As the G100 takes off rolling out its first 30+ Sector wings and unveiling the first set of G100 Global Chairs who have come together in a pact of purpose to create equity and empowerment for women and ALL across the world.
G100 is an eminent club of top 100 powerful women leaders in the world with a vision to impact the future.
WHO THEY ARE
G100 comprises a league of luminaries of eminence and excellence including Nobel Laureates, former Heads of States, Ministers, Businesswomen, Philanthropists, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Corporate and Community Leaders - a powerful Group of women leaders and achievers from all walks of life who wish to give back and move us all forward as architects of the future.
WHAT THEY DO
G100 is an action think-tank, fostering more women's network with a global, cross-cultural, intersectional and intentional perspective towards peace, parity and prosperity for all. Their core activities involve networking, mentoring, collaborations, upskilling, community building, thought leadership, knowledge sharing, global campaigns, policy recommendations and awards & recognition.
The mandate of G100 is to provide the thought leadership for the coming decade on what needs to be done for inclusivity and economic and social empowerment of women globally. Together they will define, design and determine a new future with equity, equal opportunity, inclusion and economic empowerment of women, and of all, through the inclusive agency of women.
Each member at G100 is a Global Chair for a Sector and leads that sector wing globally.
To take the mission forward into deep interiors and into the hearts and minds of every woman and all communities, and to evolve the best guideposts for global policies from a collective and creative consciousness, each G100 chair is committed to a pact of purpose, creating massive opportunities for women worldwide.
Each Global Chair leads and represents the dreams and aspirations of 35 million women, both as an action group and a think tank. The far-reaching impact will energise a million women by 2022, and 5 million by 2025.
The G100 chairs will also evolve policy suggestions based on the actions and workings globally and present policy recommendations to governments and multilateral institutions worldwide. G100 is under the auspices of All Ladies League (ALL).
Here are some of the women who now make up the G100 - Group of 100 Women Leaders.
1) H.E. Rosalía Arteaga Serrano
(G100 Global Chair - Political Leadership)
H.E. Rosalía Arteaga Serrano is the Former President of Ecuador and the first woman to have held the positions of President and Vice President of the Republic of Ecuador.
A lawyer, a Juris Doctor, a graduate of journalism and postgraduate of anthropology, she is currently the Executive President of FIDAL Foundation, a member of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Europe and chair of the board of directors of the Panamazonia of Manaus—Brazil.
She has published 14 books of essays, poetic prose, poetry, short stories, children’s and youth literature. She has influential opinion spaces in audiovisual media.
Above all, a dear Soul Sister who is ever available for advice, guidance and mentoring, with a most positive outlook and deeply generous spirit of caring and sharing.
2) H.E. Ouided Bouchamaoui
(G100 Global Chair - World Peace)
H.E. Ouided Bouchamaoui, Nobel Peace Laureate 2015, Tunisia is a Businesswoman and Past President of UTICA (Tunisian Industry Confederation) as the first woman elected to this role.
Ouided Bouchamaoui is the co-laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize 2015 as member of the National Dialogue Quartet, where she played a historic and legendary role in helping her country navigate through a great time of crisis during the Arab spring and move Tunisia to a more transparent and collaborative society with democratic processes, constitutional framework and transparent elections.
Ms. Bouchamaoui is also Member of the Oslo Business for Peace Award Committee since January 2016. Ms. Bouchamaoui describes the open secret of her success as the ability to build win-win partnerships and relationships even among opponents.
She is an exemplar of the creative and constructive force of women’s leadership to nurture dialogue, bring harmony and build peace. In January 2015, the then Tunisian President, Mr. Beji Caid Essebsi, made her Grand Officer of the Order of the Republic, and His Majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, decorated her with the Royal Order of the Polar Star in November 2015.
She also received in December 2015, the “Legion d’Honneur” from the French President, Mr. François Hollande. At the Annual Women Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 in India, she was felicitated with the highest WEF Award of “Legendary Peace Leaders of the Decade.”
Above all, a dear Soul Sister who embodies elegance, eloquence, serenity and humility, with the strength of self-confidence and belief and a divine joie de vivre that extends compassion and care to one and all.
3) Dr. Maya Morsy
(G100 Global Chair - Economic Empowerment)
Dr. Maya Morsy is the President of Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW), she’s holds the national award of one of the 100 most influential women in Egypt. Prior to this presidential role, Dr. Morsy served as UNDP's Gender Regional Advisor, and Head of the Egypt Country Office United Nations Fund for Women, as also Country Director of UNIFEM.
Dr. Morsy has over 24 years’ experience with National, Regional and International organizations, through her work in the National Council for Women, the United Nations Agencies, USAID, Academia, and Private Sector. Her work experience has strengthened the strategic partnership with the League of Arab States, European Union, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, African Union, Union for the Mediterranean, Government Organizations, Civil Society, Academia and Private Sector.
She managed and led more than 50 programs and widely authored more than 45 training manuals, books, articles, research and policy papers. With a Ph.D. in Public Policy, her areas of a focus are: Public Policies, Public Administration, Social and Economic Policies.
Human Security, Human Rights, International Conventions Treaties, Strategic Planning, Political and Democratic Transition, Gender Equality, Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting, Financial Inclusion, Entrepreneurship and Social innovation et al.
Above all, a dear Soul Sister with vision and strength who walks in purpose to serve and support. Resolute and resilient, she rises gloriously above the odds, and ever serves with a smile arising from a divinely pure heart.
4) H.E Violeta Bulc
(G100 Global Chair - Ecocivilisation)
H.E Violeta Bulc is Former Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, and EU Commissioner for Transport. As Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, she held ministerial responsibility for development, strategic projects and cohesion.
As EU Commissioner, she placed priority on digitalization, decarbonization, innovation, people focus and global collaboration in transport. Excellency Bulc is an academic, author, innovator, systems architect and entrepreneur. She is the founder and advocate for the unique concept of Ecocivilisation imbued with a vision of Earth as an eco zone of our galaxy and transparent, participatory engagement of all stakeholders in society and economy.
She has held senior positions in the telecoms industry, including Telekom Slovenia and Telemach. Former owner and Chief Executive Officer, Vibacom, she is engaged in work on sustainable and innovative business solutions.
Above all, a dear Soul Sister who leads with courage, foresight and wisdom and seamlessly serves all with the generous sharing of her phenomenal experience, exposure, energy and optimism.
5) Prof. Dr. Lizbeth Goodman
(G100 Global Chair - STEM Education)
Prof. Dr. Lizbeth Goodman is Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Professor of Inclusive Design for Education, College of Engineering & Architecture, University College Dublin where she also directs the Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland, in partnership with SMARTlab that developed the award-winning practice-based PhD Programme along with the associated MAGIC Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre and Gamelab, which Lizbeth designed with industry collaborators. Prior to joining UCD, Lizbeth was Director of Research for Futurelab – Lord David Puttnam’s think tank for the future of education, and served in that capacity on the Prime Ministers SHINE Panel.
Chair of the Royal Irish Academy's Social Sciences Committee in 2012 and Athena Swan lead for Engineering & Architecture, Lizbeth and her teams specialise in developing ground-up technology solutions with and for people of all levels of cognitive and physical ability. In the knowledge transfer domain, she founded the MAGIC (Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre) in East London in 2005, bringing industry and NGO players together with scholars and artist-practitioners across disciplines in what was London’s first fully open source/open access 3D printing and games lab.
