BMW Foundation Global Table, Udaipur

EVENT: NOV 22–25, 2018

Participants from around the globe shared their experiences, success stories and challenges, and developed forward-looking strategies designed to counter social inequalities and empower female leadership.

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On Purpose Podcast, Berlin


Freelance Journalist Verónica Zaragovia, interviews Kimberly Gire ahead of the BMW Foundation Global Table, on her transition from banker to strategic philanthropist; the role of women in leading change in humanitarian work and; the importance of bringing the private sector and new models to the humanitarian sector.

Chatham House Discussion Panel, London

EVENT: NOV 20, 2018

Panellists, including Global Women Leaders Kimberly Gire and Rita Dayoub, discussed the role of impact investment in fragile states. The approach aims to deliver a measurable positive social or environmental change through targeted capital investment to address some of the world’s most pressing issues. The panel was chaired by Global Women Leader Trisha de Borchgrave.

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Women’s Forum Global Meeting, Paris

CONFERENCE: NOV 14-16, 2018

United by the goal of encouraging focus and investment in fragile contexts, our Global Women Leaders were out in force at the Women’s Forum Global Conference, including:

Tricia Hobson, who was a panelist for the opening plenary session: Putting gender into technology to accelerate a better future.

Trisha de Borchgrave, who moderated the session Wellness at Work: technology, loneliness and mental health.

Nyra Mahmood, who led the workshop: ‘Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries’.

Kimberly Gire, who presented during the plenary session: Be the Bridge.

and finally Trisha de Borchgrave, who moderated the session: Safe Harbour: Women’s Leadership in and Beyond Displaced Communities. Panelists included: Global Women Leaders Kimberly Gire and Princess Sarah Zeid in conversation with Dorsa Nazemi-Salam (ICRC).

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BMW Foundation & Toniic Retreat, Paretz

EVENT: NOV 5-8, 2018

As the global population grows faster and faster, resources are becoming increasingly scarce and the gap between the rich and poor is widening. These developments pose enormous challenges for the global economy. How can we achieve a just and sustainable society? And what role does the financial system play? How could such a transformation succeed?

Kimberly Gire was among some 40 international leaders from the finance sector, who discussed ideas and alliances and swapped experiences and expertise on the theme ‘Serving the planet through financial system change’.

Salaam Gateway Podcast, Dubai


Emmy Abdul Alim, Editor of Salaam Gateway, interviews Kimberly Gire at the Global Islamic Economy Summit, about strategic philanthropy and what this means for the Islamic economy.

Global Islamic Economy Summit, Dubai

EVENT: OCT 30-31, 2018

Panellists, including Kimberly Gire discussed 'Problem Eradication Philosophy'; exploring mechanisms to coordinate Islamic philanthropy at a global and regional level, and; the role of public institutions in the Islamic economy and the importance of public goods ‘by the people for the people’ to augment philanthropy.

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LAABA: The Islamic Finance Magazine

ARTICLE: JUL 27, 2018

Farmida Bi, Partner & European Head of Islamic Finance at Norton Rose Fulbright, discusses the world’s first Humanitarian Impact Bond, developed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the assistance of Global Women Leaders and the scope for a Shari’ah-compliant equivalent.

Introduction by Kimberly Gire, Founder, Global Women Leaders.

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BMW Foundation Global Table, Cape Town

EVENT: MAY 17–20, 2018

Themed ‘Leading towards Equal Opportunities’, Kimberly Gire represented Global Women Leaders by invitation, where a select group of global leaders discussed 'ethical governance, equal opportunities, economy, and justice in and between societies'.

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Milken Global Conference, California

CONFERENCE: APR 29 - MAY 2, 2018

Kimberly Gire represented Global Women Leaders by invitation at the Milken Global Conference, where the theme “navigating a world in transition” was explored.

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Chatham House Research Event, London

EVENT: MAR 22, 2018

Visiting Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Global Women Leader Maram Ahmed, chaired a session at Chatham House on Islamic Financing of Infrastructure in Africa.

Participants included: Abayomi Alawode, Lead Financial Sector Specialist and Head of Islamic Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Practice, World Bank Group; Maya Marissa Malek, Executive Director, Global Shariah Advisory, Amanie Advisors; and Annouar Hassoune, Managing Partner, Emerging Markets Ratings, Euris Group

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World Bank Fragility Forum, Washington, DC

FORUM: Mar 5 - 9, 2018

Kimberly Gire spoke on the "Financing Peace: What more Can be Done?" panel. The objective of the session was to present a series of recommendations to improve the effective delivery of financial assistance in countries facing a range of fragility challenges.

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Milken Institute MENA Summit, UAE

EVENT: FEB 7-8, 2018

While continuing its progress in social, political, and economic reforms, how will the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region execute strategic investments that support its vision for sustainable growth?

Kimberly Gire represented Global Women Leaders by invitation at the inaugural MENA Conference, where action-oriented conversations were held with global thought leaders who have a deep understanding of the region or sectors of focus.

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World Economic Forum, Davos

CONFERENCE: JAN 23-26, 2018

Kimberly Gire represented Global Women Leaders by invitation at the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The meeting aimed to rededicate leaders from all walks of life to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world. The programme, initiatives and projects of the meeting were focused on Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.

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Milken Institute Summit, London

EVENT: DEC 5, 2017

Themed ‘New Europe: Lead, Follow, or Step Aside’, Kimberly Gire represented Global Women Leaders by invitation, participating in a private session: ‘Unlocking Philanthropic Capital for the Global Goals’.

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How Women are helping shape the world’s first humanitarian impact bond

PODCAST: NOV 28, 2017

An episode of Intercross the Podcast in which Kimberly Gire, founder of the Global Women Leaders and Jyl Strong, ICRC's Washington Policy Advisory, speak about the role of women in the creation of the first humanitarian impact bond. Conversation is also directed towards the Global Woman Leader's platform and how the unique skillsets of women can be mobilised in a collective effort in the support of humanitarian projects. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Women's Forum Global Meeting, Paris

CONFERENCE: NOV 14 - 16, 2017

Kimberly Gire and Nyra Mahmood participated in the “Sustainable Finance: Integrating sustainability into the core of a business strategy” breakout session. Kimberly called on the business community to develop innovative solutions to the problems facing humanity.

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Kimberly Gire also participated in the “Financial and Business Model Innovations for Social Impact” breakout session where she highlighted the incredible potential of innovative finance mechanisms like the ICRC’s Humanitarian Impact Bond (HIB) to address the needs of vulnerable people living in conflict zones. The HIB - which will finance the construction of three physical rehabilitation centres in Africa - is one way in which business can design products to bridge the financial and the humanitarian worlds, “to find both profit, and purpose”.

Forum on Innovative Financing for Development, Washington

EVENT: NOV 9, 2017

Kimberly Gire and Nyra Mahmood participated in panel sessions at the forum. Themed, How Donors Turn into Investors: From Funding to Financing the SDGs - the forum explored the future trends in new financing mechanisms in the context of SDGs and assessed opportunities for international financial institutions, companies and donor governments to work together and crowd in significant private capital flows by leveraging innovative finance and private sector expertise in high-impact sectors.

Global Ethical Finance Forum, Edinburgh

EVENT: SEP 13-14, 2017

Themed ‘Leading towards Equal Opportunities’, Kimberly Gire represented Global Women Leaders where she presented an overview of the ICRC’s world-first Humanitarian Impact Bond.

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