Nigerian Actress, Writer & Talk Radio Host – Alex Okoroji who was recently ranked one of the Top 250 Most Influential Women Leaders in the World by Richtopia, will be receiving the prestigious WEF17 ICONIC WOMAN AWARD for “Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All” at the 2017 Annual Global Women Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi, India.
Alex who recently appeared in a special edition of the Television Game Show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”as a Celebrity Guest on the HOT SEAT played alongside Tosin Ajirire, Entertainment Editor at The Sun Newspaper on behalf of Charity – for Mama Dada and the Dada Marquis Foundation to win 2 Million naira. She is also nominated to receive a Nigeria Goodwill Ambassador Award “For Agent of Positive Change in Nigeria” in July – is one of the WEF 2017 Speakers and will be speaking on
Day 1: The NAKED Road To Personal & Business Success
Day 3: Understanding Business Globalization, Creativity and Innovative Leadership
Day 5: Hosting a Lunch Roundtable – Topic: The NAKED Philosophy for Success.
The Gala Annual Women Economic Forum gathers women leaders from 100+ countries at its mega marathon spectacular conference in New Delhi spread over 6 days.
In just few days from now India will be abuzz with the energy of passionate women leaders and entrepreneurs from different countries across the world gathering together for the marathon 6 days of the Annual Women Economic Forum.
From May 8th to 13th , 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”.
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.
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:
Dr. Anja Kopač Mrak, Minister for Labour of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia.
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
- Sara Dowie, MP, New Zealand
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.
Invited and confirmation awaited for: Ms. Draupadi Murmu, Hon’ble Governor of Jharkhand; Dr. Harshavardhan, 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
Speakers & Awardees:
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, Celebrities, Education, NGOs includingMr. 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
Mr. Umang Bedi, MD, Facebook, India and South Asia
Ms. Kamila Rubaninska, Director of Operations, AT&T, Czech Republic
Ms. Susan Pointer, Head, Government Relations, Google Inc., USA
- Sandy Carter, ex GM, Ecosystem Development and Social Business, IBM, USA
Ms. Nancy Valentinio, COO, Julien’s Auctions, US
Mr. Nikhil Kumar, Time Magazine, South Asia
Ms. Ellen Barry, New York Times, South Asia
Mr. Vikram Chandra, NDTV, India
Mr. S.M. Khan, DG, Registration for Newspapers of India
Ms. Dragana Djermanovic, Social media influencer in South East Europe
Ms. Sabina Chopra, co-founder,Yatra.com
Mr. Bhavish Agarwal, founder, Ola cabs
Ms. Nikki Giant, MD, Full Circle Education Solutions, UK
Mr. Subhash Ghai, Veteran film director,
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. Lila Poonawalla, Lila Poonawalla Foundation, India
Ms. Ofra Abramovich, Founder of Mamanet, The Mothers’ League, Israel
Ms. Nisha Agarwal , CEO at Oxfam India, India
Ms. Revathi Roy , CEO-HeyDeedee , India
Mr. Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj
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
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.