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March 27, 2017

8.00 am onwards Registration
10.00 am Inauguration of Summit Exhibition at South Lounge, Ground Floor, Centre 1 Building by
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva

Inauguration of Summit Conference at Centrum, 1st Floor, Centre 1 Building by
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva

Lighting of the Lamp Ceremony and Felicitation of the Honourable Guests
10.30 am Welcome Address
Mr. Kamal Morarka, Chairman, MVIRDC World Trade Centre Mumbai

10.40 am Theme Address and Launch of SheTrades app
Ms. Dorothy Ng'ambi Tembo, Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva

11.00 am
11.10 am
11.20 am
Special Address
  • Ms. Michaela Marksová, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • Dr. Ruby Dhalla, Canadian Politician
  • Ms. Nora K. Terrado, Undersecretary (Deputy Minister), Department (Ministry) of Trade and Industry, Industry Promotion Group (IPG), Philippines

11.30 am Plenary Address
Mr. Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva
11.50 am Presentation of Awards
12.15 pm Keynote Address
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva

12.40 pm Release of Summit Handbook

12.45 pm Closing Remarks
Capt. Somesh Batra, Vice Chairman, World Trade Centre Mumbai

12.55 pm Vote of Thanks
Mr. Vijay Kalantri, President, All India Association of Industries and Vice Chairman, World Trade Centre Mumbai
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Networking Lunch
For delegates in Centrum
For Exhibitors in South Lounge
2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Session I - The evolving woman in the 21st century

Women’s development and empowerment has attained heightened relevance in the context of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDGs envisage women’s full and effective participation in business and trade, women’s equal rights to economic resources, among other targets. The session will examine the opportunities and challenges faced by women in the new era and discuss the way forward.

  • Sustainable Development Goals and women empowerment : Charting the Course for Change
  • Women’s Issues and challenges in the 21st century
  • Women’s Rights: Towards social and economic gender parity

Moderator: Dr. Ella NilaKanthi Ford, Director, Integral Performance Europe and Asia

  • Ms. Saroja Sirisena, Consul General, Consulate General of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  • Ms. Michaela Marksová, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • Dr. Sonia Sethi, IAS, Additional Director General of Foreign Trade, Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Mumbai
  • Ms. Pooja Bedi, Actor and Columnist

An ASEAN Perspective on the evolving women in the 21st century

The session will also present the ASEAN perspective on women empowerment with a stimulating discussion on the gender- specific policy initiatives and approaches towards the uplift of women in the region.

  • Ms. Nora K. Terrado, Undersecretary (Deputy Minister), Department (Ministry) of Trade and Industry, Industry Promotion Group (IPG), Philippines
  • Mdm. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh, Chairwoman, Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council (VWEC), Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), Vietnam

Presentation of Awards
4.00 pm – 5.00 pm Session II - STEM - Education, science, technology and empowerment of women

Education and skill development are powerful catalysts for women’s inclusion in the economic growth process. Experts will discuss the role of academic institutions and civil society in improving access of women to education in engineering, science and technology. The session will also highlight some of the successful initiatives such as Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP) to promote women’s skill and capacity building.

  • Access to and participation of women and girls in education, training , science & technology
  • Empowering women through skill development for economic inclusion
  • Technical and vocational education and training of women : challenges and opportunities

Moderator: Ms. Sairee Chahal, Founder, Sheroes

  • Ms. Sangeeta Wij, President, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
  • Engr Valerie Agberagba, Vice President, World Federation of Engineering Organisations and Chair, Committee for Women in Engineering, France
  • Ms. Karen Horting, Executive Director and CEO Society of Women Engineers, USA
  • Ms. Roslina Chai, Co-Founder & Chief Learning Curator, Grow Your Knowledge Into Being (Gnowbe), Singapore
  • Dr. Asmita Chitnis, Director, Symbiosis Institute of International Business [SIIB]
  • Dr. Mrs. Madhuri B. Khambete, Principal, Cummins College of Engineering for Women
  • Prof. Usha Haley, Professor of Management/Co-Chair, All Academy West Virginia University, USA
  • Dr. Yogita Shukla, Advisor, SkyMap Global and Principal Investigator – WOS–A, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing

Presentation of Awards
5.00 pm – 6.30 pm B2B Meetings, Visit to Exhibition (South Lounge, Centre 1 Building)
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm Welcome Reception: Cultural Programme
(Venue - Centrum, 1st floor, Centre 1 Building)

Cultural Programme – "WE" factor, a womens trio led by Sunita Bhuyan along with Saskia De Haas on Cello and Debopriya Chatterjee on Flute. WE Stands for Women's Empowerment . Also WE Enable Engage and Empower through music. All three artists representing each of these themes. They will be accompanied by Bhushan Parchure on Tabla and Ameya Naik on percussions.
8.00 pm Gala Dinner
(Venue - Centrum, 1st floor, Centre 1 Building)


March 28, 2017

8.00 am onwards Registration
10.30 am – 12.30 pm Session III - Leadership and women’s foray into the business domain

The session will discuss the key factors propelling women to assume leadership role in the corporate arena. Discussions will also focus on how international trade can contribute to women's empowerment, especially looking at developing countries, and how trade can create business opportunities for women, especially women-owned SMEs. The focus will be on the importance of making well-informed career choices and negotiation skills for women executives, boardroom policies and the changing mindset in the emerging business scenario. . Panelists will also share their insights on the role of gender diversity in promoting business ethics and managing ethical dilemmas in corporate decision making.

