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Welcome Remarks
Julia Torreblanca
  • Julia Torreblanca (Chair of ABAC Inclusion Working Group; VP of Corporate Affairs, Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde)

    Julia Torreblanca

    Chair of ABAC Inclusion Working Group; VP of Corporate Affairs, Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde

    Julia Torreblanca is the Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde S.A.A. She looks after the sustainable development of the company, energy and legal affairs, government relations, and the improvement of the quality of life of the inhabitants in the surrounding communities and in Arequipa. As part of her current position, she is also the Secretary of the Board of Directors, Director of the Cerro Verde Association, and Vice President of the Board and member of the Technical Committee of the Cerro Verde Civil Association.

    She is an active leader of the private sector and is involved in various business associations. Currently, she sits on the board of the National Society of Mining, Oil and Energy, and the Foreign Trade Association of Peru (COMEXPERU). Mrs. Torreblanca started representing Cerro Verde in APEC in 2008, participating regularly in APEC CEO Summits since then.

    Mrs. Torreblanca holds a Law Degree from Universidad Católica Santa María in Arequipa, Peru. She has also successfully completed specialization courses at the Yale School of Management and Harvard Business School.

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General Landscape
Mohammad Naciri
  • Mohammad Naciri (Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific of UN Women)

    Mohammad Naciri

    Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific of UN Women

    Mohammad NACIRI has been appointed as the Regional Director of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific. From 2015 to 2018, he was the Regional Director of UN Women in the Arab States. From 2012 to 2015, Mohammad Naciri was the Deputy Regional Director for UN Women in the Arab States.

    Mohammad has extensive experience in the region and in gender and development issues. Prior to joining UN Women, Mohammad was the Deputy Country Director of UNDP in Yemen, where he supported the country in the formulation of its Gender Strategy and the Gender Responsive Budgeting process. He has worked in Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Cambodia, dealing with issues from human trafficking to ethnic cleansing.

    A national of Morocco, Mohammad holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and International Development from the Harvard University, as well as a master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. He also has a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology in Alexandria-Egypt.

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Keynote Speech: Public & Private Collaboration Empowers Women
Xiao Sun
  • Xiao Sun (Director General of Multilateral Cooperation Department at China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC))

    Xiao Sun

    Director General of Multilateral Cooperation Department at China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC)

    Xiao Sun is Director General of Multilateral Cooperation Department of China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC).

    Prior to that, Mr. Sun was Deputy Director General of the Cooperation and Development Department at CCOIC since 2015, and was promoted to the position of Director General in 2017.

    Before joining CCOIC, Mr. Sun played multiple roles at China Council for the Promotion of International Trade(CCPIT) within the Department of International Relations, working as Deputy Director of Asia-Africa Division and Director of International Organization Division.

    Mr. Sun graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with a major in English Language and Literature and holds a master's degree in Public Administration from Renmin University of China.

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Panel Discussion: Public & Private Collaboration Empowers Women
Rebecca BarnesSilvana Koch-MehrinYing Li
  • Rebecca Barnes (Director, Policy (Economic and International) of Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women, New Zealand)

    Rebecca Barnes

    Director, Policy (Economic and International) of Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women, New Zealand

    As Director, Policy; at Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women (the Ministry), Rebecca Barnes is responsible for a wide range of economic and international policy issues.

    Economic policy issues spanning both the private and public sectors include: the gender pay gap; pay equity; tertiary education and training / careers; financial systems / access to finance; labour market policy; and small to medium enterprise policy.

    International policy issues include New Zealand’s engagement with the UN on issues related to women, in particular: the Convention on the Status of Women (CSW); Sustainable Development Goal (Number 5); and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Rebecca, and the Ministry, also participate in the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE); Women and the Economy Forum (WEF); and will lead the WEF in New Zealand’s host year, 2021.

    Rebecca joined the Ministry following a varied career in the New Zealand public and private sectors. Over the last fourteen years in the public sector Rebecca has held senior positions in The Treasury, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Primary Industries. Rebecca has also worked closely with Ministers over the last decade, and was a senior advisor (private secretary) for The Treasury to the Minister of State Owned Enterprises.

    Rebecca is a strategic policy specialist with expertise in economic and international policy – particularly where economic and security dimensions intersect. Rebecca is an experienced cross-agency policy leader; and has particular strengths in engaging with stakeholders (government, business, academic, and civil society); pragmatic policy; and policy people leadership.

