RU students meet with women leaders


Susana Malcorra and Maria Fernanda Espinosa, members of the Women Leaders Voices for Change and Inclusion, who are now participating in the Reykjavik Global Forum - Women Leaders (WPL), visited RU yesterday and met with RU students and faculty.

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Their visit is part of a series of events they call "Intergenerational Dialogues", the aim of which is to facilitate the participation of young women in shaping the present and the future through dialogue between generations of women and to form a network of female university students worldwide.

A group of students from RU met Malcorra and Espinosa yesterday, together with Hafrún Kristjánsdóttir, Chair of the Department of Sport Science, Hera Grímsdóttir, Chair of the Department of Applied Engineering and Bryndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir, Dean of the School of Social Sciences. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss equality, barriers for women leaders and the position of women in the world.

Susana Malcorra was Argentina's Foreign Minister 2015-2017 and later an adviser to the President of Argentina. She presided the 11th Session of the World Trade Organization in Buenos Aires 2017. She is an electrical engineer with 25 years of business experience in the technology sector (Telecom and IBM). In April 2012, she was appointed Chief of Staff to UN Secretary - General Ban Ki-moon. She is currently a senior advisor IE University in Spain.

María Fernanda Espinosa is from Ecuador and chaired the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations General Assembly. She has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, the Minister of Defense and the Minister of Coordination of Natural and Cultural Heritage. In 2008, she became the first woman to become Ecuador's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. She chaired the work of the Alliance of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC) in Geneva and the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) on Climate Change in Paris. She has a master's degree in social sciences and Amazon research as well as a postgraduate degree in anthropology and political science.