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Anna Mokogokong is a medical doctor by profession, who set off in 1995 to start what has today become one of South Africa’s biggest business success stories. She is a businesswoman who has received international acclaim for her entrepreneurial ability. She has been a born entrepreneur as she has traded sandwiches for cash from a tender age in primary school. Anna Mokgokong was born in Soweto and raised in Swaziland. She promotes women to be on boards as well as in the procurement sector. She considers herself self as an activist in this regard. She went on to complete her BSc. from the University of Botswana before going to Medunsa to complete her MBChB. It was during this time that Anna’s real entrepreneurial flair came into being.

Wan Ling Martello is a Philippine woman whose success continues to stand as a reference point to many. Martello is an American citizen of Chinese and Filipino heritage she is a woman with exceptional leadership qualities which makes her stand out in every area of the economy. Martello was born in the Philippines in 1958 and belongs to a Chinese-Filipino family.

Teresita Sy-coson is a Filipina businesswoman, and Vice Chairperson of SM Investments Corporation (SMIC), one of the Philippines’ largest publicly traded holding companies.
Sy-coson’s father immigrated to the Philippines at the age of 12, from a rural village in Fujian Province, China after World War II. He opened a shoe shop called Shoemart (SM) in downtown Manilla, Philippines, the SM is known today as the starting point of SM Investments, one of the biggest conglomerates in South East Asia.

Bronte Adams, Director, and founder of Dandolo Partners is a Rhodes Scholar, former McKinsey & Co consultant, senior government executive, and board director. Respected for her bipartisan and independent approach, she has led and managed public sector policy development and implementation and has advised a wide range of clients in the innovation, health, technology, science & research, startup, cultural, and education sectors. She advised the Hon. Alan Stockdale and went on to lead the Victorian Government’s technology arm as CEO, reforming government through the use of technology, managing major procurements, attracting foreign investment and stimulating the uptake of technology across commercial, public and community sectors.

Antonia Gutiérrez made history when she was named the first female CEO of American Airlines México after having worked with the company for more than 40 years. Her story is truly inspiring and shows where hard work can get you, as she started off working as a secretary before climbing the ladder to budgeting and finance, and continuing upwards to her current position as CEO. Since beginning as CEO, three new routes have been opened between Mexico and Dallas amongst other things.