Smart and Fair: Recognizing Women’s Role in Our Economic Future


In July 2017, I participated in the very lively debates and discussions during the Chatham House International Policy Forum. This Forum brought together a diverse group of participants for a constructive dialogue to explore innovative gender-inclusive policy ideas for the G20. On the first day of the Forum, my particular contribution was to provide an overview [...]

Joining the Movement on Women’s Economic Empowerment


On September 22, 2016, during the launch of the first Report of the United Nation’s Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, Christine Lagarde – Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund noted that “Women’s empowerment is not just a moral imperative; it’s an economic no-brainer. And, we know that eliminating discrimination, eliminating inequality [...]

Taking Action for Transformative Change on Women’s Economic Empowerment


In January 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General announced the establishment of a High-Level Panel on women’s economic empowerment. Its mission is to lead the charge on closing the economic gender gap, placing the economic empowerment of women squarely on the global agenda within the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, recognizing that Goal 5 is cornerstone [...]

Policy Makers Convene to Promote Reform


The Western Balkans Regional Network of policymakers was established in 2007 to share knowledge, effect policy change, and promote business environment reforms to enhance regional and national competitiveness. The Network provided a forum for bringing together Government Ministers and senior policy makers (national and sub-national), parliamentarians, the private sector, academia, and world class experts [...]

Provocation Piece: Enterprise


Throughout her career spanning more than two decades as a senior official at the world’s premier development organization – the World Bank Group, Margo Thomas, PhD has provided policy advice to over 50 national and sub-national governments. With a Doctoral Degree in Public Policy and Private Sector Development, her areas of focus include trade and competitiveness, women’s economic empowerment, business environment reform, regulatory reform, and investment policy. In April 2017, Dr. Thomas successfully completed her appointment as the Chief of Secretariat for the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. In her ongoing role as Founder and CEO of Women’s Economic Imperative, Dr. Thomas serves as a catalyst for initiatives aimed at increasing opportunities for the economic empowerment of disadvantaged and under-represented groups globally.

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