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ICSB WE Conference: ICSB’s First Global Conference Run for and by Entrepreneurial Women

“Women Dare to Pursue Creative Solutions for Greater Global Impact”

ICSB Global is excited to announce that registration for ICSB Womenpreneurs: ICSB’s First Global Conference Run for and by Entrepreneurial Women is now open! The conference will be a two-day event held virtually on November 16 and 17, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Washington, D.C. time) (EST) 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CET (Geneva, time)

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Session Videos

Conference Chairs

Shoroke Zedan

Shoroke Zedan

Partner, Envisage Consulting, Egypt

María Fernanda Andrés

María Fernanda Andrés

C-Level Executive / Chief Business Developer at Aceleradora Litoral, Argentina

Inés Gabarret

Inés Gabarret

Associate Dean at ESSCA School of Management, France

Diah Yusuf

Diah Yusuf

Founder at Indonesia Prima, Indonesia

Analia Pastran

Analia Pastran

Founder and Executive Director of Smartly Social Entrepreneurship on the SDGs, USA

Vicki Stylianou

Vicki Stylianou

Head of advocacy and policy at Institute of Public Accountants, Australia

VIP Speakers

Maya Morsi

Maya Morsi

President of National Council for Women of Egypt, Egypt

 Dr. Maya Morsi was elected as the President of Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) on the 1st of February 2016. She is the third and the youngest President of the NCW since its establishment in 2000.

She was awarded “the Woman of the Decade in Public Life and Empowerment” during the Women Economic Forum conveyed in India in 2018, the national award of one of the 100 most influential women in Egypt in the year 2016, and the Women Pioneer from the UAE in 2019.

Before being elected as NCW’s President, Dr. Morsy has been the UNDP’s Gender Regional Advisor (2013 – 2016).

She formerly served as the Head of the Egypt Country Office United Nations Fund for Women (2011- 2013), and as a Country Coordinator/Director of UNIFEM and liaison for the League of Arab States (1999 – 2010).

 

Barbara Rambousek

Barbara Rambousek

Director for Gender and Economic Inclusion at EBRD, UK

 Barbara Rambousek is the EBRD’s Director for Gender and Economic Inclusion. She established the Bank’s approach to integrating economic inclusion into the Bank’s mandate, to address inequality challenges through private sector investments and policy engagement. Her focus is on creating equitable access to employment and skills, entrepreneurship, and finance as well as key infrastructure service, reflecting the specific needs of women, youth, aging populations, migrants, and others. 

Ms. Rambousek has 20 years of leadership experience in the design and delivery of multi-sectoral inclusive development programs and strategies in Central and Eastern Europe, the MENA region, Asia, and the UK. Previously, as Head of Regeneration and Corporate Strategy for the London Development Agency, she led major urban regeneration programs and the formulation of London’s 20 year Economic Development Strategy. Before that, she managed integrated refugee return and economic development programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

Ahmed Osman

Ahmed Osman

Chairman of the ICSB and Founder & CEO of Chrome, Egypt

Ahmed Osman is the Chairman of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization devoted to small businesses internationally. Ahmed is also the Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network in Egypt (GEN Egypt) and is a Project Management & Strategy Advisor for several Government and Private organizations in Egypt. He holds both a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering with Honors and a Masters Degree in Engineering and Management from The University of Birmingham, UK, and is a certified Project Management Professional from The Project Management Institute, USA.

He is also the Founder and CEO is of a Project and Facility Management firm in Egypt – CHROME. The company currently manages a construction portfolio exceeding 1 billion US Dollars. Moreover, CHROME established the first training academy in Egypt focusing on upgrading the skills of construction professionals.

Alexandra Robinson

Alexandra Robinson

Global President, AIESEC International, Canada

 Alexandra Robinson is the Global President of AIESEC, a global, youth-led organization focused on developing leadership in young people through the facilitation of cross-cultural internships and volunteer experiences. AIESEC is present in over 110 countries and
territories, annually facilitating over 40,000 cross-cultural exchanges with a membership of over 40,000 young people. A graduate in Global Studies and Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States, Alexandra was previously responsible for AIESEC’s global human resource strategy as Global Vice President of Talent Management. Prior to that role, Alexandra was the Country Director of AIESEC in the United States, leading a network of over 800 American youth.
Alexandra is a passionate advocate for the contribution of youth leadership in the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Speakers

Ria Sarwono

Ria Sarwono

Founder, Brand & Marketing Director, COTTONINK

Ria started her career in the fashion industry since 2008, together with her partner Carline Darjanto, Ria combined her experience in the
retail industry with her design & visual
communications background to build
COTTONINK. Grew up in a family with a strong business nature, during her years Ria also learned about entrepreneurship which helps the
brand successfully grow as one of the leading local fashion brand. Authenticity and innovation are Ria’s key strategy in order to lead COTTONINK towards a bigger success, she and Carline was able to grab the opportunity to market their products
through social media and Blogspot, resulting in a huge breakthrough for the brand itself. 

