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Forward Thinker: Elizabeth Filippouli

Founder of the Global Thinkers Forum, Elizabeth Filippouli speaks about her new initiative for innovative global women: Athena40

I started my career in Greek media. I moved on to work for CNN International and then Al Jazeera English in Doha and London. It is the curiosity and international perspective I was exposed to that started the groundwork for what would become Global Thinkers Forum. Back in 2008/2009, media and journalism started to transform, as social media jumped into the forefront, and it brought about a big disruption in the idea of journalists being the gatekeepers of information. At that time, I felt that I wanted to head in a new direction and decided to go back to university to do not one, but two masters degrees concurrently: at London’s City University and at Saïd Business School in Oxford.

Back when I was working as a journalist, I spent time in the Middle East and I came across so many misconceptions and general stereotypes towards women in that region. I met some amazing female leaders in and around the area, and I found that their successes and achievements were not reported on in the way that achievements of men were picked up by the media; I thought to myself, something isn’t quite right here. I noticed something similar while studying at Saïd Business School. Our class comprised 48 students and there were only five women. Realising that this was not only a problem in pushing and supporting female leaders in the Arab world, but also in the West, triggered my desire to create an organisation that focuses on women and creates initiatives and platforms with which women can be acknowledged. I was also concerned about the lack of values-based leadership in the world... more

(brummellmagazine.co.uk)


 
 
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