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Women in Business Cambodia: Women in Leadership



                                                                    Wednesday 10th May, 11:30am registration

                                                                            Venue Topaz Restaurant, Norodom

                                                  In the future, there will be no female leaders, there will just be leaders.

                                                                                    - Sheryl Sandberg -

Running Order:

11:30 am Registration and welcome glass of Champagne Duval-Leroy

12:00pm Introduction and running order for the event

Lunch is served – moderator and panelists will dine together and prepare

12:45pm Dessert is served, Panel Discussion with open floor for questions 

14:00pm Panel concludes, Networking


Inspired by Grant Thornton’s recently published ‘Women in Business’ 2017’ report, #WiBKH wants to explore the theme of Women in Leadership.

The format will be a panel discussion of 5 guests.  The over-arching themes to be addressed during the discussion, along with some warm-up questions which are included below. This is a panel discussion so no presentations or statements will be required from the panelists.  Kindly note that questions will be taken from the audience for panelists to answer throughout the event at the moderator’s discretion. Following the discussion closure, please join our guests for networking.


We encourage you to invite your colleagues, network of business partners and friends to attend this event and support your participation.  Women in Business Cambodia is an inclusive group and whilst we aim to promote relationships between women working here, our events and community are open to all – regardless of gender.

Themes for the Panel: 

We will be looking at the topic of " Building the Future of Women in ASEAN" and “'How to mentor and sponsor the best female talent in business”.   We would like to discuss what it means to be a mentor, whether gender matters and how can we identify talent to be nurtured?  We also want to discuss the cultural impact of the ASEAN region on female leadership to place the discussion in context.

The Moderator:

Olivia Widen 

Director, Department for International Trade

Our Distinguished Panelists:

Evelyn Jimenez

Chief Marketing Officer, Cellcard 

A veteran marketeer with a successful 20-year track record in driving growth in mature & emerging markets in the region is Cellcard’s Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to moving to Cambodia, Evelyn held key positions in major mobile operators in Southeast Asia. She was First Vice President for Prepaid Consumer Business in Smart Communications Philippines for 2 years with accountability for $1.8b of its revenue. 

Evelyn also worked for PT XL Axiata (Indonesia) for several years and took responsibility as Vice-President for Strategic Marketing and Consumer Products.  In Maxis Communications (Malaysia) where she worked for 5 years, Evelyn achieved outstanding success in driving revenue growth through innovative Customer Lifecycle Management.  

Evelyn also worked for challenger brands in the Philippines, Sun Cellular then owned by Digitel before the PLDT Group acquisition and Globe Telecoms, the premium brand for mobile services.

Dr. Leonie Lethbridge

CEO, ANZ Royal

Dr Lethbridge is the CEO of ANZ Royal. She has a depth of experience in the Asian banking sector including banking across multiple markets. Over the last 15 years, Leonie has held key management roles within ANZ in Australia, Indonesia, China and her accountability has extended across the Asia Pacific. 

Her leadership extends to Board roles including for the Association of Banks of Cambodia, the International Business Chamber, and as Chair of AusCham. She was formerly Director of the Australian-Indonesia Centre and Board Director of AustCham Shanghai. Leonie has also undertaken advisory engagements in the government and non-government sectors.

Prior to joining ANZ, Leonie was a management consultant, advising clients in the financial services, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. Her career also includes executive roles in manufacturing industry, based in both Australia and Asia.  Leonie holds a PhD in Business Studies, a Masters in Applied Science and a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education.

Ms. Sarah Osborne

Principal, Northbridge International School

Sarah is currently the School Principal of Northbridge International School Cambodia, in Phnom Penh. Her school is one of 43 Nord Anglia Education schools in the world that collaborates with The Juilliard School in embedding the performing arts curriculum.


She was born and raised in Birmingham in the UK and graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She has a Masters of Education in International Education Administration from Endicott College, Beverly Massachusetts and a certificate of International School Leadership with the Principals Training Center.


Sarah has 21 years of experience in education, 18 years have been in international education spanning from Colombia to Cambodia. Sarah has 15 years of leadership experience in schools and will be moving to Thailand in August to take up her third Headship at another Nord Anglia School.  Sarah is passionate about holistic, contemporary education and making the world a better place through responsible and sustainable service and action.

Mr. Mario Ferro 


Mario Ferro is the CEO and Co-founder of Wedu, an award-winning social enterprise training women to 

become leader in Asia through mentorship and innovative financing for education. Prior to founding Wedu, Mario was the Senior Advisor for Energy Investments at Greenpeace, the Senior Consultant for

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory, and an Acumen Global Fellow. He has also worked on the 2010 

earthquake relief effort in Haiti and on trade promotion and management for small enterprises in China. Mario has studied and worked around the world, including Italy, Finland, Ireland, United Kingdom, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Haiti, India, United States, Cambodia, Japan and Thailand.

Mario has expertise in social entrepreneurship, finding creative, sustainable solutions to global challenges and pioneering innovative financing for higher education. Mario has been invited to speak at various conferences and events about Future Income Sharing Agreements (FISA) and leadership development. Wedu has also received many awards including Cambridge University’s Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year (2012), Thammasat University’s Global Social Venture Competition winner (2013), and Women Deliver’s Global Solution Award (2013), among others.

Mario holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Management from University La Sapienza and a Master of Sciences degree in Development Management, from the London School of Economics. He has also coaching certification from the University of California, Berkeley in Executive Coaching and Leadership. With over 13 years of experience in multinational focused roles, Mario combines his passion for leadership development in Asia with strategic business savvy to create sustainable social change.

Celia Boyd

Co-Founder, SHE Investments

Celia's professional background is in community and international development, and more recently in entrepreneurship.  In 2017, she was selected as an Australia - ASEAN Emerging Leader by The Australia-ASEAN Council for her work in Cambodia as the co-founder of SHE Investments, a social enterprise supporting Cambodian women to scale their micro businesses.  Celia has managed development projects across Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Cambodia, and is passionate about women's economic empowerment and leadership.

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