Joanice Guimbretiere

Joanice Guimbretiere

Founder and Manager Director of Exportice

Joanice Guimbretiere, the Founder and Manager Director of Exportice is an international business expert. She has a double culture and is graduated with a double 5th year Master’s degree in International Trade and Management of companies, acquired in Brazil and in France. Solid experience in export, mainly in Brazil and in France, she has a large international profile and has worked for international groups , SME’s and in multicultural environments. Multilingual – Portuguese-English-French – she proposes her international skills to the French and Brazilian companies that want to develop their business in both markets. 

 

Rania Atef

Rania Atef

Founder of I Make This!

Rania is the founder of I Make This! A social media platform that she created for women with small businesses to be able to introduce and market their businesses for free.  The platform started as a Facebook group which helped over 3000 women introduce their businesses and boost their sales. The group grew to 150k members in less than three months.

Rania is a mother of three children aged 12,7, and 2. Creating the platform was inspired by wanting to support other women like her who are trying to balance their careers/businesses and families by making their marketing easier for them. She worked as a Child and Family Photographer and before that was a full-time researcher working on child rights. 
She is now becoming an entrepreneur herself and turning I Make This into an e-commerce platform and hoping to support more women boost their sales and expand their small businesses.

Rania has a social research Masters from the London School of Economics. She has lived and worked in Cairo, London, and Moscow.

Kathy Korman Frey

Kathy Korman Frey

Founder of The Hot Mommas Project

Kathy Korman Frey is an entrepreneur with a senior executive background in market research, merger and acquisition, and venture-funded start-ups. She is a professor at The George Washington University School of Business where she teaches Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, winner of a USASBE Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award. She is the founder of The Hot Mommas Project, the world’s largest women’s case study library providing access to diverse, teachable, scalable role models and mentors from around the world.

Rania Ayman

Rania Ayman

Founder of Entreprenelle

Rania Ayman is the Founder of Entreprenelle which is a mission driven enterprise that strives to bridge the gender gap economically by educating, training and linking women to all the economic resources possible impacting more than 50,000 women in business in more than 9 govern-rates including underprivileged areas, successfully producing more than 2000 project, formalising more than 700. Concerned with socioeconomic gender rights that’s why she started her Initiative in Cairo 5 years back serving now most of Egypt and outreaching to the hole region to make sure women voices are on the table heard and carefully listened to.. Been chosen to represent Egypt and speak in many international conferences as The Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India, Social Enterprise World Forum in the United Kingdom, World government summit in UAE and African Youth Conference in Kenya.

Susana Balbo

Susana Balbo

Argentina's first female winemaker

Being a woman of strong convictions, in 2015 Susana decided to turn her experience and knowledge as a businesswoman and an entrepreneur in pursuit of the common good by accepting the proposal of the political party called Pro (then called Cambiemos) to join her team by running for the office of the congresswoman. In the elections of October 2015, she became a National Congresswoman for the political party ‘Cambiemos’ (“Let’s change”), representing the province of Mendoza. In her role as a congresswoman, she served as Vice President of Commission for Small & Medium Businesses, an important project implemented by Mauricio Macri’s new government to create new jobs.

As an entrepreneur and founder of a family business, Susana’s perspective proved a key asset. In 2017, President Macri appointed Susana chair of the Women’s 20 (W20), an international working group of the G20 dedicated to women’s empowerment. In 2018, Susana transitioned from her role in Congress to focus full time on her work with the W20.

 

Cecilia Tham

Cecilia Tham

Principal & Future Synthesist at Futurity Studio

An entrepreneur by heart, a designer and biologist by training, and a maker for life, Cecilia is currently a Principal + Future Synthesist at Futurity Studio and a former Senior Social Technologist at Alpha Telefonica Innovation based in Barcelona. She is the founder of several companies such as MOB, Makers of Barcelona, the largest co-working community in Barcelona, and FabCafe, a digital fabrication lab that meets coffee shop, and allwomen.tech, an ai training school for women by women to build the next generation of women and tech. Cecilia received her Master as an architect at Harvard University as well as biology from Emory University.

Lara Tabet

Lara Tabet

Dubai International Financial Centre

Qualified with Bachelors degree in Hospitality Management from Switzerland, Lara Tabet worked in the hospitality sector extensively prior to media. Later, she gained wide media experience as a prestigious Television presenter and producer, where she hosted her own show Societe and co-hosted the live daily morning show, City Women. Lara attributes her dynamic personality and wide ranging interests to growing up in a multi faceted city like Dubai, which represents a microcosm of all the very best that the world has to offer.

Sanaa Abouzaid

Sanaa Abouzaid

Country Manager for Central America at IFC - World Bank Group

Senior International development finance professional with 19+ years of direct private sector experience across emerging markets- including Latin America and the Caribbean; the Middle East and North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; and Asia.

Recognized corporate governance expert helping companies address complex ESG challenges in a wide range of sectors. Areas of focus include: restructuring boards of directors, risk management, internal controls, shareholders’ rights, transparency and disclosure, and developing/implementing internal ESG policies and procedures.

Family business expert advising family-owned businesses globally on how to enhance resilience and continuity by promoting education, commitment, and building/implementing the right structures and policies in place. Work encompasses: succession planning, strategy, better communication strategies, effective governance, training, family policies and structures.

