« The goal of this conference is to craft solutions, define specific actions, and secure the commitment of our participants, partners and networks to act. The Conference will feature thought leaders representing civil society, the private sector, public sector, and academia to share knowledge and engage participants in active dialog and problem-solving to advance the women’s economic empowerment agenda for the benefit of all. »
« Women’s economic empowerment is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda. »
António Guterres, UNSG
“Women’s economic empowerment is not just a moral imperative,
it is an economic no-brainer.”
Women's Economic Empowerment: Opportunities and Challenges
for Equity, Inclusive Growth, and Sustainability Conference
Sunday, November 24 - Tuesday, November 26, 2019
« As a catalyst for economic growth and inclusion, WES works to create an environment where women can start up in business and thrive. The simple fact is that more women-owned businesses in Scotland means more money for the economy. Research shows that women-owned businesses already contribute a staggering £8.8bn into the economy every year and have created over 230,000 jobs in local communities across Scotland. »
Hon. Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera
Royal Bank of Scotland
Dr. Yonette Thomas
International Society For Urban Health (ISUH)
Amadou Mahtar Ba
AllAfrica Media, Inc
Prof. Barbara Orser
University of Ottawa
Royal Bank of Scotland
Prof. Nicola Patterson
Royal Bank of Scotland
Women's Enterprise Scotland
Prof. Ashish Joshi
City University of New York
Women's Enterprise Scotland
Irene Koki Mutungi
First Female African Dreamliner Pilot
Bambino Life Foundation
Prof. Alex Ezeh
Prof. Mei Po Kwan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Women's Enterprise Scotland
Women's Enterprise Scotland
Women's Enterprise Scotland
Royal Bank of Scotland
Hackney Young Futures Commission
European Women Payments Network
Mireille Toulekima Global Leadership
Dr. Susan Frenk
St Aidan’s College
Dr. Joanna Berry
So Orange Co., Ltd
Gillian Marcelle, PhD
Resilience Capital Ventures LLC
Elizabeth Kemp Caulder
PHOENIX Lifestyle Marketing Group
Dr Omolade Femi-Ajao
Rt. Hon. Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale
Cathy-Mae Karelse, PhD
Dr. Dina Nziku
Cynthia Forson – LLB, LLM, MBA, PHD
Sue Black OBE
Dr. Sainath Banerjee
Dr. Alice Ojwang
Dr. Mable Kipenda
Professor Colette Henry, FRSA, FAcSS
Dr. Helen Larissa Centeno Monge, MSc.
Luzmila Argueta: Medical Doctor, MPH
Dr. Emmanuel Tsekleves
Professor Kathleen Riach
Catherine Ndashe Phiri
Royal Bank of Scotland
Dr. Patricia Odero
San José, Costa Rica (1958). M.A. in Latin American Studies, Tulane University (1981). Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Costa Rica since 1981. Has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan (1983) and Florida International University (2000). Served as Director of the Central American Graduate Program of Political Science and as Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences, at the University of Costa Rica. He is author or co-author of more than 10 books and over 60 scholarly articles in academic publications in Latin America, the US, China and Europe. He holds Honorary Degrees from universities in China, Costa Rica, France, Korea and the US. As a diplomat, professor Solis was Chef de Cabinet, Special Envoy to Central America, and Director General for Policy at the Costa Rican Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He was also regional representative of the General Ibero-American Secretariat for Central America and Haiti. He co-chaired the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel for the Economic Empowerment of Women.
In May of 2014, he became 47th President of the Republic of Costa Rica for a four-year period. Currently, he is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU.
Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba serves as the Ambassador of Botswana to the Federal Republic of Germany, where, amongst other priorities, she is leading her country’s efforts to promote investment in a leading European economy. She is skilled in building and fostering relationships with representatives of Commonwealth governments, including heads of government, ministers, board of governors, senior officials, and representatives of civil society and the private sector.
Prior to her role as ambassador, Masire-Mwamba completed a tenure of two terms as the Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, based in London. She has over 30 years of senior-level experience in a wide-range of fields from business to multilateral diplomacy. Masire-Mwamba also serves as a certified trainer and executive coach for leadership and professional development.
Masire-Mwamba earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of London, her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and her law degree from the University of South Africa.
In her role as Vice Chairman, Ann represents Mastercard around the world, focusing on inclusion, diversity and innovation. She plays the important role of senior ambassador and executive leader with a global remit and sits as part of the company’s global management committee.
She is passionate about the role Mastercard can play in delivering inclusion through innovation and continues to build new global partnerships with governments, businesses and NGOs.
Prior to this appointment, Ann was President of International Markets responsible for the management of all customer-related activities in over 200 countries around the world. In this role she focused on building sustainable, strong growth rates across both mature and emerging markets. She has led the company’s expansion into new and diverse geographies and opened up new customer segments; embracing the continued evolution to digital while driving an increased focus on safety, security and convenience.
Ann brings more than 20 years’ experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the U.S., where she ran global retail, commercial and investment banking operations. Prior to joining Mastercard in August 2011, Ann was head of the Financial Services Group with Alvarez & Marsal in London, where she led the European team managing Lehman Brothers Holdings International through the Chapter 11 process. In addition she helped restructure banks across Europe including Ireland & Iceland.
Ann has also held senior positions within many global organisations, including a tenure as CEO of Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO, and 15 years in senior operational positions at Citigroup.
Ann is currently chair of ICE Clear Europe, one of the world’s leading clearing houses owned by the Fortune 500 company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). She is also global co-chair of the 30% Club, the chair of the Financial Alliance for Women and serves as a member of the UK government’s AI Council and the IBDE advisory board. She has previously held board positions with ICE, AstraZeneca and Charity Bank as well as chairing the ABN foundation.
She has a Pure Mathematics degree and honorary doctorate from Sheffield University and a M.Sc. with research into medical statistics and honorary doctorate from Newcastle University. An early career as an award-winning research engineer, culminated in the role as the Head of Offshore Engineer-Planning for British Gas where Ann was the first woman qualified to go offshore in Britain.
Malcolm Buchanan is Chairman, Scotland for the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the bank’s Managing Director for Corporate & Commercial Banking, responsible for serving the banking needs of some of Scotland’s largest companies. He chairs the bank’s Scotland Board, which brings together the bank’s Scottish businesses which collectively serve almost 2 million customers, ranging from individuals and small businesses to some of Scotland’s best known companies.
Raised in Lanarkshire and educated at Braidhurst High School in Motherwell, Malcolm joined Clydesdale Bank in Glasgow in 1984 before moving to NatWest in 1998 and Royal Bank of Scotland in 2000. Malcolm completed his Chartered Banker qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland in 1987 and in 1998 completed an MBA (Dist) at Edinburgh Business School.
Malcolm’s early career was in retail/branch banking and subsequently he has built up almost 25 years of experience in various corporate and commercial banking roles in Scotland, Manchester and London. Malcolm has led teams looking after small, medium and large companies as well as real estate investors/developers and financial institutions. Allied to customer facing experience, Malcolm has also led teams specialising in risk and product management.
Malcolm represents the bank on the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board and the CBI Scotland Council.
Dr. Yonette F. Thomas is Executive Director of the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) and Senior Research Advisor to the Association of American Geographers (AAG). She is a founding board member of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) and a faculty affiliate in the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC) at the University of Maryland College Park. She was formerly the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance at Howard University. Previously she served as the Chief of the Epidemiology Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. She has held faculty appointments in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Pharmacy at Howard University. She is a member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee of the National Hispanic Science Network. She served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Her primary research and publications have focused on the epidemiology of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS and the link with geography, including edited volumes: Geography and Drug Addiction; Crime, HIV, and Health: intersections of Criminal Justice and Public Health Concerns; Trajectories of Drug Use Among Minority Youth.
Amadou Mahtar Ba is co-Founder and Executive Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media, Inc – owner and operator of http://allAfrica.com, the largest content service provider specialized on Africa. Mr. Ba sits on several boards and participates in a number of international working groups including the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Councils, the Africa Democratic Institute, the Africa Policy Advisory Board of ONE and serves as a member of the Panel of Judges for the CNN African Journalist Award. He is a recipient of many distinguished awards and recognitions in Africa, Europe and the USA, including being selected in the “100 Most Influential Africans” for three years in a row by New African Magazine. Forbes Magazine listed him one of “The Top 10 Most Powerful Men in Africa” in February 2014. Mr. Ba was educated in Senegal, France and Spain. He is fluent in French, English, Spanish, Fulani and Wolof.
Barbara J. Orser is a Full Professor, and the Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises at Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa (Canada). Her research and industry outreach focus on gender and women’s entrepreneurship, finance, SME procurement and policy. Current studies include a 19-nation study on women’s enterprise policies, typology of women-focused capital funds, federal SME procurement, gender influences in ICT adoption among small businesses, and gender-based audit of Canadian accelerators and incubators. Industry engagement includes collaboration with the Canadian Bureau of International Education and INJAZ (Jordan) to construct gender-sensitive entrepreneurship curricula and training. She is the lead author of over 100 academic and industry publications, including Feminine Capital. Unlocking the Power of Women Enterprise (Stanford University Press, 2015). She is the Founding Chair of the Canadian Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth (2009 to 2011) and Founding Co-Chair of the Women Entrepreneurs Ontario Collective (2015 to 2016), non-partisan consortiums of women business owners, training agencies, academics and industry associations to advise on women’s enterprise policies. Dr. Orser has served an advisor to many Canadian federal agencies, APEC, OECD and the US State Department, and is an Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship. Her research and industry contributions have been acknowledged through numerous awards, including Women’s Executive Network ‘100 Most Powerful Women in Canada’ (2010), The International Alliance of Women ‘World of Difference Award’ (2010), and ‘Canada 150 Women’, an award that celebrates feminist leaders, champions and luminaries in Canada’s 150th year.
Belinda Ngongo is the founder of the Pan African Women in Health (PAWH). PAWH brings together leaders passionate about a common goal: increasing and improving women’s opportunities and grooming the next generation of female African health leaders and actors.
A seasoned social impact leader with over 13 years’ experience working in global health coupled with strategic planning, operations program development and business development, Belinda has dedicated her career representing and engaging the private sector in health issues through forging public-private partnerships (PPP) with various actors to increase access for populations at the bottom of the economic pyramid.Belinda is driven to bring about significant change to meet the needs of the undeserved and has unique experience in infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and maternal, neonatal, and child health. She has executed projects in more than 17 African countries and has experience in emerging markets such as Brazil and India.
