She is the COO of Space Foundation, she brings a broad perspective and deep vision of the global space ecosystem – from a distinguished career as a space acquisition and program management leader and congressional liaison for the U.S. Air Force to her current role, including overseeing Center for Innovation and Education, Symposium 365, and Global Alliance.
Shelli plays an active leadership role with United Nations Space4Women, WomenTech Network, Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) Global Women Leaders Committee (GWLC), New York University, Global Policy Insights – Global Policy, Diplomacy and Sustainability (GPODS) Fellowship program, Global Policy Insights — Quad Forum, Space Tourism Society Africa, Tod’Aérs, Lifeboat Foundation, Women in Aerospace Foundation, Women’s Global Gathering, Manufacturer’s Edge, and Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC.
Advocating for space technology innovation, entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion, Shelli collaborates with organizations around the world to connect commercial, government and educational sectors.
She is the Chairman of the Executive Board of Aon Holdings (part of Aon Plc; NYSE AON) and other Holdings entities in the Netherlands and Global Chief Marketing Officer of Aon Inpoint. Aon is active in 120 countries around the globe and has 50,000 employees.
Aon Holdings is the statutory shareholder/parent company of over 400 Aon companies – engaged in international insurance and reinsurance brokerage, pensions and employee consulting as well as risk management advice and services in the field of insurances- in Europe Middle East Africa, Asia, Australia Pacific, Canada and Latin America; Aon Inpoint being Aon’s management consultancy arm. Marguerite has been with Aon and its predecessors for over 30 years.
Marguerite is an expert on diversity and inclusion and is Chair of the Advisory Board of SER Topvrouwen (the Dutch nationwide diversity C-suite female empowerment initiative). She also represents the Kingdom of the Netherlands and its private sector in the G20 EMPOWER Alliance.
Dr. Gordana Nikolic
She is the Businesswoman, featured among top 100 Croatian Leaders, she is founder, owner & Dean of PAR University College, Croatia, the only independent higher education institution in the northern Adriatic region, and among Croatia’s top 20 educational centres for entrepreneurship.
She is also owner/director of Business Academy Rijeka. She has received many prestigious awards including: Best Woman Entrepreneur in Croatia in 2015 by the Croatian Association of Business Women – KRUG; In 2016, she received an award from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County for the promotion of science, education and female entrepreneurship in the region.
The same year, she was also given the annual award from the City of Rijeka for her outstanding contribution to the fields of higher education and entrepreneurship, and for launching the first private higher education institution. She is Vice President of the Global Women Leaders Committee, which brings together women in the global network of business angels.
Marianne Egelund Siig
She is a recognised strategic leader, dedicated to creating value and purpose for people, businesses, and society as a whole. For more than 20 years, Marianne Egelund Siig has led successful business transformations in the fields of leadership-, talent-, and organisational strategies and development. Furthermore.
She is an expert within the fields of gender equality, diversity and inclusion. Marianne works as CEO for Mannaz; an international consultancy and education programs company with headquarter in Copenhagen, Denmark, and offices in both Sweden and UK. https://www.mannaz.com In 1994, Marianne started her career as the Managing Director of the Nordic consulting firm KaosManagement.
She collaborated with over 200 companies as strategic advisor, keynote speaker and facilitator of transformational training programs to co-create innovative solutions.
She is a highly experienced senior advisor to governments and social organizations who has worked for governments at local, regional and international levels for over 30 years. She has been committed to concrete cooperation between governments (municipalities, ministries), institutions and small and medium-sized companies between the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world, she has greatly contributed to building Netherlands – India exchange. During her work with the municipality of The Hague for more than 15 years, Karen put the cooperation with India on the Dutch agenda, resulting in many delegations led by the Mayor of Hague to Bangalore resulting in many MOUs with the State government of Karnataka in the areas of care, economy, water and infrastructure.
Since 10 years Karen also serves as senior advisor to the Mayor of Rotterdam and aldermen of various municipalities. She also led the implementation of the noted Healthcare and Participation Act at the department of Health and Welfare of the City of the Hague, Netherlands, as well as at the Care, Welfare and Culture department of the province of North-Holland, Strategic Economic Projects Unit of the province of South Holland. Karen was elected as member of the city council of the municipality of Rotterdam for more than 10 years.
She is an economist with a doctoral degree in water sciences, she has over 20 years of experience in the water and sanitation sector. She is an advocate that everyone, everywhere has the right to clean water and the dignity to access sanitary and hygienic facilities. Dr. Fonseca has pioneered sector development on the understanding of life-cycle costs and financing.
She was the WASHCost Director (2008-2013), a large-scale initiative to identify the long-term costs of sustaining rural and peri-urban water and sanitation services.She has been part of the IRC management team and managed the International and Innovation programme from 2012-2019.
