European Commission members were sworn in by the Court of Justice of the EU on December 10th, 2014, and the new Commission is progressing with the adoption of the 2015 European Commission Work Programme set for December 17th. With things propelling forward, it is a good time to revisit the ten (10) priorities underpinning the next 5 years, as laid out by Commission President Mr. Jean Claude Juncker the day he was elected by the European Parliament- July 15, 2014.
WIL member Beatrice Covassi was the first Counsellor for the Digital Economy at the EU Delegations to the US in Washington DC from 2010-2014. In June 2014 she returned to Europe and has been appointed Deputy Head for the Data Value Change Unit at the European Commission’s DG Connect, where she is leading the policy team of the Unit, driving forward the data action plan for Europe under the new Commission and much more!
European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion (ESPON) together with Cardiff University published the report "Economic Crisis: Resilience of Regions". It was WIL's pleasure to welcome one of its authors, Dr Adrian Healy, at the Bi-Annual Conference in Madrid on European Resilience, where he shared his findings and expertise on the case of regional resilience.
WIL is pleased to publish a summary of this extremely interesting and relevant paper (the link to the pdf-version of the report can be found at the bottom).
WIL Member Laurence Capron is the Paul Desmarais Chaired Professor of Partnership and Active Ownership at INSEAD and Director of INSEAD Executive Education Programme on “M&As and Corporate Strategy”. She is also recipient of multiple teaching and research awards. WIL was excited to discuss with Ms. Capron the particularities of an academic career, the importance of a viable M&A strategy for a company’s growth and much more!
WIL conducted a great morning session at the Global Forum in Geneva on November 18th, 2014. The session focused on the way in which women from advanced economies and emerging economies are influencing and impacting the ICT sector. Organised by Items International, the Global Forum is an international think-tank on the digital future.
On the 4th of June, within the context of the General Assembly, WIL held a timely roundtable on the Corporate Governance in Europe. It stimulated an extremely interesting discussion on the new audit reform and company package as well as on the impact, purpose and future of corporate governance for SMEs and large organisations in Europe.
Members of WIL gathered for the Annual Ordinary General Assembly on the 4th of June 2014 in Paris, in the Headquarters of Orange. This meeting allowed WIL members to get informed about WIL’s activities and progress, as well as the future prospects of the development of the Association. The Assembly was followed by a panel on the Corporate Governance in Europe, which stimulated and extremely interesting discussion on the new audit reform and company package as well as on the impact, purpose and future of corporate governance for SMEs and large organisations in Europe. The evening was closed by a cosy networking cocktail for the attending members.
We look forward to welcoming WIL member, friends, emerging leaders and special guests at the next WIL Bi-annual Meeting on September 12 in Madrid, Spain. The event will discuss European Resilience.
WiL Kick off Meeting, March 2008
European Commissioner Viviane Reding with Marina Niforos, Gender Diversity Lead
representing INSEAD, Thaima Samman, WiL President, representing Microsoft &
Claudine Schmuck, Global Contact Director, representing Women’s Forum