Belinda holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) in health policy and management and international health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science Honours in Applied Chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a Global Health Leaders’ fellow at the Public Health Institute in California
Currently leads a team of Senior Relationship Managers who support commercial businesses with a turnover up to 25million where the teams vision is: “A highly motivated, professional team that is recognised for being truly customer focused, providing a market leading service and helping our customers reach their ambitions”
Previous to this Criona was a Leadership Coach, supporting leaders in the Royal Bank and Ulster Bank in making positive behavioural change for them and their teams.
Before undertaking the coaching role, Criona had responsibility for the strategic direction and leadership of a UK wide employment law, HR advisory and litigation function, namely Mentor Services which is a service provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland to organisations.
Criona sits as a member of the judiciary on Employment Tribunals, sitting on all cases from Unfair Dismissal claims to Sex Discrimination.
Dr. Nicola Patterson is Senior Lecturer in the Leadership Development and Organisations Futures Team at Newcastle University Business School which focusses on bringing together organisations and the university in a shared ambition of supporting leaders in the changing context of work. Nicola’s passion for entrepreneurship, leadership and diversity is rooted in her PhD which explored leader and follower perspectives of entrepreneurial leadership in small businesses from a gender perspective. Authentic leadership was at the core of Nicola’s conceptual framework, and has influenced her philosophy of learning, approach to career development and developing client relationships by placing values at the centre whilst remaining contextually cognizant.
Julie Baker, Head of Enterprise and Community Finance at RBS has a successful career in Business, Corporate and Retail Banking with a track record of building and leading strong and effective award winning teams. Julie was ‘Highly Commended’ at last year’s Women in Finance awards for the program she oversees at NatWest supporting female entrepreneurs.
Julie is responsible for leading the ongoing delivery of new and better ways to support enterprise within the UK RBS SME customer base. Julie is an external influencer and has chaired the BBA Diversity & Inclusion Council and the Access to Finance Group at the APPG for Women in Enterprise. She acts as an Enterprise Ambassador and is an inspirational role model who is passionate about helping others succeed.
Clare is an experienced radio presenter who has undertaken a variety of roles ranging from politics and current affairs to mental health issues, arts, culture and food journalism. She covered Westminster politics during the transition from Conservative to New Labour governments, interviewing senior politicians, peers and political commentators. She also worked across news and current affairs for BBC Radio 4 presenting the drive time PM programme with Eddie Mair and Chris Lowe for six years. Clare has also worked outside the BBC. In the run up to Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games she worked with Glasgow Life, designing and delivering a digital story telling project which involved training/ inspiring Glasgow Life staff across a range of departments. They were all coached to produce innovative and eye-catching films for promotional work for the Games.
Keenly interested in social affairs and women’s issues, Clare’s BBC Scotland years included work on an ambitious initiative for mental health and reporting across a broad range of issues such as the sex industry and eating disorders.
Clare has hosted the International Women’s Day event with Glasgow City Council at the City Chambers and many other conference events ,including the Women’s Enterprise Scotland Awards in 2019.
Throughout her career spanning more than two decades as a senior official at the world’s premier development organization – the World Bank Group, Margo Thomas, PhD has provided policy advice to over 50 national and sub-national governments. With a Doctoral Degree in Public Policy and Private Sector Development from the University of Manchester, Margo’s areas of focus include trade and competitiveness, women’s economic empowerment, business environment reform, regulatory reform, and investment policy. In April 2017, Dr. Thomas successfully completed her appointment as the Chief of Secretariat for the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. In her ongoing role as Founder and CEO of the Women’s Economic Imperative, Dr. Thomas serves as a catalyst for initiatives aimed at increasing opportunities for the economic empowerment of disadvantaged and under-represented groups globally. Concurrently Dr. Thomas is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. In addition, Dr. Thomas serves as the Co-Chair of the 2019 Think 20 Sub-Task Force on Gender Economic Equity under the Japanese G20 Presidency, continuing this function from the 2018 Think 20 Task Force on Gender Economic Equity
Dr. Joshi is an academician, researcher, mentor, innovator and an entrepreneur. Dr. Joshi blends his clinical medicine training with biomedical, public health, and informatics research. His research has a special emphasis on implementing population based surveillance, mobile health, public health dashboards, multifaceted health technology interventions and health technology assessments. Dr. Joshi has conceptualized the SMAART informatics framework to design and develop evidence-based, culturally relevant, and cost-effective innovative technology enabled interventions to improve population health outcomes in various global settings. Dr. Joshi is well published with more than 100 publications in peer reviewed literature and has presented his work both nationally and internationally. His research projects in the US, Nigeria, India, Brazil, Haiti and Egypt has been actively funded by the AHRQ, NIH, US Department of Veteran Affairs, US Fulbright, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ministry of Health, Brazil, Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of India, New York State Department of Health and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. His research on population health informatics interventions has also been funded by several private foundations and industries. He is a primary author of the recently published textbook by Jones Bartlett on “Population Health Informatics: Driving Evidence Based solutions into Practice”. He has presented his research nationally and internationally and recently was invited to present his research work at UN Women.
Carolyn has enjoyed an extensive career at a senior level in financial services working with a variety of clients from large corporates to the SME and not for profit sector. Roles undertaken include Head of Business Lending at RBS where she developed and grew the multi-billion-pound lending book. An advocate of continuous improvement, she achieved industry recognition and awards for lending products and a personal award for Outstanding Excellence in SME delivery.
While working in Strategy & Business Management Carolyn led the delivery of new tech sales support systems and digital communications programmes. She also co-founded the Women in Business programme in NatWest and RBS. A global leading programme which developed staff talent, in addition to better meeting the needs of the growing women’s sector of the SME community.
Carolyn has addressed the Global Banking Alliance conference in Sydney, Australia, contributed policy papers to the World Economic Forum in Davos, is a member of the UK Women’s Enterprise Policy Group and the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
As Chief Operating Officer Carolyn manages the day-to-day operation and sets the strategic direction. Carolyn participates in the T20, the think-tank body of the G20 and is an advocate of women’s economic empowerment, business growth, leadership and boardroom diversity.
Captain Mutungi was the first female on the African continent to receive certification as captain of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. She was also the first female pilot at Kenya Airways and stayed the only female pilot at the airline for the next six years. She has received several awards in this male-dominated category.
Ashaba Faridah is a pilot in Uganda, East Africa. She is the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Bambino Life Foundation, an organization that focuses on promoting girl child education & empowerment, creating awareness about children living with disabilities and providing a sustainable environment to children living in orphanages.
Ashaba believes in breaking stereotypes. Around September 2018, she became the Director of STEM Queens Uganda, an initiative that encourages young girls to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Her objective behind joining the initiative is to empower young girls mentally, prepare them to step into the male dominating world with confidence and to bring more significance to the idea of inclusion in STEM roles.
In the same year, she also became the Chairperson of Global Goodwill Ambassadors (GGA), Uganda Chapter to promote great opportunities for those in need.
Ashaba was also selected to be 1 of the 9 innovators to represent the UN women “Impossible to Ignore” campaign that launched the she innovates global program on international womens’ day. Some of the figures featured were Dr Christyl Johnson, the first female African-American deputy director of NASA. The campaign appeared all across the world from places like The economist, Westfield, NASDAQ, Walgreens, Time square, the world trade center and across all digital platforms in UK
Recently, Ashaba gave her first TEDx talk held in Kigali, hosted by the European Union, wherein she emphasized on why girls need relatable role models. As an inspiration to many, she strongly believes that girls should focus on who they want to be than what the society expects them
Alex Ezeh, PhD, is a professor of Global Health in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health. Ezeh brings decades of experience in research, research capacity strengthening and policy advocacy on a range of global health and development issues.
He comes to Dornsife from the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) where he served as the founding Executive Director and, over a period of 17 years, guided APHRC to become one of Africa’s foremost regional research center addressing population, health, education and development issues. He initiated and directed the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), an initiative to strengthen doctoral training and the retention of academics at African universities.
Alex Ezeh’s work focuses on addressing the challenges that come with the growth of slums around the world and the continuing rapid population growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Ezeh’s work has highlighted the development implications of SSA’s population and urbanization trends, underscored the unique vulnerabilities slum populations face, defined the systems (education, health, economic, etc.) that best serve slum populations, and has ensured slum populations become more visible in national and global reports and data systems.
He has served on a number of Lancet Commissions including the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, the Lancet Commission on the Future of Health in Africa, and he Co-Chaired the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. He is also a member of the Vatican-Lancet-Mario Negri Commission on the Value of Life that began its work in February 2018.
Ezeh is honorary professor of public health at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and holds an honorary Doctor of Science from KCA University, Kenya, and a doctorate in demography from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He serves on the Boards of several organizations and he is the recipient of The World Academy of Sciences 2018 Prize for the Social Sciences.
Dinah has been a catalyst for women’s economic empowerment for over twenty five years with particular expertise in supporting women to start and grow businesses in non- traditional sectors and in bridging the knowledge gap between lending institutions and small entrepreneurs. Early on in 1997 when at Durham Business School, she saw how many small businesses succeed or fail depending on the relationship that they have with their stakeholders, particularly their bankers. She has developed designed and delivered an international programme which encourages bankers to take a more holistic approach to the small, medium and micro business which has demonstrated major impact for the past 20 years. Core to this programme is a focus on women-owned and run businesses. Dinah conceived, set up and ran Women Into the Network (WIN) -a multi- disciplinary programme to assist women’s entrepreneurship and enterprise development by integrating women into existing networks. In 2002 WIN was selected as the UK best practice model for supporting women’s entrepreneurship. WIN achieved success by partnership catalysation- bringing together diverse organisations, both public and private through outreach activities and advisory services.
Dinah researched and co-wrote Hallmarks a bestselling management book training programme for owner-managers of growth companies. An innovative programme, it is still widely used internationally. Leaving academia in 2010 to extend her reach more globally, Dinah set up International Consultants for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (ICE). ICE helps institutions and individuals understand the small business community and put in place effective enterprise strategies and polices. Working internationally with policy makers, business support institutions and directly with nascent and existing women business owners to build success with business start-ups and scaling for growth. Through ICE, Dinah also designs and delivers business and entrepreneurial development programmes internationally.
