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Town Hall Meeting on Women's Empowerment through Entrepreneurship
14 November 2012
15:30-18:00 hrs., Salle XIV, Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues


United Nations agencies, together with local counterparts are organizing an interactive panel discussion on women entrepreneurship. It will include panellists from the private, NGO and public sector who promote women's empowerment through entrepreneurship.

A cocktail hosted by the United States and Mexican missions will follow the event.

The event is scheduled to have approx. 100-200 people.

Programme Timetable


15:30 - 16:00 hrs. Welcome/Registration
16:00 - 16:.15 hrs.

Opening remarks

  • H.E. Ambassador Betty E. King, United States of America
  • H.E. Ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho, Mexico

Panel discussions
Moderator: Susan Joekes, Donors Committee for Enterprise Development

16:15 - 16:55 hrs.

Panel 1: Starting your business from the ground up

  • Dr. Cori Gorman, Chief Executive Officer of BioXpress Therapeutics, United States of America
  • Ms. Yolanda Patricia Moreno Sol, International Trade Consultant, YeXpand, Mexico
  • Ms. Bendicte Foucart, President and Managing Director, ValeurAbsolue, Switzerland
17:05 - 17:45 hrs.

Panel 2: Leveraging support networks for scaling-up

  • Ms. Nicola Ehlermann-Cache, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Middle East and North Africa Women’s Business Forum, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Ms. Bineta Diop, Executive Director, Femmes Africa Solidarité, Geneva
  • Ms. Achamyelesh Ashenafi, President, Addis Ababa Women Entrepreneurship Association
17:45 - 18:00 hrs. Concluding remarks
18:00 - 19:30 hrs. Reception


Co-organized with:UN agencies, UNDP. ILO, WIPO, ITC, UNITAR, YEN and Geneva Economic Development Office, GENILEM and the University of Geneva
Mr. Peter Navarrette
Tel. 022 917 17 30
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