Aela AbalosRead more
Aela Abalos is an award-winning marketer, brand developer, seasoned digital and PR expert and writer currently based in New York. Her passion for crafting started early and progressed while finishing her B.S. Business Management degree at Ateneo de Manila University. From there, Aela took on a series of unforgettable life and career opportunities, embarking on a path of designing and crafting products and experiences into tangible solutions that serve communities.
In 2006, Aela became a published author with the book Sa Kabila ng Ritmo (Beyond Rhymes). She went into entrepreneurship with like-minded young female entrepreneurs by launching - Kapesoi a coffee alternative for coffee-loving consumers w/caffeine-related medical issues. 2008 saw her move to Singapore with Procter & Gamble leading the Mr.Clean/Bonux Fabric Care brand serving low-income SEA consumers. This was followed by a now more than decade-long career with Unilever; first in establishing and growing Unilever’s foremost scalp care brand Clear to serve dandruff and scalp-sufferers. Recently, she has been working on the premiere purpose-led brand Dove, specifically for its hair business, based out of New York. She has launched innovations such as the Dove Amplified Textures haircare range for Black women, and continues to champion diversity and inclusion in her work through projects such as the ‘My Hair, My Crown’ campaign with Kelly Rowland, the CROWN Act & CROWN Coalition and the Oscar-award winning Hair Love campaign with Matthew Cherry.
Alaina CrystalRead more
Alaina Crystal is a committed feminist who has spent her career working on behalf of women and girls. At Purpose, Alaina partners with our biggest corporate and philanthropic clients to harness the power of participation to create positive social change.
Alaina joined Purpose from BBDO, where she led Barbie’s repositioning as a tool for girls’ imagination, winning an APG Grand Prix for strategic excellence in 2017. She also led successful campaigns for Guinness, Snickers and Bodyform; pro-bono campaigns for Plan International UK and Sandy Hook Promise; and served on the Diversity & Inclusivity committee and the Omniwomen committee. She was awarded a WACL Future Leader award in 2019.
Alan JopeRead more
Alan was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2019. As CEO of Unilever, Alan is responsible for leading one of the world’s largest and most geographically diverse consumer goods businesses, with presence in 190 countries.
Alan joined Unilever in the UK in 1985. Before being appointed as CEO, he served as President of Unilever’s Beauty & Personal Care Division from 2014. He also worked in leadership roles in North America for 14 years and Asia for 13 years. When leading Unilever's business in China, Alan doubled its size and laid important foundations for future success.
Alan is a Vice Chair of the WBCSD Executive Committee, a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, and on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum and FCLT Global (Focusing Capital on the Long Term). He is Chair of the Generation Unlimited Board of Trustees, a Vice Chair of the Unstereotype Alliance and a private sector Steering Committee member of the UN’s Generation Equality campaign.
Alan holds a BA Hons in Commerce from Edinburgh University and graduated from Harvard Business School's General Management Program in 2001. Alan is married and has three adult children.
Ali HananRead more
Creative Equals started as a side-hustle by the award-winning digital Creative Director Ali Hanan in 2016. Throughout her 20+ year career, she saw the impact of the lack of diversity within the UK industry in its internal teams and in advertising/PR/press and media.
In the UK this year, just 17% of Creative Directors are women; and 1-2% come from BAME backgrounds; collective bias has a profound impact on who is 'seen' in the media and who products and services are designed for. Collective blindspots mean we miss key audiences.
She set up Creative Equals as the change we need to see across the industry. She left her role at a tech start-up in 2017 and focused all her efforts into growing the organisation. Four years later, the business is an award-winning global consultancy, spanning the UK, US and India.
Ali KhalilRead more
Ali Khalil is assistant professor at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University in the UAE. His research interests cover social media and social movements and gender equality in the Middle East. Before joining ZU in 2017 he was a journalist with the global newswire Agence France-presse (AFP) in the Gulf region and - earlier - for the Arabic daily Asharq al-Awsat in London. His 15-year experience in journalism included reporting on different countries of the Middle East, mainly the GCC. He was also adjunct faculty of media studies at the American University of Sharjah.
Aline SantosRead more
Joining Unilever as a marketing trainee, Aline is now Global Executive Vice President for all marketing services and marketing capabilities, including communication and innovation excellence globally.
Aline has been the architect of many brand building campaigns with purpose at the heart. She leads Unilever’s #Unstereotype initiative that aims to eliminate stereotypes from advertising while promoting progressive portrayals of people. Recognising the power of partnerships to accelerate progress, she helped launch the Unstereotype Alliance with UN Women – an industry wide collaboration to eradicate stereotypes from advertising.
Aline is also Unilever’s Chief Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Officer, leading the strategy to drive inclusion for all at Unilever. Under her leadership, the representation of women in management reached 50% at the end of 2019, one year ahead of our 2020 target.
Ana Carolina Querino
Ana Carolina QuerinoRead more
Ana Carolina Querino oversees UN Women Brazil's programmatic and normative work, as well as the collaboration with UN Brazil agencies under the themes of Gender, Race and Ethnic Equality, and the work with institutional partners. Previously, she worked in the Regional Programme on Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Poverty carried out in four Latin American countries, and then as the Women's Economic Empowerment Coordinator. She has also worked for ILO Brazil in the Promotion of Gender and Racial Equality in the world of work, and for the Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research as a researcher in the Social Security sector. Ana Carolina Querino is a Political Scientist, Master in Social Sciences by the University of Brasilia.
Ana Paula Duarte
Ana Paula DuarteRead more
Experienced and Versatile Marketing and Media Director with an accomplished history of working in the consumer goods industry in different categories such as personal care, home care and foods. Started in UL as a trainee in 2002 and had a breath of functions and roles within marketing and media for Brazil, Latin America and global having worked abroad in the US and UK. Most recently leads all strategic media strategic planning for UL BR and the corporate marketing of the Unilever Brand. Represents UL on the Unstereotype alliance since the launch of the Brazil local chapter.
Andrea ÁlvaresRead more
Andrea Álvares is Chief Brand, Innovation, International and Sustainability Officer and member of the Executive Committee for Natura. Prior to Natura, she held General Manager, Marketing and Strategy roles at Pepsico and P&G. Andrea is a board member of the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and emeritus advisor of the Conscious Capitalism Institute of Brazil. She is also a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a founding member of Women of Brazil and is actively engaged in several female empowerment initiatives. Andrea has been awarded Forbes Most Influential Women in Brazil, Advertising Age Women to Watch and Top 10 Female Executives by Valor Economico newspaper.
Andrea OpokuRead more
Andrea heads up the Africa operations of Women in Marketing (WiM) CIC - a global network of senior level women (and male advocates) in the marketing, advertising and communications fields, created to educate, inspire, connect and recognise the contribution women make to industry and society. Andrea launched WiM Africa in Durban, South Africa in 2018 at the Loeries Creative Week.
A marketing communications and brand specialist and founder of award-winning Marketing Consultancy GreenBean Marketing delivering services to organisations in the UK and across Africa. Andrea’s 20 years of international industry experience spans software development, property, education, food retail, men’s fashion, office design & build, outdoor adventure sports, tech events, healthcare and mining.
Andrea also talks, lectures and writes on marketing planning, branding, social media and digital marketing strategy in the UK and across the continent.
Anna MutavatiRead more
Anna Mutavati is the Country Representative for UN WOMEN in Kenya. A gender equality advocate and women’s rights lawyer with 22 years’ experience, Anna holds a Masters’ Degree in Women’s Law and an Honors Degree in Law, both from the University of Zimbabwe. She has worked with UNFPA, UNICEF, UN WOMEN and the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association in senior technical leadership capacities in Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, and Kenya. Her achievements include support to successful legal reforms on domestic violence, succession, and sexual offences; resource mobilization, leading and managing strategic and complex partnerships and leading diverse teams. An Alumni of the Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) Young Women Leadership Programme- Anna is passionate about mentoring young people and supporting them to lead.
Anne Joy Michira
Anne Joy MichiraRead more
Ms Anne Joy Michira is HEAD OF MARKETING BEER, EAST AFRICA, EABL/DIAGEO. Anne works to inspire transformational leadership and is Diageo’s Diversity & Inclusion champion in Africa. She has built an extensive commercial career over 16 years with solid competence in both trade & brand marketing. She focuses on delivering sustainable, vibrant brands and building empowered, engaged, functionally expert teams. In EABL, she leads a team of award-winning marketers charged with building and growing some of East Africa’s biggest brands. She began her career in 2005 with British American Tobacco (BAT) and worked her way up from Trade Marketing Representative and moved to Area Brand Manager (East and Central Africa) where she successfully launched two line extensions in Reunion with their contribution accounting for 38% of the brand’s sales. She is a proud mother of 2 boys.
Head of Marketing South Africa
Asha PatelRead more
Asha is an innovative leader with over 17 years of experience in tech and media across emerging and developed markets.
Prior to Google, Asha spent 4 years at Standard Bank, where she established the group's web and mobile presence across 18 African markets. Before that, she spent 3 years at Primedia subsidiary, The Mobile Games Company.
Asha is a passionate diversity advocate and has been deeply involved in transformation from the age of 16 when she was appointed to the Junior City Council. She has been recognised as one of Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans and as a One Young World Ambassador.
Asha holds degrees in Informatics, Honours Cum Laude in Business Management, and multiple Business Schools certifications.
Austyn AllisonRead more
Austyn Allison has edited Campaign Middle East, the leading media, marketing and advertising magazine in the MENA region, for almost five years. Campaign is published by Motivate Media Group and licensed from Haymarket in the UK, extending a 50-year legacy of the best industry journalism into the region. Austyn has worked in Dubai for 16 years and can remember the good old days when it was all fields and forests and when agencies were calm, relaxing havens of tranquility and everyone was unstressed and well paid. He has previously worked at other regional publications including MEED, Communicate and Gulf News.
Bea LopesRead more
A Digital influencer who has a big dream and hopes to change the world with every like in her networks. Through social media, Bea addresses through humor the women’s empowerment, gives tips on hair and how to deal with daily problems with her audience at @beloopes. She always reinforces that happiness goes beyond stereotypes.
Bobi CarleyRead more
Bobi leads ISBA's TV & Video strategy, supporting advertisers to drive industry change and progression. She leads the ISBA D&I Network working across the industry to drive action for a more inclusive industry.
Previously to ISBA, Bobi led the AV and partnerships teams at the7stars. She also served as the UK Commercial Director of The Walt Disney Company from 2010 to 2018.
Prior to this she held a number of senior positions in a ten-year career at Viacom. She started her very fulfilling career at Sky Media in 1993.
Basma KhalifaRead more
Basma Khalifa is a filmmaker and director based in London. From Sudanese heritage, Basma grew up in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Basma is perhaps best known for fronting her BBC3 Doc ‘Inside the real Saudi Arabia…and Why I had to Leave’. Over lockdown, Basma directed two projects – one for Facebook and another for Apple in collaboration with the Mayor of London. Basma hosts the 'Unpretty Podcast' which unpacks the deeply ingrained perceptions of beauty through the lens of black and non-black people of colour. She is currently working with Louis Theroux’s Mindhouse on documentary concepts while curating and building Our Isolated World.