Dinah is also Co-director of the Societal Innovation and Enterprise Forum (SIEF) at Durham University UK. Dinah is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and the Higher Education Academy. She is co-founder and Vice-Chair of the UK Women’s Enterprise Policy Group and Gender and Entrepreneurship North East (GENE) with Dr Nicola Patterson.(link to Nicola’s WEI profile) She is an Adviser to an Indian NGO Sampark and trustee for The Millin Charity in the UK. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the UK Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs in 2016. In 2005 Dinah won an individual Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and in 2010 awarded an OBE for her work supporting women’s entrepreneurship.
Joannes is a global education expert and activist with over eight years of experience working to ensure that every boy or girl in school gets 12 years of free quality education. A young Cameroonian male, Joannes currently leads a new United Nations global partnership initiative called Generation Unlimited in Nigeria aimed at preparing young people to become productive and engaged citizens in the world of work. He sits on the board of Women’s Economic Imperative – a global, collaborative initiative to promote women’s economic empowerment. Joannes is also one of the founding partners of the newly launched Queens Commonwealth Trust – which supports young people across the commonwealth to effect change in their communities. Joannes has championed campaigns around increased financial investments for education to benefit the poorest children globally especially girls working with several children serving organizations like Plan Canada, Theirworld, World Vision and UNICEF.
Joannes has advised several governments and institutions including the United Kingdom, Canada and the T20 Task force through policy development on issues around gender, education and youth. He also sits on the Women Deliver and Global Affairs Canada program Advisory Committee providing guidance from a multi-year grant on “Delivering for Girls and Women”. Joannes has spoken at several national and international conferences including the United Nations, the Vatican, Wilton Park, and Buckingham Palace addressing policy makers and heads of governments on issues around education, gender equality, sexual reproductive health rights and youth employment
Joannes is a trained scientist by profession having lived and worked in Cameroon, the United States, Canada, Niger and now Nigeria. He holds two Masters degrees; one in Leadership and Community engagement from York University, and another in Biomedical Sciences from New Mexico Highlands University, USA. He also holds graduate certificates in International Development from the University of British Columbia, Canada and in Public Health from Medical College of Wisconsin, USA.
In addition to publishing several SDG-related articles on education and on human rights, Joannes through his advocacy work has received several international awards most recently featured in the Queen’s recent autobiography titled “Queen of the World”; as nominee of the Luxembourg Peace Prize – an initiative of the Schengen Peace Prize, the Queen of England Young Leaders Award, the Gordon Brown Youth Courage Award and lastly the Emma Watson Tribe award for his leadership and courage in transforming the lives of those in his community.
Joannes is a young male from Cameroon currently pursing his PhD in Health Economics and Policy with thesis emphasis on Early Childhood Development at Lancaster University in the UK.
He is a board member with Women’s Economic Imperative A Women Deliver Young Leader,
As a global champion for global education,
His work with children serving organizations like UNICEF, Plan Canada, Theirworld, and World Vision has increased awareness on why investing in girls education is not just the moral thing to do, but the right thing to do if we must collectively achieve the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals. As founder of Hope For Children Cameroon, Joannes has worked extensively with children and young people in his home country and across Africa to ensure that every child has an early start in life with the right resources needed to ensure they stay in school and learn.
Joannes, has provided expert knowledge on several policy discussions on keeping girls in school. He currently sits on the Women Deliver and Global Affairs Canada program Advisory Committee providing guidance from on a multi-year grant from Global Affairs Canada for the “Delivering for Girls and Women” project. Most recently, In summer of 2018, Joannes was invited to a Wilton Park invite-only consultation on “Diplomacy to mobilize momentum for girls’ education” hosted by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University of London aimed at producing recommendations to the Foreign Office for a translational collaborative campaign to ensure every girl child has 12 years of quality education through Leave No Girl Behind initiative which supports interventions providing literacy, numeracy and skills relevant for life and work to highly marginalized, adolescent girls who have never attended or have already dropped out of school.
Joannes just returned from Abuja, Nigeria where he facilitated and spoke at the very first regional conference for African Traditional and Religious Leaders on Keeping Girls in School in Africa chaired by the President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria AND attended by 22 African countries (including development partners such as UNICEF, UNFPA, DFID, CIFF and UNESCO) and hosted by the Sultan of Sokoto for Peace and Development Foundation from Jan 14-16th 2019. Joannes who spoke on behalf of Africa’s youth emphasized the need to meaningfully engaged traditional and faith based leaders on ways to contribute to this movement of keeping girls in their communities in school and ensuring that they complete 12 years of free and quality primary and secondary education Joannes was involved in consultative processes aimed at drafting Canada’s first Youth Policy – creating a vision for Youth by Youth on issues around education and employment, physical and mental health, environment and climate change and reconciliation.
Joannes work on advancing the sexual reproductive health rights of women and girls and on male engagement in disrupting traditional norms and challenging perceptions in promoting gender equality was featured as one of UN Women’s first IMPACT stories of the HeForShe Campaign. He has published several SDG-related articles on education and co-authored two book chapters mostly recently “Humans Rights and the SDGs”. Joannes has also spoken at several high level events at the United Nations, Buckingham Palace, the Vatican and at Wilton park calling on world leaders to make increased investments on global education. Through his work, Joannes has received several international awards mostly recently from the Queen Young Leaders Award, Gordon Brown Youth Courage Award and the Emma Watson Tribe award for his leadership and courage in transforming the lives of those in his community. Just recently Joannes’s work in keeping Girls in School was featured in the Queen’s recent autobiography titled “Queen of the World”.
Mei Po Kwan is a Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science. Her research interests include environmental health, human mobility, access to healthcare, neighborhood effects, sustainable travel and cities, and application of GIS methods in geographic research. She is interested in understanding how social differences (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, and religion) shape urban residents’ everyday experiences and perceptions/use of the built environment. She has received over $24 million grants as PI or Co-PI from sources including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has also served as Editor of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers for 12 years.
She has received many prestigious honors and awards, including the Distinguished Scholarship Honors (2011), the Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography (2018), and the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award (2016) from the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the Alan Hay Award in Transport Geography (2017) from the Transport Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (U.K.), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Research Award (2005), the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS) (2017), the Edward L. Ullman Award from the AAG Transportation Geography Specialty Group (2005), and the Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award (2016) from the AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group. She was recognized in 2009 as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2016 she was named a Guggenheim fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
She has published 37 edited or co-edited volumes (including two encyclopedias, five books and 30 journal special issues) and over 185 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She has delivered over 200 keynote addresses and invited lectures in 18 countries and served as an advisory panelist or reviewer of grant proposals for 14 U.S. National Science Foundation programs, U.S. National Institutes of Health, European Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Australian Research Council, Austrian Science Fund, Research Foundation of Flanders, Royal Geographical Society (U.K.), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and Swiss National Science Foundation.
May East is a sustainability educator, spatial planner and social innovator. Her work spans the fields of cultural geography, urban ecology, and women’s studies. Designated one of the 100 Global SustainAbility Leaders three years in a row she currently works in 54 countries with community-based organisations and intergovernmental agencies in the creation of policy guidance for accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and for delivery of projects seeking to strengthen climate resilience, food security and renewable energies solutions. A UNITAR Fellow she has an MSc in Spatial Planning with specialization on the rehabilitation of abandoned villages. As CEO of Gaia Education, her passion is to co-develop Project-Based Learning trajectories supporting indigenous and migrant communities and their traditions to survive in rapidly changing environments while enhancing their opportunities to become the designers of their desired future. She has recently received the Women of the Decade in Sustainability and Leadership award by the Women Economic Forum.
Susan Harkins heads up Business Gateway Edinburgh, over the last 15 years she has led her team to support over 25,000 small businesses to start-up and grow. Susan has a passion for working with SMEs, and has a keen interest in Women Led Businesses, Digital and Social Enterprise.
Susan chairs the Business Gateway National Operational network, is founder of Women in Business Edinburgh network, a member of the Scottish Government Women in Business Action Group, regularly contributes to the Scottish Government Cross party groups on Women in Business and Social Enterprise and is an active member of Scottish Local Authority Economic Development (SLAED) Business Group.
Susan studied her MBA at Edinburgh University and has a Business Counselling diploma.
Twitter – @SusanHarkins67 and @Bgateway_EL
Anne has over 30 years’ international experience working in the field of equality and human rights and has managed key equality projects at local authorities in Scotland, Save the Children Fund and at the Equal Opportunities Commission.
Since setting up her own consultancy business, Anne has undertaken a number of varied consultancy projects specializing in equality, project design and planning, research, and monitoring and evaluation. Anne has developed and designed training and learning materials on equality issues including the Equality Duty; the economics of equality; equality in employment policies, occupational segregation, and equal pay. She also has training and policy development experience on gender-based violence.
Anne has co-authored numerous publications including, guidance on economic development and equal opportunities; the contribution of childcare to economic development; policy and gender based violence; and practical guidance for businesses on issues of legal compliance and best practice in equality.
In her role as Policy and Parliamentary Manager at WES, Anne has led research into the business landscape for women in Scotland, the UK and internationally and supported policy development and best practice identification. She continues to run her own consultancy business and is a member of the International Association of Feminist Economists, the Scottish Women’s Budget Group and the T20, the think-tank of the G20.
A serial entrepreneur, Lynne has over 20 years investment experience, investing in, mentoring nurturing and starting up a range of early stage technology and retail companies throughout the UK. She has worked with a wide portfolio of technology companies – from pharmaceuticals and polymers, to prosthetics and optics – and has also managed two early stage technology venture capital funds, served on over 30 boards and started up her own games company.
Lynne served as a member of the Scottish Executive Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board (SIDAB) for eight years and was previously Chair of Connect, the Scottish technology networking organisation. She was also an early investor and the first Chair of Touch Bionics, the world-leading upper limb prosthetics company, recently sold for £27.5 million.
Currently Lynne is involved with several early stage technology companies as director and angel investor, mainly in the fields of cyber security and artificial intelligence. In 2017, Lynne was awarded the title of Visiting Professor in Governance and Enterprise at Edinburgh Napier University.
