9th ANNUAL GIVING WOMEN CONFERENCE WILL NOW BE TAKING PLACE ONLINE

We very much look forward to welcoming many of you to the Giving Women Annual Conference which will now be taking place online on 29 October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted that our keynote speaker and thought leader in global food systems and nutrition, Lawrence Haddad, will still be joining us along with a large majority of our expert speakers that we had secured earlier this year.
The purpose of the conference is to look at the role of women as farmers, mothers, caregivers of children, the elderly and the sick, providers of food for their families, and to expose why malnutrition is so widespread and its direct consequences. We will look to reveal the issues, highlight solutions and invite key stakeholders to share their vision of what it will take to bring food rights to all and the role of women in achieving this.

The world has changed dramatically over the past 8 months, and sadly addressing the issues of food security has become urgent. Covid-19 and the measures taken by governments to reduce its spread have uncovered the fragility of food systems for the most vulnerable communities around the world. The problems that the conference sets out to discuss are more evident and more critical today as a result of this global pandemic.

Over the last 10 years, Giving Women has organised a yearly conference, which examines a theme that affects vulnerable girls and women. The Giving Women Annual conference has become an important platform for convening UN organisations, Civil Society, NGOs, business, academia, and private individuals to INFORM, REFLECT AND ACT on what we need to do together to bring dignity and agency to the lives of girls and women globally.

29 OCTOBER 2020 PROGRAMME

SPECIAL PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT ON 26 OCTOBER @5PM CET

A Conversation with Paul Polman, Founder of Imagine Foundation and Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director of GAIN

“The role of Big business in system Change”

Moderator: Atalanti Moquette, Founder of Giving Women

9:30   General Information about the day
Kathleen Holmlund
, Operations Manager, Giving Women

9:35   Opening Remarks
Atalanti Moquette
, Founder, Giving Women

9:40   Setting the Stage
Lawrence Haddad
, Executive Director, GAIN
​9:55   Q& A

10:05   Panel 1 – Malnutrition-Root Causes and Solutions
A high-level look at the issue-what is malnutrition, the root causes and effects, what does it look like in different contexts: rural, urban, global south and global north. What are the barriers to everyone’s right to nutrition? What role does gender play in issues of: unequal access to nutritious food; poverty; access to land; access to education; access to technology and the effects of climate change.

Moderator: Gitika Bhardwaj, Editor Chatham House and Trustee at Climate Outreach
Ines Burrus, Founder of Equal Profit and Burrus Development
Representative from ICRC
Additional panelist TBC

11:10   Break

11:40   Panel 2 – What programmes boost nutritional value and provide sustainable livelihoods?
Moderator and Panelist: Meagan Fallone, Director, Barefoot College
Jo Grace, Head of Hunger Reduction and Livelihoods, Save the Children
George Carivalis, Founder, Purpose Driven Capital
Mohamed Rezwan, Founder, Shidhulai-Bangladashi Boat Farms
Mariana Veauvy, Project Manager, Antenna Foundation

12.45   Lunch Break

13:45   Panel 3 How are we dealing – what are the levers to activate widespread and sustainable in nutrition?

Moderator: Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, GAIN
Chantal Clément, Deputy Director of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)
Dorit Kemter, Rurality Coordinator, Earthworm Foundation
Gisella Reina, Philanthropy and Partnerships Director, ActionAid
Sabine Desczka, Research Head International Policy, Wageningen University

15.00   Break

15.30    Panel 4 – Who is making the difference and how can we help?

Moderator: Ines Burrus, Founder Equal Profit and Burrus Development
Jan Isler, Founder, One Action
Rose Tam, Founder, Tomatoes Cameroon
Quentin Lematais and Nadia Correa, Founders, Plantons Utile
Elisa Dot Bach, Founder, DONA Beans

15:45   Key Messages

H.E. Ms Doreen de Brum, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Marshall Islands of the UN TBC

16.00   Closing Remarks
Ruth Szabo & Barbara Wetsig-Lynam, 
Co-Chairs, Giving Women

“Food: Women’s role in the struggle to feed the world” Conference App coming soon! Opportunity to engage and network before, during and after the conference.

