SMEs are the backbone of most economies and women business owners are also crucial to economic growth.

According to research by consultancy, McKinsey, advancing women’s equality could add $28 trillion to global GDP by 2025 – equivalent to adding a new United States and China. There is a need to do more to support and drive greater engagement by women as business leaders and encourage their participation in global markets.

“More could also be done to promote the opportunities for women to develop career paths in global trade. Certain areas of trade support services, such as trade finance, logistics, supply chain management, customs and freight forwarding, have traditionally seen low levels of participation by women; this needs to change. GTPA is on a mission to collaborate with existing organisations globally to support and advance the engagement of women entrepreneurs in global trade.” Ms Lisa McAuley, CEO of the GTPA said.

GTPA is pleased to profile women trade leaders from around the world, this can be business leaders running international companies to those working in global trade policy or those in trade roles that facilitate and advance trade development.

Dr Rebecca Harding - CEO of Coriolis Technologies

Dr. Rebecca Harding is an independent economist specialising in trade and trade finance and is CEO of Coriolis Technologies, providing data as a service to the trade finance and banking sectors. She frequently appears on The Ian King Show, Sky News, BBC World and BBC Radio 5 live, Newsnight and Radio 4. She is frequently cited in the Broadsheet press, including recent articles in the Financial Times, Telegraph and CityAM. She advises the Council of the Society of Professional Economists and until February 2017 was the Chief Economist of the British Bankers’ Association.


Mona Shrestha Adhikari, PHD - Executive Director of Enterprise for Management, Economic Reform & Gender Equality (EMERGE)

Ms. Mona Shrestha Adhikari believes in equitable, inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development and is passionate about women’s empowerment. She has more than 25 years of experience working in the private sector, national and international non-governmental organizations and international organizations. Her experience ranges from working with organisations like the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, the Economic Policy Incubator project of Department for International Development (DFID)/Palladium Group in Nepal, and the Australian Red Cross Society.


Philippa Dawson - CEO at FermenTasmania

Philippa is an innovative and commercially savvy senior executive with demonstrated high-level leadership in Australia and overseas in public policy and governance, international trade, diplomatic relations and business strategy. She has significant experience in developing trade promotion strategies to assist businesses, including start-ups, as they develop international markets across multiple industries as well as extensive experience in working across cultures, leading and developing diverse teams both onshore and offshore. As a specialist in communications and client engagement, economic development and international trade, she is passionate about bringing prosperity to business via deep insight into emerging issues in the global economy.


Collins Rex, Asia/ Africa Director for GTPA

She is a marketing specialist who worked for years in and around the technology space, until the international trade bug bit. For the past 11+ years she hasassisted companies to do better business, and to do it on the international stage. For 10 years she worked with the Export Council of Australia, managing the State of Victoria, heading up the skills team, developing international trade tools like the ANZ Be Trade Ready website, and developing and presenting more educational programmes than she can count. It has, however, been over the past 14 or so months that she has become well and truly entrenched in international trade, working with the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) as the Director responsible for Asia and Africa, and developing and delivering the eCommerce strategy.


Lynn Rua - International Trade Professional

Lynn Rua is a skilled operational and commercial professional, currently working with a leading trade, logistics and distribution organisation. With 16 years’ experience developing constructive and cost-effective logistics solutions to meet the challenges and obstacles across global import and export activities.
Lynn develops and presents workshops to teach best practice’ processes to maximise efficiency, quality, cost effectiveness and customer service throughout the supply chain. With her Diploma in English-Spanish Interpreting, she has a special interest in building relations and facilitating trade between Australia and Latin America.


Jenny Van de Meeberg, Trade Manager- Hort Innovation

Jenny recently joined Hort Innovation as the Trade Manager and works across a range of export-focused industries, including fruits, vegetables and nuts. Jenny also plays an active role in the development of concepts for the Asian Markets Fund in Hort Frontiers. Prior to this, Jenny was a Senior Trade Advisor at the Australian Trade & Investment Commission (Austrade) and was based in Cairns, Perth and Canberra throughout her time in this role.


Nasreen Fatema Awal - Vice Chairperson of Multimode Group

Mrs. Nasreen Fatema Awal is the Vice Chairperson of Multimode Group and she is a noted businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her business interests include agriculture, insurance, banks, hospitality, telecommunications, IT, plastic manufacturing, recycling and consumer goods distribution.

Mrs. Awal is the Founder and President of the Women Entrepreneur Association of Bangladesh – WEAB , Vice President of the South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF-BD), the Founder & Ex-President of the SAARC Chamber of Women Entrepreneur Council (SCWEC), and is a Founding Director of the Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SME) Foundation in Bangladesh under the Ministry of Industries. She oversees Multimode’s Corporate Social Responsibility as well as her family’s charitable foundation, the Nasreen Mintoo Trust, which includes girls’ schools, colleges and hospitals in rural Bangladesh. She is also the Global Adviser of Cornerstone Capital (Financial institution based in New York, USA)


Damchae Dem - Chairperson at Pelden Enterprise Ltd

Mrs. Damchae Dem ventured into the world of business in the early sixties making homemade potato chips, which she sold in her neighborhood. Later in the nineties, she founded her company Pelden Enterprise Limited in 2006 and became a pioneer in steel manufacturing in the country.

She also pioneered Bhutan Business Solution (BBS) in Bhutan, a unique project where more than 100 youth were trained and employed under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Pelden Enterprise Limited. The project beneficiaries are currently self-employed and successfully managing the company.


Anoush der Boghossian - Focal Point on Trade and Gender - World Trade Organization

Ms. Anoush der Boghossian was appointed the WTO's first focal point on trade and gender by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo in 2017. Anoush works as part of the Aid for Trade Unit of the WTO's Development Division and is a senior member of the team.

Prior to joining the Development Division in 2016, Ms. der Boghossian worked in the Information and External Relations Division (IERD) of the WTO. She worked as the French Language Spokesperson of the WTO and she was appointed as the press officer to the former Director-General Pascal Lamy. She also served the WTO as the WTO NGO Liaison Officer and Social Media Manager. Anoush managed the WTO Public Forum and the Organization's social media operations between 2013-16.

Anoush began her career at the WTO in 2006 after acquiring 10 years of professional experience in the private sector, in Brussels, working on EU policies, as a public relations specialist.


Emmanuelle Ganne - Senior Analyst at the World Trade Organization (WTO)

Ms. Emmanuelle Ganne is Senior Analyst at the World Trade Organization (WTO) where she leads WTO work on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and blockchain. She is the author of a recently published book entitled "Can Blockchain Revolutionize International Trade?" and is a regular speaker at blockchain events. From 2015 to 2017, she held the position of Vice-President for Europe at the Allam Advisory Group (AAG), a team of former C-level executives and senior diplomats that specializes in helping businesses expand their operations globally.

Before joining AAG, Ms. Ganne held various positions at the WTO, as Counselor to Director-General Pascal Lamy, in the Information and External Relations Division, and in the Accessions Division. Before joining the WTO in 2002, Ms. Ganne worked for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, putting in place the Stability Pact Anti-Corruption Initiative, which assisted South Eastern European states curb corruption. Ms. Ganne is a 2009 Yale World Fellow.


Sabrina Varma - Aid for Trade/Economic Advisor, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Sabrina Varma has over twenty years of experience working in international trade and development, with a view to maximising trade as a tool to support inclusive and sustainable development.

Based on her work experience at national, regional, global levels, across government, private sector and NGOs, and from developed country and developing country perspectives, her approach is based on bringing together shared priorities, requirements and solutions to support trade capacity building in developing countries.






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