20th General Conference
- Industrial Innovation Forum
- Driving a just hydrogen transition: Key enablers for clean hydrogen uptake and de-risking of investments
- Making gender equality a lived reality in industry
- Accelerating the green transition: Critical minerals, metals production and a fair future for all
- Industrialization in middle-income countries: A driving force for sustainable development
- Building resilient supply chains for the energy transition
- Industrial policy for a fair globalization: Insights from the Industrial Development Report 2024
- AIM Global: Inclusive AI – bridging the digital divide in industry and manufacturing
Half way in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the objective of Goal 5 to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women by 2030 is far off track.
The industrial sector is a particularly male-dominated field that has the unique potential to become a catalyst for gender equality, thereby benefitting women and girls as well as economies and societies as a whole.
This high-level event will explore the roles of governments, the private sector and other stakeholders in ensuring that women and men equally lead and benefit from the double transition that is currently redefining industrial production: de-carbonization and digitalization.
The session will showcase how gender equality enables and constitutes an integral part of inclusive and sustainable industrial development. It will explore the potential of women as agents of change, and it will highlight approaches to overcome structural gender norms and stereotypes that hold women back, thereby negatively affecting industries, economies and societies as a whole.
The event will also feature the presentation of UNIDO’s Gender Equality Mobilization Award.
H.E. Ms. Ana María Choquehuanca, Minister of Production, Peru
Ms. Ana Maria Choquehuanca is the Minister of Production of Peru. She previously served as Minister of Women and Vulnerable Populations and as Congresswoman, among other positions during her 20 years of experience in the public sector. Ms. Choquehuanca is also an entrepreneur and a prominent trade union leader representing small and medium-sized enterprises in Peru. Her leadership and experience make her a prominent figure in promoting economic development and equal opportunities in the country.
H.E. Ms. Sithembiso Nyoni, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Zimbabwe
Hon. Sithembiso Nyoni is the Minister of Industry and Commerce of Zimbabwe since 11 September 2023. Prior to this, she served as the Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Cooperative Development for the Government of Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2023, actively contributing to economic initiatives. Alongside her political role, she is the Founder and President of the Organization of Rural Associations for Progress (ORAP) since 1981, demonstrating a longstanding commitment to rural development. Additionally, she has held positions as an adjunct professor at various global institutions, reflecting her academic involvement. Hon Dr Nyoni's political career encompasses diverse roles, including ministerial appointments and membership in numerous national and international boards. Recognized for her contributions, she has received nominations for prestigious awards such as the Right Livelihood Award.
Ms. Susana Pecoy Santoro, National Director of Industries, Ministry of Industry Energy and Mines, Uruguay
Susana Pecoy Santoro is a Chemical Engineer and Accredited Specialist in Environmental Management. She has worked as an environmental advisor and has carried out consultancy, process design and monitoring of effluent treatment operations, waste and emissions management advice. Susana is president of the Centro de Estudios y Formación Josefa Oribe and was elected substitute deputy in the department of Montevideo.
Ms. Elfi Klumpp, Head of Partnership Development, Festo Didactic SE
Elfi Klumpp is Head of Partnership Development at Festo Didactic in Esslingen Germany, a member of the Festo Group, a global technology leader in automation and education. Within various positions since 1989 she has been responsible for numerous international large-scale projects. She developed a proven record in the field of skills development for employability and sustainable growth. From 2005-2018 she served as Board Member of the WorldSkills Organisation (an NGO for the global hub of technical and vocational skills competitions) and as Presidium Member of Worlddidac (global association of the education industry); in 2019 she has been appointed Worlddidac’s Ambassador for Education and Skills Development. The Private Sector Partnership – Festo-UNIDO – since more than 20 years falls under her responsibility. Elfi holds degrees in Business Administration and Economics.
Mr. Robert Kaup, Managing Director, Tietoevry Alpine Region
Robert is an experienced digitalisation professional who has been working in management positions in the IT industry for over 20 years. Before leading Tietoevry Alpine Region, he worked for the company for 14 years in various international positions. As Head of SAP Enterprise Applications for the parent company Tieto Global, he was responsible for the worldwide SAP business, and as Head of Cloud-based Enterprise Applications, he successfully established a new business unit for cloud-based business applications. Robert studied "Mathematics & Computing" at the University of Derby (England) and holds a Postgraduate Executive MBA from Danube University Krems.