Saturday 2 November 2019 at Centara Grand, Central World
The summit will include 40+ powerful leaders and celebrities, talks, performances and workshops.
Maggie is an actress and an animal rights activist. She is known for her action-role in the series Nikita on The CW. She also starred in the political drama series, Designated Survivor. Her movie roles include Mission: Impossible III and Live Free or Die Hard. Maggie takes part in PETA Asia’s campaign promoting vegetarianism. She is also an advocate for ending global cosmetics animal testing.
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Bryony Cole is the world’s leading authority on sextech. Since launching the top-rated podcast, Future of Sex, Bryony has been on stages across the world, defining the direction of sextech for governments, technology and entertainment companies. Her wide body of research and annual Future of Sex report are considered the lead in industry insights. From the PEN World Voices Festival in the US to the UK’s elite Founders Forum, she continues to attract international attention for her work on empowering women through media creation and organizing global hackathons.
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Lina is the Founder and owner of SheFighter, the First Self-Defense studio for women only in Jordan and the Middle East. SheFighter is designed to empower women physically, mentally and emotionally through Self-Defense training. The studio has been founded in 2012 and has trained more than 18 thousand women all over the globe. Lina was awarded the Stuart Scott Humanitarian ENSPIRE award presented by ESPN and UFC 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Pannika is the Spokesperson and Member of Parliament for the Future Forward Party. She is known for being liberal and outspoken. Before joining the Party, Pannika worked as an International News Desk Editor and News Anchor for more than six years at Voice TV, a Thai television channel known for its political stance. She co-hosted various political commentary and news analysis shows including Tonight Thailand, Voice Insight, Divas’ Café and The Chat Room. Pannika also presented IASEAN, the documentary series focusing on social and cultural perspectives of 10 ASEAN countries.
Watanya, dubbed ‘Madame Dear’, is a Member of Parliament for the Palang Pracharat Party. She is known for her business acumen and leadership as one of the ‘iron ladies of football’. Madame Dear is famous for Managing the U-23 Thailand national men’s football team and winning the gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games. Prior to joining politics, she was the President and Director of News Network Corp.
Chitpas is a young Thai politician and activist for female reproductive rights. She joined politics at the age of 23, and was recently appointed as a Member of Parliament. She has extensive work experience in Thai politics, she served as the Deputy Secretary General of the Democrat Party and the Committee and Assistant Secretary of the PDRC Foundation. She was also the Secretary of the Standing Committee on Students, Youth, Women, the Elderly and Handicapped. Her ultimate goal is to become the prime minister of Thailand.
Woody is a leading figure on the front line of the Thai entertainment industry. With close to two decades of experience in radio and TV as the nation’s top talk show host, he has transformed his role into one of the most powerful social media influencers in Thailand. Woody was selected by CNN as one of the Asia’s Top 100 Influential Personalities. He uses his influence as a public figure to raise awareness on an array of charitable issues through inspirational talks and campaigns.
Cindy is an actress, TV host, and activist against gender-based violence. She founded the #DontTellMeHowToDress movement. Her advocacy involves creating awareness through education, dialogue and cooperation with schools, communities and government. She is currently writing a series of children’s books on the topics of body safety, rights and respectful relationships. Cindy received the “Activist of the Year Award” from The Prime Minister of Thailand. She was featured on the gender equality panel at the 2019 Bloomberg ASEAN Summit.
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Chompoo is an actress, model, fitness enthusiast, TV personality, fashionista and mother. She’s a superstar with a long list of local and international accomplishments. Championing sports empowerment, she operates a gym that specializes in body transformation and physiotherapy. A mother of two, she understands the value of a healthy lifestyle. Chompoo hopes to empower other women by giving them a confidence boost and a healthy lifestyle.
Jameela Jamil is a one-of-a-kind multi-hyphenate. Jameela can currently be seen starring as Tahani in Mike Schur’s Golden Globe-nominated series, The Good Place. In addition, she can be seen hosting various shows on late night television in the US. Jameela is an advocate for many causes and in 2018, she launched a movement and social media platform @i_Weigh. The platform encourages women to feel valuable and look beyond the flesh on their bones. The movement has been recognized by both media outlets and the movement’s hundreds of thousands of followers over the world.
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Amata is a Youtube sensation, regular makeup artist for London Fashion Week and is generally regarded as one of the most celebrated bloggers in the beauty industry. This famous Thai Beauty Blogger has stopped posting makeup tutorial for months. Being disillusioned with the makeup world, she has moved away from the industry and is pursuing ecotourism. She now advocates for sustainable tourism by promoting local goods and culture around Thailand.