Carolyne KendiRead more
Carolyne Kendi is the Head of Brand & Marketing Communications at Safaricom PLC.
She leads the Brand & Marketing Communication strategy across the Safaricom brand, Consumer, Financial Services (MPESA) and Enterprise Business Units, partnering with the commercial teams to ensure consistent and impactful execution of the brand across all touchpoints and liaising with partners to create and drive growth while enhancing brand equity.
Her journey as an astute and experienced marketing professional began over 18 years ago and since then has built her passion for fulfilling customer needs and driving commercial value at various blue-chip multinationals in the region - East Africa Breweries Limited (Diageo East Africa), Unilever East Africa, Unilever South Africa and currently Safaricom PLC.
Her experience spans across multiple markets in Africa – East Africa, West Africa & South & Southern Africa, driving business growth through creative and strategic thinking on brand management and communication strategy. Her key areas of specialization are Brand Strategy & Development, Communication mix development, Social marketing & Digital marketing.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) degree from the University of Nairobi, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Strategic management at the United States International University. She serves as a Council Board member of the Marketing Society of Kenya, a Director at Melchizedek Hospital, Director at Unathi Investments Limited, and volunteers as the chairperson of the Loresho Springs apartments Management Committee.
She is a mother of an 8-year-old young man and a servant leader, who is extremely passionate about driving positive impact by bringing people together, and helping them leverage their strengths, to ultimately live their purpose.
Christopher KennaRead more
Christopher Kenna is CEO and Founder of Brand Advance Group, a Startups.co.uk top 100 company 2 years in a row, which connects brands with diverse audiences globally, through Insights, Media and Creative that more authentically engages these communities - an entrepreneur who in 2 years has grown the group to over 100 staff in 5 countries and multi-million dollar turnover, ensuring that marketing revenue reaches the media, and events dedicated to all communities within society.
Christopher is a member of the WFA Diversity Board, and as a mixed race, out gay father - he is a strong advocate for diversity and representations within media and advertsing. He is also on the advisory board for the V&A Museums.
Christopher was recently awarded the Media Leader 2020 Judges award by Mediatel, named on EMPower’s 100 LGBT executives 2020 and EMPower’s 100 Ethnic Minority Executives 2020, plus awarded Innovator of the Year in the Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2019.
Claire BarnettRead more
Claire is the Executive Director of UN Women UK. UN Women is the only global organisation working to make gender equality a reality at truly every level of society, from grassroots to global government. UN Women's mission is to ensure every woman has an equal right and access to Safety, Choice, and a Voice.
The Safe Spaces Now project is a unique programme bringing stakeholders together to transform public spaces to allow women, girls and marginalised groups to be safe and free. From urban design to behavioural nudges, the project is based on learnings from a decade of work UN Women has carried out around the world for safer cities and public spaces.
Previously, Claire has authored publications while at McKinsey & Company on macroeconomic effect of accelerating gender equality on UK GDP, and diversity and inclusion strategy. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Oxford examining the history of gender identity, has worked with charity boards in areas from microfinance in Brazil to UK youth access to social protection, and founded a community fitness studio.
Claire's passion for 2021 is finding innovative ways to bring organisations, communities and individuals together, despite lockdown restrictions, in a united and powerful movement for change. Because our voices are louder when we raise them together.
Cory EisentrautRead more
Having spent nearly two decades in North America, creating award-winning work for BMW, HSBC and Maple Leaf Foods, Cory emigrated to London in 2019 to join BBD Perfect Storm as Creative Partner. In addition to helping to run the North American Tylenol and Splenda businesses, he recently relaunched the retirement platform for Legal & General, as well as a new brand positioning for Ruffles in the Mexican market. In addition to having won multiple Gold Lions and various finalists at the Cannes Festival of Creativity, his work has been recognized at the Clios, One Show and Communication Arts.
Cris CamargoRead more
Cris Camargo is the CEO of IAB Brazil, an association that aims to develop the digital advertising market in the country and is also responsible for aligning Brazil with all other IABs in the world. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication, a postgraduate degree in Business Administration and a specialization in Marketing and Sales at UCLA, Government Relations at Insper and a degree in Business Administration from Dom Cabral. She has worked at well-known global companies such as Nokia, Carrefour and C&A, as well as agencies MPM and F.biz. Cris leads one of the most solid foundations of IAB Global encouraging and collaborating with various institutional and political actions in Brazilian digital advertising.
Dale GreenRead more
Dale Green is a Global Brand Director at Mars Wrigley. In his role, Dale is responsible for creating global advertising and innovation strategies behind some the world’s largest chocolate brands and for accelerating growth of the business. In addition, Dale leverages his passion for using brands and business as a change for good. He leads Purpose Marketing across segments for Mars Inc, ensuring that the marketing of Mars’ brands speaks to and celebrates the diversity of the consumers who enjoy them as well as being responsible in the world.
Dale is a Deputy Vice Chair with the Unstereotype Alliance. He is also a member of the World Federation of Advertisers’ (WFA) Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, which seeks to challenge the wider industry to better represent and champion diverse identities.
Dale has more than 25 years of marketing experience in consumer products across multiple categories and countries whilst working for Mars, Müller and Kraft Foods. He is results driven and committed to achieving excellence through clear strategy, visible leadership and collaborative teamwork. He currently leads a diverse team of marketing professionals based across multiple countries.
Dale’s notable achievements include some of SNICKERS® most iconic campaigns, including winning the Super Clio for best Superbowl Ad in 2020. Dale has been awarded two IPA Gold awards for advertising effectiveness. He also developed the first-ever global campaign for TWIX® (“Left Twix, Right Twix”).
Originally from the UK, Dale now resides in the USA, with his wife Rachel, their two children, and their many pets.
Danai GuriraRead more
Danai Gurira is an award-winning playwright and actress. Distinguished as the first African female writer to have a play on Broadway, and to bring the perspective of African women to mainstream theater, her stage plays give voice to untold narratives. They include In the Continuum (OBIE Award, Outer Critics Award, Helen Hayes Award), Eclipsed (Tony nomination: Best Play, NAACP Award, Helen Hayes Award: Best New Play, Connecticut Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Production of a Play), and The Convert (six Ovation Awards, L.A. Outer Critics Award). Her newest play, Familiar, received its world premiere at Yale Rep and premiered in New York at Playwrights Horizons in February of 2016. Commissioned by Yale Rep, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons, and the Royal Court, she is a recipient of the Sam Norkin Award (2016 Drama Desk Awards), a Whiting Award as well as a Hodder Fellowship.
As an actor, Gurira starred as General Okoye in Marvel’s 2018 Academy Award-winning blockbuster film Black Panther, for which she won a People’s Choice Award (Favorite Action Movie Star), an NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Supporting Actress/Motion Picture) and a shared SAG Award (Outstanding Performance by a Cast/Motion Picture). Later that year she reprised her role in Avengers: Infinity War and again in Avengers: Endgame, which went on to become the #1 top grossing film in history. She most recently starred in her final season as Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead, which remains a top-rated cable program in its tenth season. Her other acting credits include the feature films All Eyez on Me, Mother of George, The Visitor, and Shakespeare in the Park’s stage production of Measure for Measure (Equity Callaway Award).
Born in Iowa to Zimbabwean parents and raised in Zimbabwe, Gurira holds an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. An ambassador for Bono’s ONE campaign, she is co-founder of Almasi Arts Alliance, which works to give access and opportunity to African dramatic artists. With a personal dedication to effect tangible change in gender equality and push global leaders toward real policy transformation, she is founder of Love Our Girls, which spotlights the specific challenges faced by women and girls while celebrating the courageous work by organizations seeking to make a difference. In December 2018 she was also named a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, supporting its mandate of gender equality and women’s rights and leveraging her celebrity as an amplifier of other women’s voices.
Deepa VaidyanathanRead more
Deepa Vaidyanathan – Senior Director of Communications at P&G, has led numerous award winning Force for Good campaigns across the region for brands that are a lovemark today, aiming to drive a sustainable world, as well as influencing the transformation of the gender narrative inside and outside P&G
Diana DaouRead more
Diana Daou holds a 16 years track record across the MENA region in creating digital experiences not only as an entrepreneur but also in various Senior Business Planning & Strategy roles within global Tech firms Yahoo! and LinkedIn. She has a true passion for building and growing organizations from the ground up as well as developing and coaching talent towards high performance. This passion first manifested itself in 2009 when Diana led the integration of the Maktoob.com advertising department within Yahoo! during the Arabic internet startup’s acquisition. Today Diana heads the Client Solutions team at LinkedIn managing the Enterprise, Growth and Acquisition Business and ensuring that organizations are set up for success on the platform.
Djamila RibeiroRead more
Djamila Ribeiro has a master’s in political philosophy from the Sao Paulo Federal University. She coordinates the Selo Sueli Carneiro and the Plural Feminisms Collection. She is the writer of the books "Place of Speech", "Who is afraid of Black Feminism?", and "Little Antiracist Manual". She is a guest professor in the journalism department of the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo. Djamila Ribeiro also writes a Column for the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper and the Elle magazine. In 2016, she acted as Deputy Secretary of Human Rights of the Municipality of Sao Paulo. She was awarded the Prince Claus Prize in 2019, granted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and considered by BBC one of the 100 most influential women in the world.
Dolores PaxoteRead more
Dolores is the Chief Talent Officer for Publicis Groupe agencies in Mexico, and leading the D&I initiative. Previously Dolores worked in other companies such as Danone, Avon and in Consultancy companies, she has worked mostly with a LATAM scope, and she has lived in Argentina, Brazil and currently in Mexico.
She majored in Political Science and Business Administration in UCEMA University in Buenos Aires, and has completed an HR Executive Program in Di Tella University and a Leadership & Coaching program with OBS and Universidad de Barcelona.
Dolores is passionate about people development and a firm believer that People are always the key for success in every organization. Dolores is a photography amateur, and a proud step mom of Alfonsina.
Ebru Bakkaloğlu Tüzecan
Ebru Bakkaloğlu TüzecanRead more
As the Sustainability Coordinator of Koç Holding, Ebru Tüzecan plays an active role in developing strategies and implementing programs in line with ESG roadmap of the company, initiating and managing partnerships with key stakeholders, scaling best practices among Koç Group companies and developing social and environmental projects leveraging innovation and technology. Before joining Koç Holding, Tüzecan worked as Public Affairs and Communications Director at Coca-Cola Turkey, Caucasus and Central Asia Business Unit, led the activities of Coca-Coa Life Plus Foundation and launched partnerships with international organizations, civil society and public institutions.
