Athena40 List

ATHENA40 is the first-ever global selection of some of the world's most forward thinking women who create positive change in their societies and industries and also support other women and girls to thrive.

ATHENA40 is a jury-based list of pioneering women in their field and it is merit-based.

By adopting an entrepreneurial approach we mean enabling women to be open and curious. Entrepreneurs ask questions. They are open to risk and they rise above failure.

Entrepreneurial thinking has no limitations, yet the answer always lies in other people. ATHENA40 recognises women who embrace entrepreneurial thinking regardless of their professional realm, expertise or aspirations.

The idea to look for and celebrate the world's most forward thinking women, was born initially from conversations between world acclaimed author and activist Elif Shafak and journalist and social entrepreneur Elizabeth Filippouli.

We are inviting, involving and engaging everyone who understands the value of entrepreneurial thinking and the necessity and importance to proactively support women to thrive.