Nadya is a United Nations Environment Goodwill Ambassador, TV host and media personality on networks such as Discovery Channel, and National Geographic and voted one of Singapore’s Top 20 most influential people by CNN. Nadya is one of Asia’s leading voices in the Green Movement. She built one of Singapore’s first eco-homes, founded a sustainable jewellery line and started Green Kampong. Nadya created Let Elephants Be Elephants, an ivory reduction campaign documenting for National Geographic the illegal trade and its effects focusing on the Sumatran Elephants.
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Marina is a writer, women’s rights and HIV/AIDS activist. In 2010, Marina was named the UN Person of the Year by the United Nations in Malaysia. Marina was one of only two Malaysian women named to WomenDeliver.org’s list of 100 Most Inspiring People Delivering for Girls and Women. In 2016, Marina received France’s highest award, the Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur in recognition of her work in HIV and women’s rights
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Sunitha is an activist and a co-founder of Prajawal, a rescue and rehabilitation organisation which helps women and child victims of sex trafficking. At eight Sunitha was teaching dance to mentally-challenged children and by 12 she was running schools for underprivileged children. At the age of 15 she started working with low-caste communities and in retaliation, was accosted and sexually assaulted by a group of men. She has been a TedTalk speaker at TEDIndia and spoken at Women in the World in New York. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2016.
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Abhisit is a former Prime Minister of Thailand and former leader of the Democrat Party. He attended Eton public school and studied at Oxford University. He is a known advocate for gender equality and has publicly spoken that women play an instrumental role in society. Abhisit has said that the best investment a country can make is an investment in its people and investing in women and girls is not only the “right” choice but also a “smart” one. While in office he also spoke that that educated women are important assets for the country and form an indispensable part of the fabric of Thai society.
Renaud was the UNDP Country Director in Nepal since 2015. He also served as Senior Deputy Country Director in UNDP Afghanistan from 2012 to 2014, Country Director in UNDP Philippines from 2008 to 2012, Deputy Country Director in UNDP China from 2004 to 2008, Special Assistant in the Executive Office in UNDP Headquarters from 2002 to 2004 and Special Assistant in the then Bureau for Development Policies in UNDP Headquarters from 2000 to 2002. Renaud started his career in UNDP as JPO in UNDP Lebanon from 1998 to 2000.
Katrina is the Founder/Managing Director at KSR Ventures, Director at Wonderfruit Festival, and Creative Director/Partner at CC: Concepts. Katrina is a generalist Seed Investor, choosing to focus on key inflection points of outstanding net positive companies that aim to solve economic, social and/or environmental problems in inspiring ways. She is also a DJ and an activist supporting wildlife conservation, child welfare, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.
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Kittiya is the Director and President of Kasikornbank. She has directed leading companies in Thailand like Muang Thai Group Holding, Beacon Venture Capital company and Kasikorn Management Company. She served as the Executive Vice President at Kasikornbank until 2014. She then became a member of the Risk Management Committee of the company until 2018. She holds a BBA from Chulalongkorn and an MBA from the University of Texas.
Richard has worked for Indorama Ventures since 2009. Richard was twice listed as one of the best IR officers in the world. At Indorama Ventures, he also founded the corporate communications and sustainability departments. Now focusing on sustainability, he has joined with several large multinational companies in Thailand to promote better waste management and championed PET recycling, liaising closely with the private and government sectors to promote recycled PET for food and drink to become acceptable for use in Thailand.
Pascal Gerken serve as the 2018-2019 YPO Chairman. The organization is composed of 28000 members with over 450 chapters in 135 different countries. Together YPOers employ more than 22 Million people and have an aggregated turnover of 9 trillion Dollars. With the board of directors, his absolute priority has been to support diversity and inclusion in the organization worldwide. Outside of YPO, Pascal is CEO of Gerken Group. He is also Co-Founder of GRAGER SA, a real estate group with assets in Europe and Oceanfront Invest Myanmar, a hospitality company dedicated to building high end sustainable resorts in emerging markets.
Niramarn is a Senior Executive Vice President of Bangkok Bank’s Corporate Banking division with extensive experience in structuring and negotiating large international project finance deals. As one of the heads of the industry divisions covering the Energy, Light Industry and Trading sectors, she has been involved in most of the private-sector power company projects in Thailand, the largest mine-mouth power plant in Laos, and a number of renewable energy projects, including wind, solar and waste, in Thailand and across CLMV countries.
