At an awards ceremony which took place in Asia for the very first time, the INSEAD joined Cartier and McKinsey & Co to announce six laureates of the 2017 edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative at the historical Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall in the heart of Singapore.

The 2017 ceremony celebrated women entrepreneurs under the theme “Transform. Lead the change you want to see”, and brought together speakers and change makers passionate about women’s vision and values.

Presented by Sandi Toksvig, the UK broadcaster famed for promoting gender equality in politics and society, the 2017 ceremony set the tone with a keynote speech by Eunice Olsen, celebrated Singaporean TV personality and tireless champion of women’s empowerment.

During a panel discussion, INSEAD Dean Ilian Mihov and Cartier CEO Cyrille Vigneron keenly exchanged with entrepreneurs Privahini Bradoo and Rosaline Chow Koo about their experiences at corporate and start up level.

Cyrille Vigneron and Ilian Mihov announced the six laureates selected by an independent international jury amongst nearly 1900 applicants from over 120 countries.

Since its inception in 2006, and in less than a decade, the programme has become a transformative step in the lives of 162 women entrepreneurs in over 45 countries, and has created over 5000 jobs. The programme rewards and helps the laureates with financial resources, mentoring support and a network in order to make their ideas and dream come true, feet on the earth and heads in the stars.

In picture: from left: Ilian Mihov, INSEAD Dean and Professor of Economics; Candice Pascoal (Brazil), KICKANTE; Ciara Donlon (Ireland), THEYA HEALTHCARE; Katie Anderson (USA), SAVE WATER & Co; Trupti Jain (India), NAIREETA SERVICES; Salma Abdulai (Ghana), UNIQUE QUALITY PRODUCT; Sara-Kristina Hannig Nour (Egypt), SARA AND LARA’S BASKETS; and Cyrille Vigneron, CARTIER CEO.

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