She is the author/editor of 14 books and many peer- reviewed papers, has supervised 55 PhDs to successful completion in the areas of: Creative Technology Innovation, Virtual Worlds, Inclusive Design, Digital Media, Future Foresighting, ICT4d, Assistive Technologies for People with Disabilities and the Elderly, Technology Futures, Wearables hand SMART Textiles, Performance Technologies, Assistive Tech, Technology Enhanced Learning for Health and Well Being, Connected Health, Personalised Electronic Health Systems, Digital Materialisation, Haptic and HCI integrated studies, as well as what Lizbeth calls ‘Meaningful Games’ or Mobile Games for Learning. She is on the Jury and chair of many councils and foundations including the Fulbright Commission (for which she is currently Chair of Judges for the TechImpact Awards) and the Canadian Innovation Fund.
She was chair of Judges for the European Commission’s HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) call in 2013-4, and evaluates for the EC on SaferInternet+ and Future Emerging Tech. An expert in Digital Inclusion, she specialises in working with people who do not have physical voices whether due to disability, injury, illiteracy, or other factors.
For seven years, she worked with Microsoft on their largest ever community engagement project- (Clubtech), which has so far transformed the education of over 7 million children and young people worldwide. She is well known as an expert in interdisciplinary Art-Technology initiatives including STEAM (Arts in STEM) and G-STEM (Women and Gender Balance in STEM).
For the BBC, she researched and presented the Art Works Programme for six years on TV and radio. She is Lead Education Expert in Ireland for the TG4 television series BB Agus Bella (a magical world in which all the creatures are equally ‘abled’ in extraordinary ways) and is advising on two new children’s animation TV series.
She is currently collaborating with partners in the European Parliament on a new Roadmap for Responsible Open Innovation. In 2018 she launched the Academy4theFuture at Davos, and in 2019 she and the team returned to Davos to announce the Women Economic Forum (WEF) Awards to eminent women in STEM, which were delivered at the UNDP summit in New York in October 2020.
A WEF Awardee of Women of the Decade, she has numerous accolades to her credit including Best Woman in Academia, and Best Woman in Technology by the Blackberry Rim international awards panel.
Above all, a dear Soul Sister with an exuberant energy so peaceful, so powerful and so prolific that it brings home the true meaning of “the more we do, the more we can.”
6) Alex Okoroji
(G100 Global Chair - Media Arts & Communication)
Alex Okoroji is a Nigerian Actress and creative powerhouse navigating the world of Art, Media and Entertainment for almost two decades as an Artiste and Creative Businesswoman. She is the Founder & President of The BRAG Media Group, a creative communications company and owns several platforms including - The BRAG Media Company, BRAG! Magazine, The BRAG Club, The BRAG Radio Network, The BRAG Shop and The BRAG Media Foundation.
Listed among the Most Influential Women in the World by Richtopia, in their Top 250 Power list' as one of only 5 Nigerians on the list (alongside Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Oby Ezekwesili, Abike Dabiri, Amina J. Mohammed). Alex Okoroji has been featured and mentioned in over 250 Media Platforms around the World like Huffington Post, The Guardian, CNN, The Telegraph, Mogul, The Sun, The New York Journal, Fox, ABC, NBC, Market Watch. She was the first African Woman to be featured in the Women Rock Project in 2016. Alex Okoroji was honored with a Nigerian Goodwill Ambassador Award in 2017, An African Icon Award and a 2017 Peace Achievers Award as 'Media Personality of the Year'. She was named, one of "60 Women to Watch Out For in 2021" by PAW Africa. In February 2020 in London, she received the "Shine Legacy Award in Media" and was awarded "Africa Most Influential Creative Consultant of the Year" at the 2020 edition of the Africa Leading Women Awards.
Dubbed the "Oprah of Africa" by many of her guests, Alex Okoroji is a former daytime TV Presenter and host of a LIVE International Talk Radio Show syndicated on 14 Digital Networks around the world with over 4.6 Million Listens collectively and over 150 Hours of Unfiltered and Heart-Centered Conversations with Global icons, business leaders, entertainers and high-profile celebrity guests. Author of 4 books, alumna of the Metropolitan School of Business & Management, UK, the International Business Management Institute, Berlin, the University of London and London Business School. Alex Okoroji is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC). She is also an engaged community leader.
She was the National Coordinator of 4NL/4NN (4 New Lagos and 4 New Nigeria) a social pressure group and think-tank made up of entertainers and media celebrities advocating for a New Nigeria back in 2014. In 2018, Alex Okoroji was invited to join other celebrities and celebrity activists around the world like Serena Williams and Demi Moore who participated in the annual CNN Freedom Project - a global media campaign against modern day slavery.
With acting training at the New York Film Academy and over 25 productions to her credit, Alex Okoroji is a Performing, Visual and Literary Artiste. She is also Director of International Affiliations at the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN). She has featured in movies and has played some of the best characters in popular Nigerian Television Soap Operas and Series.
She has written several scripts for TV Commercials, Documentaries, and award-winning Screenplays for Movies. As a top-notch Voice Actor, her voice has graced many international infomercials, radio dramas, animation, podcast intros and commercials for Television and Radio.
Above all, a dear Soul Sister with heart and humility who offers her blessed gifts in the service of humanity and community.
7) Yasmina Azhari
(G100 Global Chair - Public Relations)
Yasmina Azhari is a Forbes listed businesswoman and a pioneer. Yasmina was selected 4 times by Forbes as one of the 50 most powerful Arab Business Women and was chosen among the most 100 powerful women in the Arab World by the Arabian Business 3 times.
Based in the UAE, she hails from Syria where she was founder of Mira Trading, a company managing malls and supermarkets, as also Vice President of a premier shipping agency representing Maersk Shipping Line and leading it to a prosperous business, notably in a field traditionally dominated by men. Due to the civil war in Syria, she left the country in 2012 and came to UAE where she established Al Yam International Commercial Brokers 2014 and has a strong network of 40000 parties around the world following up opportunities through her company in Dubai.
With her relentless will, drive, and entrepreneurial charisma, she took the business to greater heights. She has served as Board member and advisor in many organizations, such as advisor to the Al-Foz Charity in Syria, and advisor to Chairman of Aman Holding Company: one of the biggest Holding companies in Syria, advisory board member of Bank Audi, Syria, one of the biggest private Banks in Syria, board member at the UN Global Compact Advisory Council in Syria, as an expert in Transport field at ESCWA, and board member of the Tartus Port Co., where she was the first woman to join the board, administrative board member of the OECD (The Organization of the Economical and Co-operational Development in the Middle East and North Africa Area), board member at WISTA (Women International in Shipping & Trade).
She served as Chairman for Syrian, Saudi Company for Touristic Investments Ltd, the owner of Four Seasons Hotel in Syria. She represents the Dutch organization PUM, which promotes self-sustainability and private sector development.
Decorated by Her Majesty The Queen of The Netherlands as a “KNIGHT”, Yasmina serves as Honorary Consul of the Netherlands at Lattakia & Tartus. She was the first woman to be on the board of the Lattakia Chamber of Commerce and was elected three times as the Head of Lattakia Businesswomen’s Committee.