  • Women in business : Opportunities and challenges
  • Today’s women , tomorrow’s leaders
  • Redefining the role of the new woman in the world of trade and business
  • Women and business ethics
  • Workplace policies

Moderator: Ms. Chhaya Sehgal, Founder and CEO, The Winning Edge

  • Mr. Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva
  • Ms. Dorothy Ng'ambi Tembo, Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva
  • Ms. Deepika R.Rajnoor, Founder and Lead Consultant, Image Mantra
  • Ms. Lakmini Wijesundera, Co-founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ironone Technologies (Private) Limited, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Saundarya Rajesh, Founder-President, AVTAR I-WIN
  • Ms. Mitu Samar, Founder, Eminence
  • Ms. Damchae Dem, CEO/Founder, Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs, Bhutan
  • Ms. Selima Ahmad, President and Founder, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) Bangladesh
  • Ms. Birgit M. Liodden, Nor-Shipping Director, Norway Trade Fairs
  • Ms. Tejal Gandhi, CEO and Founder, Money Matters, India

Presentation of Awards
12.30 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch
For Delegates in Centrum
For Exhibitors in South Lounge
2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Session IV - Government and institutional support for women

Government policies and legislations act as key pillars for women’s empowerment. Gender sensitive policies can enhance women’s access to education, healthcare and sanitation, finance and participation in the labour force. Panelists will discuss issues and perspectives in policy making for women’s empowerment. The role of banks, microfinance companies and financial institutions in improving women’s access to institutional credit is imperative in integrating women into the economic mainstream.

  • National policies and women empowerment: Issues and perspectives
  • Access to finance and the role of banks, insurance and micro finance in supporting women’s ventures
  • Public Sector and Corporate Social Responsibility ( CSR ) : The way forward

Moderator: Ms. Andrea M. Ewart, President, Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT),USA

  • Mr. Anand Mohan Jha, Principal, National Skill Development Corporation
  • Ms. Denise Thomas, Director of Africa Trade Public Relations and Marketing, World Trade Center Arkansas, USA
  • Mr. Joseph Burke, Deputy Secretary, Department of Community & Economic Development Office of International Business Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Ms. Nishtha Satyam, Head – Strategic Partnership, Policy Impact and Public Relations, UN Women Office for India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan
  • Ms. Justine Namara, Communications Officer, Enhanced Integrated Framework at the WTO, Geneva
  • Ms. Viktoria Lopatina, Founder & Managing Director, Kat.El International Trade Consulting Srls, Italy
  • Ms. Kaylene Alvarez, Global Advisory Principal - Banking on Women, International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group
  • Smt. Chand Kureel, Deputy General Manager, Small Industries Development Bank of India, Mumbai Regional Office
  • Ms. Charu Pragya, Opinion maker, Social reformer, Budding Author

Presentation of Awards
3.30 pm – 4.30 pm Session V - Women empowerment through capacity building and social entrepreneurship

Capacity building involves skill development and training, technology up-gradation, providing market linkages for women-owned enterprises, among others. This session will shed light on the importance of capacity building for women empowerment through cross-country experiences and case studies as also highlight how rural economy can be strengthened through skill enhancement and institutional support to women engaged in the rural and informal sectors.

  • NGOs: Partners in social uplift and capacity building : Select case studies
  • Women’s role in transforming rural economy and harnessing economic inclusion
  • Women’s contribution to the SME sector through entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Women in the informal sector

Moderator: Ms. Karon Shaiva, Chief Impact Officer & MD, IDOBRO

  • Ms. Khatera Yusufi, Director Afghan Women Empowerment Foundation, Afghanistan
  • Prof. George T. Haley, Professor of Marketing and International Business, University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut, USA
  • Dr. Monisha Behal, Executive Director, North East Network, Guwahati
  • Mr. T. Kalyan Chakravarthy, Founding Sevak and Executive Director, PanIIT Alumni Reach For India Foundation
  • Dr. Vandana Nadig Nair, Founder, Phicus Social Solutions
  • Ms. Pallavi Jha, Chairperson & Managing Director, Walchand People First Ltd.
  • Ms. Anupama Kapoor, Founder, Reboot
  • Ms. Abha Singh, Senior Advocate

Presentation of Awards
4.30 pm – 5.30 pm Session VI - Women’s Empowerment through Diversity, Arts and Culture

A panel discussion with women leaders who have created unique economic models out of their ideas, talent and passion towards a cause.

Moderator: Ms. Sunita Bhuyan, Violinist and HR Professional

Panel Discussion:
  • Ms. Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, Theatre Director and Producer
  • Ms. Varsha Hooja, CEO, ADAPT (Spastics Society)
  • Ms. Dolly Thakore, Actor
  • Ms. Gauri Yadwadkar, Head, Artistes and Repertoire Times Music
  • Ms. Carolina Quintana, Coordinator, Networking and Partnerships in Cultural Industries, UNCTAD, Geneva
  • Ms. Gouri Shashikant Kouthankar, Singer

Presentation of Awards
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm Musical theatre : From darkness to light : An extract from Three Women
A short play by Ms. Isheeta Ganguly, Theatre Director and Actor

"Three Women" is a musical theatre production which focuses on the core of women's identity and finding empowerment through purpose. Across centuries, women have faced barriers in defining their own purpose outside of expected societal roles of the matriarchy. To realize our own passions, our own purpose which can then translate into economic empowerment requires a level of self-actualization and commitment to developing strengths and an unlearning of the barriers and walls in our belief system that have inhibited that collective capability.
7.00 pm - 9.00 pm Dinner
(Venue - Centrum, 1st floor, Centre 1 Building)


March 29 , 2017

8.00 am Visits to women–owned and managed enterprises

  • Women’s India Trust - NGO/Self-Help Group, Panvel
  • Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, Bandra

For programme related enquiries please contact us at:
Debjani Chowdhury – Advisor, World Trade Centre Mumbai

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