Brenda Okorogba

Founder, Momentswithbren Consulting
  • Momentswithbren Consulting
  • Canada
Andreas Schleicher

Director, Education and Skills, OECD

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. He promotes the work of the Directorate for Education and Skills on a global stage and fosters co-operation both within and outside the OECD. In addition to policy and country reviews, the work of the Directorate includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES). Before joining the OECD, Mr. Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”. He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.
Nicola Hazell

Gender Equality Advocate; Founding Director, SheStarts, BlueChilli

Nicola Hazell is a leading voice on gender equality and social innovation. With a career spanning media, politics, public affairs, and now tech, she is a driving force for women in leadership, working across the startup, corporate and government sectors to drive greater investment in women-led businesses. As the founding director of SheStarts – a world-class accelerator program supporting and investing in women-led startups – Nicola has been a champion of significant change in Australia’s startup ecosystem, establishing a new model for inclusive entrepreneurship. Under Nicola’s leadership, SheStarts was named Australian Accelerator of the Year in 2017, attracted the backing of global brands such as Google and Microsoft, and produced an award-winning documentary series which reached more than half a million views in its first season and went on to secure a world-first partnership with LinkedIn for distribution of its second season. Nicola is a highly sought-after international speaker and advisor, and holds roles on the OECD’s Expert Advisory Committee on Digital Transformation; Australian advocacy organisation The Parenthood; the Global Summit of Women; and the CEBIT Women in Tech Advisory Committee.
Maryam Monsef

Minister of Status of Women, Canada

Silvana Koch-Mehrin

President and Founder, Women Political Leaders

Silvana is the President and Founder of Women Political Leaders (WPL), the worldwide network of women Politicians. WPL is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit foundation that aims to increase both the number and influence of women in political leadership. Silvana served as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-2011) and Member of the European Parliament (2004-2014). Before her time in politics, she founded and ran a public affairs consultancy in Brussels, which later merged with a larger US firm. She also worked as Senior Special Advisor for EY and as Senior Policy Advisor for GPLUS Europe. In addition to her work for WPL, Silvana serves on the board of the Council of Women World Leaders, the network of female Presidents and Prime Ministers. She is also a member of the European Leadership Network (ELN), a Board Director of the Social Progress Imperative and member of the Global Advisory Network of Apolitical Academy Global. Since 2016, Silvana has been representing the European Union in the Executive Committee of W20, an official engagement group of the G20. In 2018 and 2019, she was ranked as one of the 100 most influential persons in gender equality by Apolitical. Silvana is a Young Global Leader Alumni of the World Economic Forum. She lives in Brussels, Belgium with her three kids and their Irish father.