Athena40 Launch

In a world of disinformation, fake news, failing leadership and constant change, we are in need of innovative and fearless thinking.

Athena40 was officially launched at UNESCO on International Women’s Day in March 2018. Athena40 discovers and acknowledges the work of some of the most innovative female thought leaders. The inaugural list was announced in 2020.

Women who are born to push their limits, fly high, speak up, open new paths for all of us. Women have the ability to balance reason and emotion. In a polarised and uncertain world, we need both.

The Athena40 initiatives focus on strengthening the role of women worldwide and nurturing female leadership. Together with our partners we create opportunities for women to be recognised, access new networks, connect to knowledge and build new partnerships. Athena40 recognises women who embrace entrepreneurial thinking regardless of their professional realm, expertise or aspirations.

Athena40 was announced on March 8, 2018 during the 'Women in Culture and Science Symposium' at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris marking International Women’s Day.