Press release

GLOBSEC Establishes Women Leaders Council to Amplify Female Voices


Bratislava, Slovakia: June 4, 2024GLOBSEC has established the Women Leaders Council (WLC), an initiative to amplify the voices of women leaders in politics, business, academia, and civil society. These leaders come from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, with a particular focus on those from, or deeply interested in, the Central and Eastern European region. This initiative demonstrates GLOBSEC’s commitment to ensuring that women’s perspectives are integral to discussions about Europe’s place in the world.

Our Women Leaders Council is a community of accomplished women leaders who are at the forefront of their respective fields. The WLC is dedicated to being a vital bridge between the CEE region and the broader international community, ensuring that the voices of women leaders are integral to discussions about Europe’s place in the world order,” commented Robert Vass, President and Founder of GLOBSEC.

The WLC is chaired by Anita Orban, a member of the GLOBSEC Board of Directors, and in its inaugural year includes distinguished members (in alphabetical order): John Barter, Jenna Ben-Yehuda, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Kersti Kaljulaid, Sally Painter, Ursula Plassnik, Maithreyi Seetharaman, Evika Siliņa, Margrethe Vestager, and Susan Walton. Each year, new members will be added to the WLC to foster a dynamic and connected global community, continuously infusing fresh perspectives into the group’s work.

Launched by GLOBSEC in May 2024, the Women Leaders Council is rooted in the belief that no discourse about the CEE or Europe can be complete without the insights and contributions of its leading women. The WLC will play a crucial role in shaping the content and agendas of GLOBSEC’s flagship events, including the GLOBSEC Forum, Tatra Summit, and Chateau Bela. Through these efforts, the Council aims to bring a wealth of diverse ideas and opinions into GLOBSEC’s activities.

The establishment of the GLOBSEC Women Leaders Council marks a significant step towards equal participation within GLOBSEC’s activities. By harnessing the expertise and support of accomplished female leaders, this initiative will foster a close-knit community who share a commitment to inclusive values. The WLC will create a more balanced and representative platform for discussions, contributing to GLOBSEC’s mission of shaping the future through dialogue and collaboration,” said Anita Orban, the Chairwoman of the Council.



GLOBSEC is an action-oriented policy institution born in Central Europe, with an international presence in Bratislava, Prague, Brussels, Vienna, Kyiv, and Washington D.C. Established in 2005, GLOBSEC is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organisation dedicated to enhancing security, prosperity, and sustainability in Europe and the world.  To this goal contributes the annual GLOBSEC Forum, one of the leading global security conferences. GLOBSEC also organises the annual GLOBSEC Tatra Summit, a conference that provides the opportunity for experts to have discussions on the economic future of Europe.