Women Entrepreneurs in Asia (WEA 2022): Empowering vulnerable communities

07/13/2022 10:00 am 07/14/2022 12:45 pm Australia/Melbourne Women Entrepreneurs in Asia (WEA 2022): Empowering vulnerable communities

Entrepreneurship empowers women by redressing the inequality they face due to social and structural hurdles that limit their economic participation and deny communities the benefits of inclusive socioeconomic growth.

Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this conference will bring together regional and global international experts, academics, policymakers, authorities and other stakeholders keen to empower women through entrepreneurship in vulnerable communities, to exchange ideas and promote effective collaboration in Asia.

This inaugural virtual conference will be co-hosted by Monash University Malaysia’s School of Business, the Centre for Global Business’ (CGB) South Asia Research Network (SARN), Monash Business School, Division of Organisational and Applied Psychology, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS, Indonesia) and the International University - Vietnam National University.

Keynote speakers

Palash K Das, Director Ultra-Poor Graduation, BRAC, Bangladesh

Palash K Das is a seasoned development professional with over 20 years of experience with solid and diversified expertise in the fields of sustainable and inclusive development, international relations, gender equality and diversity, and general management in the non-profit sector.
Prior to joining BRAC, he held various leadership roles at UN Women, UNDP, Oxfam, and Climate Action Network South Asia.
Mr. Das holds a Master of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Delhi University. He also pursued professional courses on Business Strategy, from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Social Protection from Maastricht University; Climate Change and Development from University of East Anglia; and International Trade Policies from Carleton University

Dr Zurina binti Abdul Hamid, Director General Department of Women Development, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development

Dr. Zurina Abdul Hamid has over 25 years’ experience in the public sector spanning several agencies and ministries. She has also held positions in Prime Minister’s Department, Ministry of Land & Co-operative Societies Development, National Institute for Public Administration and her last posting was at the Public Service Department.
In the international arena, she was appointed as Co-Chair of the Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy from 2020 to 2021. She is also an active member of ASEAN Committee on Women and ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children. Dr. Zurina holds a PhD in Management from the University of Hull.

Guest speakers

Novita Hardini, Founder and CEO Uprintis Indonesia

Novita Hardini is an Indonesian social entrepreneur and the irst lady of Trenggalek. Currently, Novita is the wife of the Regent of Trenggalek, Mohammad Nur Arifin. She completed her Bachelor of economics at STIE Perbanas Indonesia and Master of Management at IAIN Tulungagung Indonesia. She is the founder and president of UPRINTIS Indonesia. UPRINTIS is a non-profit organization that facilitates women, especially those from disadvantaged groups, to start or develop their businesses. UPRINTIS assists them through incubation classes, business matching, and business capital. UPRINTIS currently has more than 1000 Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) partners and targets 5000 MSMEs across Indonesia to join in the next 1-2 years.

Dr. Keiko Nowacka, Asian Development Bank

Keiko Nowacka is a Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development) in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department at the Asian Development Bank. In this role she focuses in particular on women’s entrepreneurship and promoting the ADB’s gender mainstreaming mandate, including the gender transformative agenda. Prior to joining ADB, Keiko led the gender program at the OECD’s Development Centre. She has also held positions at UNESCO, where she led the first Global Report on gender and culture (2014); she has also worked as an Operations Manager at Camfed, an NGO supporting secondary girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa. She has a PhD From the University of Cambridge and is a graduate from the University of Sydney.

Tu Thu Hien, Founder and CEO, WISE - Women's Initiative for Startups and Entrepreneurship

Hien Tu is the founder and CEO of WISE – the Women’s Initiative for Startups and Entrepreneurship. She holds a MA degree from Duke University and has over 15 years of experience in the UK Department for International Development, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and PATH. She also worked in the Ministry of Trade and Vietnam Television.
Hien designed the led the policy advocacy for the inclusion of supporting women-led SMEs in the SMEs support Law in 2016. She follows the mission of “more equal access to opportunities for less advantaged women” through providing high-quality but free-of-charge services to women. She is featured as one of the 14 women entrepreneurs in the book “Under the Iceberg of Success” by Women Publishing House.

