The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society partnering with Eurazeo, Lazard and Spencer Stuart are pleased to announce the 2018 nominations of outstanding young female leaders of the Rising Talents initiative.

The eleven women nominated represent seven countries and diverse sectors including business innovation, technology, sustainable development, biotech and healthcare.

They will represent the vision of rising generations at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting and will participate in global dialogues on the theme “Bridging humanity for inclusive progress”. Their stories – such as improving healthcare systems in Africa through electronic management software, running a biotech company focused on gene editing in France, and developing sleep apnea (OSA) technology in the Netherlands – can inspire women and men around the world to make a difference.

Chiara Corazza, Managing Director of the Women’s Forum, says “I’m very proud that the Rising Talents Initiative is entering its 11th year with more than 10 years of rich experiences serving the community. Together with our partners, we have created a new vision for the 2018 Rising Talent initiative. It was challenging, but also a source of great pride to select from 200 candidates eleven extraordinary women, who come from around the world and who have worked tirelessly to give back and empower the community”.

Virginie Morgon, CEO of Eurazeo, confirms “As a founding partner of the program, Eurazeo welcomes this new promotion of talented women contributing to enriching our community. As a responsible shareholder, Eurazeo has always considered gender balance within management teams as a key enabler for the success of companies. We are glad to help in creating a mixed generation of future leaders”.

Kenneth Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Lazard said, “We are proud to sponsor the Women’s Forum Rising Talents program, and support its commitment to gender balance, diversity and inclusion.  The 2018 Rising Talents class is an outstanding group of gifted and inspiring women who are poised to become leaders in their fields and communities.”

Angeles Garcia Poveda, Spencer Stuart partner and board member, says "The 2018 Rising Talents are highly impressive individuals who prove that purpose and achievements can and should walk hand in hand. They demonstrate the dynamic leadership abilities that women around the world bring to so many different walks of life. It is a joy and an honor to support them in being even more visible and impactful through this partnership.”

The 2018 Rising Talents will also become members of the Rising Talents network, which comprises more than 210 women around the world and is an integral part of the global Women’s Forum community. The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society would like to express its warmest congratulations to the Rising Talents and we look forward to welcoming them to Carrousel du Louvre, Paris at the 14th edition of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting, 14-16 November 2018.


The outstanding 2018 Rising Talents are:

  • Véna Arielle Ahouansou, CEO, KEA Medicals Pharmaceutics & Technologies
  • Elsy Boglioli, EVP Chief Operating Officer, Cellectis
  • Lily Cheng, Founder, Hubel Labs
  • Anna Filipova, Photojournalist & Researcher,
  • Gwenaelle Huet, CEO, Engie France Renewable Energy
  • Rekha Kamat, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Executive, Dassault Systemes
  • Pooja Kapoor, Head of Global Strategic Alliances & Corporate Strategy, Google
  • Elina Kousourna, Strategy and Business Development Director, SMCP Group
  • Paula Paschoal, Senior Director, PayPal Brazil
  • Shweta Sharma, Managing Director, P&G Global Travel Retail
  • Eline Vrijland, CEO, NightBalance


Click here for their detailed profiles