About The Summit

Instituted for the very first time this year, CNI Women’s Leadership Forum will hold the Women’s Leadership Summit 23 from January 13 to 15, 2023 to address, deliberate and find solutions to three key areas of women’s leadership in the aftermath of the Covid 19 pandemic. It is an opportunity for gender equality champions and women leaders to exchange ideas, share strategies, celebrate successes, be encouraged, and learn from each other in a three-day summit that is designed to challenge and inspire.


The WLS23 isn’t about seeking recognition for women’s leadership potential, it is about educating, enabling and empowering women leaders for transformative impact. The power-packed sessions, keynote addresses and fireside dialogues will feature multigeneration experts who understand this transformative process.

THE WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT WILL DEBATE, DISCUSS, DELIBERATE ON CORE THEMES OF:

We are at a time when the world cannot ignore the advantages of women’s leadership as equal partners in development and innovation. Peace agreements are 35% more likely to last at least 15 years if women are engaged in its creation and execution. Comprising only some 8% of political leaders globally, women have accounted for an estimated 40% of the most successful responses to Covid-19.

What has been different in women’s leadership? Emphasis on consultation and collaboration, consistent communication and encouraging values of cooperation and empathy. All leaders have some measure of power in that they can influence and determine priorities for other individuals, but leadership cannot be a synonym for holding power.

We are still operating with models of leadership designed primarily by and for men. But as more women ascend to significant leadership positions globally and we overcome barriers to female leadership, there will be a paradigm shift towards more equal, inclusive, gender neutral and progressive environments. Melinda Gates has eloquently asserted: Women are not just victims of a broken world; they can be architects of a better one. To embrace transformative leadership requires that shift in perspective and conversations that hold the power to create change.

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

will debate on aspects of engendering democracy and the need for more women in political and business leadership, decision making and institution building, We will also deliberate on why more women in leadership roles will build a stronger post pandemic world and how we can undo systemic inequality and eliminating gender gap in the workplace. The panelists will talk about the leadership purpose of women, advancing women’s leadership, and the pillars to empowered leadership for women in politics, economics and social change.

WOMEN & ECONOMICS

Gender balance is not solely a women’s issue, but also an economic issue. When women hold leadership positions, their companies are more profitable: companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams are 21% more likely to outperform the national average. While women have been hardest hit by Covid 19, they are also often leading the way in “building forward better.” Many women entrepreneurs have responded to the incredible challenges with both grit and innovation, pivoting rapidly to cope with the impact of the crisis and help create better futures. The panelists will deliberate on how economic shocks impact women and men led businesses differently, the resilience factor of how women should prepare for business in the post pandemic world, the importance of financial and digital literacy for women led MSMEs, what is gender lens investing, and the policy interventions required to promote women’s economic empowerment.

WOMEN AS CHANGE AGENTS

Attitudes towards gender equality vary vastly from country to country. Women changemakers continue to catalyse urgent and sustained action to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. From the climate crisis to ending violence against women, from economic empowerment to seeking political participation and ending discrimination, women continue to lead the way for a more gender-neutral world. Our panel of experts will force you to think about why leadership is about being a good human being first, why gender equality and inclusion are essential to the success of sustainable energy initiatives, why social change matters and why we should care. Our experts will also delve into topics of the trials and triumphs of being women in arts, how our current education and health models can become more accessible to all, what is the true nature of philanthropy, the shadow pandemic which saw an increase in violence against women, and an insight into what the world would look like without activists and agents of change.

FIRESIDE DIALOGUES

These conversations have been curated to learn and engage with some of the world’s best minds from diverse fields. They are people who have overcome fear, walked the extra mile, and created extraordinary impact in their areas of expertise. They have captivated audiences with their incredible life. They will talk about the choices they have had to make to own their life journey and give us insight into what leadership means to them, their work, how they stand committed to advancing the ideals they believe in and the impact they want to create in the world.

EMPOWER ENABLE ENGAGE

MARKET PLACE

Experience an onsite exhibition curated specifically for women handicrafts from different parts of Nepal. From handwoven textiles, handmade Nepali white papers to ceramics, pashminas, metalworks and more. The marketplace brings together diverse group of women enterprenuers in the handicraft business.

RECOGNIZING WOMEN LEADERS

The Summit will recognize an inspirational woman for 2023 for her achievements, impact, and leadership prowess.

SUMMIT DECLARATION

The outcome of the Summit beyond being a space for great learning and networking is also to present a set of declarations to the Government of Nepal, development partners and to partner organizations of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries in various countries to adopt its values.

Be it across boardrooms, politics, or the media, leadership should not make women feel that they need to be more “masculine” to succeed, or men fear showing “feminine” traits. Leadership should be about having certain universal key principles. Women represent only 1 in 4 members of parliament worldwide and are just 34% of those elected to local governments. And higher up the echelons of power, women are fewer in numbers. They are less than 10% of Heads of State and Government. And more than 100 countries have never had a woman executive. While the goal is to increase women’s leadership at local, national, regional, and global levels, the summit is also about building meaningful engagement and partnerships that advocate a better world for all. Gender equal societies are more peaceful and more prosperous and balanced leadership is the key to unlock our common challenges.

