Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) H.E United States Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks to Keynote Virtually at “Her Future Summit” on March 31st

March 26, 2020 [New York, USA] Her Future Summit powered by the Global Startup Ecosystem is pleased to announce the headline speaker H.E United States Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks. 

The Her Future Summit aims to identify, train, and empower the next generation of female pioneers. The Her Future Summit series was launched in to accelerate humanity’s success with Sustainable Development Goal #5- Gender Equality and has quickly become the fastest growing platform for women in tech. 

In 2018 the summit was launched in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2019 the series expanded to three main cities including New York (USA), London (UK), Accra (Ghana). The success of these previous launches led to a scale up initiative with 88 partners for 2020 where Her Future Summit was scheduled to take place in 7 global cities-Washington, DC (USA), Silicon Valley (USA), New York (USA), Accra (Ghana), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), London (UK), and Dubai (UAE) throughout the month of March.  

Thus the 2020 summit will be a virtual program with 50 speakers on the kick-off day of the summit and 1000 digital delegates on March 31, 2020. This will be the largest virtual summit for women to date featuring digital stakeholders from over 60+ countries. The summit also serves to teach fundamentals of future technology and the leading social impact applications of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Nanotechnology, Space, and Blockchain technologies. 

The top 50 speakers announced for the program represent the most innovative organizations from different industry sectors. The list includes: 

  1. H.E. Ambassador Lana Marks Ambassador of South Africa to the United States 
  2. Dr. Lisa Coleman Senior Vice-President for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer at (NYU) New York University
  3. Sophia World’s First Robot Celebrity; Hanson Robotics’ most advanced human-like robot
  4. Dr. Terri Cooper   Chief Inclusion Officer at Deloitte  
  5. Jenny Lawton Chief Innovation Officer at Tech Stars
  6. Christine Ntim Chief Marketing Officer- at Global Startup Ecosystem
  7. Liz Walsh Vice President – Growth Marketing @ Forbes 
  8. Samantha Skey Chief Executive Officer at She Media
  9. Deborah Jackson Founder and CEO at Plum Alley
  10. Ann Rosenberg SVP & Global Head of SAP Next-Gen & Running the SAP Innovation Space
  11. Aisha Taylor Community Engagement & Partnerships at Grow with Google       
  12. Sandra Moerch-Petersen Chief Content Director, Purpose and Brand Experience at SAP
  13. Einstein Ntim Partner at Africa Future Fund
  14. Amira Alfa Senior Manager of Corporate Engagement at United Nations Global Compact
  15. Tríona Byrne Snr Director – Strategic Relations, EMEA |
  16. Sabrina Tharani Director of Partnerships, Mastercard Start Path
  17. Ty Heath Global Lead, The B2B Institute @ LinkedIn
  18. Chinwe Esimai Managing Director – Chief Anti-Bribery & Corruption Officer at Citibank
  19. Lisette Barbero Investment Officer at Inter American Development Bank
  20. X. Eyee Global Outreach Lead – Responsible Innovation at Google Ai
  21. Charlotte Anabelle de Brabandt 30under30 Megawatt winner, TEDx Speaker, Author, Technology Speaker and Host
  22. David Chen Chief Financial Officer at Hanson Robotics
  23. Effie Kilmer Program Manager, Azure Global Engineering – Financial Services at Microsoft
  24. Lynn Loacker Partner in Charge at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  25. DJ Forza Director of Partnerships and Collaboration at World Alliance of YMCA
  26. Kim Walsh Global VP, HubSpot for Startup at Hubspot
  27. Hollie Haggans Global Partnerships leader building brand, culture & community
  28. Lisette Barbero Investment Officer at Inter American Development Bank
  29. Erika Murdock Balbuena Global Head of Impact Computing at Amazon Web Services
  30. Iynna Halilou Global Programs Manager at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
  31. Kwena  Mabotja Sub-Sahara Africa Director at SAP Next-Gen
  32. Ilana Fass US FinTech Platform Lead, Barclays Ventures
  33. Asra Nadeen President, Draper University & Investor, DraperU Ventures
  34. Regina Njima Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Kizo Ventures | Host SingularityU Kenya Summit
  35. Kate Anderson Co-founder of IFundWomen
  36. Amy Nelson Founder and CEO of The Riveter
  37. Ryan Foland Author of Ditch The Act
  38. Victoria Repa CEO & Co-Founder of BetterMe
  39. Carolina Castro Lead, Equalithons at Essteem
  40. Efe Ukala Founder at ImpactHER/ VP, Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan
  41. Anie Akpe Founder at African Women In Tech (AWIT)
  42. Lucinda Cross President at Activate WorldWide LLC
  43. Jhonson Napoleon CEO at Azure College
  44. Gina Kloes Founder at Gina Kloes International
  45. Stacie Sussman Chief Technology Officer at SSR Digital Group
  46. Mary Clavieres Founder & CEO, The Transitions Collective –
  47. Jamie Lieberman Owner at Hashtag Legal
  48. Fernanda Dobal Co-Founder at Bia.Care
  49. Kristi DePaul CEO at Founders Marketing
  50. Busie Matsiko-Andan Strategy Consultant & Outreach Specialist

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