    Rebecca graduated with a BA (Hons, First Class – specialising in European, Middle Eastern, and nation building) from the University of Otago in 2004 alongside a BCom (Economics) in 2005. Rebecca lives in Island Bay, Wellington - great sea views and terrible wind - with her husband Jason (Waitaha ki te Arawa / Te Atihaunui a Pāpārangi); their daughter Augusta; and two old but delightful cats.

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  • Silvana Koch-Mehrin (President & Founder of Women Political Leaders (WPL))

    Silvana Koch-Mehrin

    President & Founder of Women Political Leaders (WPL)

    Silvana is the President and Founder of Women Political Leaders (WPL), the worldwide network of women Politicians. WPL is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit foundation that aims to increase both the number and influence of women in political leadership.

    Silvana served as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-2011) and Member of the European Parliament (2004-2014).

    Before her time in politics, she founded and ran a public affairs consultancy in Brussels, which later merged with a larger US firm. She also worked as Senior Special Advisor for EY and as Senior Policy Advisor for GPLUS Europe.

    In addition to her work for WPL, Silvana serves on the board of the Council of Women World Leaders, the network of female Presidents and Prime Ministers. She is also a member of the European Leadership Network (ELN), a Board Director of the Social Progress Imperative and member of the Global Advisory Network of Apolitical Academy Global. Since 2016, Silvana has been representing the European Union in the Executive Committee of W20, an official engagement group of the G20. In 2018 and 2019, she was ranked as one of the 100 most influential persons in gender equality by Apolitical. Silvana is a Young Global Leader Alumni of the World Economic Forum.

    She lives in Brussels, Belgium with her three kids and their Irish father.

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  • Ying Li (Dean of School of International Education, associate professor of law, and the former Executive Vice Dean of the School of Law at China Women’s University (CWU))

    Ying Li

    Dean of School of International Education, associate professor of law, and the former Executive Vice Dean of the School of Law at China Women’s University (CWU)

    Li Ying is a women’s rights expert with over a decade of experience. She is the Dean of School of International Education, associate professor of law, and the former Executive Vice Dean of the School of Law at China Women’s University (CWU), where she teaches and conducts research in the areas of international economic law, international human rights law, and women’s human rights and women and development in Belt and Road countries.

    Li Ying has contributed to several initiatives supporting women’s rights in China, including participation in development of a legislative proposal for the guarantee of the rights and interests of women, anti-domestic violence law and desk study for the parenting supporting law. She has participated UN human right conventions several times to make oral statements and draft the related reports on women’s rights, women’s empowerment and sustainable development in China.

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Hear Her Story: How I Use Tech to Make a Change
Kara Nguyen
  • Kara Nguyen (Founder of Mpact)

    Kara Nguyen

    Founder of Mpact

    Kara Nguyen, CFA is the founder and general director of Mpact - a digitally native vertical fashion business that focuses on promoting sustainability and empowering women through mindfulness.

    Before devoting her work fulltime to Mpact, Kara served as Strategy and Business Development Director at one of the leading luxury fashion houses in Vietnam. Prior to that, she was a Risk Manager for Barclays Investment Bank - one of The World's Top 10 Investment Banks, managing market risks for the entire European Rates Trading Business. She’d worked in London for seven years, gaining diverse experiences in risk management, electronic trading and equity financing.

    As a mother of two, Kara strongly believes that acting on sustainability is an act of self-care and a personal social responsibility. She is on a mission to use her voice to raise social and environmental awareness within fashion and beyond.

    In 2020, as one of the panelists in the ASEAN Women CEO Summit, she shared how sustainability would lead to business innovation, improved efficiency and self- empowerment. At Mpact, she adopts a holistic and disruptive problem-solving approach to tackle sustainability in the fashion industry: seasonless and innovative design solutions to minimise waste, ethical, ethical & ondemand production, plastic-free packaging, mindful marketing to slow down consumption, fair pricing, etc.

    In 2021, she took on the role as South Vietnam Coordinator for Fashion Revolution - the world's biggest fashion activism movement - and successfully kick-started the first forum of industry insiders to address sustainable practices in Vietnam.