Rozita Muhamad, Finance Director, Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia

Rozita Muhamadis the Director of Financing, Planning and Budget of joined Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) and has been with the organisation since 1988. AIM is a leading microfinance institution in Malaysia that provides financial facilities, guidance and on-going training to woman entrepreneurs among poor and low-income families, reaching more than 1 million households in Malaysia.
Rozita received BSc of Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University dan Master of Strategic Human Resource Management from University Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia. She is a fully Certified Trainer of The Microfinance Distance Learning Course, United Nation Capital Development Fund and a Master Trainer (Cert IV in Training & Assessment Australia).

Lakshwin Muruga, Chief Operating Officer, Women of Will

Lakshwin Muruga is the Chief Operating Officer at Women of Will (WOW), an NGO that focuses on empowering women through entrepreneurship. WOW provides women in the bottom 40% of the income group (B40) in Malaysia with business capital, training, and coaching to support their businesses. WOW has impacted more than 2,400 women from 26 communities in Malaysia while developing 59 women community leaders within these communities. Lakshwin has more than eight years of experience working with urban and rural communities in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.
Lakshwin holds a Degree in Marketing with Psychology from the University of Portsmouth. He is also a certified trainer with eight years of experience in the industry and a certified coach focusing on young leaders.

WEA 2022 Conference Co-Chairs

  • Grace HY Lee, Department of Economics, School of Business, Monash University Malaysia
  • Abu Zafar Shahriar, Department of Banking and Finance, Monash University Australia
  • Juliana French, Department of Marketing, School of Business, Monash University Malaysia
  • Sharon Koh, Department of Economics, School of Business, Monash University Malaysia
  • Michael Mustafa, Division of Organisational and Applied Psychology,  University of Nottingham Malaysia
  • Hazel Melanie Ramos, Division of Organisational and Applied Psychology,  University of Nottingham Malaysia

Program

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Event Details

Date:
13 July 2022 at 10:00 am – 14 July 2022 at 12:45 pm
Venue:
Online - GMT+8 (Malaysia time)
Categories:
Global Business; South Asia Research Network

Description

Entrepreneurship empowers women by redressing the inequality they face due to social and structural hurdles that limit their economic participation and deny communities the benefits of inclusive socioeconomic growth.

Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this conference will bring together regional and global international experts, academics, policymakers, authorities and other stakeholders keen to empower women through entrepreneurship in vulnerable communities, to exchange ideas and promote effective collaboration in Asia.

This inaugural virtual conference will be co-hosted by Monash University Malaysia’s School of Business, the Centre for Global Business’ (CGB) South Asia Research Network (SARN), Monash Business School, Division of Organisational and Applied Psychology, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS, Indonesia) and the International University - Vietnam National University.

Keynote speakers

Palash K Das, Director Ultra-Poor Graduation, BRAC, Bangladesh

Palash K Das is a seasoned development professional with over 20 years of experience with solid and diversified expertise in the fields of sustainable and inclusive development, international relations, gender equality and diversity, and general management in the non-profit sector.
Prior to joining BRAC, he held various leadership roles at UN Women, UNDP, Oxfam, and Climate Action Network South Asia.
Mr. Das holds a Master of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Delhi University. He also pursued professional courses on Business Strategy, from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Social Protection from Maastricht University; Climate Change and Development from University of East Anglia; and International Trade Policies from Carleton University

Dr Zurina binti Abdul Hamid, Director General Department of Women Development, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development

Dr. Zurina Abdul Hamid has over 25 years’ experience in the public sector spanning several agencies and ministries. She has also held positions in Prime Minister’s Department, Ministry of Land & Co-operative Societies Development, National Institute for Public Administration and her last posting was at the Public Service Department.
In the international arena, she was appointed as Co-Chair of the Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy from 2020 to 2021. She is also an active member of ASEAN Committee on Women and ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children. Dr. Zurina holds a PhD in Management from the University of Hull.

