Our Vision

'F' as in Fearless, as in Female, as in Future: Athena40

 
ATHENA40 is the first-ever global selection of 40 top women commentators, columnists and activists.
It will be published every two years and the scope of Athena40 will be to discover and acknowledge the work of the 40 most dynamic, active and fearless female thought leaders, columnists, commentators and activists across all industries and from all over the world.
The idea initially was born from conversations between world acclaimed author and activist Elif Shafak  and journalist and social entrepreneur Elizabeth Filippouli.
  • That mission is based on these core principles.
  • Fearless and free speech has the power to change the world.
  • Free exchange of ideas is an essential element to fair and inclusive societies.
  • Thought production that nurtures collaboration, diversity, inclusion and understanding will breed the new generation of accountable leaders.

 

 
 Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and political scientist. She is the author of 10 novels, including The Forty Rules of Love and The Bastard of Istanbul. An advocate for women's rights and LGBT rights and freedom of speech, she has been awarded Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres.

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and political scientist. She is the author of 10 novels, including The Forty Rules of Love and The Bastard of Istanbul. An advocate for women's rights and LGBT rights and freedom of speech, she has been awarded Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres.

 Elizabeth Filippouli is a journalist and entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of the Global Thinkers Forum, an international organization that works as an agent for positive change by connecting international thought leaders and promoting values-based leadership and collaboration.

Elizabeth Filippouli is a journalist and entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of the Global Thinkers Forum, an international organization that works as an agent for positive change by connecting international thought leaders and promoting values-based leadership and collaboration.