Taibat Hussain is a Development Enthusiast whose work is at the intersection of Education, Women Empowerment, Entrepreneurshipand Public Leadership. She is a well-known champion of women’s right in Nigeria with over three years volunteering experience working with organizations focusing on education for sustainable development, child rights and promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence.
As the Executive Director, Rising Child Foundation,she has been able to mobilize support fund from stakeholders to execute different programs. Her experience working at the community has enabled her to identify some of the challenges faced by young people (most especially females) in a rapidly changing society and she has translated her expertise into advocacy forequal education for all, women empowerment andyouth inclusion and participation. Her values and ideals are evident in the ground-breaking successes of many of the beneficiaries of her efforts and are attributable to her unflinching commitment to making the world a balanced and better place.
Taibat is skilled in community mobilization, mentoring and advocacy. She is a respected advisor, thought leader and commentator on issues of Education, Women Advancement,Social Entrepreneurship, and Leadership. She is reflective and believes in strengthening others through shared vision, insights and perspectives.
Saliza Abdullah is the group managing director of BG Capital Holdings –
Malaysia’s 100% women-owned and managed security services company.
Under her leadership, the business expanded from a single-family entity to a
corporate group of companies with more than 500 employees and has
diversified into technologies, risk management, training and consultancy.
Saliza is also the founder of BGCH For The Community which is a social
enterprise initiative advocating awareness on personal safety founded in 2010.
In the same year, Saliza was appointed as a columnist for WANITA magazine
and have contributed more than 50 women empowerment and safety
Besides being an accomplished entrepreneur, Saliza is a Crime Prevention Specialist certified by the Chartered International Institute for Security and Crisis Management. She serves as the Deputy President of The National Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Malaysia (NAWEM) and was recently elected as the first woman Vice President in the 40-year-history of The Malaysia Security Industry Association (PIKM). She is also a member of the Asian Professional Security Association (APSA) and Project Director for L’OREAL-NAWEM Women in Business, a social enterprise program which helps marginalized women in the B40 household income in Malaysia.
Alethea Borman hails from the beautiful Land of the Brave, Namibia. She is the holder of 2 law degrees, B. Juiris and LLB from the University of Namibia and is an admitted legal practitioner in the High Court of Namibia. With 16 years of experience as a legal professional, she was recently promoted from Corporate Legal Counsel at Swakop Uranium to Head of Human Resources.
She is also an executive member of the Namibian Women’s Lawyers Association and a board trustee at a pension fund entity.
Apart from her professional career, she is also the only and first Namibian to have ever won an international body building event, The Arnold Classics, and became the first ever IFBB Elite pro athlete for the country.
She is a mother of 3 and happily married for 17 years.
Anna Christianne Ho was born in Hong Kong lived in America, Australia and France. She began her movement studies at the age of 7 in ballet and modern jazz and has always been active throughout her adulthood in dance, swimming, tennis, running and skiing. After graduating in Fashion Design & Merchandising & years of work experience in fashion designer houses, she developed an eye for perfection that is more than skin deep. It was during her maternity period of her second child she seized the opportunity to further her studies in fitness, health and to pursue a life in wellness.
Christianne is a certified Pilates Fitness Instructor, Yoga Alliance 500h ERYT Yoga Teacher, a Punchfit Boxing Trainer, and a Master Trainer from Australia Institute of Fitness.
Having lived in 4 different continents, and traveled to countless cities, Christianne decided to resettle in Hong Kong in 2013 and is passionate to spread, share and inspire the local population of a healthy, green and radiant lifestyle. She specialises in an interdisciplinary approach to help her students to become toned & taut, achieving a healthy body and a strong mind using weight and cardio training, Pilates and Yoga practice.