She also served as Vice President at the Arab Business Women Council for 12 years. In 2011 she was chosen among the most 100 most powerful women in the Arab world by the “Arabian Business” by CEO Middle East and was awarded by E&Y as the best entrepreneur of the year.
She was honored at the Hall of Fame in Shanghai by E&Y. She has been nominated by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Abkhazia and Armenia to represent them in the GCC Gulf region since 2014 until today.
In April 2019, she was nominated by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a representative to promote opportunities for better trade and exchange between Australia and the countries of the Arab league, and all the countries in which Al Yam international company operates. Above all, a dear Soul Sister who exemplifies the power of hard work + heart work with a spirit that never quits and is ever resilient.
8) Beena Unnikrishnan
(G100 Global Chair - Arts Leadership)
Beena Unnikrishnan is an Artpreneur, high profiled professional, artist and serial entrepreneur in India. Beena brings extensive experience of 28 years of diversified multi-functional arts and industries. An ardent believer in economic empowerment and financial independence of all artists, craftspeople and rural artisans, her successful career is testimony to the synergies that can be unleashed between art and mart.
She envisions fostering a culturally vibrant nation through accredited growth of Art and bringing financial freedom to all artists. She has curated her drive into a robust national campaign supported by art veterans and industry stalwarts and launched none other than by Union Cabinet Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari.
Under the aegis of his Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, this project for economically independent artists will develop Art & Craft based industries across the rural - urban artistic clusters, creating 1000 women-owned enterprises. Training and support programmes will be conducted in 700 districts of India to create a million entrepreneurial opportunities for women artists by Dec 2022.
She is also the recipient of the prestigious Senior Fellowship Award from the Government of India, Ministry of Culture, for her thesis on ‘Application of Cognitive Dynamics to Art in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients”. Her paintings are based on her research in art therapy, acknowledged as a powerful medium of holistic healing.
With an elaborate portfolio as an artist which includes the series of the ‘Chausat (64) Yoginis’, set of 64 paintings celebrating the power of Shakti, which is now set to be part of a noted Museum in India, and the Nakshatra series, set of 30 paintings on the cosmic constellations. Her exhibitions showcasing her artworks are held globally and are often completely sold out.
Upholding the credo of ‘Films for All,’ she is the founder and CEO of Iris Green Films, a Film Production company that focuses on films that address social concerns and proactively engage with society to catalyse social transformation. A visionary businesswoman, she is engaged in global trade across different continents.
She is a consultant of Sakthi Ferro group in Chennai, a conglomerate in steel manufacturing. She has developed Steel trading in Venezuela to set up scrap yards and companies to cater to growing Indian demands.
Beena is on the advisory board to US metals GmbH in Germany and Aum Metals Dubai to develop business within South America, Europe, and Asia. Beena is Executive Director in Aakash, a pioneer in the field of bio–energy production relying on ‘Environment-friendly nature sources’ like bamboo plants.
Headquartered in Singapore, Aakash caters to the alternative energy requirements across the world establishing the renewable energy generation units and socio-economic development for the emerging green energy markets internationally. She is working on projects from bamboo to artifacts as a livelihood for women and leading their women’s entrepreneurship program.
Beena is part of Wellhomes developing Living spaces that embrace energy and sleep to improve Physical and mental health. She is working on infusing art and architecture to create healing spaces that will be uplifting and spiritually energising.
Their first project of creating premiere urban wellness living spaces is strategically located in Dubai will be a trendsetter for healthy living. She is also a business consultant for different companies for business development in India, UAE, Peru, Germany, Venezuela, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, and Poland. A passionate community leader, she is also the founder of the non-profit Srishty which provides skill development, training, design exposure and capacity building of arts and craftspeople from various domains especially in the rural hinterland.
Above all else, she embodies the spirit of art with a heart and is in a continuous quest for renewal and rejuvenation of self and society.
9) Dr. Anita Davis DeFoe
(G100 Global Chair - Youth Enterprise & Leadership)
Dr. Anita Davis DeFoe is an African-American leadership and social entrepreneurship consultant from the US Virgin Islands, fostering over two decades of social entrepreneurship and capacity building for the Youth in the Caribbean, Africa with a global outlook and outreach. She holds a Ph.D. in Organization Behavior and Leadership Development from the University of North Carolina and Antioch University, and Social Entrepreneurship coursework from the Copenhagen School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.
Championing the UN SDGs, especially for ending poverty by 2030, Anita puts her efforts behind mitigating youth unemployment and joblessness by way of uplifting Skill sets, Mindsets and fostering ecosystems enabling career growth and opportunities for youth. A National Career Development Association Accredited Career Services Mentor, Anita has created and crafted unique programs for leadership, expeditionary learning, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Agriculture, Mathematics (STEAM), entrepreneurship, employability and training skills that have served youth from ages five to 24, assisting a great diversity of people across genders and generations to discover their innate greatness and unique strengths.
An entrepreneur, Dr. DeFoe is the Founder and CEO of Upshift Global, a business growth and capacity building organization, and The Circle of 99 Global Foundation, Inc., a global collective of doers, builders, innovators and change champions. A quality management and project execution expert, and a John Maxwell Team Executive Director, Dr. DeFoe provides technical assistance to organizations in the areas of process and change management and fund development.
She has personally authored over $500 million in grants and project funding enabling a host of organizations to support their core missions, scale their businesses, and deliver outcome -based services to their audiences. A great believer in the power of Social Entrepreneurship to balance societal and economic goals, her book, Follow Her Lead: Leadership Lessons For Women As They Journey From the Backroom to the Boardroom, a leadership development book for women and girls, was cited as a must read by 2011 Echoing Green Social Entrepreneur Finalists.
The two Social Entrepreneurs winner shared that the book provided them with insights and tools to enhance their leadership and managerial competencies. A visionary transformative leader, Anita Davis-DeFoe has delivered management training programs to diverse constituencies including in government, venture capitalists, corporates, media, entrepreneurs and non-profit professionals.
She received the Community Service Award from the Broward Workforce Development Board in Florida, USA; the President’s Award for Service to TRIO Pre-Collegiate Programs in South Carolina, USA; Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEOPP) Service Award-USA, African Leadership Award from Voice Magazine in Amsterdam, Social Entrepreneur Leadership Award from Naijaeutv in Spain for designing global social enterprises aimed at providing opportunities for individuals to create pathways out of poverty, and for connecting rural livelihoods to global markets. A profound and prolific communicator, Anita is the author of many books: a rite of passage curriculum for girls entitled, Soulful One: For Girls on the Pathway to Greatness, a program designed to support the personal, career and leadership development of girls; A Woman’s Guide to Soulful Living: Seven Keys to Life and Work Success; Tropical Escapes, a novel; and a children’s book, Kwabena and the Baobab Tree.
She has been featured in The New Jersey Business Journal, The Miami Herald, The Belmont Banner, The Gastonia Gazette, The Charlotte Post, The Daily News, Purpose Magazine, IMDiversity, The Huffinton Post, CaribVision, Madame Noire, Barbados Today, The Morning Talk Show in Miami, Citizen Radio-Antigua, FOX, CW Network, The Sister to Sister Radio Show in Miami, HER Radio-Philadelphia, Montserrat Radio, Cayman Islands Radio and many more national and international media. Anita was born and raised in North Carolina.
