Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society is pleased to announce that Mdm Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, will open Women’s Forum Singapore by giving the Keynote Speech on the first day of the event, 12 September at Raffles City Convention Centre.
Mdm Halimah Yacob said: “I am pleased that the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society has selected Singapore as the location for its first Women’s Forum in the region. The Women’s Forum’s objective of women’s empowerment and inclusive innovation is a meaningful one, and I am confident it will facilitate some impactful conversations on this issue in Singapore, ASEAN and beyond.”
Taking place from 12-14 September, Women’s Forum Singapore is themed “Bridging Worlds for Inclusive Innovation”, and hopes to be the pioneering event to foster women’s leadership for social progress and economic impact in Singapore and ASEAN countries.
This year, Singapore also has the chairmanship of ASEAN and celebrates the 50th anniversary of ASEAN. It is also the France-Singapore Year of Innovation and the Meeting will contribute to intensifying innovation cooperation between the two countries.
Women’s Forum Singapore will feature more than 30 sessions and 100 speakers to build bridges between different stakeholders, cultures and countries. Gathering more than 1,000 leaders from ASEAN and Europe, as well as from China, India, and beyond, the Forum will focus on four central pillars: shaping lives and leadership through innovation, embracing diversity for inclusive prosperity, driving towards equality and empowerment, and creating the condition for resilience and stability.
Chiara Corazza, Managing Director of the Women’s Forum, said: “It is an honour to have Mdm Halimah Yacob deliver the opening speech for the inaugural Women’s Forum event in Singapore.
As a woman whose career path has created new precedents in Singapore political stage as both the first woman to serve as Speaker in the Parliament of Singapore and as the first female President of Singapore, her participation brings relevant significance to the mission of Women’s Forum.
Singapore represents an ideal platform to make an impact on climate change, innovation, smart cities, AI and women in STEM—a living lab for all kinds of innovation where best practices can be showcased. It is here that we aim to make great strides in bridging the gender gap and build the future on HIStory and HERstory.
Women’s Forum Singapore is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the government agency responsible for strategies that enhance Singapore’s position as a global centre for business, innovation, and talent.
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About the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society
The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society has been the world’s leading platform featuring women’s voices on major social and economic issues. Deploying the experience of leaders—both men and women—across generations, geographies and industries, our Meetings feature diverse and daring debates that act as a sounding board for today’s important ideas and a springboard for tomorrow’s solutions. With a powerful network, our ambition is to promote our values through concrete solutions as we transition from a convening focus to engaging for impact. 2018 upcoming Meetings: Women’s Forum Singapore 12-14 September, Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Paris, France.