2012 Updated Again

2012 Global Summit of Women

Athens, Greece

May 31-June 2, 2012

“Women: The Engine of Economic Growth”


Women Gather in Athens to Show Support During a Difficult Economic Time

Summit Awards

Global Summit of Women's Leadership Award

Former President of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbayeva receives the 2012 Global Women's Leadership Award from Summit President Irene Natividad in Athens

"Never before has the need for leadership in the world been as acute and intense as it is today.

I call upon you to make your voice heard, educate and persuade people around you, generate new ideas and show way to the future."

CLICK HERE to Read Roza Otunbayeva's Full Speech

"Roza Otunbayeva's achievements are an example of the type of leadership which women bring, knowing when to relinguish power rather than holding on which men are wont to do,"

-Summit President Irene Natividad

CLICK HERE for video Tribute to Roza Otunbayeva

What the Press is Saying...

“Women’s Global Summit Hears Greek Rallying Cry…and Criticism”

ATHENS – Many unsure of what they’d see when they got to Greece – saying they expected a country destitute and deprived – nearly 1,000 businesswomen and political leaders converged for the 2012 Global Summit of Women and got started with a frank assessment of the country’s opportunities and its ills. Full Article.

“What Do World’s Top Women Execs Think of Greece?”

ATHENS – With nearly 1,000 female business executives converging here for the Global Summit of Women 2012, most of the talk was about opportunities for their companies, schmoozing to broaden networks, and how to expand outreach to other countries, including Greece, but many said they found time to visit the city & parts of the country nearby & said it differed markedly from their expectations that they would find riots and destitution. Full Article.


“Women’s Summit Hears Ways Out of ‘Scary’ Crisis”

ATHENS – Despite a crushing economic crisis, runaway debt, a deep recession with 21.7 percent unemployment, the closing of 1,000 stores a week, a labyrinthine bureaucracy, one of the highest levels of corruption and lowest levels of competitiveness in the world, and political uncertainty ahead of critical June 17 elections that could determine whether Greece leaves the Eurozone, there are plenty of opportunities for businesses and foreign investors. That’s what an audience heard at the 2012 Global Summit of Women, bringing together top female executives from scores of countries. The message came from Niovi Christopoulou, an Assistant General Counsel with Libra Capital in New York, although she said she was speaking for herself and not her company. Full Article.

2012 Sponsors

Greek Sponsors

Media Partners


What People are Saying

“The quality of participants, topics, sharing and networking has been very inspiring and energizing for me. What I value the most, is that all the work, time, talent, and energy dedicated to this event is not only about developing the leadership of women, but also to leverage this women leadership for a better world.”
– Muriel Penicaud, Executive Vice President, Danone (France)

“It is a life experience I will never forget. I met so many interesting and wonderful women, I found new friends, I shared ideas and experiences that gave me hope and I left the congress richer as a person and inspired! Can’t wait till the next summit in Malaysia!”
– Maria Vlachou, Managing Director, Fereikos HELIX (Greece) 

“The energy was a real booster!”
 Nadia Lahoul, Editor, Hedomag.com (France)

“The idea of hope and working together for betterment especially during crisis, strategy of moving ahead our business using IT as one of the powerful marketing tools and international contacts was what I achieved during the summit.”
– Suzanna Shaharri, Managing Director, Innopeak (Malaysia)

“I came back with fire in my heart to help women achieve their goals.”
–  Jocelyne Lafreniere, Partner, KPMG LLP (Canada)

“What a wonderful and inspiring experience! I can only imagine the organization, work, and creativity that goes into such a large event, let alone one that involves hosting dignitaries and large delegations as the Global Summit of Women does.

It was both an honor and a privilege to be invited to speak at this incredible event, and to meet and listen to such amazing, successful and accomplished women from all over the world, yourself included. I have learnt so much and am still digesting all of the information and ideas presented by the Keynote speakers and other Breakout Session panelists.”
– Mary Louise Angoujard, Co-Founder, Rapporta Ltd (UK)