One fearless girl and 300 successful women – Why Global Female Leaders Summit is the “female Davos”

Global Female Leaders 2018 - Press Release

The 5th International Economic Forum for Female Executives took place from 3rd to 5th June, 2018 in Berlin. In specialist circles, this event has become known as the “female Davos” with 300 representatives from economics, science and politics holding discussions on topics about the future and world economy.

Under the motto “The Values of Leadership in Times of Transformation, Disruption and Artificial Intelligence”, the 5th Global Female Leaders Summit’s programme included subjects such as transformation technologies and their associated ethical issues, possible solutions to the energy crisis and the future of mobility in relation to climate challenges.

Participants heard from over 60 speakers during numerous podium discussions and presentations. These included Roya Mahboob, IT expert from Afghanistan, Lori Heinel from State Street Global Advisors in the USA, Lan Kang from Fosun in China, H.E. Anne-Marie Descôtes, French Ambassador to Germany, Maidie Arkutu from Unilever in the Ivory Coast, Florencia Velasco from Novartis in Argentina and Dr Bettina Orlopp from Commerzbank in Germany.

A replica of the “Fearless Girl” statue, erected opposite the “Charging Bull” in March 2017, was on display at the event as a symbol of the growing awareness of the need for more women in leadership positions.

KPMG conducted, in cooperation with Global Female Leaders summit, an initial survey of 700 women in 42 different countries in leadership positions in early 2018. Alongside the opportunities that come with technological change, more than three quarters of those surveyed were optimistic about the growth potential of their companies. But only a quarter of managers see themselves staying long term at their current companies. These and other results were presented for the first time during the event by Susan Ferrier, Global Head of People, KPMG International, Australia.

Alongside the opportunities that come with technological change, more than three quarters of those surveyed were optimistic about the growth potential of their companies. But only a quarter of managers see themselves staying long term at their current companies.

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A highlight of the programme was the presentation of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science on the afternoon of the first day. These awards are given by the German UNESCO Commission L’Oréal Germany to honour exceptionally qualified female doctoral students in Germany who have children. Winners were Dr Dr Sara Wiethoff, Dr Malgorzata Wlodarczyk-Biegun and Dr Anne Wuttke.

“The Global Female Leaders Summit once again demonstrates the self-belief held by women in top positions for their roles in the economy. This doesn’t just apply to their specific business – they also work hard to tackle the challenges brought about by globalisation, disruption, artificial intelligence and transformation”, states Sigrid Bauschert, CEO of Management Circle, who organised the event. “The summit has become established to discuss these issues on a major international scale and share experiences, while expanding and consolidating the network of powerful women on an international level.”

The Global Female Leaders event is not just for female visitors – men are welcome too. The primary focus is on female speaker though.

In 2019, the Global Female Leaders Summit will once again take place in Berlin – the date will be announced shortly. Further information can be found online at

About Global Female Leaders

  • 5th Global Female Leaders Summit (since 2014)
  • Over 70 speakers
  • 300 participants from more than 30 countries

Sponsors & Partners:

Fujitsu, MCM, SAP, State Street Global Advisors, KPMG, Accenture, b-k-p consulting, Deutsche Post DHL Group, GFT Technologies, Linklaters, BABOR, BMW, Shiseido Group, Julius Bär

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Review Global Female Leaders 2017: Official Whitepaper

The Global Female Leaders 2017 summit took place from 7th to 9th May 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton in Berlin. Our dear partner Accenture provided us with an in-depth White Paper, that you can now download for free!

Further Readings

Leading Change and Making a Difference

Leading Change and Making a Difference

Futurologist Anabel Ternès von Hattburg interviewing scientist, virologist and entrepreneurial business leader, Helga Rübsamen-Schaeff – a truly distinguished line-up! Prof Helga Rübsamen-Schaeff has developed breakthrough medicines against infectious diseases and is a change-maker, impacting the lives of countless people.

Audrey Tang and the Power of Trust

Audrey Tang and the Power of Trust

To an audience drawn from business leaders around the world, Audrey Tang is a breath of fresh air and inspiration. The Minister is quietly confident that challenges are there to be overcome, and without a second thought, they apply the creative thought processes and deploy the resources required to overcome them.

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