Athena40 Forum 

‘Leadership in a New World’

9th December
Online

We are delighted to announce that the Athena40 Forum will be going ahead in an online format on 9th December, 2020. 

 

 

What is the Athena40 Forum?

 

The Athena40 Forum will bring together decision makers from all over the world for a day of conversations dedicated to the impact of women in making positive changes in our societies. The theme of the Forum is ‘Leadership in a New World: Compassion, Competence, Confidence’.

 

The Forum Day will involve several thought-provoking panels and dedicated networking sessions. Leaders, intellectuals, luminaries, personalities, celebrities, philanthropists, friends and partners of Global Thinkers Forum and Athena40 from all over the world are expected to attend.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to this most inspiring and meaningful event.

Selected Invited Speakers & High-Level Guests

Dame Stephanie Shirley

Dame Stephanie Shirley

Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE

Chancellor, Regents University London

Rosalía Arteaga

Rosalía Arteaga

First Female President of Ecuador

Marc Ventresca

Marc Ventresca

Professor, Strategic Management, Saïd Business School

Elizabeth Filippouli

Elizabeth Filippouli

Founder & CEO, Athena40 & Global Thinkers Forum

Silvana Koch-Mehrin

Silvana Koch-Mehrin

President & Founder, Women Political Leaders (WPL)

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen

Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology

Doug Wills

Doug Wills

Managing Editor, London Evening Standard

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

President, Royal Scientific Society

The Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu Van Furth

The Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu Van Furth

ED, Tutu Teach Foundation

Janet C. Salazar

Janet C. Salazar

President, FSUN

Vicky Pryce

Vicky Pryce

Chief Economic Adviser, CEBR

Shainoor Khoja

Shainoor Khoja

Managing Director, Better Business Enterprise (BBE)

