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Jury

Volunteer jury members are nominated and then selected based on their experience in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, business achievements, and commitment to supporting women. They play a key role in reviewing the applicants and selecting fellows. Jury members also provide feedback and additional support and connections to the entrepreneurs.

Each jury panel consists of five members who bring diverse viewpoints and varied experiences to the process. A jury member may be a(n)

• impact-driven entrepreneur.

• Cartier Women's Initiative fellow from a prior edition.

• successful impact investor, gender-lens investor, or venture philanthropist.

• renowned academic expert in impact investing or impact-driven entrepreneurship.

• leader in the social impact entrepreneurship ecosystem.

We are currently finalizing the jury panels for the 2023 edition. Please stay tuned to this page for updates!

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Having open-minded jury members that are aware of their own biases is essential to build a fair and diverse jury panel.

Breno Araujo

Former Jury Member for Latin America & the Caribbean

NORTH AMERICA

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Former jury member Adam Quinton at the 2019 Cartier Women's Initiative Awards Ceremony

A good jury panel is no different from a business leadership team –it has members from diverse backgrounds and experiences who can bring different insights and perspectives to bear.

Adam Quinton

Former Jury President for North America

EUROPE

As a former fellow and now a jury member for the Cartier Women’s Initiative, I know that their structure, support and wider network are completely aligned with the mission and goals of a social enterprise.

Kresse Wesling

Former Jury President for Europe

FRANCOPHONE SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

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Former jury member Oulimata Sarr during the 2015 Awards Week

My jury was extremely responsive and opened up potential business leads for me.

Chinwe Ohajuruka

2015 fellow

ANGLOPHONE AND LUSOPHONE AFRICA

I came into the awards a shy woman trying to figure out what way to go and I left a grown up woman ready to take over the world.

Melissa Bime

2018 fellow

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

From the day that my application was accepted, I was coached to structure and build my business. I was introduced to incredible entrepreneurs from all over the world who amazed and inspired me. It came naturally to me to want to coach and mentor others.

Noha Khater

2018 fellow, Jury member Middle East & North Africa

EAST ASIA

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Former jury member Vivian Lau during the 2015 Awards Week

SOUTH ASIA AND CENTRAL ASIA

The Q&A session with the jury brought up questions and themes that potential future investors are interested in understanding, and it gave me an opportunity to think and speak about my business in a professional pitch format.

Mimi Wu

2021 fellow

OCEANIA

Most of us are agents of change but, to truly make a meaningful impact, it’s always nice to have some wind beneath the wings. The Cartier Women’s Initiative is that wind mobilizing impact around the world.

Anisha Singh

Jury President, South Asia and Central Asia

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY PIONEER AWARD

There is an urgent need for innovation leveraging the power of technology to achieve scientific objectives, to bring research to life and turn ideas into impact.

Margaret Magdesian

2019 fellow, Jury Member for the Science & Technology Pioneer Award

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION AWARD