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Asia Women Leaders

International Pre-Summit 2024

UNCC, Thailand


Summit : Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Excursion : Thursday, May 16, 2024

Summit Venue

Conference Room 4, United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC)

United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC)
United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200

Summit Purpose

The AWLF Asia Women Leaders International Pre-Summit 2024 will be held in Bangkok, Thailand
to contribute to the maintenance of sustainable international peace, next-generation education, the global environment,
and the formation of a virtuous cycle of economy and society,
with Asia as the main axis.

The objective is to create a summit where Asian women leaders, transcending borders, generations, and industries,
can connect, discuss Asian issues, and cooperate to create synergy in order to realize a society
where everyone shine, and to achieve the SDGs in Asia.

The summit will focus on women’s empowerment, with panel discussions
on policy, education and economy, and the Education / Economy / Environment Award ceremony
and sharing of best practices.

Women leaders from various fields will take the stage to discuss and share their country’s challenges
with the participants of Asia women leaders on the front lines.

In addition, we believe that ongoing friendships are necessary in order to connect to actual solutions,
so we will use this summit as an opportunity to provide an environment for women leaders to collaborate
with each other in an online platform where they can connect
with each other as needed to solve problems in Asia.


The Asia Women Leaders Forum (AWLF) is a non-commercial, non-political, and non-religious organization committed to empowering women and promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a Beautiful Asia.


  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Address: The Power of Peace through Empowered Asian Women
    • Dr. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
    • Hon. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Advisor, Asia Women Leaders Forum / Former Prime Minister of Thailand
  • Panel Discussion 1: Advancing Gender Equality in Asia
    • Hon. Patsarin Ramwong, Member of the House of Representatives, Thailand
    • Dr. Chizu Sekine, Representative Director and President, Sumika Technical Information Service, Inc., Japan
    • Dr. Patra Shovityakool, Founder and Managing Director, TRAPA CO., LTD., Thailand
    • Ms. Linh Hoang, Executive Director, Lead The Change, Vietnam
    • Dr. Constantin Malik, Board Member and Director for Global EcoSystems and Partnerships, Foundation for the Support of the United Nations, United Kingdom
  • Panel Discussion 2: Ensuring Quality and Access to Education for All 
    • Dr. Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela, Advisor, Future of Education, ASEAN and Former Director, SEAMEO Secretariat, The Philippines
    • Dr. Tian Belawati, Rector, Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia / President, International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), Indonesia
    • Dr. Rupa Vasudevan, Founder and Chancellor, Bharatiya Engineering Science and Technology Innovation University (BESTIU), India
    • Ms. Shailaja Adhikary, Founder and Managing Director, IEC Group of Institutions, Nepal
    • Ms. Tomoko Katsurayama, CEO and Founder, T.K. Associates Co., Ltd. / Professor, Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University, Japan
  • Lunch
  • Panel Discussion 3:  Empowering Diverse Employment and Career Pathways for Economic Growth
    • Ms. Yuki Aizawa, APAC Director, Women in Tech, APAC
    • Ms. Elisa Sarza Nuada, Managing Director and Chief Business Development Officer, Blue Chip Global Development PTY. LTD, The Philippines
    • Ms. Rhea See, Co-founder and Co-CEO, She Loves Tech Singapore
    • Ms. Harasha Bafana, Founder and Director, The Adam & Hawa Network, Singapore
    • Mr. James Skinner, Management Consultant, Bestselling Author, AI Expert, the U.S.A.
  • Coffee break 
  • Applauding Changemakers: Celebrating Transformative Impact of the Awards conferred on Asia Women Leaders in 2023
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Dinner

Supportive Messages

Her Excellency Ms. Mylene J. Garcia-Albano

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Tokyo, Japan

Supported by