Helen Disney

Helen Disney

Founder, Unblocked Events

Shamim Sarif

Shamim Sarif

Author & Film Director

Leonor Stjepic

Leonor Stjepic

CEO, Montessori Group

Nnenna Nwakanma

Nnenna Nwakanma

Global Ambassador, World Wide Web Foundation

Dominic McVey

Dominic McVey

Social Entrepreneur

Priya Guha

Priya Guha

Venture Partner, Merian Ventures

Deema Bibi

Deema Bibi

CEO, Injaz

Linda Duberley

Linda Duberley

Writer & Broadcaster

Akinwole Omoboriowo II

Akinwole Omoboriowo II

CEO, Genesis Group

Dr Jane Thomason

Dr Jane Thomason

CEO, Fintech Worldwide

Veronica Chou

Veronica Chou

Founder & CEO, Everybody & Everyone

Muna AbuSulayman

Muna AbuSulayman

Businesswoman & Activist

HE Mr Manoah Esipisu

HE Mr Manoah Esipisu

High Commissioner of Kenya to the UK

The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP

The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP

Former Under Secretary of State, MoD

Dr Radha Basu

Dr Radha Basu

Founder, iMerit

Rita Payne

Rita Payne

President, Emeritus Commonwealth Journalists Association

Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman

Entrepreneur

Helen Alderson

Helen Alderson

Head of Regional Delegation to the UK & Ireland, ICRC

Peter Kellner

Peter Kellner

Journalist & Pollster

Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis

Author

Shawn McQueen-Ruggeiro

Shawn McQueen-Ruggeiro

ED, Just Like My Child Foundation

Stephanie Gnissios

Stephanie Gnissios

COO, Climate Risk Services

John O'Brien

John O'Brien

Managing Partner EMEA, OMNICOM - UK

Sarah Mintey MBE

Sarah Mintey MBE

CEO, Developing Experts

Marcus Watson

Marcus Watson

Co-Founder, Adoreum Partners

Max Gottschalk

Max Gottschalk

Founding Partner, Ocean 14 Capital

Julie MacDonald

Julie MacDonald

Broadcaster/Strategy Director

Dr Mara Harvey

Dr Mara Harvey

Head of Client Services, UBS Global Wealth Management

Maya Ziswiler

Maya Ziswiler

Head of Programs & Social Finance, UBS

Amira El-Aghel

Amira El-Aghel

Student Trustee, International Montessori Institute

Yasmin Pakzad

Yasmin Pakzad

Entrepreneur, Wellbeing Activist & Speaker

Erika Ender

Erika Ender

Singer-Songwriter & Founder, Fundación Puertas Abiertas

Paola Diana

Paola Diana

Entrepreneur & Author

Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir

Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir

Founder, PossibleX

Tessy de Nassau

Tessy de Nassau

Entrepreneur

Marco Vicenzino

Marco Vicenzino

Global Affairs Commentator

Nayantara Watsa

Nayantara Watsa

Director, Innovative Financing, Living Goods

Heather Brooke

Heather Brooke

Author & Campaigning Journalist

Martin Bentham

Martin Bentham

Home Affairs Editor, The Evening Standard

 
 
Athena40 Forum Programming Themes

(Additional programming themes will be announced)

 

  • Technology for Good

  • The Future of Wealth

  • New Leadership Models in a New World

  • Nurturing Innovative Minds

  • Media & Trust

  • Global Women of Social Impact

  • Ethics & Accountability in Business

  • Kindness in Leadership in Times of Crisis

What is the format of the Conference?

The Athena40 Forum will run from 10am-7pm GMT. The day of conversations consists of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and breakout sessions.

 

Who is the Audience?

 

Executives and leaders in business, philanthropy, academia, science, civil society, government and the arts will attend the Athena40 Forum and Gala. These established leaders share an understanding of the importance and benefit of stepping outside their own spheres of influence to discuss important issues with leaders whom they would not normally engage. They are future-thinkers and visionaries with a shared mission to progress goals towards gender equality.

The Athena40 initiative focuses on strengthening the role of women worldwide. We promote female leadership creating opportunities for women to be recognised, access new networks, knowledge and partnerships.​

 

Agenda Forum - 9th December 2020

(*Agenda is subject to change)

9.55-10.00am

Elizabeth Filippouli - Founder of Athena40 - Launches the Forum

10.00-10.45am

Technology For Good produced by Unblocked

The global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the critical role of science technology and innovation in better understanding, containing, curing and preventing pandemics. The conversation will also visit technology trends that can help build a resilient society, as well as considerations about their effects on how we do business, how we trade, how we work, how we produce goods, how we learn, how we seek medical services and how we entertain ourselves.

Speakers:

Helen DisneyCEO, Unblocked (Chair)

Dr Jane Thomason, CEO, Fintech Worldwide

Janet C. SalazarPresident, FSUN

Nnenna NwakanmaGlobal Ambassador, World Wide Web Foundation

Priya GuhaVenture Partner, Merian Ventures

Vicky PryceChief Economic Advisor, CEBR

15' networking

11.00-11.45am

The Future of Wealth produced by UBS

Women are gaining influence and stature in nearly every sphere of society. Yet despite their progress, inequality persists. As women embrace their economic potential, they are increasingly able to address these imbalances through the choices they make with their wealth. Whether as an individual, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist or an investor, women can help change lives. Building on UBS Optimus Foundation's experience, we will explore the potential of blended finance, combining philanthropy and investing to attract more and better funding to reach the UN SDGs.

Speakers:

Maya ZiswilerHead of Programs & Social Finance, UBS (Chair)

Mara Harvey, Head of Client Services, Global Wealth Management, UBS

Nayantara Watsa, Director, Innovative Financing, Living Goods

15' networking

Keynote Speech: New Leadership Models: Compassion, Competence, Confidence by Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

12.00-12.15pm
12.15-13.15pm

New Leadership Models in a New World produced by Athena40

They say that the chain of socioeconomic events that marked the first decade of the Millennium, would not have happened if women were at the helm. Because women bring compassion, patience and a collaborative leadership style, values which our world is missing. This panel will explore the ‘female’ virtues that we have seen shine over the past few months, as effective leadership practices and as such have attracted praise during the pandemic.

