Testimonials

Curious to know more about the programme?
Take a look at what previous laureates have to say about the Cartier Women's Initiative experience.

2007
Antonia Sanin, 2007 Laureate for Latin America

“The Cartier Women’s Initiative was a very important experience for me because I was able to write down what I wanted to do in this new phase of my business alongside the support of an expert coach.”

Antonia Sanin, 2007 Laureate for Latin America
2008
Mame Diene, 2008 Laureate for Africa

“We are now well-known everywhere! People come to us because they know about the Cartier Women's Initiative, it gave us the opportunity to choose our business partners.”

Mame Diene, 2008 Laureate for Africa
2010
Jacqueline Thong, 2010 Finalist for North America

“Definitely do it! The application process takes a bit of work, but it is definitely worth it. I didn’t win the final prize, but the coaching, exposure, and recognition were fantastic, not to mention the week I spent in France getting to know all the other wonderful finalists! 

Jacqueline Thong, 2010 Finalist for North America
2011
Kresse Wesling, 2011 Laureate for Europe

“Drawing up the business plan for the Cartier Women’s Initiative made us scrutinise what was truly profitable and discontinue what was not, which we had perhaps been less inclined to face.

Kresse Wesling, 2011 Laureate for Europe
2012
Ting Shih, 2012 Laureate for North America

“The competition has brought me to encounter amazing women entrepreneurs from around the world and I think that there are a lot of more women out there that should join us and benefit from this amazing experience.”

Ting Shih, 2012 Laureate for North America
2013
Gabriela Maldonado, 2013 Laureate for Latin America

“The Cartier Women's Initiative helped me realize the potential of my company and its international expansion opportunities, it made me learn new techniques in the workshops to implement immediately.”

Gabriela Maldonado, 2013 Laureate for Latin America
Namita Banka, 2013 Laureate for Asia-Pacific

“Participation in the Cartier Women's Initiative gave a lot of learnings and further boosted our self-confidence and morale. The team felt that it has an impetus to grow and help the society.”

Namita Banka, 2013 Laureate for Asia-Pacific
2014
Eleni Antoniadou, 2014 Laureate for North America

“The Cartier Women's Initiative give us the opportunity to supersize our vision and encourages us to move forward and believe in ourselves”

Eleni Antoniadou, 2014 Laureate for North America
2015
Chinwe Ohajuruka, 2015 Laureate for Sub-Saharan Africa

"This project is much bigger than me, it's about my beautiful continent Africa, it's about my vibrant country Nigeria, and it's about the Cartier Women's Initiative saying that dignity is very important and that Africa must rise."

Chinwe Ohajuruka, 2015 Laureate for Sub-Saharan Africa
2017
Sara Kristina Hannig Nour, 2017 Laureate for the Middle East & North Africa

"The Cartier Women's Initiative was a truly wonderful experience that I will keep with me forever! I have learnt a great deal on both a personal and a business level and I have received tools that will help me take my business to the next level."

Sara Kristina Hannig Nour, 2017 Laureate for the Middle East & North Africa
2018
Kristina Tsvetanova, 2018 Laureate for Europe

"To be nominated for the Cartier Women’s Initiative is a huge honor, it is an opportunity to represent women in business and to be a role model for other women entrepreneurs."

Kristina Tsvetanova, 2018 Laureate for Europe
2019
Hibah Shata, 2019 Laureate for the Middle East & North Africa

"It’s inspirational to see that I’m not out there alone, there are a lot of other women just like me! Women have the same challenges everywhere in the world so it is important that we foster this community."

Hibah Shata, 2019 Laureate for the Middle East & North Africa
2020
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