Founding member of the Development Finance Institutions (DFI) Corporate Governance Development Framework and a key architect of the DFI CG Methodology. Strong diplomatic and relationship-building skills in diverse environments: DFIs, private sector companies, investors, governments and regulators.

María Sol Bertlshofer

María Sol Bertlshofer

Principal in Jaguar Ventures

María Sol Bertlshofer holds the role of Principal in Jaguar Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm that invests in digital-focused companies in Latin America.

Previously, Sol served as administration and finance manager in an e-commerce startup, providing support in the partners’ decision-making processes, as well as in the analysis of new projects.

At the insurance company Zurich, in Argentina, she collaborated as a senior analyst for planning and management control in the finance area. In addition, as part of the company, she participated in volunteering programs for almost 3 years, helping children in vulnerable social and economic situations and young people in search of their first job.

 

Taryn Andersen

Taryn Andersen

CEO & Co-founder of Impulse4women

She is CEO and co-founder of Impulse4women, an international nonprofit organization operating both online and offline. Our goal is to connect Female -led tech startups and Social Impact projects with investors, corporates, public – private institutions. We support at every stage of development providing the required tools and skills to increase the probability of funding, based on sector, business model, maturity, economics
needs. She is the Investor Relations Director of Telegraph Hill Venture Capital. They are investing in Cybersec, FinTech, Education Tech, Digital Tech, PropTech, Transportation, and early stages. Since February 2019th she is part of the Jury Member @EIC H2020 SME Innovation Funding Instrument at the European Commission.

Chrystèle Sanon

Chrystèle Sanon

Founder & CEO Full Street Co., Station F/ HEC Incubator

Former in-house lawyer for 12 years in an international media company (Lagardere Active), I am today invested in building an innovative and responsible platform as a global tool for professionals to make this leap to entrepreneurship. FULL’STREET.

Beyond consulting and method, we talk about PROFESSIONAL SOLUTIONS and SERVICES.

 

Elim Chew

Elim Chew

Founder and President of 77th Street (S) Pte Ltd

Elim Chew is the Founder and President of 77th Street (S) Pte Ltd, a streetwear fashion and accessories retail brand in Singapore. She also co‐founded a social impact business – FastFast, an app providing fast, on demand delivery services to consumers within 90 minutes, while giving a source of income for people who need it. With passion in the entertainment industry, she joined as a shareholder of BMBX, a company amplifying Southeast Asia’s music and culture. She sits on more than 20 boards and committees of public service, youth and community organisations such as MINDEF (ACCORD), Kaplan Advisory Board and Social Lab Ltd. Elim recently launched her new Youtube Channel, which features changemakers around the world who are making a positive impact to society and have an inspiring story to share. 

Anna Kopacz

Anna Kopacz

VP at a Foster Care Foundation

Anna seeks to transform the status quo. She recently graduated from ethnology and cultural anthropology atJagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland – researching identity construct, lived religion, and transnationalism amongst visual anthropology, anthropology of the future and environmental studies. Simultaneously, she is an active change maker and connector in the social impact space in Poland and Switzerland – mentor and coach for start-ups and founders in accelerator programs. She is a VP at a Foster Care Foundation that builds programs and resources that “care for the caretaker.”

Previously, has worked on social and environmental projects focused in Sub Saharan Africa for the World Economic Forum. Also, attended the Global Solutions Programme 2017 at Singularity University, a think tank of how new technology is used for global challenges. Holds an additional degree in Business Administration, certifications in digital marketing and communication, story-telling.

Inas Ismail

Inas Ismail

Co-founder of Autsera

Inas Ismail is a British Egyptian doctorate of engineering, the co-founder of Autsera, building intelligent games to help autistic children develop social skills. She’s passionate about minority empowerment through inclusive tech, education, and development. Inas ran Arab Women Voice, empowering women through media for 6 years. Previously, she has been a presenter and reporter at BBC Arabic radio and TV for 10 years.  Inas holds a PhD in environmental engineering from UC Berkeley and Master in economics.

Florence Nisabwe

Florence Nisabwe

Social Development Mentor

Dr. Florence Nisabwe is a visionary woman born and bred in Burundi. She’s a citizen of the world, a social entrepreneur, and an expert on sustainable development strategies, project management, and good governance. At the heart of her work is her passion for empowering women through Fondation Lance d’Afrique Burundi to embrace their talents and have the confidence to dream bigger, work harder and smarter, and achieve outstanding success. In doing this, Dr. Nisabwe has made a global impact.
Dr Florence NISABWE is passionate about social entrepreneurship and women economic and leadership empowerment. She believes that helping women to achieve
economic and leadership empowerment can inspire community development and provide answers to the challenges that our societies face, and that women can foster
global change.

Chantal Line Carpentier

Chantal Line Carpentier

Chief, New York UNCTAD Office

Chantal Line Carpentier currently serves as Chief, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) New York office of the Secretary-General since 2014. Previously, as Major Groups Coordinator for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) Division for Sustainable Development, she facilitated the engagement of and consultation with worldwide non-State actors (NGOs, women’s groups, business and industry, etc.) in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) negotiations and the United Nations Rio+20 Conference. As Sustainable Development Officer for DESA (2007-2010), she served as focal point for food security, sustainable agriculture and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) where she successfully supported the negotiations of the 10 Year Framework of Program on SCP, now SDG12.

