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Panel 2: Entrepreneurship In Tourism – A Chance Towards Female Empowerment


March 5, 2020

17:00 - 17:45

CityCube Berlin, Hall A1

  • The empowerment of women is one of the most effective methods to foster positive change in emerging and developing economies. 
  • Female entrepreneurs tend to be discouraged by social and cultural constructs, lacking access to start-up financing, knowledge about business management and political conditions. 
  • Unfortunately, the tourism industry is no exemption. 
  • Yet, although women account for the biggest share of workers in the tourism industry, there is a clear lack of women in leadership positions in this sector. 
  • With the female panelists we discuss how tourism can be an industry of change for women entrepreneurs in our partner countries. 
  • Experience has shown, the more dynamic a sector is, the more opportunities for an inclusive participation arise, especially in times of rapid transformation in technology and digitalization. 
  • Moreover, we debate questions about gender equality in business, participation and access opportunities to tourism markets and leadership from the perspective of female champions and experts in tourism.
Introductory presentation:

Johanna Klotz, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Moderated by:

Dr. Merjam Wakili, Freelance Moderator, Trainer and Consultant

Panel guests:

Neha Arora, Founder, Planet Abled

Karla Luzette Beteta Brenes, Agency for Economy & Development

Angela Kalisch, Chair, Equality in Tourism International

Julia Karst, Head of Project, Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Start-ups by Women, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)