The 2020 Athena40 List

(in alphabetical order)

The Athena40 Global List 2020 is the first-ever merit-based selection of some of the world's most forward-thinking women. The women below create positive change in their industries or countries. We aspire to draw international attention also to those role models who are less known.
Any woman can be nominated by the public. The 120 shortlisted powerhouses below have been voted by a panel of 58 independent, international judges.​
The 40 most influential ones, as decided by our judges, will be announced at the Athena40 Gala.

Her Majesty Queen Rania

Her Majesty Queen Rania

Athena40 Supporting Female Entrepreneurship

Ola Abu Al Ghaib

Ola Abu Al Ghaib

Athena40 Positive Impact

Dr Menna Abukhadra

Dr Menna Abukhadra

Athena40 Women as Peacemakers

Bisi Adeleye Fayemi

Bisi Adeleye Fayemi

Athena40 Women-led Philanthropy

Aya Aghabi

Aya Aghabi

Athena40 Positive Impact

Ahlam Akram

Ahlam Akram

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Folorunso Alakiya

Folorunso Alakiya

Athena40 Supporting Female Entrepreneurship

Basma Alawee

Basma Alawee

Athena40 Women as Peacemakers

Mais Aljunaidy

Mais Aljunaidy

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Ghada Amer

Ghada Amer

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari

Athena40 Ethics in Business

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern

Athena40 Women as Peacemakers

Susan Aref

Susan Aref

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Hanan Ashrawi

Hanan Ashrawi

Athena40 Women as Peacemakers

Manal Ataya

Manal Ataya

Athena40 Positive Impact

Cecilia Attias

Cecilia Attias

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Judi Aubel

Judi Aubel

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Athena40 Original Thinking

Laura Jordan Bambach

Laura Jordan Bambach

Athena40 Supporting Female Entrepreneurship

Abisola Barber

Abisola Barber

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Barbie - The Doll

Barbie - The Doll

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Sadiqa Basiri Saleem

Sadiqa Basiri Saleem

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Baroness Karren Brady

Baroness Karren Brady

Athena40 Women-led Philanthropy

Francesca Bria

Francesca Bria

Athena40 Women in AI & Blockchain

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Kesha Cash

Kesha Cash

Athena40 Ethics in Business

Sunitha Chandrasekhar Srinivas

Sunitha Chandrasekhar Srinivas

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Jung Chang

Jung Chang

Athena40 Original Thinking

Jazmin Chi Aguillon

Jazmin Chi Aguillon

Athena40 Positive Impact

Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney

Athena40 Women-led Philanthropy

Mercedes Colwin

Mercedes Colwin

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Duchess of Cornwall

Duchess of Cornwall

Athena40 Women-led Philanthropy

Geena Davis

Geena Davis

Athena40 Original Thinking

Tessy de Nassau

Tessy de Nassau

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Wendy Diamond

Wendy Diamond

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Paola Diana

Paola Diana

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Simay Dinc

Simay Dinc

Athena40 Supporting Female Entrepreneurship

Bineta Diop

Bineta Diop

Athena40 Women as Peacemakers

Dame Linda Dobbs

Dame Linda Dobbs

Athena40 Positive Impact

Jennifer Doudna

Jennifer Doudna

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Qabale Duba

Qabale Duba

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Erika Ender

Erika Ender

Athena40 Positive Impact

Audette Exel

Audette Exel

Athena40 Ethics in Business

Lucy Findlay MBE

Lucy Findlay MBE

Athena40 Supporting Female Entrepreneurship

Senait Fisseha

Senait Fisseha

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

Athena40 Positive Impact

Rocio Fonseca

Rocio Fonseca

Athena40 Supporting Female Entrepreneurship

Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates

Athena40 Women-led Philanthropy

Julia GIllard

Julia GIllard

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Tatiana Goncharova

Tatiana Goncharova

Athena40 Positive Impact

Emma Gonzalez

Emma Gonzalez

Athena40 Women as Peacemakers

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Lennie Goodings

Lennie Goodings

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Hildur Guðnadóttir

Hildur Guðnadóttir

Athena40 Original Thinking

Rebeca Gyumi

Rebeca Gyumi

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Dr Jo Handelsman

Dr Jo Handelsman

Athena40 Original Thinking

Rocky Hehakaija

Rocky Hehakaija

Athena40 Positive Impact

Katrin Jakobsdottir

Katrin Jakobsdottir

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Mae C. Jemison

Mae C. Jemison

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Athena40 Women as Peacemakers