Aleksandra Bogovac

Aleksandra Bogovac

Head of Termovent Academy

After completing her master’s studies at the Faculty of Technology and
Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 2007, Aleksandra Bogovac became part of the company Termovent on the position Junior Validation Engineer. Her career she built as an engineer and in 2015. she became Head of Validation Department. Aleksandra was responsible for validation activity for the biggest projects in Cleanroom technology all around the Europe and Russia, in the company Termovent. As a Head of Validation Department she gave an active contribution to development of Validation department as well as HVAC and Cleanroom design in company Termovent in scope of growing GMP and ISO standards requests. Since 2020, Aleksandra is on new position, as a Head of Termovent Academy. Since it is new project in Termovent, Aleksandra is responsible for creating and developing of Termovent Academy with a focus on career’s growth and development of employees and students. Aleksandra is member of Serbian Chamber of Engineers from 2011.

Nao Mazik

Nao Mazik

Business Development Manager at Next Chymia Consulting HK Limited

Nao is the Business Development Manager at Next Chymia Consulting HK Limited and is responsible for bringing new business to the company as well as maintaining relationships with partner companies. Prior to the Blockchain industry, she worked in Investment Banking in Singapore and specialized in daily operations and improving business procedures. Nao is an international professional who knows how to get things done and how to work in a team. Nao is also a licensed fitness instructor and recognized for her outgoing personality and communication skills.

Renata Reinheimer

Renata Reinheimer

Founder of INFIRA SA, agro bio-technological startup and researcher

Researcher at CONICET, Associate Professor at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL), Co-founder and scientific leader of INFIRA S.A. Dr. Reinheimer is also a graduate in Biodiversity. She did her doctoral studies at UNL’s College of Agricultural Sciences and her postdoctoral studies at the University of Missouri Saint-Louis (MO, USA). In 2010 she returned to Argentina to work at the Darwinion Botanical Institute (IBODA, CONICET) and currently she develops her scientific activities at the Instituto de Agrobiotecnología del Litoral (IAL UNL-CONICET). She has worked for more than 10 years in basic research, the results of which have allowed the development of a technological procedure that can be used to develop more competitive and sustainable crops, and she is one of the main inventors of the patent that protects this process.
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Anita Munneke

Anita Munneke

Cardiac Surgery Resident, Researcher and Motonomad

Anita is a Dutch trained medical doctor with a passion for cardiothoracic surgery and transplant research. Since 2014 she has been working as a resident in Germany and recently transferred to the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, West German Heart and Vascular Center Essen. She is a non-linear thinker who traveled solo 80.000 km across the globe on a motorcycle. The unpaved lonely roads, especially down South America taught her the most (never ever give up!) The longing for adventure and to look beyond the visible translates to her work. She was in the OR in Canada, England, Pakistan, India, The Netherlands, Germany and Suriname and attended multiple international training. During these rotations she realized something needs to change within healthcare on a global level, especially regarding cardiac care which is only accessible to a tiny percentage of the world. Her curiosity and search for answers resulted in finishing the executive training ‘Leadership for Experts in Medicine and Health Care’ at HHL in collaboration with the Leipzig Heart Center (accredited towards the MBA) in 2019. Eager to further explore the world in 2020, COVID-19 introduced itself.

Nidia Martinez

Nidia Martinez

Director of Climate Risk Analytics

Nidia Martínez Avellaneda is Director of Climate Risk Analytics for the Climate and Resilience Hub of Willis Towers Watson, based in New York. Nidia currently leads global catastrophe, climate, and analytics initiatives in order to create a complete framework for climate risk assessment that support the evolving need of business, finance and sovereigns, covering all risk considerations which are driving corporate, regulatory, and social response to the climate emergency. Nidia hosts Willis Towers Watson’s podcast Talking Climate and Resilience, which can be accessed here.

Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Nidia led the pricing and catastrophe model risk management team at AIG, where she strongly advocated for a healthy risk management culture, particularly important after the firm was de-designated as a systematically important financial institution.

Nidia started her career in the insurance industry at Swiss Re in 2013 as a Natural Catastrophe Expert, where she served as an ambassador for the Latin America and Caribbean underwriting units and client markets, working closely with the pricing tool developers in Zurich and New York.  During her time at Swiss Re, Nidia developed Cat models and analytics to quantify the exposure of high-growing markets to earthquake, wind, flood and climate change, which serve to strengthen business, communities and individuals’ financial resilience.

 

 

Pearl Uzokwe

Pearl Uzokwe

Director for Governance and Sustainability at Sahara Group Limited

Pearl is a qualified solicitor and member of the Law Society of England & Wales. She graduated with a LLB (Hons.) from the University of Bristol and is also a Chartered Secretary (ICSA). She has since experienced a remarkable professional growth in the last sixteen years whilst building her legal career within UK and
Nigerian corporate structures.

Fatou Diarrassouba

Fatou Diarrassouba

Co-Founder of Afrik’Energy Connect Inc.