    Kara has also been working with educators and social organisations to join collective efforts towards building more sustainable habits and practices at both personal and corporate level, one small change at a time.

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Panel Discussion: Technology Empowers Women in the Crisis
Annie ChengDiane WangZhixin Chen
  • Annie Cheng (Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications, Greater China at Visa)

    Annie Cheng

    Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications, Greater China at Visa

    Annie Cheng is Head of Corporate Communications for Greater China, responsible for shaping Visa’s corporate communication strategies and enhancing corporate reputation to support market opening and business priorities in Greater China.

    As the function head, Annie also leads employee engagements and corporate social responsibility programs including financial education, community services and volunteering, with an aim of contributing and creating positive impacts to the community.

    Annie is currently based in Beijing. She joined Visa as Head of Corporate Communications, Hong Kong & Macau and Taiwan in 2014. Prior to that, she had spent ten years in a number of senior roles in Corporate Affairs, Marketing and Corporate Communications with HSBC in Asia Pacific. Her last role was Head of Marketing, Global Banking and Markets, Asia Pacific.

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  • Diane Wang (Co-Convenor, Economic Empowerment Task Force Inclusion Working Group – ABAC; Founder & Chairperson of DHgate)

    Diane Wang

    Co-Convenor, Economic Empowerment Task Force Inclusion Working Group – ABAC; Founder & Chairperson of DHgate

    Diane Wang is founder and chairperson at DHgate, one of the leading B2B cross-border e-commerce platforms in China founded in 2004. By connecting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from every corner of the world with high-quality products, DHgate takes a stand for fair world trade, upholds diversity and creativity.

    Diane has leveraged over 30 years of business and digital experience to drive DHgate’s mission to empower every people through digitalization. The critical focus is accelerating digital transformation for MSMEs and partners, and empowering women and societies through digital inclusion. Under her leadership, the company has actively engaged 2.3 million sellers and 36.4 million buyers from 223 countries/regions, with more than 25 million products being added and listed on the platform annually.

    Before this, she served as the youngest senior executive at Microsoft China and the only female with a high position at Cisco. In 1999, as the first generation of e-commerce entrepreneurs in China, she established Joyo.com, China’s first B2C trading platform.

    Diane is passionate about driving the digital inclusion agenda for MSMEs and women, collaborating with international associations and agencies. She is Co-chair of Business 20 (B20) Italy’s Digital Transformation Task Force, Convenor of APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Inclusion Working Group, Chair of APEC Women Leadership Summit, BRICS Women’s Business Alliance Chinese National Chapter Member, Member of High-level Advisory Council of World Internet Conference, and Chair of 50 Cross-border E-Commerce Leaders in China, to name just a few of her external positions.

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  • Zhixin Chen (Senior Vice President & Partner at Plug and Play China)

    Zhixin Chen

    Senior Vice President & Partner at Plug and Play China

    Zhixin Chen is Partner, Senior Vice President of Plug and Play China.

    Miss. Chen used to be in charge of the Zhongguancun International Exchange and Cooperation Platform. She has extensive working experience in the government and with more than 10 years of service experience in cooperation with multinational companies. She has led the construction of the Plug and Play China team, responsible for cross-border business and large enterprise innovation business segments, establishing urban innovation business from zero to one, and establishing a complete innovation ecosystem in China.

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Hear Her Story: How I Use Tech to Make a Change
Anna Davidson
  • Anna Davidson (Author of She Made It Happen, Speaker and Founder of Amazon 101 Academy and Your Freedom Podcast)

    Anna Davidson

    Author of She Made It Happen, Speaker and Founder of Amazon 101 Academy and Your Freedom Podcast

    An empowering Female Leader with years of experience in the eCommerce & Digital Marketing space, Anna is an Author of She Made It Happen, Speaker and Founder of Amazon 101 Academy and Your Freedom Podcast.

    Having become an Amazon seller in 2013 on the USA Market followed by Europe, her skills lie with understanding Amazon, Building Brands, and creating eCommerce stores. She has taught over 2000 students to build successful businesses through on and offline training programs, and has a passion for branding and turning seemingly ordinary products into unique lines.

    Learning how to rank quickly on Amazon or drive traffic through Facebook & Instagram, she has built multiple brands from scratch with 10+ years of online marketing experience. She has a knack for being able to rank quickly on Amazon and outsmarting the competition.

