Vital Voices Program Draws International Women Business Leaders to Campus

May 07, 2009

On April 29, 2009, a select group of emerging women business leaders from developing countries around the globe gathered at Georgetown University's Mortara Center to meet with Carol Lancaster, professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and director of the Mortara Center, and Pietra Rivoli, professor in the McDonough School of Business, as part of the Vital Voices program. The women discussed the current financial crisis, the role of women in economic and business development, their experiences as entrepreneurs, and the implications of emerging neuro-economics research related to gender and risk taking.

This session, which was sponsored by the Mortara Center and Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, is part of a larger initiative to provide up-and-coming international women business leaders the opportunity to develop their leadership, management, and business skills. Vital Voices partners annually with the U.S. State Department and Fortune's Most Powerful Women's Summit for this program, which brings participants to the United States for a month and pairs them with mentors chosen by Fortune magazine's list of America's Most Powerful Women.

Roster of Participants:

Laura Ileana Busnelli, Argentina
Managing Director at Buplasa S.A.

Vanina Ubino, Argentina
Executive Director of Red Argentina de Bancos de Alimentos

Aida Daguda, Bosnia
Director of the Civil Society Promotion Centre

Selmy Avila Lim, Brazil
Marketing Manager of Makro

Nan Zhang, China
Director and Editor-in-Chief of the China Culture Department for the China Daily Website

Ghada Darwish, Egypt
Family Business Owner

Noha Hussein Hkattab, Egypt
Senior Vice President at Amwal Alkhaleej

Adelaide Adwoa Amofah, Ghana
Executive Director, Administration and Finance of WILSAD Services Limited

Ama Pomaa Boateng, Ghana
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ghanaian High-tech Women

Wilhelmina Appenteng, Ghana
Sales and Marketing Manager at the African Regent Hotel

Anuradha Mathur, India
Founder and Director of 9.9 Media

Nandita Lakshmanan, India
Founder and CEO of The PRactice

Elly Tjan, Indonesia
Senior Economist at Bank Indonesia and the Deputy Manager of Monetary and Economic Team in the BI Medan Regional Office

Tamara Abdel-Jaber, Jordan
Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Board at PALMA

Saltanat Igenbekova, Kazakhstan
Director of the Association of Microfinance Organizations of Kazakhstan

Vera Valievna Tkachenko, Kazakhstan
Director of Independent Research Institute at the Legal Policy Research Centre

Rehema Dida Jaldesa, Kenya
Career businesswoman who owns and directs several small-scale private companies

Pamela Antaki, Lebanon
Product Manager, Antaki GPPK Holding

Adelina Ajdaraga, Macedonia
Operations Manager at GEMAFON, a subsidiary of Cosmofon

Anna Ipanglwa, Namibia
Managing Director for Gelnhausen Safaris cc

Monica Kalondo, Namibia
Managing Director (and a shareholder) of Stimulus Private Equity

Obafemi Olayebi, Nigeria
Founder, My World of Bags

Anastasia Ivanova, Russia
Director for Methodology, IFRS Statements Compilation Department at Financial and Accountants Consultants

Ekaterina Kolyada, Russia
Information Department Director with Gazprom

Rica Rwigamba, Rwanda
Co-owner and Director General of New Dawn Associates

Barbara Ayissi, South Africa
Managing Member of Cynbar Human Capital

Ndoni Andiswa, South Africa
Legal Advisor for Teba Bank

Nontozahe Rammekwa, South Africa
Government Department

Nozizwe Mulela, Swaziland
Company Secretary and Legal Advisor, Standard Bank Swaziland Limited

Emelda Isaac Mwamanga, Tanzania
CEO, RELIM Entertainment Ltd.

Rehma Kasule, Uganda
Owner, Century Marketing

Dang Thi Hoan Phuong, Vietnam
CEO of Saigon Invest Group