An educator and mentor in heart and spirit who sees the Youth as the Leaders of the Now, she has motivated young people across Africa, Canada, Europe, and across the United States and the Caribbean. Above all, a dear Soul Sister who steps forward in faith to render selfless service and support to one and all.
10) Michelle Ferrari
(G100 Global Chair - Human Resources)
Michelle Ferrari is CEO of Great Culture to Innovate®️ in Mexico, a global firm promoting and developing innovative cultures and Partner of Great Place to Work which she led as CEO for two decades.
She works across many multinationals and Fortune 500 companies such as Manpower, UBER, Baxter Pharmaceutical, Edenred, Newell Rubbermaid, USANA, KPMG. She is credited with building the pioneering unique certification program which is now benchmarked by corporates all over Mexico, making it the only golden standard for measuring workplace culture.
Michelle chairs several boards of AmCham, Young President Organization (YPO) as a member of this community and the Global Leadership Council of Great Place to Work. Her work has impacted hundreds of companies with multi thousand employees reaching more than 1 million people touched with this methodology, which has turned the way leaders think of human capital and Human Resources, and the impact it has in their business and social responsibility and employer branding.
Her efforts have also included many important media partners and strategic alliances to distribute content, especially for the Women Economic Forum (WEF) Iberoamerica editions, generating more than 3 million media impressions, streaming on the most visited platforms, and several universities with a reach of 110,000 persons per day. With an irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit, she has founded a couple of successful ventures since a very young age, always realizing the importance of being independent and devoting her life to her true passions.
Michelle understands the urgency to achieve improvement in many areas regarding gender parity and continues to strongly support that by constantly raising consciousness on these issues. A proud mother of 3 boys and a most supportive husband, avid traveller, risk taker, and inexhaustible fighter for her dreams involving always a sense of giving back and living her life as an ode of ‘love in action’ and ‘balance in action’.
Above all, a dear Soul Sister who is blessed with endless energy and a vast repertoire of actions and interests that all converge to create a better world for All.
11) Carolina García
(G100 Global Chair - Sports Empowerment)
Carolina García is a women’s football evangelist and leader in the Soccer industry with more than 20 years of management experience especially with organising funding and sponsorships for women’s soccer, becoming the first woman in Argentina dedicated to a business that was earlier the sole reserve of men. A passionate soccer lover and an active seeker of challenges, she was a senior executive in a mining company and then one day soccer knocked on her door along with the world of sales.
A prestigious newspaper put as the headline in their editorial on her: The Woman who best sells soccer in Argentina. In 2008 she was summoned by the Pachuca Club of Mexico, due to her expertise and way of relating to the main players in the industry, to take charge of the Communication of the Club's History during the landing in Argentina.
Creator with the Foundation of Social Defense (FUDESO) of the First Forum of Development for Sports Equity (FID) supported by private companies and institutions like Buenos Aires Sports, Sports and Recreation of La Plata, etc, Argentina. Summoned to give form to FAMUD (Women’s Federation on Sports) belonging to the CAD, summoning the first references of Sports to give them knowledge of the project, Argentina.
Born marketer, she sees in advance what is coming or how she likes to say: where the ball is going to pass through. In 2012 she traveled to a World Soccer Fair that time in Brazil and she meet the executive who was managing Women's Soccer at FIFA at that time.
Tatjana Haenni saw in Carolina the person who was going to become a benchmark, change maker, trailblazing for this sport in Argentina. She trained her, guided her and taught her the phrase that Carolina repeats all the time: To Motivate is To Invest.
From that moment on, that already woman trained in education and expertise saw another path where she should leave her mark, Women's Soccer, that sport not seen, not considered, not made visible and began to knock on doors on the highest echelons of power and positions. All the No’s she found, she only treated them as the possible Yes’s of tomorrow - all she had to do was persevere and not give up. But life also wanted to play a game with her as she says - so when she got cancer, she had to leave everything in the field. But when her chemotherapy ended she was summoned by FIFA to work in the U-17 World Cup in Costa Rica in 2014. She accepted the Call - and gave herself the gift of courage and strength once again.
She wanted to connect Sports to the cause of Gender Equity and so she created the phrase that accompanies her since 2014 #NivelarLaCancha , which means #LevelTheField, and with which she expresses that she will continue working to narrow the inequality gap between men and women in sport. She created, organized, led in 2016 the 1st Latin American Congress on Women and Sports, which was supported by FIFA, Conmebol among so many associations and professionals in the industry inside and outside of the field of the world.
For three consecutive years she was a Jury for The Guardian newspaper, UK representing Latin America to choose the Best Player of the Year. Convened by She Kicks Magazine to make notes to Players of the Argentine National Women's National Team prior to the FIFA Women's World Cup in France 2016.
In 2017 she redoubled the bet, a Congress on Women's Soccer was never held in Argentina. She formed a team of women in the industry and thus the first event where soccer women had their own voice it took place in Rosario, Argentina. In 2018 she created and performed the first Women's Soccer Clinic in Argentina, giving prominence to the Players. She argued that people should see that women play soccer.
She looked for references from Boca and River main teams in Argentina and took them to Pinamar, coast of Argentina, and people flocked to see them. The excited players signed balls, t-shirts, they all looked at Carolina and said with their eyes ‘Sister, Thank you.’
In 2018 FIFA again called her to be the Jury of the pre-selection for the Best Female Soccer Player and Best Coach, of the BEST event, in England representing all Latin America. In 2019 and 2020, she became the first Women's Soccer Sponsorship Consultant in Argentina for Rexona Brand, which was a Sponsor of the Argentine Major Women's National Team, then AFA Women's Soccer League and the women's soccer team apparel of River and Boca.
She was chosen to speak on Personal Branding, Sports Marketing and Sports Sponsorship at the first Argentine Football Women's Coaches Congress and the 1st Latin American Football Women's Coaches Congress organized by ATFA. In 2021, she was called by Conmebol, South American Soccer Confederation to a Jury at the first Latin American Congress on Women's Soccer, Paraguay.
Carolina believes that One Woman arrives, all women arrive. The Player Scores Goals but the Team is the one that wins. Carolina loves to walk the road less travelled in the spirit of a true pioneer because she maintains that she has the capacity to achieve it and the conviction to score the Goal.
Above all, a dear Soul Sister with great reserve of enthusiasm, passion and perseverance to innovate and transform lives through the empowering platform of Sports.
12) Karen Duys
(G100 Global Chair - Education)
Karen Duys is a highly experienced senior advisor to governments and social organizations who has worked for governments at local, regional and international levels for over 30 years. She has been committed to concrete cooperation between governments (municipalities, ministries), institutions and small and medium-sized companies between the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world. She has greatly contributed to building Netherlands - India exchange.
During her work with the municipality of The Hague for more than 15 years, Karen put the cooperation with India on the Dutch agenda, resulting in many delegations led by the Mayor of Hague to Bangalore resulting in many MOUs with the State government of Karnataka in the areas of care, economy, water and infrastructure. For 10 years Karen also serves as senior advisor to the Mayor of Rotterdam and aldermen of various municipalities.
