WOMENpreneurs: from Start-ups to Stars

International Organisation of Employers, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and the UN Global Compact are co-organising a digital conference on 8 December on making the COVID-19 recovery a “reboot” for female entrepreneur and leadership.

To participate in this event, please register here.

On 8 December (7:45 EST / 13:45 CEST), UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed together with female CEOs will address Female Business, Government and Civil Society leaders at virtual conference on women entrepreneurs.

The event will bring together the voices of multi-generational leaders from the private and public sectors through dialogue, in order to share, discuss and establish a footprint for collaboration around three key areas:

  • Women leading in solidarity for sustainable livelihood and shaping leadership.
  • Obstacles and opportunities to breaking through the corporate glass ceiling.
  • WOMENpreneurs-challenging the orthodoxies.

Interpretation is available into and from English, French and Spanish.


8 December 2020, 7:45– 9:30  (EST) / 13:45 – 15:30 (CET)




Master of Ceremonies

Shea Gopaul,Special Representative to the United Nations, IOE


  • Erol Kiresepi,President, IOE
  • Andrea Ostheimer de Sosa,Executive Director New York, KAS
  • Bola Adesola,Vice Chair of the Board, UN Global Compact


Introduction: Roberto Suarez-Santos, Secretary-General, IOE

Keynote speaker: Amina J. Mohammed,Deputy Secretary-General, UN


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Dialogue Moderated by Sanda Ojiambo,Executive Director, UN Global Compact

  • Dr. Sima Samar, State Minister for Human Rights and International Relations, Afghanistan
  • Elisabeth Motschmann, Member of the German Parliament, and author of FeMale Diplomacy
  • Anne Juuko,CEOStanbic Bank Uganda
  • Laura Raffo,Economist and Electoral Candidate for the Mayor of Montevideo, Uruguay


WOMENpreneurs challenging the orthodoxies on the ‘secret ingredient’ to recover and grow in the digital economy

Dialogue Moderated by Roberto Suarez-Santos, Secretary-General, IOE

  • Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
  • Gagandeep K. Bhullar,CEO and Founder SuperHuman Race India
  • Dr. Jasmine Begum, Director of Legal and Government Affairs, Microsoft ASEAN & New Markets
  • Mary Dinah,CEO, JobLink Recruitment Services Start-up


Q&A with open floor to exchange views and share feedback


Concluding remarks : Gabriella Rigg Herzog, Vice President, Labor Affairs and
Corporate Responsibility, USCIB

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