The 2012 Edition

Latin America
Gabriela Flores

The 2012 laureates

Gabriela Flores,

Kirah Design, BOLIVIA

Laureate for Latin America

Kirah Design markets and designs high-end interior accessories crafted by rural artisans from recycled glass, wood and textiles.

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North America
Ting Shih

The 2012 laureates

Ting Shih,


Laureate for North America

ClickMedix offers cost-effective access to remote doctors for diagnosis, treatment, research and training via a mobile healthcare platform.
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Cécile Réal

The 2012 laureates

Cécile Réal,

Endodiag, FRANCE

Laureate for Europe

Endodiag develops non-invasive diagnosis and advanced biopsy tools to fight endometriosis.
See her project
Sub-Saharan Africa
Julienne Ingabire & Elizabeth Scharpf

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Julienne Ingabire & Elizabeth Scharpf,

Sustainable Health Enterprises, RWANDA

Laureates for Sub-Saharan Africa

Sustainable Health Enterprises produces low-cost and eco-friendly sanitary pads on a franchise model fostering local entrepreneurs.
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Middle East and North Africa
Iba Masood

The 2012 laureates

Iba Masood,, UAE

Laureate for Middle East and North Africa connects students and graduates to internships and graduate job opportunities through an online careers portal.
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Lianna Gunawan

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Lianna Gunawan,

La Spina Collections, INDONESIA

Laureate for Asia-Pacific

La Spina Collections designs and produces hand-made shoes that highlight Indonesian culture and heritage using traditional fabrics and craftsmanship.
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The 2012 Laureates have been announced…

The 2012 Laureates were announced on October 11
the Annual Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum in Deauville, France. Gabriela Flores, nominated Laureate for Latin America, was the first to receive her trophy, followed by Ting Shih from North America, Cécile Réal from Europe, 
Iba Masood from Middle East and North Africa, 

Julienne Ingabire and Elizabeth Scharpf from Sub-Saharan Africa and finally, Lianna Gunawan from Asia-Pacific. 

Each of these budding entrepreneurs received funding 

of US$ 20, 000, networking and visibility opportunities and, most importantly, personalized business coaching 

for one year.

The 2012 Finalists

The finalists are the entrepreneurs who are selected in the first round of the competition to present their businesses in front of the Jury.

The annual Laureates are selected from this talent pool.

All About the Finalists

The 2012 Jury Members

The Jury for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2012 is composed of 30 high-profile individuals. They are chosen on the basis of their entrepreneurial experience, their business achievements and their commitment to supporting women entrepreneurs.

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The Evaluation Process

The Finalists and Laureates of
the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards are chosen by an independent
and voluntary Jury who evaluates
the projects based on criteria
of creativity, sustainability and social impact.

Read about the Evaluation Process