Detailed Programme

FRIDAY 19 JULY 2019
0900 – 1100 OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY
0900 – 0910 Opening Ceremony with Musical Performance
0910 – 0920 Welcome by Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam, International Convention Chair
0920 – 1000 Flag Ceremony
Roll Call of Soroptimist International Countries & Territories
1000 – 1010 Welcome by Dato Anusha Santhirasthipam, President of the Host Federation, Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific
1010 – 1020 Opening Speech by Yvonne Simpson, SI Immediate Past President
1020 – 1030 Opening Speech by Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, SI International President
1030 – 1100 Special Address by VVIP Chief Guest/Malaysian Government Official    
Convention Declared Open with High Impact Performance and Music
1100 – 1200 TEA RECEPTION & MEDIA CONFERENCE with VVIP
1200 – 1245 SPECIAL GUEST KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Christina Lamb, OBE, Author & Chief Foreign Correspondent, SUNDAY TIMES, UK
1300 – 1400 LUNCH/SOROPTIMIST PROJECTS FAIR
1400 - 1540 GENDER EQUALITY FOR WATER & FOOD SECURITY
1400 – 1430 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Candidate for Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations
1430 – 1540 PLENARY SPEAKERS: 
1. Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President of SI and Women for Water Partnership
2. Dr Rajiv Bhanot, Founder & Managing Director, H2GO Global
3. Renuka Indrarajah, Corporate Affairs and Legal Director, Heineken Malaysia Berhad, Trustee Spark Foundation

Moderator:
Mary Muia, President of SI Future Africa Federation (SIFAF)

1540 - 1610 AFTERNOON TEA/COFFEE BREAK
1615 - 1700 1615 – 1645 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Tracey Woon, Vice Chairman of UBS, Asia Pacific
TOPIC: “Longevity, Liquidity & Legacy”
1645 – 1700 Questions from the floor

Facilitator:
Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam, International Convention Chair

1930 – 2200 FRIENDSHIP NIGHT
THEMED: “RASA SAYANG” (Feels of Love)

 

 

SATURDAY 20 JULY 2019
0900 – 0920 FEDERATION PRESENTATION: WOMEN MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE*
Elizabeth di Geronimo Annicchiarico, President of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA)
0920 – 1030 WOMEN TAKE CHARGE – END VIOLENCE, TRAFFICKING & EXPLOITATION
PLENARY SPEAKERS:
1. Stephanie Woollard, Seven Women, Nepal
2. Marcela Suazo, UNFPA South East Asia
3. Dr Aurora J. De Dios, President of Board of Trustees of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia-Pacific (CATWAP), Philippines
Moderator:
Renata Trottman Probst, President of Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE)
1030 - 1100 MORNING COFFEE/TEA BREAK
1100 - 1240
1100 - 1130 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman, Former Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
1130 - 1240 PLENARY SPEAKERS:
1. Rupa Shanmugam, President & COO, SoPark Corporation, USA
2. Dr Jasmine Begum, Director of Legal, Corporate and Government Affairs, Microsoft Malaysia
3. Dr Loretta Mayer, Founder of SenesTech Inc., USA
Moderator:
Theresa Lyford, Immediate Past President, Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific (SISWP)
1240 – 1340 GLOBAL CONNECTIONS NETWORKING LUNCH

  1. Open Heart Open Door
  2. Chat Line


SOROPTIMIST PROJECTS FAIR

1340 - 1400 FEDERATION PRESENTATION: CELEBRATING EMPOWERED WOMEN*
Renata Trottman, Federation President of Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE)
1400 - 1535
1400 - 1515 SHE MATTERS: HEALTHCARE & LIFETIME WELLNESS
PLENARY SPEAKERS:
1. Kath Mazzella OAM (Australia), Gynaecological & Women’s Sexual Health Awareness Advocate
2. Datin Paduka Prof. Dr Teo Soo-Hwang, OBE, CEO, Cancer Research Malaysia
3. Prof. Dato’ Dr Zaliha Omar, Rehabilitation Medicine Consultant, Universiti Malaya Specialist Centre, Malaysia
4. Indra Balaratnam, Consultant Dietician, Founder & Owner of Indra Balaratnam Nutrition

Moderator:
Dr Kay Richmond, Programme Director, Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI)
1515 - 1535 FEDERATION PRESENTATION: WOMEN INSPIRING ACTION*
Sue Williams, President of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI)
1535 - 1605 AFTERNOON TEA/COFFEE BREAK
1615 – 1730 INTERACTIVE SESSIONS & PARALLEL WORKSHOPS
Youth Leaders
Social Activism
Forum
“Educate to Lead”
Effective SI Engagement with the UN Human Trafficking Prevention Rebuilding Lives: Education and Empowerment After Disasters Women, Water and Food Security
Alice Wells, Past President Soroptimist International Dawn Marie Lemonds Gigie Penalosa N/A Hafdis Karlsdottir
Speaker 1:
Heidy Quah, Queen Elizabeth Young Leaders Award 2017 Winner