Firdous Asmodien is a qualified physiotherapist with 19 years experience in the field. She was employed as Head of Physiotherapy at Metro TB Hospital Centre, a world renowned centre of excellence for the management of tuberculosis, for 18years, where she lead a team of physiotherapists and support staff. She also ran a practice, based at DF Malan High School, as Head of Physiotherapy for FIRST AT SPORTS TRAINING [Team FAST], which is a team of professionals dedicated to High Performance Athlete Development. One of her top athletes was Junior SA Champion Sprinter.
She started her fitness journey in February 2015, after wanting to lose a little weight, but soon fell inlove with the lifestyle of healthy living, pumping iron, eating healthy and seeing how this affected not only the way her body changed, but also the way she felt. She entered her first bodybuilding competition in August 2015, Western Province IFBB [International Federation of Bodybuilding], where she placed 3rd in her lineup. She was determined to come back the following year and win. In March 2016 she entered her 2nd competition, IFBB Shameen Classic, and was told that she was too lean and ripped for the category she had prepped for and had to enter the next level category, Body Fitness.
She placed 1st in this lineup and was invited to compete at the “by invite only” International competition, IFBB Arnold Classic Africa, where she placed 5th. Then came WP IFBB in August 2016, where she placed 1st. Followed by South African Championships, where she placed 1st and achieved her official Protea Colours. In December 2016, she had the honour of representing her country at the IFBB World Championships in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic. The following year she placed 2nd at the International Competition IFBB Arnold Classic Africa.
Born in Ireland, into a family of 14 siblings, 7 girls, 7 boys. I was the 8th child. My family was very poor, but we had good parents so we never went hungry. I learned to look after my younger siblings from a very early age, and therefore, I learned the gift of empathy very early in life, this turned into my blessing. My education consisted of grade school, at 14 years of age I had to seek employment to help with family expenses. However, a life of learning followed even to this day.
Fast forward to age 17, I met and married my husband and had my first child at 18 in Ireland, sadly my child died at age 2 months. 4 years later I had another child while living in London, and when my child was 2 months old my husband died in tragic circumstances leaving me a widow with no income, and not much education at age 22. Needless to say this was the beginning of a life of severe chronic depression and trauma.
It is how I dealt with this depression that has made me a world champion at age 74, I have been featured in several Fitness Magazines and Newspapers worldwide. After several nervous breakdowns which required hospitalizations I became a fitness phenom in my 70's. My videos of fitness and unheard of strength have produced over 10 million views and I opened my own gym at age 75. I hold 11 first place wins in Women's Bodybuilding, my first show I won at age 50, my last show was age 65. Unheard of for a woman! some of my younger clients have gone on to be champions themselves and in turn they spread my legacy of health and fitness. I was the fittest senior in the United States in 2006 at age 72. I also captured an armed thief fleeing from the police at age 65 in Florida. This story went worldwide and I was featured in several TV shows.
I would like to pass on the message that most of the time we have to be our own Healer. We must find what it is that makes us truly deliriously happy and never give up on it. I found this at age 22. I worked hard, in a field where women were not welcome, Early 60's it was impossible to find a gym that allowed women to even enter. When I did enter, 22 years old, looking like 15, my fellow gym members, all male, did not know I was saving my own life. I am now considered a trailblazer and mentor thousands of followers. Now I pass my days in my gym helping both men and women overcome severe depression, chronic illnesses, helping them live a better life through fitness and health. Its so easy to be fit at 25,+ but to remain fit and healthy for 52 years, that is some achievement indeed,
I am a professional bodybuilder, one of the pioneering athletes in women’s bodybuilding from India. Winning prestigious Pro-Card from the International federation of Bodybuilding. I have various National and International body building accolades under my belt. I am also an IFBB Pro-League International Judge and a part of the Judging panel at the highest level in International shows.
I am also a Bharatnatyam dancer and have won several contests, presently continuing with Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan legendary Guru Saroya Vardyanathan in Ganesh Natyalaya. I also have a business in New Delhi and I am a guide and mentor to upcoming athletes.
