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Annual Women Economic Forum 2017
8-13 May, Pullman-Novotel Hotel, Aerocity, India

The Century of Women Unfolds

Women Economic Forum gathers women leaders from 100+ countries at its mega marathon spectacular conference in New Delhi spread over 6 days.

11 April, New Delhi: The much-awaited Annual mega Women Economic Forum is here. In just few weeks from now, Pullman-Novotel in Aerocity will be abuzz with the energy of passionate women leaders and entrepreneurs, along with supportive men, to unfold and prepare for a world that will see an increasing role of women in All walks of life.

From 8th to 13th May, a rich confluence of leaders and achievers from a 100+ countries will empower one another by sharing and speaking across 520 sessions and workshops under the overall bold theme of “Women: Creating, Innovating, Understanding and Driving the Future”. In India, a special outreach has been made toward young people in schools, universities, and start-ups as also NGOs especially in the North East to foster a sense of inclusion and open up channels of communication and global networking for All.

What is most unique is that the extensive program across 41 theme verticals and 520+ sessions has been built over the past year with the committed participation of a widely constituted Advisory Board and Advisory Executive Council (AEC) of over 500 people from the world. This is to ensure meaningful dialogues on topics that engage the needs of All the participants from different fields, cultures and backgrounds.

The vibe of the conference is interactive. Power points are not encouraged; whereas open hearted sharing is celebrated. Apart from the fact that this format enhances engagement of all in the audience, this is also done to encourage even those who consider themselves ‘non-speakers’ to share their insights; feeling supported thus.

Over 2000 delegates and speakers representing experiences from 150 countries, are joining. Countries include, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Cote D’Ivoire, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya,Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Louisiana, Malaysia, Maryland, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philadelphia, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri lanka, Sudan, Sweden,Switzerland, Syria, Togo, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

In addition, companies, institutions and startups are sharing their ideas and initiatives; like BMW financial services, Fortis Escorts); Facebook, Google, Teach India, and many start-ups like in 3D printing, genomics, crafts etc. Countries and embassy representatives are also presenting opportunities therein for business, education and tourism, and special outreach for women.

Confirmed Ministers & Dignitaries:

International Ministers and MPs:

Ms. Alenka Smerkolj, Minister responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion, Slovenia.
Ms. Shamma Sohail F. Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, UAE
Ms. Marija Pavilioniene, MP, Lithuania

Cabinet Ministers from India:

Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Railways; Mr. Thawar Chand Gahlot, Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment.

Expected Dignitaries:

Invited and confirmation awaited for: Ms. Draupadi Murmu, Hon’ble Governor of Jharkhand; Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology; Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development. Mrs Lamia Zribi, Minister of Finance, Tunisia, Ms Hela Cheikhrouhou, Minister for Energy, Tunisia

The forum will also felicitate inspiring women and men with WEF 17 awards for Women and Leaders of the Decade in various fields from across India and other parts of the world, as also iconic leaders making a difference to society. These are in Business, Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology, IT, Celebrites, Education, NGOs.

Bollywood Personalities:

Mr. Subhash Ghai, Indian Film Director, India
Ms. Aditi Rao Hydari, Indian Film Actress, India
Ms. Pernia Qureshi, Indian Fashion Entrepreneur, India
Ms. Huma Qureshi, India Film Actress, India
Ms. Masaba Gupta, Indian Fashion Designer, India
Ms. Krishika Lulla, Indian Film Producer, India

Speakers & Awardees:

