2008 Global Summit of Women

2008 Global Summit of Women


June 5-7, 2008

“Women and Asia: Driving the Global Economy”

Over 1,000 participants from 72 countries joined the 2008 Global Summit of Women

Summit Highlights

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'.

Summit Awardees

Global Women's Leadership Award

H.E. Luisa Diogo, Prime Minister of Mozambique, displays her award for Global Women’s Leadership

H.E. Luisa Diogo, Prime Minister of Mozambique, displays her award for Global Women’s Leadership.

Vietnam Women's Leadership Award

Summit President Irene Natividad (right) and SVP and Chief Diversity Officer of Deutsche Telekom Maud Pagel (center) honor Former Vice President of Vietnam H.E. Truong My Hoa with Vietnam’s Women’s Leadership Award

Vietnamese recognition and pride in Vietnam’s Women’s Leadership Award recipient Former Vice President H.E. Truong My Hoa

Entrepreneurship Award

Mr. Mitsumasa Kawai, President of General Engineering Co. (Japan), accepts the Entrepreneurship Award for his programs in China Japan and Vietnam aiming to empower women

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

Entrepreneurship Award

Madame Tran Thi Thuy, Vice Chair of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) accepts her award

Members of the VCCI join Madame Tran Thi Thuy on stage at the Gala dinner to celebrate

Summit Outcomes

RAISED: record $33,000 for victims of natural disasters in China and Myanmar

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

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

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"

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)

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

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

Dr. Xiaoyan Zhao at the 2008 Global Summit of Women

 Hon. Dr. Jacqui Quinn-Leondro at the 2008 Global Summit of Women


Best Practices Ministerial Award Winners

Mini-Grants for Public-Private Partnerships: Advancing Women and Girls’ Economic Opportunities

The Summit awarded three $5,000 mini-grants to economic development projects around the world initiated by the following Ministries:

Antigua and Barbuda

South Africa


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

Presented By: Deputy Minister Hon. Elizabeth Thabathe, Department of Trade and Industry

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

Program Title: Partnership and Opportunities for Employment (POE)

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Program Title: Promoting Girl Entrepreneurship

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Program Title: Child-Care Program


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2008 Sponsors






What Participants 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

In the “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 Africa 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