Who We Are

THE MISSION

To bring together the innovators of today and tomorrow to explore the evolving values relevant to the next generation of leaders. We aim to inspire and energise the leaders of tomorrow and create a supportive global forum for them.

Much like the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, our mission is to discuss the key issues faced today and to consider how progress can be made. However, at this Women of the Future Summit, we will do so through the lens of a new generation of leaders, exploring how the shifts in culture and leadership style reflect global challenges in a different light, creating new ideas and opportunities.

Our Chairman

“Our mission is to help a generation of women make a difference. We want their voices to be heard and their dreams to become reality. We want to explore how women around the world can work together, so that the world is a better place for them having played their part. This Summit is about building global connections, speaking of collaboration and supporting one another.”

PINKY LILANI CBE DL
Founder & Chairman, Women of the Future Programme
Chairman, Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Our Global Ambassador

“What a privilege it is to be the Global Ambassador of the Women of the Future Programme. Nurturing, mentoring and engaging with young people is something that is very close to my heart.”

HRH The Countess of Wessex
Women of the Future, Global Ambassador
Our Advisory Board
Jules Chappell OBE
Partner, Hawthorn Advisors
Jules is a corporate communications and reputation management specialist, advising companies, individuals/families and foundations on how to communicate their vision and legacy. As a particular area of expertise and interest, where relevant Jules helps her clients to build partnerships across the public, private and third sector divide so as to multiply the positive impact that they are able to have. Prior to Hawthorn, Jules was a diplomat for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Her postings included Amman, Baghdad, Washington D.C., Addis Ababa and Guatemala City. From 2009-2012, Jules served as Britain’s youngest Ambassador. Jules was awarded an OBE in 2004 for her work helping women to enter politics in post-war Iraq; a Civil Service Award for the GREAT Britain Campaign in 2012; and was winner of Woman of the Future for the Public Sector in 2013. In 2016, she became a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Caroline Williams
Director of Open Programmes, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Through Caroline’s role of Director of Open Programmes, she is currently working with a global consortium of companies to enhance accessibility of emergent themes for senior leaders through digital technology, her interests include formation and impact of markets and networks, social impact strategy and measurement, collaboration initiatives, international strategy, diversity and inclusion, innovation and entrepreneurship, open programmes as a structural intervention for learning, technology adoption and emergent innovative practice among faculty and participants, new forms of digital scholarship, effective design for learning and accessibility of learning systems.
Sanjeev Bhalla
Management Consultant
Sanjeev Bhalla is currently a Sloan Fellow at the London Business School. As a management consultant, Sanjeev has devoted himself to bringing about change and betterment across companies and societies. Of his 12-year global career spanning 5 continents, Sanjeev’s last stint was with McKinsey, where he consulted Fortune-500 corporations and governments on strategy, operations, and organisational health and diversity. Sanjeev has also authored papers on leadership and emotional intelligence. He is also an advisor to the Energy club at London Business School.
Silvana Olivia
Senior Executive
Silvana is a senior executive with more than 15 years of international management experience gained from the telecommunications sector. She has worked with companies such as Vodafone and Google and governments in large-scale infrastructure projects across Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia. She has also advised the Board of the International Climate Fund and the Green Climate Fund on commercial strategy. Silvana is a Sloan Fellow at the London Business School specialised in Strategy and Leadership.
Stephanie Oueda Cruz
Associate Director, Coca-Cola European Partners
Stephanie is the Associate Director for Diversity & Inclusion in Coca-Cola European Partners. She leads the D&I strategy and policy deployment across CCEP territories. Prior to CCEP, Stephanie was Head of International Diversity at L’Oréal where she launched and piloted the D&I policy among all subsidiaries of the Group in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Stephanie also worked the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City and Montreal, Canada. She is member of the board of different charities and is associate lecturer at Sorbonne University. Fluent in 5 languages, she holds a MA in Economics and in Political Science from Universite de Montreal and Sorbonne University.
Kate Pumphrey
Founder, The Hot Breakfast
Kate Pumphrey set up The Hot Breakfast in order to help people to explore ideas, collaborate and fulfil their potential. A former City lawyer and sustainability specialist, Kate invites multi-disciplinary groups of people to attend bespoke, informative and inspiring events, which enable attendees to establish both personal and theoretical connections.
Emma Sargent
President of Europe, DAS
As President of Europe for DAS Emma’s focus is in helping agencies grow their business. This involves both connecting agencies with each other as well as into client opportunities. Additionally, Emma has been working with agencies in defining their offer and positioning in the market, so they are best placed to win more business. Emma first joined the agency world to head a medical education agency both in the UK and US. Subsequently she was Group Managing Director of Ogilvy Healthworld UK overseeing Advertising, PR, Medical Education, Clinical Trial Recruitment, Consulting and digital divisions.
Jean Sharp
Chief Taxation Officer, Aviva
Jean Sharp joined the Aviva Group (Norwich Union) in 1998. She is the Group’s Chief Taxation Officer and is responsible for providing advice and strategic leadership on all material tax issues worldwide. Jean is a Chartered Accountant. She started her career in Dublin with KPMG before moving to Papua New Guinea with PwC. She joined EY in Edinburgh where she became a tax partner and the first female partner in its Edinburgh office. She is a member of various tax committees, women’s networks and charitable organisations. Jean is an Independent Non Executive Director of a FTSE 250 Company and is a Director of a Pension Trustee company where she is also a member of the Audit & Governance Committee.
Sevasti Wong
Managing Director, Accenture
Sevasti Wong is a managing director with Accenture, where she leads change management, learning and HR consulting across Europe, Africa and Latin America. She has served some of Accenture’s largest global telecommunications clients for more than 16 years. In 2015 she was named Business Woman of the Year in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards. She also leads inclusion and diversity for Accenture’s Communication, Media & Technology (CMT) organisation, where she has spearheaded the #DaretoSHare video campaign, encouraging senior members of Accenture to open up on personal topics, such as dyslexia and depression. Sevasti currently sits on CMT’s Advisory Board.
Our Other Events & Initiatives
WOF Ambassadors
Connecting students with role models and strengthening the pipeline of talent

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Women of the future Awards
Celebrating the UK’s pipeline of female talent

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Women of the future Network
An active network of high achieving women

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