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Atsuko Okuda (Regional Director, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand)

Atsuko Okuda

Regional Director, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand

Ms. Atsuko Okuda was appointed as the Regional Director in April 2020. Prior to the new assignment, she was the Chief of the ICT and Development Section of the ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in Bangkok, Thailand from 2015 to 2020. At ESCAP, she promoted the development of regional broadband connectivity and inclusive broadband through the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) initiative.

Before joining ESCAP, Ms. Okuda served the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut as the Chief of the Governance and State building Section and as the Team Leader responsible for ESCWA Knowledge Management. Prior to it, she contributed to the Umoja project, the UN Secretariat ERP initiative, as Testing Manager at the Department of Management, UNHQ for 2 years. From 2002 to 2010, she was responsible for promoting a wide range of ICT for development initiatives at ESCAP and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as Senior IT Officer. She started her UN career in the area of ICT for Development at the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, the Bureau for Development Policy and UNDP Country Office in Bhutan from 1997 to 2002.

Ms. Okuda obtained BA from Kyoto University (Japan), MA from Helsinki University (Finland) and PhD from the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (Netherlands). Her doctoral thesis focuses on the topic of e-governance in the context of anti-corruption efforts. Her academic articles on broadband and AI were published by the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy. Among other publications and research papers, she was the author of a chapter on e-resilience in the 2018 UNDESA E-government Survey and various blogs on digital transformation at ESCAP and ITU.

Diane Wang (Co-chair, Women in Business Action Council, B20 Indonesia; Member, BRICS WBA China Chapter; Founder, Chairperson and CEO, DHGATE Group)

Diane Wang

Co-chair, Women in Business Action Council, B20 Indonesia; Member, BRICS WBA China Chapter; Founder, Chairperson and CEO, DHGATE Group

Diane Wang is the founder, chairperson, and CEO at DHgate, one of the leading cross-border B2B e-commerce marketplaces 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 everyone through digitalization. The critical focus is accelerating digital transformation for MSMEs and partners and empowering women and societies through digital inclusion. Under her leadership, as of 31 December 2020, the Company actively engaged 2.3 million sellers and 36 million buyers from 223 countries/regions, with more than 25 million live listings on the platform annually. In addition, the Company cooperated with more than 100 logistics service providers around the world, providing over 100 logistics routes, 40 local warehouses in China, and more than 10 overseas warehouses abroad, serving DHgate customers and others.

Before this, she served as the youngest senior executive at Microsoft China and the only female with a high position at Cisco. Then, in 1999, as the first generation of e-commerce entrepreneurs in China, she established, 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) Indonesia’s Women In Business Council., member of APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), 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.

Ira Noviarti (Chair, Women in Business Action Council, B20 Indonesia; President Director of PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk)

Ira Noviarti

Chair, Women in Business Action Council, B20 Indonesia; President Director of PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk

Ira Noviarti was appointed as President Director of Unilever Indonesia on November 25, 2020, which was effective on December 1, 2020. Ira has joined Unilever Indonesia since 1995. She has held several senior positions during her tenure at Unilever, not only in Indonesia, but also in Southeast Asia. Prior to holding the position of President Director, Ira served as Beauty & Personal Care Director at PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk (2017-2020), Managing Director for Unilever Foods Solutions South East Asia (2015-2017), and Ice Cream, Media and Consumer Market Insight Director at PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk (2010-2015). She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Indonesia (1995), majoring in Financial Accounting.

Beulah Mosupye (Chairperson of Creative Industries and Tourism Working Group (BRICS WBA-SA); Founder and President, Hauweng Tourism)

Beulah Mosupye

Chairperson of Creative Industries and Tourism Working Group (BRICS WBA-SA); Founder and President, Hauweng Tourism

Ms. Beulah Mosupye is Chairperson of the Creative Industries and Tourism Working Group (BRICS WBA-SA). Ms. Mosupye is a Development Consultant and Strategist, founder and President of Hauweng Tourism for All and a women empowerment advocate. Career spanning over two decades, Beulah has worked in the private sector for various companies ranging from a large blue chip co-operation including Telecoms, FMCG, BPO&O, Banking, Tourism, Cosmetics, Broadcasting. She has run her own business and thus possesses the hands-on experience of being an entrepreneur. She is leading the development of the Jonga e-commerce trading platform designed to connect women across the African continent to trading and contracting opportunities.

Chetna Sinha (Member, BRICS WBA India Chapter; Founder and Chairperson, Mann Deshi Bank & Mann Deshi Foundation)

Chetna Sinha

Member, BRICS WBA India Chapter; Founder and Chairperson, Mann Deshi Bank & Mann Deshi Foundation

Chetna Sinha is the Founder-Chairperson of the Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation.

Chetna Sinha passionately believes that empowering poor rural women transforms and fuels growth in an economy. 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 loaned over 780 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 and promoted women farmers company and women farmers organizations.

In January 2018, Sinha served as a co-chair of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and as a Co-Chair of Financial Inclusion at the W20 Summit (2018) in Argentina. Later that year, she was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar - the highest civilian award for women in India - by the President of India. She is a Member of the BRICS Women's Business Alliance. She is also a member of the Gender Equality Advisory Council (2022) appointed during Germany's G7 Presidency.

