UNIDO organized a panel discussion titled ’The Sustainable Leadership: Women in business’ at the Vienna International Centre on March 8th, 2016. Marilyn Mehlmann, General Secretary and Head of Development & Training at Global Action Plan International was invited as one of the panelists. The discussion focused on the leading role of women entrepreneurs in managing environmentally sustainable bussiness and how to best apply their examples to transform and ’green’ productive sectors. The discussion was led by Ambassador Pilar Saborio de Rocafort, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations with concluding remarks from Ambassador Olga Algayerova, Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the UN and Chair of Women Ambassador in Wien network.
Other panelists include Ayo Elizabeth Olaogun, creative Director of fashion label ’Ayo van Elmar’ Nigeria, Janne Vangen Solheim, UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador and CEO of Norway’s Janusfabrikken and Sarah Toumi, founder of Acacias for all, a social enterprise working in North Africa. Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO was also present at the panel discussion. He expressed the significance of the event for UNIDO and explained, “UNIDO recognizes that investing in the economic empowerment of women sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive industrial development.”
Text: LP, Source: UNIDO