WIF 2021: Gender Equality in Listed Corporations

20 Oct, 2021

For more information, please contact the SSE team.

Join the women leading some of the world’s most influential exchanges and market infrastructures in this CEO Roundtable on gender equality. The one hour discussion explores the role of women in senior leadership positions, and reflect on lessons learnt and emergent themes. This session is followed by a second panel of policy and practice experts from exchanges and organisations active on this topic. Stock exchanges are uniquely positioned to drive change in a way few other actors can and as employers in their own right, to lead by example. This session was organized in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and will discuss initiatives underway, what’s worked and what hasn’t and where the opportunities are to really make a difference.


The webinar took place on 20 October, from 14:30 to 16:30 (CEST).


Gender equality is a top priority on the international sustainability agenda. Businesses are improving their practices, developing public-private partnerships, and investing resources to achieve gender equality. While it is increasingly recognized that advancing gender equality through business operations and value chains means better talent, higher productivity, more customers, and better societal outcomes, progress remains slow. To achieve the UN SDGs, we need to move much more rapidly.

Before joining this session, take a minute to see the SSE’s ranking of G20 stock exchanges based on boardroom gender balance. This will form the basis for much of the discussion.


About WIF

The UNCTAD World Investment Forum (WIF) is the pre-eminent global platform for investment and development. The Forum devises strategies and solutions for global investment and development challenges. The Forum offers a unique opportunity to influence investment-related policymaking, shape the global investment environment, and to network with global leaders in business and politics. For more information and the full programme of events, visit: worldinvestmentforum.unctad.org 

CEO Roundtable

  • Olga Cantillo
  • Julie Becker
  • Leila Fourie
    Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  • Delphine d’Amarzit
  • Mary Porter Peschka
    Director - Environment, Social and Governance
  • Julia Hoggett
    London Stock Exchange
  • Diana Chan
    Former CEO

Policy and Practice

  • Melsa Ararat
    Global Advisory Board
    The 30% Club
  • Vuyo Lee
    Director, Marketing & Corporate Affairs
    Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  • Martine Valcin
    Global Manager, ESG Advisory, Knowledge and Learning
  • Hope Jarkowski
    Head of Equities
  • Patricia Torres
    Global Head, Sustainable Finance Solutions

About the SSE

​The SSE initiative is a UN Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP FI and the PRI. The SSE’s mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies (issuers), regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.