While I have contributed to the growth of fitness industry especially women’s fitness, I have also dedicated my life towards my child, who is now 30 years old and challenged with autism. I wish that I am able to inspire people who are struggling with their battles and challenges.
Sari is an executive coach, elite Nike trainer, and author of FIT TO LEAD. Sari often works with powerful women who think less of themselves and discount their impact on the world.
Through powerful conversation, purposeful body movement, and conscious nutrition she helps her clients to embrace their authentic leadership presence by embodying both ambition and compassion.
Topic: SHE’S FIT TO LEAD; Transforming Leadership Through Fitness.
Discover the power of female resilience.
Experience the link between fitness and leadership
Best body-mind practices that can support women to expand their authentic presence.
Television Actress, a Painter, a Columnist and Poet
Ms. Rashmi Pitre is a popular Television Actress, a Painter, a Columnist and Poet. She has acted in seven hindi TV serials mainly on Star Plus and Zee TV in central lead roles. She has acted in short films, couple of feature films and was a leading actress in English and Hindi theatre plays. Rashmi is also trained in Indian Classical Dance Kathak and performs Kathak and Bollywood Dance.
Rashmi is also a Columnist and a poet.
She has written English poems and many articles, some are also published on reputed websites and newspapers like CSR Journal, Deccan Herald newspaper, Times of India, etc. She mainly writes on Nature, Culture, motivation and Inspiration, Women Empowerment and Leadership. She is a Celebrity Speaker in various panel discussions and individual Speaker sessions at prestigious events and conferences in India and abroad. She also conducts English poetry writing workshops at various litfests and events.
Rashmi has a degree in B. A. with Honors in Ancient Indian Culture ( History of Art, Architecture and Philosophy of Ancient India) from St. Xavier's College, Autonomous, Mumbai and has a Diploma in Original Philosophy of Buddhism.
Rashmi Pitre has a Diploma in Art Therapy and Life Coaching from London.
Rashmi Pitre's paintings are mainly abstracts on Nature and also about peacebuilding through environmental awareness.
She is a reputed painter with 35 professional painting exhibitions in India, Canada and USA including those where she has represented India in Canada and USA. She also had a Solo Exhibition of her paintings at the most prestigious Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. She is a recipient of over 60 awards including the prestigious Government's Mumbai Mayor Award, International Women's Day award, Best Actress Awards, many awards for painting and acting etc.
She has tried to do her bit for social causes and awareness by contributing to Rotary Clubs, organisations and fund raising activities. Her paintings of MC Mary Kom was also used for fund raising at an event in Mumbai which was graced by World Boxing Champion Mary Kom herself.
Leadership Coach & Facilitator, TEDx Speaker & Co-founder @ TransforMeLearning
An award-winning international Leadership Facilitator, Executive Coach & a successful Entrepreneur, Sandra Colhando enables leaders across Australia, India, Europe and South East Asia to attain maximum effectiveness.
As a TEDx speaker, she inspires people to break through their barriers and lead authentic lives, through self-discovery and mastery.
Sandra is an ICF Professional Certified Coach, trained in Social & Emotional Intelligence, Neuroscience and the highly transformative Gestalt methodologies.Her background includes working with senior leaders and entrepreneurs of small private companies to large Fortune 500 organizations. Sandra is also the global Leadership facilitator for the United Nations.
In 2012, Sandra co-founded TransforMe Learning & Leadership Solutions – an award-winninglearning firm focused on enabling personal transformation through their “Inside-Out” philosophy. In 2018, TransforMe was featured on the cover of Silicon India Magazine as ‘20Most Promising Workforce Development Company.’ The company has 5 offices across India and Australia.
The top two transformative approaches that Sandra uses in her sessions are the Gestalt deepimmersive methodology in enabling the individual to make change happen in the here &now and Neuroscience to identify, examine and change unhelpful behaviors& mindtraps through a sustained guided discovery process.
