2008 Summit Grants
2008 Photo Gallery
Summit President Natividad opens the
 2008 Global Summit of Women

Summit President Irene Natividad opens the 2008 Global Summit of Women in Hanoi, Vietnam

Ms. Natividad's
Opening Remarks

Biography of
Summit President
Ms. Irene Natividad

Ministerial Roundtable

Ministers Suzanne Bbomback Bandolo of Cameroon and Marlene Mungunda of Namibia were among many African ministers present at the 2008 Ministerial Roundtable (Xinhua Photo)
Learn more about the Ministerial Roundtable
About the 2008 Summit


2008 Program with Remarks and Presentations


Meet Additional Leaders who Attended the 2008 Summit


2008 Planning Committee

2008 Partners


2008 Photo Gallery


Global Consortium of Women to End Cervical Cancer


How can I contribute to a World without Cervical Cancer?



2008 Summit Sponsors

Vietnam Chamber of
Commerce and Industry
IFC-GEM Program
Logo Thuy San_do-moi
Tan Tao Group (ITACO)
Saigon Commercial Bank (SCB)



Global Summit of Women 2008
Hanoi, Vietnam  **  June 5-7, 2008

"women AND asia: driving the global economy"

2008 Summit Outcomes:


*     PROVIDED  a Forum on Doing Business with Vietnam organized by the

Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Tan Dũng, welcomed delegates to the Doing Business with Vietnam Forum.  Here, he addresses delegates at the Summit's Opening Ceremony.  Seated, from left: Summit President Ms. Irene Natividad and Angela Titzrath-Grimm, Vice President, Daimler AG.

Delegates at the Doing Business with Vietnam Forum.  The Forum offered advice for the many Summit delegates interested in doing business with the newest 'Asian Tiger'.

   RAISED record $33,000  for victims of natural disasters in China and Myanmar
from nearly 1,000 delegates from 72 countries

Summit delegates at the Opening Ceremony Hon. Ma Xiuhong, China's
Vice Minister of Commerce
acknowledges the generosity of
Summit participants
(Xinhua Photo)


Global Summit of Women's Special Guest speaks at the Opening Ceremony
H. E. Chantal Compaoré,
First Lady, Burkina Faso


*     RECOGNIZED and awarded MiniGrants to Ministers from Antigua, Mexico and South Africa for Best Practices in Public/Private Sector Partnerships in Advancing Women and Girls

Best Practices Award Winners reporting on their projects at the Plenary session:
From left: Hon. Elizabeth Thabethe, Hon. Jacqui Quinn-Leandro,
Ms. Gerri Elliot of Microsoft, and Hon. Patricia Espinosa Torres

Project 1: 

Country: Antigua and Barbuda


Hon. Dr. Quinn Leandro(Antigua) presents her project during the Plenary session.

 Presented by: Minister Hon. Dr. Jacqui Quinn Leandro, Minister of Labour, Public Administration & Empowerment


Title of Program: Partnership and Opportunities for Employment (POE)

Project 2:

Country: South Africa


Irene Natividad presents the award to Deputy Minister Thabethe of South Africa during the Plenary session.


Presented By: Deputy Minster Hon. Elizabeth Thabathe; Department of Trade and Industry


Title of Program: Promoting Girl Entrepreneurship

Project 3:

Country: Mexico


Undersecretary Espinosa Torres accepts the Best Practice award on behalf of the Mexican Ministry of Labor.

Presented by: Hon. Patricia Espinosa Torres, Undersecretary of Labor, Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare


Title of Program: Child-Care Program

Hear more from the Ministerial Roundtable
*     WELCOMED a New Partner to the Summit's  Global Consortium of Women to End Cervical Cancer: InterAmerican Commission of Women of the Organization of Americans States (OAS)
Learn more about the Summit's Global Consortium of Women to End Cervical Cancer

Click here for Hon. Dr. Quinn Leandro's  Statement.

Hon. Dr. Jacqui Quinn Leandro,
Minister of Labor, Public Administration and Empowerment, Antigua and Barbuda,
addresses Summit delegates.


