Detailed Programme

FRIDAY 19 JULY 2019
0830 – 0915 Arrival of Guests
0930 – 1100 OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY
Welcome by Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam, International Convention Chair
Flag Ceremony
Roll Call of Soroptimist International Countries & Territories
Opening Speech by Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, SI International President
Speech by Her Majesty, KDYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong
Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah
Binti Al-Marhum Al-Mutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj.
Convention Declared Open
1100 – 1145 MORNING COFFEE/TEA BREAK
1150 – 1200 Welcome by Dato Anusha Santhirasthipam, President of the Host Federation, Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific
1200 – 1210 Opening Speech by Yvonne Simpson, SI Immediate Past President
1210 – 1255 SPECIAL GUEST KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Christina Lamb, OBE, Author & Chief Foreign Correspondent, Sunday Times of London

Facilitator:
Dato Anusha Santhirasthipam,
President of Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific (SISWP)

1300 – 1400 LUNCH/ SOROPTIMIST PROJECTS FAIR
1400 - 1540 GENDER EQUALITY FOR WATER & FOOD SECURITY
1400 – 1430 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Kusum Athukorala
Chair of NetWwater, Sri Lanka
Recipient of the International Water Association’s International Women in Water Award
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

1830 – 2200 FRIENDSHIP NIGHT
THEME: “RASA SAYANG” (Feel the Love)
Dress Code: Colours of Love

 

 

SATURDAY 20 JULY 2019
0900 – 0920 FEDERATION PRESENTATION: WOMEN MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE
Dr Elizabeth di Geronimo Annicchiarico
President of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA)
0920 – 1030 WOMEN TAKE CHARGE – END VIOLENCE, TRAFFICKING & EXPLOITATION

PLENARY SPEAKERS:
1. Sonia Casanova, Immediate Past President, SI Griffith and President Elect, SI Region of NSW
2. Marcela Suazo, UNFPA South East Asia
3. Dr Aurora J. De Dios, Senior Project Director, Women and Gender Institute, Miriam College, the Philippines

Moderator:
Renata Trottman Probst
President of Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE)

1030 - 1100 MORNING COFFEE/ TEA BREAK
1100 - 1240
WOMEN LEADING IN TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
1100 - 1130 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Professor Emeritus 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. Ir Sharifah Azlina bt Raja Kamal Pasmah, Chief Executive Officer, HSS Engineers Berhad

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: SOROPTIMISTS STAND UP FOR WOMEN
Renata Trottman Probst
Federation President of Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE)
1400 - 1535 SHE MATTERS: HEALTHCARE & LIFETIME WELLNESS
1400 - 1515 PLENARY SPEAKERS:
1. Kath Mazzella OAM (Australia), Gynaecological & Women’s Sexual Health Awareness Advocate
2. Professor Datin Paduka Dr Teo Soo Hwang, OBE, CEO, Cancer Research Malaysia
3. Professor 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 PARALLEL WORKSHOPS
Workshop
1
2
3
4
5
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
Venue
Plenary Hall,
Level 1
Room 401+402,
Level 4
Room 403+404,
Level 4
Room 406+407,
Level 4
Room 408+409,
Level 4
Facilitator Alice Wells,
Past President Soroptimist International
Dawn Marie Lemonds,
SI Director
Gigie Penalosa,
SI Board of Directors 2018
N/A Hafdís Karlsdóttir,
SI Assistant Director of Advocacy
Heidy Quah,
Queen Elizabeth Young Leaders Award 2017 Winner

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

Dawn Marie Lemonds,
SI Director


Beverly Bucur,
SI Director of Advocacy

SI UN Representatives

Jessica Wong-Dewangga,
UNODC Bangkok
Yvonne Simpson,
SI Immediate Past President

Sharon Fisher,
SI President Elect

Isla Winarto,
Lumbok Earthquake Project Director

Mariet Verhoef-Cohen,
SI President

Dr Saradha Narayanan,
SI Malaysia

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. Professor 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:
Professor 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 INTERACTIVE SESSIONS & PARALLEL WORKSHOPS
Workshop
3
2
1
4
5
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
Venue
Room 403+404, Level 4
Room 401+402, Level 4
Plenary Hall, Level 1
Room 406+407, Level 4
Room 408+409, Level 4
Facilitator Yvonne Simpson, SI Immediate Past President N/A Mariet Verhoef-Cohen,
SI President
Elmarie Potgeiter, Founder and Managing Director of RITE Education Group Beverly Bucur,
SI Director of Advocacy
Deborah Henry,
World Vision Child Rights Advocate,
Humanitarian, Philanthropist

Kim Lim,
CEO and Co-founder
PichaEats

Dawn Marie Lemonds,
SI Director

Marlene Van Benthem,
Soroptimist Lab

Deborah Thomas,
SI Global Executive Director

Asha Abdul Rahman,
Women for Water Partnership

Mary Muia,
President of SI Future Africa Federation

Sasibai Kimis,
Founder & CEO, EARTH HEIR

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
SI Convention Co-Chair, Lead: Operations & Protocol
1345 - 1445
1400 – 1430 How Global Is SI’s Voice?
Beverly Bucur, SI Global Advocacy Director
1430 – 1445 SI President’s Appeal 2015-2017 Report by SI Immediate Past President Yvonne Simpson
1445 – 1500 SI President’s Appeal 2017-2019 Report by President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen
1500 - 1520 FEDERATION PRESENTATION: WOMEN CREATING PEACE & PROSPERITY
Dato Anusha Santhirasthipam, President of Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific (SISWP)
1520 – 1530 SI FUTURE AFRICAN FEDERATION PRESENTATION
Mary Muia
Task Force Chair
1530 - 1600 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
1830 – 2300 GALA DINNER
THEME: “KALEIDOSCOPE OF CULTURES”
Dress code: Multicultural/ Formal

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.