She is also a long-standing member of two Edinburgh Napier University Boards (Campaign Advisory Board and the Business School Board), a member of the T-20, the think-tank and “ideas bank” of the G20 governments and central banks, Chair of UNICEF Scotland Advisory Board and Chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland.
Jackie is the co-founder and Vice-Chair of WES. She has established a number of businesses in a variety of sectors and has been CEO of three enterprise development agencies, including Wellpark, the UK’s first women’s enterprise centre. She has been influential in women’s enterprise development, policy and advocacy for 20 years in the UK and internationally, being appointed UK expert for the European Commission’s DG Justice initiative on ‘Encouraging Female Entrepreneurship’ in 2014. Other previous roles include Director of the Young People’s Enterprise Centre of Expertise (YPECOE) in the West Midlands and Policy Director of Prowess, the UK national association for women’s enterprise between 2001 and 2009.
Jackie was an adviser to the UK government’s Small Business Service policy unit for women’s enterprise from 2002-2005, and co-developed the UK ‘Strategic Framework for Women’s Enterprise’ which was published in 2003. She also co-drafted the Framework/Action Plan for women’s enterprise, launched by the Scottish Government in March 2014. She is the Chief Executive of GrowBiz in Perthshire, and a non-executive director of K-Space Ltd.
Jackie was awarded an MBE for services to enterprise in 2008 and received a Lifetime Achievement award in recognition for her work on women’s enterprise in 2017.
Gill Rattray, Scale Acceleration Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Entrepreneur Accelerator, began her career as a trainee copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi in the Far East. On return to the UK, she worked in sales and marketing communications, specialising in Public Relations. In 2003 she cofounded an IT maintenance company which pivoted to a data recovery company. After selling the company to a competitor in 2015 she joined the accelerator and has since supported hundreds of entrepreneurs to start, grow and scale their businesses. Having worked with business selling pro-biotic sauerkraut to cutting edge fintechs, she describes her role as an MBA on steroids. She was recently selected to become the Scale Acceleration Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland piloting a new proposition aimed at scaling businesses.
Jermain Jackman 24, born and raised in Hackney, East London, combines his musical talent with pursuing his role as a political activist.
He was crowned winner of BBC’s The Voice UK in 2014, tagged as being the ‘Singing Politician’ by Sir Tom Jones and referred to as Britain’s first singing black Prime Minister by leading tabloids.
Former Chair of Islington’s Fair Futures Commission and now the co-chair of Hackney Young Futures Commission, Youth advisor for the National Citizens Service, and recently accepted in to SOAS University to complete his Politics degree, Jermain is determined to use his voice as a tool for social change. No wonder he was named in the Top 10 Black Students in the country by Rare Rising Stars.
He enacts change by going into youth clubs, schools and estates around the country, not simply to talk to young people, but, crucially, to listen to what they have to say and taking their voices to change makers in local council chambers and even Parliament.
He is concerned that too often-young people’s voices are ignored. As such, Jermain is determined to raise awareness of youth feeling disenfranchised and without opportunities, as the first step towards finding and delivering solutions that address the complex issues they face.
As someone who was not afforded everything he wanted, Jermain recognises how much his family and community inspired him, and that it really does take a village to raise a child. “I have always wanted to change the world…No dream is too big and no role is too far”. My success my responsibility | Jermain Jackman | TEDxEastEnd
Martha is a fintech & payments leader, an immigrant, a social entrepreneur, diversity & inclusion advocate and a philanthropist with years of experience in cards & payments, NGOs and social entrepreneurship.
Martha is the Founder & Chair to the Executive Board at European Women Payments Network (EWPN), a Pan-European network championing diversity & inclusion in fintech & payments; Founder of African Women in Fintech & Payments (AWFP); Founder of Dali Spaces-Coworking Spaces for Women, Femtreat & The Fintologist.
A passionate philanthropist, she founded, Beyond Innocence Foundation (BIF), a charity organisation to provide a rescue center & safe house for sexually abused minors aged 0-16 in Taita, Kenya.
Before that, she worked as Global Card Scheme Compliance Director for Payvision and Client Advising Manager for TSYS.
Martha has been listed on Women In Fintech Powerlist 2016, 2017 and 2018
Mireille Toulekima is an Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Global Energy Adviser specialised in developing and emerging markets. A petroleum engineer who gains her experience working in Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia in a range of technical and leadership roles, she is the Managing Director of the independent oil and gas consulting company MT Energy Resources Ltd based in Perth (Australia), a board member, an Ambassador, a Global Executive Mentor and Partner to several global ventures and organisations.
Known globally for being an inspirational multi-skilled woman, Mireille is also a published author, international speaker, part time columnist, host of Global Online show “The Greatness Engineering” and the founder and ambassador of “The Greatness Engineering movement”. A woman who enjoys big challenges, she embodies authenticity, leadership, diversity, positivity, spiritual strength and real womanhood. She is part of the new wave of women who have embraced non-traditional industries, globalisation, innovation and digital disruption and who dare to risk high and dream big.
Mireille speaks several foreign languages of which Fluent English and French, conversational Spanish and Malay and basic Portuguese. She is a Global Tech Leader as part of the Global Tech Women project since 2015 and a champion for women working in non-traditional industries that are predominantly male dominated. She contributes to a number women leadership and technical groups around the world and has been identified and recognised as one of the women of influence in the energy sector and leadership sphere globally.
Ghela is active in the fintech industry, having spent the last decade+ focused on business development for core insurance and banking system solutions, the last half of which was centered on financial services pricing governance functionality, which has leveraged her background in regulatory economics, cost modeling and rate of return regulation pricing models.
Ghela also founded FemTechGlobal to bridge the gender gap in fintech and the financial services industry. The FemTech network is built on the premise that diverse teams create better solutions, and embracing differences fosters creativity. Active in London, New York, Sydney and Singapore, FemTech partners with industry organisations to promote diversity and inclusion, and is a connecting platform for innovators and entrepreneurs.
Jannine is an experienced equality and diversity practitioner with over twenty years’ experience of developing disability focused projects and services in both community and work organisation settings. Jannine’s research focuses upon the development and organisation of socially responsible work which meets the needs of individuals, groups and organisations. This focus is developed through a concern for the meaning and experiences of work and how work practices can be developed to be inclusive and create value for work organisations. She explores these interests through research projects which explore the experiences of disabled workers, disabled entrepreneurs (with a particular interest in women entrepreneurs), and media representations of women professionals and leaders.
Catriona co-founded SWAN: Scottish Women’s Autism Network after completing her PhD research which focussed on the experiences of anxiety for Asperger girls. Since 2012, SWAN has grown to run regular peer support groups across Scotland, including for ‘Young Swans’ aged 15-17 and groundbreaking learning events. SWAN was shortlisted for a national diversity award in 2016 and won a Social Services Scotland Award in 2018 in the category ‘Head above the parapet’.
Employed by Scottish Autism to develop the Right Click online resource for autistic women and girls, Scottish Government also funded her initiative, the Under Our Wing programme, to evidence the impact of peer mentoring, through a SWAN/Scottish Autism partnership. Modelled as a co-production and pilot study, the recently completed Under Our Wing programme was designed and led by autistic women, with administrative support provided by Scottish Autism. Additional support was provided by Scottish Forestry. Evaluation of this pilot is in process.
Catriona was an ‘expert’ and advisor to the National Autism Project, is a PARC Convenor, and an independent advisor to the current Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, Scotland (IRMHA). SWAN is member of the parliamentary Cross Party Group on Autism. Catriona was a contributor to “Spectrum Women” published 2018. Described by Steve Silberman as a ‘Rosetta Stone’ for autistic women, the book was listed by the Independent as their #1 Best Buy book on autism.
Ann Keeling’s 35 year career in international development has included posts in Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Caribbean, Belgium, USA and her home country, UK. She is currently Board Member and Senior Fellow with the NGO Women in Global Health and Chair of the NGO Age International. Ann Keeling has been CEO of two global health NGOs, was Head of Gender Equality for the UK Government and UNFPA Country Representative in Pakistan. Between 2008 and 2012 she was Chief Executive Officer of the International Diabetes Federation and in 2009 founded the NCD (Non Communicable Diseases) Alliance. As Chair of the Alliance, she led the successful campaign for the 2011 UN High Level Summit on NCDs. Ann Keeling spent 9 years in Pakistan with the British Council, DFID and UNDP working on social development, health and women’s rights. She also held senior posts with the Government of Papua New Guinea, and Commonwealth Secretariat. Ann Keeling studied at Oxford University UK, Ann Arbor University USA, and in 1981 at the People’s University in Beijing, China.
Susan is Director of the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities and a member of the Steering Group for the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics at Durham University. She is also co-founder and co-Chair of Durham City of Sanctuary, co-founder and member of the organising committee of Durham Pride and a co-Director of SIEF. She sees all of these as catalysts for social justice and imagining new forms of community.
Joel is a Technology expert at the intersection of health, technology and innovation. He is the Founder of healthtech startup, CenHealth with operations in the UK and South Africa. CenHealth specialises in delivering digital health solutions that leverages emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Cloud computing, Mobile applications and Blockchain.
Prior to CenHealth, he worked as a senior technology and management consultant to several global companies delivering professional services in the areas of Information Technology strategy, Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, Business transformation and IT infrastructure.
Joel leads Health Link Africa, a digital health technology consortium which is creating a multi-tier Ecosystem that will enable Africa to leverage emerging technologies such as AI, IoT, Robotics, VR and Blockchain. An advisor and innovation strategist, Joel consults for multi-national corporations, national and Local Government entities, developmental agencies and academia.
Joel holds an MSc Information Systems Development from the London School of Economics (LSE), UK and BSc in Biochemistry. He is also a certified Practitioner in PRINCE2, P3O and COBIT5.
CenHealth is a health technology startup that specialises in delivering digital health solutions that leverages emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Cloud computing, Mobile applications, IoT (Health devices) and Blockchain. Our solutions are patient-centric, with seamless integration into the healthcare ecosystems.