With his goal to bring global best-practice in fund management to Thai asset management industry. He focuses not only on best-practice investment process but also on best-in-class technology and infrastructure that will enable BCAP Asset to move forward ahead of its competitor. He spent the last two decades in various investment and portfolio management roles both in Thailand and in the US. Before joining BCAP Asset in 2015, he spent more than a decade in various investment management roles in the US at Neuberger Berman, Lehman Brothers, and the World Bank.
Krating is recognized as Thailand’s Business Man of The Year 2016 , Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum 2019 , Asia21 Young Leader 2017. He is dubbed by e27 as the Godfather of Thai Tech Startup for his significant effort in building Thai tech startup ecosystem. He is also the youngest board member of Thailand Education Partnership – the alliance of 11 leading education organization and institutions including Ministry of Education, Thai Chamber of Commerce to lead the education reform of Thailand.
Tracey was appointed Vice Chairman, Asia Pacific, Wealth Management, UBS AG in July 2016. She advises UBS’ key clients and business owners, drawing on her deep understanding of international capital markets and her investment banking experience. Tracey is also responsible for the UBS’ Women Initiative in Asia Pacific. In addition, Tracey also serves as director on a statutory board, a few charitable organizations and is also a co-opted member of several public service committees.
Robert is the CEO of Unilever Thailand. He has been with Unilever for more than 20 years, gaining experience in multiple functions in countries such as Canada and the United States, as well as general management roles across the globe. Unilever is a multinational corporation that supports gender equality and inclusivity because it recognizes that a diverse and inclusive business is a better business. Unilever supports women across their global value chain from employees in their offices and factories, to those working in the fields where their ingredients are harvested.
An Executive Director and Managing Director with 18 years of global experience. She has extensive experience in starting her own business and is the Founder/CEO of fast-growing consumer brands. She is also the Founding Member of YPO ASEAN United Chapter, and a core team member of Thailand Young Philanthropist Network, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Group, The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, The American Women’s Association of Hong Kong, and The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand.
Madison is a 17-year-old who has created her own platform which she uses to advocate on behalf of local Thai farmers and promote general sustainability. To her, sustainability is about finding equilibrium between all social, environmental, and economic aspects of society. She has given a TEDx talk on the dangers of environmental ignorance, a speech at the United Nations on the power of young people when making environmental change, and presented at Helen Clark’s breakfast for women in leadership. She hopes to empower young people and older generations alike to stop thinking – it’s time to act.
Visionary and founder of Wonderfruit, a lifestyle festival with an emphasis on sustainability and social responsibility, the event features music performance, art installations, wellness activations, workshops, talks plus banquets by renowned chefs. He is also changing the way that we travel, adding adventure & mysticism to transportation, having introduced Vespa and Deus ex Machina to Thailand.
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Melissa is the Ending Violence against Women (EVAW) Regional Program Manager at UN Women, Asia-Pacific Regional Office. Melissa has been working specifically on ending violence against women and children for 20 years, through program management and design, policy and legislation development and implementation, interagency response systems, technical assistance, capacity building, advocacy and research. Her work is informed by years of experience advocating for and directly supporting survivors of violence against women and children in crisis.
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Sia comes from the Akha ethnic group. She is an advocate, a social worker and a survivor of domestic violence, but most people see her as the “big sister and a friend” who really listens and really cares. Sia’s heart has always been for people to experience healing and to know the power of their story and their voice. She currently works alongside a migrant population of women and children who live in high risk situations; many who are victims of abuse and trafficking. In 2016, she founded Freedom Restoration Project in effort to help break the destructive cycles of domestic violence and other social issues through education programs and community empowerment.
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Emma is a Muay Thai fighter, writer and activist in Bangkok. After falling in love with Muay Thai in 2011, she became conflicted between the empowerment the sport made her feel and the gender-based restrictions it put on her. This was never clearer than when she became a victim of a sexual assault in her own gym. She began blogging to share her experience, build a community of female fighters, and shine a light on the inherent gender discrimination in her sport. Her writing has been featured by BBC World Service, Huffington Post, MThai, and Post Today. She’s a committee member of Bangkok Rising, a volunteer group conducting events to raise funds and awareness for gender-based violence.