Eduardo FonsecaRead more
Eduardo Imperatriz Fonseca is Corporate Affairs Director at Grupo Boticário, responsible for the areas of ESG, Diversity and Inclusion, Communications, and Institutional Relations. Eduardo took over this position at Grupo Boticário a little over three years ago, after leading the Corporate Affairs area of International Paper for Latin America for 6 years.
Edward OsweRead more
Mr Edward Oswe is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK). He has been serving in this capacity since November 2019. Edward has long-standing experience in strategic execution, partnership, resource mobilization, policy development, research, administration, project management and digital transformation. Before his current position, Edward served as the CEO of the Kenya Library Association where he successfully led the development of 8 branches, grew membership by 80% and championed the Library Professional Bill that is currently in place in the parliament of the Republic of Kenya. Under his leadership, MSK played a key role in Government Covid-19 communication that has been published on billboards spread across the country. Edward has a background in MSc in Applied Computing specialising in Information Technology from the Buckinghamshire New University and a BSc Information Systems from the University of West London.
Edward WageniRead more
Edward Wageni is the Global Head of United Nations Global HeForShe Initiative, a global solidarity movement which seeks to engage men and boys as advocates for gender equality. Edward is a gender equality expert with experience in strategic leadership, operational management and coordination. He has worked with civil society and led partnerships with government, UN agencies and private sector in promoting gender equality. Currently based in New York, Edward holds a MSc. Development Practice from Oxford Brookes University, UK, and has worked in many countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America as well as the UK.
Egnalda CôrtesRead more
Egnalda Côrtes is a specialist in negotiation with a corporate career of 22 years, 21 managing teams and forming leaders and 10 in executive positions. Business executive by profession, Change-maker and matrigestora* by devotion, in 2015, she founded the 1st black influencers company from Latin America, economically encouraging black creators in this market and inspiring other agencies to have black influencers in their casting. In 2016, she was recognized as one of the 30 builders of the digital industry by YOUPIX. In 2017, as one of the “Most inspiring women” by the Think Olga Institute and, in 2021, as an emblematic woman who has already built a legacy economically fostering black creators in the digital industry promoted by SP International with the UN Women. *women who gestate the power of their people.
Elda ChoucairRead more
Elda Choucair is COO of Omnicom Media Group MENA, the media services division of the Omnicom Group. In this role, Elda leads the MENA network with futuristic ambition to advance the company through strategic and group-wide initiatives. As the industry changes beyond recognition at light speed, Elda is tasked with retooling and reconfiguring the services and talent of the agency for optimum performance in the new world. Elda’s remit expanded in June of 2019 to COO of the holding group, building on three remarkable years as CEO of PHD MENA. Under Elda’s leadership, PHD was named “MENA Media Network of the Year” by Campaign ME in 2016. She joined Omnicom Media Group in 2006 as Director of Planning for OMD and in 2008 moved to run PHD in the region.
Eleanor LisneyRead more
Eleanor Lisney FRSA MA MSIS is a founder member of Sisters of Frida and Culture Access. She was born and bred in Malaysia, and has lived in France and worked in UK and the USA. She used to travel a good deal but lately travel has not been an option. Her favourite mode of travel is be train and have done that in various countries including in China, Norway, Italy. She has 2 grown up children and one grandson. She writes on intersectional issues as a disabled woman of colour and is passionate on campaigning for social justice and inclusion.
Eleni KitraRead more
Eleni Kitra is the Regional Head of Automotive and Mobility at Facebook, where she leads Strategic Business Development for Mobility and Automotive as a Service for the MENA region, for all of Facebook’s family of apps including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger Eleni has over 2 decades’ experience in Business Management, Digital transformation, Communication and Marketing, leading international companies in multiple industries. Eleni has been a founding and board member of Digital Industry associations (IAB, EEDE), has been President and Jury member of Digital Awards along the years, and she has been awarded multiple times for her work in Digital & Social Media. She is an active member of the Business ecosystem and the Women in Leaderhip, and .she is chairing the Business Innovator Committee in Dubai Capital Club She is a global leader in supporting women in Tech, spearheading women@leadership for Facebook EMEA, she has launched the #startyourengines initiative in KSA, she is the founder of Women@Auto MENA, and she is a passionate mentor and gender equality ambassador Eleni is a member of various Women in Business and Technology associations and she represents Facebook as a founding member of the UAE Chapter of Unstereotype Gender. Mother of two, Digital Communicator at heart, People Equality ambassador, “always on” for family and friends
Elizabeth MokwenaRead more
Curator of “Glocal" brand experiences, Elizabeth is a Pan-African brand builder, with over 11 years’ experience within the FMCG industry. She has worked for the world’s leading FMCG giants heading the agenda on several billion-dollar brands including Pampers, Ariel, Domestos and Sunlight. Elizabeth advocates for a more diverse & inclusive voices in corporate South Africa, using her experience & NPO (MEQUALITY) to help other black professionals navigate corporate RSA.
Elizabeth OgabiRead more
Elizabeth started her career in communications at Unilever where she learned the fundamentals of PR and corporate communications, she later went on to manage branding and communications for a global investment bank and most recently worked as the Director of Communications at global advertising agency Ogilvy. At Ogilvy she also sat on the Inclusion Board and was Vice-Chair of Ogilvy Equals, the network focused on driving gender equality within the agency and industry. In 2016 she founded For Working Ladies, a digital media platform focused on equipping women with the information and tools they need to start a successful business. Most recently, she co-founded Leicour.com a private membership network focused on accelerating women within organisations into leadership roles. Whether it’s starting a side hustle, breaking through the corporate glass ceiling or pursuing full-time entrepreneurship, her ultimate goal is focused on the advancement and economic empowerment of women. She is also the host of How I Made It Happen, a podcast focused on sharing advice from women who are entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. In June 2021 she will publish her debut book Side Hustle in Progress: A Practical Guide to Kickstarting Your Business. Elizabeth has been recognised for her work by Forbes, The Dots, and other notable publications. In 2019 she was named one of the UK Ambassadors of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, which was established by the UN. She has also been recognised by The Dots as a Rising Star Inspiring Change in both 2020 and 2021
Emma ChiuRead more
Emma Chiu leads Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, the agency’s in-house futures and innovation think-tank.
She consults with clients to build long-term strategies based on qualitative and quantitative insight that incorporates cultural and behavioral change, sector innovation and zeitgeist shifts. Clients include Microsoft, Shiseido, Unilever, Samsung and Nestlé.
Emma’s foresight and thought leadership has been picked up by global publications and has been featured in The Telegraph, New York Magazine and Vogue. She is a member of the WARC Awards and Creativepool 2020 judging panel. In addition, Emma regularly speaks at international conferences including SXSW Interactive, Adobe Max and Pause Fest. She is also a 2021 OK Mentor dedicated to helping women break into creative industries.
Erdem TolonRead more
Born in 1980 in Istanbul, Erdem Tolon graduated from Eyuboglu College Mathematics Department in 1998. After graduation, he completed his bachelor’s degree in Koc University, Department of Economics in 2002, and his master's degree in business administration at Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) between 2002-2004. Erdem Tolon; worked at Nielsen over 10 years where he was the General Manager of Turkey between 2012-2018 and worked in various management positions such as the ‘Eastern European Business Development Directorate’. Erdem Tolon has been continuing his career as Deputy General Manager of Kantar Media Turkey since December 2018. He is continuing his work at Kantar focusing on Audience Measurement, CMAM, Advertising Intel, TGI and Social Media Measurement. Erdem Tolon, who also serves as MMA Turkey Co-Chair, also has been serving as a lecturer in Sports Research at Istanbul Bilgi University. Mr. Tolon is married with two children and speaks fluently English and Italian
Erika CabralRead more
More than 20 years of experience in business strategy focused in media/marketing processes. Performed in big company groups as Accenture and IPG, focused in development and improvement of media processes, data analysis and market trends in different markets beside BR, as London, Netherlands, Italy and Mexico. Deep experience in structure, develop, implement and optimize systems and process based in guiding business goals. She is Managing Director of media operation in Brazil and lead clients like Unilever, Amazon, Bayer, Lego… She has MBA in Business Management in Fundação Getúlio Vargas and is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, native in Portuguese.
Eylem ÖzgürRead more
Eylem Özgür, initiated her career in 1999 as Total Quality Specialist at Aselsan. She joined Eczacıbaşı Group in 1999 as Junior Human Resources Specialist at Eczacıbaşı Holding. Between 2005 and 2013, she worked as Human Resources Manager at Eczacıbaşı Girişim. Between 2013 and 2019, she worked as Human Resources Director responsible for all Consumer Products Division companies. Between 2016 and 2018 she also served as Supply Chain Director at the same company. She transferred to Eczacıbaşı Holding as Human Resources Director in 2019 and then she was promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer effective January 1st, 2021.
Born in 1976, Özgür received her undergraduate degree from Industrial Engineering department of İstanbul Technical University in 1998; her graduate degree from Human Resources Management department of İstanbul Technical University in 2003 and her doctorate degree from Labor Economics and Industrial Relations department of the same university in 2010.
Ezra GeldRead more
Media professional by vocation, Ezra Geld came to marketing in a non-linear way. He studied Economic and Social History at the Universities of Cornell (USA) and Bristol (United Kingdom), where he lived for almost a decade, and approached the Media area after an internship at the London PHD agency. In 2004, he returned to Brazil hired by JWT São Paulo, as Media Research and Insight Director. Since then, he was promoted to Head of Department, supervised the total media restructuring and launched the country's first Channel Planning service. From then on, he obtained a broader and more strategic account management function, leading work with clients such as Coca-Cola and Unilever. In 2011, he was promoted to general director of the agency and in July 2013 he was appointed as JWT CEO. In 2019, he was promoted to Corp Strategy and Head of Media at the company WPP holding, a position he held for a year, when he left the WPP group and took over IPG Mediabrands in Brazil as CEO.
Fatoş KarahasanRead more
Dr. Fatoş Karahasan teaches Marketing Communications, Advertising and Digital Marketing courses at Istanbul Bilgi University. After working as a top manager in international advertising companies for 14 years, she has been involved in advertising agency competitions, product launches, product strategies and research projects of local and foreign organisations as a management consultant.
She writes columns for Dünya, Start Up and cnnturk.com. She has brought two books on Advertising and Political Marketing from French to Turkish language. In addition to books that she has contributed to, such as “Marketing Politics”, she is the author of 5 books titled; “How to Get Rid of Mediocre Advertising?”, “Rules of Digital Marketing, While Stones Are Moving”, “Ways of Communication to Mind and Heart” and “Open Up Young People are coming”, “Financial Literacy in Youth”. She has published articles in Milliyet newspaper, Tempo and Capital magazines for many years. Holding INSEAD's Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner certificate, Karahasan also provides training and consultancy services on the Blue Ocean Strategy for Innovation. She is fluent in English, French, Italian and German. She is a member of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Board (RÖK).
Fernando DesouchesRead more
Fernando Desouches, Managing Director of the New Macho strategic division at London-based, BBD Perfect Storm.