Speaker 2:
Dzameer Dzulkifli, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Teach for Malaysia

Speaker 1:
Dawn Marie Lemonds and Bev Bucur

Speaker 2:
Beverly Bucur, SI Director of Advocacy

SI UN Representatives

Speaker 1:
UNODC
Speaker TBC

Speaker 2:
UN Women
Speaker TBC

Speaker 1:
Yvonne Simpson, SI Immediate Past President

Speaker 2:
Sharon Fisher, SI President Elect

Speaker 3:
Isla Winarto, Lumbok Earthquake Project Director

Speaker 1:
Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, SI President

Speaker 2:
Dr Saradha Narayanan, SI Malaysia

Speaker 3:
Dr. Theresa Devasahayam, SI UN Representative

  FREE EVENING/OPTIONAL SOCIAL EVENTS OR TOURS
SUNDAY 21 JULY 2019
0900 - 1040 OUR CLIMATE, OUR RESPONSIBILITY, OUR ACTIONS
0900 – 1010 PLENARY SPEAKERS:
1. Prof. Joyeeta Gupta, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education/ Amsterdam Global Change Institute, Co-chair of UN Environment's Global Environmental Outlook
2. Dr Kanta Kumari Rigaud, Lead Environmental Specialist, Environment & Natural Resources, The World Bank
3. Dr. Elizabeth F.Y. Lee, Senior Executive Director, Sunway Education Group
1010 – 1040 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Cramer, Former Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, Netherlands

Moderator:
Dato Anusha Santhirasthipam, President of Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific (SISWP)
1040 - 1110 MORNING COFFEE/TEA BREAK
1115 - 1230

Facilitator:

INTERACTIVE SESSIONS & PARALLEL WORKSHOPS
Youth Leaders Activism, Advocacy & Philanthropy Connecting SI to the Digital World The “She” Factor in Climate Change Social Enterprise: Future for Social Purpose Organisations CEDAW
Yvonne Simpson N/A Mariet Verhoef Cohen Elmarie Potgeiter Beverly Bucur
Speaker 1:
Deborah Henry, World Vision Child Rights Advocate, Humanitarian, Philanthropist

Speaker 2:
Kim Lim, CEO and Co-founder PichaEats

Speaker 1:
Dawn Marie Lemonds, SI Director

Speaker 2:
Marlene Van Benthem, Soroptimist Lab

Speaker 3:
Deborah Thomas, SI Global Executive Director

Speaker 1:
Asha Abdul Rahman, Women for Water Partnership

Speaker 2:
Mary Muia, President of SI Future Africa Federation

Speaker 1:
Sasibai Kimis, Founder & CEO, EARTH HEIR

Speaker 2:
Claire Sancelot Founder & Director, Zero WasteMalaysia.com
THE HIVE – Honey We Don’t Waste

Omna Sreeni Ong, Founder of ENGENDER Consultancy and CEDAW Expert Trainer
1230 - 1345 EMPOWERED WOMEN – LUNCHEON TALK
1315 – 1345 Zainah Anwar, Co-Founder, Sisters in Islam/Executive Director & Founder MUSAWAH
Facilitator:
Joanne Yeoh
1345 - 1445
1345 – 1415 How Global Is SI’s Voice?
Beverly Bucur, SI Global Advocacy Director
1415 – 1430 SI President’s Appeal 2015-2017 Report by SI Immediate Past President Yvonne Simpson
1430 – 1445 SI President’s Appeal 2017-2019 Report by President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen
1445 - 1505 FEDERATION PRESENTATION: WOMEN CREATING PEACE & PROSPERITY
Dato Anusha Santhirasthipam, President of Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific (SISWP)
1505 – 1515 SI Future African Federation – Mary Muia, Task Force Chair
1515 - 1545 AFTERNOON TEA/COFFEE BREAK
1600 - 1700
1600 – 1615 Presentation of SI President’s Appeal 2019-2021 by SI President Elect Sharon Fisher
1615 – 1625 Presentation of SI’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2021 by SI President Elect Sharon Fisher
1625 – 1645 Handover of Flag Ceremony and Presentation of 22nd SI Convention 2023 Dublin
1645 – 1700 Closing Speeches by SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen & SI Convention Chair Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam
1930 – 2230 GALA DINNER
THEMED: “KALEIDOSCOPE OF CULTURES”

Ceremonial Handover from SI Treasurer Susanna Raccis to Incoming SI Treasurer Kathy King

Ceremonial Change of Insignia by SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen and SI President Elect Sharon Fisher and SI Immediate Past President Yvonne Simpson

Programme is subject to change without prior notice.