Personalised Health Solutions
· Mobile app – Personal Health Records – PHR
· Patient engagement solutions and value-based care
· Wearables and Health devices – Internet of things (IoT) devices
· Telemedicine and Chatbots
GP and Community based healthcare solutions
· Mobile apps – Patient and healthcare communication
· Patient registration and booking
· Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) digital solutions
· Clinical decision support and analytics
· Digital driven Health and Wellness programmes
· Remote patient monitoring
· Predictive and actionable analytics
Joanna’s professional experience runs from her Oxford University law degree in 1985 and encompasses not only law but also science, creativity and technology, in international business development roles before coming into academia in 2002. Her PhD unpicked the music industry’s increasingly technologically-mediated business models and value chains. She continues to nurture a deep and broad range of regional, national and international corporate and public sector contacts which she builds into her day to day teaching, researching and engagement activities, and places a particular emphasis on supporting the ‘women in STEM’ agenda.
Teaching includes pg/ug online, offline and executive education, covering a variety of subjects (including innovation, entrepreneurship and digital business). Her writing is informed by practice in flipped classrooms, blended, online and Problem Based Learning. This year Joanna has won awards for Enhanced Digital and Online Learning and Teaching from the Durham Centre for Academic Development; she is also is a Finalist in the Forward Ladies 2019 National Awards, in the Academic Leader category.
Joanna undertakes a wide variety of public and media activities on behalf of the School. She is co-Director of the Durham Energy Institute; Board member of Acumen Community Buildings (which incubates social enterprises); Advisory Board member for the NELEP SME “ScaleUp” programme; Regional Chair for the Chartered Institute of Marketing for 7 years and currently Regional Vice-Chair for the IoD North East and Yorkshire branch.
Lynne Mills is a Microsoft Customer Success Director for Intelligent Cloud. She runs a global team of Cloud Solution Architects who support Financial Services and Insurance customers build business driven solutions on the Azure platform. Previous roles have included Chief Technical Officer for Retail, Communication & Media, which involved leading sector innovation and architecting customer centric solutions that can disrupt the market and drive business and commercial impact. As an Intelligent Cloud Director Lynne runs a team of architects who provide technical and delivery leadership to projects that utilise cutting edge technology to inform strategy and plans. She is a successful technology leader with a strong track record of over 20 years in the IT industry, working primarily with major enterprise customers.
Maggie Berry is Executive Director for Europe for WEConnect International, a global organisation championing supplier diversity in procurement and helping majority owned women businesses to connect into the corporate supply chain. WEConnect International’s corporate members represent $1 trillion in annual purchasing power and are true pioneers in inclusive sourcing and global supplier development in Europe. Since December 2012,Maggie has had lead responsibility for the organisation in Europe and her role involves developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing and supporting a network of c1,500 women owned businesses across Europe. Previously, Maggie ran an online job board, recruitment and networking forum for women working in the technology profession in the UK. Maggie remains informally involved with championing women in the technology profession and is a Freeman at the Information Technologists’ Company in the City of London. In June 2019, Maggie was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of her services to women in business and technology.
Helene is a Social Entrepreneur with a strong commitment to inspiring, motivating and
equipping families with financial education in this ever-changing cashless society. With her Co-Founder, they discovered that immigrant families in Edinburgh were struggling with complex financial systems and their children were taking on first line financial responsibilities in their homes without financial education.
As an immigrant and a mum herself, she knew she had to do something about it. Helene has worked in youth work, project management and mental health services in the UK and understands the impact of the lack of good financial habits. She set out her Company MoneyMatiX to solve this problem.
MoneyMatix takes a holistic approach knowing that adults shape the way the young generation pick up habits. Her aim is to impact future generations by working with children and families to achieve good financial health. Helene also devotes her time to empower and Support the Ethnic Community in Edinburgh and Lothians to get engaged and integrated in Scotland. Helene loves to travel, meeting new people and spending time with her family.
Yang Peng, born in Fengjie Chongqing, majored in Land Economy and accomplished her undergraduate, Mphil, and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge. Later, she worked for many top-rated international investment banks in Hong Kong and Singapore and received highly-praised remarks because of her work performance. Her disseration was co-published with her professor by the World Bank’s publication, focusing on how to boost the economic development of Chongqing while reducing the financial gap between the rich and the poor. In her dissertation, she mentions that it is important to promote the development of large-scale agricultural industry, the deep-processing industry of agricultural goods, and the extension of the agricultural industrial chain.
So Orange Co., Ltd, founded by Yang Peng, aims at fulfilling targeted poverty alleviation and frames a co-development structure for the company with all the local growers, and also integrates the whole supply chain of the Fengjie Navel Orange. Based on the holistic management of growing, processing and deep-processing, logistics, sales, and marketing, the company recreates the new production standard for the Fengjie Naval Orange. Through personalized marketing and product individualization as well as the flattenization of distribution channels, the company also reshapes the new marketing standard for the Fengjie Naval Orange. So Orange Co., Ltd has achieved social, economic, and environmental sustainable development by creating the sixth industry of Fengjie Naval Orange.
Nowadays, the popularity of So Orange, The Orange You Can Just Drink, has been deeply-rooted known among people’s heart. With over 300 online and offline market distribution channels, So Orange has achieved over ten thousands tons of Naval Oranges. Over 1000 households of naval orange growers have increased their income because of So Orange. And over 120 households have risen beyond the poverty threshold under the help of So Orange. So Orange also has many highlights in sales that brought the company to win many honors and awards from different associations. In Feb 2017, So Orange won the Top 1st Agricultural Changemaker award at the annual meeting of China Food, Agriculture, and Business Association. In July 2017, it won the honor of China Top 10 Best Brand at Chinese Financial and Economic Forum & 30th Annual Financial Leadership Summit. On 8 July 2017, So Orange was awarded Wisdom Agricultural Project at the International Wisdom Agricultural Expo. On 11 August 2017, So Orange won the China Top 3 Influential Self-owned Agricultural Brand award with again the highest number of votes at the Most Popular Agricultural Product Brand Awards ceremony. It also won the 2017 Top 10 Leading Green Brand of China Agriculture and Animal Husbandry award as well as the 2017 China’s New Popular Brand among Young People award. In 2017, So Orange was the Excellent Organization Model for Poverty Alleviation awarded by the
local government of Fengjie county. In 2018, Fengjie Association of Industry and Commerce and Fengjie Junior Chamber of Commerce also issued awards to So Orange because of its prominent contributions. On the 4th China Fruit Expo held in September 2018, So Orange won the 2018 National Fruit Merit Award for Poverty Alleviation as well as the 2018 China Fruit Top Ten New Brand Award issued by China Fruit Marketing Association. On the opening ceremony of Fengjie Naval Orange Farm in 2018, So Orange won the second prize for the sales of Fengjie Naval Orange and the third prize for the online sales of Fengjie Naval Orange in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, So Orange was classified as a sci-tech company in Chongqing and its manufacturing base successfully became a municipal science demonstration zone of high quality naval oranges, which continues driving the company’s innovation research and development to move forward.
While So Orange has been constantly winning honors and awards, Yang Peng keeps her pace no slower than the company. During 2017 Chinese Financial and Economic Forum & 30th Annual Financial Leadership Summit, she won the award of the Outstanding Female Figure of Chinese Financials and Economics. Meanwhile, during the Agricultural Craftsmanship Award Ceremony on the First International Wisdom Agricultural Expo, she won the honor of the 2016 Top Ten Distinguished Entrepreneurs of Wisdom Agriculture. In January 2018, she was officially selected as one of the six members of the Rural Vitalization Delegation themed with Field of Hopes founded by the Organization Department, Education Commission, and Agriculture Committee of CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee under the lead of the Publicity
Department of CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee. She was cordially received by Chen Min’er (Secretary of Chongqing Municipal Committee of the CPC), Tang Liangzhi (Mayor of Chongqing), Zhang Xuan (Director of the Standing Committee of the Chongqing Municipal People’s Congress), Wang Jiong (Chairman of Chongqing Municipal Consultative Conference), Wang Fu (Member of the Standing Committee), Lu Kehua (Vice-Mayor of Chongqing), Li Dianxun (Vice-Mayor of Chongqing), Li Mingqing (Vice-Mayor of Chongqing) etc., in person. She was invited as a guest to attend the steering group conference on Rural Vitalization Strategy to be implemented by the Chongqing Municipal Party Committee and expressed her understanding of the Five Major Measures for Rural Vitalization Strategy at that meeting. In addition, through the participation of Rural Vitalization Delegation activities, she was determined to expand her business footprint to more rural areas in Chongqing so as to contribute more through her efforts on vitalizing the industries in further areas.
In February 2018, Yang Peng was honored as Top 10 People Who Inspired Chongqing and the Outstanding Entrepreneur of Chongqing. In June 2018, Yang Peng presented her story of contributing to poverty alleviation with So Orange at the UN headquarters in New York during the opening ceremony of the exhibition, titled Better Life, Dream Come True-Poverty Alleviation in China. Then she started leading teams to work on the brand marketing of other products besides from Fengjie Naval Orange, such as Wushan Crispy Plums. In Augst 2018, at the Fifth Executive Committee Meeting of Chongqing Women’s Federation, she was elected as one of the
representatives of 12th All-China Women’s Federation with unanimous affirmative votes. And earlier in October 2018, she attended the 12th National Women’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Later in March 2019, she won the honor of National Outstanding Female Role Model and the honor of March 8th Red-Banner Pacesetter. Guangming Daily and Economic Daily News and other first-line media companies all reported her entrepreneurial story and her inspirations from attending the conference.
Moreover, Yang Peng is volunteering in various kinds of social activities. She undertakes a multitude of responsibilities among many social organizations, such as the member of the Fifth Board of Chongqing Youth Federation Committee, the standing committee member of the Fourteenth Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference of Fengjie County, the standing committee member and the Vice-Chairman of the Tenth Fengjie Industry and Commerce Association, the Vice-Chief of Fengjie Junior Chamber of Commerce, the director of the Fengjie Naval Orange Association, the Vice-Chief of Fengjie E-Commerce Poverty Alleviation League, the Vice-Chief of Chongqing Fruit Association and the director of Chongqing Overseas-Educated Scholars Association. On 4 May 2019, she appeared on a Hunan TV show called Tian Tian Xiang Shang and introduced many precious resources found in her hometown, through which she was highly recognized by Chinese audiences.
