The Future is Female or how elegance – in style and spirit – will shape tomorrow’s economy | 2013 Women’s Forum


Last night, at the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards ceremony, we witnessed 18 exceptional female role models demonstrating how passion and energy can drive you very far and provide a sustainable future to those around you. Cooperation, generosity and social responsibility lie at the heart of the way they conduct business.

Innovative diverse pioneers – all these women deserve to be recognised.

IMG_8167And the winners…are:

  • In Latin America, Gabriela Maldonado, from Guatemala, founder of Jugando Aprendo, teaching children to learn while playing (yes please!)
  • In North America, Priyanka Bakaya, from the US, founder of PK Clean, a technology turning plastic waste into oil
  • In Europe, Leonora O’Brien, from Ireland, founder of Pharmapod, cloud-based software for adverse drug effects reports
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, Bilikiss Adebiyi, from Nigeria, founder of Wecyclers, a bicycle-powered waste collection and recycling company
  • In the Middle East and North Africa, Sima Najjar, from Jordan, former model and founder of, quality ‘how-to’ video content in Arabic

In Asia-Pacific, Namita Banka, from India, former housewife and diamond jewellery designer turned ‘toilet lady’ (as she says herself !), founder of Banka Bioloo, ecological bio-toilets

The prize, in partnership with INSEAD and McKinsey, will help these women to drive their businesses forward, thanks to an intensive programme of mentoring, coaching, networking platforms and events and, of course, a bit of cash too!

About the author

Myriam is the features editor for our Inspirational Women in business. She is committed to raising the voice of women in media and has met some of the most prolific women (and, dare we say it, is as inspirational as those she interviews!). Myriam has been working in the industry for over ten years, with CNN and CNBC Europe. She is also the founder of Smart Content, a boutique consultancy helping brands to express their authentic personality and engage with their consumer groups, through compelling content.

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