New Macho works with global brands such as Dove Men+Care, Ruffles, and Heinz to help them dispel negative clichés and redefine masculinity. With more than 20 years of experience marketing to men, including at Unilever where he led the Lynx/Axe brand repositioning, Fernando continues to provide important industry insights around masculinity. Fernando is a regular speaker at industry events like AdWeek EU, prominent Institutions like the UNWomen Unstereotype Alliance and several universities around the globe. Recently, his work has been recognised by the IPA, who added his name to their 2020 iList of role models championing inclusivity in the advertising industry.
Fiona DawsonRead more
Fiona Dawson is the Global President of Mars Food, Multisales and Global Customers and a member of the Mars Leadership Team, reporting to Grant Reid, Office of the President. Mars Food, headquartered in London, is dedicated to providing better food today and a better world tomorrow. As Global President, Dawson leads a business over 1,500 Associates. Mars Food’s 13 leading brands are available in more than 30 countries. Mars Multisales in Europe and Southern Africa operates in over 50 countries, bringing our beloved brands from the Confectionery, Pet Nutrition and Food segments to consumers.
Fiona Dawson joined the Mars graduate program from Trinity College, Dublin and has enjoyed a long career at Mars in various roles, including European Marketing Vice President, Managing Director and then President of Mars Chocolate U.K. Dawson has also participated in the Mars Chocolate Global Board and acted as President of Mars Global Retail.
Dawson has a passion for the advancement of women’s entrepreneurship and human rights, especially in the developing world. She is Chair of the Women’s Business Council, a group seeking to advance women in the executive pipeline. Dawson is also a member of The LEGO Group’s Board of Directors where she brings her decades of experience working with global consumer brands to help support the long-term vision of the LEGO Group. Additionally, she was recently announced as a Non-Executive Director to the board of UK retailer Marks & Spencer where her focus on coupling societal change with performance will be a great asset.
Previously, Dawson served on the Economic Development Advisory Group to the U.K’s Department for International Development (DfID). Dawson also leads the Mars Brexit Steering Committee to guide the business through geopolitical change.
Dawson previously served as President of the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) and Vice President of the Food and Drink Federation, where she led both the Sustainability and Health and Wellbeing committees, becoming a pivotal member of the U.K. Responsibility Deal. Dawson has been recognized with a number of awards including IMAGE Magazine’s Businesswoman of the Year 2016, the Marketing Institute of Ireland’s All Ireland Marketing Champion 2017 and Ireland’s “ultimate marketer” of the past 25 years. Dawson is the first female leader recognized with The Grocer Cup, voted by readers of The Grocer magazine and awarded to business leaders who have inspired their teams to achieve exceptional results.
A passionate cook, Fiona lives in the U.K. with her husband, their two sons and their cocker spaniel Roly.
Francis RobertsRead more
Francis Roberts is Head of Creator Partnerships at Snap Inc. Francis oversees relationships with digital-native talent and manages the Snap Creator Ecosystem across Snap Stars, Spotlight, Shows and more.
Prior to joining Snap Inc., Francis spent eight years at Google and built his digital creator expertise working with some of YouTube’s biggest names. He has collaborated with popular Creators and celebrities, including Will Smith, Naomi Campbell, Liza Koshy, Jackie Aina, Brent Rivera, and The Try Guys.
Prior to Google, he co-founded BE LLC, a New York-based event planning and digital media firm and spent time at Barclays Capital. Francis holds a Bachelor’s degree in international business with a focus on Asia-Pacific studies from Howard University.
Gail SchimmelRead more
Gail Schimmel is the CEO of the Advertising Regulatory Board. She is an admitted attorney with a BA (Hon) LLB and LLM. She has worked as a practicing attorney, a lecturer and at the Advertising Standards Authority. She is also a best selling novelist.
Ganga S Dhanesh
Ganga S DhaneshRead more
Ganga S Dhanesh (PhD, National University of Singapore) is Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the College of Communication and Media Sciences, Zayed University. Previously, she was Assistant Professor at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. She has published numerous articles on corporate social responsibility, internal relations, and strategic communication in books and top-tier, peer-reviewed international journals in the areas of business and communication management. Dhanesh serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Communication Management. A recipient of several awards for her research, Dhanesh actively consults for various national and multinational corporations and non-profit organizations
Gráinne WaferRead more
Gráinne Wafer, Global Brand Director for Guinness at Diageo is responsible for the Guinness brand globally, one of the world’s most iconic brands, brewed in over 50 countries and enjoyed by millions of consumers in 150 countries. She is accountable for strategy, commercial, quality and marketing for the brand across both developed and developing markets.
Gráinne also is joint lead of Diageo’s progressive portrayal programme globally and has been a vocal advocate for inclusivity and diversity across the advertising and marketing industries. She is the Diageo representative for the UNstereotype Alliance, Creative Equals and WFA D&I Taskforce amongst key industry partnerships.
Gráinne has spent over twenty years with Diageo working on a wide variety of brands, with local, European & global roles spanning communications, brand marketing, innovation and commercialisation. Most recently Grainne was Global Brand Director on Baileys and Roe & Co, delivering a complete brand transformation on Baileys globally, and overseeing the development and opening of the new Roe & Co distillery and visitor centre as well as market expansion to USA & Australia.
Gül ŞenerRead more
Before starting her academic career, Asst. Prof. Gül Şener has worked at the global and local advertising agencies in Turkey for 9 years and had developed creative strategies and executions for domestic and international brands. She is currently working at Bahçeşehir University (BAU), a founding ally of Unstereotype Alliance Turkey.
Her research on the use of archetypal characters in brand narratives was selected by the European Advertising Academy and published in Advances in Advertising Research Vol. VII. Her areas of specialty include gender representations in advertising, influencer marketing and semiotics. She consults companies on integrating gender equality perspective into their marketing communications and gives trainings. She is the coordinator of “The Effie Awards Turkey Gender Equality Scorecard Research”, a collaborative study by Advertisers Association (RVD), Association of Advertising Agencies (RD), Unstereotype Alliance Turkey and BAU. She is also a member of the Advertising Self-Regulation Board in Turkey.
Guy ParkerRead more
Guy became Chief Executive of the ASA, the UK regulator of ads in all media, in 2009. Responsible for executing the ASA’s strategy to have More Impact Online, he oversees all functions of the ASA system. From 2013 – 2016, Guy chaired the European Advertising Standards Alliance; he remains a Board and Executive Committee member. He’s also Vice President of the International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation, a Board member of the Fundraising Regulator, a member of the Fundraising Regulator’s Standards Committee, a member of the UK government’s Consumer Protection Partnership Strategic Group and a member of the National Statistics Designation Review Steering Group.
Hande BecerenRead more
After graduation from Sociology Department of Boshphorus University, Hande Beceren started her career in TNS, carrying out social, media and brand research. She joined MEC as director of Analytics & Insight department, where she spent 17 years, her responsibilities spanning across strategic planning, client service, new business development and digital transformation. She served as Managing Director between 2015-2017. In 2017, she joined Kantar Insights Division Turkey as CEO where she is overseeing Kantar’s development in line with strategy and objectives. She is a member of Kantar’s Inclusion & Diversity committee. She is the Vice President of Turkish Research Association. She lives in Istanbul with her son.
Heide GardnerRead more
Since 2003, Heide has led IPG’s award winning D&I plan, and played a significant role in strategic industry and client partnerships such as the Unstereotype Alliance. IPG’s inclusion innovations have been featured in major trade and business press as well as the Harvard Business Review, Profiles in Diversity Journal and research reports from The Center for Talent Innovation. She began her career as a successful marketer and creative who worked on leading global brands. Later, as a lobbyist, she represented the industry to the White House, Congress and federal agencies, helping to win a Presidential Executive Order on contracting for multicultural agencies and media. Heide also launched AAF’s diversity agenda and led the CMOs and CEOs of agencies and media companies who crafted the original Mosaic Principles. Among Heide’s honors have been recognition as an AdColor Change Agent and as a member of AdAge’s roster of the century’s Most Influential Women. Mount Holyoke College presented her with the Alumni Achievement Award and Black Enterprise listed her among the top Corporate Diversity Executives. DiversityBestPractices/Working Mother Media recognized her with a Diversity Officer Leadership Award.
Inanc DedebasRead more
Inanc Dedebas serves as Chief Executive Officer of Publicis Groupe Turkey, leading Publicis İstanbul, Leo Burnett, MSL, Saatchi & Saatchi, Voden, Starcom, Spark Foundry, Zenith, Publicis Emil and Performics under Publicis Groupe umbrella. He joined Publicis Groupe in 2004 and since has worked in all levels for various clients and built a growing organization in both billings and service offerings in Turkey.
With his contribution and under his leadership, agencies have been recognized as one of the most awarded media /creative agencies in Turkey and won at numerous award programs, such as Eurobest, Cannes Young Lions, many nominations in Cannes Media Lions, M&M Awards, Effie, P&G Global Media Awards; and some local awards such as Mediacat Felis Awards, Mixx, A Awards and Cristal Apple.
He is currently a board member of Association of Turkish Advertising Agencies and has seminars on marketing communication, communication planning and strategies at different conferences, trainings and events.
Isabel AquinoRead more
Brand strategist and market researcher with 20 years of experience serving companies across a variety of industries in Brazil. Since 2017, coordinates the project TODXS, a study that maps how gender and race are represented in Brazilian advertising, an action in partnership with UN Women Brazil and the agency Heads Propaganda.
Jada SezerRead more
Fusing modelling and activism in the mental health space, Jada Sezer is a multi-hyphenate talent and ambassador for Save the Children, Young Minds and UN Women. As one of the first plus size models in the UK, Jada was a pioneer in the industry: modelling for Topshop, Speedo, Calvin Klein and Moët; a global campaign for L’Oreal alongside Dame Helen Mirren and a total of 3 international Adidas campaigns. Most recently she collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger; presenting their back stage show at London Fashion week, hosting their interactive shopping event and featuring in their global campaign. In 2012 Jada was the very first size 16 model on ASOS. In 2019, she graced the cover of Women’s Health magazine and entered 2021 as the January cover of Cosmopolitan. Constantly inspiring women to break boundaries the way she has, Jada ran the 2018 London Marathon in her underwear. Six months later, her empowerment campaign ‘Celebrate You’ had over 1,000 women, running 10k in their underwear too! Her compassion when publicly speaking about vital topics such as body positivity, mental health and wellbeing has garnered her a large, loyal online following of over 300,000 on Instagram alone. Before her modelling career Jada was studying a Masters in Child Psychotherapy, over lockdown she went back to academia and completed a diploma in Neuroplasticity. ‘Unsubscribe’ is a podcast Jada created alongside the then-VP of Bumble, interviewing influential women such as Vanessa Kingori and Scarlet Curtis, with the hope to democratise access to information and support women’s equality in the work place, it shot to Top 50 on the Apple podcast charts. Her new podcast ‘Why We Feel This’ will be launching next month, consisting of conversations with top neuroscientists, unravelling how our brains work and how our physiology makes us feel the way we do. Further supporting her exploration into feeling, Jada is developing a brand called ‘The Intentional’ with products and toolkits to facilitate vital daily practices that aid in the strengthen and maintenance of mental health.