Guest speakers

Novita Hardini, Founder and CEO Uprintis Indonesia

Novita Hardini is an Indonesian social entrepreneur and the irst lady of Trenggalek. Currently, Novita is the wife of the Regent of Trenggalek, Mohammad Nur Arifin. She completed her Bachelor of economics at STIE Perbanas Indonesia and Master of Management at IAIN Tulungagung Indonesia. She is the founder and president of UPRINTIS Indonesia. UPRINTIS is a non-profit organization that facilitates women, especially those from disadvantaged groups, to start or develop their businesses. UPRINTIS assists them through incubation classes, business matching, and business capital. UPRINTIS currently has more than 1000 Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) partners and targets 5000 MSMEs across Indonesia to join in the next 1-2 years.

Dr. Keiko Nowacka, Asian Development Bank

Keiko Nowacka is a Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development) in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department at the Asian Development Bank. In this role she focuses in particular on women’s entrepreneurship and promoting the ADB’s gender mainstreaming mandate, including the gender transformative agenda. Prior to joining ADB, Keiko led the gender program at the OECD’s Development Centre. She has also held positions at UNESCO, where she led the first Global Report on gender and culture (2014); she has also worked as an Operations Manager at Camfed, an NGO supporting secondary girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa. She has a PhD From the University of Cambridge and is a graduate from the University of Sydney.

Tu Thu Hien, Founder and CEO, WISE - Women's Initiative for Startups and Entrepreneurship

Hien Tu is the founder and CEO of WISE – the Women’s Initiative for Startups and Entrepreneurship. She holds a MA degree from Duke University and has over 15 years of experience in the UK Department for International Development, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and PATH. She also worked in the Ministry of Trade and Vietnam Television.
Hien designed the led the policy advocacy for the inclusion of supporting women-led SMEs in the SMEs support Law in 2016. She follows the mission of “more equal access to opportunities for less advantaged women” through providing high-quality but free-of-charge services to women. She is featured as one of the 14 women entrepreneurs in the book “Under the Iceberg of Success” by Women Publishing House.

Rozita Muhamad, Finance Director, Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia

Rozita Muhamadis the Director of Financing, Planning and Budget of joined Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) and has been with the organisation since 1988. AIM is a leading microfinance institution in Malaysia that provides financial facilities, guidance and on-going training to woman entrepreneurs among poor and low-income families, reaching more than 1 million households in Malaysia.
Rozita received BSc of Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University dan Master of Strategic Human Resource Management from University Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia. She is a fully Certified Trainer of The Microfinance Distance Learning Course, United Nation Capital Development Fund and a Master Trainer (Cert IV in Training & Assessment Australia).

Lakshwin Muruga, Chief Operating Officer, Women of Will

Lakshwin Muruga is the Chief Operating Officer at Women of Will (WOW), an NGO that focuses on empowering women through entrepreneurship. WOW provides women in the bottom 40% of the income group (B40) in Malaysia with business capital, training, and coaching to support their businesses. WOW has impacted more than 2,400 women from 26 communities in Malaysia while developing 59 women community leaders within these communities. Lakshwin has more than eight years of experience working with urban and rural communities in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.
Lakshwin holds a Degree in Marketing with Psychology from the University of Portsmouth. He is also a certified trainer with eight years of experience in the industry and a certified coach focusing on young leaders.

WEA 2022 Conference Co-Chairs

  • Grace HY Lee, Department of Economics, School of Business, Monash University Malaysia
  • Abu Zafar Shahriar, Department of Banking and Finance, Monash University Australia
  • Juliana French, Department of Marketing, School of Business, Monash University Malaysia
  • Sharon Koh, Department of Economics, School of Business, Monash University Malaysia
  • Michael Mustafa, Division of Organisational and Applied Psychology,  University of Nottingham Malaysia
  • Hazel Melanie Ramos, Division of Organisational and Applied Psychology,  University of Nottingham Malaysia

Program

To download the program, please click here.

Register

Register now

We look forward to welcoming you to WEA 2022!