Nominations Categories

In February 2020 ATHENA40 announced 120 most forward thinking women from all over the world as they were nominated and selected through a merit-based process. These are women who have demonstrated passion, purpose and excellence in the below categories. The Athena40 Global List received nominations from the public and voting was conducted by a panel of independent, international judges.

Athena40 is an initiative launched by the Global Thinkers Forum, a London-based organization focusing on three areas: accountability in leadership, women's empowerment and youth development.

Athena40 is part of our ongoing efforts and commitment to identify and recognise innovative female thinking and promote new role models.

Here you can see the 120 women who have made it to the 2020 shortlist. The 40 most influential ones have been announced on April 23 2021.