 

SPEAKERS

Gitika Bhardwaj

Gitika Bhardwaj

Editor at Chatham House and Trustee at Climate Outreach

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Gitika Bhardwaj works at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House where she edits content across several platforms and oversees the editorial management of a number of research projects.

She also interviews experts and has interviewed former Australia prime minister, Julia Gillard, and former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, as part of a series she has been editing focusing on women in international affairs.

Gitika is also on the Board of Trustees of Climate Outreach, a think-tank specializing in climate change communications, and mentors young people from diverse backgrounds with an interest in international affairs.

Ines Burrus

Ines Burrus

Founder, Equal Profit and Burrus Development

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Inès Burrus is the founder of Equal Profit and Burrus Development, two social enterprises aiming to improve farmers’ financial wellbeing. 

She started her career in the Sustainable Agriculture department of Nestlé where she rolled out pilot projects in various coffee and cocoa origins. This was followed by an experience in Public Affairs managing global partnership at the corporate level. Sponsored by Nestlé, Nespresso and ECOM Agroindustrial, she then pursued a PhD programme at HEC Lausanne, Switzerland in the department of Strategy, Globalization and Society. Her research focuses on how to make farming attractive to youth. 

George Carivalis

George Carivalis

Founder, Purpose Driven Capital

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George Carivalis is the founder of Purpose Driven Capital – an impact advisory firm that connects SDG aligned investors with profitable and scalable solutions to the world’s environmental and social challenges. With a particular focus on natural capital, George has worked with the Amazonian State Governments in Brazil on making rainforest preservation an economic activity for small rural farmers and indigenous communities. His aim is to support the large-scale deployment of the world’s sovereign wealth funds in a way that achieves real outcomes in addressing both financial inclusion and climate change.
 
With a professional background in Investment Banking, Portfolio Management, Fundraising, Digital Startups and Natural Capital, George has addressed State legislatures in Brazil and the Governors’ Climate & Forest Task Force in San Francisco, on how corporations, technology companies and governments can create a new green economy.
Chantal Clément

Chantal Clément

Deputy Director of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)

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Chantal Clément is Deputy Director of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), with a mission to promote transition to sustainable food systems around the world. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University, where her research focused on municipal-level governance arrangements to support sustainable food systems in Canada and the EU. Chantal has over ten years’ experience in food system research and practice including governance methods for food system transition, local food systems, and community food security.

Nadia Correa

Nadia Correa

Plantons Utile, Senegal

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Nadia Correa.  A 27 year old Swiss woman with a bachelor of Biology and a master in environmental sciences, specialized in climate change, governance and impact. She is currently working at the Geneva Industrial Services as a project assistant in energy efficiency. The focus of her work is to reduce the energy consumption of local actors. During her free time, she is active in Plantons Utile an NGO located in Senegal. It aims to plant valuable trees, using mostly sustainable energy as well as sustainable methods that support short circuits, local production and consumption, circular economy, respectful of the environment.

H.E. Doreen de Brum

H.E. Doreen de Brum

Ambassador to Switzerland and Permanent Representative to the UN Offices for the Marshall Islands

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H.E. Doreen deBrum, the Ambassador to Switzerland and Permanent Representative to the UN Office and other International Organisations in Geneva arrived in her new posting in march 2019.

Prior to that, Ambassador deBrum held several responsibilities as a civil servant. She was Assistant Secretary to the Bureau of Multilateral Affairs and Trade of the Marshall Islands and Planning Advisor on Fisheries Policy at the Marshall Island Marine Resources Authority. During that time Ambassador deBrum developed her passion to conserve and preserve the environment, the ocean and its marine resources. She dedicated most of her time toward the conservation and sustainable resource management and biodiversity in the Marshall Islands as it faced increased pressure from fisheries, climate change, sea level rise, urbanization and loss of traditional subsistence lifestyle which had been central to the identity and well-being of the Marshallese people.

From 2010 to 2013 Ambassador deBrum was seconded to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Commerce as a consultant to the FAO, to co-ordinate the food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme in the Marshall Islands.

In addition to her professional career ambassador deBrum has been involved in improving pediatric health in Marshall Islands.

