Hôtel du Parc des Eaux-Vives, Geneva, Switzerland

What was the Conference purpose?

“To promote and deepen the growth and impact of women’s leadership as a positive force for change for the benefit of all”

What were the benefits of attending?

Developing leadership skills and advancing business acumen

Bringing current themes in women’s leadership to the forefront of businesses and organisations

Learning best practices from other sectors of activity to apply

Succeeding as a strong role model for other women going forward

Meeting and exchanging with like-minded people and being part of a powerful network

Who attended?

Leaders and Aspiring Leaders

Company Directors and Partners

Key Department Heads


Senior Leads in HR and Talent Management

Diversity and Inclusion Specialists

Professors and Subject Experts


What were some of the objectives?

How women in leadership positions are uniquely placed to be catalysts for change and act on global challenges

How to better manage gender roles and parity at the intersection of work and family

How to influence change in the workplace and promote more inclusive professional environments

How to nurture a culture of diversity

Get ideas, inspiration and guidance on how to be more confident and assertive in the professional domain

How to mentor others and develop talent

Conference Organisers

Dr. Susan Baragwanath (Co-Chair)

Susan Baragwanath is an authority in Women’s Leadership. She has had extensive international experience in education and criminal justice and has mentored dozens of women from all walks of life. She has recently organized two international strategic programs for Women’s Leadership in London, chaired international search committees for outstanding women leaders, and is a Distinguished Eisenhower Fellow. In 2005, she received the highest academic award in the Humanities, Doctor of Letters, for education reform of school age mothers in New Zealand.

Cassandre Burgess (Co-Chair)

Cassandre Burgess is Head of Operations and Finance of MyPhy, She is also a public speaking coach and workshop facilitator. She regularly teaches classes including Project Management and Leadership for Bachelor and Master’s students. Originally from South Africa, she has extensive experience in the mining industry and in finance, having worked with key players in both sectors. With a passion for developing leadership in young people and empowering them to reach their potential, Cassandre is active in multiple associations and community groups in the Geneva region.


Diane Shoemaker (Keynote speaker)

Former Senior Director, Eisenhower Fellowships

Diane has selected and mentored women leaders from around the world for over 30 years, under the auspices of Henry Kissinger, George H.W. Bush and General Colin Powell.

Sonja Klopčič

Former Board Chair / CEO & Acclaimed Author

Author of 3 books on leadership, former Board Chair and CEO of prominent Slovenia companies, Sonja consults and mentors in conscious leadership around the world.

Jessica Weiss

Co-Founder / Publisher -TRIX magazine, Google Leadership Strategist

Jess is a full-time strategist on Google’s Executive Leadership Development team and the Publisher of -Trix, a magazine for women who define success on their terms.


International Singer/Song-Writer & Founder of Catalyse, Geneva (towards happy creativity)

With 9 albums to her name, Noga is dedicating her life to using the power of voice to inspire and empower others to find theirs.

Ludivine Nornberg

CEO Representative Office Israel, Pictet & CIE

An experienced career banker, Ludivine’s current senior role includes managing a country office and mentoring up-and-coming talent.

Sumaira Khan

Development Professional and CEO, GAIA

Leading a company that is committed to replacing single-use polyethylene packaging with a product that is made of reusable and recyclable polypropylene.

Zeina Abdo

Founder of Smile for Hope

A leader passionate about Humanity, with a unique combination of expertise in global strategy & philanthropy. Dedicated to seeing the SDGs become a corporate must have.

Christèle Hiss Holliger

Global Head HR, Pictet Wealth Management & Equity Partner of the Pictet Group

Christèle is Global Head HR and a Member of the Executive Board at Pictet Wealth Management. She is also a co-founder and an active member of Pictet Group’s Diversity and Inclusion Board.

Farzana Yaqoob

Founder/CEO, Center for Asian African Studies & Former Minister

Yaqoob is a former Minister of Social Welfare and Women Development, Azad Jammu Kashmir. Yaqoob is the founding member and Chief Executive of Center for Asian African Studies.

Atalanti Hadjipateras Moquette

Founder, Giving Women

Atalanti has three passions: education, philanthropy and art. She founded Giving Women 10 years ago creating a community of women philanthropists who strengthen grassroots projects directed to improve the lives of women and girls globally.

Abdul Qureshi

Managing Director, Barclays Bank

Abdul (AQ), currently MD at Barclays, is a senior financial services and tech leader, who is passionate about human development and leveraging the power of tech to transform lives.

Alina Askarova

Founder & CEO of Geneva Business School (GBS) in Kazakhstan

GBS in Kazakhstan is a leader for National Industrial Business ranking for the fastest growing educational start up in the country, which combines traditional MBA programs and innovative VR learning.

July Coo

Associate Director, Communications, Global Baby Care, Procter & Gamble

July has seen first-hand the transformative power of mentoring during her twenty-year career in the FMCG industry leading to her current role a Global Baby Care Communications Leader for P&G, all while fighting and surviving cancer three times.

Elianna Sabbag Moquette

Co-founder, Mastermom

Elianna is Co-founder of Mastermom, Deputy Director at If International Foundation and a commited executive committee member of Giving Women. Elianna has three girls under 8, and is committed to social justice, gender equality and supporting and driving positive social change in communities near and far.

Maryline Stiegler

Managing Director, Head EAM, Gonet & CIE SA

Maryline has been servicing Institutional international clients and External Asset Managers (EAM) for 20 years. She is coaching men and women to work together in team spirit.

Christine Batruch

VP Sustainability, Lundin Petroleum

Christine is a historian and lawyer by training. Early in her career she worked in the non-profit (Soros Group of Foundations) and the academic sectors (International Academy of the Environment). For the past twenty years she has acted as Vice President Corporate Responsibility for Lundin Petroleum.

Anoush Der Boghossian

Trade and Gender Focal Point, World Trade Organisation

First focal point on trade and gender of the World Trade Organization. Appointed by Director-General Azevêdo, Anoush leads the WTO’s work on gender bringing 13 years of expertise on trade.

Elena Trukhina

Partner, Novastone Capital Advisors

Elena is currently driving entrepreneurship forward being a Partner at Novastone Capital Advisors, a venture providing talented individuals with an opportunity to acquire and manage the company of their dreams.

Tania Cotton

Founder of, Film Maker, Movement Analyst

A specialist in movement behaviours working with the Swiss Olympic Medical Centre, Tania uses the power of storytelling to reveal how we can become more robust, resilient and resistant to disease.

Natasha Katelbach

Senior Global Talent & Learning Manager, Cotecna Inspection

Natasha is in charge of driving Cotecna’s global Learning & Development agenda, in alignment with the company’s ambitious business transformation programme.

Eliane (Elle) Fersan

Founding Director / Immigrants & Global Migration Initiative, Gould School of Law, University of Southern California

Elle advocates for the human rights of women, LGBTQ and migrants. She has a 15-year career with the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations and International NGOs.

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