Mr. William Bissell, MD at Fab India,
Ms. Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou , MD at Tototheo Maritime Group, Cyprus
Ms. Vandana Luthra, Founder and Vice Chairperson at VLCC Health Care Ltd, India
Ms. Gina Rinehart , MD at Hancock Prospecting, Australia
Ms. Jyoti Deshpande, CEO at Eros International, India
Ms. Sulajja Firodia Motwani, CEO, Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions, India
Ms. Nishi Vasudeva, ex-Chairman& MD of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, India
Mr. Harsh Mariwala, Chairman at Marico Limited, India (v)
Ms. Betty DeVita , Chief Commercial Officer at MasterCard Labs, USA
Ms. Agatha Amata, CEO of Inside Out Media LTD, Nigeria
Ms. Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte LLP USA, USA
Ms. Lila Poonawalla, Lila Poonawalla Foundation, India
Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Founder, Chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, India
Mr. Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder, Paytm, India
Ms. Tabatha Moraes, CEO, Rede Mulheres Que Decidem, Portugal
MS. Fernanda Vicente, President of Women of the Pacific, Chile
Ms. Isabel Noboa, Executive President of the NOBIS Consortium of Ecuador, Ecuador
Mr. Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors TV, India
Ms. Radha Kapoor Khanna, Founder, Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI), India
Dr. Jennifer Riria, Group CEO, Kenya Women Holding, Kenya
Mr. Umang Bedi, MD, Facebook, India and South Asia
Mr. Manoj Kohli, Executive Chairman at Soft Bank Energy, India
Mr. Michael Setter, Owner, Setter Architects, Israel
Ms. Kamila Rubaninska, Director of Operations, AT&T, Czech Republic
MS. Sandy Carter, ex GM, Ecosystem Development and Social Business, IBM, USA
Ms. Shweta Punj, Senior Associate Editor, India Today Group / Co-Founder at Whypoll, India
Mr. Anurag Sharma, Owner, Baidyanath ‘Herbal’, India
Ms. Gazal Kalra, Co-Founder at Rivigo, India
Mr. Nikhil Kumar, Time Magazine, South Asia
Ms. Ellen Barry, New York Times, South Asia
Mr. Vikram Chandra, NDTV, India
Ms. Dilek BiL, Founder, Purple -Sustainable Ideas, Turkey
Ms. Barkha Dutt, journalist, India
Mr. Venky Venkatesh, CEO, The Press Trust of India, India
Mr. Amit Goel, Vice Chairman, The Pioneer, India
Ms. Seema Goswami, Journalist, Author, Columnist, India
Mr. S.M. Khan, DG, Registration for Newspapers of India
Ms. Anita Nayyar, CEO India & South Asia, Havas Media, India
Ms. Dragana Djermanovic, Social media influencer in South East Europe
Ms. Sabina Chopra, CEO , RCI :Wyndham Group, India
Mr. Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj, India
Ms. Norlin Robles Sunga, Founder at NRS Business Solutions, Philippines
Ms. Shelina Mawani, Co-founder, Nanas Kitchen, Canada
Ms. Dixie Gillaspie, Business Coach & Consultant , Dixie Gillaspie, USA
Ms. Monica Malhotra Kandhari, MD , MBD Group, India
Ms. Sonica Malhotra, Joint Managing Director, MBD Group, India
Ms. Ranjna Patel, Director, East Tamaki Healthcare and Nirvana Health Group, New Zealand
Mr. Rajesh Sawhney, Co Founder at Inner Chef, India
Ms. Johanna Salgado, Outreach Partner, Zayed Future Energy Prize, Colombia
Mr. C. N. Ashwath Narayana, MLA, Malleshwaram, Bangalore, India
Dr. Tejaswini Ananth Kumar, Managing Trustee/Chair Person (Adamya Chetana), India
Mr. I.S. Jha, CMD, POWERGRID, India
Ms. Cary Carbonaro, Finance Expert, USA
Ms. Margarida Marques, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Portugal
Ms. Nejia Gharbi, Head of Major Projects for the Presidency of the Government, Tunisia
Ms. Padmaja Ruparel, President, Indian Angel Network, India
Ms. Riitta Palmen, Investment Manager and Founding Partner, Palmen & Charpentier, Finland
Ms. Susanne Swaniker Tettey, Chief Financial Officer, Okavango Diamond Company Botswana, Botswana
Dr. Ayesha Bin Ali Al Sayyar, Assistant Vice-Minister for Educational and Central Activities Department at the Ministry of Education, UAE
B.S. Yeddyurappa, Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Karnataka State BJP President, India
Ms. Laura Moschini, Founder ,Urbano Creativo, Italy
Ms. Lucia Lucka Klansek, Entrepreneur, Business Developer, Investor, Philanthropist, Slovenia
Ms. Dr. Neslyn Watson Druee, Prof. Executive Coach, UK
Ms. Nejia Gharbi, Head of Major Projects for the Presidency of the Government, Tunisia
Ms. Nikki Giant, MD, Full Circle Education Solutions, UK
Dr. Sharon G. Mijares, Psychologist, Author & International Speaker, USA
Ms. Sunita Kohli, President of K2INDIA, India
Mr. Rajiv Yadav, IAS, Secretary & Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, India
Ms. Renata Broglia Mendes, Founder of Social Business Actveda, Brazil
Mr. Subhash Ghai, Indian Film Director, India
Ms. Betty Young, President at Hocking College, USA
Ms. Chiara Hensley, Assistant Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Eastern Michigan University, USA
Ms. Penny Simmonds, CEO of the Southern Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Ms. Ofra Abramovich, Founder of Mamanet, The Mothers’ League, Israel
Ms. Rakhi Sarkar, Founder, CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkata, India
Ms. Gunjan Jain, Author, She Walks, She Leads, India
Ms. Arshia Yadav, Founder of Heroes of Cancer, UAE
Ms. Ashwini Deshpande, Founder Director & Practice Head at Elephant Design Pvt Ltd, India
Ms. Anjali Gopalan, Executive Director ,Naz Foundation (India) Trust, India
Ms. Nisha Agarwal , CEO at Oxfam India, India
Ms. Revathi Roy , CEO-Hey Deedee , India
Ms. Edith Nordmann, Attorney at Law & Partner, Netherlands
Ms. Shevelle McPherson, Attorney, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Best Selling Author,USA
Dr. Snehal Deshpande, Visiting consultant and HOD – Pediatric physiotherapy, India
Dr. Ashok Seth Chairman – Fortis Escorts Heart Institute Chairman – Cardiology Council, Fortis Group of Hospitals, India
Mr. Kapil Sibal, former Union Minister, India
Mr. Lalit Bhasin, President, Bar Association of India
Ms. Pinky Anand, Additional Solicitor General of India
Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Principal, DPS RK Puram, India
Ms.Sister Janet, Principal, Convent Of Jesus & Mary School, India
Dr. Babli Moitra Saraf , Principal, Indraprastha College for Women University of Delhi, India
Lee Alison Sibley Singer, Actor & Writer, USA
Dr. John Varghese, Principal, St Stephen’s College, India
Ms. Pratibha Jolly, Principal at Miranda House, India
Dr. Anupa Siddhu, Director, Lady Irwin College, India
Ms. Meenakshi Sahni, Principal, Modern School Vasant Vihar, India
Dr. Suman Sharma, Principal, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, India
Dr. Vijay Dutta, Principal, Modern School, India
H.E Ambassador of Iceland
H.E Ambassador of Poland
H.E Ambassador of Macedonia
Ambassador of India to Angola
Ambassador of India to Cyprus
Distinguished Legendary Leaders Award to Mr Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group, India