Ms. Fatou Diarrassouba is from Côte d’Ivoire and Co-Founder of Afrik’Energy Connect Inc., a startup based in Liberia specializing in productive uses of renewable energy.
She is also an Economist/Strategist with over 8 years of professional experience acquired in the private and public sector, and international organizations. She advises small businesses operating in Africa in the areas of Education, Technology & Agriculture. Ms. Diarrassouba is member of the SDG7 Youth Constituency within the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY), which is is a platform for youth to channel their actions and voices in the energy sector, with emphasis on renewable energy resources. Academically, Ms Diarrassouba holds a Master of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University, as well as a Certification in Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies from Harvard University.

Natalia Dayan

Natalia Dayan

Director of Partnerships Crisis Text Line

 

 

Yu Ying Chu

Yu Ying Chu

Trauma Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Departmentin Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

Dr. Yu Ying, Chu graduated from Chang Gung medical school in Taiwan. She is now doing her practice in the trauma division of plastic and reconstructive surgery department in Chang Gung memorial hospital. She started her training in surgical fields of craniofacial trauma, hand trauma, microsurgical reconstruction, congenital deformity, and burn since 2011. Her enthusiasm for craniofacial trauma reconstruction and tissue engineering led her to
join the research team and start to do craniofacial fellowship after residency.  Yu-Ying, Chu has won the prize of best oral presentation award in the 4th Congress of Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Microsurgery,2018. She also got the fellowship sponsored by AOCMF Young Surgeon Professional Development Program. Next year, she will start her PhD program in Tokyo University for further research of tissue engineering.

Yahra Zamzam

Yahra Zamzam

Head of Business Services, Dar El Fouad Hospital

Dr. Zamzam has worked for over 10 years in the healthcare sector across its different managerial functions. Throughout her work experience, she conducted several improvement projects to improve patient experience, improve hospital operations, and improve the decision-making tools at a hospital and corporate level. Working at a JCI accredited hospital group has raised the bar of standards of those improvement projects and has made her able to rollout her projects to the rest of the hospitals. Being part of the top management, she contributed to identifying the strategic direction of the leading hospital group in Egypt as well as contributing to improving the national healthcare sector with the Ministry of Health’s new insurance plan.

 

Jordyn Murphy

Jordyn Murphy

Law student at Suffolk University Law School

Jordyn Murphy is currently a second year law student at Suffolk University Law School. Her legal experience includes an internship at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and an externship with the General Counsel at Primark. She is currently a member of the Women’s Bar Association and staff writer for the Journal for Health and Biomedical Law. Prior to law school, Jordyn graduated from the George Washington University with a BBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a minor in Psychology. She then worked as a program manager for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), where she helped to organize Micro-, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises Day and the annual World Congress. Jordyn is still currently involved with ICSB, acting as a Board Member focusing on youth involvement.

Rosalie Sami Miganogano

Rosalie Sami Miganogano

Dutch Finance Advisor, Mukoma Care

Rosalie Sami Miganogano is a Dutch Finance Advisor currently working at Mukoma Care (Start-up created with my mother) and in a freelance capacity. In this role, she is known for her dynamic leadership skill and unmatched expertise in finance consulting and Accounting manager.  Rosalie holds her Master’s degree from the IPAG Business School, which she will obtain in 2021. Moving forward, she hopes to network as much as possible with likeminded professionals worldwide and to share her knowledge. In her spare time, Rosalie holds motivation meetings to encourage her generation and is engaged to defend democracy in DRCongo at political party UDPS (‘Union pour la démocratie et le progrès social). She is a Dutch Junior Athletics Champion, also previously trained for the Olympics.

Anita Munneke

Anita Munneke

Cardiac Surgery Resident, Researcher and Motonomad

Anita is a Dutch trained medical doctor with a passion for cardiothoracic surgery and transplant research. Since 2014 she has been working as a resident in Germany and recently transferred to the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, West German Heart and Vascular Center Essen. She is a non-linear thinker who traveled solo 80.000 km across the globe on a motorcycle. The unpaved lonely roads, especially down South America taught her the most (never ever give up!) The longing for adventure and to look beyond the visible translates to her work. She was in the OR in Canada, England, Pakistan, India, The Netherlands, Germany and Suriname and attended multiple international training. During these rotations she realized something needs to change within healthcare on a global level, especially regarding cardiac care which is only accessible to a tiny percentage of the world. Her curiosity and search for answers resulted in finishing the executive training ‘Leadership for Experts in Medicine and Health Care’ at HHL in collaboration with the Leipzig Heart Center (accredited towards the MBA) in 2019. Eager to further explore the world in 2020, COVID-19 introduced itself.

Ieva Zebryte

Ieva Zebryte

Academic at the Faculty of Law and Business

Ieva Zebryte is an academic at the Faculty of Law and Business (FCJE) of the Universidad de La Frontera (UFRO), Chile. She teaches Resilience and Sustainability on undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests include: Entrepreneurship and Local Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Globalization and its local impacts, Business and Organizational Resilience. Between 2017 and 2020 she served as the Director for Community Engagement of FCJE-UFRO (http://fcje.ufro.cl/).