Dr. Fonseca was the Director of Watershed, a strategic programme (2016-2020) to strengthen the ability of citizens to hold governments and service providers accountable for the services they deliver. Carrying out institutional and financial assessments at international, national and local level for delivering sustainable services is at the core of her work.
Dame Jane Chircop
She is the founder of Sapphire Real Estate Group in Malta, elected as Councillor in the Local Government and the first woman independent candidate for Prime Minister in the 2022 elections, she is negotiator and dialogue builder in both private enterprise and public leadership.
Jane believes negotiations and diplomacy go hand in hand for building win-win strategies and solutions for all. She studied diplomacy with Partit Laburista, one of the major political parties in Malta and trained in UK Brighton for the last week of elections in 2008 where she campaigned for a candidate.
She was elected as Local Council Member under the ticket of Partit Labusita in her locality of St. Paul’s Bay for 2012 – 2015. Her duties included social policy, foreign affairs, education, sanitisation and health.
H.E. Segolene Royal
She is the President Cop21, former Minister of Environment, Energy and Sea, President of DA Planet Foundation for solar energy and women in Africa, Author of 15 books, and mother of 4 children she was the first woman in France to be finalist of a presidential election.
She was also Minister Delegate for Family Affairs, Childhood and Disability (March 2000 – May 2002), Minister Delegate for School Education (June 1997 – March 2000), and Minister for the Environment (April 1992 – March 1993). She was President of the Poitou-Charentes Region from April 2004 to May 2014 and was a member of the French Parliament for the Deux-Sèvres department numerous times between 1988 and 2007.
Minister Royal was also Vice-President and Spokeswoman for the Banque publique d’investissement (French Public Investment Bank), Vice President of Socialist International, and was an advisor to French President François Mitterrand from 1982-1988.
H.E. Ouided Bouchamaoui
She had awarded Nobel Peace Laureate 2015, Tunisia is a Businesswoman and Past President of UTICA (Tunisian Industry Confederation) as the first woman elected to this role.
Ouided Bouchamaoui is the co-laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize 2015 as member of the National Dialogue Quartet, where she played a historic and legendary role in helping her country navigate through a great time of crisis during the Arab spring and move Tunisia to a more transparent and collaborative society with democratic processes, constitutional framework and transparent elections.
Ms. Bouchamaoui is also Member of the Oslo Business for Peace Award Committee since January 2016. Ms. Bouchamaoui describes the open secret of her success as the ability to build win-win partnerships and relationships even among opponents.
She is an exemplar of the creative and constructive force of women’s leadership to nurture dialogue, bring harmony and build peace.
She is the Founder and Chair of the federal Canadian charity “Internet Sense First”, as also the AICET Council (Anti Internet Child Exploitation Team), she is an eminent expert in child protection. Author of two books – “Digital Sexual Victims: True Cases” she was nominated for an international award by the Delta Kappa Gamma society of educators; and her newest release is, “The Internet: Are Children In Charge?”.
Both books are available on 40,000 distribution channels worldwide. The objective of her organisations is to educate the public regarding the Theory of Digital Supervision for proactive online child protection.
Internet Sense First provides funding for therapy for victims of Internet child exploitation.
She is the CEO of Great Culture to Innovate®️ in Mexico, a global firm promoting and developing innovative cultures and Partner of Great Place to Work which she led as CEO for two decades. She works across many multinationals and Fortune 500 companies such as Manpower, UBER, Baxter Pharmaceutical, Edenred,Newell Rubbermaid, USANA, KPMG.
She is credited with building the pioneering unique certification program which is now benchmarked by corporates all over Mexico making it the only golden standard for measuring workplace culture. Michelle chairs several boards of AmCham, Young President Organization (YPO) as a member of this community and the Global Leadership Council of Great Place to Work. Her work has impacted hundreds of companies with multi thousand employees reaching more than 1 million people touched with this methodology, which has turned the way leaders think of human capital and Human Resources, and the impact it has in their business and social responsibility and employer branding.
She is the Founder and Executive Producer, Since 1996, Ms. Sasaki has produced and chaired the International Conference for Women in Business, the largest diversity conference in Japan. She is the Founder of Diversity Index. Through her work as a diversity expert to companies throughout Japan, she saw the need for a system to measure and reward companies for their diversity efforts. In 2018, she inaugurated the “Diversity Index”, which measures the diversity of an organization against its corporate performance and provides training. Outside Director, Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Outside Director, Japan Post Co., Ltd. Outside Director, AGP Co., Ltd. Outside Director, Premier Wellness Science Executive Board Member, Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) Member, The Council for Gender Equality of the Cabinet Office Member, Labor Policy Council/Labor Policy Basic Subcommittee, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Leadership Champion, World Bank Women Entrepreneurs Funding Initiative (We-Fi), Councilor, Advisory, Vice President, Sophia
Beatriz Corredor Sierra.
