Almas Jiwani, Emeritus United Nations Women NC & AJF Board of Directors.

4.00pm, Round Table Chair;  discussion: Integrating gender and diversity in cultural change in research and innovation as a sustainable policy effort.

Almas Jiwani Almas Jiwani is President and CEO of Almas Jiwani Foundation and the President emeritus of UN Women Canada. She is well known for her efforts to encourage women’s social, economic, and political empowerment. She spearheads initiatives where corporate growth intersects with humanitarian development and she continues to work on building networks among charitable institutions and socially responsible businesses.
Ms. Jiwani delivers keynote addresses and presentations on improving the status of women. She addressed over 400 parliamentarians from 42 countries on the benefits of economically empowering women and the roles and responsibilities of parliamentarians at the International Assembly in the Dominican Republic and Quebec City. More recently, she addressed the Pan Africa Media Conference, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, World Bank, Women in Leadership Forum in Abu Dhabi, African Development Bank conference, and the World Forum alongside Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 
Ms Jiwani’s efforts to strengthen women’s economic capacity as entrepreneurs and producers have earned her numerous commendations and accolades.