Currently, Ieva Zebryte is a PhD in Management student at the ISM – University of Management and Economics (Lithuania). She holds a Master of Law in International and European Community Law from Vilnius University (2005, Lithuania) for which she developed her master’s thesis on the EU’s Emissions Trading System at the Ghent University (Belgium). In 2015 she obtained her Master’s in Local and Regional Human Development at UFRO (Temuco, Chile). Her master’s thesis focused on lifestyle migrants’ experiences in the context of Chilean Northern Patagonia. Finally, in 2016 Ieva obtained a specialty diploma in “Innovation and Territory” from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, through the Chilean SUBDERE scholarship.

Linda Acholonu

Linda Acholonu

2020 recipient of the Dr. Erik K. Winslow award at the George Washington University School of Business

Clinical drug development expert with 19+ years of experience within drug and device development in Phase I – IV trials. Innovative leader with demonstrated success within Project Management and Operations Management. Highly motivated and results driven individual.

Masters of Business Administration In Healthcare with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from George Washington University.

Shoroke Zedan

Shoroke Zedan

Partner, Envisage Consulting

Ms. Zedan has worked with international organizations, throughout the Middle East and Africa, on developing and managing international development programmes that advocate for and ensure sustainable initiatives. Throughout her work experience, she has focused on a combination of best practices from various disciplines and has spent the majority of her career committed to solving critical social problems, in strategic regions around the world, to foster lasting impact using frameworks and processes necessary to create and support system-wide change. Working closely with key stakeholders to exchange perspectives, and identify emerging opportunities and key challenges, in the context of evolving social and political transitions- she has vast experience in tailoring strategies based on the active engagement of stakeholders, from both the private and public sector, to positively influence communities at the grass-root level to improve their livelihoods. Her principle tasks have often involved coordination between partners and guiding the integration of programs on a large scale, which focused on systemic interventions using suitable and applicable methods.

María Fernanda Andrés

María Fernanda Andrés

C-Level Executive / Chief Business Developer at Aceleradora Litoral

Business Director of Aceleradora Litoral, an accelerator of scientific startups of Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Litoral Centro Technological Park, and the Santa Fe Stock Exchange, Argentina. She is also a University professor and a researcher of business creation, SMEs, international business, and innovation. Board member of the RedPymes MERCOSUR Association and former President of the Argentine affiliate of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB). For more than 20 years she has been working along with entrepreneurs and academics to develop their startups.

Inés Gabarret

Inés Gabarret

Associate Dean at ESSCA School of Management

Argentinian former manager and entrepreneur with a Doctorate and Habilitation (HDR) in entrepreneurship. Teacher and Researcher on business creation, incubation, and profiles of entrepreneurs. Associate Dean of Faculty and Research at ESSCA School of Management Paris campus (triple crown business school). Affiliate Professor at University of Versailles supervising doctoral students at Larequoi laboratory. Member of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), and Program Director of the ICSB Academy (Bootcamp of the International Council for Small Business).

Diah Yusuf

Diah Yusuf

Founder at Indonesia Prima

Diah is very enthusiastic to involve and dedicate her time through many social communities and working with government projects to develop SME in Indonesia since 2005, as well as develop her own business. She founded Indonesia Prima as SME Accelerator to help and assisting SME to think and realize what they should do for growing their business and preparing to have partnerships with Angel Investors. Diah also actively learned and completed several local and international entrepreneurial workshops and certifications. She also a Business Consultant and Business Coach for many business owners and organizations in Indonesia and other countries. Diah, also as Vice President for Community Empowerment
International Council for Small Business Indonesia (ICSB Indonesia) and as Former Vice President for Partnership International Council for Small Business Global (ICSB Global) 2018 – 2020. As an entrepreneur, she is also leading several businesses in the health & beauty retail area, property industry, IT business corporation, sustainable aquaculture farming, also in social enterprises as the Founder and Chairman of the Indonesian Entrepreneur Festival, a yearly program for Indonesia Development Entrepreneurship with the tagline #BersatuMenguat.

Analia Pastran

Analia Pastran

Founder and Executive Director of Smartly Social Entrepreneurship on the SDGs

Recently, Pastran was elected Co-Chair in the Partner Constituent Group (PCG) of the World Urban Campaign of the UN Habitat. Pastran is Mentor in The Global Hack in the track #empowerment about Fighting the Global Crisis COVID-19 organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign, as well as in the Hatch CoLab focused on Humanity’s Grand Challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals based in Geneva. Guest Editor in the JICSB Journal Special Issue about Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

Vicki Stylianou

Vicki Stylianou

Head of advocacy and policy at Institute of Public Accountants

Experienced director, lawyer and advocate with a demonstrated history of working in public policy. Enthusiastic supporter of fintech and regtech. Strong professional graduated from UWA.

Jeffrey Alves

Jeffrey Alves

Dean Emeritus: Allan P Kirby, Jr. Distinguished Pr

Dr. Alves served as Dean of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University from 2011 to 2016, following nearly fifteen years as the Allan P. Kirby, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Leadership Studies, and Director of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.  He has held numerous positions in academia and industry during a distinguished career.  He is a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow and advised the nineteen-time Regional Champion Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) Team. He was named to the SIFE Hall of Fame for Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows.  Dr. Alves earned his B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.  He is the author of numerous books and professional articles related to small business failure, entrepreneurship, small business management, and management and entrepreneurship pedagogy. In addition, he is active on several loan committees and boards of directors.  He also served as President of the professional organization of USASBE and was elected as Fellow for his commitment to entrepreneurship education.