Sabine Desczka

Sabine Desczka

Research Head International Policy, Wageningen University

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With the desire to make the world a better place, Sabine Desczka, works on international development policies, diversity and inclusion policies.  Leading the Wageningen Economic Research Unit for International Policy for more than 3 years now, she strives to improve the value chain, food security and livelihoods. She is fully committed to bringing about systemic change through the Wageningen food systems approach.

Elisa Dot Bach

Elisa Dot Bach

Founder, DONA Beans

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Elisa Dot Bach is a coffee business development professional specialized in Innovation.
 
She has worked for almost 30 years at Nestlé, designing and driving implementation of growth strategies in the full range of the coffee business, for some of the world’s most recognized and respected coffee brands.
 
Motivated to continue learning about ethical businesses, she is currently leveraging her expertise to build a coffee brand and business that helps make the world a better place by celebrating the contribution of women to the coffee industry.
 
Elisa is passionate about women’s empowerment and she is a committee member of Women in Science since 2012, an initiative that brings together scientific, corporate and philanthropic women to support female researchers at UNIL.
Meagan Fallone

Meagan Fallone

Director, Barefoot College

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Meagan Fallone is an entrepreneur, a designer and a passionate mountaineer. Bringing these diverse talents together as the CEO of Barefoot College International, she exemplifies exceptional vision and commitment to social leadership while advocating for strong professional practices within a Social Innovation context.

Her commitment to empowering illiterate and semi literate rural women across the developing world through mastery of technology, unlocking rural girls creativity and confidence while leveraging the human potential embodied in poor rural communities; is an inspiring journey of risk taking and respect for the knowledge and skills innately existent within poor communities.

Jo Grace

Jo Grace

Head of Hunger Reduction and Livelihoods, Save the Children

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Jo Grace leads the Hunger Reduction and Livelihoods Team at Save the Children, UK. Jo’s team is made up Food, Security, Livelihoods, Nutrition, and Social protection specialists that support the design and implementation of programmes and policy to prevent and treat child malnutrition and break the intergenerational transfer of poverty. Her and her team focus on are prevention of acute and chronic malnutrition, treatment of acute malnutrition, nutrition sensitive, shock responsive and child sensitive social protection, early warning/early action to food and nutrition crises, and 5. resilient livelihoods.

Jo has almost 20 years of international development experience. Prior to joining Save the Children in 2011 she spent more than 10 years in field-based programme design, management, and research roles, always with a strong food and nutrition security, livelihoods and gender. Her roles included Director of Programmes for the Aga Khan Foundation in Mozambique, leading multi-sectoral programming to reduce rates of stunting, and Team Leader for Rural Livelihoods research at the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) in Kabul focussing on ensuring rural development policy was based on the changing and gendered realities of rural livelihoods across the country.

Lawrence Haddad

Lawrence Haddad

Executive Director, GAIN

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Dr. Lawrence Haddad became GAIN’s Executive Director in October 2016. Prior to joining GAIN, he was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report (GNR).

From 2004-2014 Lawrence was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the world’s leading development studies institute, and prior to that, he was a research Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He was the UK’s representative on the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN’s Committee on Food Security (CSF) from 2009-2010. He is an economist and completed his PhD in Food Research at Stanford University in 1988.

In 2018, Lawrence was awarded the World Food Prize for his: “relentless leadership and advocacy in mobilizing political will to make nutrition the focal point of development strategies.”

Jan Isler

Jan Isler

Founder, One Action

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Jan Isler was born in Geneva to a Franco-Italian mother and a Swiss and Dutch father, Jan develops a taste of travel early on that will make him travel the world during his law studies in Geneva and his master’s degree in international law in Barcelona. After a quick passage in a law firm, he published a book inspired by a journey in India, the Himalayas and China. This experience reinforces his idea of going off the beaten path and leads him to found OneAction. Since then, he has worked to develop the various projects of the association and to involve more and more people in the adventure.

Dorit Kemter

Dorit Kemter

Rurality Coordinator at Earthworm Foundation

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In the role of Rurality Coordinator, Dorit Kemter oversees and coordinates together with a global team the work of Earthworm Foundation (EF) on smallholder engagement in global supply chains, working closely with EF members and other partners at international and national level. From 2009 to 2018, Dorit Kemter worked with the International Labour Organization on various topics including green economy, SME development, and strategies to tackle child labour. Prior to this, she worked in the area or rural development and community participation in El Salvador. Her academic background is in environmental management and social sciences.