She also led the implementation of the noted Healthcare and Participation Act at the department of Health and Welfare of the City of the Hague, Netherlands, as well as at the Care, Welfare and Culture department of the province of North-Holland, Strategic Economic Projects Unit of the province of South Holland. Karen was elected as a member of the city council of the municipality of Rotterdam for more than 10 years.
She was the leader of a political party and member of special committees: Labour & Education, Economics & Urban development, Care & Welfare. She was a member of the confidential committee for the selection of the Mayor of Rotterdam municipality of Rotterdam.
She described her experiences of being a politician in the Dutch administrative & political system in a book entitled Dual of Duel. This book has been distributed among all Dutch representatives in the Netherlands and is used at the university for the students' Public Administration.
With a degree in Public Administration, having studied in Rotterdam and Leiden, Karen believes that the Netherlands and Europe can learn a lot from the innovation and strength that manifests itself in India. Conversely, the Netherlands and other European countries have lots to offer India as well.
Karen is also Founder and President of Eur India Connection, a Dutch—Indo organisation that works and builds an international network of organisations committed to sustainable projects. She is also the founder of the non-profit Planet Hope foundation which initiates educational and empowerment programs and provides vocational education, training, support and scholarship programmes in different communities in India, Peru & Ethiopia, enabling many young women to dream, learn, travel and explore, building their self-confidence and exposure in priceless ways.
In the last 10 years, thousands of youngsters & families were supported and guided to develop and use their talents to get jobs and start their own enterprises. These have branch offices in Bangalore with outreach to Pondicherry and Darjeeling.
She also serves on several advisory boards of civil society organizations in the Netherlands. Like the Arosa foundation, the largest women's shelter organization in Rotterdam; the Resto van Harte foundation, which is dedicated to combating social isolation and stimulating contact between local residents by setting up social restaurants; Mano foundation which stimulates youngsters to participate in society and creates the conditions for people to discover and use their talents and unique qualities; and Laurens Fund that supports projects and social initiatives that are aimed at receiving, strengthening, and social connection of marginalised and vulnerable people, especially young people and the elderly.
Above all, a dear Soul Sister with a mother’s selfless heart. No wonder all her young mentees call her Mom! For she cares for them as her own.
13) Dr. Anita Caprice Powell
(G100 Global Chair - Oneness & Wisdom)
Dr. Anita Caprice Powell is a Poet, Calligrapher and Wordsmith who embodies Oneness and Wisdom with her poised calm and composure that breathes balance and bliss. A poet and writer well before her teenage years, she speaks with Oracle-like energy that paints with her beautiful, powerful spoken performances the vision and imagination of our greater selves, igniting in her audiences the desire to enrich their own lives and that of others by embracing our universal oneness and the shared thought among cultures that there is no distance, no separateness between the Universe and us. Love and kindness connect us all.
No matter what culture, continent, creed we come from, she pours her creative gifts of movement, music, meditation and motivation into creating an alchemy of experience that moves and transforms.
She draws wisdom from all cultures and all parts of the world to bring home the message of Trust, Faith, Connectedness, Interdependence and our Oneness, providing a lease of life to those tormented with loneliness and alienation.
“What drives me,” she says is the suicide rate globally, which I believe is indicative of a Beautiful Soul being in a place and space a separateness from a higher source than herself. What drives me is the desire to bridge that gap of loneliness and despair, with the confidence of that powerful love that is imbued within the heart and soul of one and all.”
Above all, a dear Soul Sister who you can experience straight from the heart as she lives deep from her heart, with her endearing aura that loves all at all times.
14) Lakshmy Shankar
(G100 Global Chair - Business Networking)
Lakshmy Shankar is CEO & Founder Kaizen consult, a full-service Consulting Firm with a focus on Family Business Advisory, Diversity & Inclusion, Coaching and Training, Educational Services, Counselling, and a valued support for Women Economic Forum (WEF) events in Chennai and Bangalore. Formerly she was Head of Elizabeth Arden (A Unilever Company with WJ Towell Partnership in Oman) for Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Export to GCC Countries.
She also led Business Development at Al Omaneya Advertising, Ministry of Information, Government of the Sultanate of Oman. With cross-disciplinary Majors and Masters in Psychology, Sociology and Economics, she comes from a scholarly family lineage: her paternal great grandfather was a Vedic Scholar and a revered Guru.
Lakshmy is also an advisor to Chiguru Balavikasa Samasthe an NGO engaged in abolition and Rehabilitation of child Labour from the silk twisting industry of Magadi district near Bangalore, Karnataka. Passionate and purpose-driven, she embodies the infinite resourcefulness of her name - Lakshmy - which verily means wealth in every sense. A risk-taker who enjoys the process of creation and learning-on-the-go, she is our very own sorted and sensible sister who is ever in action and wants to make things happen with her natural skills and passion for Networking, Mentoring, Leadership Development, Project Management, Fundraising, Start Up Support and Business Development.
Her other professional strengths and work experiences include Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Training, Social Development Project Implementations, CSR Management, International and Domestic Fund Raising. International Digital Conferencing Expertise.
Above all, a dear Soul Sister who lends energy to everything around her with her powerful spirit of Yes We Can.
15) Mar Introini
(G100 Global Chair - Global Networking)
Mar Introini is a Barrister, Blogger and Political Analyst. An Italian citizen with a legal background as a former Public Attorney specialized in Minors Offenders as National Secretary position nominated by the Executive Board of the National Presidency with approval from the House of Representatives.
With a strong sense of independent thinking and constant learning and cross-cultural experience of living in different cities, as Montevideo, London, Brussels, Geneva, Malaga, Madrid, she brings an inclusive perspective around multiculturalism. She’s passionate about developing a reshaped model of globalization with a holistic approach toward building resilience and sustainability around societal vulnerabilities, which should be over and above political perspectives - as she learned in her work with a Political Party for 10 years.
As a leader with global goals, she is focused on building an innovative structure for the youth and open platform of engagement based on authentic connection and ethical leadership. She is an activist and Coordinator for Youth Associations regards youth policies for the Youth National Institute, a public institution of the Ministry of Education, and a Legal Adviser elaborating reports for disciplinary process for Government ́s employees and Ministry representation at Tribunals.
́She was also appointed as Legal Advisor for the Uruguayan Red Cross, Trainer on Sphere Project (Humanitarian Standards) and Teacher of International Humanitarian Law. Within a passion for lifelong learning she then studied for a Masters on “Europes' Solidarity Action” in Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain in which she finds a great space for exploring and thriving on Analysis and Research that was–and still is- her great passion.
She got a degree as an Expert on Development Cooperation, Migration, Refugees and Asylum and Humanitarian Aid. She has also worked on Corporate Social Responsibility with CSR Watch Spain.
She speaks four languages viz. Italian, English, French, Spanish. Her training courses on a variety of subjects such as Governance, Climate, Sustainability, European Culture, Political Economy, etc.
With prestigious institutions as the World Bank Institute, Columbia University, Yale University, HEC Paris, University of Geneva, University of Groningen, became the main drivers of content, research and analysis on her long-standing blog thesustainabilityreader.com. For personal circumstances she moved to Brussels, Belgium where she had the immense privilege to continue working with acknowledged international organizations like Eurodad, Action Aid, Oxfam.