Jess WeinerRead more
Jess Weiner is a cultural expert, speaker, educator and consultant focusing on the intersection of business and social change.
She’s the CEO of Talk to Jess, where she advises Fortune 500 companies to help them better reflect people in their media, marketing, advertising, and workforce.
Her clients and partners span across industries including: Disney, Aerie, Netflix, Warner Bros, Google, Amazon, and she worked with The White House Council for Women and Girls under the Obama administration.
Jess is an adjunct professor at USC in the Annenberg School of Journalism, an acclaimed author, and was recently named by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in Business in the areas of Diversity and Education.
Now, Jess is launching The Good Life and Talk To Jess Masterclasses - a series of online education courses and workshops focused on personal and professional development for individuals and companies.
Dr. Joanna Abeyie MBE
Dr. Joanna Abeyie MBERead more
The go-getting 33-year-old has blazed a trail as a multi-award-winning social impact entrepreneur, champion of diversity, inclusion, and equality as well as making a mark as an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. Joanna has spent the last 14 years, increasing the employment of diverse talent through inclusive hiring practices and creating inclusive working cultures. Launching her first charity Elevation Networks Charitable Trust at 18 alongside six colleagues in 2006, following this 2008 Joanna went on to start her own Social Enterprise Shine Media in 2008, saw she placed over 3000 people from diverse backgrounds into work within the creative industries. Joanna’s latest enterprise is founding Blue Moon, a flagship inclusive Executive Search Business and Diversity and Inclusion Consultancy Practice. Before BM, Joanna founded Hyden, part of FTSE 250 Global Recruiter SThree, an executive search and consultancy business. Joanna was also awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list for her services to diversity and inclusion in the creative and media industries.
John AntonielloRead more
John is passionate about disrupting cultural norms that have negative micro & macro impacts. John strives to show brands that doing good is also good for business, through projects that range from revolutionizing the stock photo industry to change the way women, femmes and nonbinary people are represented, to partnering with policy makers to pass legislation to end hair discrimination, to hijacking social media to combat sexism, to creating the world's first crowdsourced platform for gender equality solutions.
As a queer person, John fell in love with the digital world because of its fluid boundaries and endless possibilities. As a creative director with a dual background in design and programming, John has over 17 years of experience leading marketing and platform efforts for a variety of global brands including Dove, Uniqlo, and HeForShe. John’s work has garnered over seventy international awards, including the Glass Lion for Social Change, the Global Effie for Positive Change, the Jay Chiat Award for Global Strategy, and the Grand Clio for Social Good.
Juan Sergio Valcarcel
Juan Sergio ValcarcelRead more
Colombian, Proud father of 2 beautiful daughters and husband of the most beautiful woman in the world.
22 years in Diageo, in local, global and regional positions.
We have lived in Colombia, Caracas, London, Mexico.
Kae IshikawaRead more
Kae brings over 20 years of experience in resource mobilization and partnership building at the headquarters, regional and country level in the United Nations system. Before joining UN Women, Kae was a resource mobilization specialist in UNFPA. During her tenure, she took detail assignments in UNFPA Sierra Leone Country Office as well as UNFPA Asia and Pacific Regional Office. Prior to UNFPA, she worked for UNICEF and for the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN as the gender and human rights adviser. Kae holds the Master of International Human Rights Law from Kobe University in Japan.
Kayoko ShigemasaRead more
For over 19 years, I have been working at SAP enjoying multiple roles like marketing, operations, services sales support and consulting which provided me a great opportunity to work with various and diverse customers and employees across the world to achieve our vision to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. With a strong diversity & inclusion momentum in SAP Japan led by our great corporate-wide initiative, looking forward how we can better scale this culture across Japan together with the UN.
Keisuke YamashitaRead more
Keisuke Yamashita joined Century Leasing System, Inc. (Currently Tokyo Century Corporation) in 1989.
After being responsible for sales in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Keihanshin metropolitan area, Mr. Yamashita has been involved in corporate name change projects and the formulation of medium-term management plans since 2014. He has been serving as Joint General Manager of Corporate Planning Division since 2016, and General Manager of Investor Relations Division since 2017.
Keith WeedRead more
Keith Weed is a Chair, independent director, trustee of businesses and not-for-profit organisations. He is a Board Director of WPP plc and Sainsbury’s plc, President of the Royal Horticultural Society, President of the Advertising Association, Board member of Business in the Community, President of the History of Advertising Trust and Board member of Grange Park Opera. He is also an angel investor in several start-ups and early stage companies.
Keith retired in May 2019 from a long career at Unilever, where he was most recently on the Executive Committee for 9 years, responsible for Marketing, Sustainability and Communications.
Barbie and Fashion Dolls
Kim CulmoneRead more
At the heart of Kim’s creative process is the belief that design is a powerful tool for positive impact. She currently holds the position of SVP, Design at Mattel Inc where she sets the creative vision for the some of the most iconic and ground-breaking doll brands in the world. In 2015 Kim was responsible for leading a Barbie product reinvention (featured in the Hulu documentary “Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie”) that generated 5 billion media impressions, secured a TIME cover, and received the coveted “Doll of the Year Award” from The Toy Association. Today Barbie is the most diverse doll line on the market and includes dolls representing various ethnicities, body types, and physical abilities. Mostly recently, Kim and her team made history again by introducing Creatable World, the first ever gender inclusive doll line that “keeps labels out and invites everyone in”.
Leila SiddiqiRead more
Leila leads the IPA’s diversity strategy; at the forefront of innovation and change for the UK’s advertising industry by galvanising a stellar line up of passionate individuals from within the top advertising agencies, brands and clients, trade associations and experts with the mission to achieve diversity, equal rights and inclusivity in Advertising.
She runs the IPA Talent Leadership Group and her strategic approach to diversity has resulted in a new wave of collaboration at the IPA and a colourful host of topical platforms, programmes and events, including the Stepping into the Spotlight series for mid to senior level women, the IPA iList and recent ‘A Future of Fairness’ publication.
She is a well-known industry spokesperson and a regular public speaker.
Born in Dubai UAE, brought up in Karachi, Pakistan and a Londoner after 5 years in Oxford, Leila has inspired leaders in adland to further develop a truly global outlook.
Leyal Eskin Yilmaz
Leyal Eskin YilmazRead more
Leyal is a Turkish citizen, born in Ankara. She has become the VP Home Care as of March 2019. She’s celebrating her 18th year at Unilever this year.
Her previous senior roles include: Global Brand Director, Vaseline - USA (2019); Marketing Director, Ice Cream / Algida – Turkey (2016); Marketing Director, Beverages & New Projects - Turkey (2012).
Her career in Unilever started in sales then she moved to marketing, since then has worked on all 3 categories of Unilever, done both local and global roles, based in Turkey and USA. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. Leyal is married and has 13 years old girl/boy twins.
Luck OchiengRead more
Mr. Luck Ochieng is the Managing Director of Unilever Kenya. Luck is a commercial professional with extensive experience spanning over 20 years across several countries.
The last 18 years of his career have been spent in senior Sales and Marketing roles with Diageo, Bharti Airtel Services B.V. /Zain Communication/Celtel International B.V., Safaricom Ltd and Coca-Cola Holdings Ltd., gaining invaluable experience in growing and building brands and value. His experience and development have enabled him to develop practical management and business skills to effectively lead, manage and motivate teams to greater performance. Luck is an Alumni of The university of Nairobi.
Madeline Di Nonno
Madeline Di NonnoRead more
Madeline Di Nonno is the President and CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the leading research driven advocacy organization working within the entertainment and media industry to create gender balance, foster inclusion and reduce negative stereotyping in family entertainment media.
Di Nonno leads the Institute's strategic direction, fundraising, D&I programs, research, financial and operational activities. Di Nonno brings a track record of successful executive leadership in the entertainment, non-profit, digital and consumer packaged goods industries. Di Nonno is an Executive Producer on the Emmy nominated, People’s Choice and Gracie award winning television series Mission Unstoppable and the Gracie award winning feature film documentary This Changes Everything. Previously, Di Nonno has served in Executive leadership positions for fAnchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Media. Nielsen Entertainment, Hallmark Channel, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and ABC Television Network.
Di Nonno is a U.S. State Department Speaker Specialist and public speaker and moderator at global conferences, corporations, governmental organizations and festivals, such as AdWeek, Cannes Lion, Chatham House, CES, Kidscreen, London Film Festival, New Zealand Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, The White House, UNESCO, and the United Nations. Di Nonno has been featured in global media outlets such as Adweek, Ad Age, Cosmo, Fast Company, FOX 11, Forbes, Glamour, The Guardian, MediaWeek, Huffington Post, Spectrum TV, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair and Variety.
Di Nonno holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.
Di Nonno is an appointed Arts Commissioner the Los Angeles County Arts Department. serves on the Board of Directors for the Television Academy Foundation; and Friends of the Erben Organ. Di Nonno is on the Advisory Board for the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts.
Mayumi IshikawaRead more
Ms. ISHIKAWA has been assigned to the current position since August 2020. As a career diplomat, Ms. Ishikawa joined the Foreign Ministry in 2001 and has dealt with issues including public diplomacy, Japan-UK relations, the UN Security Council reform, security and crisis management, and intelligence analysis among others.
The Gender Mainstreaming Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in charge of multilateral and bilateral cooperation in the field of human rights, especially in the promotion of gender equality in the international fora, such as G7, G20, UN Women among others.
Michael BrownRead more
Michael started his career as a marketing graduate at American Express. After receiving his vocation to work in market research, he worked at 2 of the sector’s most innovative businesses, Research Now and MESH Experience.
In his current role, he helps UM’s clients understand their audiences and marketplaces by leading the agency’s consumer insight department. Michael additionally leads UM’s Better World vision, which is the agency’s strategy for ensuring it makes a positive impact on the world it operates in.
Michael has a particular passion for using traditional research methods to give a platform to marginalised voices in society and for understanding the role and responsibility of ads in creating and tackling stereotypes.
Michael is founder and chair of #MRSpride, the market research sector’s LGBTQ+ network.
Michael RothRead more
Michael Roth is Executive Chairman of Interpublic. Prior to serving in his current role, Roth was Chairman and CEO of IPG for 15 years.
During his tenure as Chairman and CEO of IPG, Roth righted the company’s financial course and moved to make it an industry leader by defining new models that provide value to clients in a rapidly changing media and marketing environment. Before becoming Chairman and CEO of IPG, Roth was a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Before joining IPG Roth was Chairman and CEO of The MONY Group Inc., a financial services holding company. Under Roth’s leadership, The MONY Group diversified its business mix, broadened its distribution channels and enhanced its ability to compete in a changing financial services marketplace.
