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The Female Economic Growth Factor

Women represent an unharnessed economic opportunity. The commitment of the G7 countries to capacity building of women in equitable economic growth was prioritised at the 2016 Summit in Ise-Shima, where the Women’s Initiative in Developing STEM Careers was given strong political commitment by each of the G7 leaders.

This message was later reinforced by APEC Ministers and private sector leaders alike at the APEC Women and the Economy Forum in Peru later in the year. In APEC economies, addressing limits on women’s participation could add up to approximately $US 89 billion.

Women’s participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) globally is far from balanced. This problem is particularly pronounced in Asia, where only three out of 18 countries had an equal or above proportion of the STEM workforce that was female. This trend has continued despite the demand for STEM fields over the past few years having increased exponentially. In Asia-Pacific, there is a ‘talent shortage’ to the tune of 45 per cent – comprising predominantly of STEM-related occupations.

Many businesses have started to grasp the urgent need to support gender parity and put in practical solutions to unlock economic and social potential within their business and value chains. Encouraging women into STEM is not just a social issue – it is an economic one too.

What is the outlook for the greater inclusion of women in the global economy? How can policymakers and corporate leaders help to unlock the economic potential of women? What are the ambitions of the next generation of female leaders? What are the barriers and challenges that prevent or slow any actions and opinions on current policies regarding gender equality?

Asia House in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in London is holding a half-day conference exploring the topic.


09.00 am – Registration of participants

09.30 am – Welcome remarks by Asia House

09.35 am – Remarks by Hiroshi Matsuura, Minister, Embassy of Japan

09.40 am – Keynote address: The economic case for addressing the gender gap

  • Willem Adema – Senior Economist, Social Policy Division, OECD

10.00 am – Women in STEM

  • Professor Reiko Kuroda, Women’s Initiative in Developing STEM Careers (WINDS) Ambassador and Professor at Tokyo University of Science
  • Professor Averil MacDonald, Women’s Initiative in Developing STEM Careers (WINDS) Ambassador and Professor at the University of Reading
  • Moderator: Anita Hamilton, Hamilton Consulting

10.45 am – Coffee break

11.00 am – Women in the workplace: a reality check

  • Vandita Pant, Group Treasurer and Head of Europe, BHP Billiton
  • Lynn Collier, COO, Hitachi Data Systems
  • Barbara Rambousek, Associate Director, Economic Inclusion, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Moderator: Margaret Doyle, Head of Clients & Markets, Financial Services and Real Estate, Deloitte

12.00 pm – Networking reception including light lunch

To register your interest in attending, please contact David Shui-Jezierski at

david.shui-jezierski@asiahouse.co.uk or on 0207 307 5458.


March 2, 2017
09:00 - 12:00
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