10th anniversary of the Rising Talents Initiative


Paris, October 5, 2017 - This network of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, in partnership with EY, Eurazeo and Egon Zehnder, promotes around 15 of the world's most talented young women each year, who are the influencers in the economic and societal sectors.

According to a study conducted in 2017 among women in the Rising Talents community, only 31% considers that companies are making enough effort to integrate women into decision-making process. Through the Rising Talents initiative, the Women's Forum seeks to highlight women's talents and voices to help them reflect about the significant issues we are all facing. The Women's Forum for the Economy & Society and its partners share the same belief that building a more equitable and prosperous world cannot happen without the active participation of women in economic and societal development.

Titled "Inclusion and Impact: The Leadership Track of the Women's Forum Rising Talents", the survey, conducted in the occasion of the 10th Anniversary  reveals valuable insights into the expectations and challenges that women face.

"After decades of recognition of the barriers faced by female leaders, it still takes audacity and courage for every woman to enter the leadership track.” - quote from a Rising Talent.

Some key figures about the study*:

  • Only 20% of Rising Talents believe that women are encouraged to pursue leadership roles as much as men.
  • Only 31% of Rising Talents believe that organisations are doing a good job of promoting gender diversity and inclusion.
  • 63% of Rising Talents will use their position to advocate and raise awareness to positively impact the most critical issues facing society.
  • Only 25% of Rising Talents believe that women are the most effective mentors for other women.
  • 71% of Rising Talents define success in their careers in terms of achieving positive social impact.

 Some key figures about the Rising Talents initiative:

  • 192 members.
  • More than 50 countries represented, all sectors of activity combined.
  • Nearly 20 networking events in important cities such as Beijing, Dubai, London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Sao Paulo, Shanghai.

The 2017 Rising Talents are:

  • Deborah Berger, 32, French, Deputy General Manager in charge of Business Development, Chargeurs    
  • Estelle Touzet, 36, French, Wine Director, Hôtel Ritz Paris  
  • Gisela Pinheiro, 38, Brazilian, Vice President Functional Materials and Solutions, BASF South America
  • Karen Tay30, Singaporean, Smart Nation Director (North America), Prime Minister’s Office Singapore
  • Katharina Schmitt, 32, German, General Manager, Ampush
  • Lauren Bohn, 31, American, Editor-at-large and Middle East correspondent, The GroundTruth Project; Co-founder, Foreign Policy Interrupted and SchoolCycle
  • Lea Von Bidder, 27, Swiss, CEO Ava Science, Inc.,  Ava
  • Mina Dimitrova, 34, British / Bulgarian, Head of Central Go To Market, EMEA, Google UK
  • Nazanin Daneshvar, 33, Iranian, Founder & CEO, Takhfifan
  • Sophie Kahn, 32, American, Founder & Co-CEO, AUrate New York
  • Tara Shirvani, 30, Austrian, Infrastructure Specialist, World Bank
  • Zimbini Peffer, 35, South African, Marketing Director, The Foschini Retail Group (Pty) Ltd

 * Three-quarters of the women who participated in this study are between 35 and 44 years of age - a key segment of the leadership pipeline. A quarter of respondents work for multinationals. The other half of the respondents come from government, the arts, academia and other sectors of the economy. The views gathered from a diverse set of accomplished and young women give us a unique barometer of female leadership in all sectors of the economy in the future