Roth is a member of the Board of Directors for Pitney Bowes Inc., the Ad Council and Ryman Hospitality Properties. He is also a member of the boards of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Board, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) and the Center on Addiction. In addition, he is a Director of the Baruch College Fund and the Partnership for New York City. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable and New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Heart Steering Committee.
A certified public accountant, Roth holds an L.L.M. degree from New York University Law School and a J.D. from Boston University Law School. He is a 1967 graduate of the City College of New York.
Mitch OliverRead more
Michele “Mitch” Oliver is Global Corporate Brand & Purpose Director for Mars, Incorporated.
In this role Mitch leads the ‘Mars, Incorporated’ brand strategy. She is responsible for building and differentiating the ‘Mars, Incorporated’ brand with our 150,000 associates (what Mars calls employees), our consumers and our stakeholders. She also plays a critical role in ensuring that we live our Purpose “The world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today” in our enterprise strategy, across all our marketing and beyond.
Mitch also leads and focuses our efforts to define and drive our Make a Difference marketing. This includes leading our work “Inclusive Marketing” and “Sustainable Marketing” through building systemic organizational competence, whilst also curating a portfolio of Make a Difference consumer brands.
With over 25 years’ experience in the consumer-goods industry, Mitch joined Mars UK, a private and family-owned company, on the graduate program in 1995. Since then she has held a variety of roles across the business including in Sales and Manufacturing, before moving into marketing positions at a local, regional and global level. Mitch has held her current role since April 2018.
Mitch has a particularly strong marketing background, moving from Galaxy Brand Manager to European Brand Portfolio Manager and Global Brand Director then to VP of UK Marketing with a team of over 80 associates.
Mitch is a passionate supporter of all diversity in business. She is also a passionate supporter of working parents and is proud to have role modeled working flexibly and championed developing great talent at all life stages. She is on the Board of The Marketing Society and is a Trustee of Stonewall the UKs largest LGBT NGO.
In 2017 Mitch was been named as The Drum’s Marketer of the Year, as well one of the 2017 Ad Age Women to Watch in Europe. In 2019 she was named Visionary Marketer of the year and in 2019 Mitch was awarded Marketing Society Leader of the Year.
Mitch lives in Oxford with her partner, son and Fudge the dog. She likes to do yoga and run slowly; in an attempt to offset her love of good food.
Dr Michelle Harrison
Dr Michelle HarrisonRead more
Kantar Public works with government and public sector clients around the world, providing rigorous evidence and advisory services. As CEO, she is responsible for a team of professionals, operating in every continent, who work to address the next generation of public policy challenges.
Michelle works with governments, multi-lateral governmental bodies and international development organisations in all aspects of public policy, political advisory and public affairs. She is recognised as an innovator in the use of evidence to inform decision making, and in approaches to programme evaluation. She is an expert in applied behavioural approaches and public communications and is the founder of the WPP Executive Education Programmes in Public Communications and Behaviour Change at the University of Oxford and the National University of Singapore.
She is the author and co-author of a number of books and academic publications in the field of international development and political economy. With Women Political Leaders, she launched The Reykjavik Index for Leadership, the first international measure of how women are perceived in terms of leadership, listed as ‘best of Davos 2019’.
Michelle is a mentor for Running Start, the Washington based non-profit that trains young women to run for public office and her 20-year career as an NED and Government Advisory Committee member has focused on public innovation, sustainability, and social impact investment. Michelle is a Board Director of Social Finance and Big Win Philanthropy.
Miki NagashimaRead more
Nagashima studied refugee policies in developed countries at Waseda University Graduate School. While conducting research on cases of refugees applying for refugee status on the basis of FGM, she worked as an intern and researcher at the UNHCR office in Japan and at CSOs that support refugees. Since then, she has been involved in the management of various CSOs, public relations and campaigns, and policy advocacy. At Plan International Japan, she is involved in policy advocacy projects, particularly focusing on gender mainstreaming and the "promotion of women advancement in society. She is the author of FGM Concerning the Concept of Gender-Based Persecution: A Study from the Perspective of Feminist International Law (Waseda University Press, 2011).
Miss JacquiRead more
Poet and songwriter Miss Jacqui, knows a lot about working with the cards that you are dealt. Especially because she is someone who always tries to challenge societal perceptions, like what it actually means to be a black woman with a disability. Having spend over 10 plus years in the creative arts, Miss Jacqui wants her music to help her listeners see the world differently. Her debut EP “Perception” is a bold step in establishing herself and her disabled activism within walls of the music industry.
Miwako KanekoRead more
In 1990, she joined the Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited. From 1996, she served as a consultant at MS & AD Interrisk Research Institute, a consulting company within the Group, engaged in integrated risk and business continuity management. In addition she developed new markets for brand risk and reputational risk management.
In 2013, she became a manager of the Public Relations & Investor Relations Department of MS & AD Holdings. She managed overall investor relations activities and in particular was involved with integrated report from 2015 as editor-in-chief until 2018. During the time, the company received a couple of awards for the integrated reports she directed. Current position since April 2019.
Muthoni MuriuRead more
Ms. Muthoni Muriu brings over twenty-five years of international development experience, and a passion for women’s rights and social justice, to her role as Senior Adviser, Diversity, Inclusion and Shared Leadership. Previously, as Senior Director, International Programs with Oxfam America, she was responsible for delivering Oxfam’s global programs, providing strategic guidance and practical management to seven Regional Offices covering 30 countries including the United States. Throughout her career, Ms. Muriu has been guided by a deep understanding of the centrality of women’s rights in resolving societies challenges with inequality and poverty. Managing large multicultural teams, Ms. Muriu spearheaded several organizational transformation processes focused on building internal equity cultures as a critical backbone to delivering on rights and equality. She has championed issues of gender justice and the prevention of violence against women and is proud of standing up well-resourced programs and gender departments during her tenure. She comes to UN Women after successfully leading the development of Oxfam International’s 2030 Strategic Framework which centers a crucial commitment to feminist principles, inclusion, and equity. Ms. Muriu is from Kenya and holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the London School of Political Science and Economics and a MSc in Public Policy and Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies. As Senior Adviser, Diversity, Inclusion and Shared Leadership, Ms. Muriu supports the development, implementation and monitoring of UN Women’s diversity and inclusion programs. In collaboration with other focal points (such as UNPAD, Staff Council, UN Black Caucus, Youth Council etc.) her role includes a focus on race and discrimination issues related to, amongst others, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, and disability.
Dr. Nadia Qassim Bastaki
Dr. Nadia Qassim BastakiRead more
The first female UAE national specialist of Aviation & Aerospace Medicine. 13 years of strong experience in Aviation Medicine, Occupational Medicine & Directorial roles. In last 5 years in professional life made heavy investment in leading medical & wellbeing services across Etihad Aviation Group. She created the 1st Aeromedical center in the region. She is awarded multiple rewards and recognition across the world. She was short listed in top 10 CEO in Abu Dhabi by Khalifa awards. Being the youngest female Emirati Vice President in Etihad Aviation Group, she sits in many national and international advisory boards. She has been recognized as important leader at Etihad and been globally recognized for her contribution in leading role as Emirati Women in Aviation. Her roles in Etihad is strong as executive leader ,she has been responsible for building a world class medical and wellbeing services. Dr Nadia has reduced operation cost 50% made revenue that can make her department self-sustainable , she focused on delivery saving across business not only medical wellbeing service. She plays key role in negotiation reduction of insurance premium with saving of over 12 million AED. her projects extend serving to different Aviation industrial and Health authorities.
Dr Nadia has a great passion to reform and transfer UAE health care sector and introduce integrated governance system for improved patient care and efficiency of health care provider.
Natalie BothaRead more
Natalie Botha leads Kantar’s Creative Development Solutions which includes ad evaluation and optimisation solutions like Link™ across Africa.
She often presents at industry thought leadership events and has won an award for a paper that she co-authored titled “Untold Emotions” submitted to the South African Market Research Association. The paper focused on TV creative learnings using neuroscience, particularly amongst LSM B South African consumers.
Natalie began her career with Millward Brown in 2002, working on advertising and brand health research across the continent. She has worked extensively across categories and for clients like Unilever, TIH, Tiger Brands, Nestlé, Distell, DStv, L’Oréal and Dulux.
Nene ParsotamRead more
Nene is a Co-founder, Executive Creative Director and an Art director, having worked in the advertising industry for 18 years. She has produced work for agencies such as Ogilvy, Inferno, MC Saatchi, JWT, Wunderman, Digitas LBI, Publicis, DDB (adam&Eve) and BBDO.
Nene now runs VINE Creatives, a visual communications agency, which works for and with scale-ups, entrepreneurs, and businesses run by the ethnic diverse founders with African-Caribbean heritage.
Nene also co-founded and runs We Are Stripes, a career progression initiative and D&I consultancy.
Nene is an experienced awards judge, recently sitting as Jury President for D&AD New Bloods 2021 for 21Grams. She has also served on the Industry Craft Jury for Cannes Lions, Direct and Outdoor for Dubai Lynx, Print and Outdoor Jury for Eurobest, Campaign Awards, The Drum Rose awards, and the D&AD Digital Design Professional awards.
Nezih OrhonRead more
Prof. Dr. E. Nezih Orhon is the former dean and professor at the School of Communication Sciences at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey. Dr. Orhon completed his two master’s degrees in Turkey and in the USA; also gained his Ph.D. in Turkey. Besides his administrative responsibilities (chair of Cinema and television Department), he is teaching “Television Journalism”, “Production and Directing”, and “Cultural Diversity and Communication”. He has initiated European Union projects such as “RAISD”, a Horizon2020 project. Orhon worked for CNN International in Washington, DC and in Turkey; NBC News in Turkey besides his other professional experiences in The Netherlands, Colombia, Germany, and France. He is particularly focusing on vulnerable groups and related communications, media, and film work. Also, he is the programme maker and presenter of a nationwide radio show called “Human Relations” on NTV Radio. Prof. Orhon authored and co-authored national and international books, book chapters, and research articles; at the same time, he took part in numerous national and international conferences. Prof. Orhon has also taken roles for several UN agencies such as UN Women, ILO, UNFPA, UNDP, IOM, and the European Delegation in Turkey.
Nicky BullardRead more
Nicky was the first creative woman to become chair of a UK marketing agency, that being multi award-winning MRM in London, and has just been promoted to Chair of MRM Europe. Creatively recognized across nearly all the major shows, Nicky thinks she’s probably worked across every media and sector - but direct and digital are where her heart lies. Despite running a huge operation, she also keeps her hand in writing and ideating as often as she can. Nicky says that the campaign of her career is the one we’re all living right now, the campaign for equality.
