Chi has spent the past twenty years in the social change sector, and consults and advises on how these movements can build stronger bridges to disrupt systems of harm. She has also worked for some incredible do-gooding organizations including Social Innovation Canada, White Ribbon Canada, United Way Toronto, CBC and MASS LBP. She is a member of the BMW Responsible Leaders network, and the Global Diplomacy Lab. Her work has been recognised for improving the lives of women and girls throughout Canada by the Governor General (2004) and the YWCA (1999). She holds an MSc in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and loves her most important job as mom to Sam and Ellis.
ElsaMarie D’Silva is the Founder & CEO of Red Dot Foundation (India) and President of Red Dot Foundation Global (USA). Its platform Safecity, crowdsources personal experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public spaces. Since Safecity started in Dec 2012, it has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India and abroad. She is a 2020 IWF Fellow and a Gratitude Network Fellow, 2019 Reagan Fascell Fellow, a 2018 Yale World Fellow and an alumni of the Stanford Draper Hills Summer School, the US State Department’s Fortune Mentoring Program, Oxford Chevening Gurukul and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Leadership Program. She is also a fellow with Rotary Peace, Aspen New Voices, Vital Voices and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. She is listed as one of BBC Hindi’s 100 Women and has won several awards including Government of India Niti Aayog’s #WomenTransformingIndia award and The Digital Woman Award in Social Impact by SheThePeople. In 2017, she was awarded the Global
Leadership Award by Vital Voices in the presence of Secretary Hillary Clinton. She is also
the recipient of Gold Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year – Government or Non-
Profit -10 or Less Employees in 2016.
For the last 15 years Thandi has been focusing on development issues, social entrepreneurship and
ecosystem building in Denmark and Sub- Saharan Africa. In government institutions, NGOs, as
founder, consultant, manager and CEO.
Purpose means many different things to many people. For her a life of purpose translates into
working with creating value, not only for myself by attaining my personal goals but creating impact
for society through a collaborative approach.
Her current role is as CEO of Impact Hub Johannesburg – a rewarding role, exciting and full of
purpose. To change society, to empowering my all female team and to create meaningful impact.
She do consulting on the side and build bridges between my two continents, splitting her time
between Denmark and South Africa and traveling with her kids and husband. Being from both
countries it is a privilege to be able to work, live and love with a foot in both countries.
Time6pm CET/+1 2am AEST/12pm EDT
Gender Alliance Networking Meet
This is a networking meet for all feminists to understand the Gender Alliance which is a group across the German Networks of The Global Diplomacy Lab, The BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation and the Robert Bosch Foundation.
The Gender Alliance would like to unveil the Manifesto under which they wish to operate and encourage others to adopt some of those principles.
Further in a post COVID19 world, it would be essential to have a feminist perspective to all policy developments and implementation. We wish to engage on the following areas:
- Intrapreneurship in Government
- Gender Equality – Perception or Reality?
- Investing in women led businesses
- Ending violence against women and girls