She is the Chairwoman of the Red Eléctrica Group and the Board of Directors of Red Eléctrica Corporation in Spain, she was former Minister of Housing of the Government of Spain. She has held positions of responsibility in various areas of the public sector, promoting regulatory measures and legislative processes, with management and supervisory powers in various ministerial departments and in state-owned companies. She has received,
among other awards, the Medal of Honour from the Spanish Official Association of Property and Mercantile Registrars (2018), the 2017 ALUMNI Prize from the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid-UAM and the Grand Cross of the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III presented by His Maj-esty King Don Juan Carlos I (2010). Formerly she was also Member of Parliament for Madrid and Chair of the Committee on Justice. House of Commons. XIII Legislative Period (2019).
She is Personal Brand Expert, three-time Amazon #1 Best Selling Author, Speaker, Fashion and Color Authority, she is an Entrepreneur and celebrated guest on many stages and TV shows. Mary has an extensive fashion retail background that includes holding the prestigious 5th Avenue Club Director at Saks Fifth Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale and serving as their interim creative director. Mary’s fashion credits include: Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue,
Bloomingdales, Macy’s, YSL, St. John, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Laura Ashley, Ted Baker and countless others. She also produced for The Aventura Mall, Town Center Mall, Fashion Island Mall and Macy’s NYC. Mary worked as the fashion and marketing director for publications including Boca Magazine, Salt Lake City Magazine and Utah Bride and Groom.
Marcela Ponce Perez
She is Leading the Climate Finance Program of IFC’s Financial Institutions Group in Latin America and the Caribbean, she coordinates its Sustainable Banking and Finance Network.
In her professional journey during and prior to IFC in Latin America and Europe, she has supported financial entities in sustainable development, governments in the definition of regulatory frameworks that promote sustainability, worked in the planning of Zero Carbon real estate projects and facilitated public-private dialogue to develop and expand knowledge and technical capacities in sustainable development.
Marcela has an MBA and MSt in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge, has a diploma in Climate Change: Economy and Governance from LSE, and has a GARP Sustainability and Climate Risk Certificate.
She is CEO, GeniusKey, she builds Human Capital beyond biases, to focus on the holistic abilities of people, uniting people with advanced technologies, setting up organizations to succeed from within, using their greatest asset: their “people”. A highly sought after human behavior, conflict resolution expert + Interim C Suite Executive, she has helped companies
innovate, manage turnarounds, and set strategies for some of the most high-profile clients in the Music, Sports + Entertainment industries. Her national popularity spans a series of successes, from selling her 1st company in the late 1980’s, to successfully founding Soapworks , (one of the fastest
growing, privately owned household product companies in North America). She eventually sold the company to a leading consumer, packaged goods company with annual sales of $200M. Amilya has worked with businesses such as: Sharper Image, George Foreman Grill, Yummy fashion, Ninja blender, Cold Stone Creamery, Happy Napper, Kiddie
Justice Carmen R. Velasquez
She is NY Supreme Court Justice and Immediate Past President of the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Judge Carmen is recognised for her dedication to public service. Velasquez is a Supreme Court Justice serving in the 11th district of the State of New York and the first Ecuadorian-American judge in the U.S. She
previously served as a judge for the New York City Civil Court of Queens County. She is a founding member and past president of the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County. Her other leadership roles include NAWJ-NY Board Member, IAWJ – International Committee’s Commissioner, US Chapter
of Pan American Commission of Judges on Social Justice, Vice-President of Supreme Court Judtices for the City of NY, Founding Member-Advisory Board, Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, Founder & CEO, Brigada de Esperanza NY. Judge Velasquez says, “It has not been easy for me but I am grateful for the opportunity to attend school and get an education, and the opportunity to help others through my extensive pro bono work
H.E. Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor
She is the Vice President, Republic of Liberia & President, Liberia Senate, H.E. Dr. Taylor is Liberia’s foremost advocate for increased and improved opportunities for women. Excellency Dr. Taylor is a visible and very involved stateswoman; with a vision for affordable but quality education; transparent justice system; improve and accessible health system;
women’s economic and political participation; and an accountable public service system – a critical voice on cross-cutting issues at many frontlines in the battle to reposition Liberia for vibrancy, productivity and democratic good governance. Dr. Taylor currently serves in many capacities; Vice President of
the Republic of Liberia and also served as senior, Ranking Member of the Liberian Senate serving on several strategic committees such as: Chairperson, Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia; Chairperson, Education and Public Administration; Co-Chairpersonon Planning & Development Committee; Member of the Joint
She is an Innovation Economist, Impact Entrepreneur and Business Coach, she is a catalyst and community builder. Asetila helps first time founders and SMEs to build solutions that are technologically appropriate, environmentally sustainable, culturally acceptable, and economically viable.
