Breakout session | Stage 1

Host: Women Political Leaders

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of evidence based research to deliver on inclusive and sustainable policy solutions. The Reykjavik Index, as well as other data and recent examples of global female leadership throughout the pandemic, clearly show that perceptions play an important role in access to opportunity. By combining cutting-edge research, tangible policy experience and expertise, as well as the global perspectives of the panel, the vision for this session is to contribute to the cultivation of a revolutionary dialogue: to build society back better. Women, and the world, can no longer afford to wait for equality. Now is the time to achieve systemic change and this session will be geared towards mobilising global energy and action to achieve that.



Oby Ezekwesili
Senior Economic Advisor for the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI)
Oby Ezekwesili, is an economic policy expert / Senior Economic Advisor at the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) and Co-Founder of #BringBackOurGirls Movement, Nigeria. She was a candidate for the office of President of Nigeria in the 2019 election. She was a co-founder of Transparency International, serving as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Ezekwesili also served as Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and Federal Minister of Education during the second-term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. She also served as the Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division (2007-2012).
Silvana Koch-Mehrin
President & Founder of Women Political Leaders (WPL)
Silvana is the President and Founder of the Women Political Leaders (WPL). Silvana served as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-2011) and Member of the European Parliament (2004-2014). Silvana worked as Senior Special Advisor for EY, and as a Senior Policy Advisor for gplus Europe. In addition to her work for WPL, Silvana serves on the board of the Council of Women World Leaders. She is a Board Director of the Social Progress Imperative, and represents the European Union since 2016 in the Executive Committee of W20. Silvana is a Young Global Leader Alumna of the World Economic Forum.
Elena Candon
Delegate with Girl2Leader
Elena Roisin Candon, 14 years old, is a 10th grade student at the International Montessori School in Brussels, Belgium. She attended and completed Girl2Leader programmes in Reykjavik, Iceland, Malta and Vilnius, Lithuania, as well as in the European Parliament. Elena is a strong supporter of the FridaysForFuture movement.
Atsushi Sunami
President of the The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Professor Dr. Atshumi Sunami is the President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. He is the Executive Advisor to the President of the Science for RE-designing Science, Technology & Innovation Policy Center (SciREX) at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRISP) in Japan. He was a Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan (2001-2003). He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science & Technology Diplomacy for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. He served as Special Advisor, Cabinet Office responsible for Science and Technology and Innovation (2015-2018).
Gabriela Cuevas Barron
President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union
Gabriela Cuevas Barron is the 29th President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Member of the Parliament of Mexico. She was a Senator from September 2012 to July 2018 and currently holds a seat in the Chamber of Deputies. She is the Chairperson of the Foreign Relations Committee. Ms. Cuevas Barron was a member of the IPU Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law (2014-2016) and the internal auditor for the IPU (2017).
Dr. Michelle Harrison
Global CEO, Public Division, Kantar
Michelle Harrison is the global CEO of Kantar Public and the founding CEO of the WPP Government and Public Sector Practice. She is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of Kantar Public’s work around the world, assuring the betterment of the public realm. Michelle has worked with government and corporate clients on every continent across all aspects of public policy and public affairs. To date, her career has included work in academia, international development, strategy consulting, marketing and social research. She is a Davos speaker, author and the founder of the WPP Executive Education Programmes in Public Communications and Behavioural Change.


September 22, 14:30
14:30 — 15:15EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Data, Gender Equality, Health, Leave No One Behind, People

| Host: Women Political Leaders |, Atsushi Sunami (The Sasakawa Peace Foundation), Dr. Michelle Harrison (Global CEO/Public Division Kantar), Elena Candon (Ireland), Gabriela Cuevas Barron (Inter-Parliamentary Union), Oby Ezekwesili (AEDPI), Silvana Koch-Mehrin (WPL)