The 3rd Athena40 Global Conversation

Female Leadership in Times of Crises

Engaging high-impact women from around the world and marking

International Women’s Day 2021


March 8, 2021 at 13.30 GMT


We are delighted to announce the 3rd Athena40 Global Conversation to take place on March 8 2021 at 13.30. The theme this year will focus on ‘Female Leadership in Times of Crises’.

Throughout 2020, a year unlike any other, female leaders in Asia, Europe and around the world have been recognised for their strong decisive action and empathy.  

3rd GC page photo_3.jpg

Still, women account for fewer than 7% of the world’s leaders, 24% of politicians and fewer than 5% of Fortune 500 Chief Executive Officers.


Athena40 will connect women leaders live from the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa to discuss the virtues of female leadership and how women can bring back trust, vision and accountability in a world that is so uncertain.

Cities and speakers to be announced over the next weeks.

Launched by the London-based non-profit Global Thinkers Forum, Athena40 is a platform connecting and recognising women from around the world. In 2018 at UNESCO in Paris it launched the first ever global list of some of the world’s most forward-thinking women nominated by the public and voted by a panel of 58 independent, international judges.

Athena40 has been created as a platform to democratise recognition for women and bring to the spotlight grassroots women and women making an impact.


Among the speakers over the previous years have been award-winning author, film director and LGBTQ rights activist Shamim Sharif, leading Economist and author of ‘Women vs. Capitalism’, Vicky Pryce, Rwanda’s High Commissioner, Yamina Karitanyi, BBC World presenter Tim Willcox, Athena40 Founder/Journalist Elizabeth Filippouli, MPs, Ambassadors and civil society leaders.

They all connected live from London to other panels in Amman, Beirut, Istanbul, Karachi, Athens, Joburg and Irvine, California to get a sense of what challenges women need to overcome across different societies and cultures, but also to record calls to action.