As an impact entrepreneur and CEO she runs her two companies Greenwell Energy and Koestinger Consulting both aligned with at least one of the SDGs. For over two decades she has worked as a consultant and expert in different SME projects, private ventures and start-up ecosystems.
Some of the projects she designed and co-created are WeDO5 , SDG Innovation Lab , Export Stars, GoodStartup School. Since 2019 she is chapter leader of Zebras Unite Vienna Austria. Asetila speaks, trains and writes regularly about the implications of inclusiveness, impact and innovation in sustainable entrepreneurship.
A passionate proponent of women-led start ups, she says that while 80% of the women have at least 10 business ideas in their head per year, more often than not they don’t pursue them, or abandon it for lack of emotional, financial or entrepreneurial support.
Lucia de Luca
She is an Equity champion and community-builder and the former Managing Director of Women Political Leaders (WPL) (2019-2021), the worldwide network of women politicians. Lucia has more than 20 years of experience in international cooperation, strategic communications, and
communities’ creation. Throughout the unprecedented times of the pandemic, Lucia set up WPL on a path of growth, mobilising communities and partners and motivating the staff to create impact and societal change. Lucia worked for the European Food Safety Authority (2004-2018) where she managed reputational crises and international relations. As stakeholders’
engagement expert, she redesigned stakeholders policies for various public bodies. Lucia worked for a renowned consultancy in Brussels as policy and media specialist as well as for an innovative international airline managing public relations. Lucia also worked for the European Parliament
She is the Secretary General of Indonesia Council for Small Business (2020 – now), Director ICSB Womenpreneurs Indonesia (2021), Former Board Member and Vice President for Partnership International Council for Small Business Global (ICSB Global) 2018 – 2020, she is also Chairwoman of Womenpreneurs Indonesia Networks (WIN).
Inaugurated by Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Republic of Indonesia, WIN is a platform for strengthening women in entrepreneurship, health and family with balance and harmony. She also Head of International Trade Relations of ASEAN Women Strong Networks with headquarters in Manila, Philippines.
Her contribution and strategic thinking on how to empower Indonesia SME attracted one of the biggest Indonesian BUMN Companies to appoint her as Project Director for Buddy SMEs PT Telkom Indonesia, Tbk.
Tove Lovisa Bergkvist
She is an entrepreneur and author of the book “Sixth Sense Success – Embrace your Feminine Intuition in Business.” The book is a guide for women to utilize their natural abilities while navigating on their professional journey.
A business consultant with a natural passion for empowering others, driven by the potential to make this world a better place, Tove believes that we are all a part of the collective evolution and her mission is to accelerate social, environmental and financial sustainability across the world, through global collaborations and bridge building between people, businesses, cultures and economic levels.
The goal is to co-create opportunities for people to work together towards a positive shift for humanity and support the vision of a better future. She has been honored with the award of “Global women for Change” from the Women Innovation Entrepreneurship Foundation, 2022.
She is known as a movement maker, Amor Maclang’s is the convenor of Digital Pilipinas, the largest private sector led movement for creating an innovation and a technology ecosystem in the Philippines. She is also the convenor of the World Fintech Festival-Philippines, and the Philippine Fintech Festival. She’s the leading advocate of nascent technology adoption in the country from blockchain, web 3, e commerce and fintech advising some of the leading companies, organizations and governments in ASEAN. She is the advisor of the Department of Finance, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Information and Communications Technology and the Department of Health. She is the Co-Founder and Chief Reputation Architect of GeiserMaclang, the leading company in special situations, risk, issues and crisis, her 22 year old start up that specializes in high-impact, high-risk, high value and highly regulated industries specifically in the technology, renewable energy, public health, tourism, urban planning and the financial services industry. A dear Soul Sister who passionately builds bridges across interdisciplinary sectors, opening windows of opportunities for all in the digital economy.
Welcoming Brunhilde Schram. Founder & Honorary President of the CSR Dialogue Forum, Association for the Promotion of Sustainable Business in Consultative Status with the United Nations, she is Managing Director, ECCOStandards & More KG, Austria. Her company is in Sustainability Management and is a Strategic cooperation partner with Quality Austria represented in 48 countries in the field of measurement and assessment of development measures for companies, enabling Sustainability rating for organisations that (want to) see themselves as impact investors. An Accredited Member of Club of Rome, she is also Founder of WIKOM, Institute for Work, Culture and Learning, Implacement Foundation (a cooperation with government and various companies and organisations). She has been part of Boardsearch, a Platform for female supervisory board members, and National spokeswoman of the CSR Expertsgruppe /WKO for sustainable management. A consummate community leader across a wide spectrum of interconnected fields, she is Founding member Human Health Development Institute for Organisational & Structural Health as also of the Association for the Promotion of New Entrepreneurship. Her strengths are is the combination and linking of process consulting, training and expert consulting in developmental change and implementation projects.