Nipa ShahRead more
Nipa Shah is Senior Global Brand Director at Unilever. She has over 18 years of diverse experience, leading local and global marketing teams, from Asia to Europe. She is a strong believer in the power of diversity and purposeful brands to create brands that grow and companies that last.
Nipa led the launch of the Unstereotype Initiative - this a global marketing program to challenge outdated stereotypes in advertising and advance more progressive portrayals of people. In 2021, she also led the powerful global relaunch of the Unilever Masterbrand. Nipa represents Unilever in key industry D&I initiatives like the Unstereotype Alliance, WFA Diversity Taskforce, and What Women Want.
Palesa TshabalalaRead more
Palesa Tshabalala leads the Nando’s SA Brand Experience portfolio. A graduate of the Wits University Political Studies and International Relations Schools, Palesa is totally fired up about driving consistent experiences across the various Nando’s brand touchpoints – from restaurants, the menu offering, the Nando’s art initiative and Guest experiences, through to employee engagement. A real live-wire, Palesa is active within the Social Justice arena, and is passionate about driving gender equality and workplace diversity, as well as eradicating gender-based violence.
Pelin KocaalpRead more
Pelin brings 17 years’ experience to her role leading the Hill+Knowlton Strategies Turkey office as General Manager. She joined the H+K in 2013. Before joining H+K, Pelin worked in both the private and public sectors including the Prime Ministry Investment Agency of Turkey, leading international corporations in various sectors such as telecommunications, technology and hospitality. Pelin has designed and executed high-profile strategic partnerships at one of the top telecommunication companies in Turkey and also led the G20 Turkey’s Presidency’s promotional PR campaign in 2015.
After completing her university degree in Turkey, Pelin earned a Diploma in Marketing from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her master’s degree in European Studies from Bosphorus University, Istanbul and thereafter started her PhD at Neuchâtel University in Switzerland. With an international outlook and a passion for foreign shores Pelin has spent several years working in both the U.S. and Dubai and visiting 70+ countries is testament to her adventurous nature. A conservationist and nature lover. Pelin speaks native English in addition to her mother tongue.
Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaRead more
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was sworn into office on 19 August 2013 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position, having devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government and civil society, and with the private sector, and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa.
From 2005 to 2008, she served as Deputy President of South Africa, overseeing programmes to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to the poor, with a particular focus on women. Prior to this, she served as Minister of Minerals and Energy from 1999 to 2005 and Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 1999. She was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1996 as part of South Africa’s first democratic government.
Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka began her career as a teacher and gained international experience as a coordinator at the World YWCA in Geneva, where she established a global programme for young women. She is the founder of the Umlambo Foundation, which supports leadership and education. A longtime champion of women’s rights, she is affiliated with several organizations devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality.
She has completed her PhD on education and technology at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Preetesh SewrajRead more
Preetesh Sewraj, CEO of the Loeries, is an experienced business leader trusted by organisations across Africa and the Middle East with regards to insights on Creativity and Innovation. He is a regular contributor across media channels having been featured on CNN, SABC News, The Sunday Times, Destiny Man, 5FM, SAFM, Kaya FM, Channel Africa and Talk Radio 702. He co-hosted Power Soapbox/Power Edge on Power 98.7's Power Lunch for six years.
His passions include creative innovation that has the ability to move individuals, societies and individuals in a positive direction. He has spoken at a number of high-profile events including TEDx Soweto, TEDx Johannesburg, 3M Innovation Workshop, Shared Value Africa Summit, Annual Women's Leadership Conference & the Wired Women Conference.
Priya SarmaRead more
Priya is the Sr Sustainability Head & Corporate Affairs Manager at Unilever MENA and board member of the Advertising Business Group - the GCC's self-regulatory advertising & marketing standards association – with 60+ members who account for 70% of the regions advertising spend.
In 2020 she was selected as one of ‘Top 10 Marketing Game Changers’ in the U.A.E. She represents the Multinational Companies Business Group Association on the U.A.E.’s Private Sector Advisory Council on sustainability set up by the Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Authority (FCSA).
She has an MBA and is a certified communicator from the International Association for Business Communicators (IABC.)
Rabbi Eryn London
Rabbi Eryn LondonRead more
Rabbi ErynLondon is a freelance rabbi, chaplain and Jewish educator. She received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat. She holds a BA in theatre, psychology & Judaic studies from Goucher College, and a MA in applied drama: theatre in educational, communal and social contexts from Goldsmiths, University of London. Following ordination, she trained and worked as a multi-faith hospital chaplain in New York City. Now living in London, England, she is the JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) UK scholar in residence, a programme manager for a lay-chaplaincy/volunteer training programme with Liberal Judaism and Reform Judaism UK, a volunteer hospice chaplain, and is involved with a number of other projects within the UK and the global Jewish community.
Raj NathwaniRead more
Born in Africa Raj came to the UK when he was 10 years old.
In the UK he graduated in Maths and Statistics and yes, he loves his numbers as his colleagues will tell you.
Over the last 35 years he has mainly worked within the corporate sector – Welcome Foundation in the 80s as a graduate analysing diseases and HIV related deaths across the world, Argos / Coca-Cola Forecasting & Analytics and then into more senior Insight roles with Whitbread Beer company & InBev, Strategy Consulting, heading up Insight teams for Camelot UK Lottery ,Virgin Active and Costa Coffee.
He joined AMVBBDO over 3 years and loves helping the teams to understand and solve client’s business problems through data and Insight.
He loves music being a drummer and loves to paint watercolours, that’s why he loves what he does, painting pictures and telling stories with numbers.
Rasha AlazemRead more
Rasha Alazem has a demonstrated history of front line, hands on experience guiding the development and implementation of communications strategies and tactics, building awareness and adoption for brands across a broad spectrum of industries. She is a strong communication professional with an astute sense of what works well in creative messaging within a cultural context. She has held several leading roles and grown teams within Leo Burnett and Google and is as deeply committed to creative excellence as she is to advancing female leadership, diversity and inclusion. Today, Rasha is the Creative Business Partner for Creative Works at Google looking after the MENA, Turkey and SSA region.
Rasha El Ghoussaini
Rasha El GhoussainiRead more
Rasha has a BA in Business Administration emphasis in Marketing from the American University of Beirut. She started her career with Leo Burnett in Dubai in 2005 where she developed a great understanding for affordable luxury and the Travel Retail channel, and by 2016 she became a Group Communications Director leading the shopper marketing competence. In 2017, Rasha joined Snap Inc. in MENA as an Agency Lead and was shortly after promoted to Head of Agency overlooking the Big 6 agency groups. By 2020, Rasha became a Group Vertical Manager leading the team overlooking the Luxury, Tech, Automotive, QSR verticals.
Dr Rebecca Swift
Dr Rebecca SwiftRead more
Rebecca runs the Creative Insights team who set the content strategy for Getty Images, through researching and analysing trends in visual communication. Rebecca also runs global research projects investigating the future of visual communications and has published many trend reports.
Rebecca leads the D&I initiatives at Getty Images and is particularly interested in evolving visual representation of women. She is lead on the #ShowUs partnership with Dove that has already won over 40 international creative awards including a Glass Lion and Effies.
In her day job Rebecca acts as a visual brand consultant for global corporations but also works on academic research, as well as lecturing around the world. Last year, Rebecca was recognized as one of AdAge’s “20 Women to Watch” and is Campaign magazine’s Female Frontier honouree as well as being awarded the “Most Influential Leader in UK Visual Media”.
Rebecca has a PhD in Photography.
Renge JibuRead more
Journalist with 23 years’ experience, focusing on gender and economy. Started career as a staff writer for Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. From 2006 to 2007, while on Fulbright journalist scholarship at the University of Michigan, studied about American dual-career parents’ work-life balance.
From 2014 to 2021, as a freelance journalist wrote over 250 columns and reports for major news papers and online media. Serves many governmental organizations’ committees related with gender issues. Since 2006, giving talks over 250 times both in Japan and in abroad. Giving communication and gender advice for global companies. Author of five books.
Rosario ZavalaRead more
She has more than 13 years of experience as a Marketing Consultant, specialized in Human Insights and Innovation, managing business models for the mass consumer market, services, retail, entertainment and leisure, developing new products and communication platforms, among others.
She has led important projects, including the first study on Mexican Women and their Signs of Beauty and Motherhood segmentation among young women in Mexico. She is currently President of the first Committee for Equality and Inclusion in AVE (Alianza por el Valor Estratégico de las Marcas) and she was Coordinator of the Equality Committee in the Mexican Association of Intelligence and Public Opinion Agencies (AMAI), during the period of 2019-2020
She has participated as Speaker in important international forums such as Insights Innovation Exchange in Medellín, Advertising Week in New York and as a Jury for the CEMEX Innovation Day.
Recognized by the International Jury of the Manolo Award for Future Industry Leaders in the Americas, as a winner in the 2015 edition.
She was graduated with honors from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey ITESM. She also studied a International Business & Economics course at Southern Illinois University.
Sally KahiuRead more
Ms Sally Kahiu works for Kenya Association of Manufactures (KAM) as Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing and, Coordinates the Women in Manufacturing programme. She has 10+ years of experience in developing and elevating brands, advocacy communications, stakeholder engagement and knowledge management. In 2019, Sally received the UN-Women Recognition Award for her work in championing women’s empowerment and in 2020 she received the East Africa Women Leaders Award from CMO Asia. She is an alumnus of Coventry University, UK (MA) and Daystar University, Kenya (BA). Sally is also a proficient researcher and dedicates her personal time to serve as Board Member (Treasurer) at EmpServe Kenya – a not for profit focusing on youth empowerment through skills development.
Sally MousaRead more
Sally is an international speaker and presenter who has interviewed many of the world’s most influential change-makers across every field.
From Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal to Nobel Laureates Orhan Pamuk and Kailash Satyarthi and Oscar-nominated film director Nadine Labaki, Olympic-medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad to Youtube star Lilly Singh and Dr Jane Goodall amongst many others, Sally has a gift for telling the stories of those who have made a global impact, revealing deeper insights that others miss.
A born creative whose cultural journey embraces both East and West as an Arab-Australian, Sally is passionate about powerful stories that break barriers, explore diverse narratives and are part of wider conversations driving change world-wide.
Now in the Middle East for over a decade, Sally has been a presenter and producer on some of the region’s top platforms. Most recently she was head-hunted to launch Sharjah’s first English Radio Station where she created, presented and produced highly acclaimed shows including Life Beats where she presents stories that speak to and inspire a global audience.
Sally has been featured in Vogue Arabia and was a finalist for the Arab Woman Awards UAE 2020, under the patronage of HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al Nahyan in partnership with UN Women.
Sally is Ambassador for the world-renowned Fred Hollows Foundation that works to restore sight to millions of people around the world.
Sara DenbyRead more
Sara spent 18 years working around the world for leading advertising agencies including BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi, with clients such as Visa, Emirates, Danone, Lexus and P&G. Her passion for gender equality and a determination to change the narrative around women led to post-graduate study in human rights, and a role as Campaigns Officer on CARE International’s gender-based violence projects in Cambodia. Then, as Head of Campaigns and Communications at CARE Australia, Sara designed advocacy campaigns that changed the Australian Government’s position on global policy issues.