    She is on a mission to empower other women build successful businesses online having left an abusive marriage and recently been featured in Forbes Magazine in April 2020.

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Panel Discussion: Women Entrepreneurs: Survive and Thrive in the Crisis
Chetna SinhaMandy YingRuby Xing
  • Chetna Sinha (Member BRICS WBA India Chapter  and Founder / Chair, Mann Deshi Bank & Mann Deshi Foundation)

    Chetna Sinha

    Member BRICS WBA India Chapter and Founder / Chair, Mann Deshi Bank & Mann Deshi Foundation

    Chetna Gala Sinha is a passionate listener who respects risk-takers -- which makes her a powerful force in the banking world. A longtime activist and farmer, in 1997 she set up the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank, India's first bank for and by rural women. Today, the Mann Deshi Bank has 100,000 account holders, has loaned over $70 million and regularly creates new financial products to support the needs of female micro-entrepreneurs.
    In 2006, Sinha founded the first business school for rural women in India, and in 2013, she launched a toll-free helpline and the first Chambers of Commerce for women micro-entrepreneurs in the country. In 2012, she set up a community empowerment program for farmers that supports water conservation; it has built ten check dams and impacted 50,000 people.
    In January 2018, Sinha served as a co-chair of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and later that year, she was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar - the highest civilian award for women in India - by the President of India.

    Mann Deshi has supported over half a million women and aims to reach one million women by 2024.

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  • Mandy Ying (Associate of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs)

    Mandy Ying

    Associate of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs

    Wenjie (Mandy) Ying is the Associate of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs, where she is responsible for running the firm’s philanthropic initiatives in China, particularly 10,000 Women China.

    Prior to this role, Mandy headed the Programme Team of China and Asia at the World Economic Forum, where she led content design of China and Asia-related programmes at “Winter Davos” at Switzerland and “Summer Davos” in China, as well as regional events in Southeast Asia. Previously, Mandy had professional experience at United Nations Development Program (UNDP)’s Regional Bureau for Africa in New York City, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) on developing human rights framework for pharmaceutical industry and US-China Education Trust with Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch in Washington, D.C.

    Mandy earned a graduate MPA (Master of Public Administration) degree in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and a bachelor degree of law in the major of Political Science and Public Administration at Sun Yat-sen University in 2011 in her hometown Guangzhou, China. During her undergraduate study, Mandy was funded to participate in various international exchange programs at Stanford University, Georgetown University, Peking University and the University of Hong Kong.

    Mandy’s career goal is to bring a positive impact in the field of non-profit management, healthcare, education, gender empowerment and sustainable development.

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  • Ruby Xing (Founder of Hello Future Academy, Author of seven education-related books)

    Ruby Xing

    Founder of Hello Future Academy, Author of seven education-related books

    Graduated from GS 10,000 Women face-to-face program in 2017; 10,000 Women Growth Fellow 2021.
    Founder, Hello Future Academy
    — The Hello Future Academy provides online tailored training platform for preschool and day-care teachers and parents to offer local high- quality child service
    — This helps more women educators and childcare providers in rural areas of China to be financially independent, better role models for their children, and lead with impact
     About Ruby
    — Ruby balances being a mother to her two children with her PhD studies in psychology from China Scientific University
    Pay-it-forward project:
    — Inspired by the 10,000 Women program, Ruby worked to engage over 200 women entrepreneurs from various industries, inviting them to engage in workshops to stay up-to-date with industry developments, and consulting sessions to brainstorm on specific solutions to their businesses
    Awards and achievements
    — Ruby is the author of seven education-related books

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Hear Her Story: How I Use Tech to Make a Change
Sabina Nforba
  • Sabina Nforba (Co-founder and President of AfriTech Hub, Computer Engineer, and TechWomen fellow)

    Sabina Nforba

    Co-founder and President of AfriTech Hub, Computer Engineer, and TechWomen fellow

    Sabina Nforba is a Computer Engineer with a specialty in Telecommunications at IENG group, Douala Cameroon, where she works in operations as a Data Analyst. She is also the co-founder and President of AfriTech Hub, a nonprofit that is dedicated to creating innovative young people through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Sabina is a TechWomen fellow, an AWEC cohort 3 fellow and an avid Tweep (Twitter user) with the handle, STEMgirll.

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