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Programma – ‘Women in Diplomacy’ – Farnesina, 16 luglio

International Conference


Women in Diplomacy

Building a Network for a Better World


Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Piazzale della Farnesina, 1)

Rome, July 15 – 16, 2012





7:30pm – Welcoming reception at Villa Madama (Via di Villa Madama)

Keynote Speech by

Beppe Severgnini: “Italians: Women in the world”

Brief Comments by:

Maria Latella, Director, A Magazine, Milan



SALA DELLE CONFERENZE INTERNAZIONALI (Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs)

8.45am – 9.15am – Registration of participants and welcoming coffee

9.30am – 9.45am – Welcome address

Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy

Video Address: Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, USA


9.45am – 10.45am – OPENING SESSION

Women in International Careers: Where Do We Stand?


Marta Dassù, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Italy

Video-interview with

Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women, United Nations


Lucia Annunziata, Director, Huffington Post Italy, Rome

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister for Women’s Rights, France

Elsa Fornero, Minister for Labour and Equal Opportunities, Italy (from Beijing)

Discussion from the Floor


10:45am – 12:00pm – PANEL I

Gender and Merit: breaking the glass ceiling


Josette Sheeran, Vice-President, World Economic Forum, Switzerland


Emma Bonino, Vice-President, Senate, Italy

Sihem Badi, Minister for Women and Family Affairs, Tunisia

Francesco Profumo, Minister for Education, University and Research , Italy

Souad Bendjaballah, Minister Delegate for Higher Education and Scientific Research, Algeria

Irene Tinagli, Assistant Professor of Management, University Carlos III, Madrid

Ana Palacio, former Foreign Minister, member of Consejo de Estado

Discussion from the Floor


12.15pm – 1.45pm – PANEL II

Democracy as a challenge: Women in regimes’ change


Monica Maggioni, International Affairs editorialist, RAI, Italy


Patricia Espinosa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

Majlinda Bregu, Minister for European Integration, Albania

Helga Schmid, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs, EEAS, European Union

Elisabeth Linder, Facebook’s Politics & Government Specialist for the Europe, Middle East & Africa Region, UK

Discussion from the Floor


1.45pm – 2.30pm – Buffet Lunch


2.30pm – 4.15pm – PANEL III

Womenomics : why growth and innovation need women


Sarah Varetto, Director, TG Sky 24, Italy


Enrico Giovannini, President, Italian Statistics Institute (ISTAT), Italy

Vesna Pusic, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Croatia

Hu Shuli, Editor in chief, Caixin Media, China

Joyce Victoria Bigio, Member, Board of Directors, FIAT, Italy

Discussion from the floor


4.15pm – 5.00pm – SPECIAL EVENTS

Feeding the planet. Looking to the Italian Expò 2015


Giancarlo Aragona, President, ISPI, Italy


Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Program, Rome

Staffan De Mistura, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Italy

Elisabetta Belloni, Director General for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy

Presentation of the Italian Expo

Diana Bracco, President, EXPO 2015 Foundation, Italy

Giuseppe Sala, Executive Director, EXPO 2015, Italy


5.00pm – 5.15pm – Women and Diplomacy: The Follow-up

Presentation by

Franco Frattini, President, SIOI, Italy


5.15pm6.00pm – CLOSING SESSION

Women in the Future of Europe. The socio-economic dimension


Sylvie Goulard, Member, European Parliament and Winner of the WID Award

Oksana Antonenko, Senior Political Advisor, EBRD, UK



Mario Monti, Prime Minister, Italy

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