Athena40 Awards ‘Women’s Interventions for a Sustainable Future’ - March 20 2024

Women’s Leadership Celebrated

at Prestigious Awards Evening

as part of

International Women’s Month

at Mansion House in London

LONDON, March 21, 2024 – In a dazzling celebration of women’s empowerment and leadership, Athena40 hosted the Women’s Contributions to Sustainability Awards on March 20, 2024. This inspiring event was in partnership with the London Press Club, the City of London, KNOCK Inc. and ROKH Global and showcased the extraordinary accomplishments of seven remarkable women across various categories, honouring their commitment to driving positive change and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

The evening, which was under the auspices of the Lady Mayoress Elisabeth Mainelli, commenced with an electrifying atmosphere as attendees gathered to recognise and celebrate the winners in seven distinct categories, each representing a unique aspect of empowerment and progress. 

Change Visionary: The award for Change Visionary was bestowed upon Nurdeniz Tuncer whose innovative initiatives have sparked transformative shifts in societal norms in Turkey for people with disabilities.

Leader of Positive Impact: Lynne Parker was honoured as the Leader of Positive Impact as the founder and chief executive of Funny Women which she set up in 2002. Funny Women provides comedy expertise to help women to perform, write and do business with humour.

Sustainability Ambassador: The Sustainability Ambassador award was presented to Eleni Skarveli recognizing her tireless advocacy for environmental conservation and sustainable travelling.

Pioneer in Tech and Innovation: Sarah Mintey MBE was celebrated as a Pioneer in Tech and Innovation for her ground-breaking contributions to the field of technology and education.

Promoter of Understanding Between Cultures was given to Geraldine Sharpe-Newton, honouring her advocacy and bridge-building initiatives for over four decades that have helped cultivate a more inclusive society, where diversity is celebrated and embraced.

Advocate for the Rights of Women: The charity Media Matters for Women was recognized as an Advocate for the Rights of Women for their unwavering commitment to advancing gender equality and championing the rights of women in Sierra Leone.

Artist whose work Re-Imagines our Societies: The award was presented to London-based Iranian artist Anahita Rezvani-Rad who has been shedding light on important narratives around women’s rights and empowerment in Iran, amplifying voices that are often marginalized and underserved.

The Athena40 Women Awards Evening served as a poignant reminder of the indomitable spirit and boundless potential of women everywhere. As these seven extraordinary women took centre stage, their stories of resilience, courage, and determination resonated deeply with attendees, inspiring renewed hope and optimism for a brighter future.

Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder of Athena40 and Global Thinkers Forum said: “From grassroots activism to corporate boardrooms, women are at the forefront, advocating for sustainable practices and spearheading transformative change. Together, we pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable world.”

Doug Wills, Chair of the London Press Club said: “We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and express gratitude to everyone who contributed to making the Women and Sustainability Awards Evening a resounding success.” 

The Lady Mayoress gave a powerful speech saying: “While women constitute half of the world’s human capital, they remain one of its most underutilised resources. Sustainable economic growth at national and global levels depends on women joining the labour force and fuller use being made of their skills and qualifications. Tonight is an opportunity to celebrate women’s contribution to sustainability, accountability and the prosperity of our societies.”

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About Global Thinkers Forum and Athena40

Athena40 is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through education, advocacy, and support services. We connect women with knowledge, inspiration, access to international networks and aim to impact policy-making. We join forces with organisations who actively want to contribute towards Gender Equality and women’s advancement. We are shining a spotlight on new data and stories worth knowing about.

About the London Press Club

The London Press Club traces its origins back to 28 October 1882 when George Augustus Sala, a prominent journalist, illustrator and cartoonist of his day, presided over the inaugural dinner at Anderton’s Hotel, Fleet Street. 


The women/minority-owned KNOCK, inc. office promotes kinship and fearless collaboration from the top down and bottom up throughout our full-experience approach. KNOCK, inc. has foundational work in the retail space and a holistic understanding of the customer journey. This knowledge has expanded into many other categories and industries, including travel and hospitality, financial services, health and wellness, food and beverage, real estate and construction and consumer packaged goods. Contact:

ROKH Global

ROKH Global is a boutique strategic consultancy founded by Peter Brown, specializing in public diplomacy, communications, and global affairs, helping governments, corporations, NGOs, individuals, and various organizations navigate the complex worlds of international policymakers and opinion leaders.