Mar has the immense privilege to be a regular participant and Speaker on the great Caux Forum from Initiatives of Change Switzerland in which she has the opportunity to collaborate and extend her network across the world. The Caux Forum holds annual conferences, and gathers leaders from different cultures, backgrounds, and particular political positions that are totally opposite. A true creation of peace by conciliation and dialogue.
Above all, a dear Soul Sister who gives her ALL to every role and every task for nothing is too small in the grand design of change and transformation.
16) Mireille Toulekima
(G100 Global Chair - Engineering)
Mireille Toulekima is a senior Energy professional, Petroleum Engineer and Women Empowerment advocate. Mireille is the Managing Director of the Perth Australia-based energy company MT Energy Resources Ltd.
Her experience spans 4 continents as she worked on billion dollar projects for multinational, international and government companies across Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe in a range of technical and leadership roles for more than 20 years. She founded STEM Queens in Uganda and Australia in 2018 and 2020, respectively, with the objective to reach out and sponsor African and Indigenous Australian girls and women to embrace STEM and increase women's participation in STEM sectors.
STEM Queens has for objective to empower at least one million women and girls in STEM by 2025. She has published three books of which: “Local Content Key Enabler for Oil and Gas projects in Emerging Markets: Investing, Developing and Providing Oversight in Countries of Operation” which is now a reference book in universities and organisations across Europe and Africa.
Mireille serves as board member, Ambassador, global executive and partner to global and local organizations. She contributes to international leadership and technical causes, Think Tank groups and forums and has been a guest lecturer in several technical and leadership institutions and universities globally.
She is the recipient of several international awards for her commendable entrepreneurial contributions in the field of Energy Resources Management and Women Empowerment and in her services in promulgating entrepreneurship development and women empowerment across the globe.
Above all, a dear Soul Sister who is passionately devoted to mentoring and motivating young women to exceed and excel, bridging the gender gap, overcoming barriers and breaking the metaphorical glass ceiling.
17) Madi Sharma
(G100 Global Chair - Communication and Advocacy)
Madi Sharma is founder, Madi Group, a group of private companies and NGOs that started from a home kitchen and grew to two factories and ten companies. A member of The European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels representing the Employer’s Group and she was previously appointed to European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani’s Advisory Board for Industry & Enterprise. The strength of a nation lies in its women is the mantra for Madi’s NGO, the Women’s Economic & Social Think Tank (WESTT) which works on advocacy and policy development for parity, equity and for the empowerment of women and girls across the world. In May 2018, Madi was listed as one of the Apolitical’s 100 World Most Influential People in Gender Policy.
Madi is a recognised international speaker on entrepreneurship, trade policy, empowerment, leadership, valuing human capital, diversity, gender balance and corporate social responsibility. She is the author of a book, Madi No Excuses! and is a freelance journalist.
From a survivor of domestic violence to a change maker who wants to turn 7 billion ideas into action (one idea for everybody on the planet, she says), Madi refers to herself as a ‘social capitalist’ as she invests profits from her work into advocacy and socio-economic empowerment. With Gandhi as her role model, Madi is committed to being the change she wishes to see, and she adds, with no excuses.
She believes that “You have to go through the pain, you have to fight the battles, you have to struggle and you have to understand what it is ‘not to have’ in order to appreciate what you are capable of in the future, and that you do have value. You will never take anything for granted once you have been through these hardships and you will have compassion for those people who have been less fortunate than yourself.”
A dear Soul Sister who wins hearts and friends forever with her sincerity, integrity and courageous leadership.
18) Sharon Cittone
(G100 Global Chair - Food Innovation)
Sharon Cittone is one of Forbes’ most powerful women shaping the future of food. A visionary entrepreneur, she also sits on the Advisory Board of the World Food Programme in Italy, is a Mentor for both Rockstart Agrifood and the FoodTech Accelerator, and is often invited to speak and write on the topic of Food Innovation.
Sharon understood early on that her passion for healthy food was part of a much larger picture, and that challenges like climate change, food insecurity, waste, water conservation, and soil regeneration were intimately related and ripe for disruption. Using her extensive experience in communications and business, Sharon has been at the forefront of building and growing the global food and agtech ecosystem for the better part of a decade.
Her work with start-ups, corporations, investors, policymakers, institutions, and youth landed her the coveted Forbes title. Cittone believes in connecting the dots, creating opportunities for others, and facilitating the collaboration that will lead to systemic change within the food system.
She says, “The food system employs 40% of the global workforce, it touches many different industries from energy to logistics to packaging but its all connected and all I try to do is connect the dots and create opportunities for others.” This dedication to finding collaborative solutions and engaging the next generation has become the backbone of her new endeavor.
In 2021 Sharon founded Edible Planet Ventures, a holistic platform that aims to reshape our food system by convening leading voices and visionaries to collaborate and innovate around the most pressing challenges of today, and the future. Prior to launching her company, among other roles, Sharon served as the CCO for Seeds&Chips, leading content development, planning and executing the signature event - Global Food Innovation Summit - with 12,000 food industry leaders from across the world in Milan, consulting on high-level corporate strategies, open innovation methodologies, and growing into new markets such as the US and ANZ.
A dear Soul Sister who cares and serves with all her passion and might.
19) Annabella Nassetti
(G100 Global Chair - Design & Lifestyle)
Annabella Nassetti is an international luxury interior and product designer born and educated in Italy and living in London since 1997. She has worked on projects across the world and achieved a world-class reputation in delivering unique interiors for private clients and property developers for some of the most notable addresses in the UK and abroad viz. in the EU, California, Switzerland, and Indonesia - including that of Chalerm Yoovidhya, founder of the Red Bull energy drink; Sir Patrick Head, co-founder and former Engineering Director of the Williams Martini Formula One team; Patrick Crowley, Hollywood film producer of Bourne Ultimatum and Jurassic World; Pranav Trivedi Head of Skadden UK; Celebrity Chef, Judy Joo; and Sanaz Zaimi, CEO, Bank of America Europe.
Annabella's international background influences the way she sees things, as she understands and appreciates different cultures and their icons. Her design studio, A Living Concept, is a noted architecture atelier that specializes in transforming luxury properties in the UK and abroad.
Raised and trained as an industrial designer in the world’s design capital, Milan, Annabella Nassetti comes from a family of designers, and this deep-rooted expertise, along with a passion for engineering, is always present in her work guided by clean and clear lines. At work, her in-house team of builders is guided by a clear design philosophy: optimal use of space that is enhanced with a sophisticated and innovative use of materials and a strong visual sense, both ingenious and innovative and aligned with the essential principles of comfort, beauty, and functionality.
A dear Soul Sister who embodies excellence with a heart and a spirit to serve.
20) Bodil Valero
(G100 Global Chair - Security & Defence)
Bodil Valero is a former Member, Swedish Parliament, and European Parliament from 2014 until 2019. She is a member of the Green Party, part of the European Green Party.
At the EU Parliament, she served as the green coordinator in the Security and Defence Committee, and was also responsible for migration and foreign affairs, and later of global justice issues such as climate, peace, aid, trade, arms exports and more. She is committed to finding open, decent and humane policies as solutions to issues of economic migration including refugees, human rights and especially rights of minorities.
She aspires to reduce the risks of conflict, fight against poverty, and encourage fair trade and climate justice. Part of her past lies in Catalonia, where she started one of the very first ecological, organic crop farms high up in the mountains.
