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Athena40 Forum 

‘Women Leading the Way’

*Date TBC
LONDON

Dear Friends, the Athena40 Forum and Gala planned for April 23rd, 2020 as well as all Athena40-related events are currently put on hold due to the global Coronavirus-related crisis.

These are unprecedented times and all of us are concerned over the spread of Coronavirus. We are following the UK Government's as well as WHO regulations and cancelling any gatherings.
In these challenging times, our thoughts and prayers go to everyone who has been affected and has lost loved ones and friends.  We wish to also recognise the extraordinary efforts of medical staff the world over.

Our conversations and efforts continue and the need to discuss and find new leadership models that include more women in decision making and in our economies will be even more urgent when this crisis is over.

Please stay safe. We brace for this crisis with solidarity, accountability and courage.


On behalf of the Global Thinkers Forum/Athena40 Board,


Elizabeth Filippouli
Founder/CEO​

What is the Athena40 Forum & Gala?

 

Global Thinkers Forum will host the inaugural 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 ‘Women Leading the Way’.

 

The Forum Day will be hosted at the British Library in London and in partnership with the Evening Standard, featuring internationally renowned speakers and influencers.

The Day will culminate in a glamorous and meaningful Gala Dinner to celebrate the accomplishments of the Athena40 women, drawing further attention to their work.

 

Leaders, intellectuals, luminaries, personalities, celebrities, philanthropists, friends and partners of Global Thinkers Forum and Athena40 from all over the world are expected to attend.

Selected Invited Speakers & High-Level Guests

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak

Author, Columnist, Speaker & Academic

Tim Willcox

Tim Willcox

International News Broadcaster, BBC World News

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

President, The Royal Scientific Society

Dame Steve Shirley

Dame Steve Shirley

IT Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

June Sarpong OBE

June Sarpong OBE

Director, Creative Diversity BBC

Livia Firth

Livia Firth

Founder, Green Carpet Challenge (GCC)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE

Chancellor, Regents University London

Silvana Koch-Mehrin

Silvana Koch-Mehrin

President & Founder, Women Political Leaders (WPL)

Vicky Pryce

Vicky Pryce

Chief Economic Adviser, CEBR

Anya Hindmarch CBE

Anya Hindmarch CBE

Fashion Designer & Founder, Anya Hindmarch

Mariane Pearl

Mariane Pearl

Journalist & Author

HE Yamina Karitanyi

HE Yamina Karitanyi

High Commissioner of Rwanda

Doug Wills

Doug Wills

Managing Editor, London Evening Standard

Elizabeth Filippouli

Elizabeth Filippouli

Founder & CEO, Athena40 & Global Thinkers Forum

HE Reem Abdel Rahim BinKaram

HE Reem Abdel Rahim BinKaram

Director, Nama Women Advancement Establishment

Helen Disney

Helen Disney

Founder, Unblocked Events

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen

Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology

Senait Fisseha

Senait Fisseha

Director, Susan Buffet Foundation

Eva Kaili

Eva Kaili

Head Greek SD Delegation in European Parliament

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE

Vice President, Facebook EMEA

Baroness Valerie Amos CH, PC

Baroness Valerie Amos CH, PC

Director, SOAS University of London

HRH Sayyida Basma Al Said

HRH Sayyida Basma Al Said

Founder, Whispers of Serenity Clinic for Mental Health

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

Commonwealth Secretary-General

Dr. Rebecca Thomley

Dr. Rebecca Thomley

CEO, Orion Associates

Nurdeniz Tuncer

Nurdeniz Tuncer

Owner, Law firm of Nurdeniz Tuncer

Basma Alawee

Basma Alawee

Co-Founder, WeaveTales

Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE

Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE

Group Chief Executive, The Prince's Trust

Geraldine Sharpe-Newton

Geraldine Sharpe-Newton

Global Communications Consultant

Annabel Karmel MBE

Annabel Karmel MBE

Entrepreneur & Best-selling International Author

Sharon Schweitzer, J.D.

Sharon Schweitzer, J.D.

Cultural Business Expert & Author, Access to Culture

Lili Hall

Lili Hall

CEO, KNOCK Inc

Mohamed Amersi

Mohamed Amersi

Chairman, Amersi Foundation

Deema Bibi

Deema Bibi

CEO, Injaz

Leonor Stjepic

Leonor Stjepic

CEO, Montessori Group

Ayesha Hazarika MBE

Ayesha Hazarika MBE

Journalist & Broadcaster

Ciara Hurley-Stewart

Ciara Hurley-Stewart

Head of Partnerships, Asprey

Dr. Najah Alotaibi

Dr. Najah Alotaibi

Researcher & Journalist

Dominic McVey

Dominic McVey

CEO, Hela Clothing

Veronica Chou

Veronica Chou

Founder & CEO, Everybody & Everyone

Adel Darwish

Adel Darwish

Journalist, Broadcaster & Author

Naseem Lahri

Naseem Lahri

Managing Director, Lucara Botswana

Dr Jane Thomason

Dr Jane Thomason

CEO, Fintech Worldwide

Shainoor Khoja

Shainoor Khoja

Managing Director, Better Business Enterprise (BBE)

