Monday February 11

Conference Room 3

10.00 – 10.45: Opening Segment

Moderator: Julie Levey (USA), 16-year-old Aspiring Medical Doctor


H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General (Video Message)

H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly (Video Message)

HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Founder President of Women in Science International League and the Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust

H.E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King, President of the Economic and Social Council

H.E. Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister of European Affairs and Equality, Republic of Malta

H.E. Ms. Geraldine Byrne Nason, Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations

Ms. Laura Londén , UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA

“Women and Girls in Science 4 Oceans”: Ms. Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, United Nations

“Girls in Science”: Anya Daneez Khan (USA), Sthuthi Satish (India) and Huaxuan Chen (Canada)

“Y 4 X” Initiative for Equality in Science: HRH Prince Zain El-Hashemite, and Abdelwahab Tbyshat, Aspiring Dentist (Jordan)


10.45 – 13.00: High-Level Panel on

Assessment of Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth

Science, research and innovation play vital enabling roles in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in transforming society’s prosperity and economy.  The challenges facing the world’s countries – its prosperity and economy, creativity, exchange, equity, and opportunity – will be met only if increased investment in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is met.

This Panel will focus on

  • Investing in science that aligns with a State’s priorities, specifically as it pertains driving inclusive green growth.
  • Investing in Women in Science to attract and retain high caliber researchers and build the capability of existing researchers.
  • Building strategic international partnerships – to increase international collaboration in research and development, and to promote increased investment in research that strengthens the economy.
  • The Role of Laws, Regulations

Opening Remarks: H.E. Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations

Moderator: Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief, UNCTAD New York Office of the SG

Guest Speakers:

  • Mr. Idar Kreutzer, CEO Finance Norway
  • Dr. Çiğdem Koğar, Chief Representative of Central Bank of Turkey to the United Kingdom
  • H.E. Ambassador Narjess Saidane, Permanent Observer of La Francophonie to the United Nations
  • Ms. Tereza Nemessanyi, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Microsoft
  • Dr. Amal Qattan, School of Medicine and Health Science, George Washington University
  • Ms. Reema Khan, Founder and CEO, Green Sands Equity
  • Ms. Analisa Leonor Balares, CEO & Chief Innovation Officer, Womensphere; NASA Datanaut

13.00 – 14.45: Lunch Break


15.00 – 18.00: High-Level Panel on

Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth: Vision to Action

Industry collaboration, entrepreneurship and commercialization – to strengthen the links between education, research and industry – is of importance to improve translating research into new products and services.

The Panel will focus on the private sector financing of the science & innovation pipeline, specifically as it pertains to driving inclusive green growth.

This Panel aims to mobilize and connect the diverse funders and investors of the science and innovation pipeline with women in science (life / applied or social sciences). These include aid agencies, financial institutions, philanthropies, alliances in support of women entrepreneurs and women with expertise from a wide range of disciplines that can contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals.


15:00-16:30 Critical Strategies & Investments in Women and Girls in Science

Moderator:  Ms.Tess Mateo, Managing Director, CXCatalysts

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Mariana Bozesan, Club of Rome Member, Founder & President, AQAL Capital
  • Mr. Vinicius Carvalho Pinheiro, Special Representative to the United Nations & Director, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Dr. Enke Bashllari, Managing Director, Arkitekt Ventures
  • Ms. Gulbakhor Makhkamova, Founder & Board Chair, National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan
  • Ms. Kim Azzarelli, Co-Founder Seneca Women & Cornell Center for Women, Justice, Economy & Technology (Cornell JET)
  • Ms. Christabell Makokha, Zambia Country Director, Mercy Corps AgriFin Accelerate Program
  • Mr. Neil Cohn, Head of Impact Investing, Vesta VFO


16.30 – 18.00: Systematic Investments in Women and Girls in Science

Moderator: H.E. Ambassador Michal Mlynár, Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Anna Budzanowska, General Director, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Republic of Poland
  • Ms. Shelly Porges, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, The Billion Dollar Fund for Women
  • Ms. Ola Zahran, Head of Coordination Office in New York, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Mr. Jeff Kavanaugh, VP Executive Editor, Infosys Knowledge Institute
  • Ms. Ursula Wynhoven, ITU Representative to the United Nations
  • Mr. DJ Martin, Founding Member, Astia Angels
  • Ms. Lauren Gula, Senior Manager, Social Sustainability & Gender Equality, UN Global Compact


18.30: “Wonder Park” Movie Premiere Screening

Trusteeship Council

in Celebration of the Fourth International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Presented by: Royal Academy of Science International Trust and the Permanent Missions of Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Hungary and Bangladesh, in close collaboration with Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.




