2019 Women’s Empowerment Principles Forum


Master of Ceremony: Katherine Bell, Editor in Chief, Barron’s

3:00 – 3:05 pm

Welcome Remarks

H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General (TBC)

3:10 –3:20 pm

Fireside Chat

Moderator: Robert Skinner, Executive Director, UN Office of Partnerships

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women

Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director, UN Global Compact

3:25 – 3:40 pm

Business Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment: Perspectives from Public and International Stakeholders

Ambassador Maria Marinaki, Principal Advisor on Gender and the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, European Union

Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary General, UNCTAD

Patricia Greene, Director, Women’s Bureau, US Department of Labour

3:45 – 4:20 pm

Panel 1: Gender Lens Investing

Moderator: Suzanne Biegel, Founder, Catalyst at Large

Carlos André, Executive Director, Banco de Brasil DTVM

Michael Denham, CEO, Business Development Bank of Canada

Sarah Chen, Co-founder and Managing Partner, The Billion Dollar Fund for Women

Stephanie Queda Cruz, Head of Gender, Diversity and Inclusion, Inter-American Development Bank

4:25 – 4:35 pm


Deborah Gibbins, Chief Operating Officer, Mary Kay

4:40 – 5:15 pm

Panel 2: Making the “Future of Work” Work for Women

Moderator: Diana Kobas Deskovic, Founder, Mamforce

Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas

Michael Ptasznik, CFO, Nasdaq

Banu Isci Sezen, General Manager, Turkcell Academy, Turkcell

Anne Claire Berg, Diversity and Inclusion Director, Danone

5:20 – 5:55 pm

Panel 3: #MeToo, #TimesUp, What’s Next?

Moderator: Purna Sen, Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination, UN Women

Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria

Valeri Chekheria, CEO, Adjara Group

Emmanuel Lulin, Senior Vice President & Chief Ethics Officer, L’Oreal

Lebo Ramafoko, CEO, Soul Institute

5:55 – 6:00 pm

Closing Remarks

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Reception (Sponsored by Mary Kay, Inc.)