*     RELEASED New MasterIndex of Women's Advancement by MasterCard at the 2008 Summit

At Podium: Georgette Tan
Vice President, Communications Asia/Pacific,
Middle East & Africa, MasterCard Worldwide


View the Full Report delivered by Georgette Tan at the 2008 Global Summit of Women

*     RELEASED GfK Roper Public Affairs' "Asian Women in the Global Economy:
Rising Opportunities and New Dynamics"

Dr. Xiaoyan Zhao,
Senior Vice President and Director,
Global Research and Consulting, GfK Roper

View the Full Report delivered by Dr. Xiaoyan Zhao at the 2008 Global Summit of Women



*     SALUTED  Outstanding Individuals who Promote Women's Progress

H.E. Luisa Diogo, Prime Minister of Mozambique, accepts the Global Women's Leadership Award from Summit President Irene Natividad

H.E. Truong My Hoa, former Vice President of Vietnam accepts the Vietnam Women's Leadership Award from Summit President, Irene Natividad; Ms. Maud Pagel (center) represents Deutsche Telekom, sponsor of the Gala Dinner.

Entrepreneurship Award winner Mr. Kawai with young Vietnamese women entrepreneurs
supported by his company (left).

Entrepreneurship Award winner Madame Tran Thi Thuy, Vice Chair of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry accepts her award at the Gala Dinner.

*     ENCOURAGED NETWORKING among Summit Delegates 

IBM raffled off a laptop at the Networking Breakfast;
here, Laptop Winner
Irina Arsentieva, President of Fund "Women's World Assembly"
and President of BPW Moscow with Marilyn Johnson of IBM and Summit President Natividad

  • $33,000 Raised for Victims of Natural Disasters in China and Myanmar from Nearly 1,000 Delegates from 72 Countriesw MasterCard Worldwide Index of Women Released at 2008 SummitNew MasterCard Worldwide Index of Women Released at 2008 Summ

What the Delegates are Saying...


"This year's Summit was tremendous. I so enjoyed participating and realize each year the blessing you are bringing the planet with the Global Summit! It is truly an honor to be included and thank you again for the opportunity to share!"

-Yvonne Boice, CEO, Fugazy International Travel, USA


"It was my first time at the Summit and I was very deeply impressed by the highest profile of the participants, professionalism and talent of the presenters, wonderful atmosphere of creativity and enduring feeling of sisterhood. Everything was very well organized and thought through to make it the most memorable event of the year."

-Elena Fedyashina, Executive Director, The Committee of 20, Russia


"I am so glad I attended- you put on something extraordinary- it was class act!"

-Gita Patel, Director Trapezia, Stargate Capital Management Limited, UK


"At what other conference, seminar or summit could I have my picture taken with women from Mongolia, talk about the current events in South African from women who are living it everyday, and have several offers from Vietnamese women to make me a traditional Ao Sai!"

-Lisa R. Mitchell, Vice President and Manager, Wells Fargo Bank, USA


"I especially appreciate the heart-warming solidarity and enthusiasm of the people I have met during the meeting, as well as the experiences and conviction they have shared with me."

-Phuong Nguyen, CEO, Viet Capital, Vietnam

"I enjoyed every moment I spent in Hanoi at this year's summit and was honored to participate in the program alongside such outstanding women. I gained valuable insight from networking with the wide range of business leaders in attendance."

-Gay Gaddis, President & CEO, T3 (The Think Tank), USA


"Having the chance to meet so many talented and passionate professionals is truly impressive. The spontaneity and generosity of the group to acknowledge the disasters in Myanmar and China says a lot about the attendees."

-E. Allan Gabor, Vice President for Asia, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA


"I think it was a unique experience to meet the Asian women and see the community moving forward. Even women who thought that they should not be part of a "women's event" felt very lucky and valued to participate."

-Ursula Schwarzenbart, Director of Global Diversity Office, Daimler AG, Germany

What the Press is Saying...

     Women Are Key Agents and Drivers of Change in Global Economy


     Global Women's Summit attracts 900 to VietNam


     Globalization Brings Opportunities and  Challenges to Women


      Malaysia Seeks Business Opportunities For Women In Vietnam

Malaysian National News Agency


     Global Summit Urges Women to Become Business Leaders


       Global Woman Leaders Strive for Bigger Role  in Asia-Pacific



Nikkei Inc.     Global Summit of Women (In Japanese)


     Women's Meet Ends with Cancer Pledge



Xinhua News Agency   Women's Leadership Worldwide to be Highlighted in Vietnam

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