WIE Inspiration Day: Girls Not Brides: A New Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
Mabel van Oranje
CEO, The Elders
Archbishop of Cape Town
Senior Director at Johnson & Johnson
Deputy Minister in Yemen
Inspiration Day features some of the most impressive minds in philanthropy, politics, business, entertainment and media. Whether your goal is to make a real difference to the issues you care about or to get tips from your role models about overcoming the obstacles to success, here’s where you'll get help becoming the very best version of yourself.
WIE Network is a next generation media company that aims to inspire social change through the creation of engaging and inspirational filmed content, large scale forums and innovative social media programs. The company’s properties include the annual women’s conference, The WIE Symposium; WIE Interact, an online social network for women, and a new online reputation service to be announced. Other projects include a feature film about legendary African heroine Yaa Asantewaa; and a documentary that explores the role of forgiveness in conflict resolution around the world.
WIE Network’s principals are television host and political commentator June Sarpong, and branding and entertainment marketing expert, Dee Poku. According to Sarpong and Poku, the WIE Symposium was created as way of uniting women from different backgrounds. The event engages women from the world’s wealthiest nations in the quest to give a voice to those less fortunate than themselves: "As New York based British women of Ghanaian heritage, we consider ourselves to be citizens of world. And as such our mandate is to unite and empower women everywhere. We all share common goals of wanting to be happy and successful, to have strong families and dynamic careers. And that’s what the WIE Symposium is about, setting aside our differences and uniting behind our common aspirations."
Jamila Al-Raibi is Deputy Minister in Yemen.
Sharon D’Agostino is Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Contributions and Community Relations for Johnson & Johnson, a position she assumed in February 2006.
Building on a Johnson & Johnson legacy of corporate philanthropy that spans more than a century, Sharon and her worldwide team guide the Company’s strategic giving priorities. Their mission is to make life-changing, long-term differences in human health. They fulfill this mission through community-based partnerships with hundreds of organizations around the world, focusing on three priority areas: saving and improving the lives of women and children, building the skills of those who serve community health needs, and preventing diseases and reducing stigma.
Anju Malhotra is vice president of research, innovation and impact at
the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). Malhotra leads
the organization’s efforts to cultivate cross-institutional learning,
measure and evaluate the impact of ICRW’s work and foster innovation to
strengthen institutional impact.
Reverend Desmond Tutu
Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.
In 1984, Tutu became the second South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Tutu was elected and ordained the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).
Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is currently the chairman of The Elders. Tutu is vocal in his defense of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed.
Tutu also campaigns to fight AIDS, poverty and racism. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, and the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007.
Mabel van Oranje
Mabel van Oranje is the Chief Executive Officer of The Elders. She is also a founder and co-chair, together with Martti Ahtisaari and Joschka Fischer, of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Mabel was the International Advocacy Director of the Open Society Institute from 2003 to 2008 and the Executive Director of the Open Society Institute in Brussels from 1997 to 2003. She founded and was the Executive Director of the European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans from 1993 to 1997.
Mabel holds a masters degree in Economics and Political Science (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. She co-founded the Dutch foundation War Child and served on its board from 1995 to 1999. In 2005, the World Economic Forum named her one of its Young Global Leaders.
Mabel was born in the Netherlands and lives in London with her husband and two daughters. She likes modern dance, jazz music and swimming.