CNI Women’s Leadership Forum invites you to join us in our commitment to build female leadership and equality.

A special evening has been designed for the delegates to experience the rich traditional culture and diversity of the country. Nepal is known for its food and this evening will offer a taste of the some of the very best of Nepalese cuisine and our warm hospitality

What you"ll discover at
Women’s Leadership Summit 2023

EXPERIENCE NEPAL
EXHIBITION BY LOCAL WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
CULTURAL & FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA
HONORING WOMEN ICONS

Event sessions

Many power-packed sessions to choose from leaders across generation.

Event Speakers

Power-packed sessions, keynote addresses and dialogues with leaders across generation.

Maithree Wickremesinghe

First Lady (Sri Lanka)

Maithree Wickremesinghe is a Sri Lankan academic, writer, and professor of English at the University of Kelaniya specializing in gender and women"s studies. She is the current First Lady of Sri Lanka since July 2022, as she is married to President Ranil Wickremesinghe. She is the founding director of the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Kelaniya and a visiting professor on gender and women"s studies at other educational institutions including the University of Colombo and University of Sussex.

Huma Saleem Qureshi

Actor (Indian Cinema)

Huma Saleem Qureshi is an Indian actress and model who primarily appears in Hindi language films. She has also received three Filmfare Award nominations. She obtained a bachelor"s degree in history—with honors—from the University of Delhi, while she worked as a theater actor and model. In 2021 she also featured in web series Maharani in which she played the role of Rani Bharti which was also received very well by critics and for that she received the Filmfare OTT award. Later the year, she completed an American film Army of the Dead which was her Hollywood debut.

Melissa Petros

Director, Philanthropy and Programs (Singapore)

Melissa Petros is the Director of Philanthropy and Programs at the Milken Institute, Asia Center based in Singapore. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Executive Director of Hagar International (Hong Kong), an international NGO dedicated to the recovery of women and children who have endured extreme abuses. She started Hagar’s Hong Kong office where she established new philanthropic partnerships with family foundations, multinational corporations, and high net worth individuals in support of Hagar’s work in Asia.

Rhea Mazumdar Singhal

Founder, ECOWARE (India)

Rhea Mazumdar Singhal is the founder and CEO of Ecoware, India’s first and largest sustainable packaging company. Due to her pioneering work in transforming the environmental impact of India’s packaging industry, Rhea has been appointed A World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’, and recently been commended with The Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honor for women in India. In establishing Ecoware, Rhea had to overcome the stigma associated with being a female business owner and a non-native speaker.

Sonakshi Sinha

Actor (Indian Cinema)

Sonakshi Sinha is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. Sinha is a professed animal lover, and she had posed for a PETA campaign advocating the adoption and sterilization of dogs and cats. She has starred in a one-minute video PSA, urging everyone to adopt animals and have them sterilised. She has been quoted saying: "Breeders, pet stores and people who don"t sterilize their animals are responsible for all the animals who end up homeless. She also promotes breaking the stereotypes of typical body size.

Arnav Kapoor

Global Lead / Philanthropic Partnership / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (India)

Arnav Kapoor is a Global Lead at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, concentrating on Philanthropic Partnerships and Policy in India and Asia. Arnav previously worked with the India Global Growth and Opportunity team where he helped develop the foundation’s India agriculture development strategy. He has also worked as a Consultant with Deloitte. Arnav holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi. He also holds the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) certification from APICS, USA.

Ameya Prabhu

Managing Director, NAFA Capital (India)

Ameya Prabhu is an entrepreneur and the Managing Director of NAFA Capital Advisors Pvt. Ltd,. NAFA Capital is an asset management firm with offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. NAFA Capital manages funds in public equities, private equity, debt capital markets and has a fintech lending business. He also is a Partner in UAP Advisors LLP. UAP Advisors is a financial services, principal investment and sustainability & renewable energy strategic advisory firm focused on India and other emerging markets.

Jaivir Singh

Executive Director, PricewaterouseCoopers Foundation (India)

Jaivir Singh is currently driving Corporate Responsibility for PricewaterhouseCoopers in India through the PwC India Foundation, additional responsibility as Executive Director in the India Chairman Office. He serves on the global corporate responsibility board of the PwC network. Deep interest disaster risk reduction, post Disaster Management and Early Humanitarian response and rehabilitation. Areas of interest in development include Child Welfare and Environment & Education.

Nikhil Kamath

Co- Founder, Zerodha, True Beacon (India)

Nikhil Kamath is an astute and experienced investor, who is the co-founder and heads financial planning at Zerodha. Youngest Billionaire of India, he is famous for his startups, he is the founder of Zerodha (Stack Trading Company), & True Beacon (Asset Management Company), he also Writes articles and Columns for Times of India and Mint.

