Life stories of global female icons focus of key summit

January 10, 2013 - 6:22:37 am

KARACHI: With the participation of women leaders from at least four countries, the second International Women Leaders Summit is going to take place in Pakistan on January 29 to popularise life stories of global female icons and connect professional women across cultures and geographical boundaries, said Pakistan Society for Training and Development (PSTD) President Aamir Niazi.

Being held as part of the fifth Women in Business Conference for professional women, the theme of the summit is to make women draw inspiration from global and Pakistani business leaders, which can help them overcome the stereotypical barriers that restrict their growth while maintaining work-life balance.

The summit will be organised by New World Concepts — a corporate promotions company — and PSTD, a non-profit organisation committed to  professional human resource development through organising training programmes and conferences.

Learning and networking opportunities provided by this summit will help professionals achieve excellence, said Niazi. 

He also gave a detailed presentation on the history and role of PSTD, which is managed by an honorary board of governors, comprising leading executives from the country’s corporate sector.

Keynote speakers during the include Nasra Hassan from Austria, who has worked for 25 years with the United Nations in peacekeeping, refugee and humanitarian affairs, social development, public information and communications; Gulsun Bilgehen, who is a senior member of Turkish parliament; and former fashion supermodel Bibi Russell from Bangladesh.

Russel  played a key role in reviving the Bangladeshi crafts industry through pioneering ethical fashion in the world. 

Melanne Verveer, the US ambassador for global women issues, will participate via a video address.