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The Women’s Forum Meetings aim to bring together leaders from all over the world – women and men – representing the business world, the government, academic circles, culture, etc. in order to give new perspectives to key issues in our present and our future; to create a powerful, global network in order to strengthen the influence of women throughout the world; to draw up innovative and concrete action plans to encourage women’s contribution to society and promote diversity in the business world.

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Women's Forum Italy 2015

06.29.2015 - 06.30.2015 • Milan, Italy
Nurturing a sustainable future

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How can we guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium? This is the question at the heart of the Expo Milano 2015 – and the inspiration for the Women’s Forum Italy, to take place on 29-30 June as part of the Universal Exhibition.


Food clearly has gender dimensions. Women farmers produce more than half of the all food worldwide, and women still have the greater responsibility for buying and preparing meals. Women and girls suffer more from food insecurity than are boys and men.  They are also more liable to obesity and far more exposed to eating disorders. The Women’s Forum Italy integrates these kinds of gender issues into its agenda. Our first goal, though, is diversity of voice on a sustainable food future: we seek to enable women leaders from different sectors and parts of the world to be heard with their men counterparts on the key issues of how we are to feed our planet. Thus the Forum’s program streams, drawn from the Expo, which are:


  • Feast and famine: A contemporary paradox
  • The future of food:  What will we eat in the future?
  • Sustainable food = An equitable world


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Guido Barilla, Chairman, Barilla Group and Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation
  • Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy
  • Vandana Shiva, Environmental Activist and Author
  • Emma Bonino, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Honorary President, Women for Expo (in principle)
  • Hilal Elver, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
  • Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Director, Fair Food Standards Council and former N.Y. State Supreme Court Justice
  • Maria Patrizia Grieco, Chairman, ENEL
  • Marion Guillou, President of Agreenium, and Member of the CGIAR Consortium Board
  • Ann M. Veneman, Former UNICEF Executive Director, Former United States Secretary of Agriculture, Member of the Board, Nestlé SA
  • Derek Yach, Senior Vice President, Vitality Group, former World Health Organization Executive Director and PepsiCo Senior Vice-President


Download the list of confirmed speakers (as of 28 April).


The Women’s Forum Italy is an initiative of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society together with Valore D. We are honored and delighted that the Forum will open the Expo’s Women’s Weeks, the series of conferences being coordinated by WE – Women for Expo, the Expo Milano 2015 network of women from around the world to speak out and act jointly on food and sustainability. We anticipate 500+ participants for the one and a half days of the Forum, coming from around the world. The topics are as fascinating as they are challenging and important. The Expo Milano 2015 which gives this Forum its home is a discovery and learning experience not to be missed.


Please join us for the Women’s Forum Italy 2015, placing women’s culture at the heart of the Universal Exposition!

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Understanding the burning issues

Find out how current challenges are faced in pan-sectors organizations

Examine the role of women leadership in today’s world

Share your own best practices with others

Gain an in-depth understanding of current challenges and their concrete applications

Learn strategies to grow your influence and expand your impact

Meet top executives from all around the world and all industries

Meet colleagues and role models who have achieved success in their fields

Increase your visibility among representatives from more than 580 organizations




Women's Forum Italy

The Women’s Forum Italy will be held on 29-30 June 2015 in Milan, Italy.




Collection of badges will start on Monday 29 June at 10:30.

The first session (Forum Welcome) will start on Monday 29 June at 14:00.

The last session of the Forum will end on Tuesday 30 June at 20:00.




Expo Milano 2015

Auditorium and Conference Centre

Rho Pero fair place

Milan, Italy


Plan your journey in order to have time to pass security checks and walk to the Forum’s venue.




All detailed information on how to reach Expo Milano 2015 site is available on Expo Milano website:





Click here to access a list of recommended hotels in Milan, based on the proximity to the conference venue.


The hotels option is only suggestion based on the proximity to the conference venue and does not take into consideration the condition of the hotel. For other accommodation options, you may wish to refer to Tripadvisor.




The average daily temperature in Milan in this month is 20°C (68°F), reaching highs of 26°C (79°F), and dropping to an average minimum temperature of 13°C (55°F).

Expect frequent thunderstorms, short, heavy bursts of rain, and high rate of humidity.




Lunch will be provided on Tuesday 30 June.


Gala Dinner on Monday 29 June is by invitation only.


If you have specific dietary requirements, please inform us by email at: delegates2015@womens-forum.com.




The Women’s Forum will provide simultaneous translation in English and Italian for all sessions.




The dress code is business / business-casual for all events.