Her practical business background as an entrepreneur running a successful business is blended with her extensive experience with people development. Her coaching approach is extremely non-intrusive which enables her clients to transcend from “fogginess” to clarity, helping them make clear decisions towards improvement in the areas they desire.
Associate Partner - People Builders India
With over fifteen years of experience, Dr. Sandhya Rani C is an international corporate trainer, assessment expert and leadership coach. She trains and coaches managers in Social + Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development and Stress Management in organisations across several industries and non profit institutions.
Dr. Sandhya believes in conducting customised workshops that are practical and based on scientific and experiential learning. She has conducted over 50 workshops on Emotional Intelligence in IT companies in India and abroad.
Dr. Sandhya has published several research papers on Emotional Intelligence in various management journals. She also has presented research papers on various national and international conferences. Along with her graduate degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Dr. Sandhya holds an MBA and received a PhD in Organisational Behaviour for her thesis on Emotional Intelligence in 2011.
As an Associate Partner with People Builders, Dr. Sandhya heads up their business in Southern Asia.
Founder President - Green Hope Foundation
Iconic youth leader, global influencer, environmentalist, champion of children’s rights, peace and sustainability campaigner, and passionate advocate of women’s rights, 19 year-old Kehkashan Basu is a trailblazer who has been challenging the status quo and social strictures which impede the progress of future generations. Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan is a tireless advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals. She is a United Nations Human Rights Champion, the youngest ever Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Program’s Major Group for Children & Youth, a Climate Reality Leader and a TEDx speaker.
Kehkashan is the Founder President of social innovation enterprise, Green Hope Foundation, which empowers children and youth globally and engages them in through ground level community centric projects on climate justice, sustainable consumption, biodiversity conservation, gender equality, renewable energy and social justice. Green Hope now has a presence in 14 countries and has engaged thousands of young people and adults through their workshops and conferences in the implementation of the sustainable development goals.
Kehkashan is the recipient of the 2019 Innovator of the Year Award for Sustainability Education, the John Muir Conservation Award for Habitat Restoration, the Energy Globe Award and the Turner Prize for Social Change. She is also the youngest recipient of Canada’s Top25 Women of Influence Award in 2018. A powerful voice for future generations, she has spoken at over 100 United Nations and other global fora across 25 countries.
CEO and Editor-in-chief - Luxuria Lifestyle South Africa
Nicole, Survivor SA 2019 Runner Up, Mrs South Africa 2018 is a functional medicine pharmacist, mother, model, presenter, ambassador for Rare Diseases SA and an advocate for women’s rights.
Nicole uses her fitness to raise funds and social consciousness for causes close to her heart.
Director - Strive High Pte Ltd
Preeti has been involved in the field of Training & Counselling since 1996. She is focused on driving results for individuals and client organisations through consulting, training, and coaching. She emphasises on improving productivity through Emotional Intelligence and Effective Management Practices.
Preeti holds Masters’ degrees in Business Management & Psychology. Her experience of over twenty years with reputed banks and other multinational companies in different positions of business management, marketing, and training have helped her develop allrounded perspective on leadership. Therefore, she is able to share best practices and insights that allow companies and leaders to move forward, and create competitive edge that positions them for success. She has trained senior managers from many companies across different industries, ranging from Banking, Insurance, Shipping Companies, and officers of the Civil Services Commission in the Philippines.
She is committed towards developing women leaders and delivers empowering programs especially designed for women. She believes women face unique challenges that are different from men, and need to be addressed differently.
Her academic credentials include an MBA with specialisation in Finance from the University of Liverpool in UK, an MA in Psychology, and a BSc in Life Science. She is a dynamic speaker, presenter, facilitator and trainer. She regularly travels to speak at conferences and conventions across ASEAN countries. Among her many accomplishments are her proven track record and competency in working with a multicultural environment across diverse industries with clients in Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines and India.
