Day two of WEF Davos 2019 was action packed and full of learning, sharing, and great conversation. They day opened with a Schwab Community session lead by Hilde Schwab of the Schwab Foundation. Attendees included Johanna Muir, on the advisory board of the Schwab Foundation, Vivek Maru, Simon Bakker, Debbie Aung Din, Jane Hunt, and of course our very own Neelam Chhiber. These Schwab recognized social entrepreneurs discussed how to scale small holder farmers in the Philippines, Myanmar, and India. The Schwab Foundation also introduced three new categories of social entrepreneurs: corporate social intrapreneurs, public social intrapreneurs, and thought leaders in social entrepreneurship.
Next, Neelam had an interview with Shereen Bhan of CNBC TV18 News. She spoke about Industree’s work, explaining that the organization’s approach is to take work to where the women are and help them form inclusive enterprises that they own. Industree then provides entrepreneurship guidance, professional management, and an enabling ecosystem that supports their work. This holistic method enables rural women to engage with global value chains with the highest levels of quality, compliance, design and transparency. What a great interview! Watch it here:https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=451162202086173&id=1035044236540924&_rdr
Then it was lunch time, and Neelam and Jacob attended the Schwab Foundation Global Shapers and Young Global Leaders Lunch. The executive director of UNICEF, Ms. Henrietta Fore, shared some startling statistics: 10 million 18 year olds enter the labor force every month, 50% without literacy or numeracy skills, and only 6% with digital skills. Neelam spoke about Industree’s work here, stating “if adolescent girls age 16+ can earn, this enables them to have their voice heard within their families. This platform of advocacy and empowerment through earning can be used globally.”
On to another great day at WEF Davos 2019. Stay tuned for a recap on day three tomorrow!