Equal Pay Global Forum - Program and Speaker
Side Event during the 62th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:30 am
Lunch: 12:00 to 1:30 pm, Connecting the Continents, special invitation
Venue: SAP Office, 10 Hudson Yards, Designers Space - 48th floor in the Leonardo Center, New York
Shauna Olney, Chief of the Gender, Equality and Diversity & ILO AIDS Branch (GED/ILOAIDS) of the International Labour Organization
Keynote: Why companies are key to achieve gender equality
Anka Wittenberg, SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer/ Head of People Sustainability, SAP SE
Discussion: Sharing good practice on how we strive for equal pay
Sylvie Durrer, Director Federal Office for Gender Equality FOGE, Switzerland
Elke Ferner, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth of Germany
Sandra Vermuyten, Head of Campaigns, Public Services International (PSI)
Prof. Linda Scott, Said Business School, University of Oxford
Henrike von Platen, CEO/ Founder, Fair Pay Innovation Lab
Sylvie DURRER (1960) is Director of the Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality. She has an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of gender issues and public policy on equal opportunities.
Sitting on various committees at national and international levels, she deals in particular with issues such as equal pay, reconciliation of work and family or domestic violence.
She is vice-chair of the Swiss Conference of Gender Equality Delegates.
She has also been head of the Swiss Delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women and member of the Gender Equality Commission of the Council of Europe.
The Economic and Social Council recently elected her Member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).
She currently chairs the Interim Steering Committee of the Equal Pay International Initiative (EPIC).
Elke Ferner, born 1958 in Germany, is member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and has been Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth since 2013.
From 1990 to 2017, she has been a member of the German Parliament. She has served in several leading political positions, among them: State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Transport (1998-2000), Deputy Chairwoman of the SPD-Parliamentary Group (2005-2013), responsible for social & health care issues.
Gender equality issues have also always been her political focus. Since 2004, she has been the President of the As-sociation of Social Democratic Women (ASF), in 2015 she was elected as a member of the Bureau of PES Women Europe. Elke Ferner was trained as a software engineer. She is married and lives in Saarbruecken, Germany.
Henrike von Platen
Henrike von Platen, CEO/ Founder, Fair Pay Innovation Lab. In 2017 the FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab was founded by Henrike von Platen to support companies and organisations by showing them ways of contributing to close the gender pay gap. She has one goal: fair pay for everyone. The business expert with a degree in business informatics founded a women’s investment club, is a council member at the University of Munich and commits herself to the workgroup of German supervisory boards and to FidAR, the campaign group for women in supervisory boards.
Henrike von Platen was president of BPW Germany from 2010 to 2016. In 2016, Henrike von Platen, a business and financial expert, started the Fair Pay Alliance and gained a lot of support from actors in the economic and political spheres. Henrike von Platen is strongly convinced that fair pay could be very quickly achieved – if everyone were to push for change.
Professor Linda Scott is the Emeritus DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Linda is best known for her creation of the concept of the Double X Economy – a perspective that describes the global economy of women in both the developed and developing world, and the roles of women not only as consumers, but as investors, donors and workers. She writes a blog called The Double X Economy, as well as blogging for the World Economic Forum, Forbes, and Bloomberg Businessweek on gender issues.
Professor Scott has been selected as one of the Top 25 Global Thinkers by Prospect magazine in both 2014 and 2015. The Double X Economy concept was featured by a special Financial Times video series called, “Thinking Big” in January 2014. Linda was also a finalist for the Thinkers 50 “Breakthrough Thinker” award for this same work in 2012. Many other world press vehicles, from The Economist to BBC, have covered Linda's research.
Shauna Olney is Chief of the Gender, Equality and Diversity & ILO AIDS Branch (GED/ILOAIDS) of the International Labour Organization. GED/ILOAIDS coordinates the ILO’s Women at Work Centenary Initiative, launched with the aim of identifying innovative action to give a new impetus to the ILO’s work to promote full and lasting gender equality and non-discrimination. The Branch also coordinates the ILO’s Programme on HIV and AIDS in the World of Work, as well as the Global Business and Disability Network.
Ms Olney studied law at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and as a postgraduate at the University of Oxford, with a focus on industrial relations and human rights. She has been with the ILO since 1991, working in the areas of equality and non-discrimination, industrial relations, international labour standards, labour law and freedom of association. Previously she worked as a barrister and solicitor in Canada, specialising in industrial relations, labour law and human rights, and also worked at the Supreme Court of Canada. She was a Deputy member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.
She has authored and co-authored a number of publications on gender, equality and non-discrimination, including “Migrant Workers and the Right to Non-discrimination and Equality” in Migrants at Work (OUP); Equal Pay: An introductory guide (ILO); ‘The ILO, gender equality, and trade unions’ in Making globalization work for women (Suny Series, Praxis); Gender equality: A guide to collective bargaining (ILO).
Anka Wittenberg, SVP, CHIEF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION OFFICER/ HEAD OF PEOPLE SUSTAINABILITY, SAP SE, is an economist and pivotal change agent on how to design and implement a healthy, diverse and inclusive workplace and culture. At SAP, an 88,000-employee global tech leader, she is responsible for the development and implementation of SAP’s diversity and inclusion strategy which includes gender equity, cross-generational intelligence and support, culture, race and LGBT awareness and equality, and the integration of differently-abled people into the workforce.
Anka’s role in technology extends beyond her work at SAP employees to companies looking to reduce workplace bias. As executive sponsor of SAP’s Business Beyond Bias initiative, Anka supports a team focused on educating customers about the diversity and inclusion capabilities of SAP SuccessFactors machine-learning technology.
She is also a frequent speaker at global conferences and is active with UN Women helping to drive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to end poverty, combat inequalities and promote prosperity while protecting the environment by 2030.
Anka joined SAP in August 2011 as global HR Business Partner and became the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and head of People Sustainability in March 2013. Prior to joining SAP, she was responsible for the HR strategy for 25,000 employees in the steel and automotive industry with business in Latin America and the U.S. Previously, she worked in HR for GE where she learned the power of strong processes, as well as the fundamentals of inclusive leadership.
In addition, Anka is the Chair of the Board of the World Childhood Foundation, an organization that defends the rights of children and promotes better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world. She is also on the supervisory board of a family-owned company in the oil and gas industry.
Anka holds a master degree in Economics. She is married and has three children.
Photo: J. Perez
Sandra Vermuyten is Public Services International's Head of Campaigns, and represents PSI with the United Nations, World Bank and IMF. For the last 20 years she has worked for the ILO, ICFTU and PSI on international labour standards, social dialogue and labour migration. Since 2012, she has led PSI’s work on the Sustainable Development Goals and Financing for Development. Sandra is Belgian and has a degree in International Law, MA in Social and Economic Policy Reform, and is fluent in 6 languages.