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

Megan Bozzuto (President, International Association of Women)

Megan Bozzuto

President, International Association of Women

Megan Bozzuto is the President of the International Association of Women (IAW) where she supports the mission of empowering women to reach their personal and professional goals. She joined the IAW team in 2017 and brings more than 20 years of experience across Accounting, Finance and Marketing roles, both in public companies and as an entrepreneur. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting Information Systems from Bentley University. Currently based in the Boston area, she considers herself a global citizen having lived and worked throughout the U.S. and in Shanghai and Dubai.

Ruikan Yang (Officer-in-Charge, UN Women China)

Ruikan Yang

Officer-in-Charge, UN Women China

Ruikan joined UN Women in January 2018 and is now serving as Partnership Specialist, responsible for developing and maintaining UN Women China office’s strategic relationship with government, international development partners and private sectors, etc.

Before UN Women, Ruikan worked for government department, embassy and international organisation for over 12 years, led strategic development, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and provided technical support to public health and social development projects in areas including newborn health, child health and nutrition as well as HIV/AIDS, etc.

Yang Ruikan holds a MSc in Public Health from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, and a BSc in Chinese Medicine Pharmacy from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

Maya Juwita (Executive Director, Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE))

Maya Juwita

Executive Director, Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE)

Maya has a master’s degree in business law from the University of Gadjah Mada in Indonesia. She is an HR professional with more than 20 years of experience, both in the private and development sectors.

Prior to IBCWE, Maya joined WWF Indonesia as Head of People Development and Management, where she developed a 3-years roadmap for people development programs, including the internal trainer group for the organization. She spent 4 years as Southeast Asia Regional HR Manager for the World Agroforestry Center and initiated the Junior Scientist Forum, the development program for junior scientists.

In collaboration with UN Women, Maya is currently serving as a judge for the Women Empowerment Principles (WEP) Award for Indonesia and Asia Pacific region.

Maya is appointed as one of the advocates for the G20 EMPOWER Program, representing Indonesia in the G20 forum, along with other business leaders from Indonesia. She also assists the B20 Secretariat in developing gender equality policy recommendations from a business perspective.

CJ Hwu (Strategic Partnerships & Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, John Wiley & Sons)

CJ Hwu

Strategic Partnerships & Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, John Wiley & Sons

CJ Hwu is the Director, Strategic Partnership & Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, for John Wiley & Sons based in Singapore. Born in Taipei and raised in New York City, CJ has been with Wiley since 2005. She started as a Commissioning Editor, moved to Business Development, and took on the Government Affairs role five years ago. Before joining Wiley, CJ was a journalist with Dow Jones, a sportswriter with United Press International (on the baseball desk in New York), and UPI bureau chief in Singapore. She started her career with the Village Voice.

Veronica Motloutsi (Chair of Innovative Development Working Group, BRICS WBA South Africa Chapter; Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SmartDigital Solution)

Veronica Motloutsi

Chair of Innovative Development Working Group, BRICS WBA South Africa Chapter; Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SmartDigital Solution

Ms. Veronica Motlautsi is Chairperson of the Innovative Development Working Group (BRICS WBA-SA). Ms. Motloutsi is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur with the most notable recent awards being the 2021 Accenture Rising Star Winner as well as the 2018 Inspiring Fifty Women in STEM and the Standard Bank Top Entrepreneur of the Year (2018). She is one of the leading ICT and education executives in South Africa, a trusted advisor to CIOs and Business Leaders, with a extensive knowledge of the ICT ecosystem.

Billy Deng (Head of Global Livestreaming, DHGATE Group)

Billy Deng

Head of Global Livestreaming, DHGATE Group
Harry Wang (Head of Global Marketing Communications, DHGATE Group)

Harry Wang

Head of Global Marketing Communications, DHGATE Group

Harry is heading up Global Marketing and Communications at DHGATE Group, he is an innovative global marketer and an exceptional communicator with more than 20-year substantial international working experience in large corporations including Microsoft, Lenovo, ECCO, TCL, and in agencies prior to joining DHGATE Group. He possesses expertise with extensive integrated communications and PR strategic planning and execution, media communication strategies development, brand image build-up, issue management, and corporate affairs.

Anne Edwards (Moderator)

Anne Edwards (Moderator)

Edwards is a Media Icon, Journalist. Corporate Figure, Master Trainer, Public Speaker and Adventurer who has trained hundreds of industry leaders including former Chief Judge of Malaya Norma Yaakob to Face the Media.

Her vast networking with the Press also makes her an effective liaison between industry leaders, corporations, politicians and the Media. Hence, a Publicist and Media Consultant for some of the most prestigious companies, both locally and abroad.

Together with her robust team of experts Anne has also produced hundreds of thousands of videos of commercial value.
Being in the print and online media, radio and TV for the past 30 years, Anne has held exciting tenures at the Star newspaper, TV3, RT M, NTV7, Astro, Bernama Radio, Bernama TV, Bloomberg TV Malaysia and Perdana Leadership Foundation as the Exec Sec of PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

She was the Managing Editor of Bloomberg TV Malaysia and now dedicates herself to building a media & communication business under the auspices of Anne Edwards & Co (AECO) where she sits as Director.

She has the Masters of Arts in Journalism from the Iowa State University.