Quentin Lemetais

Quentin Lemetais

Plantons Utile, Senegal

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After a Diploma DUT in marketing techniques, Lemetais has been working in the hotel business for 5 years. His area of interest gradually shifted toward sustainable development and Lemetais has gravitated to working at his fathers’ n innovative and sustainable NGO in south of Senegal. Inspired by his father’s passion exciting challenge. He is currently developing an ecological farm to improve local communities’ quality of life while supporting methods that are respectful of the environment and develop biodiversity as well as providing livelihoods. Innovation, knowledge transfer, collaboration, and entrepreneurship, are the pillars of our association.

Atalanti Moquette

Atalanti Moquette

Founder, Giving Women

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Atalanti Hadjipateras Moquette received a BA Hons. in Philosophy and Ancient Greek at King’s College London. She continued her postgraduate studies in Art History at the University of Toronto. Atalanit’s passions include education, art, philanthropy and women’s rights.

She started her career on the specialist side of Sotheby’s and has worked on education policy in Toronto and Geneva.

Her involvement in the field of philanthropy follows a family tradition began at the grassroots level, running a life skills programme in a shelter for battered women.

In 2009 Atalanti founded Giving Women, a network of diverse but like-minded women who pool their professional skills and experience to provide advice to strengthen projects directed at vulnerable girls and women globally.

Her interest in social impact investing started when she and her daughter, Elianna, established Step Up, to advise start-up social business and banks on questions of social impact and responsible investing. As a philanthropist Atalanti has held positions on various boards:

  • Vice –President of the board of the International School of Geneva
  • Vice – President of the board of the International Baccalaureate Organisation
  • Founding member of the Executive Committee of Human Rights Watch, Geneva,
  • Member of executive Committee of the Fondation Philanthropique Orthodoxe
Celine Perodeaud

Celine Perodeaud

Project Manager, IPES

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Céline Perodeaud works as a Project Manager for the Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). She guides the panel’s West Africa process, which seeks to foster multi-stakeholder dialogues and support collective action to develop agroecology in the region. Céline is also a member of the board of directors (Secretary) of the non-profit organization Agroécologie et Solidarité, for which she has been supervising coordination and fundraising activities to scale up agroecology in Senegal and Mali over the past 5 years.

Paul Polman

Paul Polman

Co-Founder, Imagine

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Paul is Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE, a benefit corporation and foundation accelerating business leadership to achieve the Global Goals. He is also Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team, Saïd Business School and The Valuable 500, and Vice-Chair of the U.N. Global Compact.

He was CEO of Unilever for a decade where he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with good financial performance. During his tenure, Unilever was one of the best-performing companies in its sector, delivering ten years of consistent top and bottom line growth.

Paul was appointed to the U.N. Secretary General’s High-level Panel that developed the Sustainable Development Goals and has played a leading role since in highlighting the business case for the 2030 development agenda, including as a founder member of the Business & Sustainable Development Commission. He remains a U.N.-appointed SDG Advocate.

Paul engages across industry sectors and global organisations to maximise impact, including as a member of FCLTGlobal, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and the Food and Land Use Coalition, which he chairs. He has received numerous awards, including the Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, the U.N. Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth Award and the Oslo Business for Peace Award.

He has been honoured with France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and was named an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to business. He is a recipient of the Public Service Star from the Government of Singapore and received the Treaty of Nijmegen medal.

He founded the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust with Kim Polman, working to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired children in East Africa. He also supports and mentors’ young leaders as a Counsellor and Chair of the Global Advisory Board of One Young World.

Gisella Reina

Gisella Reina

Philanthropy & Partnership Director, ActionAid Switzerland

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Italian/Dutch/Swiss agro-economist who has dedicated all her working life to development and human rights causes and is passionate about gender issues. She joined ActionAid as Philanthropy and Partnership Director. ActionAid works for social and climate justice. Fighting abuse, prejudice and inequality that hold women back are fundamental steps in fighting poverty and food insecurity. At the core of ActionAid’s work is empowering women, help them getting access to land, education, knowledge, resources, ensuring their care work is recognized and shared so that they in turn will feed their families and take care of the planet.