Since January 2020, Sara has led the team at the Unstereotype Alliance Secretariat at UN Women in New York.
Sarah BuchwitzRead more
Sarah is VP Marketing & Communications for Mastercard Brazil, with Economy degree from Sao Paulo University. She had worked at Head of Marketing at ESPN, and in other positions at PepsiCo, and Mondelez. Beyond that, she is part of Women to Watch in Brazil and a professional with more than 14 years of experience with increasing areas of responsibility including brand strategy, B2B & B2C communication, innovation, trade marketing and business management.
Shanteka SigersRead more
Shanteka Sigers is the Head of Scaled North America in Facebook’s Creative Shop. Creative Shop’s mission is to explore the creative potential of Facebook’s platforms to help businesses connect with people in meaningful ways and succeed more often.
She is a former SVP Executive Creative Director with experience building multicultural and general market advertising campaigns for the Fortune 500. Business Insider lists her as one of the Top Creative Women in Advertising and she has been twice named among Black Enterprise’s Top Women in Marketing and Advertising.
As cofounder of These Trillions, a brand consultancy based in Austin, Texas, she coaches brands on how to improve their level of cultural fluency. She teaches Cultural Fluency and Branding at University of Texas, Austin.
Shinji SuzukiRead more
I joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd. and the company's main business is processed foods for home and industrial use.
The company also researches the various functions of amino acids and markets them to cosmetics and pharmaceutical companies.
I was involved in the marketing of processed foods for 10 years.
Since 2000, I have been in charge of running a medical food business, launching a health-related DtoC business, and a business to detect early stage cancer.
I have been here at JAA since 2016.
Shouvik Prasanna Mukherjee
Shouvik Prasanna MukherjeeRead more
Shouvik leads the Digital, Analytics and Content (DAC) team at Golin Singapore, spearheading its integrated communications efforts to help brands create greater relevance with their target audience and deliver business impact.
He has led multiple award-winning campaigns for brands including Twitter, LinkedIn, Porsche, Volvo Trucks, Heineken, Guinness, Nespresso, McDonald's, Samsung, Panasonic and several Unilever brands including Magnum, Ben & Jerry’s and Cornetto.
With fifteen years of experience working across public relations and creative agencies, Shouvik’s current focus is to explore how brands can take a progressive earned-first approach in communication by combining data, analytics and creative thinking.
Shouvik holds a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Calcutta, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication and Public Relations from GTTI, India.
He has been on the PR Jury at Cannes Lions 2019, and PR and Glass jury at Spikes Asia 2019.
He is a travel enthusiast with a passion for photography. Taking long walks in the nature parks with his dog Tara help fuel his creative spirit.
Stacey GrantRead more
Deeply passionate about people, Stacey Grant leads the Africa Insights Team and is a member of both the Unilever South Africa leadership team, as well as the Unilever Africa Leadership Team. In this role, she is ultimately responsible for showing the business where and how to win – through converting data into insights that inform solutions to the unmet needs of consumers across the continent. A strong believer in African creativity and solutions, Stacey has led her team to a number of major Global Unilever honors, including awards for Innovation and Communications excellence. Her biggest passion is centered on building sustainable businesses and Stacey believes that this is one of the key elements in unlocking the potential of the African continent.
Stephan LoerkeRead more
Stephan has been the CEO of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) since November 2003.
During his tenure, WFA has quadrupled its corporate membership and has extended its network to 60 countries, significantly reinforcing the WFA’s presence in the world’s fastest growing advertising markets.
Stephan is Vice-President of the International Council for Ad Self-Regulation (ICAS) and Member of Advertising Week’s Global Advisory Council. He featured on the Drum’s Digerati list 2019 as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital.
Prior to joining WFA, Stephan worked for L'Oréal in Paris and Brussels. He studied business economics at the Saint Gall Business School in Switzerland, after which he worked at the United Nations in New York.
Stephan has German and French nationalities. He is married to Sabine and has two sons, Sebastian and Alexandre.
Susie WalkerRead more
Cannes Lions is undeniably the world’s most revered benchmark for creative excellence, with every award carefully selected by juries composed of the community’s own most admired talent. With 30,000+ entries every year across the 28 Lion Awards, Cannes Lions champions the value of creativity in branded communications: from product and service development to the creative strategy, execution and impact.
Susie leads the teams who research and design each of the specialist Lion Awards, engage with the 3,000+ global companies who enter their creative campaigns and produce insight-based content insight based on our 68 years’ worth of data. Susie joined Cannes Lions in 2011 and has 14 years' experience working in creative communications and culture.
Sylvia MulingeRead more
Sylvia is currently serving as the Chief Customer Officer in Safaricom PLC, a purpose-led technology organization with a market capitalization of USD 11.7B, the most profitable company in East and Central Africa. She is the commercial leader responsible for driving the company’s customer and commercial strategy to deliver long term shareholder growth as well as create preference for the Safaricom brand.
Over the last twenty years, Sylvia has developed a strong track record in strategic thinking, brand building, new business development, commercial execution, as well as people growth and development in the Telecommunications and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors. She is inspired by driving positive change in society.
Taís AraújoRead more
Taís Araújo has been an advocate for the Rights of Black Women at UN Women Brazil since 2017. She is an actress, TV presenter and journalist. In 2020/2021, she was one of the protagonists of Amor de Mãe – the character Vitória, after a 10-year hiatus in soap operas. She is on the air as a presenter of Superbonita, of GNT Channel. Taís Araújo will be in the second season of Aruanas, Globoplay's original series and will soon return to stage O Topo da Montanha, a production that produces and stages with her husband Lázaro Ramos and for which she was nominated for the Shell Award as best actress.
Tamara RogersRead more
Tamara Rogers is the Global Chief Marketing Officer for GSK Consumer Healthcare. In this role, she oversees the development of marketing strategies, strategic portfolio management, product development and branding within the Global Categories of Oral Health; Wellness, Pain Relief; and Respiratory and Skin. She also oversees the Design Team, Marketing EDGE (Media, Content, Operations and Marketing Capability), and Expert Marketing, CBIA (Consumer Business Insights & Analytics) and E Comm.
Tamara came to GSK from Unilever, where she started in 1993 as a Management Trainee in the UK and progressed rapidly into positions of increasing seniority across Local, Regional and Global roles, across general management, sales and marketing functions. In 2012, she became the SVP of the Global Deodorants Category before moving to the USA in 2015 to become the EVP Region Head for the multi-billion-dollar North American Personal Care division. She has 25 years industry experience working with brands including her time at Unilever where her most recent role was EVP of Personal Care North America building purpose driven brands such as Love Beauty & Planet, Dove, Axe, Tresemme and Vaseline.
Tamara has led significant sized businesses—both turnaround as well as stepping up growth from sustaining success situations—with positive results. She is committed to building high-performing and diverse teams and has a strong track record of developing and empowering individuals to achieve stretch objectives. She is English but was born and brought up in Africa and has worked in both developed and emerging markets. Tamara studied Physiology at Edinburgh University and has a lifelong passion for science, health and wellness. She is married with two teenage children, loves all sports and has been a Chelsea Football Club season ticket holder for almost twenty years.
Tetsuya HondaRead more
Tetsuya Honda is a professional PR strategist and CEO of Honda Office, a PR planning boutique which he founded in 2019. Tetsuya launched BlueCurrent Japan in 2006, a strategic PR and influencer marketing boutique agency in the Omnicom portfolio. He has advised blue-chip global brands such as P&G, Shiseido, Kellogg, adidas and GoPro, designing campaigns recognized at SPIKES Asia and Cannes Lions. He is a frequent speaker on marketing and PR innovation and an author of several popular business books which have sold more than 100,000 copies and ranked consistently among Amazon Japan’s best sellers.
Tomoko HayashiRead more
Tomoko Hayashi reports to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Gender Equality as the head of the national machinery for promoting gender equality in Japan.
Before the above appointment in August, 2020, she was Director-General for Economic and Fiscal Affairs, serving as Vice Chair of the OECD Economic Policy Committee.
She joined the government as an economist in 1987. She has held various positions of macroeconomic policy-making, including Director for Macroeconomic Policy Coordination with the Bank of Japan.
She holds MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and graduated from the University of Tokyo.
Torrey AcriRead more
Torrey Acri is a senior director of brand voice for American Eagle Outfitters’ Aerie, Offline by Aerie and unsubscribed. A veteran creative copywriter and marketing strategist his career in fashion includes brand development some of the world’s biggest brands. Torrey holds a BS in Advertising and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and an MA in Visual Culture-Costume Studies from New York University.
Touko ShirakawaRead more
Touko Shirakawa is Journalist about declining birthrates, Author. She graduated from Faculty of Letters, Department of Sociology, Keio University in 1984. She received her MBA diplomat in Strategic Management from Chuo University in 2020.
Since 2002 to the present, she has been writing about women’s issue especially to suggest the balanced lifestyle for women’s birthing and work. Her research expertise and interest is women empowerment, SDGs and diversity management.
She served as a member of Cabinet Office Gender Equality Bureau’s "Expert Panel on Priority Policies" in 2016-2021, also served as a member of Cabinet Secretariat’s "The Council for the Realization of Work Style Reform" in 2016-2020.
Volkan IkilerRead more
Husband, father, founder of 400+ national, international creative and effectivenes award winner agency in Istanbul, the president of Turkish Association of Advertising Agencies, flying trapeze artist who believes in African wisdom, volcanic islands lover, Monday hater, women advocate, loves calisthenics workout, can’t resist well designed bracelets.
Yukiko OharaRead more
Joined Yamaha 2020. Working on Diversity & Inclusion from customer communication perspective in Marketing Division.
Yuko KataokaRead more
Pola provides high-quality skincare, haircare and cosmetic products across japan.
I have been working at Pola for about 20 years. I belong to the Sustainable Management Div. after developing products and promoting sales. Now I'm working on women's empowerment. Pola is known for its strong commitment to empowering women through its slogan, “Science. Art. Love”. My vision is to create a society in which everyone can feel free to be themselves and connect with each other, to aim for a future in which we all can enjoy and experience life more richly and colorfully.
Yuko ShiozakiRead more
Nikkei is one of the leading medias in Japan. Yuko is Managing Executive Officer, Nikkei. She is in charge of Advertising & Event Solutions, Event & Project Planning.
Over 15 years, Yuko has been devoting herself to project planning on global social agendas such as communicable diseases, SDGs, climate change and women empowerment. Last year, her teamlaunched an Advertising Award in collaboration with UN Women and Japan Advertiser’s Association in the pilot year 2020. The award was meant to be an incentive for companies to create unstereotyoped ads. She believes that it is one of important missions as a media to feature global agendas and to raise awareness in society.