Speakers:

Elizabeth FilippouliFounder & CEO, Global Thinkers Forum (Chair)

Rosalía ArteagaFirst Female President of Ecuador

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El HassanPresident, Royal Scientific Society Jordan

Lord Michael HastingsChancellor, Regents University London

Silvana Koch-MehrinPresident & Founder, Women Political Leaders

Professor Saskia SassenRobert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology

Tobias Ellwood MPMember of Parliament

15' networking

1.30-2.15pm

Nurturing Innovative Minds produced by Montessori Group

For educators, the COVID-19 Pandemic is a quintessential adaptive and transformative challenge, one for which there is no preconfigured playbook that can guide appropriate responses. Education leaders must swiftly design responses – and with specific contexts in mind – as the pandemic runs its course. This conversation will explore how different educational institutions and tech platforms across the globe have handled the urgent educational needs and new learning models that are emerging.

Speakers:

Leonor Stjepic, CEO, Montessori Group

Deema Bibi, CEO, INJAZ

Dr Radha Basu, Founder, iMerit

Stephanie Gnissios, COO, Climate Risk Services

Sarah Mintey MBE, CEO, Developing Experts

Amira El-Aghel, Student Trustee, Montessori Institute

James ArcherMontessori Institute

15' networking

2.30-3.15pm

Media & Trust produced by The Evening Standard

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented public health crisis. It is becoming increasingly clear that people’s behavioural responses during this fast-changing pandemic are associated with their preferred media sources. The polarisation of media has been reflected in politically motivated messaging around the coronavirus by some media outlets. This resulted in different messaging around the risks of infection and behavioural changes necessary to mitigate that risk. This conversation will focus on the grave concern of waning trust in our societies -and the role of media.  

Speakers:

Doug Wills, Managing Editor, London Evening Standard (Chair)

Rita Payne, President, Emeritus Commonwealth Journalists Association

Peter KellnerJournalist & Pollster

Martin Bentham, Home Affairs Editor at the Evening Standard

Heather BrookeAuthor & Campaigning Journalist

15' networking

3.30-4.15pm

Global Women of Social Impact

A woman alone has power; women, together, have impact. Raising each other up and channeling the power of collaboration is truly how women can change the equation—and have a lot more fun along the way! This panel will bring together fascinating women from around the world.

Speakers:

Linda DuberleyWriter & Broadcaster (Chair)

Muna AbuSulaymanBusinesswoman & Activist

Shainoor KhojaManaging Director, Better Business Enterprise (BBE)

Shamim SarifAuthor & Film Director

Yasmin PakzadEntrepreneur

Paola Diana, Author & Entrepreneur

Erika Ender, Founder, Fundación Puertas Abiertas

Tessy de Nassau, Entrepreneur

15' networking

4.30-5.15pm

Ethics & Accountability in Business produced by Adoreum Partners

Impact Investing is about using your money to make a positive impact in the world whilst generating an investment return. Sometimes referred to as ethical investing, it incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) values into the investment process. This way we can make the world a better place, and address some of societies biggest challenges: from pandemics to climate change to gender equality. How can we achieve a mindset shift towards profiting and thriving with a social purpose?

Speakers:

Dominic McVeySocial Entrepreneur (Chair)

H.E. Mr Manoah EsipisuHigh Commissioner Republic of Kenya to the United Kingdom

Veronica ChouFounder & CEO, Everybody & Everyone

Max GottschalkFounding Partner, Ocean 14 Capital

Marcus WatsonCo-Founder, Adoreum Partners

Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir, Founder of PossibleX

15' networking

5.30-5.45pm

Keynote Speech on "Social Entrepreneurship as a Global Imperative"

- by Jeff Hoffman

6.00-6.45pm

Kindness in Leadership in Times of Crisis

The struggle that leaders face in holding the complexity of challenging situations and the contingent nature of these characteristics in mind and in heart highlights the need for deep-seated belief in the value of kindness. Embedding this belief in practice does not take a single form, nor does it rely on a single characteristic. Instead, it is the work of integrating elements of kindness into a personal leadership strategy and an individual discipline and practice. 

Speakers:

Dr Marc VentrescaProfessor Strategic Management, Saïd Business School (Chair)

Chris LewisCEO & Founder, Team Lewis

Helen AldersonHead of Regional Delegation to the UK & Ireland, ICRC

John O'BrienPhilanthropist & Author

Akinwole Omoboriowo II, CEO, Genesis Energy Group

Shawn RuggeiroExecutive Director, Just Like My Child Foundation

6.45pm

Exclusive Musical Performance from Erika Ender

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