Women CEOs Summit: Globalization 4.0 and Beyond: Shaping the Future of Women Enterprises

Event | 30 - 31 October 2019
Bangkok, Thailand

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Gender-equitable and inclusive development is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, with Goal number 5 focused on realizing gender equality and empowering all women and girls. These objectives are also reflected in the strategic blueprint “ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together” and made more achievable through technological changes brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Rapid digitalization is opening new economic opportunities to an increasingly broad range of entrepreneurs and innovators. The growing number of women CEOs are an important source of inputs for the deployment of more productive, cost-effective business initiatives as well as good practices for economically empowering women. Their perspectives can also advance government and business efforts, and public-private partnerships, to address inclusive growth challenges and opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

ADBI, in partnership with AWEN and the Government of Thailand, will co-host the First Summit of Women CEOs in ASEAN under the theme “Globalization 4.0 and Beyond: Shaping the Future of Women Enterprises.” The Summit will examine policy and commercial imperatives for boosting gender equality and inclusive development in Asia in the changing digital environment, in line with the SDGs and the Asian Development Bank’s Strategy 2030 priorities.

  • Improve knowledge of women’s entrepreneurship in Asia amid accelerating digital disruption and the Fourth Industrial Revolution via experience sharing by women leaders in business and government
  • Promote networking among businesswomen and women-led organizations in the region
  • Strengthen women’s economic empowerment based on business and policy insights of women leaders in the business community and public sector
  • Government officials from Asian Development Bank Developing Member Countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam
  • Other participants invited by AWEN and relevant Thai government agencies
  • In total, around 250-300 participants from the public and private sectors, as well as international organizations, will join the Summit
  • Exchange of business best practices and lessons learned to enhance women’s economic empowerment
  • Creation of a women’s entrepreneur network in Asia
  • Policy suggestions to boost the capacity of women entrepreneurs and professionals in the face of digital development and globalization
  • Speaker presentations to be posted on the ADBI website
How to register

Register here.

  • ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN)
  • Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Commerce, Thailand