Senior Lecturer - Attorney at Law Juris Doctor, University of Oklahoma College of Law (USA), 1984
Attorney Nora Barson holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Oklahoma, USA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oklahoma State University. Nora is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Prior to joining CUD, Nora owned and managed her own law firm, the Law Offices of Nora M. Barson, in Dana Point, California. Nora brings years of experience in both courtroom and transactional legal work to the students at CUD.
Attorney Barson’s research interests are in intellectual property rights in start-up companies, cybersecurity awareness, rights for domestic workers in the GCC, and first year student retention.
Dr. Zahra AL-Rawahi is a Director of Innovation Capacity Building at The Research Council. Previously, she served as Director of Research of Communication and Information Technology. She was the director of Medical Informatics Unit at Sultan Qaboos University – College of Medicine & Health Sciences. She has long experiences in teaching informatics at Sultan Qaboos University.
Dr. Al-Rawahi works involve developing talents in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and equip them with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes that can promote them to be in positions of influence within the organizations. She believe professionals who understand the dynamics of science and technology within the context of economic and market development, are critical to help in designing blueprints and strategic implementation frameworks to lead strategic transformation within countries and organizations.
Dr. Al-Rawahi serves as an Associate Researcher on e-Learning. She has conducted research, workshops, and presented large number of papers on International conferences and gathering. Her Major research interests include e-learning/e-assessment, adaptive system and Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS). Dr. Al-Rawahi holds a Ph.D in Computer Sciences and Artificial Intelligences from University of Sussex. She is also a member of many International professional organizations on ICT.
Dr. Rita Lustgarten is a master influencer, transformational leader, management consultant, business growth strategist, dynamic speaker and moderator, seminar leader and facilitator. She is also a humanitarian and philanthropist. She consults companies globally along with working with entrepreneurs and business leaders across all industries-- helping them to rise to higher levels of influence, distinguish themselves as thought leaders in the marketplace and grow their businesses and income, exponentially.
She is CEO of Women on the Leading Edge, a global leadership and business development firm and Global Visionaries Inc. a Strategic Brand Consulting firm. As an evolutionary leader herself, she is masterful at empowering leaders on a global level to leverage their talents and skills, build lucrative businesses, become the defining difference in the marketplace, and leave their mark on the world. She has the rare capacity to take entrepreneurs and business leaders, to more significant levels of distinction, achievement and fulfillment She is deeply passionate about unleashing the unlimited leadership potential of women and working with women who feel a higher calling to contribute, empowering women to embrace their financial power and attain greater levels of influence, income and freedom. At Women on the Leading Edge, Inc. she inspires women to go beyond where they presently are, achieving unprecedented levels of success.
She has worked as an advisor to top leaders in the Financial, Environmental, Technology, Retail industries and non-profits, along with serving several celebrities and consulting with companies globally. Dr. Rita’s partial client list includes Exxon, General Electric, Motorola, The Gap, Citibank, Smith Barney, Google, Groupon, Williams-Sonoma, Chicago Tribune, and Lucent Technologies. Dr. Rita was recently featured in Forbes magazine as “Game Changer” for her outstanding work with women business leaders globally. She has been recognized for helping women to dynamically distinguish themselves in the global marketplace and become a powerful part of a new economic force reshaping the world.
Dr. Lustgarten holds 2 master’s -degrees in Clinical Psychology, and Human and Organizational Development and a doctorate in Human Development & Organizational Systems with a specialization in Women’s Global Leadership. She was awarded a fellowship for her outstanding work in the field of women and leadership and her concomitant contribution to a national initiative called Creative, Longevity, and Wisdom, a project of the Institute for Social Innovation. She has received the prestigious honor of being knighted as “Dame” of Honor by the Orthodox Order of St. John, Russian Grand Priory (the oldest humanitarian order on the planet) for her philanthropic endeavors and lifelong service to humanity.