment, social security and gender economic inequalities.
Chantal Yelu Mulop
She is the Special Advisor to the President of DRCongo on Youth, Gender & Violence against Women, she is a leading activist, a recognized humanist and feminist, a fighter for social justice, economic and women’s rights, without forgetting of course a passionate of the fight against all forms of injustice such as immigration reform, health care reform, reproductive rights, the natural environment, racial equality and workers’ rights.
Having spent more time outside the country, in the DR Congo (mainly in Canada and Belgium), Chantal is multilingual. She is fluent in French, English, Kikongo, Lingala and some Swahili.
Her professional career is flourishing and varied: President and CEO, Care Coordinator, Director of Nursing, etc. Her clinical background is very laudatory and has mainly focused on the following medical areas: emergencies, long-term care, palliative care, mental health and maternity.
What is more, she has been able to access several positions of responsibility within the various organizations as a community leader.
She is Co-Founder and CEO, Re-State Foundation aiming to reimagine the future of public governance at local, national, and global levels. Shattered by the pandemic, climate crisis, civil unrest, increasing debt and many other challenges, the world has never been so ready for new governance experiments at the local, national, and global levels. Re-State is an open, collaborative, impact-oriented platform for governance innovation. How should governance look like in the 21st century? Anastasia is also a Senior Advisor on Partnerships to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
Previously, Anastasia was a Head of Regional Agenda at the World Economic Forum responsible for organization’s regional strategies and engagement with governments, civil society, academia, investor communities, and research institutions.
She was a member of the Founding Team the Global Shapers Community, a network of over 400+ city-based Hubs around the world led by young people between the ages of 20-30 who self-organize to have impact in their cities.
She has more than 25 years of international experience within medtech Industry and robotics/AI: global corporate to small startup companies, she is Founder of RoboInsights with a focus on robotics/ automation/ ai with a goal to have 50% female and 50% male speakers – and over time 50% female participants to a technology event. She is also part of Lagertha working to get more female entrepreneurs into male dominated industries such as: Maritime, transport, logistics.
Founder of High5girls NGO working to get more girls aged 13-19 interested in pursuing a career in STEM Science Technology Engineering Mathematics, she is deeply committed to empowerment through innovation, upskilling and enterprise.
She has strong leadership and communication skills, and is a focussed, result-oriented, creative networker and team player who thrives working in a challenging environment and is able to manage high levels of uncertainty. A dear Soul Sister who approaches every goal with enthusiasm and energy.
She is the Founding Partner & President, Cinegroup, and Executive Director, Band Group, Brazil, she has 25+ years of experience in the Audiovisual and Broadcasting & Television industries; combined career as executive and entrepreneur.
From 1997 to 2019 as entrepreneur; idealized and CINEGROUP; leadership in the local and international expansion, turning the company amongst the largest content producer in the country (TV programs, series, documentaries, and movies); company recognized with several awards and indications.
She ideated and structured the company; operating starting from “zero” and turning amongst top 5 independent producer in the country (450 employees). Headquartered in São Paulo; opened branched in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, aside from international operational located in Mozambique.
Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani
She is the President and Founder of Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF), she is a Fellow of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (2017) and served as a Commissioner on the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work (2017-2019).
The Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) is recognised in Arab and international government, private sector and NGO circles as a high-impact change agent focussed on women’s leadership and youth empowerment, working for progress, inclusion, peace and prosperity in the Arab region and internationally.
Haifa founded the Arab International Women’s Forum in London in 2001 as a development organisation committed to supporting women’s leadership in social and economic growth in the MENA region and internationally and creating equality of opportunity for all.
She is the proud Canadian, her unique career has led her to almost every country on earth, in management and leadership positions. Her networks span the globe and have facilitated remarkable achievements, which have been recognized by stakeholders and leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors as well as the media.
Her inspirational leadership and powers of persuasion have attracted tens of millions of dollars in funding and significant media profile to the projects she has led over the last three decades: thinking “outside the box”, mobilizing new partners, re-energizing existing ones and attracting new audiences. Over the past decade, she has devoted herself mainly to the development of women’s empowerment & leadership.
A past member of the International Women’s Forum in Canada, she is the founder of the Austrian branch of the organization. In this capacity, she is mentoring several young professional women involved in public service, governance and the private sector. Likewise, she is supporting startups in female leadership.
She is the CEO of South African based SystemicLogic Group, a global financial innovation, data and technology disruptor, specialising in emergent business models, Audrey’s experience spans across various business domains including group strategy, talent design, marketing and communications strategy, integrated with strong corporate relationship management.
In 2015, Audrey was granted honorary membership for academic and leadership excellence from the Golden Key International Honour Society and named one of Africa’s 1,000 most powerful women. She has decisively positioned SystemicLogic Group for its next generation of growth, executing a strong plan that is delivering measurable results to its clients while positioning the company for future growth.
With her extensive market knowledge, Audrey passionately champions the SystemicLogic business model to deliver solutions that are tailored to the needs of the client, specific to their respective operating environments.
She is a successful entrepreneur from Albania, she founded her own company at the age of 23, which is one of the biggest dynamic, innovative and integrated Advertising and Communications agencies in Albania. She graduated from the University of Tirana with a Bachelor’s degree with major in English and 10 years later, she was awarded MBA from University Institute Kurt Bösch in Sion, Switzerland.
Since 2018, she is a PhD candidate at the Consortium of the International Joint Cross-Border PhD Programme in International Economic Relations and Management in Austria and her research topic is the “Factors affecting Female Entrepreneurship in Albania. She credits the success of her to the motivated team of 22 young professionals who grew up together, worked hard, trusted and believed everyday in the common goal and the vision of their leader.
Being one of the rare women entrepreneurs in year 1999, she was always invited as a motivational speaker becaming a role model for many young women and aspiring entrepreneurs.