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy

President & CEO, International Council for Small Business (ICSB), and Deputy Chair of the Department of Management for The George Washington University School of Business

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy is the deputy chair and teaching professor of the Department of Management at the George Washing University School of Business. Recognized by the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations, Dr. El Tarabishy worked to create a United Nations International Name Day to be dedicated to Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs). Dr. El Tarabishy managed to work closely with the Permanent Mission of Argentina to propose a resolution to dedicate a United Nations International Name Day to MSMEs. Approved by the United Nations General Assembly, the proposal was presented by the Permanent Mission of Argentina and 54 countries; thus, 5.5 billion people acted as co-signers of this resolution.
From that day forward, June 27th has been recognized as the official UN MSME Day.

Dr. El Tarabisy is an award-winning author and teacher. In 2019, the George Washington University New Venture Competition awarded Dr. El Tarabishy ‘Most Influential Faculty.’ Additionally, he is the only faculty member in the GW School of Business to teach in two nationally-ranked programs. Having developed the first Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Creativity courses offered to MBA and undergraduate students, El Tarabishy is constantly striving to find the perfect balance between tradition and modernization in his teaching pedagogy.

Winslow Sargeant

Winslow Sargeant

Incoming Chairman of the ICSB and Head of Capital Markets for Genaesis, LLC

Winslow Sargeant is a managing director with S&T, LLC, an early-stage investment firm specializing in supporting small and innovative companies, based in Great Falls, Virginia. He is the Incoming Chairman for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). From 2017-2018, Dr. Sargeant was the Senior Vice President for Development at ICSB. From 2010 to 2015, he was the Chief Counsel for Advocacy with the United States (US) Small Business Administration (SBA)Office of Advocacy. Appointed by the President of the United States (POTUS) and confirmed by the US Senate, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy directs the office. The Chief Counsel advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. Economic research, policy analyses, and small business outreach help identify issues of concern. Regional Advocates and an office in Washington, DC, support the Chief Counsel’s efforts. From 2006 to 2009, he was the managing director at Venture Investors, LLC (VI), and early stage venture capital firm, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and $200M under management, VI invested in innovative research from leading universities in the upper Midwest. From 2001 to 2005, he was the program manager for the Small Business Innovations Research (SBIR) program Electronics topic in Industrial Innovation, a new office in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Engineering Directorate. The SBIR program invests more than $100M per year in seed and early stage technology companies.

Conference Agenda

November 16 and 17, 2020 – Venue: Everywhere through ZOOM 

Day 1

Opening Session | Nov. 16 | 8:00 - 8:55 a.m. (EST) / 2:00 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. (CET)

To welcome everyone to our online conference center, this reception will be a great way to say hello to everyone and become acquainted with the conference’s digital system.

Conferences Chairs:

Shoroke Zedan, María Fernanda Andrés, Ines Gabarret, Analia Pastran, Diah Yusuf and Vicki Stylianou

Speakers:

Ahmed Osman, Chairman, International Council for Small Business

Alexandra Robinson, Global President AISEC, Montreal

Barbara Rambousek, Gender and Economic Inclusion Director, EBRD, UK

Maya Morsi, President of National Council for Women of Egypt, Egypt

Mompreneurs: How to Successfully Combine Family Life with Entrepreneurial Action | Nov. 16 | 9:00 - 9:55 a.m. (EST) / 3:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. (CET)

Mompreneur is a neologism defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of an entrepreneur. In this panel, we will discuss how to combine the different roles of a woman, wife, mother, and entrepreneur.

Speakers:

Ria Sarwono, Cofounder Cottonink, Indonesia

Joanice Guimbretière, Founder Exportice, France & Brazil

Rania Atef, I Make This (social platform for creative women to promote their work for free), Egypt

Kathy Korman Frey, founder Hot Momma Projects, USA

Host/Moderator:

Diah Yusuf, Founder of PRIMA, Indonesia

Womenpreneurs: Successful Cases | Nov. 16 | 10:00 - 10:55 a.m. (EST) / 4:00 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. (CET)

Despite the widespread growth of women entrepreneurship, there is still a limiting narrative, seeing women-led and focused projects as less successful. In this panel, we capture the stories and outcomes of successful womenpreneurs from around the world.

Speakers:

Rania Ayman, Entreprenelle Social Entreprise, Egypt

Susana Balbo, Susana Balbo Wines, Argentina

Cecilia Tham, Founder of MOB, FabCafe Barcelona & AllWomen.ai, Barcelona

Lara Tabet, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai

 Host/Moderator:

Ines Gabarret, Associate Dean of ESSCA, France

Financing Women Entrepreneurs | Nov. 16 | 11:00 - 11:55 a.m. (EST) / 5:00 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. (CET)

Women-led businesses and womenpreneurs have different barriers to accessing capital and financing. In this panel, we will hear about different tools and insight on how to more successfully access and obtain financing as a womenpreneur.

