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2019-06-27 Women Rule Summit 2019

Livestreaming sessions

Opening Interview with Margot James, British Minister for the Digital and Creative Industries, moderated by Annabelle Dickson, POLITICO Reporter, followed by the panel discussion “Will women lead 2019-24?” with Helena Dalli, Minister of European Affairs and Equality in Malta; Kim van Sparrentak, Member of the European Parliament; Virginija Langbakk, Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality, moderated by Rym Momtaz, POLITICO Reporter

POLITICO Reporter, followed by a joint-interview with Jeanne Ponte, Founder of MeTooEP, and Dean Peacock, Senior Adviser for Rights and Advocacy at Promundo, moderated by Anna Palmer, Co-author of POLITICO U.S. Playbook and Editorial Director of Women Rule

2019 Speakers

Dirk Luyten

Founder of the Gender Diversity Research Fund, INSEAD

Dirk Luyten is a founder of the Gender Diversity Research Fund at INSEAD and Managing Director of Lerrante Capital Management. He is also a member of the INSEAD Alumni Association Global Women in Business…

Vivienne Artz

President, Women in Banking and Finance

Vivienne Artz is President of Women in Banking and Finance, having been awarded the “Champion for Women” Award at the Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement 2016. Artz has many years of experience…

Daniel Bekcic

Head of Campaign and Advocacy, mä

Daniel Bekcic is Head of campaigning and advocacy at mä, a Swiss umbrella association bringing together men’s and fathers’ organizations.  He is campaigning for mandatory paternity leave in Switzerland and has an interest in…


Deputy Director-General, DG Communication, European Commission

Sixtine Bouygues is the Deputy Director-General for Communication at the European Commission, a position she has held since 2015. From 2012 to 2015, Bouygues served as the Director for Strategy and Corporate Communication. From…

Sara Cools

Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Social Research

Sara Cools holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oslo. Her research focuses on the links between family and work, education and inequality. She has published papers in several international academic journals…

Helena Dalli

Minister for European Affairs and Equality, Malta

Helena Dalli was appointed Minister for European Affairs and Equality in Malta following the general election of June 2017. First elected to Parliament in 1996, she served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of…

Amarsanaa Darisuren

Senior Gender Adviser, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Amarsanaa Darisuren is Senior Advisor on Gender Issues at the Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). She has over 20 years work experience in promoting gender equality at national,…

Ciairín de Buis

CEO, Women for Election

Ciairín de Buis is CEO of Women for Election, an Irish NGO whose mission is to inspire, equip and support women to succeed in politics. De Buis is also a board member of Sonas…

Alexander De Croo

Deputy Prime Minister, Belgium

Alexander De Croo is current Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Development Cooperation. From 2014 to 2018, he was responsible for the digital agenda, post and telecom in the Belgian Federal Cabinet…



Zita Gurmai

Member of the National Assembly, Hungary

Zita Gurmai is a Member of the National Assembly in Hungary since April 2018. She is currently President of PES Women, which promotes gender equality inside and outside the Party of European Socialists. Amongst…

Alexandria Hicks

Media Lead, Fleishman-Hillard, Brussels Office

Alexandria Hicks is Media Lead and Vice President at Fleishman-Hillard Brussels office. Specializing in corporate reputation management, Hicks leads pan-European political, regulatory and advocacy campaigns for multi-national clients. Prior to living and working in…

Laura Houlgatte

CEO, International Union of Cinemas (UNIC)

Laura Houlgatte has been appointed CEO of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) in August 2017, an organization she joined as as European Affairs Executive in March 2015. Having graduated from the Strasbourg Institute…

Margot James

Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, United Kingdom

Margot James was appointed Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in January 2018. She was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and…

Binna Kandola

Business Psychologist and Senior Partner, Pearn Kandola

Binna Kandola is Senior Partner at Pearn Kandola. He is a recognized expert on unconscious bias – having researched and written about this topic for nearly 15 years – and challenges orthodox thinking in…

Virginija Langbakk

Director, European Institute for Gender Equality


Managing Director, Women’s WorldWide Web, W4

Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke is the Founder of W4 (Women’s WorldWide Web), an international, non-profit organization and Europe’s first crowdfunding platform dedicated to girls’ and women’s empowerment around the world with a focus on promoting girls’…

Susan Shannon

Vice-President for Government Relations, Policy and International Organizations, Shell

Dean Peacock

Senior Advisor for Rights and Advocacy, Promundo

Dean Peacock is Senior Advisor for Rights and Advocacy at Promundo, a Brazilian-based NGO working globally to engage men and boys to end violence against women and promote gender equality. Previously, he was the…

Genevieve Pons

Director, Jacques Delors Institute

Geneviève Pons became the Director of the Jacques Delors Institute in Brussels in 2017. The Institute seeks to provide political analyses to European policymakers and citizens. Between 1991 and 1996 during Jacques Delors mandates…

Jeanne Ponte

Founder of MeTooEP, European Parliament

Jeanne Ponte is an Accredited Assistant to MEP Edouard Martin at the European Parliament, where she works for the Parliamentary Committees FEMM (Women’s Rights and Gender Equality), EMPL (Committee on Employment and Social Affairs)…

Kim van Sparrentak

Member of the European Parliament

Vanessa Erogbogbo

Chief of Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains, International Trade Centre

Vanessa Erogbogbo is Chief, Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains section at the International Trade Centre. She has over 20 years of experience in private sector development with a focus on women’s economic empowerment and…

Hayat Sindi

Chief Advisor to the President, Science, Technology and Innovation, Islamic Development Bank

Dr. Hayat is a leading biotechnologist and a champion of science and technology in the Middle East. She is the Chief Advisor to the President, Science, Technology and Innovation at the Islamic Development Bank…

Victoria Webster

Director of Fixed Income, Association for Financial Markets in Europe

Victoria Webster joined the Association of Financial Market in Europe (AFME) in November 2015 bringing with her over 20 years of fixed income experience across investment banking, vendor sales, broking and market making. As…

Mechthild Wörsdörfer

Director of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, International Energy Agency

Mechthild Wörsdörfer is Director of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks at the International Energy Agency (IEA) where she plans and co-ordinates the organization’s work on energy sustainability, encompassing energy technology policy and energy-related climate change…

Beatriz Yordi

Director for European and International Carbon Markets, DG Climate Action, European Commission

Beatriz Yordi became Director for European and International Carbon Markets at the European Commission’s DG Climate Action in 2017. She is responsible of a team that works on the EU Emissions Trading System, promotes…

Allyson Zimmermann

Executive Director, Catalyst Europe

Allyson Zimmermann is Executive Director of Catalyst Europe, a non-profit organization that drives change with research, practical tools, and proven solutions to accelerate and advance women into leadership positions. She has worked for Catalyst…

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