Our Vision

Athena40: Whatever you do, think and act as an entrepreneur.

 
 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.

ATHENA40 is the first-ever global selection of the top 40 most forward thinking women who create positive change in their societies and industries and also support other women and girls to thrive.

ATHENA40 is a jury-based ranking of pioneering women in their field and it is merit-based.

ATHENA40 will be published every two years and the scope is to cultivate an entrepreneurial approach among women and to amplify the ideas and projects launched by women or focusing on women.

By adopting an entrepreneurial approach we mean enabling women to be open and curious. Entrepreneurs ask questions. They are open to risk and they rise above failure.

Entrepreneurial thinking has no limitations, yet the answer always lies in other people. ATHENA40 recognises women who embrace entrepreneurial thinking regardless of their professional realm, expertise or aspirations.

The idea to look for and celebrate the world's most forward thinking women, was born initially from conversations between world acclaimed author and activist Elif Shafak and journalist and social entrepreneur Elizabeth Filippouli.

We are inviting, involving and engaging everyone who understands the value of entrepreneurial thinking and the necessity and importance to proactively support women to thrive.

 

 
 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.