Gillian Marcelle, PhD is a senior leader in economic development and international business with a proven track record in attracting investment to emerging markets. She leads Resilience Capital Ventures LLC, an advisory firm in the blended finance space, which is involved in capital raising, deal origination and advising commercial start-ups as well as social ventures. She has also established her reputation as a thought leader in the impact investment space, particularly in areas of diversity, inclusion, accountability and alignment with the SDGs. She currently serves as a non-Executive Director of Tafari Capital Pty Ltd., an innovative fintech start-up in Joburg, South Africa. Her previous finance background includes development finance with the International Finance Corporation, as well as, equities and capital markets with JP Morgan Chase. She has also advised the United Nations on impact investment and innovation for the benefit of the global South. As a C-suite leader, in the role of Executive Director of the UVI RTPark Corporation, a specialist economic development agency for the US Virgin Islands, she successfully led a transformation program that doubled the number of technology and knowledge based investors in three years, achieved financial sustainability, while generating new social investment contributions for the local university. She is a global citizen with wide networks and various communities of practice drawn from her personal and professional connections in Washington DC., London, Johannesburg and Trinidad & Tobago. Her educational background includes earning degrees in Economics from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad& Tobago, and the Kiel Institute of World Economics, Germany; an MBA with a specialization in high technology management from the George Washington University and a doctorate in innovation policy from the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit, SPRU, University of Sussex. For her scholarly work, she is an affiliated researcher at the Tata Center for Technology and Design, MIT, Cambridge MA.
Gladys started her career in the Mining Industry in London, working for a South American Producer, she was an apprentice for 3 years in the commercial department, after that she qualified as a trader in Minor Metals and Concentrates, after a few years she was in charge of the Department. She was the only woman trader in her company, the first time she went to the London Metal Exchange dinner during the LME week she was one of 3 women in a dinner attended by 600 people.
She started a family and managed a physical metals trading & brokerage firm with a long list of international clients including Multi-national Mining firms. Primarily responsible for sales & business development b2b/b2c and aggressively driving profit & revenue for the company, ensuring stable growth and expanded book, she attended and presented papers in multiple conferences around the world, trading gave her the opportunity to travel around the world and mixed with many different cultures.
She was a member and a committee member of the Minor Metal Trade Association, She joined Women on Board, Women in Mining UK and International Women in Mining, where she is the Head of the Latin American Team, she has opened groups in 7 countries and continue working to develop that area. Gladys now is dedicated to her consultancy career
Elizabeth has enjoyed an extensive career as an executive in the field of brand marketing. Over the past two decades, she has served in leadership roles at prominent US strategic marketing agencies, providing brand strategy and marketing expertise to Fortune 500 Companies, Lifestyle Brands, Government Agencies, NGOs, and Non-Profit Organizations. This diversity in experience has precipitated a unique aptitude for the design of effective campaign strategy that reimagines boundaries and redefines convention. Ms. Caulder was honored to support the Chief Secretariat by leading the design of the strategic communications plan for the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Responsible for establishing the brand positioning, visual representation, messaging strategy and tactical implementation plan for the HLP, Elizabeth’s team was also instrumental in the compilation and delivery of the report to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon: “Leave No One Behind- A Call to Action for Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment”.
Elizabeth is passionate about issues impacting women, particularly Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, Premature Birth and Infant Mortality. She serves on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes as the Marketing and Outreach Chair and is committed to drive awareness and inspire support for initiatives designed to eradicate these issues. As the President | CEO of PHOENIX Lifestyle Marketing Group, Elizabeth sets the strategic direction for the firm and serves as a mentor and advisor to young professional women throughout the US. Her commitment to community service is not a new passion. She has been a member of the international service organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, for nearly 25 years.
Pheona is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Radiant and Brighter Community Interest Company an award winning social enterprise founded with her husband Micheal Matovu. The organisation is currently leading the way in developing a better understanding for ethnic diversity in Scotland working with minority ethnic communities and partnering with a range of expert organisations as well as highly experienced individuals from recognised businesses to support integration, employment and business start-up programs.
In November 2016 Radiant and Brighter became part of Social Innovation Partnership with the Scottish Government (Social Justice Directorate) and The Hunter Foundation. This Partnership aims to promote collaboration between social entrepreneurs, statutory agencies and independent funders to challenge and disrupt existing systems in order to tackle poverty and inequalities. The company provides End to End Workforce Diversification programs for public, private and third sector organisations, Leadership and Enterprise programs and Orientation and Integration services, for Minority Ethnic groups. Company partnerships include Marks & Spencer with whom they developed the Connecting Talent and Opportunity program in 2016 which has led to M&S employing over 80 people to diversify their workforce.
Pheona is passionate about women’s contribution and access to opportunities, entrepreneurship, business for good, ethnic diversity, family, community development, poverty alleviation, informal education, children and young people, and economic empowerment for all.
I am an Early Career Academic, developing an international profile in global health services research, with a specific focus on global women’s health. My research interest is at the intersection of SDG-5 on gender equality and women empowerment and SDG-3c on training the healthcare workforce. I am interested in how the strengths of immigrant-led non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and faith-based organisations (FBOs) can be harnessed for health promotion and education. I am also interested in developing interventions for improving the response of healthcare professionals to disclosures of domestic abuse within the healthcare setting. Using evidence from my research, I aim to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Universal Health Coverage) and 5 (SDG -5) on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, both in the UK and in West Africa (Lower-Middle Income Countries, LMICs). My intention is to undertake action research that will practically influence policy and practice for women and children, across a range of global health issues, particularly domestic abuse and oral health issues.
Lord Jack McConnell was First Minister of Scotland from 2001 to 2007. He served as UK Special Representative for Peacebuilding from 2008 to 2010, when he was appointed to the House of Lords.
Lord McConnell is currently Co-Chair of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development; Vice President of UNICEF UK; and Chair of the McConnell International Foundation. He is Deputy Chair of the UK/Japan 21st Century Group, Chancellor of the University of Stirling, and Chair of the Sustainable Development Panel of Scottish and Southern Energy. Jack is a global adviser to PwC, and has advised in the implementation of peace agreements including the Bangsamoro Agreement in the Philippines.
He serves as Ambassador or Patron for a number of development and children’s charities, and is Chair of the judges for the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards, and Scotland’s Champions. Jack has a keen interest in sport, serving as Chair of the Commonwealth Games (Scotland) Endowment Fund and as Honorary President of Scottish Athletics.
From 1999 to 2011, Jack McConnell was a Member of the Scottish Parliament. He was Scotland’s Minister for Finance 1999-2000; Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs 2000-2001, and President of the Legislative Regions of Europe in 2004. He grew up on a small sheep farm on the Isle of Arran, Scotland and was a high school Mathematics teacher before entering Parliament.
20+ years’ expertise in social transformation and systems change.
In the last decade she has extended her work to social health policies and systems and is a recognised thought leader in diversity and inclusion. As Director of Clear Mind International, with a global network, her remit includes the support of women’s leadership in sustainable transformation agendas. As a catalyst for leveraging diversity in systems change, she contextualises and interrupts social norms of exclusion in community mobilisation. In addition to offering strategic thought leadership, she also operates as an educator, coach and mentor.
Cathy-Mae’s career in South Africa encompassed the transition to democracy. Under the rubric of the National Education and Policy Initiative, she worked as part of a national network to develop regional and national policies in preparation for a new, post-apartheid dispensation. As Director of Infolit (a digital education project), she built digital literacy in academic settings and ensured the strategic mobilisation of resources and community engagement geared towards nation-building and a new socio-political landscape.
Her areas of engagement, then and now, included women’s empowerment in digital economies, education and health. She worked on gender justice policy frameworks in digital economies as part of the WSIS Gender Caucus (in the context of the United Nations efforts to incorporate ICTs into the MDGs), and in the African Information Society Gender Working Group.
Cathy-Mae completed her doctoral studies at SOAS with a cross-disciplinary focus on critical social change. She also holds an MA from the University of Cape Town and an MSc from the University of Middlesex.
Special expertise: systems change, policy formulation, auditing, diversity, inclusion racial and gender justice. Areas of engagement: women’s empowerment in digital economies, education and health
Keith was named as sole Chief Executive of Standard Life Aberdeen in 2019. He joined Standard Life Investments in 1999 as Chief Investment Officer, before becoming Chief Executive of that division in 2004. In 2015 he was appointed Chief Executive of Standard Life plc, having been a board member since 2006, and led the merger with Aberdeen Asset Management in 2017.
Keith started his career in 1979 at the Government Economic Service. He moved into financial services in 1980 and became Chief Economist with James Capel (HSBC Securities from 1996), where he was latterly Managing Director of International Equities.
Keith has held a number of key industry appointments. He is currently a board member of the Financial Reporting Council and Deputy Chair of the Investment Association.
In recognition of his wider contribution to the financial services industry – particularly his work in response to the global financial crisis – Keith has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Sussex and Teesside University. For his services to the economics profession, he has been named a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists.
Keith is also a Trustee of the Edinburgh International Festival.
Dr Dina Nziku is a Lecturer and Deputy Director of Research and Publication – Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED), in the School of Business and Enterprise at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). She has extensive experience across a range of enterprise and business topics. She has a particular interest and expertise in female entrepreneurship and government policies/strategies for promoting enterprise and innovation in developing countries. She is a founding member of CAREED and is the first Director of Research and Publication – CAREED.
Dr Nziku has a number of published papers in academic journals, book chapters, and has presented papers at various international and UK conferences including: the Institute of Small Business Enterprise (ISBE) conference, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) conference, and the Diana International Research Conference of Women Entrepreneurship as well as annual CAREED conferences. In 2016, Dr. Dina was invited by United Nation-Geneva, March 2016 to talk about Sub-Sahara African women entrepreneurs where she also presented her own PhD research in the Multi-Year Expert Meeting. This was followed by another invitation from UNCTAD in June, 2019 at Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development. Dr. Nziku is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) after being nominates as an early career lecturer, researcher and gender activist. The nomination was together with her contribution in community workshops: Women in Business (WiB), women Entrepreneurship Scotland (WES), and Young entrepreneurship Scotland (YES) while encouraging ethnic minority women and young entrepreneurs within the community.