Manushi Chhillar

Indian Model / Miss World 2017 (India)

Manushi Chhillar is an Indian actress and model, who was the winner of the Miss World 2017 pageant. She won Femina Miss India 2017 pageant, went on to become the sixth representative from India to be crowned Miss World.

Zaheer Iqbal

Model / Actor (Indian Cinema)

Zaheer Iqbal, also known as Zaheer Ratansi, is a budding face in Indian cinema. He has worked in movies like Notebook.

Tabith Md. Awal

Footballer, Politician (Bangladesh)

Tabith Md. Awal is a Bangladeshi Footballer and Politician. He was formerly a footballer of Feni SC. He also stood for mayor in 2015 Dhaka North City Corporation election and 2020 Dhaka North City Corporation election, both time he came second.

Event Speakers

Power-packed sessions, keynote addresses and dialogues with women leaders from across generations. Event Speakers list coming soon !

INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED.

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FOR WLS23

Schedule for January 13

1:00

PM

REGISTRATION

Tea/ Coffee Service

2:00

PM

OPENING OF WLS23

Welcome Remarks & Overview
Opening Keynote

2:30 – 3:15

PM

Fireside 1

3:30 – 4:15

PM

Panel 1

Multigeneration Leadership
Moderator
Panelists

4:15- 4:30

PM

Emcee closes with information about Inaugural Event

MARKETPLACE OPENS
Schedule for January 13, 2023

INAUGURAL EVENTS

05:30

PM

Guest Arrival

International Participants & Guests

06:30

PM

National Anthem | Ganesh Vandana | Performance

6:45

PM

Digital Video

6:50

PM

Welcome Remarks

07:00

PM

Video Message

7:10

PM

Chief Guest Address

7:25

PM

Performance by Shiwani Verma

7:40

PM

Speech

07:45

PM

Keynote Address

08:10

PM

Closing Remarks

08:15

PM

Dinner & Drinks

Schedule for January 14, 2023

8:00

AM onwards

REGISTRATION

9:00

AM

Opening Remarks

9:10

AM

Opening Keynote for the day

9:30 – 10:30

AM

Panel 1

Business
Moderator
Panelists

10:40 – 11:40

AM

Panel 2

Politics
Moderator
Panelists

11:45 – 12:30

PM

Fireside 1

12:35 – 1:35

PM

Panel 3

Philanthropy
Moderator
Panelists

1:35 – 2:30

PM

Lunch Break & Networking

2:00 – 3:30

PM

Panel 4

Institution
Moderator
Panelist

3:30 – 4:30

PM

Fireside 2

4:35 – 5:35

PM

Panel 5

Entertainment
Moderator
Panelist

5:40 – 6:40

PM

Fireside 3

CLOSE


ART & CULTURAL NIGHT Hosted by Nepal Tourism Board

7:00 – 7:30

PM

Guest Arrival

7:45

PM

Welcome Remarks

7:55

PM

Speech

8:00

PM

Cultural Performances

8:45-10:00

PM

Dinner

*200 invitees only

Schedule for January 15, 2023

8:00

AM onwards

REGISTRATION

9:00

AM

Opening Remarks

9:10

AM

Keynote

9:30 - 10:30

AM

Panel 6

Education & Skills
Moderator
Panelists

10:30 – 11:35

AM

Panel 7

Health & Wellbeing
Moderator
Panelists

11:00 – 12:00

PM

Fireside 4

12:10 – 1:10

PM

Panel 8

Climate Change
Moderator
Panelists

1:10 – 2:00

PM

Lunch Break & Networking

2:00 – 3:00

PM

Panel 9

Digital
Moderator
Panelists

3:00 – 4:00

PM

Fireside 5

4:00 – 5:00

PM

Panel 10

Change Agents
Moderator
Panelists

Closing Ceremony

5:15

PM

Opening Remarks

5:30

PM

Keynote

6:00

PM

Summit Declaration

6:20

PM

Closing Keynote

6:45

PM

Remarks

7:00

PM

Vote of Thanks

6:00

PM

Vote of Thanks

International participants and guests

*Closing Dinner Reception

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Participation Pricing

Event Registration for National Participant
  • Individual Delegate

    NRS. 15000

  • Organizational Representation of 5 persons

    NRS. 60000

* Please note these rates are exclusive of inaugural night.
Event Registration for International Participant
  • Individual Delegate

    USD. 350

  • Organizational Representation of 5 persons

    USD. 1500

* Please note these rates are exclusive of transportation and accomodation. International guests may avail of special delegate rates for stay at different categories of hotels.
Marketplace
(STALL REGISTRATION)
  • National Participation for Marketplace Delegate

    NRS. 15000

  • National Participation for Summit & Marketplace Delegate

    NRS. 25000

  • International Participation for Marketplace Delegate

    USD. 300

  • Interational Participation for Summit & Marketplace Delegate

    USD. 500