Before joining ActionAid, Gisella worked for Oxfam, the International Commission of Jurists and Euronaid (an EU-NGO alliance on food and food security). Since 2016 Gisella is Chair of HURIDOCS, and board member of True Hero Films. She is an active Giving Women member since 2018.

Mohammed Rezwan

Mohammed Rezwan

Founder, Shidhulai - Bangladeshi Boat

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Architect Mohammed Rezwan is the Founding Executive Director of the non-profit organization Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha and invented the ‘school-boat’ to ensure access to year-round and quality education in the flood-prone areas of Bangladesh. He developed, expanded, and sustained floating schools over 18 years. Now floating schools are in operation in eight countries.

Drawing on architectural expertise, he designed spaces on boats that successfully accommodated the need of a school, library, training, healthcare to playground. His “school-boat” idea was recognized by the United Nations Funds and Programs (UNICEF, UNEP and UNDP) as an innovation. He also invented the integrated floating farming (vegetable garden along with duck and fish raising on floating structure).

Rezwan’s floating school design was exhibited at the “Design with the other 90%” exhibitions, organized by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Bill & Melinda Gates: Mohammed Rezwan’s floating schools design has been the recipient of many prizes globally.

Ruth Szabo

Ruth Szabo

Chairwoman, Giving Women

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Ruth Szabo has been working with international not-for-profit organisations, including the United Nations and the World Health Organization, for 16 years.  She is a lawyer currently working as an independent consultant advising on governance and human resources issues. She has been involved in a number of charitable initiatives, including with a Children’s Foundation in the Philippines.

Ruth joined Giving Women in 2011 and is coordinator of the Veerni Project Circle. She has also participated in other project circles and Giving Women events. Ruth holds a Bachelors degree in Law from the University of Southampton and a Masters in International Law from University College London (United Kingdom). Ruth was born in Iraq and grew up in London. She has also lived in Paris, New York and in Switzerland since 2005.

Rose Tam

Rose Tam

Founder, Tomatoes Cameroon

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Rose Tam is the founder of Reso Collect, an NGO engaged in the fight against extreme poverty and the social reintegration of women and girls from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Douala, Cameroon.

She started her professional career as a sales agent in a company that manufactured paramedical equipment where she developed the client portfolio. She gained experience in sales techniques, negotiation and prospecting and finding new clients. 

This experience enabled her to establish contacts and work at CERN in documentation. Subsequently, she spent about ten years in the cantonal administration as Information Manager, and then as Training Manager at Johnson & Johnson.

Mariana Veauvy

Mariana Veauvy

New Tech Manager, Antenna Foundation

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Mariana Veauvy is Franco-Brazilian polyvalent professional with a solid scientific background (Master in Marine Biotechnology). Having worked in Technology Transfer for developing countries during many years, she notably focuses on spirulina for its exceptional nutritional values. 
 
She is currently in charge of the New Technologies Department at the Antenna Foundation, part of the Research & Projects Direction and member of the Board of the Antenna France Association, which specializes in spirulina production and distribution.
Barbara Westig-Lynam

Barbara Westig-Lynam

Vice-Chairwoman, Giving Women

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Barbara Wetsig-Lynam has been an active Giving Women members since 2017 quickly becoming active in evaluating projects, educational workshops and the annual conference planning committee. In 2018 she joined the Executive Committee.

Barbara’s background is firmly rooted in philanthropy.  Her twenty-year career was inspired by a two-year posting to a rural village in Ethiopia with the U.S. Peace Corps. From there she became a global humanitarian providing disaster relief and recovery primarily in Asia/Pacific and the Middle East. Working with diverse stakeholders in both the public and private sector, she became adept at designing projects addressing complex root causes and measuring for impact. Most recently she was designing engagement strategies for multinational companies as well as the largest global foundations at the World Economic Forum.  She holds a degree in public policy from Duke University as well as an executive MBA from the University of Geneva.

In addition to her own philanthropic activities such as serving as a board member to local associations, Barbara now has her own practice accompanying private individuals and their families on their philanthropy journeys.