Dr Nziku is currently working on the Global Women Entrepreneurship Project (WEP), and as a founding member and Tanzanian national she is the only researcher in the project working on Tanzanian policy and strategies on women entrepreneurship. Dr Nziku is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and is involved in teaching, practical training and coordination of courses such as: Enterprise Creation, Entrepreneurial Opportunities, Business Creativity and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Dr. Nziku is also an Adjunct Professor in the University of South Africa (UNISA). She believes passionately that education plays a crucial role in the support of enterprise as a means of creating employment and strengthening economies, especially in Africa. In pursuit of this, she is also involved in assisting the African Diaspora (especially women and youth)who currently live in Scotland to overcome barriers to enterprise and to integrate fully within the host community.
Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke is Founder and Managing Director of W4 (Women’s WorldWide Web), an international humanitarian organization and Europe’s first crowdfunding platform dedicated to girls’ and women’s empowerment around the world. W4’s overarching objective is to promote SDG5b, girls’ and women’s equal access to and participation in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). After completing her B.A. at King’s College, Cambridge University, Lindsey joined Human Rights Watch in New York. She worked for several years in Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire for UNICEF and later for the humanitarian organization Children of Asia, which operates programs in South-East Asia. In 2008, she trained in Bangladesh with Grameen Bank (founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus) and later obtained an Executive MBA at ESCP-Europe, Paris, in 2009, for which she received the International MBA Student of the Year award, bestowed by AMBA (the Association of MBAs) and The Independent newspaper. In 2011, Lindsey was named a “40 under 40” European Young Leader by EuropaNova & Friends of Europe and nominated a “Women in IT Role Model” by the Digital Agenda of the European Commission in 2013. In 2015, Lindsey was named one of the Inspiring Fifty, Europe’s 50 most inspiring women leaders in the technology sector. In 2016, Lindsey was nominated a G20 Young Entrepreneur and was invited as a member of the French delegation to participate in the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summit in Beijing. Lindsey was also nominated one of the Inspiring Fifty in France, France’s 50 most inspiring leaders in France’s technology sector.
Currently, Vice President for UKI Commercial Issuing, Deb leads business development and account relationship teams to deliver against Commercial Strategy on all segments SME, T&E and B2B including Card and Account to Account payments.
Deb has been with Mastercard since 2003, she has a keen understanding of MasterCard’s business, particularly in business expansion, marketing, digital and product development across the following customers – Barclays, BofAML, Citi, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, MBNA, Royal Bank of Scotland, Tesco and WEX.
Prior to Mastercard, Deb served as Chief of Staff to Founder & CTO, RiverSoft Plc with responsibility for the CEO office of a publicly listed software company with a global presence and multi-million dollar turnover. Deb started her career as Business Manager of Centre for Management Development at London Business School responsible for implementing client relations strategy to build long term relationships with 35 international clients and management of a faculty team of approximately 35 professors and 5 programme managers.
Deb is an Alumnus of Ashridge Business School, Co-Chair of MasterCard European Women’s Leadership Network UKI Chapter and European Lead for Global Banking Alliance for Women.
Associate Professor Cynthia Forson is the Deputy Provost at Lancaster University Ghana. Cynthia teaches Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management and her research centres on the work, leadership and management experiences of women in the labour market and organisations and has published several articles in this area. She focuses particularly on gender, ethnicity, class and migrant status and the intersectional influence of these structures in the lives and careers of women. Cynthia pays particular attention in her research to black and ethnic minority women in the labour market and organisations. Her research interests now extend to the work and labour market encounters of African women in Africa and the Diaspora and has a particular interest in the development of management theories that reflect the lived work experiences of women in different African contexts.
Recently named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe, Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today with over 20 years’ experience, over 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering to her name. An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, social entrepreneur and public speaker, Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, much of which was realised through the harnessing of social media, using modern technology in a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s legacy. Sue’s book about the campaign Saving Bletchley Park, was one of the fastest crowdfunded books in history.
Dr. Sainath Banerjee is a Medical Anthropologist by training and holds a Ph.D. in Population Genetics. Dr. Sainath has over two decades of experience in the field of public health, particularly in program designing, management, and scale-up. For the last sixteen years, he has been actively engaged in the field of urban health in multi-stakeholders engaged program management, generating evidence to strengthen urban theory, policy and practice. In urban health, his area of interest is community engagement particularly women, measurement of health vulnerability, partnership, health system and planning, convergence, governance and capacity development. His program had witnessed a wide range of collaboration, specially; with national and international institutes, donors, public and private institutions, academia such as Population Foundation of India , Indian Institute of Population Sciences, Care–India, John Hopkins University, CGHD of Boston University, USAID, Gates Foundation, Municipal corporation of Indian cities, Ministry of health and family welfare, government of India and numerous regional and local organizations. He has successfully engaged “Women Group “as a key strategy to ensure Community Participation in every health program. Currently, Dr. Sainath is engaged with Asian Development Bank-India as the Senior Consultant assisting Indian states to design and implementation of capacity building plan for the National Urban Health Program (NUHM). He is also the Board Members of International Society for Urban Health (ISUH), New York.
Kenyan born, Alice Achieng Ojwang, is a Nutrition and health professional with a doctorate in Dietetics from Centre of Excellence for Nutrition, North-West University, South Africa. During her profession straddling up to 20 years, as nutrition and dietetic consultant – She has been instrumental in shaping the direction of nutrition and dietetics profession in Kenya.
She created the first mentoring program for young nutrition professionals in Kenya- to share and spread the knowledge of nutrition and health across the country and help the nutrition and dietetic professionals to focus their goals on a common agenda and speak the same language. She also actively participated in curriculum development of nutrition and dietetics training for institutions of higher learning. She developed national in-service training materials in nutrition and HIV/AIDs and toolkits currently in use in HIV/AIDS programs in Kenya.
Dr. Ojwang has also worked closely with the private sector in developing programs to increase productivity levels at the workplace, reduce absenteeism, and improve the quality of life of obese and chronically ill employees. As a private practitioner, Dr. Ojwang set up the first, dietetic practice in Kenya and created awareness of obesity and its associated risk factors through training health professionals and outreach to the public, throughout the country. She also created and actively promoted health promotion audios, videos, and posters, which is in circulation across Kenya and neighboring countries.
With a Doctoral degree in dietetics, her areas of focus include dietetic related research and health education/promotion in obesity and metabolic syndrome, diet and its influence in women’s economic empowerment, worksite wellness interventions, the economic burden of obesity and its related risk factors, impact of diet on health as well as prevention and management of chronic conditions. She continues to mentor young nutrition/dietetic and health professionals in Africa and share herself to develop and grow professionally with her peers. Dr. Ojwang serves as a lifestyle activist to prevent chronic diseases and improve quality of life by creating awareness of diet and health. She is a lecturer at the Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi-Kenya.
Dr. Mable Kipenda has over 5 years of experience in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Women Empowerment in Zambia. Currently, Dr.Mable is a physician at NDOLA TEACHING HOSPITAL and a co-founding member of Copper Rose Zambia focusing on Menstrual Hygiene Health, women’s Empowerment, Family planning and Maternal and Child Health. She has professional experience in training and advocating for sexual and reproductive health rights among young adolescents in her community. Dr. Mable holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology and a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery. Mable is passionate about giving back to her community because of the help she has received throughout her journey to get here. She is motivated by Women leaders making change in their communities and is committed to working with young women to help make the world a better place through Health and Empowerment.
Yolanda has over 30 years experience of working with individuals, educational institutions, MSME, members of the business support ecosystem, policymakers and international institutions. Her work and research interests primarily revolve around fostering entrepreneurship, internationalisation and SME competitiveness; the impact of digitalisation, leveraging intangible assets in companies and regions; and improving the investment climate. Understanding how creativity, social capital and digital inclusion can enhance individual and organisational learning is a key interest. Yolanda has designed and delivered programmes to facilitate women’s paths into enterprise, including start-up, growth and internationalisation; and had an active role in the management of local networks / associations for women entrepreneurs & professionals. Yolanda is co-founder and director of SIEF, a social enterprise spun out of Durham University, which celebrates the contribution of the independently owner managed business to local communities and society and engages with business and the wider community as well as the academic and student body to address some of today’s socio-economic challenges through innovation and enterprise. Yolanda works internationally and in a number of languages, including English, Spanish, German, French and Russian.
Michael Wamaya teaches dance in Kenya’s Kibera and Mathare slums by combining arts skills with social skills. He was a Top 10 Finalist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize for his unique and extraordinary approach to empowering slum children through ballet.
He is the founder of Project Elimu. This non-profit organization champions quality education for children living in informal settlements by providing extra-curricular activities, demonstrating the importance of arts inclusion to standardised curriculum, and equipping teachers with tools to develop and incorporate 21st-Century skills in classrooms. Being able to dance gives children he works with confidence, helps raise their aspirations, and increases motivation for school. For those who have different skills [and interests?] the organization is extending extra-curricular activities to include other arts, creative writing, theatre, voice, music poetry stagecraft and production.
Our program explores individual human potential and creativity in a much broader sense: who children are, what they think and believe, what they want for their futures. Placing children at the center brings them confidence and self-esteem.
In Kibera, home to over 700,000 people, the most unlikely setting for a ballet school. But with the help of Michael’s dedicated teaching, under the tin roofs of community buildings students here have become accomplished dancers.
An academic manager with university-level international teaching, research and programme development experience, my expertise is in the area of Entrepreneurship Education, Women’s Enterprise and Veterinary Business. Currently Head of Department of Business Studies at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) & Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway, my previous roles include: Norbrook Professor of Business & Enterprise (Royal Veterinary College, London); Visiting Professor (Birmingham City University), and President of the Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ISBE, London). In 2015, I was awarded the Diana International Trailblazer award by Babson College for my research on gender; in 2017, I was honoured with the Sten K Johnson European Entrepreneurship Education Award, and in 2018, I was awarded a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences. I have published my research work in a range of journals, including: International Small Business Journal, Small Business Economics and Journal of Small Business Management. My recent books include two texts on Women’s Entrepreneurship (with Yousafazai, Fayolle, Lindgreen & Saeed) (2018), and the Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship (2017) (with Nelson & Lewis). My latest book – New Perspectives in Gender, Science and Innovation (with Lawton Smith, Etzkowitz & Poulovassilis) – is due to be published in early 2020 by Edward Elgar.