Speakers:

Sanaa Abouzaid, Country Manager for Central America IFC-World Bank Group, USA

María Sol Bertlshofer –  Principal in Jaguar Ventures, Mexico – Argentina

Winslow Sargeant, Incoming Chairman, International Council for Small Business, USA

Taryn Andersen, Impulse 4 Women, Spain

Host/Moderator:

María Fernanda Andres, Business Director of Litoral Accelerator, Argentina

Resilience & Confidence | Nov. 16 | 12:00 - 12:55 p.m. (EST) / 6:00 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. (CET)

Resilience is the capacity to overcome setbacks and often restart completely after periods of trouble or adverse events. Entrepreneurs face multiple obstacles throughout their entrepreneurial journey, especially women. A heightened capacity for resilient response helps develop greater self-confidence in light of uncertain situations. Throughout this panel, we discuss how to improve self-confidence and how to overcome barriers as womenpreneurs.

Speakers:

Chrystèle Sanon, Founder & CEO Full Street Co., Station F/HEC Incubator, France

Ines Gabarret, Associate Dean of ESSCA School of Management, France

Elim Chew, Founder IM Holding, Singapore

Anna Kopacz, VP at Foster Care Foundation, Poland

Host/Moderator:

Ayman El Tarabishy, President and CEO of ICSB and Deputy Chair of the Department of Management GWU, Washington DC

Women 2030, Inclusive Access to Leadership Roles | Nov. 16 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.(EST) / 7:00 p.m. - 7:55 p.m. (CET)

When presented with leadership, what are the common issues and struggles that one must endure to succeed? In this session, we hear the voices of women entrepreneurs’ experiences of overcoming.

Speakers:

Inas Ismail, Founder of Autsera, UK

Florence Nisabwe, Founder Fondation Lab, Burundi

Shoroke Zedan, Partner, Envisage Consulting, Egypt

Chantal Line Carpentier, New York Office of UNCTAD, NYC

Host/Moderator:

Winslow Sargeant, Chair-Elect of ICSB and Senior Advisor for Globalization and Head of Capital Markets, Genaesis LLC, USA

Day 2

Women in STEM | Nov. 17 | 8:00 - 8:55 a.m. (EST) / 2:00 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. (CET)

In this session, we hear from women who are leading initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Speakers:

Aleksandra Bogovac, Head of Termovent Academy Division, Serbia

Nao Mazik, Business Development Manager at Next Chymia Consulting HK Limited, Hong Kong

Renata Reinheimer, founder of INFIRA S.A., agro bio-technological startup, Argentina

Host/Moderator:

Maria Fernanda Andres, Business Director of Litoral Accelerator, Argentina

Climate Change: Smart Solutions from Women's Practices | Nov. 17 | 9:00 - 9:55 a.m. (EST) / 3:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. (CET)

This session discusses how women are proposing to solve the biggest challenge of our time: climate change. Globally, women are more harshly affected by the effects of climate change than their male counterparts, making women more greatly suited to find the best and most sustainable practices to mitigate against the effects of this great challenge. Here, We review best practices and solutions to mitigate climate change created by women.

Nidia Martínez, Director Climate Analytics – Climate and Resilience Hub Willis Towers Watson, NYC

Pearl Uzokwe, Director of Governance and Sustainability of Sahara Group, Nigeria

Analia Pastran, Founder and CEO of Smartly, Social Enterprise on the SDGs, NYC

Fatoumata Diarrassouba, Afrik’Energy, Cote D’ Ivoire

Host/Moderator:

Jeff Alves, Managing Editor of the Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB), USA

 

Women in the Health Industry: Fighting COVID-19 | Nov. 17 | 10:00 - 10:55 a.m. (EST) / 4:00 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. (CET)

Natalia Dayan, Director of Partnerships Crisis Text Line, USA, and the UK

Yu-Ying Chu, Attending Physician, Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, Taiwan

Anita Munneke, Cardiac Surgery, Germany

Yahra Zamzam, Business Excellence Manager for Dar El Fouad Hospitals, Egypt

Host/Moderator:

Vicki Stylianou, Senior Vice President of Development of ICSB, Australia

Youth Women Entrepreneurs | Nov. 17 | 11:00 - 11:55 a.m. (EST) / 5:00 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. (CET)

Jordyn Murphy,  Juris Doctor Candidate and Board Member of ICSB, USA

Rosalie Sami Miganogano, Dutch Finance Advisor, France and DR Congo

Au Lai Chong, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Delta Asia Financial Group, Macau

Ieva Zebryte, Academic at the Faculty of Law and Business (FCJE) of the Universidad de La Frontera (UFRO), Chile

Host/moderator:

Linda Acholonu, Sr. Project Manager at Covance, Washington, DC, USA

Closing Ceremony | Nov. 17 | 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. (EST) / 6:00 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. (CET)

Conferences Chairs: Shoroke Zedan, María Fernanda Andrés, Ines Gabarret, Analia Pastran, Diah Yusuf and Vicki Stylianou

Host/moderator: Ahmed Osman, Chairman of the ICSB and Founder & CEO of Chrome, Egypt