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

CEO, Above Whispers Media Group

Jung Chang

Jung Chang

Author

John O'Brien MBE

John O'Brien MBE

EMEA Managing Partner, Omnicom’s ‘ONE HUNDRED’

Fang-Jui Chang

Fang-Jui Chang

Consultant, Public Digital Innovation Space, Taiwan

Claudia Romo Edelman

Claudia Romo Edelman

Founder, We Are All Human Foundation

 
Athena40 Forum Programming Themes

(Additional programming themes will be announced)

 

  • New Leadership Models for our Transforming World (Governance & Society)

  • Let’s Profit Ethically, Let’s Thrive with Purpose 

  • The XX Factor in Technology & Innovation (Tech for Good)

  • The Future of Wealth: Values-driven Investing (Social Impact)

  • Fashion vs. Sustainability (UN SDGs/ Society)

  • Information Crisis: Can Media Restore Trust? 

What is the format of the Conference?

The Athena40 Forum will run from 9am-4pm followed by the evening Athena40 Celebration Gala commencing at 6pm.  The day of conversations consists of keynote speeches, panel discussions, interviews with experts, and breakout sessions. Exchange of ideas and networking are highly important to successful outcomes of the Forum so opportunities to do so will be provided throughout the day.

 

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.

 

Agenda Forum - Date TBC*

(*Agenda is subject to change)

7.30-9.00am

Registration and networking

9.00-9.30am

Opening remarks from Global Thinkers Forum & the Evening Standard

Elizabeth Filippouli - Founder & CEO, Athena40 & Global Thinkers Forum

Doug Wills - Managing Editor, Evening Standard

9.30-10.30am

A world in flux:

Exploring new Leadership models for our transforming world

Elif Shafak – Multi Award-Winning Author & Activist
Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE - Chancellor, Regents University London
Silvana Koch-Mehrin– President & Founder, Women Political Leaders
Adel Darwish – Political Journalist & Fleet Street veteran
June Sarpong OBE – BBC’s Director of Creative Diversity
Basma Alawee – Humanitarian, Writer & Activist
CHAIR: Elizabeth Filippouli – Founder & CEO, Athena40 & Global Thinkers Forum 

(15' Break)

10.45-11.30am

Let’s profit ethically, let’s thrive with purpose

Panel discussion on Female Entrepreneurship for Social Impact


HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan - President, The Royal Scientific Society

Lili Hall - CEO, KNOCK Inc

CHAIR: John O'Brien MBE - EMEA Managing Partner, Omnicom’s ‘ONE HUNDRED’

 

More Panellists TBC

11.45-12.30pm

The XX Factor in Technology & Innovation

Panel discussion on Pioneering Women in Technology produced by Unblocked Events

Eva Kaili - Head of the Greek SD Delegation in the European Parliament

Vicky Pryce - Economist, Author 'Women vs. Capitalism'

Dr Jane Thomason - CEO, Fintech Worldwide

Fang-Jui Chang - Consultant, Public Digital Innovation Space, Taiwan

CHAIR: Helen Disney - Founder, Unblocked Events

More Panellists TBC

Keynote Speech

Dame Stephanie 'Steve' Shirley - IT Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

12.30pm-1.15pm

Networking Lunch

1.15-2.00pm

The Future of Wealth: Values-driven Investing

Panel discussion on Philanthropy for Social Impact - Sponsored by UBS

Panellists TBC

2.00-2.45pm

Fashion vs. Sustainability

Panel Discussion - Sponsored by Adoreum

Livia Firth - Founder, Green Carpet Challenge (GCC)
Veronica Chou - Founder & CEO, Everybody & Everyone
Anya Hindmarch CBE - Fashion Accessories Designer & Founder, Anya Hindmarch
Dominic McVey - CEO, Hela Clothing

More Panellists TBC

2.45-3.00pm

Coffee Break

3.00-3.45pm

Information Crisis: Can Media restore trust?

Panel Discussion Produced by The Evening Standard

Mariane Pearl - Journalist & Author

Jung Chang - Author

 

More Panellists TBC

3.45-4.00pm

Closing Remarks & Announcements

 

The Venue

The British Library

96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and gives access to the world’s most comprehensive research collection. It provides information services to academic, business, research and scientific communities.

The collection of over 170 million items includes artefacts from every age of written civilisation. The Library keeps the nation’s archive of printed and digital publications, adding around three million new items to its collection every year.

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