Bodil normally divides her time between Sweden and Catalonia where she also runs a sustainable hotel with the farm and is involved in an environmental organization with her husband. She graduated in Romance languages and Law from Uppsala University, and also taught drama and theater. She now works mostly with the parliamentary organisation AEPI (AFRICAN-EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARIANS INITIATIVE) where is Co-founder and board member, and leads along with Marion Verweij with whom she also co-authored the recent book, “Walking the Covid Tightrope. There’s always hope in the end.”
A dear, Soul Sister who is keenly interested and engaged in the process of change and transformation at all levels, and lends all her power with care and concern to community and co-creators.
21) Merlee Cruz-Jayme
(G100 Global Chair - Anti-Sexual Harassment)
Merlee Cruz-Jayme is one of the most influential women in the advertising industry. She is the Global President of dentsu mcgarrybowen and the “Chairmom” of Dentsu Jayme Syfu. She is the Jury President this year for Cannes Lions 2021 and is Cannes Lions’ 2nd ever Jury President from the Philippines. She is also the Dentsu Diversity Equity & Inclusion Head for Asia Pacific.
The 2019 Drum Global Ranking announced the top 100 Chief Creative Officers in the world, and there were only 8 women in the list - including our inspiring sister Merlee Jayme. She has been recognized as The Creative of the Year by Campaign Asia and the CEO of the year by the International Association of Business Communicators.
Her major awards include a Cannes Lion Grand Prix for Mobile, Grand CLIO, LIAA, The One Show and D&AD pencils. Beyond awards, she has led her agency to win key accounts: Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Shell fuels. Merlee is a sought-after international speaker and an opinion leader.
Her helpful videos during WFH showed "Creativity that means business" for the Cannes Lions "future gazers", Campaign's "Creativity at Home" , LIA's "Re-Packaging yourself" -a survival guide for creatives, during these trying times. Her talk for SPIKES this year is all about "The Brave New Normal" the trends of 2021 and beyond. One of CNN’s Leading Women, she is a seasoned judge in award shows, an author/illustrator of a handbook “Everyone Can Be Creative”, a mom to 4 creative girls, and an inspiration in breaking the glass ceiling in this mad men’s world.
A dear Soul Sister who walks and leads fearlessly, enabling all to move from the comfort zone to the courage zone.
22) Yanire Braña
(G100 Global Chair - Mentoring and Motivation)
Yanire Braña is the Founder and President, MET Community, MET is committed to Mentoring, Entrepreneurship, Technology, as a non-profit organization that supports and promotes women entrepreneurship around the globe. Yanire has extensive experience - over 20 years - in change management, training, mentoring and innovation.
Her former employers include the Work Bank Group, Inter-American Development Bank, Banco Popular, Accenture, and Booz Allen. Yanire says, “When I joined the financial sector, I felt that professional women were at a disadvantage in the workplace.
Yanire holds a Law degree from the University of Deusto, Master's degree in International Relations from the University of the Basque Country, and an MBA with concentration in eBusiness from IE Business School. Ms. Brana is currently a PhD candidate at Complutense University of Madrid.
Yanire has recently received a certification in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge. In addition, she holds certifications in Strategy from London Business School, Innovation Strategies from Harvard Business School, and Change Leadership from Georgetown University.
Yanire has been recognized by United Nations, Forbes, and has been recently nominated as one of the TOP 60 Women in the legal industry in Iberia. Yanire believes, “The power of mentoring is unlimited. Not only for mentees, but also for mentors.”
What started in 2008 with a few volunteers, has now grown to over 60 people strong organization across ten countries viz. Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Spain, and the US, offering mentoring, training, and networking activities.
When not devoting her time to raising her kids and growing MET, Yanire enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience teaching others as a lecturer at several universities in the US, Latin America, and Spain.
A dear Soul Sister with deep dedication and determination to enable and motivate the best in all.
23) Dr. Petra Kuenkel
(G100 Global Chair - Collective Stewardship)
Dr. Petra Kuenkel is the Executive Director, Collective Leadership Institute Executive Committee, International Club of Rome, Germany and South Africa. Petra Kuenkel is transformation psychologist and change management expert, and has been actively engaged in advancing the International Club of Rome for the past 6 years.
She is a thought leader and practitioner in fostering collective action for transformations to a world of human wellbeing and planetary health. With a unique combination of academic rigor and implementation experience she has an in-depth understanding of pathways to stewarding transformative change and understands barriers for change, such as the interconnectedness between the climate crisis and the current dominant economic system.
As the founder of the Collective Leadership Institute, an internationally active NGO, building transformation literacy and collaboration competency for transformative change, she has an in-depth knowledge of challenges in implementing global and local transformations. This includes a deep appreciation of the potential of human agency for accelerating the global changes needed as well as the role that transformative leadership can play in overcoming the current crisis.
A seasoned systems scientist, visionary author and expert in complex multi-stakeholder settings she promotes systems transformations by scaling-up collective stewardship skills for decision-makers. Based on successful transformation processes, she developed the dialogic change methodology and the Collective Leadership Compass, a guiding tool for navigating change in complex multi-actor settings.
Petra Kuenkel’s ground-breaking publications “Stewarding Sustainability Transformations (2019)”, “Leading Transformative Change Collectively (2020)” and “The Art of Leading Collectively (2016)” received international attention; her writings have appeared in numerous professional journals. Petra says, “Sustainability transformations hinge on a broad range of actors to organize around stewarding transformative change collectively. This will increasingly be the task of networks of networks that accelerate collective action.
Collective Stewardship is the key element that will take women into the power of co-creating wellbeing on a healthy planet.” A dear Soul Sister inspiring all to come together in co-creating a better world for all.
24) Dr. Barbara Baarsma
(G100 Global Chair - Sustainable Banking and Finance)
Prof. Dr. Barbara Baarsma is the CEO of Rabo Carbon Bank at Rabobank and a noted Dutch Economist. She says, “As a banker I feel like I’m a servant of the real economy.
With the Rabo Carbon Bank we are realizing a new business model for the bank with which we can accelerate the movement toward a climate-neutral economy and stimulate a future-proof food system. This is an excellent opportunity for our cooperative bank.
We are active throughout the food value chain. Not only do we have a global network in Food & Agri sectors, we also serve the major players in the market who want to address their CO2 emissions.
We will work together with them to reduce their emissions and offer them validated CO2 storage capabilities with the Carbon Bank. Before March 2021, she was CEO of Rabobank Amsterdam, taking up the post on 1 January 2019.
From 2016 to 2019 she was the Director of Knowledge Development at Rabobank where she headed RaboResearch. In this capacity she was responsible for the Rabobank-wide knowledge agenda and the development of the knowledge organization.
Alongside her work at Rabobank, Barbara Baarsma is Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Amsterdam. She is also the chair of the Bank Council of the Dutch Central Bank (Bankraad van DNB), a member of the Corporate Governance Code Monitoring Committee (Monitoring Commissie Corporate Governance Code), the Dutch Enterprise Committee (Nederlands Comité voor Ondernemerschap) and the Advisory Council for the Short Chains Taskforce (Taskforce Korte Keten).