Tuesday February 12

Conference Room 3


10.00 – 13.00: High-Level Panel on

Investing in Science and Technology Education for Shaping Society’s Future

Scientists contribute greatly to the economic health and wealth of a nation. However, worldwide, the levels of participation in science and technology in school and in post-school education have fallen short of the expectations of policy-makers and the needs of business, industry or government. The continuing concern to find the reasons why young people decide not to study science and technology is a critical one if we are to solve the underlying problem. Furthermore, while science and technology play key roles in today’s global economy and leveling the playing field among various demographics, young people and particularly girls are turning away from science subjects. Clearly, raising interest in science among young people is necessary for increasing the number of future science professionals, as well as for providing opportunities for all citizens of all countries to understand and use science in their daily lives.

To achieve sustainable development throughout the world, education policy makers need to allocate high priority and considerable resources to the teaching of science and technology in a manner that allows students to learn science in a way that is practiced and experienced in the real world by real scientists and engineers. Furthermore, to accomplish this goal, sustained support is needed to increase and improve teacher training and professional learning for STEM educators. By meeting these two needs, we can better accomplish the ultimate aim which is to educate the scientists, technologists, technicians, and leaders on whom future economic development is perceived to depend over a sustained period of time.


Moderator:  H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President, Association of Women in Science, National Governing Board, Managing Director, Biomedical Innovation Advisors, LLC and President/CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC
  • Ms. Araba Sey, Principal Research Fellow, EQUALS Research, United Nations University – Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS)
  • Mr. Ibrahim AlHusseini, Founder and CEO, FullCycle
  • Professor Christine Anne Royce, President, National Science Teachers Association
  • Professor Ivica M. Labuda, Georgetown University Medical School
  • Mr. Patombutre Yongpradit, Chief Academic Officer,
  • Dr. Dorottya Nagy-Szakal, MD PhD, President of the New York Hungarian Scientific Society and the Hungarian Idea Exchange
  • Ms. Paola Del Zotto Ferrari, Founder and President, L’Accademia di Gagliato delle Nanoscienze
  • Ms. Jennifer Crozier, President, IBM Foundation
  • Professor Elaine Davis, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, Chairperson of the World Federation of Honorary Consuls for the Caribbean


  • Ms. Miniva Chibuye, Economic Affairs Officer, LDCs Unit, UN-OHRLLS, United Nations
  • Ms. Mary Russell, President of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Mr. Byron Salas Conejo, Social Innovation Consultant, Denmark
  • Dr. Stephanie Okeyo, Founder of Under The Microscope: The Science Communication Project, Kenya
  • Ms. Ravda Nur Jumaa – Syrian Refugee, Founder of Ravdanur Foundation


Parallel Panel: 10.00 – 13.00

Girls in Science for Sustainable Development
Conference Room 5

This Session will be convened by young change-makers and passionate girls-in-science advocates from around the world to present their vision on how they can utilise science to achieve sustainable development goals. Further, girls in science will experience interacting and debating with UN Officials, Diplomats, women in science and corporate executives.

This session strives to empower, educate and embolden the potential of every girl. The aim of this Panel is give girls the opportunity to gain core leadership skills, training in community-building and advocacy.

In line with the 2019 United Nations High-Level Political Forum, Girls in Science will focus around:

  • SDG 4 aims to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. How can we improve science education around the world? What resources or opportunities would be effective in achieving this goal? And How can we use technology to improve science education and opportunities for students around the world?
  • Nearly ½ of the world’s population lives in poverty. SDG 8 aims to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. What is the importance of STEM for girls and women for economic growth, and how do we encourage and implement this? What role do science and technology play in reducing poverty around the world?
  • SDG 10 aims to reduce inequalities around the world. What are some current inequalities that girls are facing, and what can be done to ameliorate this?
  • Following the Paris Agreement a few years back, climate change has become an increasingly discussed topic; SDG 13 focuses on climate action. What is the significance of this Sustainable Development Goal today, and what contributions do women and girls in science make to this issue?
  • What is being done in your communities to solve the SDGs in this respect? Has it been effective? Why or why not? Would it be effective in other countries? What are some issues you or people you know face in your country in relation to these concerns?