Dr Harbeen Arora, Founder and Global Chairperson, ALL Ladies League (ALL) and Women Economic Forum (WEF) said: “WEF is a supportive platform where women from All walks of life can come and empower their skills, attitudes and networks. This year almost 18 Women Economic Forum events would get organized across the world; with the purpose of giving women worldwide greater voice and visibility.” “The response and affection we receive across these forums is overwhelming. Support is also growing now from other stakeholders in society as All are now recognizing the power of women unfolding and strengthening.” “This is indeed the Century of Women, and the caring and cohesive spirit they bring. We need to celebrate the spirit and values of women and we need those in our troubled times to regain our balance and drive our future with sustainability”.

WEF events are about Conversations, Collaboration and Celebration:

One feels a vibe of authentic sharing and humane connection at the WEF events. In addition empowering business knowledge and networks, WEF is also a platform for open hearted peer learning and generous mentoring. People also share moving personal stories and experiences on a range of subjects on how one can deal with emotional grief, mindsets and cultural influences impeding or enhancing personal leadership, how one can master fears and doubts within, dealing with work-life challenges, overcoming trust deficit so that women can be women’s best friends, dealing with emotional and physical abuse, parenting and its challenges, putting an end to child trafficking, commitment to a healthy lifestyle, and processes for community and society building; challenges of leadership for fostering creativity and collaboration; and tapping into the power of education to make a positive change in the world.

Outreach Partners:

International Network of Women Entrepreneurship Ambassadors; Women To Watch; US India Business Council; Smooth Sale; Centre for Partnership Studies; The Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Caring Economy Campaign; Raindrop Media Pvt. Ltd