Barbara is also a member of the National Icons Jury (Jury Nationale Iconen), the board of the Dutch Alzheimer’s Society (Stichting Alzheimer) and the Advisory Council of the DNB Academy (Raad van Advies DNB Academie). From April 2012 to the summer of 2019 she was the Crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (Sociaal-Economische Raad, SER).
Before joining Rabobank she was Managing Director of SEO Economic Research (SEO Economisch Onderzoek) and held a number of ancillary positions as member of the Supervisory Boards of Loyalis NV, Espria and Aon Groep Nederland bv, board member of KAS BANK Preference Share Trust (Stichting Preferente Aandelen Kas Bank) and member of the Advisory Board for Responsible Investment at PGGM. She was previously a supervisory director/internal supervisor at Woonzorg, St. Elisabeth TweeSteden Hospital and BNN broadcasting company and member of the audit committee of the FNV Trade Union Confederation (FNV Bondgenoten).
She is regularly asked to contribute her ideas in committees on ministerial policy issues. For example, she was chair of the Macro Management Tool Committee in specialist medical care set up by Minister Schippers, and was previously chair of the committee for Vertical Integration in the healthcare sector set up by Minister Klink.
She was also a member of the Visitation Committee for National Public Broadcasting Services (LPO), the Committee on the Structure of Dutch Banks (Commissie Structuur Nederlandse banken), the Committee Service Provision at Home (Commissie Dienstverlening aan huis), the Level Playing Fields for Industry Committee (Commissie Speelveldtoets) and the Circular Agriculture Earning Capacity Taskforce (Taskforce Verdienvermogen Kringlooplandbouw).
A dear Soul Sister who is transforming the sector and society with her visionary initiatives rooted in sustainability.
25) Sonia Bashir Kabir
(G100 Global Chair - IT services and Innovation)
Sonia Bashir Kabir is the Founder of SBK Tech Ventures, a licensed Venture Capital Fund and the Founder of SBK Foundation, a not for profit which empowers rural communities with technology in Bangladesh. She was earlier Managing Director of Microsoft for Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal Bhutan & Laos, where she also won the highly prestigious Founders award given by Bill Gates.
Educated & Trained in Silicon Valley, Sonia lived for 20 years in the Valley and worked for Fortune 500 companies Sun Microsystems & Oracle, in addition to working with Microsoft and Dell.
Sonia is also currently serving as Vice Chair & Governing Council Member of United Nations Technology Bank appointed by the UN Secretary General; Board Member of UNESCO's Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Education and Peace; Dell CXO Advisory Board member for Asia Pacific & Japan; Steering committee member, International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA); BRAC University Bangladesh, board member; Banglalink, a Telecommunications company owned by VEON; IPDC, a Non Banking Financial Institution (NBFI) and Shakti Foundation for disadvantaged women, a Micro Finance Institution (MFI). Recipient of many prestigious awards, Sonia was the first woman to receive the ICT Business Person of the Year Award from The Daily Star ICT Awards (biggest award platform in the country from the highest Selling English Daily); She was recognized as 1 of the 10 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) pioneers globally by United Nations Global Compact and was featured for a week in Times Square (Broadway Street) with the other SDG pioneers.
Sonia advocates digital literacy and skills for women in Bangladesh to help them participate more fully in the IT workforce. Her foundation partnered with Young Bangla and established Tech Hubs in sixty-four districts of Bangladesh, with all the Tech Hubs being live now.
She says, "I dream of establishing 100,000 Tech Hubs – in all the villages in our country. I want to provide 'assisted technology' through community youth leaders to rural residents so that anyone can have access to the internet and technology – be it for an online medical or legal service, online shopping or e-learning."
A dear Soul Sister with resolute determination to bring resourcefulness to every section of society by harnessing the power of digital connectivity and innovation.
26) Cindy Warner
(G100 Global Chair - Information Technology)
Cindy Warner is a technology leader, with two stints at IBM, and a decade at FEDEX, Cindy has spent her entire career applying leading technologies to solve operational challenges in global enterprises. A trusted advisor to past “C- level executives” at GE, Microsoft, HP, Time Warner Cable, Northern Trust, Delphi, Dupont, and over 40 other Global 1000 clients, her most recent challenge was transforming service and support at NetApp to enable this leading storage vendor to move to the cloud.
She helped develop cloud advisory services for Salesforce and PwC, and leads tech for sales, service, support and operations within Global 1000 organizations, the largest of which contributed over $2B in annual revenue and led global business transformation and software integration practices with over 2000 team members. Currently, she is a global leader in Amazon Web Services, helping customers leverage the cloud to transform their business.
She is highly skilled in developing, commercializing and monetizing Cloud Computing and Web 2.0 solutions including SaaS and PaaS technologies, direct line P&L management performing both strategic and tactical roles and in using both process and technology as levers to transform business units within organizations. A tireless champion for diversity via improving women in technology, Cindy has served as the President of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology and has spent decades working with various organizations to improve the representation of women in technology.
She served on the non-profit boards of Special Olympics, Gift of Adoption, and Peace, giving voices to both children and women in the hope of changing their outcomes. In her spare time she enjoys anything outdoors, be it hiking, biking, backpacking, or snowshoeing. Cindy resides virtually from her homes in both California or Michigan.
A dear Soul Sister brimming with positive energy and confidence to share her gifts and talents in service of the greater good.
27) Dr. Sanja Popovic Pantic
(G100 Global Chair - Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises)
Dr. Sanja Popovic Pantic is Leading innovation in SME sector and female entrepreneurship. She is the President of the biggest national association of female entrepreneurs in Serbia running since 1998. During that time, nearly 200 projects have been realized in strengthening female entrepreneurial initiatives, projects, start up and established companies.
She obtained PhD in female entrepreneurship in 2013. at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
She has been chairing Woman’s Entrepreneurship Group within the EU funded project Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) since May 2015. She is the author of two books based on the research of female entrepreneurship in Serbia viz.: “From vulnerable to sustainable group” – how to overcome poverty among women through self-employment in 2007 , “Sustainability of female businesses”, which was published in 2010.
She has been engaged also as UN Women expert in their project “Advancing women’s economic and social rights in Serbia.” Currently, she is engaged as the Sustainability expert by Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) which is the appointment within the EEN’s new expert group on sustainability support to SMEs.
She completed a few comparative studies in female entrepreneurship, including the latest one relates to SME’s access to supply chain in the Balkan countries. She is promoting actively gender equality in supply chains.
US Embassy in Serbia nominated her for The World of Difference 100 Award, which has been delivered to Sanja by The International Alliance for Women in 2012. In the same year, she has been awarded with the national award in entrepreneurship development by “PLANETA BIZNIS”.
“She has been awarded by the Ministry of Economy in Serbia for the Special contribution to female entrepreneurship in Serbia. She has also been honored by the regional prize "Creators for centuries" in 2015 and "The best businesswoman of the year" in 2017 delivered by the noted national Foundation “Captain Miša Anastasijević“.
She adds in an interview, “I think it is high time to ask ourselves what we can do to place our skills, knowledge and experience, even if only briefly, in the function of promoting something that certainly won’t bring us money, but will undoubtedly improve our quality of life and bring smiles back to our faces”.
A dear Soul Sister pioneering change with high energy and bringing hopes to life with engaged leadership.