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Conference Speakers 2015 - Day 1

Session 1: Ethics and Leadership: Where Walking the Talk Matters || Session 2: You and the Environment: Why Concern and Care for the Planet Matters

The Honorable Ibu Yohana Susana Yembise
Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Republic of Indonesia

"Synergizing and collaboration across all government sectors, communities, private sector as well as media are crucial to be able to realize gender equality and women empowerment, in national, regional and international levels. All of us here have a responsibility to change people's minds to become gender sensitive, for strong ethics and leadership."
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The Honorable Ibu Susi Pudjiastuti
Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Republic of Indonesia, Indonesia

"The only battles that someone can win without arms or soldiers are the battles run by women. We can conquer the world without our troops, because women naturally have special talents, charm and also can be very determined. All of you here are strong ladies around the globe and with your strength and influence you can change the world. "
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The Honorable Mrs. Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun
Minister of Education and Human Resources, Mauritius

"Education is the most effective vaccine against the deadliest diseases including HIV, AIDS, TB, Malaria and the like. It has also been observed that with every additional year of female education, child mortality reduces by 18 per thousand."
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The Honorable Ibu Dra Wiryanti Sukamdani CHA
Member of parliament, Chairman Tourism Promotion Board, Republic of Indonesia

"A Leader must have loving soul! Without love war never stops, poverty continues and the environment is destroyed. Leadership without ethics is like a meal without salt. "
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His Excellency Mr. Shirish M. Soni
Ambassador of Africa to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, Republic of South Africa

"The women's agenda of every country is not to be a championed by women alone, men must be involved at all levels of promoting the women's agenda. The women's agenda must be driven by us collectively. It must be central to the higher purpose of any organization. It cannot be just another objective that allows us to achieve the higher purpose of our organization. It has to be the very reason why we exist."
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Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe
Founder Director, Center for Gender Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

"Ethical conflicts arising from gender difference begin with motherhood & fatherhood roles. As women leaders we need to ensure that adequate moral value is attributed to the work traditionally performed by women, such as caring for children, families, the sick and the elderly and the differently abled. Moreover the same ethical standard of care has to be demanded from men as well."
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Ms Claire Chang
CEO & CO-Founder, Banyan Tree Group, Singapore

"At every stage in life, as long as women don't quit, women learn to marshal resources, leverage technology & all good qualities around us, to create the difference. So, lean in, do not quit and stay at the power centre."
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Ibu Dr. Tri Rismaharini, Mayor of Surabaya
Has been nominated at the best Mayor of the World, 2014

"Time has come when we cannot treat any form of life as being lifeless and we most certainly do not have the right to subject animals to torture and pain for their entire life and then slau-ghter them in ways that are probably worse than anything that happened in any concentration camp. "
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Honorable Ms Shelly Porges
Global Entrepreneurship Advocate, USA

"The 4 important qualities of a leader are: 1. Vision 2. Ability to take risk 3. Leaders adapt. 4 Leaders elevate others! I hope to see many women rise to the top their field by creating a vision, taking risks, adapting and elevating others."
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Ibu Helianti Hilman
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Javara, Indonesia

"I think a lot of people still that food is a part of our physical existence, but we have forgotten our roots and the fact that bio-diversity of food and spiritualism have always has been interco-nnected. It is sad to know that we believe that man can make better seeds than what God has given us."
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Mr D K Hari
Conceptualizer and Founder of Bharath Gyan

"India The Butterfly has been given names associated with 'beauty' or 'kite' in all parts of the world since times immemorial. It has been considered a symbol or immortality, rebirth, and has been used as a means to monitor environmental protection as a "Butterfly Barometer." "
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Ms Hema Hari
Conceptualizer and Founder of Bharath Gyan

"We need to keep changing continuously with the environment and look at this change as a celebration rather than as a revolution.The Butterfly Effect' is a celebration of Change! We should learn from the Butterfly, which starts as a caterpillar, and willingly accepts the metamorphosis process and undergoes the transformation to become the butterfly in itself, to please nature. "
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Ms Savita Mahajan
Deputy Dean, Indian School of Business, India

"We need a very small and critical mass of people to think in a particular fashion for a change you note, to be very impactful just like a butterfly effect from individual consci-ousness and then collective consciousness. You don't need everybody in the world to change for the change to happen. "
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Ms Kavita Khanna
Barrister, Economist (LSE), Public Health, Animal rights. Director IAHV & World Forum For Ethics in Business, India

"Time has come when we cannot treat any form of life as being lifeless and we most certainly do not have the right to subject animals to torture and pain for their entire life and then slau-ghter them in ways that are probably worse than anything that happened in any concentration camp. "
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Mrs. Kamal Khimji
Entreprenuer & International Faculty - The Art of Living Foundation

"Global temperature is rising by four degrees every year and the water table is rising by six feet annually, that’s what the research shows. It’s high time we stop talking about Global warming and act to reduce it. We need to make growing attempts each year to revere the process of Global warming."
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