Dra. Centeno Monge is a general medicine practitioner. In addition, she had earned a Masters in Statistics and Science with an emphasis in Population, Demography, and the Sexual and Reproductive Health for adolescents.
Dra. Centeno Monge is currently a Technical Consultant in Health Policy for the Mayors´ Council and the Planning Office of the San Salvador Metropolitan Area. Dra. Monge provides leadership and coordination to support the implementation of an Urban Health Model for the Municipalities surrounding the Metropolitan Area.
Dra. Centeno Monge has extensive experience working with governmental institutions as well as non-governmental, private and International Agencies. Her competencies include: management and implementation of health strategies; Systematization and development of Situational Diagnostics; CAP studies related to Health; and, the design and implementation of M&E Systems and indicators.
Experience in training processes and strengthening organizational capacity, decision making, teaching sector, as well as the health sector.
Dra. Centeno Monge’s range of expertise and experience encompasses inclusive participation of cultural diversity, ethnic and rural populations, adolescent formation and rights, gender equality, social accountability, youth inclusion, violence and migration.
Dra. Argueta has worked as a health manager and policymaker in the health system of El Salvador and subsequently worked directly with communities, adolescents, and women.
Dra. Argueta currently works with Medicus Mundi – a non-government organization that supports and strengthens public health systems and the empowerment of the community to guarantee health rights through citizenship. In El Salvador, Medicus Mundi works with ISC ROLAC and the Ministry of Health to develop an urban health model that focused on inequality based on gender, education, access to medical care, and health determinants. This model aims to approach health problems with a critical eye and the consideration of complex systems. Medicus Mundi is committed to promoting health as a human right and believes that gender equity is the way to guarantee the development of communities.
In this context, Medicus Mundi works in El Salvador to improve the sexual and reproductive rights of rural and urban women, and to strengthen youth organizations to prevent violence, child marriage, and teenage pregnancy.
Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves is a senior Lecturer in design for health at ImaginationLancaster; a design-led research lab that reaches into the impossible and making it possible.
Driven by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Emmanuel’s research focuses on tackling community health challenges across the world.
He is currently working on understanding cleaning practices and driving infections from homes in Ghana; developing health and care policies for senior citizens in Malaysia using creative methods; and in promoting seafood across Europe through co-designing new ready-to-eat seafood products and their corresponding packaging with groups of older people.
Emmanuel is the convenor of the international Global Health special interest group, which brings together researchers across disciplines in promoting healthier living, focusing on developing countries.
He has made more than 80 academic publications, including the Routledge Design for Health book (2017) and the forthcoming Routledge books in Design for People Living with Dementia (2020) and Global Challenge Design (2020).
His research has received extensive public attention in print press and online media outlets, reaching more than 15 million readers in the UK and overseas.
Kathleen Riach is Professor of Management at Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow,UK and Monash Business School, Monash University Australia. She is an internationally renowned expert on the experience of growing up and older in and around the labour market, particularly for women. She holds visiting positions in Sweden, Germany and Spain, and her work has been presented in National and International arenas, including the United Nations and UK government. She was recently awarded a Mercator Fellowship and regularly appears in UK and Australia media in relation to issue surrounding age inequality and older worker disadvantage. This year she has launched MIPO (Menopause Information Pack for Organizations – www.menopauseatwork.org), a free, open access suite of resources to help manager’s introduce and embed best practice menopause support in the workplace, which has already been adopted by leading organizations in the public, private and third sector.
Deborah McGargle is a startup lawyer. She is currently Chief Legal Officer and part of the founding team at London based Seedlegals, a SaaS platform in the #legaltech space which has successfully automated the fund raising process removing the need for human lawyers to be involved in the transaction. In additional to this role Deborah is also a non-executive director for a number of high growth tech companies, interim Chair at Evince Technology Limited, a venture backed company developing breakthrough electron devices using synthetic-diamond and a career entrepreneur who is passionate about disruptive technologies and support the diversity and inclusion agenda.
Having always loved the law, Deborah qualified as a Barrister in 1999. Her career includes significant General Counsel roles at Rolls Royce PLC and Siemens PLC. During 2016 she worked with Microsoft and the Techstars program in Boston, MA, USA. She is currently Chief Legal Officer and part of the founding team at London based SeedLegals, a SaaS platform in the #legaltech space which has successfully automated the fund raising process removing the need for human lawyers to be involved in the transaction. The SeedLegals team has grown to over 30 colleagues and has recently moved offices to Holborn, looking out over Lincoln’s Inn Fields which is where Deborah’s career first started 20 years ago. SeedLegals has raised $5m to date.
Her other roles include being an interim Chair for Evince Technology Limited (a venture backed company developing breakthrough electron devices using synthetic-diamond), mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, an advocate for the British American Business Council of New England and a non-executive director for a number of high growth tech companies. She jointly runs a virtual support group for women in technology and has been a supporter of women’s networking for over a decade.
Deborah has personally raised in the region of £750 million in startup funding for teams around the world, she is passionate about tech startups and scale ups, investment, artificial intelligence, disruptive technology, and supporting female founders.
Catherine Ndashe Phiri is one of the co-founders, and directors of Media 365, based in Lusaka, Zambia. Media 365 is a boutique consultancy firm focused on research and insights, creative content, product and service design, and communication strategies for for social transformation, the first of its kind in Zambia. Since 2011, Catherine has provided strategic direction for the company and manages high-level clients (account managing), and executive produces all audio-visual content Media 365 creates.
Currently Catherine heads the Content unit at Media 365, responsible for producing all audio-visual content for clients, and Media 365’s owned content. She had her long-form directorial debut by producing and directing the first and second season of the local adaptation of the hit South African reality series Our Perfect Wedding, followed up by producing and directing of the local adaptation of Date My Family Zambia. Both reality shows commissioned by Zambezi Magic (an Mnet channel) and broadcast across the SADC region. In 2017, Catherine launched HerStory an online female focused discussion show, Media 365’s first owned production. HerStory was picked up by Zambezi Magic, reaching the SADC region (outside of South Africa).
Catherine was formerly a vice president at MTV Networks International, in London, where she was an executive on the world’s largest HIV and AIDS multimedia campaign. In that capacity she oversaw the productions of breakout shows, such as Shuga, a drama series based in Kenya, where Lupita Nyong’o had her breakout TV role. Catherine executive produced documentaries led by global talent such as Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Moby, Travis McCoy and others. Catherine’s TV executive producing credits spanned across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Catherine has extensive experience with international and multinational brands in strategic communication campaigns for behavioural change management with an established ability to handle communication projects from inception to completion. She focuses on television and media engagement for brand management, and seeding transformative messages.
Catherine has been a successful TV producer for over a decade and during this time has developed an extensive project management skill set, tied in with creative problem solving through her advanced communication skills. Creating and producing ‘firsts’ both for MTV and at Media 365, whether it was first tv talkshow and drama series (Shuga featuring Lupita Nyongo) for MTV base, and later Media 365 productions, some of which have gone on to win awards, including in 2013, the first drama series from southern Africa to win at the annual Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for Love Games (Media 365).
Catherine is a strategic thinking executive specialising in high value behavioural change campaigns. Displaying a proactive and healthy approach to challenges,
she delivers work of the highest calibre. All in all, Catherine is a seasoned and capable executive who has worked across numerous fields of communication, TV and graphic production, and the digital sphere.
In 2014, Catherine added to her impressive resume, as the first Zambian to speak at TEDxEuston in London, where she challenged the idea of content for development being lower quality because of it being deemed for an African poor audience, and why Africans had to flip the script. Catherine received the country, regional, and continental awards in the media category at the 2016 Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government from CEOGlobal.
Kerry has worked with people in Financial Services for over 21 years and is passionate about the difference a great working environment can make to individual engagement and happiness and the impact that then has on the customer experience. Kerry has been with RBS for 18 years and during that time has been involved in significant change programmes which have transformed the culture of the Bank and restored pride amongst our people, and talks externally about the RBS journey, building a great place to work and engaging multigenerational workforces.
Dr. Patricia Odero is the Regional Director (Africa) for Duke Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC) and Innovations in Healthcare. Patricia is part of a team that integrates the expertise of a major research university with a leading non-profit. At this nexus of research and practice, she works with health systems and entrepreneurs to scale and adapt promising innovations while supporting related policy and financing reforms. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), an Executive MBA and recently completed the Masters in Social Innovation program at University of Cambridge.
Workshops: Wednesday, November 27
18:00 – 20:00
Conference Opening Event at City Chambers
• Susan Fouquier, Head of Business Banking in Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland
• Hon. Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera,
Former President of Costa Rica and
Co-Chair of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel
on Women’s Economic Empowerment
• Lord Provost of Edinburgh
• Margo Thomas, Founder and President, WEI
• Lynne Cadenhead, WES
• Reception and Networking
07:30 – 20:00
Conference Registration, Breakfast and Networking
PANEL: Drivers of Women’s Economic Empowerment: The Intersection of Culture, Politics and Economics
KEYNOTE & PANEL DISCUSSION:
Keith Skeoch, CEO, Standard Life Aberdeen
PANEL: Women’s Assets: Leveraging Financial and Digital Access
• Digital Technology: Women in the Changing World of Work
• Financing Women’s Entrepreneurship
Communities as Engines of Inclusive Growth
Gender Equity and The Role of the Media in Influencing Perceptions, Voice, Norms and Representation
Moderator: Amadou Mahtar Ba, Executive Chairman, AllAfrica
08:00 – 16:45
BREAKFAST & NETWORKING
PLENARY: Women’s Health as an Economic Value
Parallel Sessions I:
- The Economic and Social Significance of Care in the Changing World of Work
- Town and Country, the importance of sustainable communities: Opportunities and Challenges for Women
- Health of Women: Intersection of Geography and Resilience
Parallel Sessions II:
- Empower a Girl, Transform a Community
- Women’s Entrepreneurship in Non-traditional Sectors
- Strengthening Voice and Agency: Youth and Women
Mapping Issues and Hacking Disruptive Solutions
Conclusions: Call to Action
RBS and WES WORKSHOP
RBS Conference Center Auditorium
Women’s Economic Empowerment: The Critical Role of Venture Capital
WORKING GROUPS’ MEETINGS:
RBS Gogarburn Business School
- Measurement of WEE
- Gender, Geography, & Health
- Mobilizing Women’s Capital