The Monaco Women Forum, placed under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, conceived by journalist Cinzia Sgambati-Colman, preceded the 11th edition of the Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year Award on Friday 24 March 2023 at the One Monte-Carlo Conference Centre.
The 2023 edition of the Monaco Women Forum was dedicated to the debate on the role of digitalisation in the era of transition to a green economy and perhaps, to a near-zero cost society.
The theme of this new edition allowed speakers to share their expertise and progress in their field, such as cyber securitý, technology for health, finance and digital assets, and the virtual economy for smart city development.
Ms Maria Betti, former Director of the European Commission and the United Nations for Environment and Energy, was the moderator of the panel discussion:
- Leanne Robers, Founder and President of She Loves Tech Global, Singapore.
- Domitilla Benigni, CEO & COO Elettronica, President of Cy4Gate (cyber-security), President of Women 4cyber
- Maria-Teresa Minotti, Director of PayPal, Italy
- Dr. Veronica Iacovacci, bio-robotics Institute Sant’Anna, Italy
- Manila di Giovanni, Founder and Director of DWorld, Monaco
- Laurent Marochini, Head of Innovation, Société́ Générale, Luxembourg
Leanne Robers highlighted the difficulties women face when entering the technology industry and then dedicated herself to promoting equal access and opportunities for women in technology.
Manila Di Giovanni, the youngest winner of the Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year Award, presented her activities as CEO of her own metaverse company.
And from another perspective, Veronica Iacovacci explained that digitisation is being exploited in medical applications for social diseases. But how is this research based? Public and private money but also crowdfunding.
Maria Teresa Minotti highlighted how and why the public is more interested in online transitions and Laurent Marochini discussed crypto-currencies, how they are regulated and whether you should be afraid of them.
Finally, Domitilla Benigni concluded the forum by highlighting what cybersecurity can protect citizens and how the weakest link in the security chain is human behavior.
The topic is very complex and the forum discussion showed that it is very important to educate society about the new way of life through solid information. Another important point is the need to encourage and empower women to engage in technology, which should not remain a male-dominated world.
The final address was given by Ornella Barra, Chief Operating Officer – International, Walgreens Boots Alliance, sponsor of the event.