Co-Chairs: Huaxuan Chen and Sthuthi Satish

Respondent: Audery Lee ; Mentor: Yael Jekogian

Opening Remarks:

  • HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Executive Director, Royal Academy of Science International Trust
  • H.E. Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister of European Affairs and Equality, Republic of Malta


  • “Engaging girls in STEM activities: Results from India and Poland using simple robots”. Presenters: Anna Harpster and Michelle Franklin
  • “Building the pipeline of women in STEM by collaborating with female leaders in technology companies”. Presenters: Erica Broeker and Anusha Sharma
  • “Introducing cost effective STEM curriculum at an early age to empower young women”. Presenters: Corinn Sievwright and Nora Dixon
  • “Reaching diverse and disabled groups to encourage STEM participation”. Presenters: Rebecca Lundquist and Claire Myers
  • “Diversity in robotics and sustainability – FIRST committee and UN Goal Chasers”. Presenters: Zoe Berg and Grace Hansen
  • “She for All Innovation: The Happy Ride”: by Olivia Cohn
  • “A girl’s experience in navigating STEM, pros, cons and real stories”. Presenters: Zoe Berg, Erica Broeker, Shelly Franklin, Grace Hansen, Rebecca Lundquist, Claire Myers, Corinn Sievwright, Anusha Sharma, Nora Dixon, Naomi Cliff, Anna Harpster
  • “WE the Girls in Science FOR Sustainable Development”: by Rebecca Jekogian
  • “Technology for ALL: Technology For Sustainable Development”: by Victoria Ballesteros-Gonzalez
  • “From Math Dyslexia to STEM Triumph:  The Power of Robotics”. Presenters: Margaret Murray, Maggie Kirkman, Sophie Henderson, Hilary Lam, Thaneesha Sivapalan and Evelyn Sorgenfrei
  • “Empowering Under-resourced Girls in Science and Technology”: by Megan Qianhong Loh
  • “Changing Girls’ Lives Through Off-the-Grid Laundry: A Vehicle for Whiter Clothes, a Cleaner Environment, and Time for Education”: by Talar Terzian
  • “The journey females have experienced through the strong expansion in STEM fields during the past century”: by Angela Wang
  • “Protecting water as a natural resource for a sustainable future for all of mankind”: by Abigail Coleman
  • “Plastic-free life-style – is there a role for girls?”: by Aisha Haris
  • “Peacemaker Spaces”: by Lara Bevan-Shiraz
  • “Synapse Global Science Connections: How inspiring the youth and girls can revolutionize innovation”: by Rhea Malhotra
  • “Rural girls who became Global women”. Presenters: Joselyn Cerdas and Tania Mora
  • “How a migrant girl became a woman in technology”: by Joselyn Solís
  • “Rural girls who became Global women”. Presenters: Joselyn Cerdas and Tania Mora
  • “How a migrant girl became a woman in technology”: by Joselyn Solís

 Open Debate followed by Summary and Recommendations


13.00 – 14.45: Lunch Break


15.00 – 16.30: High-Level Panel on

The Science of Fashion for Sustainable Development
Conference Room 3

Fashion embodies human pleasure, creativity, social codes and technologies that have enabled societies to prosper, laid burdens on the environment and caused competition for arable land. No single actor, action nor technology is sufficient to shift us away from the environmental and social challenges embedded in the fashion industry – nor to meet the demands for sustainable development of society at large. However, scientific and technological developments are important for progress towards sustainable fashion.

This Panel aims to shed light on the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills for fashion and sustainable development programs.

Moderator:  H.E. Ambassador Francisco Duarte Lopes, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations

Guest Speakers:

  • Professor Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London
  • Ms. Marie Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs, Kering
  • Professor Snežana Savić, University of Belgrade – Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Professor Sun Xuefei, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
  • Ms. Mariana Gatti, Researcher and Consultant, Box1824


16.45 – 18.00: Closing Session
  • Summary of Panels and Sessions by Moderators
  • Girls in Science Outcome Document: Sthuthi Satish, Huaxuan Chen and Audrey Lee
  • Introducing the Outcome Document for Member States to Adopt
  • Closing Remarks:
    • HRH Princess Dr Nisreen El-Hashemite, Executive Director, Royal Academyof Science International Trust
    • H.E. Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister of European Affairs and Equality, Republic of Malta
    • H.E. Ambassador Francisco Duarte Lopes, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations


18.30: Reception at the Mission of Hungary to the United Nations