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David is founder of a Swiss tech company PlayChat where he is developing a next generation Chat application. In parallel with his tech career, David is skilled in a wide variety of psychological methods and has a unique troubleshooting approach that is sought after by individuals, couples and teams. In his 30 years of counselling a highlight for David was his training in California with Drs Hal and Sidra Stone, founders of the Voice Dialogue method.
Nakarin is the editor-in-chief of The Standard and the host of The Secret Sauce podcast. He also frequents at leading universities, corporations and workshops as a guest speaker. He was the executive editor of The Momentum as well as the feature editor of Elle Men. He has published 2 books, the Secret Ingredient and POPEYE. He also translated the Humans of New York book in to Thai language.
Sean was formally the Editorial Director of Tatler Asia’s 15 Magazines, during which he interviewed and photographed some of the worlds most recognisable faces. Sean founded his production company, Awethentic Studio, in 2012 to fully live out his passion for technology, fashion, education and adventure. His passion for creating purposeful content and giving a voice to those in need has led him to the stages of TED X Talks in 2013 and 2015. Sean is the founder of Project C:Change, which raises funds and awareness in Asia to combat the trade of endangered wildlife.
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Lyn is an investor in several tech start-ups and is also in the midst of starting her own fintech online lending business initially focused on the under-banked and under-served communities in Thailand. Until September 2016, she was President and Chief Executive Officer for Standard Chartered Bank. Lyn is passionate about diversity and inclusion issues and has served as a “Positive Living” Ambassador for Standard Chartered Bank worldwide where she promoted LGBT rights as well as a member of the Bank’s Global Diversity & Inclusion council where achieving greater gender parity was a key priority.
Tin is a news anchor, talk show host and an emcee. He has hosted numerous global events such as Miss Singapore Universe and Asian Television Awards. He is one of the leading emcees in Thailand, hosting national events from tennis matches to concerts. He holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Commerce as well as a Bachelor of Science from Babson College, Massachusetts.
Since 2009, chef Bo and her husband Dylan Jones have constantly pushed Thai fine dining to uncompromising extremes at Bo.lan through untold hours spent researching royal recipes and tracking down rare ingredients. On top of their recent Micheline star and No. 37 spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, these long-time proponents of a zero-carbon footprint have thrown their weight behind a series of initiatives dedicated to spreading the good word on sustainability and the slow-food movement.
Tam is the first Top Chef Thailand having been the youngest in the competition. Top Chef is an American reality television series featuring chefs competing against each other in various culinary challenges. After the show, she has travelled and cooked in 6 different countries showcasing modern Thai cuisine around the world. She is also an advocate of food waste reduction being the Chef Ambassador for Thai Harvest/SOS and UNEP campaigns 2015 – 2017.
Pinaree is one of the most compelling and respected Thai artists of her generation, and her work can be counted among the most powerful exploration of women’s experience in all of Southeast Asia. Her primary inspiration has been the female body, distilled to its most basic forms and imbued with an ethereal spirituality. Pinaree’s work has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions in Asia and Europe during the past twenty years, and she has participated in major biennials in Australia, Italy, Japan, and Korea.
Paye is the founder of Viemus International Music School, Editor in Chief of Robb Report, Music Director of Jeeb Bangkok as well as the Thai Youth Ochestra. Paye is the first recipient of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana Classical Music Scholarship Funds, was praised by Forbes Magazine Thailand as “an entrepreneurial violinist; a pioneer who harmoniously combines music alongside modern business. An artist who pushes barriers and enhances the society through his musicianship and creativity.
Tarn is a female drummer that has graduated from the College of Music at Mahidol University. She is a member of the Aliz Band and has released 2 singles under Muzik Move Records. Her Youtube channel has garnered over half a million subscribers worldwide. Her cover of Bang Rajan has swept up to 90 million viewers on Youtube.
Sammy is a student from Bangkok Patana School, passionate about issues that face the generation of the youth, especially barriers are faced in this day and age due to social media and gender strereotypes. She wants to start the conversation about issues that girls face by creating workshops and holding discussions at school.
Mendy Indigo is a Thai DJ that has been recognized worldwide. She holds residencies all over Asia like Headquarters in Singapore and even Sri Panwa in Phuket, sharing stages with artists like Jamie Jones, Claude VonStroke, and Sharam, and is getting ready for her second European tour this summer. Mendy Indigo has evolved into one of the most celebrated and sought after figures in Asia’s techno scene and her story is one the West has never heard before.