Session Subjects

One sees an exhaustive range of plenary and parallel sessions on diverse business, economic, political, social and spiritual themes. Some are as follows:
• Women and Thought-Leadership
• Nurturing an ecosystem and culture of innovation in developing countries
• Education of women leads to community development and innovations.
• Power of Experiential Learning in Leadership Development
• The Role of Humanitarian Intervention, Development Aid & Peace building
• Creating Inclusive and Spiritually Intelligent Higher Education Communities
• Technology in Teaching: UnHack your potential
• Innovating for Health and Wellness
• Wellness Travel: Healthy lifestyle interventions, through fun filled travel
• Understanding the Century of Agritech, Genetics, Climate Change
• Urban agriculture’s technology and methods to reduce ecological footprint
• Simple and practical ways to contribute locally against Climate Change
• How to leverage gender intelligence for greater success in business
• More women vendors in supply chains
• Understanding Business Globalization, Creativity & Innovative Leadership
• A New Leadership Paradigm: Creating Thriving Cultures of Change By Leading From the Inside Outward
• Social Entrepreneurship – A New Dimension to Art and Creativity
• Monetizing Ideas in a Challenging Economic Climate
• Bridging the Gap Between Communications & Connections
• Women in conflict zones: overcoming vulnerability and violence
• How to Build a Customer-Centric Brand
• The Art of Storytelling
• Flow with Ease – Dynamic yoga movements to unlock the breath
• Impact of talent transformation, learning and development as part of a growth strategy
• Sustainable world without reducing gender based violence
• Unlock Your Inner Confidence & Show Up As The Authentic You
• Innovation Inclusivity in developing countries – A gender perspective
• Why is STEAM so important for children in India and what can we do about it
• Reinventing yourself to stay relevant in this constant changing environment
• Essential Strategies for Creating a Robust Compliance Culture
• Finding Your Purpose In Life, if you don’t; Somebody Will Force Your Hand
• Using the Power of Social Media and Digital Strategies for creating Positive Impact in the World
• The child’s right to eat without a fight
• Personal leadership lessons to learn from the world’s female political leaders
• Women, Peace and Security agenda as a pillar of UN Security Council and a necessary prerequisite for the fulfillment of Sustainable Development Goals
• Social Science Research and Decision-Making Across Cultures
• Change is an essential part of being entrepreneur
• Importance of becoming globally diversified
• How design and creativity can help to develop more sustainable products, solutions and lifestyles?
• Nurturing Young Minds For the Futuristic media
• Advancements in medicine for better health and longevity
• Personal Investment (how can individuals set themselves apart, look for opportunities for self-development
• Technology Watch analysis of big data
• To help us view volunteering and humanitarian aid as a part of our human experience
• How to turn your Pain into Gain
• How Beliefs of your Past affect your future
• Collaborative Leadership in a Conscious Organization
• Vedanta for Success in Business and Peace in Life.
• Meditation for Vibrant Health & Living

About Women Economic Forum and ALL Ladies League (ALL)

Women Economic Forum (WEF) is an associate of ALL Ladies League (ALL), the world’s largest All-inclusive international women’s chamber and a movement for the Welfare, Wealth and Wellbeing of ALL. As superhighway of ‘Internet of women’, ALL is a worldwide web of women’s leadership, friendship and entrepreneurship. With over 500+ chapters and over 50,000+ members across 150 countries (and ever growing by referral), ALL & WEF together are the fastest growing global network of women where women as also men who support them are coming together to unleash our collective potential in all walks of life.

WEF events take place throughout the year and across the globe empowering women to expand their business opportunities and increase their global influence through peer exchange, networking across borders while being inspired by some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, leaders, and celebrities.
We are non-religious and non-political. We are committed to women’s economic empowerment and also promote global sisterhood that greatly serves women’s social and economic needs.

Upcoming events in 2017: Annual WEF 17 in New Delhi (May ’17); New Mexico (May ‘17); Maldives (June ’17); Johannesburg (August ’17); Reykjavik (Oct ’17); Cyprus (Oct ‘17); Casablanca (Oct ’17); Lisbon (Oct ‘17); Toronto/Vancouver (November ’17); New Zealand/Australia (December ‘17). We have also concluded earlier this year our regional events in Kolkata, The Hague, and London.

ALL Ladies League (ALL) is the world’s largest All-inclusive international women’s chamber and a movement for the Welfare, Wealth, and Wellbeing of ALL. As a superhighway of ‘Internet of women’, ALL is a worldwide web of women’s leadership, friendship and entrepreneurship. It is the only such chamber to offer completely free membership but by invitation and reference to soulful women who wish to make a difference. The acronym ALL stands for its positive spirit and culture of helpfulness toward empowering one and ALL. It is the only such network to offer completely free membership for women and the only criteria is to bring in great positive energy and spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood, and not allow any room for divisive or discriminatory discourse. ALL is non-political and non-religious.

Links :

Annual India WEF Advisory Board 2017:
Annual India WEF Advisory Executive Council 2017:
WEF Awardees:
Websites: WEF: ; ALL: