Rising Talents: Some news from our growing young women leaders network!


The Rising Talents Initiative is a network of highly talented young women, selected each year on a range of rigorous criteria. Under the age of 40 when selected, the Rising Talents are on their way to becoming influential figures in our economies and societies.

The initiative is the illustration of a strong belief shared by the Women’s Forum, Egon Zehnder International and Eurazeo: the identification and nurturing of talent amongst women is vitally important for the future of global business and society.


On 11 March, we held a Rising Talents Networking Dinner in ParisClick here to see pictures of the event.

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TechCrunch article by Nuria Olvier (2009) on the opportunities around Big Data for Social Good, a research area that she has been working on for the past 6 years.

Ceridwen Dovey (2010) is shortlisted for the Stella Prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards, dedicated to celebrating the talents of female writers.

Rania Ekaterinari (2010) on "Greece and the New Environment" in The Huffington Post: bring some lights on the situation in Greece.

great radio interview of Ory Okolloh (2010) on how to make a difference in Africa, her vision of the continent, its leaders, her role at Omidyar Network.

From Claire Leigh (2011): "In places across the world where women have previously enjoyed more equality, worrying reversals appear to be under way.", from an article published on

Selene Biffi (2013) invented a different school in Kabul, where knowledge through storytelling hapens, a way to allow Afghans to reclaim their culture.

The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath, edited by Peter Cole and Brian McQuinn, includes contribution from Mary Fitzgerald (2013): hope it brings a little more focus on a country experiencing chaos with all kinds of potential ramifications for the wider MENA region and Europe. Here's how EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini put it last month: "We can't stay away from Libya as Libya won't stay away from us".

Producers Marie Lora-Mungai (2013) and Tendeka Matatu are merging their assets to create Restless Global.

At Comics Festival in Angoulême, Fauve Patrimoine prize was awarded to "San Mao, le petit vagabond", by Chinese author Zhang Leping, edited by Editions Fei. Congrats Xu Ge Fei (2013)!

As part of her research project at the University of Cambridge, Samar Samir Mezghanni (2014) published an article on Civil Society and Media Partnerships in Tunisia: the Case of Community Radios  in Routledge in the Journal of North African Studies in London.


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