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Athena40 Positive Impact

Memory Kachambwa

Memory Kachambwa

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Dr Gada Kadoda

Dr Gada Kadoda

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Roula Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Athena40 Original Thinking

Shainoor Khoja

Shainoor Khoja

Athena40 Positive Impact

Silvana Koch-Mehrin

Silvana Koch-Mehrin

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Dilan Mizrakli Landgraff

Dilan Mizrakli Landgraff

Athena40 Supporting Female Entrepreneurship

Zahra Langhi

Zahra Langhi

Athena40 Women as Peacemakers

Dr Patricia Lewis

Dr Patricia Lewis

Athena40 Women as Peacemakers

Sophie Lohde

Sophie Lohde

Athena40 Women in AI & Blockchain

Rebecca Lolosoli

Rebecca Lolosoli

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Yasmin Mahmood

Yasmin Mahmood

Athena40 Women in AI & Blockchain

Sara Al Madani

Sara Al Madani

Athena40 Ethics in Business

Mena Mangal

Mena Mangal

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Nermine Mansour

Nermine Mansour

Athena40 Women as Peacemakers

Sanna Marin

Sanna Marin

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Joanna Maycock

Joanna Maycock

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Phumzile Mblamo Ngcuka

Phumzile Mblamo Ngcuka

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Maria Isabel Mejia Jaramillo

Maria Isabel Mejia Jaramillo

Athena40 Ethics in Business

Jilian Mercado

Jilian Mercado

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Dana Mortenson

Dana Mortenson

Athena40 Positive Impact

Donna Morton

Donna Morton

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Princess Mabel van Oranje

Princess Mabel van Oranje

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Cindy Nava

Cindy Nava

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Mary Nazzal-Batayneh

Mary Nazzal-Batayneh

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Lin Nien-Tzu

Lin Nien-Tzu

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz

Athena40 Women-led Philanthropy

Nnenna Nwakanma

Nnenna Nwakanma

Athena40 Women in AI & Blockchain

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Amanda Obidike

Amanda Obidike

Athena40 Positive Impact

Ivana I. Osagie

Ivana I. Osagie

Athena40 Positive Impact

Alexandra Papadopoulou

Alexandra Papadopoulou

Athena40 Women as Peacemakers

Mariane Pearl

Mariane Pearl

Athena40 Positive Impact

Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi

Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi

Athena40 Positive Impact

Cornelia Robinson

Cornelia Robinson

Athena40 Ethics in Business

Claudia Romo Edelman

Claudia Romo Edelman

Athena40 Positive Impact

Cindy Rose

Cindy Rose

Athena40 Women in AI & Blockchain

Maria Teresa Ruiz

Maria Teresa Ruiz

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Basma Al Said

Basma Al Said

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Shamim Sarif

Shamim Sarif

Athena40 Original Thinking

Sahana Sasikumar

Sahana Sasikumar

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Sara Seager

Sara Seager

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Elif Safak

Elif Safak

Athena40 Original Thinking

Durreen Shahnaz

Durreen Shahnaz

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Dame Steve Shirley

Dame Steve Shirley

Athena40 Women-led Philanthropy

Chetna Sinha

Chetna Sinha

Athena40 Supporting Female Entrepreneurship

MC Sofia

MC Sofia

Athena40 Original Thinking

Duchess of Sussex

Duchess of Sussex

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang

Athena40 Women in AI & Blockchain

Sabriye Tenberken

Sabriye Tenberken

Athena40 Positive Impact

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Nurdeniz Tuncer

Nurdeniz Tuncer

Athena40 Women-led Solutions

Mpho Tutu Van Furth

Mpho Tutu Van Furth

Athena40 Gender Diversity & Equality

Karen Walker

Karen Walker

Athena40 Ethics in Business

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

Athena40 Positive Impact

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Athena40 Women-led Philanthropy

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Athena40 Empowering Young Girls

Shoshana Zuboff

Shoshana Zuboff

Athena40 Original Thinking

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